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lection reflection for 18 June 2019 / reading the bible daily with the church

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Today's New Testament reading (1 Tim 1.18-2.8) made me chuckle a bit in light of the recent clamor about Franklin Graham's call for a day of prayer for President Trump. Given his outspoken support of Republican presidents and consistent criticism of Democratic presidents, it's easy to see Graham's call as . . .

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June 18, 2019

Trinity Sunday

a long creed confessing the once-delivered faith

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This Sunday marks Trinity Sunday, the day in the church year specifically set aside to focus on the incomprehensible reality that marks the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit--one God in three persons. Traditionally, as part of corporate worship on this Sunday, congregations recite the Athanasian Creed, a 6th or 7th century creed that . . .

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June 16, 2019

review: Less of More by Chris Nye

"We can stand anything God and nature can throw at us save only plenty. If I wanted to destroy a nation, I would give it too much, and I would have it on its knees, miserable, greedy, sick." -- John Steinbeck
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Chris Nye opens his new book Less of More with this prophetic quote from John Steinbeck...and I was immediately . . .

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June 14, 2019

"God has not called me to be successful...

Mother Teresa on success and fidelity

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God has not called me to be successful. He has called me to be faithful.

--Mother Teresa

Photo by Elijah Beaton on Unsplash

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June 14, 2019

a lectionary trifecta!

lection reflection for 13 June 2019 / reading the bible daily with the church

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Wow. Today's three readings are all amazing! Each of them stands on its own as one worthy of plumbing its depths and meditating upon. Which to choose?

Our passage from 2 Tim 3.1-17 reminds of the wickedness that surrounds us in our culture that is hostile to Christianity and the inevitability of persecution and suffering . . .

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June 13, 2019

the God who wants to be found

lection reflection for 12 June 2019 / reading the bible daily with the church

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In contrast to yesterday's Old Testament reading, today's (Isaiah 65.1-12) shows us another facet of God's character--his desire to be sought and found. Yesterday, we read about God's hiddenness, especially as a result of sin. Our encouragement in times like those, from Martin Luther, was to seek God and pursue him. . . .

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June 12, 2019

a God who hides himself

lection reflection for 11 June 2019 / reading the bible daily with the church

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Today's Old Testament reading (Isaiah 63.15-64.9) speaks of God in an interesting and (perhaps) unusual way. In response to Israel's turning away from God, Isaiah cries out:

You have hidden your face from us.
You have let us be ruined by our sins.

--Isaiah 64.7 GW

We don't often think . . .

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June 11, 2019

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