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Solomon: encouragement to a fellow sinner

lection reflection for 28 Aug 2019 / reading the bible daily with the church

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In today's Old Testament reading (1 Kings 3.1-15), do we get mixed messages about King Solomon? On one hand, we see acts that were clearly prohibited for Israel's kings. On the other hand, we see Solomon's clear devotion to God and selflessness. Solomon is a mixed bag, not without may flaws, faults, and sin, but also blessed . . .

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August 28, 2019

Christians are 'peculiar'...

Kate Tristram on the faithful odd

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We are 'peculiar.' We have chosen not to go with the majority. We shall pray and reflect on the life of Christ: most people don't do this. We shall worship and receive God's gifts in His sacraments: most people don't do this. We shall be in a minority: we shall be odd.

Kate Tristam, quoted in Celtic . . .

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August 22, 2019

Luther on God's good gifts

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God could easily give you grain and fruit without your plowing and planting. But He does not want to do so. Neither does He want your plowing and planting alone to give you grain and fruit; but you are to plow and plant and then ask His blessing and pray: “Now let God take over; now grant grain and fruit, dear Lord! Our plowing . . .

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August 21, 2019

pastors, read your Greek (and Hebrew) in print

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I love electronic resources for bible study, like Logos and Olive Tree. In fact, I have been using Logos since before it was Libronix for a few years, back when the program came with a ridiculous number of 3.5" disks to install all the resources. Long before smartphones were invented, I used Olive Tree on my Treo Handspring during . . .

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August 20, 2019

unanswered prayer: wisdom from C.S. Lewis

lection reflection for 19 August 2019 / reading the bible daily with the church

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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 . . .

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August 19, 2019

Luther on studying God's Word

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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

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August 16, 2019

"Jesus mixes with the wrong kind of people..."

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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 . . .

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August 15, 2019

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