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lection reflection (26 Oct 2018)

reading the bible daily with the church

Micah 6.1-8

The Lord's accusations continue against Israel as part of his complaint or lawsuit (v.2). He points out to his people, again, the good things he has done for them by redeeming them from Egyptian slavery and by sending his prophets to them with his word, which they repeatedly spurned. After these charges, however, . . .

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October 26, 2018

lection reflection (25 Oct 2018)

reading the bible daily with the church

Micah 5.1-15 (though the lectionary prescribes only verses 1-5 and 10-15, we should read it all!)

This chapter is a beloved prophesy of the birth of Christ in Bethlehem (v.2). The church has seen that since the very beginning, and we continue to revisit and celebrate this wonder during the season of Advent when we tend to read this . . .

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October 25, 2018

Come to me, all who labor...

theology quote of the week

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Christ himself exclaims in Matthew 11 [:28], “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy-laden, and I will help you.” In this way you may view your sins in safety without tormenting your conscience. Here sins are never sins, for here they are overcome and swallowed up in Christ. He takes your death upon himself and strangles it so . . .

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October 24, 2018

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

on family worship and devotionals

creating a new habit in your home

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One of the most important yet most difficult spiritual disciplines we have put into practice in our family is consistent time for family worship and devotions.

This practice is one of the most important because it is our calling and privilege as parents to pass along the faith to our children. Martin Luther understood this well . . .

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October 23, 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

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