…“I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove,
and it remained on him.
I myself did not know him,
but the one who sent me to baptize with water said to me,
‘He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain is the one
who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’
And I myself have seen and have testified
that this is the Son of God.”
John 1:32-34 (NRSV)
In the beginning the Word already existed.
The Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
He existed in the beginning with God.
God created everything through him,
and nothing was created except through him.
The Word gave life to everything that was created,
and his life brought light to everyone.
The light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness can never extinguish it.
The LORD gave this message to Jonah…:
“Get up and go to the great city of Nineveh.
But Jonah got up and went in the opposite direction
to get away from the LORD.
…he found a ship leaving for Tarshish
…and went on board,
hoping to escape from the LORD…
(Eastern bluebird, female)
It is the LORD who created the stars,
the Pleiades and Orion.
He turns darkness into morning
and day into night.
He draws up water from the oceans
and pours it down as rain on the land.
The LORD is his name!
(Moonrise with stars January 20, 2019)
Now this is what the LORD says…
“Come back to me and live!
So pay attention to how you hear.
To those who listen to my teaching,
more understanding will be given.
But for those who are not listening,
even what they think they understand
will be taken away from them.
(Red shouldered hawk)
At the sound of Mary’s greeting,
Elizabeth’s child leaped within her,
and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.
Elizabeth gave a glad cry and exclaimed to Mary,
‘God has blessed you above all women,
and your child is blessed.
They have planted the wind
and will harvest the whirlwind…
“Therefore you now have sorrow;
but I will see you again
and your heart will rejoice,
and your joy no one will take from you.”
John 16:22 NKJV
If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord
and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead,
you will be saved.