God’s Love LEtter
Crying out to Jesus –WEEK 34:
This week we are again focusing on the gift of faith. Faith looks to Jesus. Faith causes us to cry out to Jesus. Blind Bartimaeus (from Sundays Gospel – Mark 10:46-52) cries out to Jesus, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Jesus asked him, “What do you want Me to do for you?” Bartimaeus replied, “Rabbi, let me recover my sight.” Jesus said, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.” Faith, trust, and belief are all found in and through Jesus. It’s important to stay near Jesus and where He may be found, in church, His Word, and His Sacraments. Faith gives that inner yearning to be near Him to hear His every word. There is power and life in His word. Receive the healing benefits from it this week.
We are needy ones just like Bartimaeus. So, let’s add this short prayer to our prayer repertoire, “Jesus have mercy on me! (adding our specific daily requests). In your name Jesus, I pray. Amen.” In the waking moments of every day, add specifics to this – your cry to our Lord.
Our pattern is to read 3 chapters of God’s Word each day and watch as our love and care for God and others grows. You can read them all at once or spread them out throughout the day. When we read God’s Word, application of that Word is an important aspect of what we’ve read. After reading each chapter, be sure to pick 1 verse (you may have more than 1 and that is great) in that chapter that was especially meaningful for you. Take a moment to savor that verse (those verses) and ponder upon them. Then say a short prayer about making that verse’s teaching(s) a part of this day’s journey of following Jesus as one of His modern-day followers.
Look how far that we’ve already come in 2021. We’ve read the Old Testament Books of Genesis, Exodus, Ruth, Esther, Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Isaiah, the New Testament Books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts, Romans, 1&2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1&2 Thessalonians, 1&2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon, Hebrews, James, 1&2 Peter, 1&2&3 John, Jude and Revelation.
~ Pastor Larry Rubeck
Every week, look for “This week’s readings” highlighted in the latest issue of THE MESSENGER.
Let’s encourage one another to read God’s love letter together!
Monday, Oct 25th – Leviticus 11, Jeremiah 16, Hosea 4
Tuesday, Oct 26th – Leviticus 12, Jeremiah 17, Hosea 5
Wednesday, Oct 27th – Leviticus 13, Jeremiah 18, Hosea 6
Thursday, Oct 28th – Leviticus 14, Jeremiah 19, Hosea 7
Friday, Oct 29th – Leviticus 15, Jeremiah 20, Hosea 8
Saturday, Oct 30th – Leviticus 16, Jeremiah 21, Hosea 9
Sunday, Oct 31st – Leviticus 17, Jeremiah 22, Hosea 10