Friday, October 20, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for October 20, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for October 20, 2017: Today our passages are   Jeremiah 35:1–36:32; 1 Timothy 5:1-25; Psalm 89:14-37; and Proverbs 25:25-27 . The readings are from the  Contemp...

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The Lectionary Passages for Sunday, October 22, 2017 (Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost)

Below are NRSV translations of the lessons from the Old Testatment (Exodus 33:12-23 or Isaiah 45:1-7), the Psalms (Psalm 99 or Psalm 96:1-9, (10-13)), the Epistles (1 Thessalonians 1:1-10) and the Gospels (Matthew 22:15-22). Please make any comments concerning the passages you want. Together, let's discuss the Word of God.

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Moses said to the Lord, “See, you have said to me, ‘Bring up this people’; but you have not let me know whom you will send with me. Yet you have said, ‘I know you by name, and you have also found favor in my sight.’Now if I have found favor in your sight, show me your ways, so that I may know you and find favor in your sight. Consider too that this nation is your people.” He said, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” And he said to him, “If your presence will not go, do not carry us up from here. For how shall it be known that I have found favor in your sight, I and your people, unless you go with us? In this way, we shall be distinct, I and your people, from every people on the face of the earth.” The Lord said to Moses, “I will do the very thing that you have asked; for you have found favor in my sight, and I know you by name.”Moses said, “Show me your glory, I pray.” And he said, “I will make all my goodness pass before you, and will proclaim before you the name, ‘The Lord’; and I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy. But,” he said, “you cannot see my face; for no one shall see me and live.” And the Lord continued, “See, there is a place by me where you shall stand on the rock; and while my glory passes by I will put you in a cleft of the rock, and I will cover you with my hand until I have passed by; then I will take away my hand, and you shall see my back; but my face shall not be seen.”


Image result for Isaiah 45:1-7Thus says the Lord to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have grasped to subdue nations before him and strip kings of their robes, to open doors before him— and the gates shall not be closed: I will go before you and level the mountains, I will break in pieces the doors of bronze and cut through the bars of iron, I will give you the treasures of darkness and riches hidden in secret places, so that you may know that it is I, the Lord, the God of Israel, who call you by your name. For the sake of my servant Jacob, and Israel my chosen, I call you by your name, I surname you, though you do not know me.


I am the Lord, and there is no other; besides me there is no god. I arm you, though you do not know me, so that they may know, from the rising of the sun and from the west, that there is no one besides me; I am the Lord, and there is no other. I form light and create darkness, I make weal and create woe; I the Lord do all these things.


The Lord is king; let the peoples tremble! He sits enthroned upon the cherubim; let the earth quake!

The Lord is great in Zion; he is exalted over all the peoples.

Let them praise your great and awesome name. Holy is he!

Mighty King, lover of justice, you have established equity; you have executed justice and righteousness in Jacob.

Extol the Lord our God; worship at his footstool. Holy is he!

Moses and Aaron were among his priests, Samuel also was among those who called on his name. They cried to the Lord, and he answered them.

He spoke to them in the pillar of cloud; they kept his decrees, and the statutes that he gave them.

O Lord our God, you answered them; you were a forgiving God to them, but an avenger of their wrongdoings.

Extol the Lord our God, and worship at his holy mountain; for the Lord our God is holy.


Image result for Psalm 96O sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth.

Sing to the Lord, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day to day.

Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples.

For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; he is to be revered above all gods.

For all the gods of the peoples are idols, but the Lord made the heavens.

Honor and majesty are before him; strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.

Ascribe to the Lord, O families of the peoples, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.

Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; bring an offering, and come into his courts.

Worship the Lord in holy splendor; tremble before him, all the earth.

(Say among the nations, “The Lord is king! The world is firmly established; it shall never be moved. He will judge the peoples with equity.”

Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; let the sea roar, and all that fills it;

let the field exult, and everything in it. Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy


before the Lord; for he is coming, for he is coming to judge the earth. He will judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples with his truth.)


Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace.

We always give thanks to God for all of you and mention you in our prayers, constantly remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. For we know, brothers and sisters beloved by God, that he has chosen you, because our message of the gospel came to you not in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction; just as you know what kind of persons we proved to be among you for your sake.


And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for in spite of persecution you received the word with joy inspired by the Holy Spirit, so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia. For the word of the Lord has sounded forth from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but in every place your faith in God has become known, so that we have no need to speak about it. For the people of those regions report about us what kind of welcome we had among you, and how you turned to God from idols, to serve a living and true God, and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead—Jesus, who rescues us from the wrath that is coming.


Image result for render unto caesarThen the Pharisees went and plotted to entrap him in what he said. So they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are sincere, and teach the way of God in accordance with truth, and show deference to no one; for you do not regard people with partiality. Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to the emperor, or not?” But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, “Why are you putting me to the test, you hypocrites? Show me the coin used for the tax.” And they brought him a denarius. Then he said to them, “Whose head is this, and whose title?” They answered, “The emperor’s.” Then he said to them, “Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” When they heard this, they were amazed; and they left him and went away.

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for October 18, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for October 18, 2017: Today our passages are   Jeremiah 31:27–32:44; 1 Timothy 3:1-16; Psalm 88:1-18; and Proverbs 25:20-22 . The readings are from the  Contemp...

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for October 17, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for October 17, 2017: Today our passages are   Jeremiah 30:1–31:26; 1 Timothy 2:1-15; Psalm 87:1-7; and Proverbs 25:18-19 . The readings are from the  Contempor...

Monday, October 16, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for October 16, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for October 16, 2017: Today our passages are   Jeremiah 28:1–29:32; 1 Timothy 1:1-20; Psalm 86:1-17; and Proverbs 25:17 . The readings are from the  Contemporar...

