Lectionary

Children of the Light

Zephaniah 1:7,12-18 Psalm 90:1-8, (9-11), 12 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 Matthew 25:14-30   Allow me to put in a plug for the NIV Bible. As you may have noticed, I use numerous English translations on this blog site because I look for the one passage that not only gets the sense of the Greek and Hebrew … Continue reading Children of the Light

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With the Trumpet Call of God

Amos 5:18-24 Psalm 70 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 Matthew 25:1-13   Paul was a Pharisee, and as such he believed in life after death. Most Pharisees could have written this: Now we don’t want you, my brothers, to be in any doubt about those who “fall asleep” in death. Phillips But Paul put Jesus the Messiah into … Continue reading With the Trumpet Call of God

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Do As They Say

Micah 3:5-12 Psalm 43 1 Thessalonians 2:9-13 Matthew 23:1-12   Here is a simple test. With which of the following do agree? God is sovereign, and humans have free will. Angels and demons exist. The human soul will live after earthly death. A person must live a pure life. Only free will exists in this … Continue reading Do As They Say

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The Gospel of God

Leviticus 19:1-2,15-18 Psalm 1 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8 Matthew 22:34-46   Most of us can wrap our minds around the Ten Commandments (as found in Exodus 20), but the other 611 commands are not always so meaningful. (By Jewish count, there are 613 commands. The people heard God speak the first two of the Ten, so … Continue reading The Gospel of God

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All the Gods of the Nations

Isaiah 45:1-7 Psalm 96:1-9, (10-13) 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 Matthew 22:15-22   Great is Yahweh, worthy of all praise, More awesome than any of the gods. All the gods of the nations are idols! NJB Civilization began about 5,000 years ago. It was a time when wandering people found places along rivers where grain was available, and … Continue reading All the Gods of the Nations

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