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My Prayer for Today

On this The Lord's Day, my prayer is what Jesus told those that questioned Him as coming from God as He spoke: 33 These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. ln the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” Jn 16:33. Using this analogy as a prayer, I pray His words in His precious name. Amen. - Min. Lynwood F. Mundy

The KJV Standard Lesson Commentary, 2012–2013

January 27
Lesson 9
STANDING FIRM IN CHRIST

DEVOTIONAL READING: Matthew 25:14–29
BACKGROUND SCRIPTURE: Philippians 3:12–4:1


KEY VERSE
Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing.—Philippians 3:16


The KJV Standard Lesson Commentary, 2012–2013, ed. Ronald L. Nickelson and Jonathan Underwood (Cincinnati, OH: Standard, 2012). 185.




Twelve Months of Sundays: Reflections on Bible Readings

The Fourth Sunday of Epiphany


Deuteronomy 18:15–20
Revelation 12:1–5a
Mark 1:21–28


Authority, so problematic for us, is central to the biblical message. The Kingdom of God is not a democracy, as a character in Chariots of Fire pointed out. When the [Israelite's] banded together to decide things their own way, they voted either to go back to Egypt or to make a golden calf. Almost the only time the apostles acted unanimously was when ‘they all forsook him and fled’. God’s redemptive word of authority, calling us to order, breaks through the noise of humans stampeding in the wrong direction. Admitting this means swallowing pride. Refusing to recognize it means conniving at self-destruction. Lemmings all go together when they go.
And yet. We learnt long ago that power corrupts; we learnt more recently that all authority is to be distrusted. Humanly speaking these are important lessons. Yet one can no more live on suspicion than one can eat a Marxist tract. Without trust breaking through …

Preach for a Year

    The Bible is the Word of God


2 Timothy 3:16
          I.      Introduction
         A.      The Greatest Question of All
         1.      Is the Bible really the Word of God?
         2.      If not, we are wasting our time
         3.      If so, nothing else even compares in importance
B.      We Believe the Bible to be the Verbally Inspired Word of God
         C.      Why?
II.      Body
         A.      Because of its Unity and Perfection
         1.      What a great library it is!
           a.      Over 40 different authors
           b.      Writing over a period of 1600 years
           c.      All agreeing on one central theme
2.      Compared to any other literature, it is a giant
           a.      The great classics shrink beside it
           b.      The books of the cults do not compare to it
3.      No contradictions. It is always right
 B.      Because of its fulfilled Prophecy
1.      The many prophecies
           a.      The empires of Daniel’s prophecy
           b.    …

Christian Worship One Year Lectionary

SUNDAY, JANUARY 27, 2013 | EPIPHANY
THIRD SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY

 Old Testament Exodus 15:22–27
 Psalm   Psalm 145
 New Testament Romans 12:6–16a
       Gospel John 2:1–11


Christian Worship One Year Lectionary (Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2009).

United Methodist Revised Common Lectionary

SUNDAY, JANUARY 27, 2013 | EPIPHANY
THIRD SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY
YEAR C

Old Testament Nehemiah 8:1–3, 5–6, 8–10
   Psalm Psalm 19 (UMH 750)
New Testament 1 Corinthians 12:12–31a
Gospel Luke 4:14–21


Vanderbilt Divinity Library, United Methodist Revised Common Lectionary (Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2009).

The Episcopal Church, Book of Common Prayer

SUNDAY, JANUARY 27, 2013 | EPIPHANY
THIRD SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY
YEAR C

Psalm Psalm 113
             First Reading       Nehemiah 8:2–10
             Second Reading       1 Corinthians 12:12–27
Gospel       Luke 4:14–21


The Episcopal Church, Book of Common Prayer (1979) Sunday Lectionary (Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2010).

Lutheran Service Book Three Year Lectionary

SUNDAY, JANUARY 27, 2013 | EPIPHANY
THIRD SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY
YEAR C

Old Testament Nehemiah 8:1–3, 5–6, 8–10
Psalm       (Psalm 19:1–6) 7–14
 Epistle 1 Corinthians 12:12–31a
GospelLuke 4:16–30


Lutheran Service Book Three Year Lectionary (Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2009).

Catholic Lectionary

SUNDAY, JANUARY 27, 2013 | ORDINARY TIME
THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
YEAR C

              First Reading       Nehemiah 8:2–4a, 5–6, 8–10
ResponseJohn 6:63c
PsalmPsalm 19:8–10, 15
Second Reading1 Corinthians 12:12–30 or 1 Corinthians 12:12–14, 27
Gospel AcclamationLuke 4:18
  GospelLuke 1:1–4, 4:14–21


Catholic Lectionary (Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2009).

Morning and Evening

Morning, January 27      Go To Evening Reading

         “And of his fulness have all we received.” 
         — John 1:16

These words tell us that there is a fulness in Christ. There is a fulness of essential Deity, for “in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead.” There is a fulness of perfect manhood, for in him, bodily, that Godhead was revealed. There is a fulness of atoning efficacy in his blood, for “the blood of Jesus Christ, his Son, cleanseth us from all sin.” There is a fulness of justifying righteousness in his life, for “there is therefore now no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus.” There is a fulness of divine prevalence in his plea, for “He is able to save to the uttermost them that come unto God by him; seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.” There is a fulness of victory in his death, for through death he destroyed him that had the power of death, that is the devil. There is a fulness of efficacy in his resurrection from the dead, for by it “w…
January 27: Revenge Isn’t Sweet
Genesis 42:29–43:34

It’s easy to revel in vigilante justice, be joyful in the irony of someone getting “what’s coming to them,” or feel satisfied when “bad Karma comes back around” to others. The colloquialisms around the subject alone demonstrate our infatuation with justice. Joseph is similarly impassioned; he schemes against his brothers who sold him into slavery. At the beginning of Gen 43, Joseph’s brothers must go back to Egypt to request food from him—their younger brother, whom they do not recognize. Joseph waits for the youngest, Benjamin, to join them. What Joseph intends to do when he does, we’re not told.
When Benjamin and the other brothers arrive, Joseph is either moved with empathy or chooses to act upon his original plan of revealing himself in front of all his brothers (Gen 43:16, 29). Joseph even helps them financially, signaling that he somehow still cares for them (Gen 44). Yet it doesn’t seem that Joseph has forgiven them yet, becaus…