Lectionary

Whose Son is He?

  Acts 1:6-14 Psalm 68:1-10, 33-36 1 Peter 4:12-14, 5:6-11 John 17:1-11 John opens his Gospel with the power of Genesis: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. ESV We know from Genesis that God spoke the universe into existence. I like Phillips translation of John expressing that same … Continue reading Whose Son is He?

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Do Not Fear the Greeks

  The Areopagus, Mars Hill in the Bible. Acts 17:22-31 Psalm 66:7-18 1 Peter 3:13-22 John 14:15-21 Paul made his way to the very center of civilization, at least as it was believed to be in the Roman Empire. After preaching in the markets of Athens and making a name for himself, the Areopagites invited … Continue reading Do Not Fear the Greeks

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Signs and Wonders

  Acts 7:55-60  Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16 1 Peter 2:2-10 John 14:1-14   Turning back to Acts 6:8, we read, And Stephen, full of grace and power, was doing great wonders and signs among the people. ESV This is the first mention of Stephen. What were the wonders and signs? In John 4:43-54, Jesus said, “I suppose you … Continue reading Signs and Wonders

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Peculiar People

  Acts 2:42-47  1 Peter 2:19-25 John 10:1-10 Psalm 23 The daily readings for Thursday through Saturday serve as a preparation and build-up to the Sunday, while the Monday through Wednesday readings follow up the Sunday message. While most of the preparation readings come from several different books, the 1 Peter starts with verse 9 … Continue reading Peculiar People

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The Ransom Has Been Paid

  Acts 2:14a,36-41 1 Peter 1:17-23 Luke 24:13-35 Psalm 116:1-3, 10-17   In our times, we tend to think of a ransom as a payment to kidnappers, but in ancient times it was mostly a payment for a crime—a fine. As an example: Numbers 35:31; Do not accept a ransom for the life of a murderer, who … Continue reading The Ransom Has Been Paid

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