Faith: the Sixth Sense

Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to obey everything that I’ve commanded you. Look, I myself will be with you every day until the end of this present age.”
Matthew 28:19-20

One time when I was in the seminary, a group of us took a hike up Hunter Mountain in the Catskill Mountains of New York State.  It was winter. When we got to the top, we enjoyed the view so much that we forgot that the sun would soon be setting.  Some of the group got lost in the dark on the way down;  they had to spend the night on the mountain.  You can imagine how glad we were when we all got together at the bottom of the mountain the next morning!

When Jesus was saying goodbye on the top of a mountain, his friends must have hoped that the sun would never set on that day!  No longer would they see, hear and touch Jesus. From that time on, the sixth sense of faith would be the way to be connected with him.  

Jesus wants us to gather the whole world into our hands in prayer, welcoming every person we meet into becoming his close friends and disciples.

Matthew 28:16–20

Examples of Bible Breaths Learn More…

A mountain in Galilee v. 16
You, all p’wer in sky and earth v. 18
Making disciples for You v. 19
You will be with us always. v. 20

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in Matthew Henry’s Commentary.‘s Commentary.

In Year A, we continue to read from the Gospel of St. Matthew.

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Christ at Heart’s Door

Look! I’m standing at the door and knocking. If any hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to be with them, and will have dinner with them, and they will have dinner with me.
Revelation 3:20

If you’re going to have a chocolate drink, it’s got to be either hot or cold.  Lukewarm chocolate milk is yukkie! That’s what John is telling the people of Laodicea, the last of seven churches to whom John is writing.  They’ve got no zip—neither hot nor cold. You might like to have a look at all seven letters.  Each one is a loving challenge for them to shape up as true followers of Christ.

“Christ at Heart’s Door,” by Warner Sallman, is a very famous painting.  You’ll notice that there is no doorknob on the outside.  When Christ knocks, the door must be opened from the inside. Notice how dark the inside is, when the little square window opens to see who’s at the door.  When you and I let Christ into our heart, he brings so much joy and light when we might be feeling in the dark.   

Stop, look, listen…Right now, Jesus is knocking at the door of your heart.  Will you open for him?

Revelation 3:14-22

Examples of Bible Breaths Learn More…

Eating from the tree of life 2:7
Faithful to You till death 2:10
A white stone with my new name 2:17
You stand at my door and knock. 3:20

Check out Study Tools in BibleGateway.
I especially recommend the free resource
in Matthew Henry’s Commentary.

Thursdays are dedicated to the letters of Paul, other letters,
the Book of Acts, and the Book of Revelation.

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! Check the menu options at the site for more information.

Clapping for God’s Creation

Clap your hands, all you people!
    Shout joyfully to God with a joyous shout!
Psalm 47:1

The year I graduated from high school I entered a religious order called the Jesuits.  We were called “novices” for the first two years—a word that means “new.”  The seminary was high above the Hudson River in Hyde Park, New York.

Every evening we used to take a walk to see the river.  One evening, a novice said, “How come we only applaud when someone performs?   Why don’t we clap for God’s beautiful creation…like that tree over there?”  We began to applaud the tree, then doing the same for other ones.  It seemed as though the more we clapped, the more we enjoyed the beauty of each tree.  We had such fun!

How about doing the same while taking a walk with your family.  It might seem a bit weird; but that’s part of the fun!  For those who live in the northern hemisphere, it’s autumn, when the year comes to an end.  How about clapping your hands for God who did such a beautiful job in making the world!

Psalm 47

Examples of Bible Breaths Learn More…

All you nations, clap your hands. v. 1
All nations under Your p’wer v. 3
Sing praises to God our King. v. 6
Rulers putting down weapons v. 9

Check out Study Tools in BibleGateway.
I especially recommend the free resource
in Matthew Henry’s Commentary.

We read the Psalms in numerical order on Wednesdays

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! Check the menu options at the site for more information.