Sunday, August 7
2 Kings 2: 11-12 As they were walking along and talking together, suddenly a chariot of fire and horses of fire appeared and separated the two of them, and Elijah went up to heaven, in a whirlwind. Elisha saw this and cried out. My father! My Father! The chariots and horsemen of Israel! And Elisha saw him no more. Then he took hold of his own clothes and tore them apart.
Prayer: Jesus, one day we shall join you in heaven forever.
Thought for the day: Someone said we God’s servants depart from this life when God calls them to another work.
Monday, August 8
John 5:24 I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.
Prayer: Lord Jesus Christ, we believe you have made a place for us in the mansions of heaven.
Thought for the day: If God holds the deeds for all heavenly mansions, then God can set the terms of the mortgage payments.
Tuesday, August 9
I Thessalonians 4: 16-17 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the air.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, we give thanks that you have already provided a future for all those who love you.
Thought for the day: If someone finds no joy in hearing the word of the Lord for an hour, why would that same person want His welcome into an eternity with Him?
Wednesday, August 10
2 Timothy 4: 6-7 For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time has come for my departure. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
Prayer: Lord God, for those faithful servants who have given their all to serve you we thank you.
Thought for the day: How we depart from this life is to be determined by us, but that we depart is determined.
Thursday, August 11
John 20:21 Again Jesus said,” Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.”
Prayer: Jesus, for our generation we shall be your ambassadors.
Thought for the day: God is preparing you to be the messenger for someone in need of the message of God’s love.
Friday, August 12
Matthew 10: 7-8 As you go preach this message; ‘The kingdom of heaven is near. Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.
Prayer: Jesus, people do need to hear the message of your coming kingdom.
Thought for the day: If Jesus’ apostles were hesitant to spread the word of their Master, would you or I have heard the good news?
Saturday, August 13
Matthew 5:14 You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden.
Prayer: Jesus, may all who watch us see You in us.
Thought for the day: On a summer’s night even a small light has the power to attract a crowd.
Adult Bible Study Outline
2 Kings 2: 1-13 – W-A-G-O-N
Wish of Elisha – Elisha wished to see his master in parting and have a double portion of his spirit.
Angles – God sent an angelic chariot to receive the prophet.
Garment – Elisha took up the mantle of Elijah, and in taking up the garment he took up the ministry of prophesy.
Orientation – In the absence of Elijah Elisha had to acclimate himself the role of the prophet in his generation.
New Life – Elisha entered into new life with God as a foreshadowing of the new life with God promised to believers in Christ.
Photo: “Elijah the Prophet” by Fr. Lawrence Lew, O. P. on http://www.flickr.com