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family bible reading plans

getting started with family worship and devotionals

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Last week I wrote about establishing the practice of family worship and devotionals. There I encouraged the practice of daily scripture reading in our families. That suggestion begs the question of where to start? For those desiring to create the habit of daily bible reading, deciding where to begin and how to proceed can be . . .

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October 30, 2018

lection reflection (30 Oct 2018)

reading the bible daily with the church

Jonah 3.1-4.11

Today we come to the main points of Jonah. This book is, after all, not primarily a fish tale--though we tend to fixate on that from the time we are children. The points of the book are the graciousness and compassion of God toward all people / nations / races and the promise of forgiveness toward those who repent of . . .

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October 30, 2018

lection reflection (29 Oct 2018)

reading the bible daily with the church

Jonah 1.17-2.10

In this passage, Jonah shows his faith in God in the midst of trouble. To this point, Jonah clearly believes in God but runs away from his clear calling instead of relying on God to do the task he feels ill-equipped, unable, or unwilling to do. It isn't until he has no other options, until his life bottoms out, . . .

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October 29, 2018

why analog?

living deliberately in a complex world

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By all rights, I ought to be one of the most digitally-immersed people out there. After all, I work for NASA with a team of people from around the world. As part of the Air National Guard, I am in near-constant communication with peers and colleagues at multiple locations around the globe. I love tinkering with computers, especially . . .

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Posted in: analoglife

October 26, 2018

lection reflection (26 Oct 2018)

reading the bible daily with the church

Micah 6.1-8

The Lord's accusations continue against Israel as part of his complaint or lawsuit (v.2). He points out to his people, again, the good things he has done for them by redeeming them from Egyptian slavery and by sending his prophets to them with his word, which they repeatedly spurned. After these charges, however, . . .

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October 26, 2018

lection reflection (25 Oct 2018)

reading the bible daily with the church

Micah 5.1-15 (though the lectionary prescribes only verses 1-5 and 10-15, we should read it all!)

This chapter is a beloved prophesy of the birth of Christ in Bethlehem (v.2). The church has seen that since the very beginning, and we continue to revisit and celebrate this wonder during the season of Advent when we tend to read this . . .

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October 25, 2018

Come to me, all who labor...

theology quote of the week

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Christ himself exclaims in Matthew 11 [:28], “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy-laden, and I will help you.” In this way you may view your sins in safety without tormenting your conscience. Here sins are never sins, for here they are overcome and swallowed up in Christ. He takes your death upon himself and strangles it so . . .

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October 24, 2018

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