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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

lection reflection (23 Oct 2018)

reading the bible daily with the church

Micah 3.1-8

Today's reading contains two sobering warnings. The first warning points out the reality that God will not answer the prayers of unrepentant sinners, especially those in leadership. Pointedly the prophet accuses them of hating good and loving evil (v.2) and decrees that, though crying out to the Lord for help, . . .

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October 23, 2018

lection reflection (22 Oct 2018)

reading the bible daily with the church

Micah 2.1-13

This weekend we started reading through the minor prophet Micah--a personal favorite! Today we read of Israel's rebellion against the Lord, a recurring theme among the prophets, of course. Interestingly, in the middle of the passage, we read about the people belittling God's prophet and his message of repentance . . .

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October 22, 2018

lection reflection (19 Oct 2018)

reading the bible daily with the church

Hosea 13.9-16

In yesterday's passage (which we omitted for St. Luke's feast day readings), God beautifully reminds Israel that he alone is God and "besides me there is no savior." Yet, in spite of his gracious love toward them, Israel rebelled and followed after other nations and their practices by rejecting God as . . .

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October 19, 2018

lection reflection (18 Oct 2018)

reading the bible daily with the church

Today is the feast day of St. Luke the Evangelist, so we're taking a break from our regular journey through the daily lectionary for today.

Isaiah 52.7-10

In this familiar passage, quoted by St. Paul in Romans, we are taught / reminded of the beauty that comes from the proclamation of the Gospel of God's grace and . . .

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October 18, 2018

lection reflection (17 Oct 2018)

reading the bible daily with the church

Hosea 13.1-3

The respected and famous here led others astray when they turned away from God to idolatry. An entire nation wandered into sin based on the actions of a few influential people. Nothing has changed from then to today, has it? In our culture, we are still influenced by those in power, by celebrities, by those who get . . .

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October 17, 2018

lection reflection (16 Oct 2018)

reading the bible daily with the church

Note: I suffered computer problems yesterday and wasn't able to put down my thoughts on the readings, so this first reflection will be a bonus-sized one, looking at the readings from Sunday through today.

Hosea 11.1-12.14

In the midst of impending judgment for Israel's faithlessness and sinfulness, the fatherly heart . . .

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October 16, 2018

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