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United Methodist Revised Common Lectionary

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 1, 2014 | CHRISTMAS
NEW YEAR OR JANUARY 1
YEARS ABC

   Old Testament Ecclesiastes 3:1–13
   Psalm Psalm 8 (UMH 743)
   New Testament Revelation 21:1–6a
 Gospel Matthew 25:31–46


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

Lutheran Service Book Historic (One Year) Lectionary

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 1, 2014 | FEAST
CIRCUMCISION ANDNAME OF JESUS

Old Testament  Numbers 6:22–27
   Psalm Psalm 8
     Epistle Galatians 3:23–29
 Gospel Luke 2:21


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

The Episcopal Church

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 1, 2014 | CHRISTMAS
HOLY NAME
YEAR A

Psalm       Psalm 8
             First Reading       Exodus 34:1–8
             Second Reading       Romans 1:1–7 or Philippians 2:9–13
Gospel       Luke 2:15–21


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

Revised Common Lectionary

NEW YEAR’S DAY
YEARS ABC
On the same date: New Year, Holy Name of Jesus—Mary, Mother of God

   Old Testament Ecclesiastes 3:1–13
 Psalm  Psalm 8
 New Testament Revelation 21:1–6a
Gospel       Matthew 25:31–46


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

Revised Common Lectionary

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 1, 2014 | CHRISTMAS
NEW YEAR
HOLY NAME OFJESUS—MARY, MOTHER OF GOD
YEAR A
On the same date: New Year, New Year’s Day

 Old Testament   Numbers 6:22–27
   Psalm  Psalm 8
       New Testament  Galatians 4:4–7 or Philippians 2:5–11
 Gospel Luke 2:15–21


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

Happy New Year

Today's Verse of the Day

Today's Verse of the Day is From Matthew 16:25 KJV Translation: For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. NKJV Translation: For whoever will save his life shall lose it: and whoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. Explore Thomas Nelson's King James Bibles and take your Bible reading further. © Copyright Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional

January 1
BeginningsGenesis 1–2
In the beginning, God subdues the greatest symbol of chaos in the ancient world: the waters. He also creates light—something that the ancients thought ruled everything. Even darkness, which they deeply feared, is now ruled by Him.
The ancients were in the middle, asking, “God, where are you in the midst of this chaotic world?”He answers them with a story about beginnings. In this story, we find that God establishes order in a chaotic world. He rules other gods. He rules the light. He rules the night. It’s as if God said, “Why are you afraid? I’m here. I’m working it out.”

Matthew 1–2 gives us another beginning—a child born in humble circumstances. But it’s through this child, Jesus, that the world itself was first created. And that’s not all: in Him and through Him everything is brought together. Chaos is made orderly: “Because all things in the heavens and on earth were created by him … and he himself is before all things, and in him all things are held …

United Methodist Revised Common Lectionary

SUNDAY, JANUARY 19, 2014 | EPIPHANY
SECOND SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY
YEAR A

   Old Testament Isaiah 49:1–7
           Psalm   Psalm 40:1–11 (UMH 774)
         New Testament       1 Corinthians 1:1–9
   Gospel   John 1:29–42


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

United Methodist Revised Common Lectionary

SUNDAY, JANUARY 5, 2014 | EPIPHANY
EPIPHANY OFTHE LORD
YEARS ABC

 Old Testament   Isaiah 60:1–6
   Psalm Psalm 72:1–7, 10–14 (UMH 795)
   New Testament Ephesians 3:1–12
Gospel  Matthew 2:1–12


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

Connect the Teataments

January 2
Scripture for War or Peace? Matthew 3–4
Like many people, I use Scripture to defend my views. But so does Satan. In Matthew 4, the devil says: “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down, for it is written, ‘He will command his angels concerning you’ ” (Matt 4:6, citing Psa 91:11–12). In turn, Jesus responds with Scripture, “Again, it is written, ‘You are not to put the Lord your God to the test’ ” (Matt 4:7, citing Deut 6:16, coupled with Isa 7:12).

While the devil used Scripture for his own purposes, Jesus used them for God’s. This teaches us that Scripture alone isn’t enough: it must be contextualized and balanced with other Scripture.

This story raises the question, “Will we use Scripture to defend our own positions, or use it to defend God’s?” It’s easy to quote Scripture only to defend our personal theological position. Sometimes we are too focused on being “right” and not necessarily on helping other believers. However, while we might believe that being “right” wil…