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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

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

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

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