What Not To Do

Wednesday – The Psalms
Psalm 15

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There is no other joy in life than to sense that you are in the presence of God. This presence for God’s people in David’s time was the resting place of the Ark of the Covenant. Your soul is intended to be the resting place for God when you surrender to the Lord Jesus. “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him” (John 14:23).

The psalm makes a list of what not to do, so that you may dwell with God. Pray the list item by item, opening yourself to the immense inner freedom that comes to those whose lives flow in agreement with the list. If anything jolts your spirit, it means that the Lord is convicting you by awakening you to sin. Turn to the Lord in immediate repentance and receive the peace that only God can give.

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
What are these?
Longing to live in Your tent v. 1
Walking blamelessly with You v. 2
Always speaking with kindness v. 3
Though hurt, standing by the truth v. 4

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Seasoned with Wisdom

Tuesday – The Hebrew “Writings”

Proverbs 10

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The first three Tuesdays in Easter find us penetrating truth through the Book of Proverbs. The Holy Spirit as always is our teacher. Each one of the four seasons over the three-year cycle has a few chapters from this book to “season” our lives with the wisdom of the Spirit.

“On the one hand…on the other hand…” this expression uses the physical weighing of two open palms to consider contrasting points. This book of peace expresses proverbs in a similar manner. Receive each side of these wise sayings, as though you weigh each half of the truths in your hands, until the wisdom that feeds the proverbs centers you. Pause at special proverbs such the one in verse 10. The one that winks and looks the other way at evil is the one who causes trouble!

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
What are these?
Wise of heart, heeding Your words v. 8
One who winks, causing trouble v. 10
Love covers all offenses v. 12
The prudent: restrained in speech v. 19

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Eating the Word

Monday – The Prophets
Ezekiel 1—3

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A desperate, broken, exiled people are about to have the power of God revealed to them through Ezekiel. First, however, a dazzling vision envelopes the prophet.

As you read, believe that this same God of might wants to reveal the divine presence to you. The Lord embraces you with the Word, coming to you from four directions, as imaged in the prophet’s vision. Receive in faith. Be prepared to respond.

Is there anything of a rebellious spirit in you as described of Israel? Unbelief in the Lord’s sovereignty in your life is rebellion. Repent. Allow the Lord to intervene in your life. Resist the mental wrestling that may be going on within, as though you alone have the power to make the changes that need to take place in yours and others’lives. Eat. Commune with God.

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
What are these?
At the center: coals of fire 1:13
Moving as the Spirit moves 1:21
Spirit sending me to speak 2:3
The scroll: sweetness like honey 3:3

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From Mourning to Joy

Easter Sunday
Sundays: The Gospels from the Lectionary<br /John 20:1-18

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New Adam, new Eve, new Eden, new creation: this is Easter morning. Mary Magdalene, figure of Eve and all humanity, weeps at the tomb of her beloved. St. John has the beginning of chapter 3 of The Song of Songs in mind, as we will see in the final four Tuesdays in Easter this year. Be in touch with your own inner weeping for deeper union with the Lord.

Unrecognized, because utterly unexpected, Jesus appears. Come close. The spiritual fragrance of this morning penetrates your soul until there is a resurrection-shift from tears of mourning to tears of joy. The source of the joy is what has happened to Jesus. The spouse of your soul is before you. Leap beyond the prison of your own self-consciousness of sin, to the presence of your Jesus who receives you and loves you completely.

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
What are these?
Linen wrappings lying there v. 5
Empty tomb: Lord, I believe. v. 8
“Woman, whom are you seeking?” v. 15
Mary having seen the Lord v. 18

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The Beauty and Power of God

Passover – The Torah
Exodus 33:12—34:26

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The center of the year for the Jewish people is Passover, as Easter is for Christians. The Torah reading unfolds the beauty, the power, and the presence of God. The Lord’s goodness and mercy are described. Be with Moses as the glory of the Lord is revealed to him and to you, through the Holy Spirit.

Learn about the Seder, the supper that recalls the Exodus. There are foods symbolic of the suffering endured such as salt water for the tears shed, and horseradish for the bitterness experienced in suffering so much.

Today’s Sabbath occurs within the eight days of Passover. We are in solidarity with all those in bondage in one form or another. We intercede for them that the pathways to liberation would become open—that all the “Red Seas” in their lives would split apart so that they can walk on to freedom.

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
What are these?
You, Lord, knowing me by name 33:12
Finding favor in Your sight 33:13
“My presence will go with you.” 33:14
You abound in steadfast love. 34:6

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This plan follows those traditions that take a third of the portion
over a three year cycle, this year, the third part.
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Close to Jesus

Good Friday – The Gospels
John 18:1—19:42

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As you pray through the Passion Narrative, recall your experience of doing this last Sunday with Matthew. Both evangelists find themes of Exodus and Jesus as King. What variations and nuances can you find?

Let your whole day be soaked with the saving Blood of Jesus by reading scenes in the narrative. Here is a suggested outline:
6 am (or on rising)    Arrest, Trial, Denial of Peter – 18:1-27

9 am     Jesus and Pilate – 18:28-40

12 pm    Scourging, Crown of Thorns, Crucifixion – 19:1-30

3 pm     Piercing the Side; Burial – 19:31-42

Be close to your Lord throughout this day, just as did the beloved disciple and Mary, mother of Jesus.

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
What are these?
“I am he: the one you seek.” 18:5
“My kingdom not from this world” 18:36
Head bowed, You gave the Spirit 19:30
Blood and water flowing out 19:34

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Communion and Community

Holy Thursday – The New Testament
1 Corinthians 11—12

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Picture the Upper Room where Jesus is sharing the Passover with his apostles. This Last Supper becomes the First Supper of a New Creation. Something only from heaven is about to take place; divine communion and community is incarnated in our human flesh through the Sacrament of Bread and Wine.

Keep your awareness of communion and community central as you read these two chapters of Paul. They treat of both. Though we peer into the particular problems of the church in Corinth long ago, the essence of the issues of strife and competition rear their ugly faces in every time and place religious institution. May the power of Christ transform you by the radiant light of his love. Pray for the oneness of the world.

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
What are these?
“This is my body for you.” 11:24
Cup of the new covenant 11:25
Many gifts from one Spirit 12:4
Many members, one body 12:12

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