Time of Grace is an international Christian outreach media ministry that connects people to God’s grace through Jesus Christ so that they know they are loved and forgiven. The ministry uses television, print, social media, and the web to share the gospel with people across the U.S. and around the world. On the weekly Time of Grace television program, Pastor Mark Jeske presents Bible studies that are understandable, interesting, and can be applied to people’s lives. The program is broadcast locally, nationally, and internationally on various networks, including FreeForm (ABC Family), which is carried by virtually all cable providers in the U.S. For a complete broadcast schedule, visit timeofgrace.org. Watch Time of Grace or visit timeofgrace.org, where you will find the program via streaming video and audio podcasts, as well as study guides, daily devotions, blogs, a prayer wall, and additional resources. You can also call 800.661.3311 for more information.
Valentines Day 2012
timeofgrace.org Accompanying Devotion: Well, the Day is here (I mean February 14, of course). Have you bought your stuff? Over 190 million love-themed greeting cards change hands in the US in mid-February each year, not to mention the tons of chocolate, acres of flowers, and heaps of jewelry. Why do we all go crazy at the same time? You may have heard that the real name for February 14 is St. Valentine's Day. Indeed, the Catholic Church's calendar of saints lists St. Valentine's feast day as 2/14, but details of the original person are very sketchy. It could have been a Roman priest who was martyred in AD 269, but there are other Valentines listed as saints. There appears to be no connection between martyred Christians and Hallmark. The love associations go back at least as far as Chaucer, who wrote that birds were known to mate on "seynt Volantynys" day. Regardless of how we got here, our culture demands that people pay attention to those they love on this day. What a good idea! Just as birthdays are handy annual reminders to make people feel important, 2/14 is a helpful nudge for all of us to express our love. St. Paul wrote to his friends in the congregation at Philippi: "I thank my God every time I remember you" (Philippians 1:3). This would be a great time for me to thank every one of you who prays for Time of Grace, supports us, or uses our materials to help connect people with their Savior Jesus. I thank my God every time I remember all of you. I love you.