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lection reflection (15 Nov 2018)

reading the bible daily with the church

James 1.1-15

"Consider it a great joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you experience various trials, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance [patience, steadfastness, perseverance]" (James 1.2-3 CSB). This is a tough lesson. Unfortunately for us, as we all know, there is only one way to learn . . .

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November 15, 2018

grace and mercy are there

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Grace and mercy are there where Christ on the cross takes your sin from you, bears it for you, and destroys it. To believe this firmly, to keep it before your eyes and not to doubt it, means to view the picture of Christ and to engrave it in yourself.

Luther, Martin. Luther’s works, vol. 42: Devotional Writings I . . .

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November 14, 2018

lection reflection (14 Nov 2018)

reading the bible daily with the church

Joel 2.12-19

After a lengthy description of judgment and the coming "Day of the Lord," the prophet Joel proclaims God's invitation to repent and turn back to him in faith and hope. "Tear your hearts, not just your clothes, and return to the LORD your God. For he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger, . . .

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November 14, 2018

lection reflection (13 Nov 2018)

reading the bible daily with the church

We're back at it today after a few days of much-needed and enjoyed time in the Texas hill country...

Luke 14.25-34

Today's passage presents us with a difficult teaching on the struggle of priorities in our lives. Taken literally, the notion of hating our our parents, spouses, and children is unimaginable to come from . . .

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November 13, 2018

Luther on righteous government

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Since the beginning of the world it has been true, and it remains true, that spiritual and temporal authority are more often given to the Pilates, Herods, Annases, and Caiaphases than to godly men such as Peter, Paul, and others. There are always more evil men than godly ones in the government as in all other estates. Moreover, . . .

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November 07, 2018

lection reflection (7 Nov 2018)

reading the bible daily with the church

Zephaniah 2

Warnings against the impending judgment of God continue through this chapter. The prophet relays the message, nation by nation, of the coming day of the Lord, which is described here as a day of terrible judgment. Instead of the pride and arrogance for which they will be judged, Zephaniah calls the people to change their . . .

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November 07, 2018

lection reflection (6 Nov 2018)

reading the bible daily with the church

Luke 13.1-9

In most study bibles, commentaries, and preaching, the parable of the barren fig tree usually receives little attention or is skipped over entirely. Many study bible notes point out something entirely unhelpful such as, "The unproductive tree represents people who were not producing fruit." Super helpful, right? . . .

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November 06, 2018

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