05.11.20 – 05.17.20

Readings John 14:15-21  •  Psalm 66:8-20  •  Acts 17:22-31  •  1 Peter 3:13-22 Context John 14:15-21 Our gospel passage for this week takes up where we left off last week in the final discourse to his disciples prior to his arrest and crucifixion.  Remember that Jesus and the disciples have just celebrated the passover meal together, he has instructedContinue reading “05.11.20 – 05.17.20”

05.04.20 – 05.10.20

Readings Psalm 31:1-16  •  John 14:1-14  •  Acts 7:55-60  •  1 Peter 2:1-10 Context Psalm 31:1-16 Our Psalm passage has a direct connection with our Acts reading, it is the passage that Stephen quotes as he is being put to death (vs. 5).  Also, take a moment to consider the imagery of verse 15 with the use of the word  ‘Hand.’ Continue reading “05.04.20 – 05.10.20”

04.27.20 – 05.03.20

Readings Psalm 23  •  John 10:1-10  •  Acts 2:42-47  •  1 Peter 2:19-25 Context This coming Sunday, is commonly referred to as ‘Christ the Good Shepherd’ Sunday.  It is part of the Easter narrative detailing the events following the resurrection up through the accession. The passages this week point us to an understanding of Jesus as our shepherd.   Psalm 23Continue reading “04.27.20 – 05.03.20”

04.20.20 – 04.26.20

Readings Acts 2:14-41  •  Psalm 116:1-19  •  1 Peter 1:17-23  •  Luke 24:13-35 Context Psalm 116:1-19 The Psalmist is reflecting on his/her gratitude for God’s rescue from, and in the midst of, troubling and trying times.  The writer uses beautiful metaphors to articulate, while painting a masterful picture, of the mercy, compassion, and love of God.  ‘God bent (inclined) down toContinue reading “04.20.20 – 04.26.20”

04.13.20 to 04.19.20

Readings Psalm 16  •  Acts 2:14-36  •  1 Peter 1:3-9  •  John 20:19-31 Context Psalm 16 In our Acts reading we see Peter, at Pentecost, use verses 8-11 of Psalm 16 to confirm to the crowds that are listening to his sermon (as the Holy Spirit is impacted those present) that he is, indeed, talking about the same God that theyContinue reading “04.13.20 to 04.19.20”

04.06.20 – 04.12.20

Readings Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24  •  Acts 10:34-43  •  Colossians 3:1-4  •  Matthew 28:1-10 Context Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 “To read the Bible well, you have to keep flipping backwards. Christians tend to get stuck in the New Testament—evangelicals typically in John or Paul, mainline liberals in the Synoptic Gospels. But the New Testament is merely a reader’s guide to the Old. HardlyContinue reading “04.06.20 – 04.12.20”

03.29.20 – 04.05.20

Readings Isaiah 50:4-9  •  Psalm 31:9-16  •  Philippians 2:5-11  •  Matthew 26:14-27:66 Context Isaiah 50:4-9 The prophet Isaiah accepted God’s call to a prophet early in life and, it is important to note, this would be a call on him for the remainder of his earthly life.  This passage is a song of despair and grief while, at the same time, Continue reading “03.29.20 – 04.05.20”

03.22.20 – 03.29.20

Readings Ezekiel 37:1-14  •  Psalm 130  •  Romans 8:6-11  •  John 11:1-45 Context Psalm 130 Much like Psalm 121, which we looked at on March 8, Psalm 130 is a ‘Song of Ascent’ – It was a song for a journey, especially a journey to Jerusalem. Jerusalem was built on a hill so no matter how travelers approached the city theyContinue reading “03.22.20 – 03.29.20”

03.16.20 – 03.22.20 (NT)

See previous post for the Old Testament Readings or this week as well as a list of all the readings for this week. Ephesians 5:8-14 The book of Ephesians was most likely a circular letter, meaning that it was written to be passed around to many churches in many communities.  The letter itself was probablyContinue reading “03.16.20 – 03.22.20 (NT)”

03.16.20-03.22.20 (OT)

Readings 1 Samuel 16:1-13  •  Psalm 23  •  Ephesians 5:8-14  •  John 9:1-41 Context 1 Samuel 16:1-13 It would appear that our old testament readings have been jumping all over the place these past couple of weeks.  We were in Genesis where we saw God lead Abram to pick up his family, and possessions, and travel to another land – aContinue reading “03.16.20-03.22.20 (OT)”