Lectionary

Judge Your Neighbor Fairly

  Leviticus 19:1-2,9-18 1 Corinthians 3:10-11,16-23 Matthew 5:38-48 Psalm 119:33-40   The Leviticus reading for today is typically passed over by Christians. We enjoy reading top 10 lists of ways to deep fat fry turkeys or who were the best-dressed celebs at the Tony Awards. We do not want to read the full 613 ways … Continue reading Judge Your Neighbor Fairly

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The Lord is Your Life

  Deuteronomy 30:15-20 1 Corinthians 3:1-9 Matthew 5:21-37 Psalm 119:1-8   Something unique happens in the Matthew reading: Jesus tells us that kindness to other people is the way of life. We cannot hurt others without suffering the consequences. Is this Biblical? That is, can we find it in the Old Testament? I’m glad you asked. … Continue reading The Lord is Your Life

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A Nation That Does What is Right

  Isaiah 58:1-12 1 Corinthians 2:1-16 Matthew 5:13-20 Psalm 112:1-10   In the words of Jesus: For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. ESV The Pharisees were closer to being proper Jews than any other major group. Forget about individuals for a moment, … Continue reading A Nation That Does What is Right

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Blessed Are Those

  Micah 6:1-8 1 Corinthians 1:18-31 Matthew 5:1-12 Psalm 15   Micah delivers a powerful condemnation of God’s people—of us.  O my people, what have I done that makes you turn away from me? TLB Micah has God’s people responding, Could I give my firstborn to pay for my crimes, the fruit of my body for the … Continue reading Blessed Are Those

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Walking in Darkness

Isaiah 9:1-4 1 Corinthians 1:10-18 Matthew 4:12-23 Psalm 27:1, 5-13   Our modern American view of walking at night includes plenty of street lights, but if you are in a wilderness area the experience is different. With only the stars to guide us, seeing a tree before walking into it is just possible, unless it … Continue reading Walking in Darkness

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