Proper 24 texts at http://www.textweek.com Jeremiah 31:27-34 Genesis 32:22-31 2 Tim. 3:14-4:5 Luke 18:1-8 You shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with God and with humans and have prevailed. Gen. 32:27 There are many … Continue reading A Sacred Souvenir
Do the Easy Thing
Proper 23 texts at http://www.textweek.com Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7 2 Kings 5:1-3, 7-15 2 Tim. 2:8-15 Luke 17:11-19 Father, if the prophet had commanded you to do something difficult, would you not have done it? How much more, when all he said to you was, 'Wash, and be clean'? 2 … Continue reading Do the Easy Thing
A World at Communion
Proper 22 (World Communion Sunday) texts at http://www.textweek.com Lamentations 1:1-6 or 3:19-26 Psalm 137 Psalm 37:1-92 Tim. 1:1-14 Luke 17:5-10 But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; … Continue reading A World at Communion
Proper 21 texts at http://www.textweek.com Jeremiah 32:1-3, 6-15 Amos 6:1a, 4-7 1 Tim. 6:6-19 Luke 16:19-31 ... in their eagerness to be rich, some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pains. 1 Tim. 6:10b … Continue reading Self-Inflicted Wounds
Isn’t it Ironic?
Proper 20 texts at http://www.textweek.com Jeremiah 8:18-9:1 Amos 8:4-7 1 Tim. 2:1-7 Luke 16:1-13 Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then has the health of my poor people not been … Continue reading Isn’t it Ironic?
Who Will Go For Us?
Proper 19 texts at http://www.textweek.com. Jeremiah 4:11-12, 12-28 Exodus 32:7-14 Psalm 141 Tim. 1:12-17 Luke 15:1-10 But Moses implored the Lord his God, and said, 'O Lord, why does your wrath burn hot against your people...? Exodus 32:11a It's no secret that a lot of … Continue reading Who Will Go For Us?
Who Would Win: St. Paul vs. St. Frank
Proper 18 texts at http://www.textweek.com Jeremiah 18:1-11 Deut. 30:15-20 Philemon 1:1-21 Luke 14:25-33 Please note: Today's devotional is an example of Why We Need Editors. Apparently when I first wrote this in 2016, I mistook the "Phil." of Philemon … Continue reading Who Would Win: St. Paul vs. St. Frank
One Little Word
Proper 17 texts at http://www.textweek.com Jeremiah 2:4-13 Proverbs 25:6-7 Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16 Luke 14:1, 7-14 “So we can say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can anyone do to me?’” Heb. 13:6b, and Psalm 118:6 Some of the littlest … Continue reading One Little Word
What Cannot Be Shaken
Proper 16 texts at http://www.textweek.com Jeremiah 1:4-10 Psalm 71:1-6 Hebrews 12:18-29 Luke 13:10-17 This reflection was originally written in August 2016. Election seasons are… let’s say “interesting”… times to reflect on scriptures, especially the ones describing God’s judgment. Each side is sure beyond … Continue reading What Cannot Be Shaken
Time Would Fail Me
Proper 15 texts at http://www.textweek.com Isaiah 5:1-7 Jeremiah 23:23-29 Hebrews 11:29-12:2 Luke 12:49-56 Yet all these, though they were commended for their faith, did not receive what was promised, since God had provided something better so that they would not, apart from us, … Continue reading Time Would Fail Me