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lection reflection (13 Dec 2018)

reading the bible daily with the church

2 Thessalonians 2.1-12

It is interesting to consult the fathers on end times matters (eschatology). The church has historically always considered that Jesus' second coming could happen at any time. Only in the last couple of centuries, with the rise of Dispensationalism (think Schofield bible), have Christians really considered . . .

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December 13, 2018

lection reflection (12 Dec 2018)

reading the bible daily with the church

Isaiah 6.1-13

There are a couple of interesting things to point out from today's Old Testament passage. The first thing that struck me in consulting the Fathers is the unanimity with which they find the Trinity referenced and worshiped in the angelic cry, "Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of Armies/Hosts!" Fulgentius is . . .

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December 12, 2018

lection reflection (10 Dec 2018)

reading the bible daily with the church

I've elected to focus on only the Epistle lesson today, as I find myself having conversations on this exact subject increasingly more often than in the past. For whatever reason, when we think or hope the end is near, it is easy to essentially just give up and forgo the calling we've received in Christ to be salt and light. I . . .

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December 10, 2018

lection reflection (6 Dec 2018)

reading the bible daily with the church

Isaiah 2.5-22

In this passage, the Prophet rebukes Israel not merely for her faithlessness and idolatry but for her greed, avarice, and selfishness. We are used to the Prophets blasting Israel for the former two, but unless we pay attention (especially to some of the minor prophets like Amos) we miss or gloss over God's . . .

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December 06, 2018

lection reflection (5 Dec 2018)

reading the bible daily with the church

Isaiah 2.1-4

The early church was unanimous in its interpretation of this prophecy as a reference to Christ and the church. Theodoret, Cyril, Augustine, Gregory the Great, Eusebius, Jerome, and others all read these words from Isaiah and very clearly saw Jesus and his bride. Eusebius is representative of the Fathers and wrote this . . .

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December 05, 2018

lection reflection (4 Dec 2018)

reading the bible daily with the church

Isaiah 1.21-31

Here we read another passage foretelling and threatening judgment against faithless and unrighteous Israel. But we must not read it as only a warning against sin--it is also a promise of forgiveness and restoration for the penitent and humble sinner. Buried in the middle of the passage is the Lord's purpose, in it . . .

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December 04, 2018

lection reflection (3 Dec 2018)

reading the bible daily with the church

Isaiah 1.10-20

This passage is one of my favorite, and also one of the most terrifying, passages in all of Isaiah. It is a favorite of mine because it calls us back to the simple good works that ought to be the natural overflow of every Christian's life: "Remove your evil deeds from my sight. Stop doing evil. Learn to do . . .

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December 03, 2018

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