I. This Sunday in Church
Bible Readings for This Sunday (October 16)
Sermons for This Sunday (October 16)
II. Lectionary Reflections
Hypocrisy of the Pharisees - Gospel Analysis
The essence of the religion of the Pharisees was to maximize the minutia of the
mandates from the Old Testament and to minimize doing mercy, kindness and
justice (the love of God and neighbor.) ...
Saints in The Hands of a Humble Heaven
The God revealed in Jesus Christ has a character of gentleness, humility,
and hospitality. Rather than holding us like spiders over the pit of a fiery
hell or waiting, ruler in hand, to smite us lest we make a mistake, the God
revealed in Jesus reaches down to pull us up. ...
Eager To Serve
Be shepherds of God's flock that is under your care, serving as
overseers—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants
you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve...
America and 'The Door of Humility'
Few virtues of life could be more necessary than humility. The prophet Micah
said that it is an essential requirement of God: "He has told you, O man,
what is good; And what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to
love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God" (Micah 6:8). ...
Before Honor Is Humility: The Story of Andrew
Andrew seems more concerned with serving than building his reputation. His
attitude was opposite that of James and John when they asked to be first in the
Kingdom. There were times when some of the disciples would haggle over who would
be the greatest, but Andrew was not involved in these debates. He did not press
for a conspicuous place of honor. His emphasis was on the work of Jesus Christ.
He exemplifies quiet humble labor, "not with eye service as men-pleasers"
(Ephesians 6:6; Colossians 3:22), but service from the heart. ...
III. General Weekly Features
Christian Persecution: With Final Words, Christian Girl Begs Forgiveness for ISIS for Killing Her
The young daughter of an Iraqi Christian family burned alive by ISIS used her
final moments in her mother's arms to beg forgiveness for her killers. ...
Family Special: 5 Traits of Kids Who Keep Following Christ as Adults
Ask any Christian parent what their dying wish would be, and they will tell
you, "That my children will love and follow Jesus." Unfortunately, many
parents face the unbearable experience of watching their children leave the
faith they grew up learning. ...
Christian Life: How to Apply a Psalm to Your Life
God has given us the book of Psalms to show us the humanity of the Psalmist and
to remind us of where our hope must be placed. The Psalms remind us that even
David, a man after God's own heart, had failures and was cleansed, worshiped
freely, had many times where he didn't know what to do, and proclaimed his trust
in His God despite the scary circumstances around him. ..
Reliability is that wonderful quality some people have that means they do
what they say they will do. They not only do it, but they do it when they
say they will, with a sense of commitment and a positive attitude. They are
trustworthy and their word is their bond. ...
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