Faith Given Flesh

Sundays: The Gospels from the Lectionary
Matthew 16:13-20

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To listen to Nick read the one-minute introduction.

Jesus is in the northern part of Galilee in the ancient city of Caesarea Philippi. It lies spread out on a terrace 1,150 feet above sea level. To the northeast, Mt. Hermon rises in splendor to 9,100 feet. To the south, the fertile Jordan valley stretches. The city was a center of Greco-Roman Civilization, as well as a place associated with various Semitic deities. Picture the setting. Jesus stands against the background of ancient pagan gods—a fitting place for him to inquire of his disciples about who he is.

Peter answers with true, Spirit-filled spontaneity, not with his usual fleshly impulses. The Father through the Holy Spirit gives him revelation-knowledge about who Jesus is.

Be there. As you respond in faith to who Jesus is for you, know that it is the Spirit that makes faith have flesh in you.

The Reading for Today
Text     Audio

Bible Breaths
What are these?
The Son of the living God v. 16
Inner truth revealed by Thee v. 17
The rock within this moment v. 18
You give keys of the Kingdom v. 19

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for the version for children and families.

This is the thirteenth and last week in Pentecost, Year A.
See “Solar and Sacred Seasons” in the menu above.
Sundays are dedicated to the Gospels from
The Revised Common Lectionary.

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Matthew 16:13-20   Today’s New International Version – Text and Audio

Nick reads the one-minute introduction.

Jesus is in the northern part of Galilee in the ancient city of Caesarea Philippi. It lies spread out on a terrace 1,150 feet above sea level. To the northeast, Mt. Hermon rises in splendor to 9,100 feet. To the south, the fertile Jordan valley stretches. The city was a center of Greco-Roman Civilization, as well as a place associated with various Semitic deities. Picture the setting. Jesus stands against the background of ancient pagan gods—a fitting place for him to inquire of his disciples about who he is.

Peter answers with true, Spirit-filled spontaneity, not with his usual fleshly impulses. The Father through the Holy Spirit gives him revelation-knowledge about who Jesus is.

Be there. As you respond in faith to who Jesus is for you, know that it is the Spirit that makes faith have flesh in you.


Bible Breaths

The Son of the living God v. 16
Inner truth revealed by Thee v. 17
The rock within this moment v. 18
You give keys of the Kingdom v. 19

See “Bible Breaths” in Pages to the right for print versions
from the Eleventh Week in Pentecost to the First Week in Kingdomtide, Year A – August 7 to September 3.
See also the article “Bible Breaths and World Unison Prayer.”


Sundays are dedicated to the Gospels from The Revised Common Lectionary.
See the articles to the right,
“Reading Plan at a Glance” and “Solar and Sacred Seasons.”
The latter will be helpful in understanding adjustments to the names of the seasons
for the purpose of organizing the three-year cycle.


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