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Bible readings for Sunday, August 1, 2021

Introduction Apparently not satisfied by Jesus’ feeding of thousands, some who were there press him for a sign of his power; perhaps it is daily manna they want. As always in John’s gospel when people want a sign, Jesus offers … Continue reading

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Bible readings for July 25, 2021

Today’s First Reading, Genesis 9:8-17, is recorded after the account of the devastating flood sent by God to destroy sinful humanity: the story of Noah and the ark.  In the flood we see God’s judgment on human sin – He is … Continue reading

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Bible readings for Sunday, July 18, 2021

The First Reading is found in Jeremiah 23:1-6.  This passage is written as an indictment against the leaders of Israel of Jeremiah’s day: they were not taking care of the people of God; in fact, they were scattering them instead … Continue reading

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Bible readings for July 11, 2021

The first Reading is recorded in Amos 7:7-15.  Before reading the lesson, consider some of the clichés we use in our society, for example: How are you measuring up?  Are you standing straight and true?  Those clichés, and similar ones, … Continue reading

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Bible readings for Sunday, July 4, 2021

The First Reading is recorded in Ezekiel 2:1-5.  There is an ominous tone in this passage: the Lord is sending the prophet Ezekiel to a sinful and rebellious people.  Of course, the Lord hopes that His rebellious people will repent, … Continue reading

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Bible readings for Sunday, June 27, 2021

Imagine what life would be like if your family and friends were either killed in warfare, or taken into captivity far from home.  Imagine a ruthless, brutal occupying army taking over and controlling everything you own and everything around you.  … Continue reading

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Bible readings for May 23, 2021

Happy Birthday!  A greeting we like to hear.  This greeting is appropriate because Pentecost Sunday is considered to be the birthday of the church!  Pentecost occurs 50 days after the resurrection of Jesus, and is the day when the Holy … Continue reading

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Bible readings for Sunday, May 16, 2021

This Sunday completes the seven Sundays of Easter, but the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection never ends, each Sunday in worship is a celebration of His resurrection as we gather to worship God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, as we hear … Continue reading

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Bible readings for May 9, 2021

Today’s First Reading, Acts 10:34-48, is the account of the spread of the Gospel to the Gentiles (Gentiles are those who are not Jewish).  The context is that Peter has been summoned, and sent by God, to the home of … Continue reading

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Bible readings for Sunday, May 2, 2021

The First Reading is recorded in Acts 8:26-40.  In this passage we see the Gospel of Jesus being extended to an Ethiopian convert to Judaism, a court official, a high government official in Ethiopia.  Notice that the man had a … Continue reading

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