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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

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

true greatness: following Jesus, not bestsellers

lection reflection for 15 August 2019 / reading the bible daily with the church

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Every month, the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) publishes their bestselling book list. Every month, even when the titles change or shift their order, the never-ending parade of bestselling Christian books touts the same message:

God loves you and wants you to succeed, so try harder, find your purpose, . . .

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August 15, 2019

our struggle between riches and the Kingdom

lection reflection for 14 August 2019 / reading the bible daily with the church

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Today's gospel reading is the very familiar dialogue between Jesus and the rich young ruler (Mark 10.17-31). Jesus transitions between this interaction with the young man and his follow-on discussion with the disciples with this very hard-hitting statement:

How hard it is for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom . . .

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August 14, 2019

calling on God in good times and bad

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

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Today's 'lection reflection' isn't from today's daily lectionary reading but from the devotional guide my wife and I use each morning, To Live With Christ by Bo Giertz. This morning's reading was from Jeremiah 2. The following passage from this chapter struck me:

I remember the loyalty of your youth, . . .

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August 13, 2019

on detours and not getting what you hoped for

lection reflection for 30 July 2019 / reading the bible daily with the church

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Today's New Testament reading is from Acts 16. Buried in the midst of this chapter is a divine detour:

They went through the region of Phrygia and Galatia; they had been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia. When they came to Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus did not . . .

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July 30, 2019

on rocky ground, thorns, and good soil

lection reflection for 22 July 2019 / reading the bible daily with the church

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Today's Gospel reading comes from the 4th chapter of Mark, the familiar Parable of the Sower. In fact, for many of us, this parable is so familiar that it is hard for us to read it attentively and afresh because we have heard it so many times! As I have written and taught elsewhere, we are so familiar with this parable and so aware . . .

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July 22, 2019

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