Friendship in Song

Many years ago my brother called me on the phone one morning to tell me that our Dad had died during the night. I began to feel very sad as I rose and got ready to preach at a Sunday service.  As I left the house, people were moving about, cars where on the roads.  Life was going on for everyone.  Didn’t they know that  my Dad had died? 

David felt like this when his dearest friend Jonathan died in battle.  Actually, he was hoping that his enemies didn’t find out so that they would not be glad about his dying.

I wonder what it was like–the melody of David’s song about his love for Jonathan.  As you read his words, can you find some phrases that touch you and sing a tune to them?  Singing is a wonderful way to express feelings, whether joy or sadness.  Those reading the Bible with you would love to listen to you.

2 Samuel 1:17-27

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in Matthew Henry’s Commentary.

Tuesdays are dedicated to the Old Testament books of history
and the Hebrew “Writings.”

 

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God Waits for Us

If you stray to the right or the left, you will hear a word
that comes from behind you: “This is the way; walk in it.”
Isaiah 30:21

My earliest memory of waiting for something was on my fourth birthday.  My Mom and Dad had given me my first wagon–a red one.  I remember sitting by the driveway of our house waiting for the wagon to be delivered.  I knew it was coming; I was happy to wait.
Many people in our world today don’t like to wait.  They want things right away.  Sometimes we’ll read in the Bible how we are to wait for God to answer a prayer.  Today, it’s the other way around.  The opening verse talks about God waiting for us!  God waits for us to turn our thoughts to God and to be open to what God’s Spirit will tell us in our hearts.  

Now that God has your attention, stop and feel what God is saying to you.  If you write down God’s words to you, you’ll be doing what the writers of the Bible did long, long ago.

Isaiah 30:18-26

Examples of Bible Breaths Learn More…
You wait till I come to You v. 18
You are kind: I ask for help. v. 19
Trusting You will show the way v. 20
You heal me from all my hurts. v. 26

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in Matthew Henry’s Commentary.

Mondays are dedicated to the reading of the Hebrew Prophets.

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The Barrel without a Bottom

21 Then Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, how many times should I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Should I forgive as many as seven times?

21 Then Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, how many times should I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Should I forgive as many as seven times?

21 Then Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, how many times should I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Should I forgive as many as seven times? 22 Jesus said, “Not just seven times,
but rather as many as seventy-seven times
Matthew 18:21-22

You might think that the only purpose of a barrel without a bottom would be to wear it! What else could it be used for? Nothing could be kept in it.?

We could pour into it all the hurts that come from others. Since it didn’t have a bottom, the hurts couldn’t stay around. Wouldn’t that be a good idea! By not holding onto hurts, they would not bother us. Jesus teaches us never to stop letting go of hurts—never to stop forgiving. He tells a powerful story to make his point.

When it comes to acts of love and kindness we receive from others, hold onto these in your heart. Remembering love will keep you grateful, for all love and kindness starts with God. Right now, stop for a moment and hold onto the love of God for you.

Matthew 18:21-35

Examples of Bible Breaths Learn More…
Never ceasing to forgive v. 21
Your mercy with me always v. 33
As I forgive, You forgive v. 33
Lord, You’re kind to everyone.

Never ceasing to forgive v. 21

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in Matthew Henry’s Commentary.


Sundays are dedicated to the Gospels from the Lectionary,
During most of Lent and Easter we read the Gospel of John.

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.