03.02.08 – 03.08.20

Readings Genesis 15:1-18 (children’s passage)  •  Genesis 12:1-4a  •  Psalm 121  •  Romans 4:1-17  •  John 3:1-17   •  Matthew 7 Context Psalm 121 (responsive reading) Psalms 120-134 are often referred to as the ‘Psalms of Ascent(s)’ as they were often used by Israelites facing a journey or pilgrimage – or, a new phase of life.  It is quite possible that these Psalms wereContinue reading “03.02.08 – 03.08.20”

02.24.20 – 03.01.20

Readings Luke 4:1-13 (Children’s Scripture)  •  Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7  •  Psalm 32  •  Romans 5:12-19  •  Matthew 6 Context Psalm 32 (Responsive Reading) This is the first week of Lent, the beginning of our approach to a recognition of the cross and empty grave – it is the beginning of our official preparation, through repentance and discipline, to takeContinue reading “02.24.20 – 03.01.20”

02.17.20 to 02.26.20

Readings Exodus 24:12-18  •  Psalm 2 and Psalm 99  •  2 Peter 1:16-21  •  Matthew 5:43-48 Context Exodus 24:12-18 On the Israelites’ journey from slavery to freedom they witnessed God deliver them from slavery and then crush their pursuing enemies under the weight of the Red Sea; experienced their first overt celebration of thanks in, and for, God’s gift of freedom; they literallyContinue reading “02.17.20 to 02.26.20”

02.10.20 to 02.16.20

Readings Deuteronomy 30:15-20  •  Psalm 119:1-8  •  1 Corinthians 3:1-9  •  Matthew 5:21-37 Context Deuteronomy 30:15-20 The book of Deuteronomy is considered to be one of the most influential books of the Old Testament.  Christ quotes from Deuteronomy when refuting Satan during the temptation and then, again, he uses Deuteronomy when citing the greatest commandment (love the Lord your God).  TheContinue reading “02.10.20 to 02.16.20”

02.03.20 – 02.09.20

Readings Isaiah 58:1-12  •  Psalm 112  •  1 Corinthians 2  •  Matthew 5:13-20 Context Isaiah 58:1-12 Isaiah 56-66 is often referred to as ‘Third Isaiah’ as it focuses on the Israelites as they return to the promised land following the exile.  The first section is basically the rebuke and warnings to the Israelites, the second emphasizes the work of God andContinue reading “02.03.20 – 02.09.20”

01.27.20 to 02.02.20

Readings Micah 6:1-8  •  Psalm 15  •  1 Corinthians 1:18-31  •  Matthew 5:1-12 Context Micah 6:1-8 Micah is a prophet speaking largely to the area of Samaria (Northern Kingdom) shortly before it falls to the Assyrians (the conquering of the Southern Kingdom, Judah which includes Jerusalem, will fall to the Babylonians next).  Micah’s message accompanies the messages of Isaiah and JeremiahContinue reading “01.27.20 to 02.02.20”

01.20.20 – 01.26.20

Week of 01.20.20 – 01.26.20 Readings Isaiah 9:1-4  •  Psalm 27:1, 4-9  •  1 Corinthians 1:10-18  •  Matthew 4:12-23 Context Isaiah 9:1-4 As we move back in the book of Isaiah, before the exile has happened, we return to the initial calls from Isaiah on the people to return to God.  In the previous chapter (chapter eight) Isaiah has outlined theContinue reading “01.20.20 – 01.26.20”