Saturday, February 28, 2015

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for February 28, 2015

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for February 28, 2015: Today our passages are Leviticus 22:17–23:44; Mark 9:30–10:12; Psalm 44:1-8; and Proverbs 10:19 . The readings are the Contemporary ...

Friday, February 27, 2015

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for February 27, 2015

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for February 27, 2015: Today our passages are Leviticus 20:22–22:16; Mark 9:1-29; Psalm 43:1-5; and Proverbs 10:18 . The readings are the Contemporary Engl...

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for February 26, 2015

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for February 26, 2015: Today our passages are Leviticus 19:1–20:21; Mark 8:11-38; Psalm 42:1-11; and Proverbs 10:17 . The readings are the Contemporary Eng...

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

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The Lectionary Passages for Sunday, March 1, 2015 (The Second Sunday in Lent)

Below are NRSV translations of the lessons from the Psalms (Psalm 22:23-31), Old Testament (Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16), the Letters (Romans 4:13-25), and the Gospels (Mark 8:31-38) Please make any comments concerning the passages you want. Together, let's discuss the Word of God.

Psalm 22:23-31

You who fear the Lord, praise him! All you offspring of Jacob, glorify him; stand in awe of him, all you offspring of Israel!

For he did not despise or abhor the affliction of the afflicted; he did not hide his face from me, but heard when I cried to him.

From you comes my praise in the great congregation; my vows I will pay before those who fear him.

The poor shall eat and be satisfied; those who seek him shall praise the Lord. May your hearts live forever!

All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord; and all the families of the nations shall worship before him.

For dominion belongs to the Lord, and he rules over the nations.

To him, indeed, shall all who sleep in the earth bow down; before him shall bow all who go down to the dust, and I shall live for him.

Posterity will serve him; future generations will be told about the Lord,

and proclaim his deliverance to a people yet unborn, saying that he has done it.

Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16

When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said to him, “I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless. And I will make my covenant between me and you, and will make you exceedingly numerous.” Then Abram fell on his face; and God said to him,

“As for me, this is my covenant with you: You shall be the ancestor of a multitude of nations. No longer shall your name be Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you the ancestor of a multitude of nations. I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you.

I will establish my covenant between me and you, and your offspring after you throughout their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your offspring after you.

God said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name. I will bless her, and moreover I will give you a son by her. I will bless her, and she shall give rise to nations; kings of peoples shall come from her.”


Romans 4:13-25

For the promise that he would inherit the world did not come to Abraham or to his descendants through the law but through the righteousness of faith. If it is the adherents of the law who are to be the heirs, faith is null and the promise is void. For the law brings wrath; but where there is no law, neither is there violation. For this reason it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his descendants, not only to the adherents of the law but also to those who share the faith of Abraham (for he is the father of all of us, as it is written, “I have made you the father of many nations”) —in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist. Hoping against hope, he believed that he would become “the father of many nations,” according to what was said, “So numerous shall your descendants be.” He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was already as good as dead (for he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah’s womb. No distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, being fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. Therefore his faith “was reckoned to him as righteousness.”

Now the words, “it was reckoned to him,” were written not for his sake alone, but for ours also. It will be reckoned to us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead, who was handed over to death for our trespasses and was raised for our justification.

Mark 8:31-38

Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.”

He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life? Indeed, what can they give in return for their life? Those who are ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the Son of Man will also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for February 25, 2015

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for February 25, 2015: Today our passages are Leviticus 16:29–18:30; Mark 7:24–8:10; Psalm 41:1-13; and Proverbs 10:15-16 . The readings are the Contempor...

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for February 24, 2015

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for February 24, 2015: Today our passages are Leviticus 15:1–16:28; Mark 7:1-23; Psalm 40:11-17; and Proverbs 10:13-14 . The readings are the Contemporary E...

Monday, February 23, 2015

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for February 23, 2015

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for February 23, 2015: Today our passages are Leviticus 14:1-57; Mark 6:30-56; Psalm 40:1-10; and Proverbs 10:11-12 . The readings are the Contemporary En...

Sunday, February 22, 2015

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for February 22, 2015

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for February 22, 2015: Today our passages are Leviticus 13:1-59; Mark 6:1-29; Psalm 39:1-13; and Proverbs 10:10 . The readings are the Contemporary English...

