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lection reflection (12 March 2019)

reading the bible daily with the church

Deuteronomy 9.1-12

In today's passage, Moses reminds the children of Israel to be humble and recognize that God's blessing of the Promised Land is not a result of anything they have done but is solely by grace. He explicitly tells them, "You are not going to take possession of their land because of your righteousness or . . .

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March 12, 2019

reflection for the First Sunday in Lent

How is your Lenten journey going so far? I hope you have decided to make this a season of intentionally drawing closer to Christ as we prepare to remember his Passion and celebrate his Resurrection. Encourage each other as you seek Christ this week!

The traditional readings for this First Sunday in Lent find us contrasting Adam in . . .

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Posted in: lenttheology

March 10, 2019

An Ash Wednesday Homily

from worship with the 147th Attack Wing at Ellington Field

Everything we do today as part of our Ash Wednesday worship goes to a single purpose: reminding us of our mortality. The sight of the ashes we use, the smell of the ashes as you draw near to the altar, the grittiness we feel as they are applied to our foreheads, the words we hear as they are applied--all of this serves to remind us that we . . .

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March 06, 2019

Luther on the Greatest Prayer

theology quote of the week

Our Father, who art in heaven,
     hallowed by thy name,
     thy kingdom come,
     thy will be done,
     on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
And forgive us our trespasses,
. . .

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February 28, 2019

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