Readings for July 24

Psalm 25 • Deuteronomy 30:9-14 • Colossians 1:1-14 • Luke 10:1-12-20 Perhaps you have wondered what church is all about. Why do we bother getting together with people at a prescribed time, sing specific songs, prayer the same prayers and say the same things week after week? Any ideas? Let me know what you think.…

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Readings for the Week of July 10

Psalm 32 • 2 Samuel 11:26-12:15 • Galatians 2:11-21 • Luke 7:36-50 If you are in the habit of reading the weekly lectionary readings then you will notice that there is a theme. Some weeks the theme is obvious and other weeks less so. This is one of those obvious weeks. I encourage you to…

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Scripture Readings for July 3

Psalm 30 • I Kings 17:17-24 • Luke 7:11-17 • Galatians 1:11-24 Our readings this week include a song of deliverance, two stories of healing and one apostle’s defense of his calling by Christ. Even in Paul’s defense of his apostleship we see this theme of deliverance. Deliverance from evil men, our own sin, even…

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Thank You Live Oaks!

This morning I enjoyed my nearly annual meeting with Live Oaks Community Church. Their Pastor, Kelley Landenberger, is an old friend of mine who invites me to share with his congregation each summer when he is on vacation. It is always an honor to share with Live Oaks! Today’s Scripture came from Luke 7:1-10, the…

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Readings for the Week: June 26

Psalm 96I Kings 8:22-43Luke 7:1-10Galatians 1:1-10

As I read the Bible I discover “layers” of meaning in the text. The message I read in specific passages is generally the same as it was many years ago. However, as I continue to read Scripture there seems to be additional applications of the same words that appear over time.

The Gospel reading for this week is about the healing of the centurion’s servant. The centurion (a Roman military leader) asks Jesus to heal his servant. He is commended by Jesus because he has “such great faith”. Jesus suggests that the faith of this pagan, Roman outsider is greater than what he is found among those whose faith was supposed to be great, the people of Israel.

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Vulnerable Invulnerability

Lately we have been learning about how to love our enemies and how to bless those who persecute or use us. (This coming week we will continue the discussion by looking at judging others)  Jesus’s words seems undoable. They present a way of life that appears unattainable. Living the life of the Kingdom of God,…

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Readings for the Week: June 19

Psalm • Psalm 92 Old Testament • Jeremiah 7:1-15 Gospel • Luke 6:39-49 New Testament • I Cor 15:50-58 I Corinthians 15 contains the Apostle Paul’s treatise on the resurrection. The chapter begins with a confirmation of the resurrection by witnesses, continues with some explanation of not only Christ’s resurrection but also the anticipated resurrection…

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Scripture Readings for June 12

Psalm • Psalm 37:1-11 OT • Genesis 45:3-28 Gospel • Luke 6:27-38 NT • I Corinthians 15:35-50 It is difficult sometimes to narrow down which passages we will focus our time upon during our weekend worship time. It’s true that there are times when it is difficult to discern what message is supposed to be…

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