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lection reflection (18 Oct 2018)

reading the bible daily with the church

Today is the feast day of St. Luke the Evangelist, so we're taking a break from our regular journey through the daily lectionary for today.

Isaiah 52.7-10

In this familiar passage, quoted by St. Paul in Romans, we are taught / reminded of the beauty that comes from the proclamation of the Gospel of God's grace and . . .

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October 18, 2018

Luther on the Gospel

theology quote of the week

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The truth of the Gospel is this, that our righteousness comes by faith alone, without the works of the Law. The falsification or corruption of the Gospel is this, that we are justified by faith but not without the works of the Law. The false apostles preached the Gospel, but they did so with this condition attached to it. The . . .

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October 17, 2018

lection reflection (17 Oct 2018)

reading the bible daily with the church

Hosea 13.1-3

The respected and famous here led others astray when they turned away from God to idolatry. An entire nation wandered into sin based on the actions of a few influential people. Nothing has changed from then to today, has it? In our culture, we are still influenced by those in power, by celebrities, by those who get . . .

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October 17, 2018

lection reflection (16 Oct 2018)

reading the bible daily with the church

Note: I suffered computer problems yesterday and wasn't able to put down my thoughts on the readings, so this first reflection will be a bonus-sized one, looking at the readings from Sunday through today.

Hosea 11.1-12.14

In the midst of impending judgment for Israel's faithlessness and sinfulness, the fatherly heart . . .

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October 16, 2018

lection reflections -- new series

reading the bible daily with the church

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This Advent, the congregation where we worship is going to start encouraging people to do their daily bible readings from the 2-year Daily Lectionary found in the 1979 Book of Common Prayer and used elsewhere in the Lutheran Book of Worship, For All the Saints, and a host of other daily office resources.

Why this . . .

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October 12, 2018

prayer during storms at sea

an Anglican prayer

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O most powerful and glorious Lord God, at whose command the winds blow, and lift up the waves of the sea, and who stillest the rage thereof: We thy creatures, but miserable sinners, do in this our great distress cry unto thee for help: Save, Lord, or else we perish. We confess, when we have been safe, and seen all things quiet . . .

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September 14, 2018

on mystery and the modern life (quote)

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The lack of mystery in our modern life is our downfall and our poverty. A human life is worth as much as the respect it holds for the mystery. We retain the child in us to the extent that we honor the mystery. Therefore, children have open, wide awake eyes, because they know that they are surrounded by mystery...We destroy the . . .

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September 14, 2018

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