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  1. daleron

    daleron Just a lurking Blip

    Say the Word - Be Healed
    MONDAY 12 SEPTEMBER 2022 / DON SCHWAGER / PRINT / SHARE:
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    GOSPEL READING: Luke 7:1-10

    1 After he had ended all his sayings in the hearing of the people he entered Capernaum. 2 Now a centurion had a slave who was dear to him, who was sick and at the point of death. 3 When he heard of Jesus, he sent to him elders of the Jews, asking him to come and heal his slave. 4 And when they came to Jesus, they begged him earnestly, saying, "He is worthy to have you do this for him, 5 for he loves our nation, and he built us our synagogue."6 And Jesus went with them. When he was not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to him, saying to him, "Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; 7 therefore I did not presume to come to you. But say the word, and let my servant be healed. 8 For I am a man set under authority, with soldiers under me: and I say to one, `Go,' and he goes; and to another, `Come,' and he comes; and to my slave, `Do this,' and he does it." 9 When Jesus heard this he marveled at him, and turned and said to the multitude that followed him, "I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith." 10 And when those who had been sent returned to the house, they found the slave well.
     
  2. daleron

    daleron Just a lurking Blip

    The Lord Had Compassion on Her
    TUESDAY 13 SEPTEMBER 2022 / DON SCHWAGER / PRINT / SHARE:
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    GOSPEL READING: Luke 7:11-17

    11 Soon afterward he went to a city called Nain, and his disciples and a great crowd went with him. 12 As he drew near to the gate of the city, behold, a man who had died was being carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow; and a large crowd from the city was with her. 13 And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her and said to her, "Do not weep." 14 And he came and touched the bier, and the bearers stood still. And he said, "Young man, I say to you, arise." 15 And the dead man sat up, and began to speak. And he gave him to his mother. 16 Fear seized them all; and they glorified God, saying, "A great prophet has arisen among us!" and "God has visited his people!" 17 And this report concerning him spread through the whole of Judea and all the surrounding country.
     
  3. daleron

    daleron Just a lurking Blip

    Psalm 111:1-6

    1 Prasie the LORD. I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart, in the company of the upright, in the congregation.
    2 Great are the works of the LORD, studied by all who have pleasure in them.
    3 Full of honor and majesty is his work, and his righteousness endures for ever.
    4 He has caused his wonderful works to be remembered; the LORD is gracious and merciful.
    5 He provides food for those who fear him; he is ever mindful of his covenant.
    6 He has shown his people the power of his works, in giving them the heritage of the nations.
     
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  4. daleron

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    Which Will Love Him More?
    THURSDAY 15 SEPTEMBER 2022 / DON SCHWAGER / PRINT / SHARE:
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    Alternate reading: John 19:25-27

    GOSPEL READING: Luke 7:36-50

    36 One of the Pharisees asked him to eat with him, and he went into the Pharisee's house, and took his place at table. 37 And behold, a woman of the city, who was a sinner, when she learned that he was at table in the Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster flask of ointment, 38 and standing behind him at his feet, weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment 39 Now when the Pharisee who had invited him saw it, he said to himself, "If this man were a prophet, he would have known who and what sort of woman this is who is touching him, for she is a sinner." 40 And Jesus answering said to him, "Simon, I have something to say to you." And he answered, "What is it, Teacher?" 41 "A certain creditor had two debtors; one owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 42 When they could not pay, he forgave them both. Now which of them will love him more?" 43 Simon answered, "The one, I suppose, to whom he forgave more." And he said to him, "You have judged rightly."

    44 Then turning toward the woman he said to Simon, "Do you see this woman? I entered your house, you gave me no water for my feet, but she has wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 45 You gave me no kiss, but from the time I came in she has not ceased to kiss my feet. 46 You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment. 47 Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much; but he who is forgiven little, loves little." 48 And he said to her, "Your sins are forgiven." 49 Then those who were at table with him began to say among themselves, "Who is this, who even forgives sins?" 50 And he said to the woman, "Your faith has saved you; go in peace."


    Psalm 32:1-2,5,7,11

    1 Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.
    2 Blessed is the man to whom the LORD imputes no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.
    5 I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not hide my iniquity; I said, "I will confess my transgressions to the LORD"; then you forgave the guilt of my sin.
    7 You are a hiding place for me, you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with deliverance.
    11 Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart!
     
