G. Kevin Baker is lead pastor of Reconciliation United Methodist Church in Durham, North Carolina. He writes regularly for the United Methodist Publishing House.
1 Samuel 2:18-20, 26; Colossians 3:12-17; Luke 2:41-52
Samuel and Jesus have a lot in common.
Nativity of the Lord, Proper I
So who is actually on the Revised Common Lectionary committee, and why
do they have us visiting the island of Crete when everyone knows the
focus should be on the little town of Bethlehem?
Micah 5:2-5a; Luke 1:46-55a; Hebrews 10:5-10; Luke 1:39-45
was popularized during the rise of the Sunday school movement and the
era of printed gospel tracks.
Zephaniah 3:14-20; Isaiah 12:2-6; Philippians 4:4-7; Luke 3:7-18
With the church in Philippi threatened by disunity, Paul exhorts the people to "be of the same mind." He even calls people out by name: Hey, Euodia and Syntyche, I mean you.
But Paul also names another threat: worry.
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