Revised Common Lectionary: Year C

Revised Common Lectionary – Year C First Sunday of Advent: Jeremiah 33:14-16; Psalm 25:1-10; 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13; Luke 21:25-36 Every spiritual blessing - in Christ: Come to Him and receive His blessing. ‘I will bring Judah and Israel back from captivity and will rebuild them as they were before. I will cleanse them from all …

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Help us, Lord, to keep on believing that the time of Your blessing may not be far away.

Lord, we've read good things about King Josiah (2 Chronicles 34:15,33) - but it wasn't all good: "He did not listen to the words of Neco from the mouth of God ... " (2 Chronicles 35:22-24). After Josiah's time, there was terrible spiritual decline (2 Chronicles 36:1-2 / 2 Kings 23:31-32; 2 Chronicles 36:,5,9,11-12). We …

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By the power of the Holy Spirit …

Isaiah 10:20-13:22; 2 Corinthians 8:16-9:5; Psalm 105:37-45 Jesus Christ was filled with “the Spirit of the Lord” (Isaiah 11:2). It is by the power of the Holy Spirit that we are to live for Christ. As we give ourselves to the Lord in service, our first priority is “to honour the Lord Himself.” We do this …

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The battle is the Lord’s. He is our Strength. Without Him, we fail. With Him, there is victory.

We are engaged in warfare. Is it ‘worldly war’? Do we use ‘worldly weapons’? No! It is spiritual  warfare. God has given us His weapons (2 Corinthians 10:3-4). Our enemy is ‘Satan’ - ‘the god of this world’ (2 Corinthians 11:13-15; 2 Corinthians 4:4). We face him with ‘the whole armour of God’, with ‘the …

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Paul, a humble man, who worshipped and served the Lord

1 Timothy 1:12-17 The Lord saved Saul of Tarsus. The Lord changed him. Saul - "blasphemer, persecutor, arrogant man" (1 Timothy 1:13) - became Paul, a humble man, who worshipped and served the Lord.   *  humble - "worst of sinners" (1 Timothy 1:16) * worshipper - "Unto the King ... " (1 Timothy 1:17) …

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Christ is our full salvation …

1 Corinthians 1-4 1:1-2:5 - Paul preached the Gospel, ‘not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power’ (17; 2:4). He preached ‘Christ crucified’ with a determination ‘to know nothing except Jesus Christ crucified’(23; 2:2). This is the message of our salvation - ‘Christ crucified… Christ the power of …

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Sin Needs To Be Removed If We Are To Press On To A Greater Enjoyment Of God’s Blessing (Numbers 30:1-31:20)..

Numbers 30:1-31:20 Vows (30:1-16): Be careful what you say - You may live to regret it (Ecclesiastes 5:2, 4-6; Matthew 12:36-37; James 3:6-11). Learn from Balaam. Full of good intentions about speaking God’s Word (22:18; 23:12), he hoped to ‘die the death of the righteous’(23:10). He did not live up to his good intentions. He …

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Lord, show us the way we are to go – and the way we are not to go.

Lord, show us the way we are to go: “The root of the righteous stands firm” (Proverbs 12:12). – and the way we are not to go: “He who follows worthless pursuits has no sense” (Proverbs 12:11). Does it make any sense to follow “worthless pursuits” when we can be “filled with all the fullness …

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Lord, You’re calling us to choose the life of fruitful service …

Lord, You’re calling us to choose the life of fruitful service – “gold, silver, precious stones”. You’re calling us to leave behind the unfruitful life – “wood, hay, straw” (1 Corinthians 3:12-15). Help us to hear and answer Your call: “Rise up, O Church of God. Have done with lesser things. Give heart and soul …

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Help us, Lord, to seek Your will, to do Your will, and to give all the glory to You.

It was You, Lord, who "established David king over Israel" (1 Chronicles 14:2). Help us to be like David. He "inquired of You" (1 Chronicles 14:10,14). He "did as You commanded him" (1 Chronicles 14:16). He gave all the glory to You (1 Chronicles 14:11,17). Help us, Lord, to seek Your will, to do Your …

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How are we to move beyond appreciating the beauty of nature to living the life of holiness?

Psalm 19:1-14 The glory of God in creation - general revelation The glory of God in Christ - special revelation The link between the two is the glory of God, shining through the written Word of God. Creation shows us the greatness of God's power. Christ shows us the greatness of God's love. In creation, …

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Lord, help us to remember that You are the everlasting God.

Lord, help us to remember that You are the everlasting God. We are so changeable. Your love for us is unchanged, unchanging and unchangeable. Our feelings take us here, there and everywhere. Your love brings us back to the place where our love for You grows strong. How does our love for You grow strong? …

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God calls us to follow “the way of righteous people.”

God calls us to follow “the way of righteous people” (Psalm 1:6). He directs our attention to His “Son”, our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ (Psalm 2:7). He promises blessing to those who “take refuge ... In Him” (Psalm 2:12). There is much opposition: “O Lord, look how my enemies have increased! Many are attacking …

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“Can God spread a table in the wilderness?” – “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.”

When, Lord, we’re asking the question, “Can God spread a table in the wilderness?” (Psalm 78:19), help us to hear Your answer: “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.” At Your “table”, You bless us – “You anoint my head with oil, my cup overflows” (Psalm 23:5). Help us to …

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More than a human love story …

Genesis 24:1-67; Matthew 9:14-38; Psalm 8:1-9 In Genesis 24, we see the progress of the promise given to Abraham. From generation to generation, God is fulfilling His purpose. Once Rebekah had agreed to marry Isaac, she received this blessing: “Our sister, may you increase to thousands upon thousands; may your offspring possess the cities of …

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“The Lord Is My Strength … The Lord Is The Strength Of His People.”

