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lection reflection for 23 Sept 2019 / reading the bible daily with the church

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Today's Old Testament reading (2 Kings 5.1-19) is one of my absolute favorite accounts in the Old Testament. In it we are reminded of several essential truths that tend to run counter to our own thinking about how God should behave and work. For this reason...

First, we learn that we may find God precisely where he promises . . .

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September 23, 2019

craving Christ in a junk food loving world

lection reflection for 18 Sept 2019 / reading the bible daily with the church

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Following the two-year daily lectionary, this week we started reading through 1 Corinthians. Today, as we read most of the second chapter, we read these words from St. Paul:

When I came to you, brothers and sisters, announcing the mystery of God to you, I did not come with brilliance of speech or wisdom. I decided to know . . .

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September 18, 2019

Solomon: encouragement to a fellow sinner

lection reflection for 28 Aug 2019 / reading the bible daily with the church

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In today's Old Testament reading (1 Kings 3.1-15), do we get mixed messages about King Solomon? On one hand, we see acts that were clearly prohibited for Israel's kings. On the other hand, we see Solomon's clear devotion to God and selflessness. Solomon is a mixed bag, not without may flaws, faults, and sin, but also blessed . . .

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August 28, 2019

unanswered prayer: wisdom from C.S. Lewis

lection reflection for 19 August 2019 / reading the bible daily with the church

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In today's Gospel reading (Mark 11.12-26), Jesus teaches us to pray with a believing heart:

Have faith in God. Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell . . .

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August 19, 2019

true greatness: following Jesus, not bestsellers

lection reflection for 15 August 2019 / reading the bible daily with the church

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Every month, the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) publishes their bestselling book list. Every month, even when the titles change or shift their order, the never-ending parade of bestselling Christian books touts the same message:

God loves you and wants you to succeed, so try harder, find your purpose, . . .

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August 15, 2019

our struggle between riches and the Kingdom

lection reflection for 14 August 2019 / reading the bible daily with the church

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Today's gospel reading is the very familiar dialogue between Jesus and the rich young ruler (Mark 10.17-31). Jesus transitions between this interaction with the young man and his follow-on discussion with the disciples with this very hard-hitting statement:

How hard it is for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom . . .

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August 14, 2019

calling on God in good times and bad

lection reflection for 13 August 2019 / reading the bible daily with the church

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Today's 'lection reflection' isn't from today's daily lectionary reading but from the devotional guide my wife and I use each morning, To Live With Christ by Bo Giertz. This morning's reading was from Jeremiah 2. The following passage from this chapter struck me:

I remember the loyalty of your youth, . . .

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August 13, 2019

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