Luke 11:24-28, True Blessedness
Feb
16
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Luke 11:24-28, True Blessedness

Key Verse

Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it!
— Luke 11:28

RCL Daily Devotion for Saturday, February 16, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Rev. Stefanie K. Fauth from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

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Christ tells those who call him blessed that to truly be blessed, you need to listen to the word of God and follow it.

Perhaps listening to God includes listening to the siblings we have in this world.

Listening to their suffering and responding with love and compassion and work towards justice.

Listen to those around you.

What do you hear?

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Feb
15
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1 Peter 1:17-2:1, Insincerity

Key Verse

Rid yourselves, therefore, of all malice, and all guile, insincerity, envy, and all slander.
— 1 Peter 2:1

RCL Daily Devotion for Friday, February 15, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Daniel D. Maurer from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

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Kids have a way of telling you exactly what they’re thinking or feeling. It’s a refreshing sincerity many of us adults seem to lack.

I think it’s that, when we grow up, we soon realize that we can easily be hurt by being too open, too gullible, too sincere.

With God, we can approach ourselves and each other in sincerity and truth, because God, after all, is the One who knows all about us in every little gritty detail.

Help me to open my heart and find sincerity in you, O Lord. Amen.

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Psalm 1, The Two Ways
Feb
14
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Psalm 1, The Two Ways

Key Verse

for the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.
— Psalm 1:6

RCL Daily Devotion for Thursday, February 14, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Rev. Stefanie K. Fauth from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

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Scripture is very clear.

The Lord guides and watches over those who choose the path of righteousness.

The wicket will be lost.

But is that permanent?

Is it like going the wrong way down the highway with no hope of exiting? Dodging oncoming traffic and just waiting for the inevitable crash?

I think not - I think that God is the original GPS - if you take a wrong turn, God is working on your alternate routes.

If you make mistakes, that’s not the end - just work on following your Holy GPS to get back on the right path!

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Feb
13
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Luke 5:27-32, How Did Jesus Pull That Off?

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I have come to call not the righteous but sinners to repentance.
— Luke 5:32

RCL Daily Devotion for Wednesday, February 13, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Daniel D. Maurer from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

“Love the sinner, but not the sin.”

Yeah, we’ve all heard that before. But I can’t help but wonder how Jesus applied this in his own ministry.

Most of the time, I believe the above phrase is only a tacit justification for people to look down on others. “Well . . . “ they say,
”I don’t hate the sinner themselves, I only hate the sin. I love the sinner.” Then they go about supporting legislation that goes fully against and hurts the group they supposedly “love.”

But, looking at the witness of scripture, it’s interesting what happens. We don’t hear ANYTHING in the story about Jesus finally sitting down with the tax collectors and setting them straight. We don’t read anything like this: “And after Jesus had dined with the tax collectors he reminded them what terrible things they did and told them to set themselves straight. Later, Jesus helped set a law in place that tax collectors could not rent apartments in his area of the city.”

No. All Jesus does is spend time with them. He drinks wine. He honors them by coming to their table. And . . . ? Well, that’s it! Scripture doesn’t tell us anything more about it.

I think we are called to act a little more like Jesus. And we are called to not set up a false dichotomy of sinner vs. sins. There are only people, broken people for sure, but just people.

God, open my heart to learn from others and be present for all. Amen.

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1 Timothy 3:1-9, Qualifications of Church Leaders
Feb
12
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1 Timothy 3:1-9, Qualifications of Church Leaders

Key Verse

they must hold fast to the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience.
— 1 Timothy 3:9

RCL Daily Devotion for Tuesday, February 12, 2019

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Religious officials are held to a high standard.

To “live a life above reproach” is a tall order.

In my life, I have seen no human - no matter how highly ranked or religiously engaged - be above reproach.

Leaders are human - and they should remember that when they step into leadership roles.

If you are a church leader, don’t be afraid to ask for help, for breaks and for prayers.

If you are not a church leader, be praying for your leaders. Offer them grace, and be sure they get the help and support they need, so they might continue to cling to the mystery that is our faith in Christ.

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11
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Psalm 115, Hope for a New Generation

Key Verse

May the Lord give you increase,
both you and your children.
— Psalm 115:14

RCL Daily Devotion for Monday, February 11, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Daniel D. Maurer from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

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I have two sons. One is 18 years old and on the autism spectrum—he keeps to himself pretty much and loves his time on the computer. The other is 14 and enjoys playing the guitar and chasing girls. They couldn’t be more different!

