What is in Front—Not Behind

Saturday, January 11
Exodus 13:17—14:14

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God led the people by wilderness—empty space where God can speak to hearts. The people do the first of what would often happen during the next forty years: they complain. Just as Peter who walked on water, but soon doubted and fell, so do the hearts of the Israelites sink as they see nothing but disaster coming behind them in the army of Pharaoh galloping toward them. See the dust clouds in the distance; hear the strident noises and rumbling of the chariots. The enemy is coming! The Hebrews are distracted from the pillar of fire and the cloud before them, mindful only of the disaster pressing from behind. They have no notion of how God is going to open the Red Sea before them.

Jesus, the New Moses, encourages you to keep your eyes in front of you where God’s salvation is ever coming. Don’t pay attention to the noises of the Enemy behind. Your miracle is coming!

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
Cloud by day and fire by night 13:21
“Do not be afraid: stand firm.” 14:13
“Keeping still: the Lord will fight. 14:14
You ever make me way.

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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 Barn

Sunday, August 4, 2013
Luke 12:13–21

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As you turn to the Word of the Lord today, are there worries buzzing around in your head right now? Perhaps they are variations of the plea someone blurted out from the crowd in the first verse of the reading: “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me.” The response of the Lord is not for him only, but for you as well, as you find yourself hemmed in by the crowd of your own thoughts.

Perhaps your problem is the opposite of the foolish man in the parable⎯not having enough funds to pay into the large barn of debt that you may have. Whether you feel secure because you have plenty, or scared because you do not, the Lord invites you to be disposed to receive the greatest of riches, the grace of God. Are you preparing the barn of your soul for this?

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
Being on guard against greed v. 15
Life greater than possessions v. 15
Everyday my life is Yours. v. 20
My only treasure is You. v. 21

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This is the tenth of thirteen weeks in Pentecost, Year C.
See “Solar and Sacred Seasons” in the menu above.
Sundays are dedicated to the Gospels from
The Revised Common Lectionary.
Year C is dedicated to the Gospel of Luke.

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