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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
 
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

 
September 15, 2013, Lectionary
Written by Wilma Zalabak, M.Div.   
Friday, 13 September 2013 12:06

 

Earth to return to pre-creation state, without form, void, no light, no human. "Yet," said God, "I will not make a full end." Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28

 

There is none, no one, that does good. All are turned aside, filthy, doing abominable things. But the Lord turns around the captivity of His people. Psalm 14

 

Israel had done the worst; they should die; Moses prayed for them; God showed mercy. Fascinating interchange! Exodus 32:7-14

 

I'm included again in reading Psalm 51. David pled mercy for sins, not just one! Lord, have mercy on me according to Your lovingkindness! Psalm 51:1-10

 

I obtained mercy because Jesus' purpose was to save sinners, of whom I am chief. I obtained mercy because Jesus wanted to show the extent of longsuffering as a pattern for others. 1 Timothy 1:12-17

 

Over me, Jesus says, "Rejoice with me! For I have found My sheep which was lost!" Luke 15:1-10

 

Thoughts about Listening

 

For better listening, it's alright to leave a little unsaid. Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28

 

Don't brush off listening to wisdom from a person just because he or she doesn't have money. Psalm 14

 

Listening well will help you persuade a person to act in the direction of his or her better nature. Exodus 32:7-14

 

Listen to your inner self even though what you hear might seem overwhelming. A good listener can help you grow through it. Psalm 51:1-10

 

If I know someone who can listen well as I admit I am powerless and my life is unmanageable, I am most blessed. 1 Timothy 1:12-17

 

Can you listen alike to good and bad? Can you leave your own affairs for a minute to hear another's joy or pain? Luke 15:1-10

 
September 22, 2013, Lectionary
Written by Wilma Zalabak, M.Div.   
Friday, 20 September 2013 19:24

 

This is a black and bleak passage: relentless waves of sadness for a nation who waited too long to return to God. Jeremiah 8:18-9:1

 

Another black and bleak set of words for the nation. This set is a prayer, the one thing left to do in national calamity. Psalm 79:1-9

 

Dishonest business practices that target the poor and make them fail--it's national sin that leads to national disaster. Amos 8:4-7

 

He humbles himself to look on us. He lifts up the poor and needy from the dust. He gives home and family to the lonely. Psalm 113

 

In light of national trouble, our job is to pray for those in authority, for conditions favorable to living and telling the Good News about God's love. 1 Timothy 2:1-7

 

Injustice lurks everywhere, often with a chuckle or even a conspiracy to make more of it. But Jesus is faithful in little and much. Luke 16:1-13

 

Thoughts about Listening

 

One help in dealing with overwhelming grief and sadness is to write about it. Another is to talk to a good listener. Jeremiah 8:18-9:1

 

Reproach, scorn, and derision can bring a person very low. Let's give the gift of listening purged from those elements. Psalm 79:1-9

 

In order to listen better I will be continually examining and updating for honesty my own reasons, wants, and actions. Amos 8:4-7

 

You talk to yourself from sunrise to sunset. For one day, notice the theme of your conversation. Is it sprinkled with gratitude? Psalm 113

 

Do you always speak the truth as you know it? or only under oath? or only as someone else wants to hear it? 1 Timothy 2:1-7

 

I wish I understood better how to work good for everyone involved in a given awkward communication situation. Luke 16:1-13

Last Updated on Friday, 20 September 2013 19:58
 
September 8, 2013, Lectionary
Written by Wilma Zalabak, M.Div.   
Friday, 06 September 2013 23:36

 

God always has a Plan B! Jeremiah 18:1-11

 

God has not just one Plan B for me, but more than I can count. That's good because I think I use them up pretty quickly. Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18

 

Only one choice matters: Will I let my affections cling to the God described by Moses or will I turn away my heart from Him? Deuteronomy 30:15-20

 

Godly people won't be scornful, mocking, flippant, or smarth-mouthed. Won't even hang around with people who are. Psalm 1

 

Paul to Philemon: Though indeed he let you down when you needed him, please give him a fully supported second chance. Philemon 1-21

 

Best to consider what it will cost to be Christ's disciple. Count the cost and sign the contract, every day. Luke 14:25-33

 

Thoughts about Listening

 

For better listening, be willing to consider a Plan B in case the "belistened" doesn't do as expected. Jeremiah 18:1-11

 

If there is someone who knows all about you and still loves you, you are most blessed. Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18

 

Openness to welcome the other determines how well I can hear the other. Deuteronomy 30:15-20

 

I often say, "I agree where he's positive; I disagree strongly where he's mocking or superior or trashing toward another viewpoint." Psalm 1

 

Sometimes I need to say, "Perhaps I didn't listen well last time. Please try me again. I'm listening." Philemon 1-21

 

What, really, will it cost me to make listening a priority in my life? Luke 14:25-33

Last Updated on Friday, 06 September 2013 23:44
 
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