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DANIEL’S VISION OF CHANGE

March 3
Lesson 1
DANIEL’S VISION OF CHANGE

DEVOTIONAL READING: Daniel 6:25–28
BACKGROUND SCRIPTURE: Daniel 7



KEY VERSE There was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.Daniel 7:14


The KJV Standard Lesson Commentary, 2012–2013, ed. Ronald L. Nickelson and Jonathan Underwood (Cincinnati, OH: Standard, 2012). 233.

God Is Not A Racist

God Is Not A Racist
Key Verses: Acts 10:34–38



          I.      Humanity Is Divided Into Races and Nations
      A.      The Apostle Paul in speaking to the Athenians in Acts 17:26, made clear the present state of humanity. “And (God) hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitations.”
         1.      We do not all belong to one nation, or to one tribe, or to one language, or to one set of customs. The first thing that we must recognize is where we belong.
         2.      Those who belong to different races and different nations must not look upon others with disdain but with the recognition that in our veins there runs the same human blood.
         3.      Therefore, the sin of Adam has come upon all nations and all people regardless of their race and nationality.
         4.      Since we have common blood we have common need of salvation and our salvation is by o…

Christian Worship Three Year Lectionary

SUNDAY, MARCH 3, 2013 | LENT
THIRD SUNDAY IN LENT
YEAR C

Old Testament Exodus 3:1–8b, 10–15
     Old Testament  Numbers 16:23–40 (Supplemental)
     Psalm  Psalm 38
         New Testament 1 Corinthians 10:1–13
Gospel   Luke 13:1–9


Christian Worship Three Year Lectionary (With Supplemental Lectionary) (Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2009).

United Methodist Revised Common Lectionary

SUNDAY, MARCH 3, 2013 | LENT
THIRD SUNDAY IN LENT
YEAR C

   Old Testament Isaiah 55:1–9
 Psalm Psalm 63:1–8 (UMH 788)
 New Testament     1 Corinthians 10:1–13
   Gospel   Luke 13:1–9


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

The Episcopal Church, Book of Common Prayer

SUNDAY, MARCH 3, 2013 | LENT
THIRD SUNDAY IN LENT
YEAR C

PsalmPsalm 103 or Psalm 103:1–11
             First Reading       Exodus 3:1–15
             Second Reading       1 Corinthians 10:1–13
 Gospel Luke 13:1–9


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

Lutheran Service Book Three Year Lectionary

SUNDAY, MARCH 3, 2013 | LENT
THIRD SUNDAY IN LENT
YEAR C

         Old Testament     Ezekiel 33:7–20
Psalm       Psalm 85
Epistle       1 Corinthians 10:1–13
Gospel       Luke 13:1–9


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

Catholic Lectionary

SUNDAY, MARCH 3, 2013 | LENT
THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT
YEAR C

              First Reading       Exodus 3:1–8a, 13–15
              Response       Psalm 103:8a
Psalm Psalm 103:1–4, 6–8, 11
              Second Reading       1 Corinthians 10:1–6, 10–12
  Gospel Acclamation       Matthew 4:17
  Gospel Luke 13:1–9


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

Morning and Evening

Morning, March 3      Go To Evening Reading


       “I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction.”
         — Isaiah 48:10

Comfort thyself, tried believer, with this thought: God saith, “I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction.” Does not the word come like a soft shower, assuaging the fury of the flame? Yea, is it not an asbestos armour, against which the heat hath no power? Let affliction come—God has chosen me. Poverty, thou mayst stride in at my door, but God is in the house already, and he has chosen me. Sickness, thou mayst intrude, but I have a balsam ready—God has chosen me. Whatever befalls me in this vale of tears, I know that he has “chosen” me. If, believer, thou requires still greater comfort, remember that you have the Son of Man with you in the furnace. In that silent chamber of yours, there sitteth by your side One whom thou hast not seen, but whom thou loves  and ofttimes when thou knowest it not, he makes all thy bed in thy affliction, and smooths thy pillow…

It May Seem Bland

March 3: It May Seem Bland
Numbers 3:1–39

Let’s just admit it: genealogies and lists, like the one in Num 3:1–39, are the most boring elements of the Bible. But they do something for us that other formats cannot—they give us a sense of history and lineage.
With a genealogy, we can do more than just trace people; we can map their relationships to others and to the events that happen through those relationships. We can also determine who was involved in those major events.
Genealogies and lists give us a small glimpse into God’s providential work, even though we may not recognize them as such. God worked among the people in those lists. He chose to use them. They didn’t deserve to be used by God in mighty ways, but they were. Some of the people in Num. 3:1–39 were given seemingly insignificant tasks: “The responsibility of the sons of Merari was the supervision of the frames of the tabernacle, its bars, pillars, bases, and all its vessels and all its service,” among other things (Num. 3:…