Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Daily Readings February 20-26, 2011

Daily Lectionary

February 20  The Stilling of the Storm—Mark 4:35-41; 1 Corinthians 12:12-31
February 21  Jesus Teaches Us to Pray in the Sermon on the Mount—Matthew 6:5-15; 1 Corinthians 14:1-40
February 22  Jesus’ High Priestly Prayer—John 17:1-26; 1 Corinthians 15:58–16:24
February 23  Watch and Pray—Luke 21:25-36; 2 Corinthians 1:1-24
February 24  Jesus Prays in the Garden of Gethsemane—Matthew 26:36-45; 2 Corinthians 2:1–3:3
February 25  2 Corinthians 6:11–7:16;
February 26 Sexagesima  Isaiah 55:10–13, 2 Corinthians 11:19—12:9, Luke 8:4–15

Look forward to Sexagesima Sunday February 27, 2011
Isaiah 55:10–13, 2 Corinthians 11:19—12:9, Luke 8:4–15
Scripture Alone

The Sower sows the seed of His Word (Luke 8:4–15). This Word is living and powerful (Hebrews 4:9–13) to conceive new life in those who hear it. But the planting of Christ is attacked by the devil, the world, and the flesh. Satan snatches the Word away from hard hearts. The riches and pleasures of this life choke off faith. Shallow and emotional belief withers in time of temptation and trouble. But see how Christ bears this attack for us! Christ’s cross was planted in the hard and rocky soil of Golgotha. A crown of thorns was placed upon His head. Satan and His demons hellishly hounded and devoured Him. Yet, through His dying and rising again, He destroyed these enemies of ours. Jesus is Himself the Seed which fell to the ground and died in order that it might sprout forth to new life and produce much grain. In Him, the weak are strong (2 Corinthians 11:19–12:9). He is the Word of the Father which does not return void (Isaiah 55:10–13) but yields a harvest hundredfold. 

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