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September 6, 2019

“When you give a dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, lest they also invite you in return and you be repaid. But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.” - Luke 14:12-14 (ESV)

God of creati...

September 4, 2019

“When you are invited by someone to a wedding feast, do not sit down in a place of honor, lest someone more distinguished than you be invited by him, and he who invited you both will come and say to you, ‘Give your place to this person,’ and then you will begin with shame to take the lowest place. But when you are invited, go and sit in the lowest place, so that when your host comes he may say to...

September 3, 2019

“When you are invited by someone to a wedding feast, do not sit down in a place of honor, lest someone more distinguished than you be invited by him, and he who invited you both will come and say to you, ‘Give your place to this person,’ and then you will begin with shame to take the lowest place. But when you are invited, go and sit in the lowest place, so that when your host comes he may say to...

August 29, 2019

'But the ruler of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, said to the people, “There are six days in which work ought to be done. Come on those days and be healed, and not on the Sabbath day.” Then the Lord answered him, “You hypocrites! Does not each of you on the Sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from the manger and lead it away to water it? And ought not this woman, a...

August 26, 2019

'And behold, there was a woman who had had a disabling spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not fully straighten herself. When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said to her, “Woman, you are freed from your disability.” And he laid his hands on her, and immediately she was made straight, and she glorified God.' - Luke 13:11-13 (ESV)

Great physician, who formed us and knows our...

August 20, 2019

Let me sing for my beloved
    my love song concerning his vineyard:
My beloved had a vineyard
    on a very fertile hill.
He dug it and cleared it of stones,
    and planted it with choice vines;
he built a watchtower in the midst of it,
    and hewed out a wine vat in it;
and he looked for it to yield grapes,
    but it yielded wild grapes.

- Isaiah 5:2 (ESV)

Father and vi...

August 19, 2019

"Do you think that I have come to give peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division." - Luke 12:51 (ESV)

Lord Jesus, who knew your words would stir up hearts and inflame our sinful beings even before you took our flesh upon you, forgive us for turning your life-giving words and commands into reason for revolt and schism, and give us grace to accept things that we do not want to hear in order...

August 16, 2019

"Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also." - Luke 12:33-34 (ESV)

Lord of the heavens, whose treasure is not of material things, but of eternal and spiritual ones, give us hearts that...

August 15, 2019

"Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom." - Luke 12:32 (ESV)

Generous God, who overflows with good gifts for your creatures, wash away our fear and uncertainty and our anxious striving after what we think we need, so that we might trust in you and believe that you love us enough to give us what truly matters and will satisfy our hearts, through Jesus C...

August 9, 2019

"When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son. The more they were called, the more they went away; they kept sacrificing to the Baals and burning offerings to idols. Yet it was I who taught Ephraim to walk; I took them up by their arms, but they did not know that I healed them." - Hosea 11:1-3 (ESV)

Patient Father, who has given all good things to your children, open our e...

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