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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

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

lection reflection (6 Feb 2019)

reading the bible daily with the church

It has been nearly six weeks since I regularly posted Lection Reflections. What started as a short break over Christmas turned into a ridiculously long break because of the government furlough and the catching up required after the government re-opened. Hopefully that mess is behind us now and I can resume writing daily.

Isaiah . . .

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February 06, 2019

lection reflection (18 Dec 2018)

reading the bible daily with the church

Isaiah 9.1-7

Today's Old Testament reading in Isaiah contains one of the most familiar and beloved prophecies of the coming Messiah. "For a child will be born for us, a son will be given to us, and the government will be on his shoulders. He will be named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace" . . .

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December 18, 2018

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