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lection reflection (1 Nov 2018)

reading the bible daily with the church

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(note: our readings take a detour today as the church observes the festival of All Saints' day)

Hebrew 11.32-12.2

Through all of Hebrews chapter 11, we are encouraged by the lives of the Old Testament saints, who lived in faith, looking forward to the realization of the promises God had made but not yet fulfilled. . . .

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November 01, 2018

lection reflection (31 Oct 2018)

reading the bible daily with the church

Nahum 1.1-14

In contrast to the prophet Jonah and the good news he brought to Nineveh, the prophet Nahum brings a word of impending judgment from God for their wickedness. Even in the midst of this message of reckoning, however, the gracious and patient nature of the Lord shines through. "The Lord is good, a stronghold in the . . .

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October 31, 2018

lection reflection (30 Oct 2018)

reading the bible daily with the church

Jonah 3.1-4.11

Today we come to the main points of Jonah. This book is, after all, not primarily a fish tale--though we tend to fixate on that from the time we are children. The points of the book are the graciousness and compassion of God toward all people / nations / races and the promise of forgiveness toward those who repent of . . .

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October 30, 2018

lection reflection (29 Oct 2018)

reading the bible daily with the church

Jonah 1.17-2.10

In this passage, Jonah shows his faith in God in the midst of trouble. To this point, Jonah clearly believes in God but runs away from his clear calling instead of relying on God to do the task he feels ill-equipped, unable, or unwilling to do. It isn't until he has no other options, until his life bottoms out, . . .

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October 29, 2018

lection reflection (26 Oct 2018)

reading the bible daily with the church

Micah 6.1-8

The Lord's accusations continue against Israel as part of his complaint or lawsuit (v.2). He points out to his people, again, the good things he has done for them by redeeming them from Egyptian slavery and by sending his prophets to them with his word, which they repeatedly spurned. After these charges, however, . . .

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October 26, 2018

lection reflection (25 Oct 2018)

reading the bible daily with the church

Micah 5.1-15 (though the lectionary prescribes only verses 1-5 and 10-15, we should read it all!)

This chapter is a beloved prophesy of the birth of Christ in Bethlehem (v.2). The church has seen that since the very beginning, and we continue to revisit and celebrate this wonder during the season of Advent when we tend to read this . . .

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October 25, 2018

lection reflection (24 Oct 2018)

reading the bible daily with the church

Micah 3.9-4.5

After warning corrupt leadership, priests, and prophets again, Micah changes directions and presents us with a beautiful and comforting prophecy of the future when the nations will come to the mountain of the Lord and "will beat their swords into plows and their spears into pruning knives. Nation will not take up . . .

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October 24, 2018

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