Sunday, October 15, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for October 15, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for October 15, 2017: Today our passages are   Jeremiah 26:1–27:22; 2 Thessalonians 3:1-18; Psalm 85:1-13; and Proverbs 25:16 . The readings are from the  Conte...

Saturday, October 14, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for October 14, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for October 14, 2017: Today our passages are   Jeremiah 23:21–25:38; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-17; Psalm 84:1-12; and Proverbs 25:15 . The readings are from the  Cont...

Thursday, October 12, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for October 12, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for October 12, 2017: Today our passages are   Jeremiah 19:1–21:14; 1 Thessalonians 5:4-28; Psalm 82:1-8; and Proverbs 25:8-10 . The readings are from the  Cont...

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for October 11, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for October 11, 2017: Today our passages are   Jeremiah 16:16–18:23; 1 Thessalonians 4:1–5:3; Psalm 81:1-16; and Proverbs 25:6-7 . The readings are from the  ...

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for October 10, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for October 10, 2017: Today our passages are   Jeremiah 14:11–16:15; 1 Thessalonians 2:10–3:13; Psalm 80:1-19; and Proverbs 25:1-5 . The readings are from the  ...

Monday, October 9, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for October 9, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for October 9, 2017: Today our passages are   Jeremiah 12:1–14:10; 1 Thessalonians 1:1–2:9; Psalm 79:1-13; and Proverbs 24:30-34 . The readings are from the  C...

Saturday, October 7, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for October 7, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for October 7, 2017: Today our passages are   Jeremiah 8:8–9:26; Colossians 3:1-17; Psalm 78:32-55; and Proverbs 24:27 . The readings are from the  Contemporar...

Friday, October 6, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for October 6, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for October 6, 2017: Today our passages are  Jeremiah 6:15–8:7; Colossians 2:8-23; Psalm 78:1-31; and Proverbs 24:26 . The readings are from the  Contemporary ...

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

The Lectionary Passages for Sunday, October 8, 2017 (Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost)

Below are NRSV translations of the lessons from the Old Testatment (Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20 or Isaiah 5:1-7), the Psalms (Psalm 19 or Psalm 80:7-15), the Epistles (Philippians 3:4b-14) and the Gospels (Matthew 21:33-46). Please make any comments concerning the passages you want. Together, let's discuss the Word of God.

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Image result for moses receives the ten commandmentsExodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20

Then God spoke all these words: I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; you shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not acquit anyone who misuses his name. Remember the sabbath day, and keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work.

Honor your father and your mother, so that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you. You shall not murder. You shall not commit adultery. You shall not steal. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or male or female slave, or ox, or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.

When all the people witnessed the thunder and lightning, the sound of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking, they were afraid and trembled and stood at a distance, and said to Moses, “You speak to us, and we will listen; but do not let God speak to us, or we will die.” Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid; for God has come only to test you and to put the fear of him upon you so that you do not sin.”

Isaiah 5:1-7

Image result for Isaiah 5:1-7Let me sing for my beloved my love-song concerning his vineyard: My beloved had a vineyard on a very fertile hill. He dug it and cleared it of stones, and planted it with choice vines; he built a watchtower in the midst of it, and hewed out a wine vat in it; he expected it to yield grapes, but it yielded wild grapes. And now, inhabitants of Jerusalem and people of Judah, judge between me and my vineyard. What more was there to do for my vineyard that I have not done in it? When I expected it to yield grapes, why did it yield wild grapes? And now I will tell you what I will do to my vineyard. I will remove its hedge, and it shall be devoured; I will break down its wall, and it shall be trampled down. I will make it a waste; it shall not be pruned or hoed, and it shall be overgrown with briers and thorns; I will also command the clouds that they rain no rain upon it. For the vineyard of the Lord of hosts is the house of Israel, and the people of Judah are his pleasant planting; he expected justice, but saw bloodshed; righteousness, but heard a cry!

Image result for Psalm 19Psalm 19

The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.

Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge.

There is no speech, nor are there words; their voice is not heard;

yet their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In the heavens he has set a tent for the sun,

which comes out like a bridegroom from his wedding canopy, and like a strong man runs its course with joy.

Its rising is from the end of the heavens, and its circuit to the end of them; and nothing is hid from its heat.

The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the decrees of the Lord are sure, making wise the simple;

the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is clear, enlightening the eyes;

the fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever; the ordinances of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.

More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey, and drippings of the honeycomb.

Moreover by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.

But who can detect their errors? Clear me from hidden faults.

Keep back your servant also from the insolent; do not let them have dominion over me. Then I shall be blameless, and innocent of great transgression.

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

Psalm 80:7-15

Image result for Psalm 80Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved.

You brought a vine out of Egypt; you drove out the nations and planted it.

You cleared the ground for it; it took deep root and filled the land.

The mountains were covered with its shade, the mighty cedars with its branches;

it sent out its branches to the sea, and its shoots to the River.

Why then have you broken down its walls, so that all who pass along the way pluck its fruit?

The boar from the forest ravages it, and all that move in the field feed on it.

Turn again, O God of hosts; look down from heaven, and see; have regard for this vine,

the stock that your right hand planted.

Philippians 3:4b-14

If anyone else has reason to be confident in the flesh, I have more: circumcised on the eighth day, a member of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew born of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee; as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law, blameless. Yet whatever gains I had, these I have come to regard as loss because of Christ. More than that, I regard everything as loss because of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things, and I regard them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but one that comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God based on faith. I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the sharing of his sufferings by becoming like him in his death, if somehow I may attain the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already obtained this or have already reached the goal; but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Beloved, I do not consider that I have made it my own; but this one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus.

