Standing in the Gap

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What a call God gave to Ezekiel! The prophet couldn’t find anyone to listen to his words and turn from their bad ways. Theses verses describe how wrong things went during the time of Ezekiel, six hundred years before Jesus was born.

Verse thirty is a very important one. It tells of the need for someone to stand in a gap in the wall to protect the people inside from the enemy outside.

Prayer is like filling in the gap, for it calls upon God’s Holy Spirit to protect others from what might be coming against them—sickness, fears and other attacks. Prayer is a powerful way to stand in the gap for others. Who in your life is especially in need of prayer? Love them as you pray. Love fills up the gaps in the lives of others!

Ezekiel 22:23-30

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Mondays are dedicated to the Prophets
In the season of Easter, we read from the prophet Ezekiel.


This is a sample of a new version of The Bible Through the Seasons as a daily family devotion. An ebook is planned. I’ll keep you posted! –Pastor Nick

Minds Open to the Word

The Third Sunday in Easter

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Jesus comes in his risen body to his frightened disciples. At first they think he is a ghost! What convinces them that it really is Jesus? When he takes some fish and eats it. Ghosts don’t do that!

They become so very happy that Jesus is with them. Then Jesus begins to open their minds so that they can understand the Holy Scriptures. The Lord wants to do the same for you. We need God’s help for us to understand what God is saying to us as we read God’s Word everyday. Before you read the passage from the Bible each day, ask the Holy Spirit to teach you to understand the reading—as though it is written just for you . . . and it is!

Luke 24:36-49

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Sundays are dedicated to the Gospel.
During the season of Easter, we read the Gospel of John, except for today.


This is a sample of a new version of The Bible Through the Seasons as a daily family devotion. An ebook is planned. I’ll keep you posted! –Pastor Nick

Sacred Links to God

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Those who wear glasses know how important they are to be able to find their way about in life. Today’s reading tells of the instructions God gave to the special priestly tribe of Levi and how they were to help people find God in their life. They were to teach the people about those activities in life that were sacred or holy, and those that were not―those activities that helped them to see and find God, and those that didn’t. These ways included how to worship and to sense a connection to God when offerings were made. These activities would be like a pair of spiritual glasses to help the people find God by the sacred links to God through spiritual habits of prayer and offerings.

Just as seeing clearly means not only wearing glasses but being sure that they are clean, so the Levites were in charge of being sure that laws of cleanliness were kept by the people.

When I was a child, we were taught a saying: “Cleanliness is next to Godliness.” What will you do that will help you find God more clearly? What are the activities that can become sacred links to God?

Leviticus 10:12-20

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Saturdays are dedicated to the Torah Portions
read along with synagogues throughout the world.


This is a sample of a new version of The Bible Through the Seasons as a daily family devotion.  An ebook is planned. I’ll keep you posted! –Pastor Nick

 

 

Words of Comfort

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These Fridays of the Easter Season we are staying with Jesus through his words of comfort and reassurance to his disciples. Jesus spoke to them at the Last Supper, but we can hear them during the forty days when Jesus was with his disciples between the Resurrection and the Ascension.

In chapter 4 of St. John’s Gospel, Jesus told a thirsty woman that he was living water—spiritual water that bubbles up inside of you. If you are feeling way inside a thirst for God, then these verses will be like great gulps of fresh, living water for your own soul. Recall Psalm 63 of this past Wednesday.

Once your spiritual thirst is quenched, what can you do to bring this living water to others to help relieve their inner thirst for God?
Here is a Bible Breath that will help you find comfort in the essence of today’s reading. Jesus says, “You in me, and I in you.

John 14:19-31

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Fridays are dedicated to the Gospels.
During Lent and Easter, we read the Gospel of John.


This is a sample of a new version of The Bible Through the Seasons as a daily family devotion.  An ebook is planned. I’ll keep you posted! –Pastor Nick

Set Free

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Remember when Peter was in the courtyard outside the place where Jesus was on trial, the night before he was crucified? Peter told a servant girl that he didn’t know who Jesus was. What a difference in the Peter from that time, to the Peter in today’s reading!

After the Resurrection of Jesus, everything had changed for Peter. He was a brand new person, always feeling the closeness of his risen Lord in his heart. How happy Peter must have felt when an angel of the Lord came to free him from prison! It’s a wonderful story.

Many persons are in a kind of prison within themselves, though really not in jail. And then there are those in prison who have experienced their soul breaking free with joy, as Jesus enters their heart and set their spirits free. Is there anything happening to you that makes you feel as though there are walls around your heart? Picture Jesus setting you free!

Acts 12:1-19

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Thursdays are dedicated to the New Testament except the Gospels.
In the Easter Season we read from the Book of Acts


This is a sample of a new version of The Bible Through the Seasons as a daily family devotion.  An ebook is planned. I’ll keep you posted! –Pastor Nick

Thirsty For God

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One of the very sad results of war is the destruction of the pipes hat bring water into a city. If you’ve ever been very thirsty and then drink a full glass of water, you know how much all your attention is on only enjoying the water.

In today’s psalm the sacred writer says that his whole being has a great thirst for God. He writes in the name of David who too was probably very thirsty out there in the desert, trying to keep himself safe from his enemies. Yet as thirsty as his body was, it was nothing compared with his soul’s thirst for God.

God has made us to be thirsty for God, to be close to God and to worship God. As you quietly read this psalm, prayed by millions and millions of persons over the years, get in touch with that thirst for God that is deep within. How will you express both the thirst and the joy of drinking from God?

Psalm 63

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Wednesdays are dedicated to the Psalms,
one each week across the three-year cycle.


This is a sample of a new version of The Bible Through the Seasons as a daily family devotion. An ebook is planned. I’ll keep you posted! –Pastor Nick

Sweeping the Soul

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Before you begin to read these twenty-four proverbs, spend some minutes breathing in and out as though you are gently sweeping your soul with a broom. The soul is that part of you that’s way inside. These proverbs can continue to be like these breaths. The two parts of each one are like a breathing in and out—a gentle sweeping that gradually clears aware the dust from the floor of you—the bottom of your soul.

There are some wonderful words of wisdom here. Some of the proverbs will touch you in special ways. Pause and stay with them longer, perhaps writing in your journal just why these particular sayings are “waking you up” in those deep parts of your soul. Fools are asleep in their spirit; wise and gentle persons are awake. Here is a Bible Breath based on verse 21. Death and life are in the tongue.

Proverbs 18

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Tuesdays are dedicated to the Writings in the Hebrew Scriptures, those books with the exception of the Torah (the first five books of the Bible)
the Prophets and the Psalms.
In the season of Easter we read Proverbs 17 to 19 and Ezra.


This is a sample of a new version of The Bible Through the Seasons as a daily family devotion. An ebook is planned. I’ll keep you posted! –Pastor Nick