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Lenten Devotions – February 11, 2016

Habakkuk 3:1–18; Philippians 3:12–21; John 17:1–8 “Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect; but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me His own” (Phil 3:12). If there’s one thing most Lutherans know, it’s that we’re not perfect. That probably comes from Martin Luther, who
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Lenten Devotions – February 10, 2016, Ash Wednesday

Amos 5:6–15; Hebrews 12:1–14; Luke 18:9–14 “Seek good, and not evil, that you may live; and so the LORD, the God of hosts, will be with you, as you have said. Hate evil, and love good, and establish justice in the gate; it may be that the LORD, the God of hosts, will be gracious
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The Daily Lectionary – February 9, 2016

Proverbs 30:1-4, 24-33; Philippians 3:1-11; John 18:28-38 Sometimes you just can’t beat the King James version for blunt clarity. Reading Philippians 3:8, for example, in several more modern translations suggests that Paul considers all his accomplishments and status to be “rubbish” or “garbage.” But the Greek word skubala is rendered best as “dung”—a pile of
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The Daily Lectionary – February 8, 2016

Proverbs 27:1-6, 10-12; Philippians 2:1-13; John 18:15-18, 25-27 It is hard to resist recalling our own shameful denials of Jesus as we read of Peter’s, but resist we must. After all, there is a greater truth to recollect than our sinfulness. John’s gospel of Jesus’ unbounded love consistently rehearses that truth, just as Paul’s epistle does.
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The Daily Lectionary – February 7, 2016

Malachi 4:1-6; 2 Corinthians 3:7-18; Luke 9:18-27 Today’s Gospel finds Jesus retreating with the twelve apostles, who’ve just completed a preaching and healing mission deployment. Jesus has debriefed the Twelve about what they’d seen, heard, and been doing in his name. He’s preparing them for what’s ahead when he puts them on the spot with
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The Daily Lectionary – February 6, 2016

Genesis 24:28-38, 49-51; Hebrews 12:12-29; John 7:14-36 Moses speaks to us of God as a “devouring fire, a jealous God” (Deut 4:24). The author of Hebrews, similarly, is in awe of the kingdom we people of faith are to receive, a kingdom that can never be shaken, one that will remain forever. This is the
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The Daily Lectionary – February 5, 2016

Genesis 24:1-27; Hebrews 12:3-11; John 7:1-13 The story in Genesis sounds primitive and silly to 21st century Western culture because it involves trusting God with life. I assume most of you men might have proposed to your wives in a romantic way, holding a rose in your mouth, kneeling, and opening the engagement ring box
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The Daily Lectionary – February 4, 2016

Genesis 23:1-20; Hebrews 11:32-12:2; John 6:60-71 Our father Abraham was dumb like a fox. He was living as a sojourner in a strange land. When our mother Sarah died, he lacked a place to bury her. Although he was offered a free burial in Canaan, he insisted on paying for the land, which meant that
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