Friday, July 2, 2010

Daily Readings for July 4-11, 2010

Daily Scripture Readings
July 4        Joshua 10:1–25; Acts 11:19–30; Josh 10:28—22:34
July 5        Joshua 23:1–16; Acts 12:1–25
July 6        Joshua 24:1–31; Acts 13:1–12; Judges 1:1–36
July 7        Judges 2:6–23; Acts 13:13–41
July 8        Judges 3:7–31; Acts 13:42–52
July 9        Judges 4:1–24; Acts 14:1–18; Judges 5:1–31
July 10      Judges 6:1–24; Acts 14:19—15:5
July 11      Judges 6:25–40; Acts 15:6–21

Looking ahead to Next week the sixth sunday after trinity

“Unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:17–26). God demands nothing less than perfection and holiness from you in regard to His commandments (Exodus 20:1–17). Your only hope, then, is not in your own goodness but in the goodness of Christ, who did not come to destroy the Law and the Prophets, but to fulfill them for you. In Christ your righteousness does indeed exceed that of the scribes and Pharisees. For you have been baptized into Christ’s death and your sinful nature crucified. Therefore, he who has died has been freed from sin (Romans 6:1–11). You are now raised with Christ to walk in newness of life and to share in His resurrection on the Last Day. Christ has brought you through the baptismal sea “out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.” Therefore, “reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

The Lord / is their strength,*
        and He is the saving refuge of His a- / nointed.
Save Your people, and bless Your in- / heritance;*
        shepherd them also, and bear them up for- / ever. (Psalm 28:8–9)

Lord of all power and might, the Author and Giver of all good things, graft into our hearts the love of Your name, increase in us true religion, nourish us with all goodness, and of Your great mercy keep us in the same; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord  who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit One God, both now and forever. Amen.

Old Testament: Exodus 20:1–17

Epistle: Romans 6:(1–2) 3–11

Holy Gospel: Matthew 5:(17–19) 20–26

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