Daily Bible Readings:
Monday, June 1. Read Jeremiah 7:27-34. 1) What is God’s complaint toward Israel? 2) What did gruesome prediction does God make? 3) What life-giving rituals would end in Jerusalem?
Tuesday, June 2. Read Psalm 136. 1) What does the Psalmist tell his readers to do in this Psalm? 2) On what does he base this advice? 3) What does the Psalmist say about the durability of God’s steadfast love?
Wednesday, June 3. Read Exodus 34:1-9. 1) What did God tell Moses to do in this text? 2) What did Moses say about the character of God and God’s love?
Thursday, June 4. Read Jeremiah 31:1-6. 1) What promise did God make to Israel? 2) Describe the love that God has for his people.
Friday, June 5. Read Luke 15:25-32. 1) In this portion of text from the Parable of the Good Samaritan, how does the elder son react to the party going on? 2) What does the Father say about the party and how the brother should respond?
Saturday, June 6. Read Jeremiah 33:10-11. This is Sunday’s sermon text.
Prayer for the Week:
We now miss out on so much
the wedding of niece,
the Final Four,
the beginning of baseball,
the great Easter litrugy,
the day-by-day interaction on the street.
It is a silence that evokes loneliness,
and job loss,
and the end of life in the bars, and on the beach,
and in the street.
But we may also wait differently:
we wait in eager longing.
we wait on the Lord.
the force of death.
the life lived by Jesus nor the life lived
by his faithful people.
it is only a little while…”yet a little while”;
we will run the race of discipleship;
we will soar like eagles into Your
good future of deighborliness.
because the silence…no more than darkness…
can overcome the Lord of life.
In Jesus’ name we pray this. Amen.
Hymn of the Week:
by Martin Rinkart, 1618-1648
with heart and hands and voices,
who wondrous things has done,
in whom his world rejoices;
who from our mothers’ arms
has blessed us on our way
with countless gifts of love,
and still is ours today.
through all our life be near us,
with ever joyful hearts
and blessed peace to cheer us,
to keep us in his grace,
and guide us when perplexed,
and free us from all ills
of this world in the next.
the Father now be given,
the Son and Spirit blest,
who reign in highest heaven
the one eternal God,
whom heaven and earth adore;
for thus it was, is now,
and shall be evermore.
Devotional Article of the Week:
Is there anyting to really hold on to when your heart aches in the middle of life’s messes?
by Russ Lawson
My response was, “Not so good right now. It seems like we are on an emotional ‘see saw’ just going up and down.”
Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard,
neither have entered into the heart of man,
the things which God hath prepared for them that love him (1 Corinthians 2:9).