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on Pentecost...not a tame lion

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In addition to the traditional Pentecost text from Acts, our pastor called a bit of an audible yesterday and added John 3.6-8:

Whatever is born of the flesh is flesh, and whatever is born of the Spirit is spirit.Do not be amazed that I told you that you must be born again.The wind blows where it pleases, and you hear its . . .

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June 10, 2019

Mary's focus and Martha's distraction... in a smartphone world

lection reflection for 7 June 2019 / reading the bible daily with the church

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Today's Gospel reading is the familiar account of Mary and Martha from the Gospel according to Luke. We have all read and heard this many times, and yet as with all of Scripture, each reading is God speaking to us if we will only listen.

While they were traveling, he entered a village, and a woman named Martha welcomed . . .

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June 07, 2019

"The strength of Christ is the strength of your salvation..."

Anselm on salvation, Christ, and resurrection

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O Christian soul, soul raised up from grievous death, soul redeemed and freed by the blood of God from wretched bondage: arouse your mind, remember your resurrection, contemplate your redemption and liberation. Consider anew where and what the strength of your salvation is, spend time in meditating upon this strength, delight . . .

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June 06, 2019

on God's loving discipline

lection reflection for 5 June 2019 / reading the bible daily with the church

Today's Old Testament lesson is Ezekiel 11.14-25. As we read it, we doubtless focus on the most well-known verses in the passage, verses 19-20:

Then I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within them, and take the stony heart out of their flesh, and give them a heart of flesh,that they may walk in My . . .

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June 05, 2019

"Unless we had this hope we should long ago have been sunk..."

lection reflection for 4 June 2019 / reading the bible daily with the church

Today's New Testament reading is from Hebrews 6, where we are taught / reminded of the certain hope of God's promises in Christ Jesus:

God wouldn’t change his plan. He wanted to make this perfectly clear to those who would receive his promise, so he took an oath. God did this so that we would be encouraged. God cannot . . .

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June 04, 2019

"I'll follow you, but..."

lection reflection for 3 June 2019 / reading the bible daily with the church

Today's gospel reading (Luke 9.51-62) tells of three would-be disciples who all state their eagerness to follow Jesus but whom all also couch that willingness with apparently more pressing needs. Over and over and over, we read their responses to Jesus' call on them. "I'll follow you, but..." And over and over and over, . . .

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June 03, 2019

"pray, hope, and don't worry..."

from Padre Pio

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Pray, hope, and don't worry. Anxiety doesn't help at all. Our Merciful Lord will isten to your prayer.

- St. Padre Pio

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May 30, 2019

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