  5. daleron

    daleron Just a lurking Blip

    Psalm 17:1,6-9,15

    1 Hear a just cause, O LORD; attend to my cry! Give ear to my prayer from lips free of deceit!
    6 I call upon you, for you will answer me, O God; incline your ear to me, hear my words.
    7 Wondrously show your mercies, O savior of those who seek refuge from their adversaries at your right hand.
    8 Keep me as the apple of the eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings,
    9 from the wicked who despoil me, my deadly enemies who surround me.
    15 As for me, I shall behold your face in righteousness; when I awake, I shall be satisfied with beholding your form.
     
  6. daleron

    daleron Just a lurking Blip

    He Who Has Ears to Hear, Let Him Hear
    SATURDAY 17 SEPTEMBER 2022 / DON SCHWAGER / PRINT / SHARE:
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    GOSPEL READING: Luke 8:4-15

    4 And when a great crowd came together and people from town after town came to him, he said in a parable: 5 "A sower went out to sow his seed; and as he sowed, some fell along the path, and was trodden under foot, and the birds of the air devoured it. 6 And some fell on the rock; and as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture. 7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns grew with it and choked it. 8 And some fell into good soil and grew, and yielded a hundredfold." As he said this, he called out, "He who has ears to hear, let him hear." 9 And when his disciples asked him what this parable meant, 10 he said, "To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of God; but for others they are in parables, so that seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand. 11 Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. 12 The ones along the path are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, that they may not believe and be saved. 13 And the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy; but these have no root, they believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away. 14 And as for what fell among the thorns, they are those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature.
     
  7. daleron

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  8. daleron

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    Every Secret Shall Come to Light
    MONDAY 19 SEPTEMBER 2022 / DON SCHWAGER / PRINT / SHARE:
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    GOSPEL READING: Luke 8:16-18

    16 "No one after lighting a lamp covers it with a vessel, or puts it under a bed, but puts it on a stand, that those who enter may see the light. 17 For nothing is hid that shall not be made manifest, nor anything secret that shall not be known and come to light. 18 Take heed then how you hear; for to him who has will more be given, and from him who has not, even what he thinks that he has will be taken away."
     
  9. daleron

    daleron Just a lurking Blip

    Hear the Word of God and Do It
    TUESDAY 20 SEPTEMBER 2022 / DON SCHWAGER / PRINT / SHARE:
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    GOSPEL READING: Luke 8:19-21

    19 Then his mother and his brothers came to him, but they could not reach him for the crowd. 20 And he was told, "Your mother and your brothers are standing outside, desiring to see you." 21 But he said to them, "My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and do it."
     
  10. daleron

    daleron Just a lurking Blip

    Lord Jesus, make me a channel of your grace and healing love that others may find life and freedom in you. Free me from all other attachments that I may joyfully pursue the things of your heavenly kingdom. May I witness to others the joy of the Gospel both in word and deed.

    Psalm 119:29, 72, 89, 101, 104, 163

    29 Put false ways far from me; and graciously teach me thy law!
    72 The law of thy mouth is better to me than thousands of gold and silver pieces.
    89 For ever, O LORD, thy word is firmly fixed in the heavens.
    101 I hold back my feet from every evil way, in order to keep thy word.
    104 Through thy precepts I get understanding; therefore I hate every false way.
    163 I hate and abhor falsehood, but I love thy law.
     
  11. tgcrna

    tgcrna Be good to yourself and kind to others...

    SEPTEMBER 21

    Holy Anxiety


    Do not sweep my soul away with sinners.

    Psalm 26:9



    Fear made David pray like this, for something whispered, “Perhaps, after all, you may be swept away with sinners.” That fear springs mainly from holy anxiety, arising from the recollection of past sin. Even the pardoned man will inquire, “What if at the end my sins should be remembered, and I should be left out of the company of the saved?” He thinks about his present condition—so little grace, so little love, so little holiness; and looking forward to the future, he considers his weakness and the many temptations that surround him, and he fears that he may fall and become a prey to the enemy. A sense of sin and present evil and his prevailing corruptions compel him to pray, in fear and trembling, “Do not sweep my soul away with sinners.”

