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Catholic Daily Readings

Sunday, December 17, 2017 | Advent Third Sunday of Advent Year B | Roman Missal | Lectionary

First Reading Isaiah 61:1–2a, 10–11 Response Isaiah 61:10b PsalmLuke 1:46–50, 53–54 Second Reading 1 Thessalonians 5:16–24 Gospel Acclamation Isaiah 61:1 (cited in Luke 4:18) GospelJohn 1:6–8, 19–28

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The KJV Commentary International Sunday school Lesson Outline

December 17 Lesson 3 (KJV) Faith to Persevere Devotional Reading:2 Corinthians 1:3–11 Background Scripture:Acts 14; Colossians 2:6, 7 Acts 14:8–11, 19–23 8 And there sat a certain man at Lystra, impotent in his feet, being a cripple from his mother’s womb, who never had walked: 9 The same heard Paul speak: who stedfastly beholding him, and perceiving that he had faith to be healed, 10 Said with a loud voice, Stand upright on thy feet. And he leaped and walked. 11 And when the people saw what Paul had done, they lifted up their voices, saying in the speech of Lycaonia, The gods are come down to us in the likeness of men. 19 And there came thither certain Jews from Antioch and Iconium, who persuaded the people, and, having stoned Paul, drew him out of the city, supposing he had been dead. 20 Howbeit, as the disciples stood round about him, he rose up, and came into the city: and the next day he departed with Barnabas to Derbe. 21 And when they had preached the gospel to that city, and had taught ma…

Connect the Testaments

December 16: Freedom Jeremiah 31:1–40; Romans 6:15–7:6; Proverbs 21:1–12 We like to think of ourselves as autonomous. Our modern culture champions freedom and the right to pursue happiness. But if we apply the concept of rights when we think about faith, following Christ can feel like religion, dogma, rules—a type of bondage that requires us to think and behave in ways that make our autonomous selves bridle. Paul looks at the issue differently: “Do you not know that to whomever you present yourselves as slaves for obedience, you are slaves to whomever you obey, whether sin, leading to death, or obedience, leading to righteousness?” (Rom 6:16). He uses another analogy in his letter to the church in Rome—one that draws on the practice of the slavery within his own culture—to highlight the opposite view. If we live without God, he says, we have a debt that binds us. We are a slave to sin, and it’s the type of bondage that leads to death. Yet, there is hope. Although we were slaves to sin, we…

My Utmost for His Highest

December 16th Wrestling before God Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, … praying always …Eph. 6:13, 18. You have to wrestle against the things that prevent you from getting to God, and you wrestle in prayer for other souls; but never say that you wrestle with God in prayer, it is scripturally untrue. If you do wrestle with God, you will be crippled all the rest of your life. If, when God comes in some way you do not want, you take hold of Him as Jacob did and wrestle with Him, you compel Him to put you out of joint. Don’t be a hirpler in God’s ways, but be one who wrestles before God with things, becoming more than conqueror through Him. Wrestling before God tells in His Kingdom. If you ask me to pray for you and I am not complete in Christ, I may pray but it avails nothing; but if I am complete in Christ, my prayer prevails all the time. Prayer is only effective when there is completeness—“Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God.” Always distinguish between God’s ord…

Morning and Evening

Morning, December 16Go To Evening Reading
“Come unto me.” —Matthew 11:28
The cry of the Christian religion is the gentle word, “Come.” The Jewish law harshly said, “Go, take heed unto thy steps as to the path in which thou shalt walk. Break the commandments, and thou shalt perish; keep them, and thou shalt live.” The law was a dispensation of terror, which drove men before it as with a scourge; the gospel draws with bands of love. Jesus is the good Shepherd going before his sheep, bidding them follow him, and ever leading them onwards with the sweet word, “Come.” The law repels, the gospel attracts. The law shows the distance which there is between God and man; the gospel bridges that awful chasm, and brings the sinner across it.
From the first moment of your spiritual life until you are ushered into glory, the language of Christ to you will be, “Come, come unto me.” As a mother puts out her finger to her little child and woos it to walk by saying, “Come,” even so does Jesus. He will alwa…

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

December 16 He [Thomas] … said, Except I shall see … I will not believe … Jesus … said … But not faithless, but believing John 20:25, 27 Every doubt in the heart of a Christian is a dishonor done to the Word of God, and the sacrifice of Christ. Selected

To the Faithful...

To the Faithful...Ephesians 1:1 Excerpt Faithful applies to the readers’ faithfulness in their Christian life, the degree to which they have remained loyal followers of Christ Jesus. Some take the word here to mean “believers” (so New English Bible [NEB], “believers incorporate in Christ Jesus”), but most translate faithful, loyal, steadfast. In a number of languages faithful can be effectively expressed in a negative way; for example, “they never fail to,” or in the broader context of the clause in which faithful occurs, “who, as they are joined with Jesus Christ in their life, never give up” or “…always remain firm.”More Bratcher, Robert G., and Eugene Albert Nida. A Handbook on Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians. New York: United Bible Societies, 1993. Print. UBS Handbook Series.