Home > Reading > The Daily Lectionary – July 24, 2016


Joshua 6:15–27; Acts 22:30–23:11; Mark 2:1–12

Do we carry the burdens of our brothers and sisters in Christ? Do we find ourselves willing to be a person that one can depend upon to be a reliable partner to assist in good times or bad? As Christians, we need to take an honest look at our lives, and evaluate if we are willing to go to extreme measures to enable those who long and seek for the Risen Savior Jesus, to see and hear him in Word and Sacrament.

While taking a spiritual formation class, my professor asked her students to write down those four people you would call upon to help when in struggle. Alongside that, we were asked to write the “things” in our lives that are causing us to become “paralytic.” The common consensus in answers all came back to the problem of “self-centeredness.”

When we seek Christ, we pray for God to make us less “egocentric” and more “humble.” By doing so, we are blowing the trumpets of Gospel truth, tearing down the walls of our personal Jericho of me, myself, and I. We must boldly proclaim the truths of God’s saving power through Jesus, by the movement of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Prayer: Gracious Father, help us be servants to others and help us faithfully proclaim your message of love and hope that is only focused on their own needs and not your glory. Amen.

Today’s devotion was written by Joshua Morgan, Pastor at Advent Lutheran Church in Kings Mountain, NC.

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