    Reader, if you have prayed this prayer, and if your character is correctly described in the Psalm from which it is taken, you need not be afraid that you will be swept away with sinners. Do you have the two virtues that David had—the outward walking in integrity and the inward trusting in the Lord? Are you resting upon Christ’s sacrifice, and can you approach the altar of God with humble hope? If so, rest assured, you will never be swept away with sinners, for that calamity is impossible. At the judgment the command will be given, “Gather the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.”1

    If, then, you are like God’s people, you will be with God’s people. You cannot be swept away with sinners, for you have been purchased at too high a price. Redeemed by the blood of Christ, you are His forever, and where He is, there His people must be. You are loved too much to be swept away with reprobates. Will one who is dear to Christ perish? Impossible! Hell cannot hold you! Heaven claims you! Trust in Christ, and do not fear!


    1. Matthew 13:30
     
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  12. daleron

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    Beautifully reassuring Tink, let’s read it again today.
     
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  13. daleron

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    Who Do You Say That Jesus Is?
    FRIDAY 23 SEPTEMBER 2022 / DON SCHWAGER / PRINT / SHARE:
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    GOSPEL READING: Luke 9:18-22

    18 Now it happened that as he was praying alone the disciples were with him; and he asked them, "Who do the people say that I am?" 19 And they answered, "John the Baptist; but others say, Elijah; and others, that one of the old prophets has risen." 20 And he said to them, "But who do you say that I am?" And Peter answered, "The Christ of God." 21 But he charged and commanded them to tell this to no one, 22 saying, "The Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised."
     
  14. daleron

    daleron Just a lurking Blip

    Lord Jesus, by your cross you have redeemed the world and revealed your glory and triumph over sin and death. May I never fail to see your glory and victory in the cross. Help me to conform my life to your will and to follow in your way of love and holiness.

    Psalm 90:3-6,12-14,17

    3 You turn man back to the dust, and say, "Turn back, O children of men!"
    4 For a thousand years in your sight are but as yesterday when it is past, or as a watch in the night.
    5 You sweep men away; they are like a dream, like grass which is renewed in the morning:
    6 in the morning it flourishes and is renewed; in the evening it fades and withers.
    12 So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.
    13 Return, O LORD! How long? Have pity on your servants!
    14 Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.
    17 Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands upon us, yes, the work of our hands establish it.
     
  15. daleron

    daleron Just a lurking Blip

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    Lazarus Was Carried to Abraham's Bosom
    SUNDAY 25 SEPTEMBER 2022 / DON SCHWAGER / PRINT / SHARE:
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    GOSPEL READING: Luke 16:19-31

    19 "There was a rich man, who was clothed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. 20 And at his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus, full of sores, 21 who desired to be fed with what fell from the rich man's table; moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. 22 The poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham's bosom. The rich man also died and was buried; 23 and in Hades, being in torment, he lifted up his eyes, and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus in his bosom. 24 And he called out, `Father Abraham, have mercy upon me, and send Lazarus to dip the end of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am in anguish in this flame.' 25 But Abraham said, `Son, remember that you in your lifetime received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner evil things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in anguish. 26 And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, in order that those who would pass from here to you may not be able, and none may cross from there to us.' 27 And he said, `Then I beg you, father, to send him to my father's house, 28 for I have five brothers, so that he may warn them, lest they also come into this place of torment.' 29 But Abraham said, `They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.' 30 And he said, `No, father Abraham; but if some one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.' 31 He said to him, `If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be convinced if some one should rise from the dead.'"
     
  16. daleron

    daleron Just a lurking Blip

    Jesus Perceived the Thought of Their Hearts
    MONDAY 26 SEPTEMBER 2022 / DON SCHWAGER / PRINT / SHARE:
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    GOSPEL READING: Luke 9:46-50

    46 And an argument arose among them as to which of them was the greatest. 47 But when Jesus perceived the thought of their hearts, he took a child and put him by his side, 48 and said to them, "Whoever receives this child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me receives him who sent me; for he who is least among you all is the one who is great." 49 John answered, "Master, we saw a man casting out demons in your name, and we forbade him, because he does not follow with us." 50 But Jesus said to him, "Do not forbid him; for he that is not against you is for you."
     
  17. daleron

    daleron Just a lurking Blip

    Lord Jesus, you are gracious, merciful, and kind. Set me free from my prejudice and intolerance towards those I find disagreeable, and widen my heart to love and to do good even to those who wish me harm or evil.