Saturday, February 21, 2015

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for February 21, 2015

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for February 21, 2015: Today our passages are Leviticus 11:1–12:8; Mark 5:21-43; Psalm 38:1-22; and Proverbs 10:8-9 . The readings are the Contemporary Eng...

Friday, February 20, 2015

The Bible in a Year: Bible Reading for February 20, 2015

The Bible in a Year: Bible Reading for February 20, 2015: Today our passages are Leviticus 9:7–10:20; Mark 4:26–5:20; Psalm 37:30-40; and Proverbs 10:6-7 . The readings are the Contemporary...

Thursday, February 19, 2015

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for February 19, 2015

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for February 19, 2015: Today our passages are Leviticus 7:28–9:6; Mark 3:31–4:25; Psalm 37:12-29; and Proverbs 10:5 . The readings are the Contemporary Eng...

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

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The Lectionary Passages for Sunday, February 22, 2015 (The First Sunday in Lent)

Below are NRSV translations of the lessons from the Psalms (Psalm 25:1-10), Old Testament (Genesis 9:8-17), the Letters (1 Peter 3:18-22), and the Gospels (Mark 1:9-15) Please make any comments concerning the passages you want. Together, let's discuss the Word of God.

Psalm 25:1-10

To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.

O my God, in you I trust; do not let me be put to shame; do not let my enemies exult over me.

Do not let those who wait for you be put to shame; let them be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous.

Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths.

Lead me in your truth, and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all day long.

Be mindful of your mercy, O Lord, and of your steadfast love, for they have been from of old.

Do not remember the sins of my youth or my transgressions; according to your steadfast love remember me, for your goodness’ sake, O Lord!

Good and upright is the Lord; therefore he instructs sinners in the way.

He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way.

All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep his covenant and his decrees.

Genesis 9:8-17

Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him, “As for me, I am establishing my covenant with you and your descendants after you, and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the domestic animals, and every animal of the earth with you, as many as came out of the ark. I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of a flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.”

God said, “This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: I have set my bow in the clouds, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds, I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. When the bow is in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.” God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant that I have established between me and all flesh that is on the earth.”

1 Peter 3:18-22

For Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, in order to bring you to God. He was put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit, in which also he went and made a proclamation to the spirits in prison, who in former times did not obey, when God waited patiently in the days of Noah, during the building of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were saved through water.

And baptism, which this prefigured, now saves you—not as a removal of dirt from the body, but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers made subject to him.

Mark 1:9-15

In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.” And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him.

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.”

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for February 18, 2015

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for February 18, 2015: Today our passages are Leviticus 6:1–7:27; Mark 3:7-30; Psalm 37:1-11; and Proverbs 10:3-4 . The readings are the Contemporary Engli...

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for February 17, 2015

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for February 17, 2015: Today our passages are Leviticus 4:1–5:19; Mark 2:13–3:6; Psalm 36:1-12; and Proverbs 10:1-2 . The readings are the Contemporary Engl...

Monday, February 16, 2015

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for February 16, 2015

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for February 16, 2015: Today our passages are Leviticus 1:1–3:17; Mark 1:29–2:12; Psalm 35:17-28; and Proverbs 9:13-18 . The readings are the Contemporary...

Sunday, February 15, 2015

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for February 15, 2015

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for February 15, 2015: Today our passages are Exodus 39:1–40:38; Mark 1:1-28; Psalm 35:1-16; and Proverbs 9:11-12 . The readings are the Contemporary Engl...

Saturday, February 14, 2015

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for February 14, 2015

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for February 14, 2015: Today our passages are Exodus 37:1–38:31; Matthew 28:1-20; Psalm 34:11-22; and Proverbs 9:9-10 . The readings are the Contemporar...

Friday, February 13, 2015

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for February 13, 2015

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for February 13, 2015: Today our passages are Exodus 35:10–36:38; Matthew 27:32-66; Psalm 34:1-10; and Proverbs 9:7-8 . The readings are the Contemporary...

Thursday, February 12, 2015

The Bible in a Year: Bible Reading for February 12, 2015

The Bible in a Year: Bible Reading for February 12, 2015: Today our passages are Exodus 34:1–35:9; Matthew 27:15-31; Psalm 33:12-22; and Proverbs 9:1-6 . The readings are the Contemporary ...

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The Lectionary Passages for Sunday, February 15, 2015 (Transfiguration Sunday)

Below are NRSV translations of the lessons from the Psalms (Psalm 50:1-6), Old Testament (2 Kings 2:1-12), the Letters (2 Corinthian 4:3-6), and the Gospels (Mark 9:2-9) Please make any comments concerning the passages you want. Together, let's discuss the Word of God.

