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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

advent quote of the day (3 Dec 2018)

Celebrating Advent means being able to wait. Waiting is an art that our impatient age has forgotten. It wants to break open the ripe fruit when it has hardly finished planting the shoot. But all too often the greedy eyes are only deceived; the fruit that seemed so precious is still green on the inside, and disrespectful hands . . .

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December 03, 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

advent quote of the day (2 Dec 2018)

Note: Part of our family Advent tradition is reading through a special Advent devotional. This year, we are reading through one of our favorites, "God Is In The Manger," by Dietrich Bonhoeffer. This devotional draws on Bonhoeffer's many letters and other writings during his time in prison during World War II. Each week draws on . . .

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December 02, 2018

new (church year), new bible reading habits

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This Sunday marks the first Sunday in Advent and the start of the new church year! While many people are already thinking about what resolutions they want to make (and subsequently break) at the beginning of 2019 in just over a month, let me encourage the start of the church year (i.e. this Sunday, 2 December) to be the time when you . . .

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November 30, 2018

lection reflection (30 Nov 2018)

reading the bible daily with the church

Today is the feast day of St. Andrew, so we're taking a break from our regular readings. Andrew was one of Jesus' first disciples and one of those who responded to the call of John the Baptist ("Behold, the lamb of God!") by following Jesus. According to Catholic Online:

Per Christian tradition, Andrew went on . . .

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November 30, 2018

lection reflection (29 Nov 2018)

reading the bible daily with the church

Ephesians 1.15-23

St. Paul's prayer in this passage is familiar and intriguing. In it, he prays that we might have knowledge of God and our salvation; the hope to which we are called; the wealth of our inheritance; and the greatness of God's power. Wow! I forced myself to read through that list several times and not gloss . . .

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November 29, 2018

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