Image result for parable of the vineyardMatthew 21:33-46

“Listen to another parable. There was a landowner who planted a vineyard, put a fence around it, dug a wine press in it, and built a watchtower. Then he leased it to tenants and went to another country. When the harvest time had come, he sent his slaves to the tenants to collect his produce. But the tenants seized his slaves and beat one, killed another, and stoned another. Again he sent other slaves, more than the first; and they treated them in the same way. Finally he sent his son to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ But when the tenants saw the son, they said to themselves, ‘This is the heir; come, let us kill him and get his inheritance.” So they seized him, threw him out of the vineyard, and killed him. Now when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?” They said to him, “He will put those wretches to a miserable death, and lease the vineyard to other tenants who will give him the produce at the harvest time.” Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the scriptures: ‘The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; this was the Lord’s doing, and it is amazing in our eyes’? Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people that produces the fruits of the kingdom. The one who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; and it will crush anyone on whom it falls.” When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables, they realized that he was speaking about them. They wanted to arrest him, but they feared the crowds, because they regarded him as a prophet.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for October 3, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for October 3, 2017: Today our passages are   Jeremiah 1:1–2:30; Philippians 4:1-23; Psalm 75:1-10; and Proverbs 24:17-20 . The readings are from the  Contempo...

Monday, October 2, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for October 2, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for October 2, 2017: Today our passages are     Isaiah 66:1-24; Philippians 3:4b-21; Psalm 74:1-23; and Proverbs 24:15-16 . The readings are from the  Contempo...

Saturday, September 30, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for September 30, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for September 30, 2017: Today our passages are   Isaiah 60:1–62:5; Philippians 1:27–2:18; Psalm 72:1-20; and Proverbs 24:11-12 . The readings are from the  Contem...

Thursday, September 28, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for September 28, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for September 28, 2017: Today our passages are   Isaiah 54:1–57:13; Ephesians 6:1-24; Psalm 70:1-5; and Proverbs 24:8 . The readings are from the  Contemporary En...

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

The Lectionary Passages for Sunday, October 1, 2017 (Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost)

Below are NRSV translations of the lessons from the Old Testatment (Exodus 17:1-7 or Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32), the Psalms (Psalm 78:1-4, 12-16 or Psalm 25:1-9), the Epistles (Philippians 2:1-13) and the Gospels (Matthew 21:23-32). Please make any comments concerning the passages you want. Together, let's discuss the Word of God.

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Exodus 17:1-7

From the wilderness of Sin the whole congregation of the Israelites journeyed by stages, as the Lord commanded. They camped at Rephidim, but there was no water for the people to drink. The people quarreled with Moses, and said, “Give us water to drink.” Moses said to them, “Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you test the Lord?” But the people thirsted there for water; and the people complained against Moses and said, “Why did you bring us out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and livestock with thirst?” So Moses cried out to the Lord, “What shall I do with this people? They are almost ready to stone me.” The Lord said to Moses, “Go on ahead of the people, and take some of the elders of Israel with you; take in your hand the staff with which you struck the Nile, and go. I will be standing there in front of you on the rock at Horeb. Strike the rock, and water will come out of it, so that the people may drink.” Moses did so, in the sight of the elders of Israel. He called the place Massah and Meribah, because the Israelites quarreled and tested the Lord, saying, “Is the Lord among us or not?”

Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32

Image result for Ezekiel 18The word of the Lord came to me: What do you mean by repeating this proverb concerning the land of Israel, “The parents have eaten sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge”? As I live, says the Lord God, this proverb shall no more be used by you in Israel. Know that all lives are mine; the life of the parent as well as the life of the child is mine: it is only the person who sins that shall die. Yet you say, “The way of the Lord is unfair.” Hear now, O house of Israel: Is my way unfair? Is it not your ways that are unfair? When the righteous turn away from their righteousness and commit iniquity, they shall die for it; for the iniquity that they have committed they shall die. Again, when the wicked turn away from the wickedness they have committed and do what is lawful and right, they shall save their life. Because they considered and turned away from all the transgressions that they had committed, they shall surely live; they shall not die. Yet the house of Israel says, “The way of the Lord is unfair.” O house of Israel, are my ways unfair? Is it not your ways that are unfair?

Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, all of you according to your ways, says the Lord God. Repent and turn from all your transgressions; otherwise iniquity will be your ruin. Cast away from you all the transgressions that you have committed against me, and get yourselves a new heart and a new spirit! Why will you die, O house of Israel? For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone, says the Lord God. Turn, then, and live.

Image result for Psalm 78Psalm 78:1-4, 12-16

Give ear, O my people, to my teaching; incline your ears to the words of my mouth.

I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings from of old,

things that we have heard and known, that our ancestors have told us.

We will not hide them from their children; we will tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders that he has done.

In the sight of their ancestors he worked marvels in the land of Egypt, in the fields of Zoan.

He divided the sea and let them pass through it, and made the waters stand like a heap.

In the daytime he led them with a cloud, and all night long with a fiery light.

He split rocks open in the wilderness, and gave them drink abundantly as from the deep.

He made streams come out of the rock, and caused waters to flow down like rivers.

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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.

Philippians 2:1-13

If then there is any encouragement in Christ, any consolation from love, any sharing in the Spirit, any compassion and sympathy, make my joy complete: be of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others. Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death— even death on a cross. Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Therefore, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed me, not only in my presence, but much more now in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

Image result for Matthew 21:23-32Matthew 21:23-32

When he entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him as he was teaching, and said, “By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?” Jesus said to them, “I will also ask you one question; if you tell me the answer, then I will also tell you by what authority I do these things. Did the baptism of John come from heaven, or was it of human origin?” And they argued with one another, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say to us, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’ But if we say, ‘Of human origin,’ we are afraid of the crowd; for all regard John as a prophet.” So they answered Jesus, “We do not know.” And he said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.

“What do you think? A man had two sons; he went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work in the vineyard today.’ He answered, ‘I will not’; but later he changed his mind and went. The father went to the second and said the same; and he answered, ‘I go, sir’; but he did not go. Which of the two did the will of his father?” They said, “The first.” Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are going into the kingdom of God ahead of you. For John came to you in the way of righteousness and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him; and even after you saw it, you did not change your minds and believe him.

