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My Prayer for Today

My Prayer for Today Heavenly Father, as this is the first Sunday of a new month (February) where most Christian churches celebrate The Holy Commune, or Lord's Supper, or Eucharist, may all participants go not to eat, drink and take un-worthy, but, examine their souls to make sure that they are worthy. If founded un-worthy, take the time to pray a prayer of genuine repentance to be found worthy. For those that are secular, I pray that you do not eat of the flesh of Jesus, nor drink of His blood, because, you will participate un-worthy and God's wrath upon yourself. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Preach for a Year

    What If John 3:16 Were Not True?


  John 3:16
          I.      Introduction
 A.      We are Walking on Familiar Ground
         1.      The most familiar verse in the Bible
         2.      Luther called it the little Bible
         3.      It is the favorite verse of children … and often quoted to dying people
 B.      The Setting of the Verse
         1.      The verse spoken to a good and religious man to explain salvation
         2.      It’s use to win this ruler of the Jews to Jesus
         C.      But what if this Great Versewere not True?
II.      Body
         A.      What if God had not Loved the World?
         1.      “For God so loved the world”
         2.      Without His love there would be no hope at all
           a.      A dark planet hurtling through space without hope
           b.      Nothing to live for and no purpose for existence
           c.      Every death would be the end of personal hope and every grave a place of despair
           d.      A world wh…

Twelve Months of Sundays: Reflections on Bible Readings

Ordinary Time

Proper 1

Isaiah 40:21–31
1 Corinthians 9:16–23
Mark 1:29–39


Nobody in Corinth had seen it before. Nobody had thought of it. It wasn’t on their mental map, any more than it is in our world. So when Paul wanted to tell them that as Christians, working out how to live in a pagan environment, they might face times when they should voluntarily forgo something to which they had a complete right—an intricate but vital principle—the only example he could give of what this might look like was his own.
Hence this bit of autobiography, providing a fascinating glimpse of both Paul’s practice and his theory. The underlying point (chapters 8, 10) concerns food offered to idols. Christians, believing in the creator God, are free to eat whatever is sold in the market. But because they believe in this God through the crucified Jesus, their freedom is further defined by the gospel’s confrontation with evil, and by the conscience of fellow-believers. They must not give offence.
The equivalent …

Christian Worship One Year Lectionary

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2013 | EPIPHANY
FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY

Old Testament   2 Kings 5:1–15 a
Psalm Psalm 30
New Testament Romans 12:16 b–21
 GospelMatthew 8:1–13


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

United Methodist Revised Common Lectionary

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2013 | EPIPHANY
FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY
YEAR C

Old Testament Jeremiah 1:4–10
Psalm       Psalm 71:1–6 (UMH 794)
 New Testament1 Corinthians 13:1–13
Gospel       Luke 4:21–30


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

The Episcopal Church, Book of Common Prayer (1979) Sunday Lectionary

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2013 | EPIPHANY
FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY
YEAR C

Psalm  Psalm 71:1–17 or Psalm 71:1–6, 15–17
             First Reading       Jeremiah 1:4–10
             Second Reading       1 Corinthians 14:12 b–20
Gospel Luke 4:21–32


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

Lutheran Service Book Three Year Lectionary

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2013 | EPIPHANY
FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY
YEAR C

Old Testament Jeremiah 1:4–10 (17–19)
Psalm       Psalm 71:1–6 (7–11)
Epistle       1 Corinthians 12:31 b–13:13
Gospel       Luke 4:31–44


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

Catholic Lectionary

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2013 | ORDINARY TIME
FOURTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
YEAR C

              First Reading       Jeremiah 1:4–5, 17–19
              Response       Psalm 71:15 a, b
Psalm Psalm 71:1–6, 15, 17
              Second Reading       1 Corinthians 12:31–13:13 or 1 Corinthians 13:4–13
Gospel Acclamation       Luke 4:18
Gospel  Luke 4:21–30



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

Daily Readings, Complete and unabridged; New modern edition

Morning, February 3      Go To Evening Reading
         “Therefore, brethren, we are debtors.”           — Romans 8:12
As God’s creatures, we are all debtors to him: to obey him with all our body, and soul, and strength. Having broken his commandments, as we all have, we are debtors to his justice, and we owe to him a vast amount which we are not able to pay. But of the Christian it can be said that he does not owe God’s justice anything, for Christ has paid the debt his people owed; for this reason the believer owes the more to love. I am a debtor to God’s grace and forgiving mercy; but I am no debtor to his justice, for he will never accuse me of a debt already paid. Christ said, “It is finished!” and by that he meant, that whatever his people owed was wiped away for ever from the book of remembrance. Christ, to the uttermost, has satisfied divine justice; the account is settled; the handwriting is nailed to the cross; the receipt is given, and we are debtors to God’s justice no lo…

Wisdom Can Quickly Become Folly

February 3: Wisdom Can Quickly Become Folly
Exodus 7–8

What we need to hear and what we want to hear are rarely the same thing. Leaders who encourage honesty, allow for errors, and establish an environment of trust usually hear what they need to hear. A dictator, on the other hand, will never learn what they really need to know. People shield them or stay away from them; an environment of fear is only destructive. It’s with this point in mind that the story of Moses, Aaron, and Pharaoh becomes even more intriguing.
Pharaoh surrounded himself with people who would tell him what he wanted to hear (Exodus 7:22), not what he needed to hear: “You’re oppressing the Hebrew people and they will rise up against you. And furthermore, we’re afraid of their God and we can’t really do what He can do. We’re small-time dark magic; their God is the big time.” Instead of speaking this truth, Pharaoh’s advisors went on pretending and conjuring up cheap tricks.
Plague after plague hit Egypt, but Pharaoh’…