For both of them, I hope that their lives will be full and happy. My wife and I do all we can, but know we sometimes fall short.

The most important thing that we seem to continually forget is that no matter what we do, our boys are in God’s hands, ultimately. The hope for a new generation comes not only in what that generation manages to accomplish, but also whether the Creator deems that we continue to exist.

One can have hope. Yes? What are your thoughts about the future? Are you afraid? Hopeful?

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10
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Luke 5:1-11, Jesus Walks With Us

Key Verse

Simon answered, ‘Master, we have worked all night long but have caught nothing. Yet if you say so, I will let down the nets.’
— Luke 5:5

RCL Daily Devotion for Sunday, February 10, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Dr. Kimberly Leetch from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

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Main Idea: Jesus walks with us when our lives change in an instant.

One of my favorite characteristics of Jesus is that it seems he often made it up as he went along. While speaking to the crowds, Jesus became crowded, so he looked around, saw a boat, and climbed aboard. (Quick thinking on Jesus’ part… if you’ve ever gone swimming in a lake, you know water has the power to carry a voice loud and far.) After finishing his speech and realizing, perhaps quite suddenly, that he has just delayed the fishermen from retiring for the evening. Perhaps as a thank-you, Jesus offered to help them catch enough so that they wouldn’t have to get up quite so early the next morning. Then, as one of the fishermen realized that he was standing next to greatness, he spontaneously praised Jesus. Perhaps just as spontaneously Jesus called him to follow him. That’s how life is sometimes, moving unexpectedly, moment to moment.

It’s been a long time since I’ve been to Smashburger. And my absence isn’t because I dislike their food – their olive oil, rosemary, garlic french fries are to die for! I haven’t gone back, because of something that happened there. One afternoon, I was running errands with my son when lunchtime rolled around. The franchise had just opened in town, so I had never been before. The day was going to go like this: breakfast, doctor’s visit, mall, Smashburger, Target, dinner, homework, bed. All went according to plan until Smashburger. As I got up to refill my soda, my cell phone rang. It was the doctor’s office looking to speak with my son. It turns out, since he had just turned 18– for, like, 15 seconds at that time! – the staff at the doctor’s office couldn’t speak to me without first getting his consent. So, they told him the news instead. The quick MRI they had ordered to rule out anything serious, instead showed signs of MS. Our whole world took an abrupt and sharp turn. It took less than 60 seconds for the whole course of my son’s life to change dramatically. All we could do was hang on for the ride. And trust that we wouldn’t ride alone.

One could argue that Simon Peter’s abrupt life-change was for the worse, as his whole livelihood and skill set no longer meant anything. Or perhaps it was for the better, because he got to walk in the footsteps of the greatest man ever to walk the planet. I could argue that my son’s abrupt life-change was for the worse, as his whole future seemed to be filled with uncertainty and potential hazards. Or perhaps it was for the better, because he gets to walk in the footsteps of the greatest man ever to walk the planet. When you have nothing else grounding you, walking in Jesus’ footsteps might just be the only thing that keeps you tethered to the earth.

 

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Luke 4:42-44, Jesus Preaches in the Synagogues
Feb
9
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Luke 4:42-44, Jesus Preaches in the Synagogues

Key Verse

they wanted to prevent him from leaving them.
— Luke 4:42

RCL Daily Devotion for Saturday, February 9, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Rev. Stefanie K. Fauth from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

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It’s hard to be independent.

It would be so nice to have a coach or guide or trusted leader to pave the way and make things a little safer and more dependable when we are doing something new.

But Jesus only had so much time and so many people to reach - as much as people didn’t want to let him go, the mission to share this Good News was the priority.

It’s scary - but we know that the Holy Spirit is with us always to empower us as we work as God’s people to continue to share Christ’s message.

We are independent, but never alone.

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8
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Acts 9:26-31, Redefining "Fear of the Lord"

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Meanwhile the church throughout Judea, Galilee, and Samaria had peace and was built up. Living in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it increased in numbers.
— Acts 9:31

RCL Daily Devotion for Friday & February 8, 2019

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The phrase “fear of the Lord” has always bugged me. I think it has to do with our modern sensibilities and perhaps a bit of misunderstanding where the phrase came from and what it really means.

Both the Hebrew and the Greek of this phrase are not to be translated as “afraid.” When we think of someone being “afraid” of God, I imagine that it’s a lot like a little kid fearing his alcoholic father and running to hide before he strikes him. God’s not like that.

