The Silver Basket of Silence

There once was a very holy pastor in the 4th century A.D. (After Christ) who, like many men, was named after St. John the evangelist.  He was the most famous preacher in his day in the ancient city of Constantinople, now Antioch in Turkey.  So extraordinary was he in sharing God’s Word that he was given the name “Golden-Mouthed…in Greek, “Chrysostom.”  

    Imagine having your whole life summed up by that phrase!  It meant that when he opened his mouth, every word was pure gold; that’s how much people valued what he had to say.

     Today’s chapter from Proverbs has a verse that you’ll want to meditate on, for the idea of the verse is very much like the nickname given to 4th century John.   In order for our words to be like gold, they need to sit in the silver basket of silence for awhile, so that when we talk, we only say what the Holy Spirit prompts us to say from the silence…and not just because our mouth is pushed like a button on a machine! 

Proverbs 25

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Make Every Class Count.

You must not eat anything containing yeast along with it. Instead, for seven days you must eat unleavened bread, bread symbolizing misery, along with it because you fled Egypt in a great hurry.
Do this so you remember the day you fled Egypt for as long as you live.
Deuteronomy 16:3

Mornings getting ready for school can be a rushed time for children.  Maybe it’s a quick Pop Tart (not very healthy!) before you run to the bus.  You don’t want to be late.

Our Jewish ancestors were also in a rush.  They couldn’t wait for the dough to rise, so that baked bread without yeast, called unleavened bread.  The time had come to get going for the great escape from Egypt.  It was night…the moon was full…What if Pharaoh wakes up and runs after them! God’s people were on their way to a new future and a new land, leaving behind a life of slavery.  Pray today for all those who still are victims of slavery throughout the world. 

If you’re rushing in mornings to catch the bus, look forward to how what you learn at school can be steps toward the wonderful future that God is planning for you.  Make every class count!

Deuteronomy 16:1-8

Jewish people all around the world
are reading this same passage from the Bible today!

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The Holy Spirit and Power

When handkerchiefs or cloths that had touched Paul’s skin
were placed on sick people, they were healed of their diseases,
and any evil spirits within them came out.

Acts 19:12

Every Thursday in the seven-week season of Easter will find us moving about in the world of the early church.  We do this by reading from the Book of Acts.  Why is this a good time to be doing this?  Let me tell you.

Think of it this way.  Jesus’s Resurrection means much more than Jesus of Nazareth coming back to life.  The Resurrection is much greater than that.  The arms of Jesus were stretched out on the cross to embrace you and me in the salvation that Jesus offered to us; they are now stretched out to us through the church, sharing with us the kind of life that Jesus is living now in the Resurrection.

     St. Luke sees his book of Acts as continuing in the Church what Jesus was doing in the Gospel: loving, healing and believing in God’s power.  Power: that’s what we read about in Acts!

  What kind of life is that?  It’s the life unleashed for us in the Holy Spirit!  It’s the presence of the Holy Spirit in your life and mine and in the whole church.

Acts 18:23—19:41

These Firestarters are from a new edition of The Bible Through the Seasons being developed for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook.  You will have the entire program of well over a thousand of these introductions with you on your phone or table!.  Click here to visit the website for more information.