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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

praying for our leaders

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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