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The Daily Lectionary – June 2, 2016

Proverbs 21:30–22:6; 1 Timothy 4:1–16; Matthew 13:24–30 Sometimes, the daily lectionary readings conspire to hit us with a one-two punch; today is just such a day. What are we to believe: that those raised in the faith will not depart from it later in life (our reading from Proverbs), or that some will stray from
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The Daily Lectionary – June 1, 2016

Proverbs 17:1–20; 1 Timothy 3:1–16; Matthew 12:43–50 There are bears where I live. Thankfully, I’ve never met a “she-bear robbed of cubs.” Yet fools bent on folly are numerous, even in the church. So, remember, while you’re pointing a finger at somebody else, three fingers are pointing back at you. Let’s be honest; Christianity is
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The Daily Lectionary – May 31, 2016

Proverbs 15:16–33; 1 Timothy 1:18–2:15; Matthew 12:33–42 In Matthew 12:33–37, Jesus reminds us that everyone is accountable to the Creator. Indeed, he cares about what people think, say, and do. Perhaps this is one reason why Proverbs 15:16–33 urges the members of the faith community to live uprightly, consider what they say, and be reverential
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The Daily Lectionary – May 30, 2016

Proverbs 10:1–12; 1 Timothy 1:1–17; Matthew 12:22–32 Jesus tells us that we can be forgiven of any sin except for “blasphemy against the Spirit.” Many Christians worry that they have committed the “unforgivable sin” by saying something blasphemous against God, perhaps in anger when something went wrong—when a loved one died or when they lost
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The Daily Lectionary – May 29, 2016

Proverbs 9:1–12; Acts 8:14–25; Luke 10:25–28; 38–42 A quick search of my Bible app shows there are more references to “bread and wine” in the Old Testament than one might think. In Genesis, the righteous priest/king, Melchizedek, brings out bread and wine as a sacrifice to God Most High. In Judges, bread and wine are
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The Daily Lectionary – May 28, 2016

Proverbs 8:22–36; 3 John 1–15; Matthew 12:15–21 God has been in possession of wisdom in eternity. Before anything was created, God was wise. As we are made in his image (Gen 1:27), we too are to get wisdom. There is no better way to do this than to walk in the truth. This is not
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The Daily Lectionary – May 27, 2016

Proverbs 8:1–21; 2 John 1–13; Matthew 12:1–14 The Holy Spirit, the wisdom of Proverbs, calls us to “walk in the way of righteousness.” God is always calling us to “hear” and “learn sense” so that we might walk with him in the truth. But how do we know we are walking in the way of
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The Daily Lectionary – May 26, 2016

Proverbs 7:1-27; 1 John 5:13–21; Matthew 11:25–30 The survival of children depends on older and wiser persons providing for all their needs. Then children grow in knowledge and wisdom to provide for themselves. With every breath, children fall deeper and deeper into sin as they seek independence and control over their own existences. “So when
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