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Mary's focus and Martha's distraction... in a smartphone world

lection reflection for 7 June 2019 / reading the bible daily with the church

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Today's Gospel reading is the familiar account of Mary and Martha from the Gospel according to Luke. We have all read and heard this many times, and yet as with all of Scripture, each reading is God speaking to us if we will only listen.

While they were traveling, he entered a village, and a woman named Martha welcomed . . .

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June 07, 2019

on God's loving discipline

lection reflection for 5 June 2019 / reading the bible daily with the church

Today's Old Testament lesson is Ezekiel 11.14-25. As we read it, we doubtless focus on the most well-known verses in the passage, verses 19-20:

Then I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within them, and take the stony heart out of their flesh, and give them a heart of flesh,that they may walk in My . . .

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June 05, 2019

"Unless we had this hope we should long ago have been sunk..."

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

Today's New Testament reading is from Hebrews 6, where we are taught / reminded of the certain hope of God's promises in Christ Jesus:

God wouldn’t change his plan. He wanted to make this perfectly clear to those who would receive his promise, so he took an oath. God did this so that we would be encouraged. God cannot . . .

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June 04, 2019

"I'll follow you, but..."

lection reflection for 3 June 2019 / reading the bible daily with the church

Today's gospel reading (Luke 9.51-62) tells of three would-be disciples who all state their eagerness to follow Jesus but whom all also couch that willingness with apparently more pressing needs. Over and over and over, we read their responses to Jesus' call on them. "I'll follow you, but..." And over and over and over, . . .

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June 03, 2019

on anxiety and faith

lection reflection for 29 May 2019 / reading the bible daily with the church

Then he said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, don’t worry about your life, what you will eat; or about the body, what you will wear. For life is more than food and the body more than clothing.Consider the ravens: They don’t sow or reap; they don’t have a storeroom or a barn; yet God feeds them. Aren’t you worth much more than the . . .

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May 29, 2019

trusting in ourselves when things go well

lection reflection for 28 May 2019 / reading the bible daily with the church

Before crossing into the Promised Land, Moses prophetically warned the children of Israel (again!) not to think too highly of themselves or to trust in their own abilities and strength when things ended up going smoothly after decades wandering the desert. For then, as now, when times are tough, it is easy to turn to God in hope and trust, . . .

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May 28, 2019

on being led astray by idols

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

For the worship of idols not to be names is the beginning and cause and end of every evil.

--Wisdom 14.27

In our contemporary world, idol worship is not something we consider very much. We are far too 'sophisticated' and modern for idolatry to be a threat to our faith. Or are we?

Luther reminds us . . .

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May 23, 2019

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