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for September 27, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for September 27, 2017: Today our passages are  Isaiah 51:1–53:12; Ephesians 5:1-33; Psalm 69:19-36; and Proverbs 24:7 . The readings are from the  Contemporary E...

Monday, September 25, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for September 25, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for September 25, 2017: Today our passages are  Isaiah 45:11–48:11; Ephesians 4:1-16; Psalm 68:19-35; and Proverbs 24:3-4 . The readings are from the  Contemporar...

Sunday, September 24, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for September 24, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for September 24, 2017: Today our passages are  Isaiah 43:14–45:10; Ephesians 3:1-21; Psalm 68:1-18; and Proverbs 24:1-2 . The readings are from the  Contemporary...

Thursday, September 21, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for September 21, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for September 21, 2017: Today our passages are  Isaiah 37:1–38:22; Galatians 6:1-18; Psalm 65:1-13; and Proverbs 23:24-25 . The readings are from the  Contemporar...

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for September 20, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for September 20, 2017: Today our passages are  Isaiah 33:13–36:22; Galatians 5:13-26; Psalm 64:1-10; and Proverbs 23:23 . The readings are from the  Contemporary...

Sunday, September 17, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for September 17, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for September 17, 2017: Today our passages are  Isaiah 25:1–28:13; Galatians 3:10-22; Psalm 61:1-8; and Proverbs 23:17-18 . The readings are from the  Contemporar...

Saturday, September 16, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for September 16, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for September 16, 2017: Today our passages are  Isaiah 22:1–24:23; Galatians 2:17–3:9; Psalm 60:1-12; and Proverbs 23:15-1 .  The readings are from the  Contempor...

Friday, September 15, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for September 15, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for September 15, 2017: Today our passages are  Isaiah 19:1–21:17; Galatians 2:1-16; Psalm 59:1-17; and Proverbs 23:13-14.  The readings are from the  Contemporar...

Thursday, September 14, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for September 14, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for September 14, 2017: Today our passages are  Isaiah 15:1–18:7; Galatians 1:1-24; Psalm 58:1-11; and Proverbs 23:12 . The readings are from the  Contemporary En...

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for September 13, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for September 13, 2017: Today our passages are  Isaiah 12:1–14:32; 2 Corinthians 13:1-14; Psalm 57:1-11; and Proverbs 23:9-11.  The readings are from the  Contemp...

Monday, September 11, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for September 11, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for September 11, 2017: Today our passages are  Isaiah 8:1–9:21; 2 Corinthians 12:1-10; Psalm 55:1-23; and Proverbs 23:4-5 . The readings are from the  Contempora...

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for September 10, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for September 10, 2017: Today our passages are  Isaiah 6:1–7:25; 2 Corinthians 11:16-33; Psalm 54:1-7; and Proverbs 23:1-3 . The readings are from the  Contempora...

Thursday, September 7, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for September 7, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for September 7, 2017: Today our passages are  Song of Songs 5:1-8:14; 2 Corinthians 9:1-15; Psalm 51:1-19; and Proverbs 22:24-25. The readings are from the  Con...

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for September 6, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for September 6, 2017: Today our passages are  Song of Songs 1:1-4:16; 2 Corinthians 8:16-24; Psalm 50:1-23; and Proverbs 22:22-23 . The readings are from the  C...

Monday, September 4, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for September 3, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for September 3, 2017: Today our passages are  Ecclesiastes 4:1–6:12; 2 Corinthians 6:14–7:7; Psalm 47:1-9; and Proverbs 22:16 . The readings are from the  Conte...

Saturday, September 2, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for September 2, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for September 2, 2017: Today our passages are  Ecclesiastes 1:1–3:22; 2 Corinthians 6:1-13; Psalm 46:1-11; and Proverbs 22:15 . The readings are from the  Contem...

Friday, September 1, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for September 1, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for September 1, 2017: Today our passages are  Job 40:1–42:17; 2 Corinthians 5:11-21; Psalm 45:1-17; and Proverbs 22:14 . The readings are from the  Contemporary...

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for August 30, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for August 30, 2017: Today our passages are  Job 34:1–36:33; 2 Corinthians 4:1-12; Psalm 44:1-8; and Proverbs 22:10-12 . The readings are from the  Contemporar...

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for August 29, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for August 29, 2017: Today our passages are  Job 31:1–33:33; 2 Corinthians 3:1-18; Psalm 43:1-5; and Proverbs 22:8-9 . The readings are from the  Contemporary ...

Monday, August 28, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for August 28, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for August 28, 2017: Today our passages are  Job 28:1–30:31; 2 Corinthians 2:12-17; Psalm 42:1-11; and Proverbs 22:7 . The readings are from the  Contemporary ...

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for August 27, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for August 27, 2017: Today our passages are  Job 23:1–27:23; 2 Corinthians 1:12–2:11; Psalm 41:1-13; and Proverbs 22:5-6 . The readings are from the  Contempor...

Saturday, August 26, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for August 26, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for August 26, 2017: Today our passages are  Job 20:1–22:30; 2 Corinthians 1:1-11; Psalm 40:11-17; and Proverbs 22:2-4 . The readings are from the  Contemporar...

Friday, August 25, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for August 25, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for August 25, 2017: Today our passages are  Job 16:1–19:29; 1 Corinthians 16:1-24; Psalm 40:1-10; and Proverbs 22:1 . The readings are from the  Contemporary ...

Thursday, August 24, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for August 24, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for August 24, 2017: Today our passages are  Job 12:1–15:35; 1 Corinthians 15:29-58; Psalm 39:1-13; and Proverbs 21:30-31 . The readings are from the  Contempo...

