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chasing the shiny things of the world

lection reflection for 1 May 2019 / reading the bible daily with the church

For Christians in affluent parts of the world, like the United States, today's epistle reading from 1 John may be one of the hardest parts of the bible to live out.

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world—the lust of the . . .

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May 01, 2019

on hating and being hated

lection reflection for 30 April 2019 / reading the bible daily with the church

Today's epistle and gospel readings both talk about hatred, but they discuss it from opposite directions, which makes for interesting reading and meditation. Rarely do we think about hating and being hated at the same time.

In 1 John 2, we are reminded that the idea of a Christian harboring hatred toward another believer is . . .

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April 30, 2019

starting Daniel and John's letters

lection reflection for 29 April 2019 / reading the bible daily with the church

Today, the daily lectionary simultaneously starts two new books: Daniel and 1 John (with 2 and 3 John to follow). I don't remember starting two books at the same time, at least not for a while, but I'm looking forward to reading and praying through these over the coming weeks. I am especially looking forward to reading Daniel through . . .

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April 29, 2019

church, it's okay, the world has never liked you

lection reflection for 26 April 2019 / reading the bible daily with the church

Yesterday I wrote about the reality that the Church will never be the darling of the world. In fact, if she is praised and beloved by the world, then she is not faithfully being the Church, proclaiming sin and salvation as her Lord has instructed. Today's New Testament reading, from Acts 4, reinforces this reality and shows that the . . .

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April 26, 2019

to the Church: be who Jesus calls you to be (and stop worrying about the rest)

lection reflection for 25 April 2019 / reading the bible daily with the church

John 15.12-27

It was tough to pass up Ezekiel's dry bones this morning, but I got caught up in the Gospel reading...though probably not where you think. Coming off of Maundy Thursday last week, Jesus' command to love one another and his explanation of what that looks like are still fresh in our minds. My imagination got stuck . . .

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April 25, 2019

abiding and waiting on Christ

lection reflection (24 April 2019) / reading the bible daily with the church

Today's Old Testament reading (Micah 7.7-15) unnecessarily splices right in the middle of a larger thought (vv. 1-15)--the idea that our trust must ultimately be placed only in the Lord, for people (both friends and enemies) will disappoint and betray us. Smack in the middle of this passage, Micah points us to God as our true hope.

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April 24, 2019

For God alone my soul in silence waits...

lection reflection (23 April 2019) / reading the bible daily with the church

For God alone my soul in silence waits. (Psalm 62.1 1979 BCP)

The prayer book I use contains the Psalms from the 1979 Book of Common Prayer. This verse from Psalm 62 was the first verse of Scripture I read this morning, and it struck me not only with its patience and hope but with its beauty and rhythm. The poetry of the . . .

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April 23, 2019

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