    Jesus' Face Was Set toward Jerusalem
    TUESDAY 27 SEPTEMBER 2022 / DON SCHWAGER / PRINT / SHARE:
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    GOSPEL READING: Luke 9:51-56

    51 When the days drew near for him to be received up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem. 52 And he sent messengers ahead of him, who went and entered a village of the Samaritans, to make ready for him; 53 but the people would not receive him, because his face was set toward Jerusalem. 54 And when his disciples James and John saw it, they said, "Lord, do you want us to bid fire come down from heaven and consume them?" 55 But he turned and rebuked them. 56 And they went on to another village.
     
  18. daleron

    daleron Just a lurking Blip

    Fit for the Kingdom of God
    WEDNESDAY 28 SEPTEMBER 2022 / DON SCHWAGER / PRINT / SHARE:
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    GOSPEL READING: Luke 9:57-62

    57 As they were going along the road, a man said to him, "I will follow you wherever you go." 58 And Jesus said to him, "Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man has nowhere to lay his head." 59 To another he said, "Follow me." But he said, "Lord, let me first go and bury my father." 60 But he said to him, "Leave the dead to bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God." 61 Another said, "I will follow you, Lord; but let me first say farewell to those at my home." 62 Jesus said to him, "No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God."

    Meditation: Are you ready to follow the Lord Jesus wherever he may lead you? With the call the Lord gives the grace to respond and the strength to follow all the way to the end. Why does Jesus issue a challenge with the call? Jesus was utterly honest in telling people what it would cost to follow him. When a would-be disciple approached Jesus and said he was ready to follow, Jesus told him it would require sacrifice - the sacrifice of certain creaturely comforts. Jesus appealed to this man's heart and told him to detach himself from whatever might hold him back. Spiritual detachment is a necessary step for following the Lord. It frees us to give ourselves without reserve to the Lord and his service. While many of us may not need to give up the comfort of our own home and bed to follow Jesus, we, nonetheless, must be willing to part with anything that might stand in the way of doing God's will.
     
  19. daleron

    daleron Just a lurking Blip

    The Kingdom of God Has Come near to You
    THURSDAY 29 SEPTEMBER 2022 / DON SCHWAGER / PRINT / SHARE:
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    Alternate reading: John 1:47-51

    GOSPEL READING: Luke 10:1-12

    1 After this the Lord appointed seventy others, and sent them on ahead of him, two by two, into every town and place where he himself was about to come. 2 And he said to them, "The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; pray therefore the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. 3 Go your way; behold, I send you out as lambs in the midst of wolves. 4 Carry no purse, no bag, no sandals; and salute no one on the road. 5 Whatever house you enter, first say, `Peace be to this house!' 6 And if a son of peace is there, your peace shall rest upon him; but if not, it shall return to you. 7 And remain in the same house, eating and drinking what they provide, for the laborer deserves his wages; do not go from house to house. 8 Whenever you enter a town and they receive you, eat what is set before you; 9 heal the sick in it and say to them, `The kingdom of God has come near to you.' 10 But whenever you enter a town and they do not receive you, go into its streets and say, 11 `Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet, we wipe off against you; nevertheless know this, that the kingdom of God has come near.' 12 I tell you, it shall be more tolerable on that day for Sodom than for that town.
     
  20. daleron

    daleron Just a lurking Blip

    He Who Hears You Hears Me
    FRIDAY 30 SEPTEMBER 2022 / DON SCHWAGER / PRINT / SHARE:
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    GOSPEL READING: Luke 10:13-16

    13 "Woe to you, Chorazin! woe to you, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. 14 But it shall be more tolerable in the judgment for Tyre and Sidon than for you. 15 And you, Capernaum, will you be exalted to heaven? You shall be brought down to Hades. 16 "He who hears you hears me, and he who rejects you rejects me, and he who rejects me rejects him who sent me."

    Meditation: If Jesus were to visit your community today, what would he say? Would he issue a warning like the one he gave to Chorazin and Bethsaida? And how would you respond? Wherever Jesus went he did mighty works to show the people how much God had for them. Chorazin and Bethsaida had been blessed with the visitation of God. They heard the good news and experienced the wonderful works which Jesus did for them. Why was Jesus upset with these communities? The word woe is also translated as alas. It is as much as an expression of sorrowful pity as it is of anger.