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"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

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

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