Sowing in the Spirit

Thursday, February 6
Galations 6

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If outrage at evil drives the verses of yesterday’s psalm, today’s chapter has the sweet movement of gentleness, love, and peace⎯three of the nine fruits of the Spirit we considered last Thursday. We learn today how real situations evidence these fruits. We are encouraged to be compassionate instead of judgmental when sin besets someone. As for any fruit, the fruits of the Spirit appear and ripen on the tree of your life by what you do. Verse 8 clearly uplifts this principle.

This glorious letter has so many verses you will want to write down and commit to memory. With these words sown as seed, how can your life not bear the fruits of the Spirit in your soul?

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
Restoring in gentleness v. 1
Reaping whatever I sow. v. 7
Boasting only in the cross v. 14
Marks of Christ on my body v. 17

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This is the Fifth Week in Epiphany, Year A.
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Thursdays are dedicated to the New Testament, except the Gospels. This year in the season of Advent to Epiphany we read the letters of Titus, Philemon, Galatians and Philippians.

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Your Nine-to-Five Job

Thursday, January 30
Galations 5

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“Practical Applications for Life:” such is this third and final division of Paul’s letter to the churches in the province of Galatia. Freedom and bondage; life and death: these are the two polarities. Ask the Lord to show you whether you are clinging to the freedom the Lord Jesus gives, or are losing the grip, swept away and bound up in external legalism. The opening inspiration is meant to startle you.

In freedom, you do the clinging; in bondage, an outside force does the clinging to you. God welcomes us to cling to the cross of Jesus to protect us from the vicious tide of evil that seeks to sweep us away.

Here is your “nine-to-five job:” take one of the nine fruits of the Spirit for each hour. The Spirit will birth them in you, one hour at a time.

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
Faithfulness working through love v. 6
Called to serve one another v. 13
Not by flesh, but by Spirit v. 16
Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness v. 22

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This is the Fourth Week in Epiphany, Year A.
See “Solar and Sacred Seasons” in the menu above.
Thursdays are dedicated to the New Testament, except the Gospels. This year in the season of Advent to Epiphany we read the letters of Titus, Philemon, Galatians and Philippians.

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Adopted into God’s Family

Thursday, January 23
Galations 4

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As though we are in the middle of a lovely garden, we find ourselves in the center of Paul’s teaching about our salvation through Jesus. Simply put, God has brought us into God’s house and family. You and I can do nothing to qualify us for such adoption. Only Jesus is Son, but in Jesus, we have all the rights and privileges of the first-born son.

Catch the intensity of Paul’s words of love for the churches in Galatia that he urgently wants to be convinced of the truths he expresses. Meditate carefully upon the analogy he makes between Ishmael and Isaac—the former, the child of a slave, the latter, of a free woman. Receive the full impact of being a free child of God in God’s own house.

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
The fullness of time has come. v. 4
Spirit cries: “Abba! Father!” v. 6
No more a slave, but a child v. 7
Birthing pain till Christ is formed v. 19

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This is the Third Week in Epiphany, Year A.
See “Solar and Sacred Seasons” in the menu above.
Thursdays are dedicated to the New Testament, except the Gospels. This year in the season of Advent to Epiphany we read the letters of Titus, Philemon, Galatians and Philippians.

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The Firestarters and readings are posted in the timezone UTC+12,
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near the International Date Line.

Christ Lives in Me

Thursday, January 9
Galations 2

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In the Magi, Gentiles have free access to the living God in Christ. Here the great apostle to the Gentiles, Paul, depicts the essence of his call: Gentiles have total access to the grace of God without having to fulfill the prescriptions of the law. We catch a glimpse of the conflict in personal terms, imagining what must have been the sparks that flew between Peter and Paul.

Along with the first chapter, this one completes the first of three parts of the letter—the call and credential of Paul himself. The end of the chapter presents the point of doctrine, which Paul develops in chapters 3 and 4: the human person is justified by faith, and not be works.

Memorize verse 20 and let it fall upon your heart as the coals of fire upon the lips of Isaiah—as the burning embers of frankincense, gift of the Magi.

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
Justified by faith in You v. 16
Being crucified with Christ v. 20
No more I, but Christ in me v. 20
Life in flesh now lived by faith v. 20

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This is Epiphany Week, Year A.
See “Solar and Sacred Seasons” in the menu above.
Thursdays are dedicated to the New Testament, except the Gospels. This year in the season of Advent to Epiphany we read the letters of Titus, Philemon, Galatians and Philippians.

Scripture Recordings in over 700 languages!
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The Firestarters and readings are posted in the timezone UTC+12,
so that they are available in New Zealand and other regions
near the International Date Line.

Jolted into Inwardness

Thursday, January 2
Galations 1

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Paul in Galatians will help you ponder in your heart as Mary did. The credentials he offers come from the decisive move of God upon his life on the road to Damascus. Paul first goes to the Arabian Desert, then on to a three-year period in Damascus. God gave the Gospel to Paul, unmediated by anyone else. Damascus was the jolt to Paul; later came the deep, inner preparation of the wondrous Apostle to come. Paul too, has his desert, just as John the Baptist, Jesus, and God’s people in the wilderness.

God’s unique intervention in history through Jesus breaks all the assumptions about how we think God is going to act. God wants to do great things in you by grace. Let God shake you. However, you receive your “wake-up call,” get busy with the daily, inner work of responding to God’s Word …for three years, like Paul!

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
Grace to all and peace from God. v. 3
We’re set free: You gave Yourself. v. 4
Set apart before my birth v. 15
God be glorified in me. v. 24

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This is Christmas Week, Year A.
See “Solar and Sacred Seasons” in the menu above.
Thursdays are dedicated to the New Testament, except the Gospels. This year in the season of Advent to Epiphany we read the letters of Titus, Philemon, Galatians and Philippians.

Scripture Recordings in over 700 languages!
Faith Comes By Hearing

Audio Bible App from www.bible.is

The Firestarters and readings are posted in the timezone UTC+12,
so that they are available in New Zealand and other regions
near the International Date Line.

Adopted into God’s Family

Thursday of the Third Week in Epiphany
Galatians 4

Nick reads the one-minute introduction. Click Firestarter.

As though we are in the middle of a lovely garden, we find ourselves in the center of Paul’s teaching about our salvation through Jesus. Simply put, God has brought us into God’s house and family. You and I can do nothing to qualify us for such adoption. Only Jesus is Son, but in Jesus, we have all the rights and privileges of the first-born son.

Catch the intensity of Paul’s words of love for the churches in Galatia that he urgently wants to be convinced of the truths he expresses. Meditate carefully upon the analogy he makes between Ishmael and Isaac-the former, the child of a slave, the latter, of a free woman. Receive the full impact of being a free child of God in God’s own house.


Bible Breaths

The fullness of time has come. v.4
Spirit cries: “Abba! Father!” v.6
No more a slave, but a child v.7
Birthing pain till Christ is formed v.19

See “Bible Breaths” in Pages to the right for print versions from Christmas Week through the Third Week in Epiphany, as well as the article “Bible Breaths and World Unison Prayer.”


Thursdays are dedicated to the New Testament, except the Gospels.
During Epiphany we read Galatians and Philippians.
See “Reading Plan at a Glance” in Pages to the right.