Monday, December 27, 2010

Ephesians 1:3-14 - The Epistle Lectionary Passage for Sunday, January 2, 2011

This is the NRVS translation of the lectionary epistle lesson for Sunday. Please make any comments concerning the passage you want. Together, let’s discuss the Word of God.


3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, 4just as he chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless before him in love. 5He destined us for adoption as his children through Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of his will, 6to the praise of his glorious grace that he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. 7In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace 8that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and insight 9he has made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure that he set forth in Christ, 10as a plan for the fullness of time, to gather up all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. 11In Christ we have also obtained an inheritance, having been destined according to the purpose of him who accomplishes all things according to his counsel and will, 12so that we, who were the first to set our hope on Christ, might live for the praise of his glory. 13In him you also, when you had heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and had believed in him, were marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit; 14this is the pledge of our inheritance toward redemption as God’s own people, to the praise of his glory.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Hebrews 2:1-18 - The Lectionary Epistle Lesson for Sunday, December 26, 2010

This is the NRVS translation of the lectionary gospel lesson for Sunday. Please make any comments concerning the passage you want. Together, let’s discuss the Word of God.


1Therefore we must pay greater attention to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away from it. 2For if the message declared through angels was valid, and every transgression or disobedience received a just penalty, 3how can we escape if we neglect so great a salvation? It was declared at first through the Lord, and it was attested to us by those who heard him, 4while God added his testimony by signs and wonders and various miracles, and by gifts of the Holy Spirit, distributed according to his will.

5Now God did not subject the coming world, about which we are speaking, to angels. 6But someone has testified somewhere, “What are human beings that you are mindful of them, or mortals, that you care for them? 7You have made them for a little while lower than the angels; you have crowned them with glory and honor, 8subjecting all things under their feet.” Now in subjecting all things to them, God left nothing outside their control. As it is, we do not yet see everything in subjection to them, 9but we do see Jesus, who for a little while was made lower than the angels, now crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.

10It was fitting that God, for whom and through whom all things exist, in bringing many children to glory, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through sufferings. 11For the one who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one Father. For this reason Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters, 12saying, “I will proclaim your name to my brothers and sisters, in the midst of the congregation I will praise you.” 13And again, “I will put my trust in him.” And again, “Here am I and the children whom God has given me.”

14Since, therefore, the children share flesh and blood, he himself likewise shared the same things, so that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, 15and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by the fear of death. 16For it is clear that he did not come to help angels, but the descendants of Abraham. 17Therefore he had to become like his brothers and sisters in every respect, so that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make a sacrifice of atonement for the sins of the people. 18Because he himself was tested by what he suffered, he is able to help those who are being tested.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Romans 1:1-7 - The Lectionary Epistle Lesson for Sunday, December 19, 2010

This is my own translation of the lectionary gospel lesson for Sunday. Please make any comments concerning the passage you want. Together, let’s discuss the Word of God.


1Paul, a slave of Christ Jesus, called an apostle, separated for the good news of God, 2which he promised beforehand through his prophets in holy writings, 3concerning his son who came from the seed of David according to flesh, 4who was designated Son of God with power according to the spirit of holiness from the resurrection of the dead, Jesus Christ, our Lord, 5through whom we received grace and apostleship for obedience to faith in all the nations for the sake of his name, 6in which you yourselves are also called by Jesus Christ, 7to all those who are in Rome, beloved of God, called holy; grace to you and peace from God our father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Romans 15:1-13 - The Lectionary Epistle Lesson for Sunday, December 5, 2010

This is my own translation of the lectionary gospel lesson for Sunday. Please make any comments concerning the passage you want. Together, let’s discuss the Word of God.

Romans 15:1-13

1And we who are strong ought to carry the frailties of the weak and not to please ourselves. 2Let each of us desire to please the neighbor for [his] good to build [him] up. 3For Christ also didn’t please himself, but just as it has been written, “The rebuke of those who rebuked you fell upon me.” 4For whatever was written before for our instruction was written, so that through endurance and through exhortation of the writings hope we might have. 5And may the God of endurance and exhortation give to you to live in harmony with one another in accordance with Christ Jesus, 6so that with one might, you might glorify the God and father of our lord, Jesus Christ.

7Therefore, receive one another, just as Christ also received you, for the glory of God. 8For I say Christ has become a servant to the circumcised for the sake of God’s truth, to confirm the promises to the fathers, 9And the nations for the sake of mercy might glorify God, just as it has been written,

Therefore I will confess you publically among the nations,
and to your name I will sing praises.

10And again he says,

Rejoice, nations, with his people.

11And again,

Praise, all the nations, the Lord,
and let all peoples praise him.

12And again, Isaiah says,

There will be Jesse’s root,
and the one who will arise to rule the nations,
in him nations will hope.

13And may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in trusting, so that you might abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.