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The Daily Lectionary – April 12, 2016

Exodus 19:1-16; Colossians 1:1-14; Matthew 3:7-12 The Gospel reading is about John the Baptist’s disagreement with the Pharisees and Sadducees who may have come to his baptism with the pretension that characterized their other religious activities. They were showing people how ready they were for the Messiah, though they had not truly repented. John reminded
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The Daily Lectionary – April 11, 2016

Exodus 18:13-27; 1 Peter 5:1-14; Matthew 1:1-17, 3:1-6 The advice that Moses’ father-in-law has for him is critical and offers an important lesson for us. Moses had put himself in a well-meaning but unhealthy position. At first glance, he may appear as a mediator between the people and God, but he was in some ways
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The Daily Lectionary – April 10, 2016

Exodus 18:1-12; 1 John 2:7-17; Mark 16:9-20 Do you practice what is preached? If you are like me, I imagine you hate it when you fail to do so. How often do you feel motivated to imitate Christ in a certain way in a certain place and end up falling short? We might deeply feel
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The Daily Lectionary – April 9, 2016

Exodus 17:1-16; 1 Peter 4:7-19; John 16:16-33 To be self-controlled and sober-minded is not to be glum. Indeed, it is the precondition to real, deep, and lasting joy! Self-control means you have looked unflinchingly on the state of your own soul in the light of God’s Word and responded with loving firmness to it. Sober-mindedness
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The Daily Lectionary – April 8, 2016

Exodus 16:23-36; 1 Peter 3:13-4:6; John 16:1-15 During childhood our family all but lived in Church during Holy Week, culminating in Easter joy. Custom was, though, that there would be a wonderful Easter party with candy, egg hunts, and family celebrations. Pulling these two, disparate realities together—the holy time with God and the almost hedonistic
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The Daily Lectionary – April 7, 2016

Exodus 16:10-22; 1 Peter 2:11-3:12; John 15:12-27 In John 15, Jesus is giving final instructions to his disciples on the last night of his life on earth. After instructing them for three years, he summarizes his teaching with a new commandment. We call it, “The Great Commandment.” Jesus said, “This is my commandment, that you
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The Daily Lectionary – April 6, 2016

Exodus 15:22-16:10; 1 Peter 2:1-10; John 15:1-11 “We are what we eat,” as the saying goes, and we know we need food and water to keep our bodies working properly. Even in ancient times, people recognized that food was necessary for life. In the reading from Exodus, we have just one example of the complaints
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The Daily Lectionary – April 5, 2016

Exodus 15:1-21; 1 Peter 1:13-25; John 14:18-31 For Bronco fans still smarting from their loss to Seattle two years ago, this was their year to sing and dance. Victory turned to celebration. The passage from Exodus 15 is about a celebration after a victory. Pharaoh had let God’s people go from their bondage, but then
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