Instead the term “fear” denotes a something closer to “respect.” However there is a smidge of what we consider fear, too.

In today’s reading, we hear that the early Church had grown because of fear of the Lord.

How does your faith community respect God and teach God’s ways?

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Acts 9:19b-25, Saul Preaches in Damascus
Feb
7
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Acts 9:19b-25, Saul Preaches in Damascus

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Saul became increasingly more powerful and confounded the Jews who lived in Damascus by proving that Jesus was the Messiah.
— Acts 9:22

RCL Daily Devotion for Thursday, February 7, 2019

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It’s the great command of Christians to spread the Good News of Christ to the world.

We want this to lead to success - a growing church, people feeling happy and being kind and showing love.

So often, this is not the case.

Often, our good intentions are met with resistance.

Saul was driven out of where he was preaching.

This work we have as Christians does not come with a guarantee of success.

Does this mean we shouldn’t try?

Of course not.

What we should do is trust in God - and avoid measuring success with what the world views as traditional success.

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6
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Luke 19:41-44, Recognizing God

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They will crush you to the ground, you and your children within you, and they will not leave within you one stone upon another; because you did not recognize the time of your visitation from God.
— Luke 19:44

RCL Daily Devotion for Wednesday, February 5, 2019

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Today’s daily devotion comes from Luke. In this part of Luke, Jesus had just entered into Jesus on the colt and would be preparing for his eventual persecution and death. The key verse is Jesus’ recognizing that Jerusalem will eventually fall to its enemies.

Scholars have proposed that the Lukan author is actually recalling Jerusalem’s fall to Rome in the late 1st Century. They’re probably right. However, it’s important to recognize that Jesus’ lament over the fall of Jerusalem is relevant even for us today.

We place so much faith in our society and government, especially so in America. I’m as red-blooded and patriotic as the next guy, but you have to confess, the United States eventually will fall . . . eventually. What’s important to lift up in our spiritual lives is a reflection on Jesus’ own words—we need to recognize God in the place where we’re at, no matter where (or when) that might be.

God, help me recognize your faith when you show it. Reveal your presence to me today. Amen.

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1 Corinthians 14:13-25, Think as Adults
Feb
5
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1 Corinthians 14:13-25, Think as Adults

Key Verse

But they did not understand what he said to them.
— Luke 2:50

RCL Daily Devotion for Tuesday, February 5, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Rev. Stefanie K. Fauth from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

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Often we hear that we should have a child like faith - and this text affirms that we are to be like a child - and innocent of evil.

But when it comes to thinking, we should be grown-ups.

We should use our fully developed knowledge, the collection of our experience from our years on this earth in order to make decisions.

Hopefully our grown-up thinking leads us to compassion and love.

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4
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Psalm 56, God Remembers, God Knows

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You have kept count of my tossings;
put my tears in your bottle.
Are they not in your record?
— Psalm 56:8

RCL Daily Devotion for Monday, February 4, 2019

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With all of the suffering and pain that happens in the world and within people’s lives, a person has to wonder whether or not God cares. The subject of why suffering happens (or is allowed to happen) in a world where the Creator God is considered “good” has been a subject argued over and pondered since the dawn of time.

Consistently throughout scripture, we’re given the assurance that God remembers—God remembers where we were little kids playing with the neighbor children. God also remembers our suffering—all of our suffering. That despite what conclusions we might come to on appearances alone, God does, indeed, remember and will not let injustice slide.

Now THAT is a matter of faith. Big time.

God, remember me. Know the struggles I fight against and the path of freedom I yearn for. In your name, amen.

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3
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Luke 4:21-30, Fourth Sunday After Epiphany

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But [Jesus] passed through the midst of them and went on his way.
— Luke 4:30

RCL Daily Devotion for Sunday, February 3, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Dr. Kimberly Leetch from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

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Main Idea: Prophetic words can be hard to hear.

Although Jesus didn’t begin his ministry in his hometown, it was one of the first places he visited during his ministry. Word had already spread to Nazareth that Jesus had been teaching and healing throughout Galilee. At first, people in Nazareth welcomed him openly, marveling at his words in the synagogue. But the tone took a turn when Jesus implied that the good news was not for them, but for outsiders. Nobody wants to be told they are not worthy to receive something good. Jesus’ words were hard to hear, as prophetic words often are.

