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Parables of Resistance

First Lesson: Romans 8:26-39, Second Lesson: Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52 Romans 8:26-39 26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the…

Grace Remains

First Lesson : 1 Peter 4:12-19,  Second Lesson: Matthew 20:1-16 1 Peter 4:12-19 Suffering for Being a Christian 12 Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13 But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ,…

The Seed

First Lesson: Isaiah 55:10-13, Second Lesson: Matthew 13:1-9 Isaiah 55:10-13 10 As the rain and the snow     come down from heaven, and do not return to it     without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish,     so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, 11 so is my word that goes…

Faith on the Ground

First Lesson: Romans 6:12-23,   Second Lesson: Matthew 10:40-42 Romans 6:12-23 12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. 13 Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness,but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life;…

Risky Hospitality

First Lesson: Matthew 9:35-10:23 , Second Lesson: Genesis 18:1-15, 21:1-7 Matthew 9:35-10:23 The Workers Are Few 35 Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless,…

Nendeni, Go…!

First Lesson: James 1:17-27, Second Lesson: Matthew 28:16-20 James 1:17-27 17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. 18 He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created.…

Roots and Wings

First Lesson: Acts 17:16-21, Second Lesson: Acts 17:22-31 Acts 17:16-21 In Athens 16 While Paul was waiting for them in Athens, he was greatly distressed to see that the city was full of idols. 17 So he reasoned in the synagogue with both Jews and God-fearing Greeks, as well as in the marketplace day by day with those…

The Gate

First Lesson: Psalm 23.  Second Lesson: John 10:1-10 Psalm 23 A psalm of David. 1 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. 2     He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, 3     he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths     for his name’s sake. 4 Even though I walk…

Reframing the Story

First Lesson: Psalm 116:1-4; 12-19,  Second Lesson: Luke 24:13-43 Psalm 116:1-4 I Love the Lord 116 I love the Lord, because he has heard     my voice and my pleas for mercy. 2 Because he inclined his ear to me,     therefore I will call on him as long as I live. 3 The snares of death encompassed me;     the…

Easter Blues

First Lesson: Ezekiel 37:1-14 Second Lesson: Matthew 28:1-10 The Valley of Dry Bones 37 The hand of the Lord was on me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the Lord and set me in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. 2 He led me back and forth among them, and…