Each Monday we publish Sunday's Coming, an email-only post on the upcoming readings, written by our current Living by the Word columnist.
Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7; Psalm 66:1-12; (2 Kings 5:1-3, 7-15c; Psalm 111;) 2 Timothy 2:8-15; Luke 17:11-19
Elisha’s gift to Naaman
The general was insulted by the piddling, muddy Jordan. But he entered the water—and was healed! Then it was time to pay the bill.
What can we learn from this ancient understanding of our divine relationship?
Do we play semantic games when we try to explain the words away? The
mention of fear is typically wrapped up in abusive relationships, but we
can also fear disappointing someone we love dearly.
Christians in public life
Several years ago I met in D.C. with a group of young evangelical professionals. While certainly not world-fleeing fundamentalists, they were not theocrats either. They were seeking an alternative approach.
How do you
know that God is great? You study the things God has done! You might even call
it data-collecting concerning God's salvation.
2 Kings 5:1–3, 7–15c; 2 Timothy 2:8–15; Luke 17:11–19
The lepers all received healing. What a happy shock that must've been! But only one, a Samaritan, returned and thanked Jesus.
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