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for August 23, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for August 23, 2017: Today our passages are  Job 8:1–11:20; 1 Corinthians 15:1-28; Psalm 38:1-22; and Proverbs 21:28-29. The readings are from the  Contemporar...

Monday, August 21, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for August 21, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for August 21, 2017: Today our passages are   Today our passages are Job 1:1–3:26; 1 Corinthians 14:1-17; Psalm 37:12-29; and Proverbs 21:25-26. The readings a...

Sunday, August 20, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for August 20, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for August 20, 2017: Today our passages are   Esther 8:1–10:3; 1 Corinthians 12:27–13:13; Psalm 37:1-11; and Proverbs 21:23-24 .   The readings are from the  C...

Friday, August 18, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for August 18, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for August 18, 2017: Today our passages are   Esther 1:1–3:15; 1 Corinthians 11:17-34; Psalm 35:17-28; and Proverbs 21:19-20 .   The readings are from the  Con...

Thursday, August 17, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for August 17, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for August 17, 2017: Today our passages are   Nehemiah 12:27–13:31; 1 Corinthians 11:3-16; Psalm 35:1-16; and Proverbs 21:17-18 .   The readings are from the ...

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for August 16, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for August 16, 2017: Today our passages are  Nehemiah 11:1 - 12:26; 1 Corinthians 10:14-11:2 ; Psalm 34:11-22 ; and Proverbs  21:14-16 .   The readings are fro...

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for August 15, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for August 15, 2017: Today our passages are  Nehemiah 9:22–10:39; 1 Corinthians 9:19–10:13; Psalm 34:1-10; and Proverbs 21:13 .   The readings are from the  Co...

Sunday, August 13, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for August 13, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for August 13, 2017: Today our passages are  Nehemiah 5:14–7:60; 1 Corinthians 8:1-13; Psalm 33:1-11; and Proverbs 21:8-10 .   The readings are from the  Conte...

Saturday, August 12, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for August 12, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for August 12, 2017: Today our passages are Nehemiah 3:15–5:13; 1 Corinthians 7:25-40; Psalm 32:1-11; and Proverbs 21:5-7 .   The readings are from the  Contem...

Friday, August 11, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for August 11, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for August 11, 2017: Today our passages are  Nehemiah 1:1–3:14; 1 Corinthians 7:1-24; Psalm 31:19-24; and Proverbs 21:4 .   The readings are from the  Contemp...

Thursday, August 10, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for August 10, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for August 10, 2017: Today our passages are  Ezra 10:1-44; 1 Corinthians 6:1-20; Psalm 31:9-18; and Proverbs 21:3 .   The readings are from the  Contemporary E...

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for August 8, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for August 8, 2017: Today our passages are  Ezra 7:1–8:20; 1 Corinthians 4:1-21; Psalm 30:1-12; and Proverbs 20:28-30 .   The readings are from the  Contempor...

Monday, August 7, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for August 7, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for August 7, 2017: Today our passages are  Ezra 5:1–6:22; 1 Corinthians 3:5-23; Psalm 29:1-11; and Proverbs 20:26-27 .   The readings are from the  Contempor...

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for August 6, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for August 6, 2017: Today our passages are  Ezra 3:1–4:24; 1 Corinthians 2:6–3:4; Psalm 28:1-9; and Proverbs 20:24-25 .   The readings are from the  Contempor...

Saturday, August 5, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for August 5, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for August 5, 2017: Today our passages are  Ezra 1:1–2:70; 1 Corinthians 1:18–2:5; Psalm 27:7-14; and Proverbs 20:22-23 .   The readings are from the  Contemp...

Friday, August 4, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for August 4, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for August 4, 2017: Today our passages are  2 Chronicles 35:1–36:23; 1 Corinthians 1:1-17; Psalm 27:1-6; and Proverbs 20:20-21 .   The readings are from the  ...

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for August 2, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for August 2, 2017: Today our passages are  2 Chronicles 32:1–33:13; Romans 15:23–16:7; Psalm 25:16-22; and Proverbs 20:16-18 .   The readings are from the  C...

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for August 1, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for August 1, 2017: Today our passages are  2 Chronicles 30:1–31:21; Romans 15:1-22; Psalm 25:1-15; and Proverbs 20:13-15 .   The readings are from the  Conte...

Monday, July 31, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for July 31, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for July 31, 2017: Today our passages are  2 Chronicles 29:1-36; Romans 14:1-23; Psalm 24:1-10; and Proverbs 20:12 .   The readings are from the  Contemporar...

Sunday, July 30, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for July 30, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for July 30, 2017: Today our passages are  2 Chronicles 26:1–28:27; Romans 13:1-14; Psalm 23:1-6; and Proverbs 20:11 .   The readings are from the  Contempor...

Saturday, July 29, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for July 29, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for July 29, 2017: Today our passages are  2 Chronicles  24:1–25:28; Romans 12:1-21; Psalm 22:19-31; and Proverbs 20:8-10.   The readings are from the  Conte...

Friday, July 28, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for July 28, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for July 28, 2017: Today our passages are  2 Chronicles 21:1–23:21; Romans 11:13-36; Psalm 22:1-18; and Proverbs 20:7 .   The readings are from the  Contempo...

Saturday, July 22, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for July 22, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for July 22, 2017: Today our passages are  2 Chronicles 6:12–8:10; Romans 7:14–8:8; Psalm 18:1-15; and Proverbs 19:24-25 .   The readings are from the  Conte...

Friday, July 21, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for July 21, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for July 21, 2017: Today our passages are 2 Chronicles 4:1–6:11; Romans 7:1-13; Psalm 17:1-15; and Proverbs 19:22-23 .   The readings are from the  Contempo...

Thursday, July 20, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for July 20, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for July 20, 2017: Today our passages are 2 Chronicles 1:1–3:17; Romans 6:1-23; Psalm 16:1-11; and Proverbs 19:20-21 .   The readings are from the  Contempo...

