Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Daily Readings for February 13-19, 2011

Daily Lectionary

February 13 Jesus Teaches His Disciples to Pray—Luke 11:1-4 (Part 1), 1 Corinthians 5:9–6:20
February 14 Jesus Teaches His Disciples to Pray—Luke 11:5-8 (Part 2), 1 Corinthians 7:1-40
February 15 Jesus Teaches His Disciples to Pray—Luke 11:9-13 (Part 3), 1 Corinthians 8:1-13
February 16 The Centurion Prays to Jesus for His Servant—Matthew 8:5-13, 1 Corinthians 9:1-23
February 17 A Canaanite Woman Prays for Her Daughter—Matthew 15:21-28, 1 Corinthians 10:14-33
February 18 1 Corinthians 11:1-22
February 19 Look ahead to Sunday  Septuagesima Exodus 17:1–7, 1 Corinthians 9:24–10:5, Matthew 20:1–16

Look forward to Septuagesima Sunday February 20, 2011

Exodus 17:1–7, 1 Corinthians 9:24—10:5, Matthew 20:1–16
Grace Alone
The people of Israel contended with the Lord in the wilderness (Exodus 17:1–7). They were dissatisfied with His provision. In the same way, the first laborers in the vineyard complained against the landowner for the wage he provided them (Matthew 20:1–16). They charged him with being unfair, but in reality he was being generous. For the Lord does not wish to deal with us on the basis of what we deserve but on the basis of His abounding grace in Christ. The first—those who rely on their own merits—will be last. “For they were overthrown in the wilderness” (1 Corinthians 10:5). But the last, those who rely on Christ, will be first. For Christ is the Rock (1 Corinthians 9:24–10:5). He is the One who was struck and from whose side blood and water flowed that we may be cleansed of our sin.

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