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Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional

June 30
 By Your Example3 John 5–15

By nature, we are creatures of imitation. Children mimic the traits of their parents, and even in later life we are influenced by the habits of our friends. People naturally imitate, even if they don’t realize it or intend to. This is one reason why “lead by example” is such a powerful principle. It’s also why leaders can change the direction of a whole community—for better or worse (Jas 3:1).
Diotrephes, an ambitious member of the early church who misused his power, was unwilling to heed the advice of John and others who reprimanded him. In his letter to Gaius, a church leader known for his faithfulness and love, John gives this advice regarding Diotrephes: “Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good. The one who does good is of God; the one who does evil has not seen God” (3 John 11).
Throughout his letters, John emphasizes that people’s actions reflect their heart. Diotrephes’ actions told a dismal story. Whether he was a church l…

The KJV Standard Lesson Commentary, 2012–2013, ed.

June 30
Lesson 5
RESTORING JOYFUL WORSHIP

DEVOTIONAL READING: Matthew 23:29–39
BACKGROUND SCRIPTURE: Ezra 1:1–3:7

KEY VERSE
They kept also the feast of tabernacles, as it is written, and offered the daily burnt offerings by number, according to the custom, as the duty of every day required.—Ezra 3:4

LESSON OUTLINE

Introduction
      A.      A Journey with Purpose
      B.      Lesson Background
        I.      Rebuilding the Altar (EZRA 3:1, 2)
      A.      Convening (v. 1)
      B.      Constructing (v. 2)
II.      Resuming the Offerings (EZRA 3:3–6)
      A.      Daily Requirements (v. 3)
      B.      Feast of Tabernacles (v. 4)
      C.      Other Requirements (v. 5)
      D.      Significant Date (v. 6a)
      E.      Challenge Noted (v. 6b)
Counting the Cost
III.      Resources for the Temple (EZRA 3:7)
      A.      Paying the Craftsmen (v. 7a)
      B.      Purchasing the Cedar (v. 7b)
God and Givers

Conclusion
      A.      Things That Are First!
      B.      Prayer
      C.      Tho…

The NIV Standard Lesson Commentary, 2012–2013, ed.

June 30
Lesson 5
RESTORING JOYFUL WORSHIPDEVOTIONAL READING: Matthew 23:29–39
BACKGROUND SCRIPTURE: Ezra 1:1–3:7

KEY VERSE
In accordance with what is written, they celebrated the Festival of Tabernacles with the required number of burnt offerings prescribed for each day.—Ezra 3:4

LESSON OUTLINE

Introduction
      A.      A Journey with Purpose
      B.      Lesson Background
I.      Rebuilding the Altar (EZRA 3:1, 2)
      A.      Convening (v. 1)
      B.      Constructing (v. 2)
II.      Resuming the Offerings (EZRA 3:3–6)
      A.      Daily Requirements (v. 3)
      B.      Festival of Tabernacles (v. 4)
      C.      Other Requirements (v. 5)
      D.      Significant Date (v. 6a)
      E.      Challenge Noted (v. 6b)
Counting the Cost
III.      Resources for the Temple (EZRA 3:7)
      A.      Paying the Craftsmen (v. 7a)
      B.      Purchasing the Cedar (v. 7b)
God and Givers
Conclusion
      A.      Things That Are First!
      B.      Prayer
      C.      Thought to Remember

The NIV…

Lutheran Service Book Three Year Lectionary

SUNDAY, JUNE 30, 2013 | PENTECOST
PROPER 8
YEAR C

 Old Testament   1 Kings 19:9b–21
 Psalm Psalm 16
 Epistle   Galatians 5:1, 13–25
 Gospel Luke 9:51–62


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

United Methodist Revised Common Lectionary

SUNDAY, JUNE 30, 2013 | AFTER PENTECOST
PROPER 8
YEAR C

Old Testament   2 Kings 2:1–2, 6–14
   PsalmPsalm 77:1–2, 11–20 (UMH 798)
 New Testament Galatians 5:1, 13–25
         Gospel     Luke 9:51–62


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

Christian Worship One Year Lectionary

SUNDAY, JUNE 30, 2013 | PENTECOST
SIXTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

Old Testament  Jeremiah 1:4–10
 PsalmPsalm 67
New Testament 1 Peter 3:8–15
Gospel Luke 5:1–11


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

Revised Common Lectionary

SUNDAY, JUNE 30, 2013 | AFTER PENTECOST
PROPER 8
YEAR C


Old Testament & Psalm, Option I
 Old Testament  2 Kings 2:1–2, 6–14
 Psalm Psalm 77:1–2, 11–20
  or
Old Testament & Psalm, Option II
 Old Testament 1 Kings 19:15–16, 19–21
Psalm       Psalm 16

 New Testament Galatians 5:1, 13–25
         Gospel  Luke 9:51–62


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

Catholic Lectionary

SUNDAY, JUNE 30, 2013 | ORDINARY TIME
THIRTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
YEAR C

              First Reading       1 Kings 19:16b, 19–21
              Response       Psalm 16:5a
Psalm       Psalm 16:1–2, 5, 7–11
              Second Reading       Galatians 5:1, 13–18
Gospel Acclamation       1 Samuel 3:9, John 6:68c
Gospel       Luke 9:51–62


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