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for July 19, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for July 19, 2017: Today our passages are 1 Chronicles 28:1–29:30; Romans 5:6-21; Psalm 15:1-5; and Proverbs 19:18-19 .   The readings are from the  Contemp...

Monday, July 17, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for July 17, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for July 17, 2017: Today our passages are  1 Chronicles 24:1–26:11; Romans 4:1-12; Psalm 13:1-6; and Proverbs 19:15-16 .   The readings are from the  Contem...

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for July 16, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for July 16, 2017: Today our passages are 1 Chronicles 22:1–23:32; Romans 3:9-31; Psalm 12:1-8; and Proverbs 19:13-14 .   The readings are from the  Contemp...

Sunday, July 16, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for July 16, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for July 16, 2017: Today our passages are 1 Chronicles 22:1–23:32; Romans 3:9-31; Psalm 12:1-8; and Proverbs 19:13-14 .   The readings are from the  Contemp...

Saturday, July 15, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for July 15, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for July 15, 2017: Today our passages are 1 Chronicles 19:1–21:30; Romans 2:25–3:8; Psalm 11:1-7; and Proverbs 19:10-12 .   The readings are from the  Conte...

Friday, July 14, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for July 14, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for July 14, 2017: Today our passages are 1 Chronicles 15:1–16:36; Romans 1:18-32; Psalm 10:1-15; and Proverbs 19:6-7 .   The readings are from the  Contemp...

Thursday, July 13, 2017

The Lectionary Passages for Sunday, July 16, 2017 (Sixth Sunday after Pentecost)

Below are NRSV translations of the lessons from the Old Testatment (Genesis 25:19-34 or Isaiah 55:10-13), the Psalms (Psalm 119:105-112 or Psalm 65:(1-8), 9-13), the Epistles (Romans 8:1-11) and the Gospels (Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23). Please make any comments concerning the passages you want. Together, let's discuss the Word of God.

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Genesis 25:19-34

Image result for jacob and esau birthThese are the descendants of Isaac, Abraham’s son: Abraham was the father of Isaac, and Isaac was forty years old when he married Rebekah, daughter of Bethuel the Aramean of Paddan-aram, sister of Laban the Aramean. Isaac prayed to the Lord for his wife, because she was barren; and the Lord granted his prayer, and his wife Rebekah conceived. The children struggled together within her; and she said, “If it is to be this way, why do I live?” So she went to inquire of the Lord. And the Lord said to her, “Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples born of you shall be divided; the one shall be stronger than the other, the elder shall serve the younger.” When her time to give birth was at hand, there were twins in her womb. The first came out red, all his body like a hairy mantle; so they named him Esau. Afterward his brother came out, with his hand gripping Esau’s heel; so he was named Jacob. Isaac was sixty years old when she bore them. When the boys grew up, Esau was a skillful hunter, a man of the field, while Jacob was a quiet man, living in tents. Isaac loved Esau, because he was fond of game; but Rebekah loved Jacob.

Once when Jacob was cooking a stew, Esau came in from the field, and he was famished. Esau said to Jacob, “Let me eat some of that red stuff, for I am famished!” (Therefore he was called Edom.) Jacob said, “First sell me your birthright.” Esau said, “I am about to die; of what use is a birthright to me?” Jacob said, “Swear to me first.” So he swore to him, and sold his birthright to Jacob. Then Jacob gave Esau bread and lentil stew, and he ate and drank, and rose and went his way. Thus Esau despised his birthright.

Image result for Isaiah 55:10-13Isaiah 55:10-13

For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there until they have watered the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and succeed in the thing for which I sent it. For you shall go out in joy, and be led back in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall burst into song, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. Instead of the thorn shall come up the cypress; instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle; and it shall be to the Lord for a memorial, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.

Psalm 119:105-112

Image result for Psalm 119:105-112Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

I have sworn an oath and confirmed it, to observe your righteous ordinances.

I am severely afflicted; give me life, O Lord, according to your word.

Accept my offerings of praise, O Lord, and teach me your ordinances.

I hold my life in my hand continually, but I do not forget your law.

The wicked have laid a snare for me, but I do not stray from your precepts.

Your decrees are my heritage forever; they are the joy of my heart.

I incline my heart to perform your statutes forever, to the end.

Image result for Psalm 65Psalm 65:(1-8), 9-13

Praise is due to you, O God, in Zion; and to you shall vows be performed,

O you who answer prayer! To you all flesh shall come.

When deeds of iniquity overwhelm us, you forgive our transgressions.

Happy are those whom you choose and bring near to live in your courts. We shall be satisfied with the goodness of your house, your holy temple.

By awesome deeds you answer us with deliverance, O God of our salvation; you are the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas.

By your strength you established the mountains; you are girded with might.

You silence the roaring of the seas, the roaring of their waves, the tumult of the peoples.

Those who live at earth’s farthest bounds are awed by your signs; you make the gateways of the morning and the evening shout for joy.

You visit the earth and water it, you greatly enrich it; the river of God is full of water; you provide the people with grain, for so you have prepared it.

You water its furrows abundantly, settling its ridges, softening it with showers, and blessing its growth.

You crown the year with your bounty; your wagon tracks overflow with richness.

The pastures of the wilderness overflow, the hills gird themselves with joy,

the meadows clothe themselves with flocks, the valleys deck themselves with grain, they shout and sing together for joy.

Romans 8:1-11

Image result for Romans 8:1-11There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do: by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and to deal with sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, so that the just requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. For this reason the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law—indeed it cannot, and those who are in the flesh cannot please God. But you are not in the flesh; you are in the Spirit, since the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him.

But if Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through his Spirit that dwells in you.

