Thursday, January 18, 2018

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for January 18, 2018

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for January 18, 2018: Today, our passages are  Genesis 37:1–38:30; Matthew 12:22-45; Psalm 16:1-11; and Proverbs 3:27-32 .    The readings are from  The Mess...

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

The Lectionary Passages for Sunday, January 21, 2018 (The Third Sunday after Epiphany)

Below are NRSV translations of the lessons from the Old Testatment (Jonah 3:1-5, 10), the Psalms (Psalm 62:5-12), the Epistles (1 Corinthians 7:29-31) and the Gospels (Mark 1:14-20). Please make any comments concerning the passages you want. Together, let's discuss the Word of God.

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Image result for God calling JonahJonah 3:1-5, 10

The word of the Lordcame to Jonah a second time, saying,“Get up, go to Nineveh, that great city, and proclaim to it the message that I tell you.”So Jonah set out and went to Nineveh, according to the word of theLord. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly large city, a three days’ walk across.Jonah began to go into the city, going a day’s walk. And he cried out, “Forty days more, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!”   

And the people of Nineveh believed God; they proclaimed a fast, and everyone, great and small, put on sackcloth. When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil ways, God changed his mind about the calamity that he had said he would bring upon them; and he did not do it.

Psalm 62:5-12

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For God alone my soul waits in silence, for my hope is from him.

He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken.

On God rests my deliverance and my honor; my mighty rock, my refuge is in God.

Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us. Selah

Those of low estate are but a breath, those of high estate are a delusion; in the balances they go up; they are together lighter than a breath.

Put no confidence in extortion, and set no vain hopes on robbery; if riches increase, do not set your heart on them.

Once God has spoken; twice have I heard this: that power belongs to God,

and steadfast love belongs to you, O Lord. For you repay to all according to their work.

1 Corinthians 7:29-31


I mean, brothers and sisters, the appointed time has grown short; from now on, let even those who have wives be as though they had none, and those who mourn as though they were not mourning, and those who rejoice as though they were not rejoicing, and those who buy as though they had no possessions, and those who deal with the world as though they had no dealings with it. For the present form of this world is passing away.

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Mark 1:14-20

Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.” As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the sea—for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, “Follow me and I will make you fish for people.” And immediately they left their nets and followed him. As he went a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John, who were in their boat mending the nets. Immediately he called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men, and followed him.

The Lectionary Passages for Thursday, January 18, 2018 (The Confession of Peter)

Below are NRSV translations of the lessons from the First Lesson (Acts 4:8-13), the Psalms (Psalm 18:1-6, 16-19), the Epistles (1 Corinthians 10:1-5) and the Gospels (Matthew 16:13-19). Please make any comments concerning the passages you want. Together, let's discuss the Word of God.

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Image result for peter preachingActs 4:8-13


Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, ‘Rulers of the people and elders, if we are questioned today because of a good deed done to someone who was sick and are asked how this man has been healed, let it be known to all of you, and to all the people of Israel, that this man is standing before you in good health by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead. This Jesus is
“the stone that was rejected by you, the builders;
   it has become the cornerstone.” 
There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among mortals by which we must be saved.’
 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John and realized that they were uneducated and ordinary men, they were amazed and recognized them as companions of Jesus.

Psalm 18:1-6, 16-19
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I love you, O Lord, my strength.
The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer, my God, my rock in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised, so I shall be saved from my enemies.
The cords of death encompassed me; the torrents of perdition assailed me;
the cords of Sheol entangled me; the snares of death confronted me.
In my distress I called upon the Lord; to my God I cried for help. From his temple he heard my voice, and my cry to him reached his ears.
He reached down from on high, he took me; he drew me out of mighty waters.
He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from those who hated me; for they were too mighty for me.
They confronted me in the day of my calamity; but the Lord was my support.
He brought me out into a broad place; he delivered me, because he delighted in me.

1 Corinthians 10:1-5

I do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters, that our ancestors were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea, and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, and all ate the same spiritual food, and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank from the spiritual rock that followed them, and the rock was Christ. Nevertheless, God was not pleased with most of them, and they were struck down in the wilderness.


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Matthew 16:13-19

Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, but others Elijah, and still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for January 17, 2018

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for January 17, 2018: Today, our passages are  Genesis 35:1–36:43; Matthew 12:1-21; Psalm 15:1-5; and Proverbs 3:21-26 .    The readings are from  The Messag...

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for January 16, 2018

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for January 16, 2018: Today, our passages are  Genesis 32:13–34:31; Matthew 11:7-30; Psalm 14:1-7; and Proverbs 3:19-20 .    The readings are from  The Messa...

Monday, January 15, 2018

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for January 15, 2018

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for January 15, 2018: Today, our passages are  Genesis 31:17–32:12; Matthew 10:26– 11:16; Psalm 13:1-6; and Proverbs 3:16-18 .    The readings are from  The ...

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for January 15, 2018

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for January 15, 2018: Today, our passages are  Genesis 31:17–32:12; Matthew 10:26– 11:16; Psalm 13:1-6; and Proverbs 3:16-18 .    The readings are from  The ...