Lectionary

Come, Follow Me

  Jonah 3:1-5, 10 Psalm 62: 6-14 1 Corinthians 7: 29-31 Mark 1:14-20   In Mark, Jesus begins his ministry with these words: The time has come at last—the kingdom of God has arrived. You must change your hearts and minds and believe the good news. Phillips Then Mark had Jesus calling his Twelve. Notice also … Continue reading Come, Follow Me

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The Price of Wisdom

  1 Samuel 3:1-20 Psalm 139:1-17 1 Corinthians 6:12-20  John 1:43-51    O Lord, You have examined me and know me. JSB You are so familiar with all my ways that before I speak even a word, Adonai, you know all about it already. CJB The wisdom of God is beyond anything we can comprehend. Before I was … Continue reading The Price of Wisdom

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Baptism of Jesus

  Genesis 1:1-5 Psalm 29 Acts 19:1-7 Mark 1:4-11   Baptism is not a Christian invention. Long before John the Baptizer came along, people used water to purify themselves so as not to offend their gods. Jews took up the practice of immersion to prepare themselves to approach God. However, the worshiper did all those … Continue reading Baptism of Jesus

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The Lord Delights in Those Who Fear Him

Isaiah 61:10-62:3 Galatians 3:23-25; 4:4-7 John 1:1-18 Psalm 147   Fear. Is that really what the psalmist wanted to say? He opened the psalm with, Halleluyah! CJB which is the same as, Praise the Lord! ESV The whole psalm praises the good things he does for us. And then verse 11, the Lord delights in those who fear him, who put … Continue reading The Lord Delights in Those Who Fear Him

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My Servant David

Fourth Sunday of Advent 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16 Romans 16:25-27 Luke 1:26-38 Psalm 89:1-4, 19-26   If we go all the way back to 1 Samuel 1, we will read a familiar story. It is very much like the story of Sari in Genesis. Hannah was one of two wives. The other wife had many … Continue reading My Servant David

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