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lection reflection (26 Feb 2019)

reading the bible daily with the church

Ruth 1

In this opening chapter of the Book of Ruth, the confession of faith made by Ruth (vv. 16-17) is familiar and beloved by many. Coming as it does from the lips of a Moabite woman, however, we mustn't let its familiarity overshadow it's striking and unexpected declaration of faith in a foreign God. Just as Abraham . . .

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February 26, 2019

lection reflection (25 Feb 2019)

reading the bible daily with the church

2 Corinthians 1.1-11

The beginning of St. Paul's second letter to the church at Corinth contains one of the most eloquent, beautiful, pointed treatments of suffering and comfort anywhere in Holy Scripture. It is not easy reading, however, because the Apostle's language goes round and round. It can be especially difficult to . . .

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February 25, 2019

Justification, Approval, and the God's Word Bible Translation

a reappraisal in light of the phenomenon of social media

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Over three billion people around the world use social media. That's almost half the entire world's population and almost the entire population of the globe that has access to the internet. (source: Mashable). There are more than seven times as many people on social media around the world as there are people who lack basic heath . . .

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February 15, 2019

"Thy will be done..."

theology quote of the week

"Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven..."

You may say, “Well, did God not endow us with a free will?” I reply: To be sure, he gave you a free will. But why do you want to make it your own will? Why not let it remain free? If you do with it whatever you will, it is not a free will, but your own will. God did not . . .

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February 14, 2019

lection reflection (12 Feb 2019)

reading the bible daily with the church

Isaiah 58.1-12

Today's passage from Isaiah challenges us to "put up or shut up," as the saying goes. Here we see a picture of what well-rounded, holistic faith looks like in action:

Isn’t this the fast I choose:
To break the chains of wickedness,
to untie the ropes of the yoke,
to set the . . .

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February 12, 2019

lection reflection (11 Feb 2019)

reading the bible daily with the church

Mark 9.30-41

If anyone wants to be first, he must be last and servant of all. (Mark 9.35, CSB)

This saying of Jesus flies in the face of our worldly culture and the constant barrage of information, social media, and news that we consume on a daily basis. Saying that Jesus call us to a life that is counter-cultural . . .

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February 11, 2019

lection reflection (7 Feb 2019)

reading the bible daily with the church

Isaiah 54.1-17

Having been studying in Psalm 46 this week in preparation for Sunday chapel services, I couldn't help notice the connection between Isaiah's promises in verse 10 and the Psalmist's words of hope and confidence.

Isaiah says, "Though the mountains move and the hills shake, my love will not be . . .

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February 07, 2019

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