In 2009, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America voted to open ordination to the LGBT community. As a voting member of the assembly, I had the privilege to witness all the conversations leading up to the vote. Many voters wanted to open ordination to all. Other voters either were opposed to endorsing the LGBT “lifestyle” or were concerned for the future of the church. Many had family members that had threatened to leave the ELCA if the vote was passed. They were heartbroken that they might no longer be able to commune with their loved ones, and the possibility of splitting the church was heart wrenching. Many prophetic words were spoken at that assembly. Some were angry. Some were eloquent. Some were hopeful. In the end, the vote was passed with the exact vote needed (one fewer vote, and it would not have passed), and the LGBT community was invited to serve openly as ministers in the ELCA. Some mourned. Others rejoiced. Everyone was stunned and humbled by the gravity of the decision. Whether or not you agree with the ELCA’s decision, the point is this: the prophetic words on both sides were hard to hear. Undoubtedly many were swayed one way or another simply by the voices that spoke with passion and conviction. It was evident just how powerful words can be. The outcome of that prophetic event changed the shape of the ELCA forever. Jesus knew – as we know – that words with power must be spoken with humility and respect, because words can change lives forever.

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John 1:43-51, Jesus Calls Philip and Nathanael
Feb
2
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John 1:43-51, Jesus Calls Philip and Nathanael

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Come and see.
— John 1:46

RCL Daily Devotion for Saturday, February 2, 2019

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Have you ever tried to explain something to someone and they just didn’t get it?

Finally you give up and say, “You had to be there.” Or, “you have to see!”

The disciples employed this method when bringing people to Jesus in the early part of his ministry on earth.

“Come and see.”

Sometimes we have to see things for ourselves in order to fully understand them.

So how can we encourage others to “come and see” the love of Christ today?

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1
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Acts 19:1-10, Paul in Corinth

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When Paul had laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied.
— Acts 19:6

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When I think of “spiritual ecstasy” I don’t necessarily connect it with my own experience. That isn’t to say that I’m not an emotional creature as well—I am, after all, a member of the human race too!

But my spirituality tends to be much more rational, intellectual, and straightforward than an experience that the people had in Corinth with Paul.

However, an emotional connection—and more appropriately, a spiritual, ecstatic connection—is witnessed to frequently in scripture! You cannot deny that the “speaking in tongues” they’re referring to is simply speaking in other languages common in that day and age. No. Glossalalia was a phenomenon back then just as much as it is, now.

Since the majority of our clientele who purchase packages from us come from mainstream denominations, churches not known especially to embrace these “gifts of the spirit” I think it’s only fair to say that this, also, is an acceptable and appropriate expression of faith.

Whether or not it offends our modern, post-renaissance attitudes about faith isn’t the point. The point is that people throughout the ages have expressed themselves in many and various ways to connect with God. Perhaps a more rational guy (like me!) can learn and grow from this witness, as well.

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31
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Acts 10:44-48, Instant Faith (or Karma!)

Key Verse

While Peter was still speaking, the Holy Spirit fell upon all who heard the word.
— Acts 10:44

RCL Daily Devotion for Thursday, January 31, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Daniel D. Maurer from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

Passion on sidewalk.

Have you ever had the experience listening to a speaker and really digging what they’re saying? Remember that human beings are story-creatures. That means that if another can relate a story to us that really connects, it’ll sink into our soul and change us.

That’s what good preaching is about! I remember when I was a pastor that I always tried hard to simply tell the truth when I was preaching. And tell lots of stories! It is the stories that will stir people’s hearts and bring them to understand how much God loves us.

The story today in Acts is but one witness of the power of God’s story in Jesus Christ. When the people heard what Peter proclaimed, they fell to their knees and wanted to follow Jesus. How many can honestly say they’ve ever had an experience like this with the story of Jesus? Not many, I’d say (at least in mainstream denominations).

Our preachers and speakers should never forget that we tell the greatest story of all—that we should not forget (nor fear) that it somehow won’t move others. Because it will on its own.

Thank you, God, for your story. That you so inspire us with your Word. Amen.

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Luke 4:38-44, Healings at Simon's House
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30
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Luke 4:38-44, Healings at Simon's House

Key Verse

As the sun was setting, all those who had any who were sick with various kinds of diseases brought them to him; and he laid his hands on each of them and cured them.
— Luke 4:40

RCL Daily Devotion for Wednesday, January 30, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Rev. Stefanie K. Fauth from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

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Jesus healed all who came to him.

All.

Not those who accepted him as the messiah.

Not just the most needy.

