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Prayer

Prayer May your Lord’s Day worship be filled with the indwelling Spirit of God (Holy Ghost). Have a blessed day in the Lord. In Jesus' name. Amen. - Min. Lynwood F. Mundy

Sunday School Lesson Background

August 25 Lesson 13 SABBATH REFORMS
DEVOTIONAL READING: Mark 2:23–27
BACKGROUND SCRIPTURE: Nehemiah 13:4–31


NEHEMIAH 13:10–12, 15–22



GOD’S PEOPLE WORSHIP
Unit 3: Worshiping in Jerusalem Again (Nehemiah)LESSONS 10–13

LESSON AIMS
After participating in this lesson, each student will be able to: 1. Summarize how Nehemiah corrected the neglect of the temple and the abuses of the Sabbath day. 2. Explain how the Sabbath rules have significance for Christians. 3. Commit himself or herself to living a holy life by eliminating bad spiritual habits.

LESSON OUTLINE
Introduction       A.      A Look Back       B.      Lesson Background: Late Fifth-century BC       C.      Lesson Background: The Sabbath   I.      Support Neglected (NEHEMIAH 13:10–12)       A.      Worship Deteriorates (v. 10)       A Modern Fable       B.      Leaders Confronted (v. 11a)       C.      Situation Corrected (vv. 11b, 12)   II.      Sabbath Violated (NEHEMIAH 13:15–22a)       A.      Problem Noted (vv. 15, 16)       B.      Lea…

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Lesson for December 8, 2013
Mary Sings Her PraiseLuke 1:46-56By Sam E. Stone When Mary was visited by the angel Gabriel, she learned that God had selected her to be the mother of his Son. After receiving this message she traveled to see her relative Elizabeth who lived many miles away from Nazareth, down in Judea. Elizabeth had also received a message from the Lord. Although she was childless and of advanced age, God promised to answer her prayer for a son (Luke 1:5-25). The son of Elizabeth and Zechariah would be called John the Baptist, sent by God to prepare the way for the Messiah. Last week’s lesson told what happened when Mary visited Elizabeth. As Mary entered Zechariah’s home and Elizabeth heard her greeting, the baby leaped in her womb and she was filled with the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:41-45). Elizabeth exclaimed, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear.” Today’s text begins with Mary’s response to her kinswoman.
God’s Great DeedLuke 1:46-50Mary respond…

United Methodist Revised Common Lectionary

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2013 | ADVENT SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT
YEAR A

 Old TestamentIsaiah 11:1–10
   Psalm Psalm 72:1–7, 18–19 (UMH 795)
New Testament Romans 15:4–13
     Gospel   Matthew 3:1–12


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

Lutheran Service Book Three Year Lectionary

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2013 | ADVENT
SECOND SUNDAY IN ADVENT
YEAR A

 Old Testament     Isaiah 11:1–10
 Psalm  Psalm 72:1–7
   Epistle   Romans 15:4–13
   Gospel     Matthew 3:1–12


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

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

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2013 | ADVENT
SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT
YEAR A

Psalm       Psalm 72 or Psalm 72:1–8
             First Reading       Isaiah 11:1–10
             Second Reading       Romans 15:4–13
 GospelMatthew 3:1–12


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

Revised Common Lectionary

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2013 | ADVENT
SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT
YEAR A

 Old Testament Isaiah 11:1–10
   Psalm Psalm 72:1–7, 18–19
   New Testament Romans 15:4–13
   Gospel Matthew 3:1–12


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

Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional

December 8
The Gospel for Barbarians and FoolsRomans 1:1–17
It’s dangerous when we feel entitled. We may come to believe our communities are righteous while all those outside are not. This can even take place inside our faith communities—popularity or various achievements can create subtle feelings of superiority. We begin to believe it’s something we've done that brings us favor.
As he writes to the church in Rome, Paul explains that it’s not anything we do, anything we are, or anything we obtain that makes us right with God. His calling verifies this: “I am under obligation both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to the wise and to the foolish. Thus I am eager to proclaim the gospel also to you who are in Rome” (Rom 1:14).
Ethnicity was a big obstacle for the early church to overcome, as the church was now made up of both Jewish and Gentile believers. God promised Abraham that through him “all the peoples on earth will be blessed” (Gen 12:3). Christ’s redemptive work had finally m…