Historical note: In chapter 7 of John’s Gospel we find Jesus traveling to the temple for a Feast of Tabernacles. He is confronted by the Jewish leaders again. He promises to give the Spirit to those who believe in him, and many do believe in him. The rulers give orders to capture Jesus, but the order is not executed. In many editions of the Gospel chapter 8 opens with the account of the woman taken in adultery. Then Jesus is again in Galilee, and the Pharisees seek to confront him. He tells the Pharisees he is sent from God. When he tells that he existed before Abraham they are ready to stone him, but he escapes from them.
Sunday, February 7, 2016
John 8:42 Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came from God and now am here. I have not come on my own; but he sent me.”
Prayer: O God, we love you for sending the Son who has taught us the meaning of love.
Thought for the day: Before Hallmark cards were invented God cared enough to send the very best.
Monday, February 8, 2016
John 3:5 Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, unless a man is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.”
Prayer: Jesus, though we are born of the mother’s womb, we long to be birthed by the Spirit of God.
Thought for the day: One writer said she thought the smell of a newborn baby was the freshest smell of all.
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Matthew 6:9 This is how you should pray: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.”
Prayer: God our Heavenly Father, humbly we your children call your name.
Thought for the day: When the chick answers the hen’s call, the chick finds shelter under her wings from the hawk soaring above.
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Mark 3:34,35 Then he looked at those seated in the circle around him and said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.”
Prayer: Jesus, who are we that we should be called your kindred?
Thought for the day: Procreation ends with birth but nurturing parenthood is never-ending.
Thursday, February 11, 2016
Hebrews 10:10,11 Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in his holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.”
Prayer: Jesus, when our call to holiness seems burdensome, remind us often of the joy of being called God’s children.
Thought for the day: In hindsight soft discipline may prove to be unkind discipline.
Friday, February 12, 2016
I John 4:19,20 We love because he first loved us. If anyone says, “I love God,” yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen cannot love God, whom he has not seen.
Prayer: Jesus, they’re all your children who reach out to us for love.
Thought for the day: Would you act differently, if you thought the person in the mirror looked just like Jesus?
Saturday, February 13, 2016
John 8:28,29 So Jesus said, “When you have lifted up the son of Man, then you will know who I am, and that I do nothing on my own but speak just what the Father has taught me. The one who sent me is with me, he has not left me alone, for I always do what pleases him.
Prayer: God, we can never thank you enough for sending your very own son.
Thought for the day: Many prayers are like letters that never reach the addressee for lack of a stamp.
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