Not just the ones he thought were pretty or nice.

Not just the ones who gave him the most money.

Not just the ones who begged the most.

All.

Jesus healed all who asked for help.

All are loved by God enough to be healed.

Can we humans follow that example and love all the people we come into contact with?

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29
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2 Corinthians 7:2-12, Paul Apologizes

Key Verse

For even if I made you sorry with my letter, I do not regret it (though I did regret it, for I see that I grieved you with that letter, though only briefly).
— 2 Corinthians 7:8

RCL Daily Devotion for Tuesday, January 29, 2019

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So, Paul goofed. He had a fiery personality, and in one letter he managed to offend his readers. Like any good spin doctor, Paul managed to apologize without really apologizing. It was, after all, a mistake that led to the repentance of those believers, so really, it was not a mistake at all!

Do you know those people? The ones who can turn an apology into another deep cut? It’s hard to condemn them in light of Paul’s letter because we see Paul as such a pillar of the faith. But he was fallible, as any human is. An apology ought simply to be an apology (in my humble opinion), and not turned into another opportunity to lash out or hurt. Who deserves an apology from you? Are you able to give it without using it to hurt them more?

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2 Corinthians 7:2-12 (NRSV)

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Jan
28
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Psalm 119:89-96, Life—World Without End

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I will never forget your precepts,
for by them you have given me life.
— Psalm 119:93

RCL Daily Devotion for Monday, January 28, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Daniel D. Maurer from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

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The world is big. I mean, really, really big.

Recently our family returned from a trip visiting relatives in eastern Montana. It’s about a ten-hour drive from our home. At about hour 4-5 I begin to go crazy sitting in the car. We try to create fun car games and listen to podcasts and music to pass the time, but it’s still tough.

The thing is, our little trip only traversed less than 1% of 1% of the area of the planet. It’s easy to forget how large the world is, and placing it within context of the solar system, our galaxy and the entire universe . . . well, the world is really without end.

I believe that is a metaphor God places for life, too. It is without end. Life goes on and on and on . . . that’s not something to be afraid of, but a concept that we only begin to touch when we experience the divine.

May we never forget God’s precepts and lordship! God continues on . . . forever!

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Luke 4:14-21, Third Sunday After Epiphany

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Then Jesus, filled with the power of the Spirit, returned to Galilee, and a report about him spread through all the surrounding country. He began to teach in their synagogues and was praised by everyone.
— Luke 4:14, 15

RCL Daily Devotion for Sunday, January 27, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Dr. Kimberly Leetch from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

3rd Epiphany 2019

Main Idea: Jesus’ words brought hope to a weary people.

Jesus had just returned from being tempted in the wilderness. He was ready, and his ministry was about to begin. “Filled with the power of the Spirit” (which seems to be an important point, as Jesus’ words and actions often begin with this), Jesus began to teach in the synagogues. Jesus could have begun his ministry with grand gestures of miracles and healings, with spectacular displays of supernatural occurrences. But Jesus started where people were comfortable. He preached in the synagogue, speaking words they already knew, with a promise that the words that brought them comfort were about to become even more fruitful. “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”

What must it have meant to Jesus’ hearers to know that the promises that had been made on their behalf were about to come to fruition? Anticipation? Excitement? Fear? Probably yes.

The promise was this: “release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, and let the oppressed go free.” To a people weary from captivity and oppression, Jesus’ words would have sounded like water to one dying of thirst. Words of healing to one suffering too long.

Suffering still haunts many of us even today. Jesus’ words of hope and release can be just as sweet. Jesus meets us where we are the most comfortable, with words that soothe and heal. Words can be powerful. Words can be comforting. Words can change everything.

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Luke 2:39-52, Boy Jesus in the Temple

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But they did not understand what he said to them.
— Luke 2:50

RCL Daily Devotion for Saturday, January 26, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Rev. Stefanie K. Fauth from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

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It’s fun to think of Jesus as a youth.

We don’t get much of his childhood or teen years, or even early young adulthood - and it can be hard to envision Christ as fully human without more human stories.

This story of Jesus giving his parents a huge fright by not going along with them when they went home is one of the more human things young Jesus could do.

How many pre-teens have sassed their parents and said, “I’m find, don’t you trust me?”

And parents and caretakers inevitably do not understand.

What hope that gives to us all - even the parents of Jesus struggled with raising him - AND they didn’t know how fully their son was being filled with his heavenly duties even at this early age.

We’ll get it figured out ourselves. Eventually.

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