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Bible Challenge Week 47 November 25th – December 1st

12ba4fb9-5a18-4263-b078-33c47ce543e3Weekly Word from Bishop Barker for Week 47
November 25th – December 1st

This week in the Hebrew scriptures we will finish reading the Book of Amos, and quickly complete both Obadiah and Jonah. We will also read Psalms 115 up through the first half of Psalm 119. In the New Testament we will read chapters 17-22 in the Gospel According to Saint Matthew.

I wonder…

– On Wednesday through Saturday we will read through the entire book of Jonah. This is a favorite OT text, both because of the grand story of a fish that swallows a man whole and because most people of faith resonate with a tale in which God asks of a person more than they feel ready to give. What is God asking you to offer up – right now – that causes you to back away from God?

– Also on Wednesday, we will read Matthew, chapter 19. Here is some of the clearest exposition of Jesus’ teaching about human beings and their relationship with money. What worldly good do you possess that it would be extremely difficult for you to give away? How might you loosen your grip on that item in order to rely more fully upon Christ as your strength, comfort and salvation?

– This Thursday is Thanksgiving Day (an excellent day to catch up on your Bible reading if you have fallen a bit behind!) Might you use portions of today’s assigned Psalm as a table grace for your holiday meal today? (e.g. Psalm 118: 19-29.)

 

 

Please consider inviting a friend to join us in our read.

May each and everyone one of us be blessed by the Word this week!

 

In love and Faith –

+ Bishop Barker

 

This week’s readings:

Day 323  – Monday, November 25, 2013
– Amos 9, Psalm 115, Matthew 17
Day 324  – Tuesday, November 26, 2013
– Obadiah, Psalm 116, Matthew 18
Day 325  – Wednesday, November 27 2013
– Jonah 1, Psalm 117, Matthew 19
Day 326  – Thursday, November 28, 2013
– Jonah 2, Psalm 118, Matthew 20
Day 327  – Friday, November 29, 2013
– Jonah 3, Psalm 119:1-32, Matthew 21
Day 328  – Saturday, November 30, 2013
– Jonah 4, Psalm 119:33-72, Matthew 22
Day 329  – Sunday, December 1, 2013 – Enjoy hearing the Scriptures read aloud in church

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