Weekly Devotion and Lectionary

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One Way

John 14:6 - Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

I loathe traveling in Washington, D.C. I have been to D.C. on 14 different occasions with 8th grade students and their parents. I have endured the 13 hour trip through Ohio to a few small stops in PA. But then, we would get back on the bus and head for our night arrival at our hotel in Washington, D.C. But the next few mornings drove me CRAZY because I knew we would be joining the commute into D.C. for touring. This meant trying to find our way through construction zone-filled, labyrinth of one way streets in the District of Columbia. Thank goodness the bus drivers communicate with each other and we were often able to navigate around the headaches. But once in a while, we would have to sit and wait as 300 vehicles maneuver through one lane of traffic. UGH!!!
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As a math teacher, I never would say that students “had to do it my way.” I want students to be able to explain to me how they got to their answer, especially if they did not do it “my way.” My father is a saint for the number of times he had to try to explain a math concept over to me. Believe or not, I did not always pay attention when my math teacher was explaining. But just like D.C. traffic, there are some math concepts where there is only one way to accomplish the problem.

As we delve into the faith issue here, Jesus is quite clear with the message He is delivering to His disciples. Just prior to Jesus stating this famous Bible verse, Jesus was letting His disciples know that He would soon be departing the physical world. He said that places would be prepared for them when they arrived there. Jesus also said that they knew the way there. Of course, one of the disciples says that they do not know where He is going, nor do they know the way.

Jesus gives an answer that (no offense) not even the disciples could screw up. He says, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” There is no action that a human needs to complete. There is no procedure to be followed. In fact, Jesus limits the access point of Heaven by giving one, singular means by which we will be able to enter Heaven - through Him! God removes most, if not all, confusion that the disciples (and us) might have on this topic.

There can only be one truth when it comes to mankind’s salvation. That truth is delivered by the only perfect person we know - God. He provides us the truth in His Word. That is why Jesus continued to be quoted as saying, “I tell you the truth.” He was not there to misguide us. He was leading us.

Here is the sad point in this devotion (sort of). If we want to shred this physical life of sin and impurity, we need to look to God for eternal life and its blessings. No matter how many times humans have tried to find a way back to God, they have failed because they thought they could do it themselves. God has already provided us with The Life - when He sent Jesus to suffer on the cross for us. He defeated death and when He rose Easter morning, He showed that He was THE Way, THE Truth, and The Life.

There is only one way to Heaven: It is clear! It is concise! God gave us THE Way, THE Truth, and The Life: Jesus Christ.

Written by Mr. David Kaiser

Online sources for personal or family devotions: 

 http://www.whatdoesthismean.org/devotions.html 

Go to the website above and click on the devotions tab to find an entire liturgy to use at home. These devotions are meant to be used daily for a week and then new devotions are posted. 

I would also like to share a different Bible series that you may want to use at home to start dinner time devotions. I have discovered a new avenue to use for YOUNG children’s ministry. It is called d365.org. You are asked to subscribe to the site which will then send a small family devotion for you to use with your children every single day of the year.

A brand new way to access the Bible as you spend time with your family. Mr. Charles McGathy has posted a way for parents to access a new yearly Bible reading app on Facebook. The app is called Youversion. It will look like a small icon of a Bible. One way is to ask each pastor and myself to write a weekly devotion that you may read together as a family. That is enclosed on the end of the newsletter. Another way is to provide a weekly Bible reading program and a family prayer that you may use at dinner devotions or whenever you hold Jesus Time at home. Please feel free to use this.


Lectionary Readings for This Week:

Mon - Jer 30:1-11a; I John 3:10-16
Tues - Hosea 5:15-6:6; 2 John 1:1-6
Weds – Prov 9:1-6; Mark 16:9-18
Thurs – Gen 30:25-43; Acts 3:17-26
Fri – Gen 46:28-47:6; Acts 4:1-14
Sat – Gen 48:8-19; Mark 6:30-34
Sun – Psalm 23; Acts 4:5-12
Mon – I Sam 16:1-13; 1 Pet 5:1-5
 
 

Family Prayer for the Week:

Father, my heart is heavy. I feel like I have to carry the burden alone. Words like overwhelmed, distraught, exhausted seem to describe where I am. I am not sure how to let you carry my heavy load, so please show me how. Take it from me. Let me rest and be refreshed so that my heart won't be so heavy in the morning. In Jesus' name. Amen.

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