lection reflection for 19 August 2019 / reading the bible daily with the church
In today's Gospel reading (Mark 11.12-26), Jesus teaches us to pray with a believing heart:
Have faith in God. Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell . . .
We must earnestly and diligently study the Word of God and pray not simply that we may learn to know the Will of God, but that we may be filled with it and always walk in His way and continue in it, and so seek strength and comfort.
Martin Luther, Sermon on the Twenty-fourth Sunday After Trinity, 1536
The accusation made about Jesus is that He mixes with the wrong kind of people. He has friends that respectable people would be ashamed to be seen with. It is not even as if He can keep these friends hidden away in a different world; some of them follow him around, and the circles begin to overlap. He recognizes that how rich . . .
lection reflection for 15 August 2019 / reading the bible daily with the church
Every month, the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) publishes their bestselling book list. Every month, even when the titles change or shift their order, the never-ending parade of bestselling Christian books touts the same message:
God loves you and wants you to succeed, so try harder, find your purpose, . . .
Josemaria Escriva on little things
lection reflection for 14 August 2019 / reading the bible daily with the church
Today's gospel reading is the very familiar dialogue between Jesus and the rich young ruler (Mark 10.17-31). Jesus transitions between this interaction with the young man and his follow-on discussion with the disciples with this very hard-hitting statement:
How hard it is for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom . . .
lection reflection for 13 August 2019 / reading the bible daily with the church
Today's 'lection reflection' isn't from today's daily lectionary reading but from the devotional guide my wife and I use each morning, To Live With Christ by Bo Giertz. This morning's reading was from Jeremiah 2. The following passage from this chapter struck me:
I remember the loyalty of your youth, . . .