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Bible readings for August 9, 2020

Today’s First Reading, Job 38:4-18, is set in the context of a righteous man, Job, who experiences incredible suffering.  As the book of Job opens, we read that satan, the accuser of God’s people, has challenged Job’s devotion to God, … Continue reading

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Bible readings for Sunday, August 2, 2020

The First Reading, from Isaiah 55:1-5, gives words of great hope to a people who are facing exile and hardship.  Notice how God will act on behalf of His people.  Notice also the call of His people to follow His … Continue reading

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Bible readings for Sunday, July 26, 2020

The First Reading is recorded in Deuteronomy 7:6-9.  This is a crucial passage in the Old Testament to show the relationship between God and His people: the relationship is based on God’s choice and God’s action, not on the holiness … Continue reading

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Bible readings for Sunday, July 19, 2020

The First Reading is recorded in Isaiah 44:6-8.  This passage clearly proclaims that there is only one God and LORD, the God Who reveals Himself in His Word.  It is this God Who reveals the future before it comes to … Continue reading

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Bible readings for Sunday, July 12, 2020

The first Reading is Isaiah 55:10-13.  This passage is filled with hope: God’s Word is like the snow and rain replenishing the earth; God’s Word will accomplish the very thing He sends it to do.  This is Good News and … Continue reading

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Bible readings for Sunday, July 5, 2020

The First Reading, recorded in Zechariah 9:9-12, is a passage we hear quoted in the Gospels as Jesus is riding the donkey into Jerusalem to begin Holy Week, we call it the Triumphant Entry into Jerusalem.  Notice the theme of … Continue reading

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Bible readings for Sunday, June 28, 2020

The First Reading is Jeremiah 28:5-9.  This passage exemplifies the problem of true and false prophecy, and to a larger extent true and false teaching.  Obviously, this is not a new problem: true and false teaching and theology was a … Continue reading

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Bible readings for Sunday, June 21, 2020

The First Reading is recorded in Jeremiah 20:7-13.  This is a confusing passage to wade through; the prophet Jeremiah is complaining to God because he is facing persecution and hardship from the enemies of the Lord; Jeremiah didn’t expect this … Continue reading

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Bible readings for June 14, 2020

We are now entering into the longest season of the Church year, the season of Pentecost, when we look closely at Jesus’ earthly ministry, and of God’s actions throughout the Bible. The First Reading is recorded in Exodus 19:2-8a.  This … Continue reading

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Bible readings for June 7, 2020

Today is Holy Trinity Sunday, the Sunday when we emphasize that the God we worship and follow is one God in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  This is difficult for us to understand, but with God all things … Continue reading

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