More prayers can be found at my Praying Through God's Word blog. -- The Lord is my strength ... The Lord is the strength of His people" (Psalm 28:7-8). We come to You, Lord, in prayer - when we're on our own, and when we're gathered together with other worshippers. As we pray, You give …

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Choruses to encourage you in the Lord

My Lord knows the way through the wilderness - http://standrewstrinity.blogspot.com/2020/04/my-lord-knows-way-through-wilderness.html We worship and adore Thee - http://standrewstrinity.blogspot.com/2020/04/we-worship-and-adore-thee.html Rolled away ... I'm so happy ... - http://standrewstrinity.blogspot.com/2020/04/rolled-away.html His name is wonderful - http://standrewstrinity.blogspot.com/2020/04/his-name-is-wonderful-lyrics.html Wonderful, wonderful, Jesus is to me -http://standrewstrinity.blogspot.com/2020/04/067-wonderful-wonderful-jesus-is-to-me-a.html On the victory side - http://standrewstrinity.blogspot.com/2020/04/cbc-choir-opener-on-victory-side.html For God so loved the world - http://standrewstrinity.blogspot.com/2020/04/for-god-so-loved-world.html

Loving You, Lord, is more important than anything else – but it’s not always the most important thing in our lives.

2 Kings 6:1-23Loving You, Lord, is more important than anything else – but it’s not always the most important thing in our lives. Sometimes, other things get in the way of our love for You. Help us to love You more truly and more fully – and help us to show our love for You …

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A lifestyle, governed by heavenly priorities

In Genesis 14:18-20, we read about the remarkable appearance of the mysterious figure, Melchizedek. Here, we have the first suggestion of tithing - "Then Abram gave Him a tenth of everything" (Genesis 14:20). This is not a legalistic practice. It is set in the context of grace and worship. Abram's tithing follows on from this: …

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Give to us, Lord, a new way of thinking, Your way of thinking.

What matters most to us? Are we content with keeping up appearances? There’s something more important than this. Get the heart right. That’s what You’re saying to us. “In your hearts, reverence Christ as Lord” (1 Peter 3:15). Give to us, Lord, a new way of thinking, Your way of thinking – “a tender heart …

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Lord, without Your Word, speaking to us, we would never think of walking with You … Draw near to us. Keep us close to Yourself.

Lord, we want to walk with you in the centre of Your will. Where does this desire to please You come from? – It comes from You, Lord. You put it into our hearts. Without Your Word, speaking to us, we would never think of walking with You. We would be too busy thinking about …

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Lord, what are we to do when Satan comes, sowing his seeds of unbelief?

Lord, we take our stand upon Jesus’ resurrection – and Satan comes along to knock us down and undermine our faith. What are we to do when Satan keeps on sowing his seeds of unbelief? When our faith is being attacked by Satan, help us to remember that our faith is not based on our …

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Lord, it’s Your grace that keeps us walking with You in the way of faith.

Lord, what is it that keeps us walking with You in the way of faith? It’s Your grace – Your amazing grace. Without Your grace, we could not even begin to trust in You. Without Your grace, we cannot keep on trusting You. It’s Your grace that has brought us to faith in Christ. It’s Your grace …

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Lord, the story of our sin is full of sadness – but the story of Your salvation fills us with gladness.

We read, Lord, a story of sin – ‘Woe to the city of oppressors, rebellious and defiled! She has not obeyed His voice. She has not accepted correction. She has not trusted in the Lord. She has not drawn near to her God’ – and a story of salvation – ‘Sing, O Daughter of Zion; …

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It was a valley of dry bones – then, Lord, You changed everything.

It was ‘a valley of dry bones’ (Ezekiel 37:1-2). Then, Lord, You changed everything – ‘I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live’ (Ezekiel 37:5). What a difference You make! ‘Breathe on me, Breath of God. Fill me with life anew’ (Church Hymnary, 103). What happens, Lord, when Your Spirit breathes new …

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Teach us, Lord, to rejoice in the wonderful grace of Jesus – it’s greater than all our sin.

‘I will look on you with favour’ (Ezekiel 36:9). Through Christ our Saviour, You, Lord, look upon us with favour. Teach us to rejoice in the ‘wonderful grace of Jesus.’ It is ‘greater than all our sin.’ It ‘reaches us.’ We thank You, Lord, for Your wonderful grace: ‘Let me introduce you to a friend …

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Good News for all the world – a call to receive the forgiveness of sins, a call to become followers of Jesus

We thank You, Lord, for Jesus Christ – ” a Banner for the nations”, “the Saviour of the world” (Isaiah 11:12′ John 4:42). We thank You that He has “died for the sins of the whole world.” This is “Good News” for “all the world.” It’s a call to receive the “forgiveness of sins.” It’s …

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Help us, Lord, to become aware of Your presence, to listen to the voice of Jesus, calling us to come to You …

Lord, You’re always speaking to us. Every day and every night, You speak to us through Your created world. You prepare us for hearing the voice of Jesus, Your living Word. He speaks to us through the Scriptures, Your written Word. Help us, Lord, to become aware of Your presence, to listen to the voice …

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