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Faith Unafraid

First Lesson: Isaiah 56:1-8,  Second Lesson: Matthew 15:21-28 Salvation for Others 56 This is what the Lord says: “Maintain justice     and do what is right, for my salvation is close at hand     and my righteousness will soon be revealed. 2 Blessed is the one who does this—     the person who holds it fast, who keeps the Sabbath…

Stormy Seas

First Class: Psalm 85:8-13, Second Class: Matthew 14:22-33 Psalm 85:8-13 8 I will listen to what God the Lord says;     he promises peace to his people, his faithful servants—     but let them not turn to folly. 9 Surely his salvation is near those who fear him,     that his glory may dwell in our land. 10 Love and faithfulness meet together;…

You give them something…

First Lesson: Isaiah 55:1-5, Second Lesson: Matthew 14:13-21 Invitation to the Thirsty 55 “Come, all you who are thirsty,     come to the waters; and you who have no money,     come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk     without money and without cost. 2 Why spend money on what is not bread,     and your labor on what does…

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,…