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November 3, 2013, Lectionary
Written by Wilma Zalabak, M.Div.   
Friday, 01 November 2013 09:39

 

By faith is the only way to live through the apparent supremacy of evil and delay of good. Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:2-4

 

When trouble and anguish find and grab me oh God, Your commandments are my delight. Give me understanding and I will live. Psalm 119:137-144

 

Their prayers and church attendance could not delight God so long as their hands were full of blood, in unrelieved oppression and injustice. Isaiah 1:10-18

 

When I confess rather than hide my sin from God, He will deliver me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance. Psalm 32:1-7

 

I think Paul had a southern accent here: "The love of every one of you all toward each other abounds." 2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12

 

No matter how many or which sinful friends Jesus hung out with, He was never in danger of following the wrong crowd. Luke 19:1-10

 

Thoughts about Listening

 

When it seems like the wrong is going to win and good will never come, what are your means to comfort and hope? Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:2-4

 

Do you know someone whose outstanding characteristic is fairness? Psalm 119:137-144

 

When you know you've displeased someone and that person asks you to reason with him or her, how do you feel? Isaiah 1:10-18

 

I hope there is someone with whom you don't feel you have to hide anything. Psalm 32:1-7

 

Let's make it a whole month of expressing gratitude. 2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12

 

Announcing reparations to be given away could seem like a scary thing to do. Might need some wisdom. Luke 19:1-10

Last Updated on Friday, 01 November 2013 09:48
 
October 27, 2013, Lectionary
Written by Wilma Zalabak, M.Div.   
Friday, 25 October 2013 11:39

 

Let us call on the name of the Lord, for the Holy Spirit will come like harvest-ripening rain restoring the past lost harvests. Joel 2:23-32

 

Part of God's power is to make the earth thirsty and then give it rivers, irrigation, and soft showers. May He do that for me with the Holy Spirit. Psalm 65

 

Lord, we acknowledge our sins; they work against us. We have made you a stranger in our land. Yet, for your covenant and your name, do something. Jeremiah 14:7-10, 19-22

 

Promises of shelter, blessing, and rain to fill the empty pools, for those who find their strength in God. Psalm 84:1-7

 

Facing death as a prisoner and martyr, Paul could assert God would deliver him from evil and preserve him for the kingdom. 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18; compare Psalm 121:8.

 

We can justify ourselves, or accept God's justification of us, not both. Luke 18:9-14

 

Thoughts about Listening

 

Good news requires telling. Do you have a listener for your good news today? Joel 2:23-32

 

One thing that hinders humans from listening well is the abundance of noise, in advertisements, marketing, and spin. Psalm 65

 

For a bad communication situation, if I'm quite sure there's nothing I can do right now to make it better, it's okay to calmly wait. Jeremiah 14:7-10, 19-22

 

It's alright to ask and answer yourself what you really want. Take the courage necessary to discover what's your deepest driver. Psalm 84:1-7

 

Answering with no one really listening is not a good experience, so too often we give up really answering. 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18

 

Consider who might be marginalized by one person's, or group's, celebration of success. Luke 18:9-14

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 October 2013 13:42
 
October 13, 2013, Lectionary
Written by Wilma Zalabak, M.Div.   
Saturday, 12 October 2013 08:40

 

As a citizen of heaven I live now in a "city" not my own. Israel was told to seek peace for the city of their sojourn. Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7

 

The call to make the voice of God's praise to be heard also attributes to this God things like trial, snare, affliction, oppression, and natural disaster. Psalm 66:1-12

 

I wonder what occupied Elisha, that he sent a messenger both to the king and to Naaman, and why was he finally available when Naaman returned. 2 Kings 5:1-3, 7-15

 

He made His works to be remembered. He's always mindful of His covenant, He commanded it forever. "Holy and reverend is His name." Psalm 111

 

"Rightly dividing the word of truth." Is there a wrong way to use the Bible? And what's "dividing"? Outlining? Applying? Lifting from context? 2 Timothy 2:8-15

 

Elisha, one leper healed, one returned to praise God, no thanks accepted. Jesus, ten lepers healed, one returned to praise God, more thanks desired. 1 Kings 5:1-16; Luke 17:11-19

 

Thoughts about Listening

 

Peace is one result of using better communication skills. Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7

 

Coming out to see the wonders in nature will help me be a better listener. Psalm 66:1-12

 

Strangest things might heal: a walk in the woods, a breath of fresh air, water from a spring, a listening ear. 1 Kings 5:1-3, 7-15

 

Do you know someone who always tells the truth? Psalm 111

 

Don't quarrel about the meanings of words. It's not the words that "mean"; it's the speaker that "means." 2 Timothy 2:8-15

 

Honest thanks is usually a welcome bit of communication. Luke 17:11-19

Last Updated on Saturday, 12 October 2013 09:25
 
October 20, 2013, Lectionary
Written by Wilma Zalabak, M.Div.   
Friday, 18 October 2013 12:30

 

They broke the covenant though God was a husband to them. Now there's a new covenant in which God is closer than a husband. Jeremiah 31:27-34

 

Have you experienced the benefit and joy, and even earthly advantage, of making committed room in your life for reading the Bible? Psalm 119:97-104

 

The Lord had a blessed purpose in asking Jacob's name, to change it. Jacob didn't give a reason for asking the Lord His name. Genesis 32:22-31

 

Protecting me from car accident, or sitting with me in the midst of car accident. Psalm 121 is full of absolutely profound promises of protection.

 

Paul to Timothy: Continue in Scripture. Preach the Word. 2 Timothy 3:14-4:5. The Bible begs my best this morning.

 

Compare and Contrast Luke 18:1-8 with Luke 11:5-8. A common experience, turned into a specific story, used to contrast with God.

 

Thoughts about Listening

 

Have you experienced being forgiven and given a fully supported second chance? Jeremiah 31:27-34

 

For that continual inner conversation with yourself, choose the topics that make you happy. It takes thinking about what you think about! Psalm 119:97-104

 

Sometime, give a little thought to the reasons and meanings behind our communication rituals. Genesis 32:22-31

 

Some people take care to avoid and protect the other person's communication hot buttons and fighting words. Psalm 121

 

I'm always sorting through what I learned as a child for the things in which I want to continue. 2 Timothy 3:14-4:5

 

How to deal with jerks, those who arrogantly and persistently refuse to listen. Use assertiveness skills. Luke 18:1-8 with Luke 11:5-8

Last Updated on Saturday, 19 October 2013 08:26
 
September 29, 2013, Lectionary
Written by Wilma Zalabak, M.Div.   
Saturday, 28 September 2013 09:55

 

Purchase land, make it legal, vault the records, all in the face of imminent war on home soil. God had a reason. Jeremiah 32:1-3, 6-15

 

Astounding promises of protection in trouble. Psalm 91:1-6, 14-16

 

God’s disfavor on those who were not grieved over trouble coming to an enemy. Amos 6:1, 4-7

 

Don’t trust in princes or people of power. Psalm 146

 

Flee trust in riches. Follow godliness with contentment. Fight the fight of faith. 1 Timothy 6:6-19

 

Rich trader trades places and begs from the poor beggar. Luke 16:19-31

 

Thoughts about Listening

 

Talking honestly in the presence of caring friends makes a difference in how one feels about life and hope. Jeremiah 32:1-3, 6-15

 
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