Hey there friends! Sorry for the delay in our posting schedule. With VBS and preaching I just couldn't find the time or the energy to get these recordings done. Tonight we have the chance to do another reading the Bible LIVE on Zoom. If you'd like to participate you are welcome to join! We'll be reading today's reading as this is the most current in your schedule.
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Reading the Bible LIVE
Jun 28, 2021 06:00 PM
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Scripture to Read
Questions to Consider
What does this reveal to me about the early church? Specifically, what does this reveal the early church was struggling with?
As Christians we fall in a tough spot when it comes to grace. Grace implies that second chances are implied or even faithful but second chances can burn us or burn those who've shown a stronger "merit." Such tension is found in Paul and Barnabas about who to bring on their travels. Paul wants to bring Silas who has been "better" and more reliable whereas Barnabas wants to bring John Mark who has a stronger connection to the church as he studied under Luke and Peter. How do you handle who you choose for tasks? Do you go with someone more reliable or someone who you know better? How do you process grace in conjunction with second chances?
- Commentary -
No words from me today as I have a Bible Project video for you to watch today. We will also watch this tonight during our live reading as well.
Praying the Hymns
Our hymn today comes from 286 in our Hymnal - O Sacred Head, Now Wounded. This hymn is inspired by Jesus' trial when a crown of thorns is placed on his head. I invite you to join in with this hymn either aloud or simply by meditation.
1. O sacred Head, now wounded, with grief and shame weighed down, now scornfully surrounded with thorns, thine only crown: how pale thou art with anguish, with sore abuse and scorn! How does that visage languish which once was bright as morn!
2. What thou, my Lord, hast suffered was all for sinners' gain; mine, mine was the transgression, but thine the deadly pain. Lo, here I fall, my Savior! 'Tis I deserve thy place; look on me with thy favor, vouchsafe to me thy grace.
3. What language shall I borrow to thank thee, dearest friend, for this thy dying sorrow, thy pity without end? O make me thine forever; and should I fainting be, Lord, let me never, never outlive my love to thee.