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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

advent quote of the day (5 Dec 2018)

The coming of God is truly not only a joyous message, but is, first, frightful news for anyone who has a conscience. And only when we have felt the frightfulness of the matter can we know the incomparable favor. God comes in the midst of evil, in the midst of death, and judges the evil in us and in the world. And in judging it, he loves . . .

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December 05, 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

advent quote of the day (4 Dec 2018)

Not everyone can wait: neither the sated nor the satisfied nor those without respect can wait. The only ones who can wait are people who carry restlessness around with them and people who look up with reverence to the greatest in the world. Thus Advent can be celebrated only by those whose souls give them no peace, who know that they are . . .

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December 04, 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

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

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