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lection reflection (27 Nov 2018)

reading the bible daily with the church

Zechariah 11.4-17

Today's passage tells a parable of the Lord abandoning his people in judgment--typical of what we've been reading in the prophets. The covenant with God is symbolically and visibly broken by the breaking of the shepherd's staff and the people left to fend for themselves. Toward the end, God pronounces . . .

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November 27, 2018

lection reflection (26 Nov 2018)

reading the bible daily with the church

As we enter in to the final week of the church year, both the historic and modern lectionaries focus on the final coming of Christ as King and Lord, as Redeemer and Judge, as Victor and Ruler. The modern lectionary followed by many churches in the West added the feast of Christ the King to specifically point both believers and non-believers . . .

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November 26, 2018

prayer on Thanksgiving day

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Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good and His mercy endures forever. Lord God, heavenly Father, You have created me and endowed me with all that I am or have as a pure gift of Your "fatherly, divine goodness and mercy, without any merit or worthiness in me." You sustain me from day to day with the gifts of daily . . .

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November 22, 2018

a Thanksgiving break

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I'm taking a short sabbatical from blogging over the Thanksgiving break. It is time to unplug and be thankful. I shall take up writing again on the 26th. Until then...be thankful!

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November 18, 2018

lection reflection (16 Nov 2018)

reading the bible daily with the church

Luke 16.1-9

I confess, I have always found this to be Jesus' most perplexing parable. What behavior is commendable? Whom are we to emulate? Who is acting justly? What is the lesson here? How can we apply it to our own lives? Rightly understanding and applying this parable has always been a challenge. While some early commentators . . .

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November 16, 2018

lection reflection (15 Nov 2018)

reading the bible daily with the church

James 1.1-15

"Consider it a great joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you experience various trials, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance [patience, steadfastness, perseverance]" (James 1.2-3 CSB). This is a tough lesson. Unfortunately for us, as we all know, there is only one way to learn . . .

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November 15, 2018

grace and mercy are there

theology quote of the week

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Grace and mercy are there where Christ on the cross takes your sin from you, bears it for you, and destroys it. To believe this firmly, to keep it before your eyes and not to doubt it, means to view the picture of Christ and to engrave it in yourself.

Luther, Martin. Luther’s works, vol. 42: Devotional Writings I . . .

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November 14, 2018

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