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imperfect faith...and gracious redemption

lection reflection for 13 Dec 2019 / reading the bible daily with the church

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In this week's collect, we pray for the ability to be able to serve God in purity. In just a few words we are humbly reminded of two sides of our Christian lives: the reality of the struggle against sin and shortcomings and the simultaneous reality of God's promised grace that makes our salvation and deliverance possible. . . .

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December 13, 2019

the example of love

lection reflection for 10 Dec 2019 / reading the bible daily with the church

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In this week's collect, we implore God to stir our hearts and enable us to serve him in response for the great mercies he has shown us in Christ Jesus. Today's Epistle reading (1 Jn 4.7-16) extends this idea to loving and serving each other. But St. John does not simply exhort us to love each other because it is nice, it is . . .

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December 10, 2019

sacrificing joy

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

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I didn't write on yesterday's readings because I have been fighting a raging sinus infection which put writing about as far away from my mind as is possible. This, really, pales in comparison to the struggles of several people close to us. Within 24 hours of Monday's post on deliverance and rest, a friend going through a . . .

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December 04, 2019

deliverance and rest

lection reflection for 2 Dec 2019 / reading the bible daily with the church

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Today's readings (Gen 3.1-24 and Mt 11.25-30) expand on the petitions of this week's collect, in which we pray rescue from our sins and God's mighty deliverance. They flesh out these requests by teaching us and reminding us of our need for redemption (from Genesis) and the benefits of God's salvation in Christ (from . . .

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December 02, 2019

finding God where he promises to be found

lection reflection for 23 Sept 2019 / reading the bible daily with the church

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Today's Old Testament reading (2 Kings 5.1-19) is one of my absolute favorite accounts in the Old Testament. In it we are reminded of several essential truths that tend to run counter to our own thinking about how God should behave and work. For this reason...

First, we learn that we may find God precisely where he promises . . .

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September 23, 2019

craving Christ in a junk food loving world

lection reflection for 18 Sept 2019 / reading the bible daily with the church

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Following the two-year daily lectionary, this week we started reading through 1 Corinthians. Today, as we read most of the second chapter, we read these words from St. Paul:

When I came to you, brothers and sisters, announcing the mystery of God to you, I did not come with brilliance of speech or wisdom. I decided to know . . .

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September 18, 2019

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

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