February/March 2016 - Vol. 84
praying before an open Bible
. Listening with a Disciple's Ear
“Morning by morning he wakens my ears to hear
as those who are taught” – Isaiah 50:4

In this issue
This issue focuses on the merciful Father who sends his only begotten Son who brings us new life in the Holy Spirit so we can walk in love and truth as his adopted sons and daughters.

In the four Gospel accounts of the life and ministry of the Lord Jesus, we hear the eternal Father who speaks audibly to his Son and to all who have ears to listen to his voice:

"This is my beloved Son with whom I am well pleased - listen to him"
 (Mark 9:7, Luke 9:35, Matthew 3:17, John 12:28).

God the Father speaks to us through his Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. He is the eternal Word of God who has come in the flesh to become one with us in our humanity and to redeem us from sin, Satan, and death. Through the power of his life-giving Word he comes to us each and every day to strengthen and renew us in faith, hope, and love.

Ask the Lord Jesus to open your ears to hear his voice and to give you understanding of his steadfast love, mercy, and forgiveness, through the transforming power of the Holy Spirit.

"Morning by morning he wakens my ears to hear as those who are taught"
(Isaiah 50:4).

"His mercies never come to an end - they are new every morning"
(Lamentations of Jeremiah 3:22,23).
May the Lord Jesus give us, individually and corporately, a disciple's ear that is eager to listen and to follow the Lord with expectant faith and trusting hope in his promises. And just as he did with his first disciples, may he graciously open the Scriptures for us and set our hearts on fire with the love of Christ (Luke 24:32; 44-45).

Sincerely in Christ,
Don Schwager

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