Psalm 50:1-6

The mighty one, God the Lord, speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting.

Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God shines forth.

Our God comes and does not keep silence, before him is a devouring fire, and a mighty tempest all around him.

He calls to the heavens above and to the earth, that he may judge his people:

“Gather to me my faithful ones, who made a covenant with me by sacrifice!”

The heavens declare his righteousness, for God himself is judge. Selah

2 Kings 2:1-12

elisha-watching-elijah-depart-1.jpg (576×380)Now when the Lord was about to take Elijah up to heaven by a whirlwind, Elijah and Elisha were on their way from Gilgal. Elijah said to Elisha, “Stay here; for the Lord has sent me as far as Bethel.” But Elisha said, “As the Lord lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” So they went down to Bethel. The company of prophets who were in Bethel came out to Elisha, and said to him, “Do you know that today the Lord will take your master away from you?” And he said, “Yes, I know; keep silent.” Elijah said to him, “Elisha, stay here; for the Lord has sent me to Jericho.” But he said, “As the Lord lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” So they came to Jericho. The company of prophets who were at Jericho drew near to Elisha, and said to him, “Do you know that today the Lord will take your master away from you?” And he answered, “Yes, I know; be silent.” Then Elijah said to him, “Stay here; for the Lord has sent me to the Jordan.” But he said, “As the Lord lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” So the two of them went on. Fifty men of the company of prophets also went, and stood at some distance from them, as they both were standing by the Jordan. Then Elijah took his mantle and rolled it up, and struck the water; the water was parted to the one side and to the other, until the two of them crossed on dry ground.

When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, “Tell me what I may do for you, before I am taken from you.” Elisha said, “Please let me inherit a double share of your spirit.” He responded, “You have asked a hard thing; yet, if you see me as I am being taken from you, it will be granted you; if not, it will not.” As they continued walking and talking, a chariot of fire and horses of fire separated the two of them, and Elijah ascended in a whirlwind into heaven. Elisha kept watching and crying out, “Father, father! The chariots of Israel and its horsemen!” But when he could no longer see him, he grasped his own clothes and tore them in two pieces.

2 Corinthian 4:3-6

And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For we do not proclaim ourselves; we proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and ourselves as your slaves for Jesus’ sake. For it is the God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

Mark 9:2-9

Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no one on earth could bleach them. And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, who were talking with Jesus. Then Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” He did not know what to say, for they were terrified. Then a cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud there came a voice, “This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!” Suddenly when they looked around, they saw no one with them any more, but only Jesus.

As they were coming down the mountain, he ordered them to tell no one about what they had seen, until after the Son of Man had risen from the dead.

Growing in Grace: The Gospel of Mark (Session 4: Sharing the Message...

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The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for February 11, 2015

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for February 11, 2015: Today our passages are Exodus 32:1–33:23; Matthew 26:69–27:14; Psalm 33:1-11; and Proverbs 8:33-36 . The readings are the Conte...

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for February 10, 2015

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for February 10, 2015: Today our passages are Exodus 30:11–31:18; Matthew 26:47-68; Psalm 32:1-11; and Proverbs 8:27-32 . The readings are the Contemporar...

Monday, February 9, 2015

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for February 9, 2015

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for February 9, 2015: Today our passages are Exodus 29:1–30:10; Matthew 26:14-46; Psalm 31:19-24; and Proverbs 8:14-26 . The readings are the Contempora...

Sunday, February 8, 2015

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for February 8, 2015

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for February 8, 2015: Today our passages are Exodus 28:1-43; Matthew 25:31–26:13; Psalm 31:9-18; and Proverbs 8:12-13 . The readings are the Contemporar...

Saturday, February 7, 2015

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for February 7, 2015

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for February 7, 2015: Today our passages are Exodus 26:1–27:21; Matthew 25:1-30; Psalm 31:1-8; and Proverbs 8:1-11 . The readings are the Contemporary En...

Friday, February 6, 2015

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for February 6, 2015

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for February 6, 2015: Today our passages are Exodus 23:14–25:40; Matthew 24:29-51; Psalm 30:1-12; and Proverbs 7:24-27 . The readings are the Contempora...

