Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Daily Readings for March 4 - 10, 2012

Daily Lectionary March 4 – 10, 2012
March  4                    Leviticus 11:1-12:8, Mark 12:13-27, Psalms 30:1-7
March 5                  Leviticus 13:1-59, Mark 12:28-44, Proverbs 6:20-29
March 6                       Leviticus 14:1-57, Mark 13:1-31, Psalms 30:8-12
March 7             Leviticus 15:1-16:34, Mark 13:32-14:16, Psalms 31:1-8
March 8                Leviticus 17:1-18:30, Mark 14:17-42, Psalms 31:9-18
March 9             Leviticus 19:1-20:27, Mark 14:43-72, Proverbs 6:30-35
March 10           Looking ahead to Lent 3   
                          Exodus 8:16–24; Jeremiah 26:1–15; Ephesians 5:1–9; Luke 11:14–28

Look forward to Third Sunday in LenT (Oculi)
Exodus 8:16–24 or Jeremiah 26:1–15; Ephesians 5:1–9; Luke 11:14–28

Jesus Overcomes the Strong Man
Jeremiah was charged with speaking evil when he spoke the Word of the Lord (Jeremiah 26:1–15). So also, Jesus is accused of doing evil when in fact He is doing good. He casts out a demon from a mute man so that he is able to speak (Luke 11:14–28). But some said Jesus did this by the power of Beelzebub, Satan. Like Pharaoh of old, their hearts were hard (Exodus 8:16–24). They did not recognize the finger of God, the power of the Holy Spirit at work in and through Jesus. Jesus is the Stronger Man who overcomes the strong man. He takes the devil’s armor of sin and death and destroys it from the inside out by the holy cross. He exorcizes and frees us by water and the Word. We were once darkness, but now we are light in Christ the Lord (Ephesians 5:1–9). As children of light, our tongues are loosed to give thanks to Him who saved us.

Lutherans for Life – www.lutheransforlife.org
Life Thought As the people of Jesus’ day, we too live in an “adulterous and sinful generation” (Mark 8:38). When in fear we fail to speak God’s truth, are we ashamed of Jesus? When in apathy we fail to speak up for those who cannot speak, are we ashamed of Jesus? All of us in so many ways through our words, thoughts, deeds, and silence profess we are ashamed of Jesus. Where is our hope? “Till then—nor is the boasting vain—Till then I boast a Savior slain. And oh, may this my portion be, That Christ is not ashamed of me!” 
 Life Quote: “From the time of conception to the hour we leave our mortal bodies, God is intimately involved in planning out who and what we are to be, assembling us together, growing us, guiding us, correcting us, forgiving and restoring us as needed, until we become all that He has in mind for us.” Gaylan Mathiesen, Ph.D., professor of mission and evangelism, Lutheran Brethren Seminary, Fergus Falls, Minnesota
Saturday         March 3                 5:30 pm                            Divine Service
Sunday           March 4                 9:00 am       Bible Class / Sunday School
                                                   10:00 am                            Divine Service
Monday          March 5                 7:00 pm            Call Meeting @ Nokomis
Wednesday     March 7                 5:00 pm                              Confirmation
                                          5:45 – 6:45 pm                        Lenten Luncheon
                                                     7:00 pm            Lenten Midweek Service
                                                     7:30 pm                                              AA
Friday             March 9                                                  Pastor’s Family Day
Saturday       March 10                 5:30 pm                            Divine Service

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