Image result for sower and the seedMatthew 13:1-9, 18-23

That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea. Such great crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat there, while the whole crowd stood on the beach. And he told them many things in parables, saying: “Listen! A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seeds fell on the path, and the birds came and ate them up. Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and they sprang up quickly, since they had no depth of soil. But when the sun rose, they were scorched; and since they had no root, they withered away. Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. Other seeds fell on good soil and brought forth grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. Let anyone with ears listen!” “Hear then the parable of the sower. When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what is sown in the heart; this is what was sown on the path. As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; yet such a person has no root, but endures only for a while, and when trouble or persecution arises on account of the word, that person immediately falls away. As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the lure of wealth choke the word, and it yields nothing. But as for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.”

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for July 13, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for July 13, 2017: Today our passages are 1 Chronicles 15:1–16:36; Romans 1:18-32; Psalm 10:1-15; and Proverbs 19:6-7 .   The readings are from the  Contemp...

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for July 11, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for July 11, 2017: Today our passages are 1 Chronicles 11:1–12:18; Acts 28:1-31; Psalm 9:1-12; and Proverbs 19:1-3.  The readings are from the  Contemporary...

Monday, July 10, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for July 10, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for July 10, 2017: Today our passages are 1 Chronicles 7:1–8:40; Acts 27:1-20; Psalm 7:1-17; and Proverbs 18:22.  The readings are from the  Contemporary...

Saturday, July 8, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for July 8, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for July 8, 2017: Today our passages are 1 Chronicles 5:18–6:81; Acts 26:1-32; Psalm 6:1-10; and Proverbs 18:20-21. The readings are from the  Contemporar...

Friday, July 7, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for July 7, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for July 7, 2017: Today our passages are 1 Chronicles 4:5–5:17; Acts 25:1-27; Psalm 5:1-12; and Proverbs 18:19.   The readings are from the  Contemporary En...

Thursday, July 6, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for July 6, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for July 6, 2017: Today our passages are  1 Chronicles 2:18–4:4; Acts 24:1-27; Psalm 4:1-8; and Proverbs 18:16-18 .  The readings are from the  Contemporary...

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

The Lectionary Passages for Sunday, July 9, 2017 (Fifth Sunday after Pentecost)

Below are NRSV translations of the lessons from the Old Testatment (Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67 or Zechariah 9:9-12), the Psalms (Psalm 45:10-17 or Song of Solomon 2:8-13 or Psalm 145:8-14), the Epistles (Romans 7:15-25a) and the Gospels (Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30). Please make any comments concerning the passages you want. Together, let's discuss the Word of God.

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Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67

So he said, ‘I am Abraham’s servant. The Lord has greatly blessed my master, and he has become wealthy; he has given him flocks and herds, silver and gold, male and female slaves, camels and donkeys. And Sarah my master’s wife bore a son to my master when she was old; and he has given him all that he has. My master made me swear, saying, “You shall not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, in whose land I live; but you shall go to my father’s house, to my kindred, and get a wife for my son.”

‘I came today to the spring, and said, “O Lord, the God of my master Abraham, if now you will only make successful the way I am going! I am standing here by the spring of water; let the young woman who comes out to draw, to whom I shall say, ‘Please give me a little water from your jar to drink,’ and who will say to me, ‘Drink, and I will draw for your camels also’—let her be the woman whom the Lord has appointed for my master’s son.”

Nicolas Poussin. Eliezer and Rebecca.‘Before I had finished speaking in my heart, there was Rebekah coming out with her water-jar on her shoulder; and she went down to the spring, and drew. I said to her, “Please let me drink.” She quickly let down her jar from her shoulder, and said, “Drink, and I will also water your camels.” So I drank, and she also watered the camels. Then I asked her, “Whose daughter are you?” She said, “The daughter of Bethuel, Nahor’s son, whom Milcah bore to him.” So I put the ring on her nose, and the bracelets on her arms. Then I bowed my head and worshipped the Lord, and blessed the Lord, the God of my master Abraham, who had led me by the right way to obtain the daughter of my master’s kinsman for his son. Now then, if you will deal loyally and truly with my master, tell me; and if not, tell me, so that I may turn either to the right hand or to the left.’ And they called Rebekah, and said to her, ‘Will you go with this man?’ She said, ‘I will.’ So they sent away their sister Rebekah and her nurse along with Abraham’s servant and his men. And they blessed Rebekah and said to her,
‘May you, our sister, become
   thousands of myriads;
may your offspring gain possession
   of the gates of their foes.’
Then Rebekah and her maids rose up, mounted the camels, and followed the man; thus the servant took Rebekah, and went his way.

 Now Isaac had come from Beer-lahai-roi, and was settled in the Negeb. Isaac went out in the evening to walk in the field; and looking up, he saw camels coming. And Rebekah looked up, and when she saw Isaac, she slipped quickly from the camel, and said to the servant, ‘Who is the man over there, walking in the field to meet us?’ The servant said, ‘It is my master.’ So she took her veil and covered herself. And the servant told Isaac all the things that he had done. Then Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah’s tent. He took Rebekah, and she became his wife; and he loved her. So Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death.

Image result for O daughter Zion! Shout aloudZechariah 9:9-12

Rejoice greatly, O daughter Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter Jerusalem! Lo, your king comes to you; triumphant and victorious is he, humble and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. He will cut off the chariot from Ephraim and the war horse from Jerusalem; and the battle bow shall be cut off, and he shall command peace to the nations; his dominion shall be from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth. As for you also, because of the blood of my covenant with you, I will set your prisoners free from the waterless pit.

Return to your stronghold, O prisoners of hope; today I declare that I will restore to you double.


Image result for Psalm 45Psalm 45:10-17

Hear, O daughter, consider and incline your ear; forget your people and your father’s house,

and the king will desire your beauty. Since he is your lord, bow to him;

the people of Tyre will seek your favor with gifts, the richest of the people

with all kinds of wealth. The princess is decked in her chamber with gold-woven robes;

in many-colored robes she is led to the king; behind her the virgins, her companions, follow.

