No Enemies

Saturday, November 30, 2013
Genesis 41:1-52

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Joseph is a supreme example of what God can do to a heart disposed to serve even one’s enemies. He was free of rancor and of being a victim, either of his brothers’ betrayal, or of Egyptian injustice. He slept each night in peace, and so God was able to use his dreams as a way of freeing him to find favor with Pharaoh.

Will you allow yourself to be the answer to Pharaoh’s question in verse 38? If the patriarch Joseph has the Spirit of God, how much more do you who have received the promise, the regeneration, and renewal of the Holy Spirit! Once again, open your heart. Renounce resentment and hostility to any who have declared themselves to be your enemies. For you, there need be no enemies of your naming, for God is with you in Jesus.

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
You giving answers to dreams v. 16
In me, the Spirit of God v. 38
Manasseh: “Pain forgotten” v. 51
Ephraim: “In hurt, fruitful” v. 52

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Saturdays are dedicated to the Sabbath Torah portions
read in synagogues throughout the world.
This plan follows those traditions that take a third of the portion
over a three year cycle, this year, the third part.
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The Whole Bible

Friday, November 29, 2013
Luke 24:36-53

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St. Luke’s Gospel ends as it begins, in the Temple. From the glowing lights of the Holy of Holies and the annunciation of the birth of John the Baptist to Zechariah, to the inner glow in the hearts of the disciples waiting for the coming of the Holy Spirit, the glory and presence of God has moved through this year of grace.

Apart from the cycle of Torah readings, today concludes the three-year cycle of readings from the Bible. Each day the Holy Spirit has been doing in your heart what the Spirit did with the first disciples—opening your understanding to receive the Scriptures. As the cycle begins again next week with the flickering of the first Advent Candle, pause today with gratitude as the whole Bible lies open before you. Look through the “zoom lens” of the present moment, which embraces all of God’s Word.

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
Jesus stands: “Peace be with you.” v. 36
“Touch and see that it is me.” v. 39
Open my mind to Your Word. v. 45
Jesus must die and arise. v. 46

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This is the last of thirteen weeks in Kingdomtide, Year C.
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We read the Gospel of Luke.

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Come, Lord Jesus

Thursday, November 28, 2013
Revelation 22

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The Bible begins with day and night, the Tree of Life and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. It ends with day only, and the River of Life. Darkness and evil are gone. Only grace flows from the river.

Images of permanent abundance characterize this final chapter of the Bible. While there is no physical temple in space, there is a reference to time in the twelve crops of fruit harvested in each of the twelve months. Time, not space, survives as the link that makes eternity descend into the months and days of our lives.

The final words of the Bible echo deeply in the emptied stillness of the heart. As the clarion cry, “Come Lord Jesus” sounds and fades away, the stillness of Advent is days away. Prepare for an ever more complete coming of the Lord Jesus into your life.

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
The flowing water of life. v. 1
On my head, the name of God. v. 4
You, Lord God, will be my light. v. 5
Amen. O Come, Lord Jesus. v. 20

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This is the last of thirteen weeks in Kingdomtide, Year C.
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Thursdays are dedicated to the New Testament, except the Gospels.

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