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Lectionary Devotions

Today FRIDAY OF THE FOURTH WEEK OF LENT Catholic Daily Readings First Reading Wis 2:1a12–22 Response Ps 34:19a PsalmPs 34:17–2123 Gospel Acclamation Mt 4:4b GospelJn 7:1–21025–30
Today FRIDAY BEFORE THE FIFTH SUNDAY IN LENT Revised Common Lectionary Daily Readings PsalmPs 51:1–12 First Reading Ex 30:1–10 Second Reading Heb 4:14–5:4
Today FRIDAY OF THE FOURTH WEEK IN LENT Book of Common Prayer (1979) Daily Office Lectionary Invitatory Ps 95 Psalms

Connect the Testaments

March 16: It Will Seem Simple in Retrospect Numbers 17:1–18:32; 1 Corinthians 1:1–31; Psalm 18:1–12 We’re all faced with difficult tasks. When Paul wrote to the Corinthians, he was forced to confront their spiritual problems, which were slowly destroying God’s work among them. Paul was thankful for them (1 Cor 1:4–8), but he was also called to a high purpose as an apostle. His calling meant saying what people didn’t want to hear (1 Cor 1:1). There were divisions among the Corinthians that were going to rip their fledgling church apart, and Paul implored them to make some difficult changes: “Now I exhort you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that … there not be divisions among you, and that you be made complete in the same mind and with the same purpose. For … there are quarrels among you” (1 Cor 1:10–11). And here’s where something amazing happens that we often overlook. Paul, a confident man and a former Law-abiding Pharisee, could have stated why he was right and moved o…

Morning and Evening

Morning, March 16Go To Evening Reading
“I am a stranger with thee.” Psalm 39:12
Yes, O Lord, with thee, but not to thee. All my natural alienation from thee, thy grace has effectually removed; and now, in fellowship with thyself, I walk through this sinful world as a pilgrim in a foreign country. Thou art a stranger in thine own world. Man forgets thee, dishonours thee, sets up new laws and alien customs, and knows thee not. When thy dear Son came unto his own, his own received him not. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. Never was foreigner so speckled a bird among the denizens of any land as thy beloved Son among his mother’s brethren. It is no marvel, then, if I who live the life of Jesus, should be unknown and a stranger here below. Lord, I would not be a citizen where Jesus was an alien. His pierced hand has loosened the cords which once bound my soul to earth, and now I find myself a stranger in the land. My speech seems to these Babylon…

My Utmost for His Highest

March 16th The master assizes For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ.2 Cor. 5:10 Paul says that we must all, preacher and people alike, “appear before the judgment seat of Christ.” If you learn to live in the white light of Christ here and now, judgment finally will cause you to delight in the work of God in you. Keep yourself steadily faced by the judgment seat of Christ; walk now in the light of the holiest you know. A wrong temper of mind about another soul will end in the spirit of the devil, no matter how saintly you are. One carnal judgment, and the end of it is hell in you. Drag it to the light at once and say—‘My God, I have been guilty there.’ If you don’t, hardness will come all through. The penalty of sin is confirmation in sin. It is not only God who punishes for sin; sin confirms itself in the sinner and gives back full pay. No struggling or praying will enable you to stop doing some things, and the penalty of sin is that gradually you get used to it and d…

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

March 16 Come behind in no gift 1 Cor. 1:7 The Scripture gives four names to Christians, taken from the four cardinal graces so essential to man’s salvation: Saints for their holiness, believers for their faith, brethren for their love, disciples for their knowledge. Thomas Fuller

 Hardman, Samuel G., and Dwight Lyman Moody. Thoughts for the Quiet Hour. Willow Grove, PA: Woodlawn Electronic Publishing, 1997. Print.

Made in the Likeness of God

Made in the Likeness of GodJames 3:9 Excerpt The fault of invoking curses on fellow human beings is deplorable because they are made in the likeness of God. This is obviously a reference to Gen 1.26-27. In the Genesis passage two words are used; one is “image” and the other is “likeness.” It is not clear why James chose the second word rather than the first one. In any case there seems to be no need to press for a different sense between the two, as they are obviously meant to have the same meaning. What James wants to communicate here is simply that acting against people who resemble God is the same as acting against God, who created those people. It is logically inconsistent to pretend to bless God and then to curse the representation of God (human beings). In other words, cursing other human beings is in effect cursing God, who created them. More Loh, I-Jin, and Howard Hatton. A Handbook on the Letter from James. New York: United Bible Societies, 1997. Print. UBS Handbook Series.

Overview of Psalm 139

Overview of Psalm 139Psalm 139 Excerpt David meditates on the omniscience (139:1–6), omnipresence (vv. 7–12), and omnipotence (vv. 13–18) of God. He then applies these truths to the wicked, whom he calls on God to slay (vv. 19–22), and to himself, whom he calls on God to examine and to lead (vv. 23–24). More Richards, Lawrence O. The Bible Reader’s Companion. electronic ed. Wheaton: Victor Books, 1991. Print.

But I Have This Against You

But I Have This Against YouExcerpt The rebuke given to this church: Nevertheless, I have somewhat against thee,v. 4. Those that have much good in them may have something much amiss in them, and our Lord Jesus, as an impartial Master and Judge, takes notice of both; though he first observes what is good, and is most ready to mention this, yet he also observes what is amiss, and will faithfully reprove them for it. The sin that Christ charged this church with was their decay and declension in holy love and zeal: Thou hast left thy first love; not left and forsaken the object of it, but lost the fervent degree of it that at first appeared. Observe, (1.) The first affections of men towards Christ, and holiness, and heaven, are usually lively and warm. God remembered the love of Israel’s espousals, when she would follow him withersoever he went. (2.) These lively affections will abate and cool if great care be not taken, and diligence used, to preserve them in constant exercise. (3.) Christ…

Family Opposition (Mark 3:31–5)

Family Opposition (Mark 3:31–5)Mark 3:31–35 Excerpt ‎The friends and relatives who appeared in v. 21 now arrive in order to restrain Jesus who, as far as they are concerned, is out of his mind. It is almost as if they want him arrested, so strong is the Greek word used in v. 21. Perhaps they account his madness as due to demon possession. If so they would be in agreement with the scribes. ‎It shocks us to discover that Mary is in such company! We have been brought up on a diet of Luke’sGospel where Mary is afforded more respect. As far as Mark is concerned, she and the family of Jesus have completely misunderstood him and are definitely outside the circle of disciples (v.31). Those who sit at Jesus’ feet are those willing to learn—the family exclude themselves by remaining outside. Jesus therefore looks to his disciples as his new family (v. 35). … More McFadyen, Phillip. Open Door on Mark: His Gospel Explored. London: Triangle, 1997. Print.