With joy and gladness they are led along as they enter the palace of the king.

In the place of ancestors you, O king, shall have sons; you will make them princes in all the earth.

I will cause your name to be celebrated in all generations; therefore the peoples will praise you forever and ever.

Related imageSong of Solomon 2:8-13

The voice of my beloved! Look, he comes, leaping upon the mountains, bounding over the hills. My beloved is like a gazelle or a young stag. Look, there he stands behind our wall, gazing in at the windows, looking through the lattice. My beloved speaks and says to me: “Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away; for now the winter is past, the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth; the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land. The fig tree puts forth its figs, and the vines are in blossom; they give forth fragrance. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.

Image result for psalm 145:8-9Psalm 145:8-14

The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.

The Lord is good to all, and his compassion is over all that he has made.

All your works shall give thanks to you, O Lord, and all your faithful shall bless you.

They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom, and tell of your power,

to make known to all people your mighty deeds, and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.

Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures throughout all generations. The Lord is faithful in all his words, and gracious in all his deeds.

The Lord upholds all who are falling, and raises up all who are bowed down.

Romans 7:15-25a

I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. Now if I do what I do not want, I agree that the law is good. But in fact it is no longer I that do it, but sin that dwells within me. For I know that nothing good dwells within me, that is, in my flesh. I can will what is right, but I cannot do it. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I do. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I that do it, but sin that dwells within me. So I find it to be a law that when I want to do what is good, evil lies close at hand. For I delight in the law of God in my inmost self, but I see in my members another law at war with the law of my mind, making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!

Image result for Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdensMatthew 11:16-19, 25-30

“But to what will I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to one another, ‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we wailed, and you did not mourn.’ For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon’; the Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Yet wisdom is vindicated by her deeds.”

At that time Jesus said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

The Lectionary Passages for Sunday, July 2, 2017 (Fourth Sunday after Pentecost)

Below are NRSV translations of the lessons from the Old Testatment (Genesis 22:1-14 or Jeremiah 28:5-9), the Psalms (Psalm 13 or Psalm 89:1-4, 15-18), the Epistles (Romans 6:12-23) and the Gospels (Matthew 10:40-42). Please make any comments concerning the passages you want. Together, let's discuss the Word of God.

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Related imageGenesis 22:1-14

After these things God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” He said, “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains that I shall show you.”

So Abraham rose early in the morning, saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and his son Isaac; he cut the wood for the burnt offering, and set out and went to the place in the distance that God had shown him. On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place far away. Then Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey; the boy and I will go over there; we will worship, and then we will come back to you.” Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. So the two of them walked on together. Isaac said to his father Abraham, “Father!” And he said, “Here I am, my son.” He said, “The fire and the wood are here, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” Abraham said, “God himself will provide the lamb for a burnt offering, my son.” So the two of them walked on together. When they came to the place that God had shown him, Abraham built an altar there and laid the wood in order. He bound his son Isaac, and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. Then Abraham reached out his hand and took the knife to kill his son.

But the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven, and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” He said, “Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me.” And Abraham looked up and saw a ram, caught in a thicket by its horns. Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up as a burnt offering instead of his son. So Abraham called that place “The Lord will provide”; as it is said to this day, “On the mount of the Lord it shall be provided.”

Image result for Jeremiah HananiahJeremiah 28:5-9

Then the prophet Jeremiah spoke to the prophet Hananiah in the presence of the priests and all the people who were standing in the house of the Lord; and the prophet Jeremiah said, “Amen! May the Lord do so; may the Lord fulfill the words that you have prophesied, and bring back to this place from Babylon the vessels of the house of the Lord, and all the exiles. But listen now to this word that I speak in your hearing and in the hearing of all the people. The prophets who preceded you and me from ancient times prophesied war, famine, and pestilence against many countries and great kingdoms. As for the prophet who prophesies peace, when the word of that prophet comes true, then it will be known that the Lord has truly sent the prophet.”

Psalm 13

How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me?

How long must I bear pain in my soul, and have sorrow in my heart all day long? How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?

Consider and answer me, O Lord my God! Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep the sleep of death,

and my enemy will say, “I have prevailed”; my foes will rejoice because I am shaken.

But I trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.

I will sing to the Lord, because he has dealt bountifully with me.

Image result for psalm 89Psalm 89:1-4, 15-18

I will sing of your steadfast love, O Lord, forever; with my mouth I will proclaim your faithfulness to all generations.

I declare that your steadfast love is established forever; your faithfulness is as firm as the heavens.

You said, “I have made a covenant with my chosen one, I have sworn to my servant David:

‘I will establish your descendants forever, and build your throne for all generations.’” Selah

Happy are the people who know the festal shout, who walk, O Lord, in the light of your countenance;

they exult in your name all day long, and extol your righteousness.

For you are the glory of their strength; by your favor our horn is exalted.

For our shield belongs to the Lord, our king to the Holy One of Israel.

Romans 6:12-23

Therefore, do not let sin exercise dominion in your mortal bodies, to make you obey their passions. No longer present your members to sin as instruments of wickedness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and present your members to God as instruments of righteousness. For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace. What then? Should we sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means! Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? But thanks be to God that you, having once been slaves of sin, have become obedient from the heart to the form of teaching to which you were entrusted, and that you, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness. I am speaking in human terms because of your natural limitations. For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to greater and greater iniquity, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness for sanctification. When you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. So what advantage did you then get from the things of which you now are ashamed? The end of those things is death. But now that you have been freed from sin and enslaved to God, the advantage you get is sanctification. The end is eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Image result for Matthew 10:40-42Matthew 10:40-42

“Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. Whoever welcomes a prophet in the name of a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward; and whoever welcomes a righteous person in the name of a righteous person will receive the reward of the righteous; and whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple—truly I tell you, none of these will lose their reward.”