Thursday, February 5, 2015

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for February 5, 2015

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for February 5, 2015: Today our passages are Exodus 21:22–23:13; Matthew 24:1-28; Psalm 29:1-11; and Proverbs 7:6-23 . The readings are the Contemporary E...

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

The Lectionary Passages for Sunday, February 8, 2015 (5th Sunday after Epiphany)

Below are NRSV translations of the lessons from the Psalms (Psalm 147:1-11, 20c), Old Testament (Isaiah 40:21-31), the Letters (1 Corinthian 9:16-23), and the Gospels (Mark 1:29-39) Please make any comments concerning the passages you want. Together, let's discuss the Word of God.

Psalm 147:1-11, 20c

Praise the Lord! How good it is to sing praises to our God; for he is gracious, and a song of praise is fitting.

The Lord builds up Jerusalem; he gathers the outcasts of Israel.

He heals the brokenhearted, and binds up their wounds.

He determines the number of the stars; he gives to all of them their names.

Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure.

The Lord lifts up the downtrodden; he casts the wicked to the ground.

Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving; make melody to our God on the lyre.

He covers the heavens with clouds, prepares rain for the earth, makes grass grow on the hills.

He gives to the animals their food, and to the young ravens when they cry.

His delight is not in the strength of the horse, nor his pleasure in the speed of a runner;

but the Lord takes pleasure in those who fear him, in those who hope in his steadfast love.

Praise the Lord!

Isaiah 40:21-31

Have you not known? Have you not heard? Has it not been told you from the beginning? Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth? It is he who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers; who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them like a tent to live in; who brings princes to naught, and makes the rulers of the earth as nothing. Scarcely are they planted, scarcely sown, scarcely has their stem taken root in the earth, when he blows upon them, and they wither, and the tempest carries them off like stubble. To whom then will you compare me, or who is my equal? says the Holy One. Lift up your eyes on high and see: Who created these? He who brings out their host and numbers them, calling them all by name; because he is great in strength, mighty in power, not one is missing.

Why do you say, O Jacob, and speak, O Israel, “My way is hidden from the Lord, and my right is disregarded by my God”? Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and strengthens the powerless. Even youths will faint and be weary, and the young will fall exhausted; but those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.

1 Corinthian 9:16-23

If I proclaim the gospel, this gives me no ground for boasting, for an obligation is laid on me, and woe to me if I do not proclaim the gospel! For if I do this of my own will, I have a reward; but if not of my own will, I am entrusted with a commission. What then is my reward? Just this: that in my proclamation I may make the gospel free of charge, so as not to make full use of my rights in the gospel.

For though I am free with respect to all, I have made myself a slave to all, so that I might win more of them. To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as one under the law (though I myself am not under the law) so that I might win those under the law. To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law) so that I might win those outside the law. To the weak I became weak, so that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that I might by all means save some. I do it all for the sake of the gospel, so that I may share in its blessings.

Mark 1:29-39

As soon as they left the synagogue, they entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they told him about her at once. He came and took her by the hand and lifted her up. Then the fever left her, and she began to serve them.

That evening, at sundown, they brought to him all who were sick or possessed with demons. And the whole city was gathered around the door. And he cured many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him. In the morning, while it was still very dark, he got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed. And Simon and his companions hunted for him. When they found him, they said to him, “Everyone is searching for you.” He answered, “Let us go on to the neighboring towns, so that I may proclaim the message there also; for that is what I came out to do.” And he went throughout Galilee, proclaiming the message in their synagogues and casting out demons.

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for February 4, 2015

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for February 4, 2015: Today our passages are Exodus 19:16–21:21; Matthew 23:13-39; Psalm 28:1-9; and Proverbs 7:1-5 . The readings are the Contemporary ...

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for February 3, 2015

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for February 3, 2015: Today our passages are Exodus 17:8–19:15; Matthew 22:34–23:12; Psalm 27:7-14; and Proverbs 6:27-35 . Exodus 17:8-19:15 (C...

Monday, February 2, 2015

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for February 2, 2015

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for February 2, 2015: Today our passages are Exodus 15:19–17:7; Matthew 22:1-33; Psalm 27:1-6; and Proverbs 6:20-26 . The readings are the Contemporary En...

Sunday, February 1, 2015

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for February 1, 2015

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for February 1, 2015: Today our passages are Exodus 13:17–15:18; Matthew 21:23-46; Psalm 26:1-12; and Proverbs 6:16-19 . The readings are the Contemporary E...