We have traditionally made cookies around the holidays, including at Christmastime, to share with our neighbors. While the business of life can make it hard to connect with those in such close proximity to us, making and delivering cookies is an easy way to bless your neighbors and break the ice, so you can say “hi” at the mailbox, invite them over for dinner, or talk to them about Jesus.
Today in her reflection on the book of Malachi, Brianna Hines uses a story of French fries and an unchecked spirit to show us the importance of loving and forgiving others.
So often we approach the Bible, bringing what we have and hoping that within the Bible’s pages we can find instructions to help us make our lives something beautiful all on our own. We forget that the Bible is first and foremost not an instruction manual but a love letter from our God, reminding us of who He is. While the Bible is good for teaching, reproof, and instruction (2 Timothy 3:16), the message over and over starts like Malachi with “I have loved you.” Join us today as we Pause, Ponder, and Pray through Malachi 1:1-5.
As we begin our journey through Holy Week on this Palm Sunday Eve, Jaime Sherman invites us to step back in time to the First Century and allow our senses to come alive as Mary anoints Jesus with the oil of spikenard.
Last week in our Ponder and Pray feature, we looked at the first of three chapters of Jesus’ Last Supper Discourse in which Jesus declared that He is the Way, the Truth and the Life, and then promised the Holy Spirit, a helping spirit of peace to guide them — and believers today — through life. Today we’ll find another I AM statement in chapter 15 and more comfort about how the Holy Spirit, also known as the Spirit of Truth, will guide us through the harsh reality that the world hates us because we follow Jesus.