December 2, 2018, Lectionary

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In a time of injustice, God said the days would come, the promise would be fulfilled, that justice will rule and people will live in safety. Imagine! Jeremiah 33:14-16

The psalmist found a very intimate relationship between the human, in meekness and confession of sin, and God, in mercy and guidance. I'm praying Psalm 25 today.

Paul thought that thinking about the coming of Jesus could bring believers hope, holiness, and abundance of love. 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13

In the midst of multiplying troubles and rumors and distractions toward flippancy, apathy, or anxiety, the end-time message is one of unrelenting and unresenting hope. Luke 21:25-36

Thoughts about Listening

When a person makes a promise to me I can find hope in it, but I need to hold the expected outcome loosely in case of changes. To hold spaces for both ecstatic hope and full freedom for the other is difficult. Jeremiah 33:14-16

Taking the lower place, uplifting others, willingness to see my fault, gracious humility, these help build relationships among those willing to live this way. Psalm 25

Find out what thoughts can bring you hope, and then take your mind there often. 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13

I want always to be looking for the win-win option, the hope for everyone, the success for me without any baggage for anyone else. Luke 21:25-36

Bible Reading Group Study Guide

1.    Discuss: On a scale of 1-10 if 10 is hope and 1 is despair, where would you place yourself? The world in general?

2.    Read or listen to Jeremiah 33:14-16. Have one of the group read aloud while the others intentionally imagine the world promised in this reading. Share and discuss your imaginings.

3.    Read or listen to Psalm 25. List human character traits that God honors with teaching and guidance. Where do you find these character traits in your world?

4.    Read or listen to 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13. Apparently Paul felt that thinking about the coming of Jesus would give the believers hope. What other benefits come to the church through thinking about the coming of Jesus?

5.    Read or listen to Luke 21:25-36. Scan the context to discover the setting of these words of Jesus. Which things mentioned in the chapter could take a person to despair? Which things are hopeful? Do you sense in this reading any invitation to delight in the troubles of others? What is your favorite verse in this reading and what difference can it make in your life today?


1.    Discuta: en una escala del 1 al 10, si 10 es esperanza y 1 es desesperación, ¿dónde se ubicaría? ¿El mundo en general?

2.    Leer o escuchar Jeremías 33: 14-16. Pida a uno de los miembros del grupo que lea en voz alta esta lectura, mientras que los otros imaginan intencionalmente el mundo prometido. Comparta y comente lo que se  imagine.

3.    Leer o escuchar el Salmo 25. Haga una lista de los rasgos del carácter humano que Dios honra con la enseñanza y la guía. ¿En su mundo, dónde encuentra estos rasgos de carácter?

4.    Leer o escuchar  1 Tesalonicenses 3: 9-13. Aparentemente, Pablo sintió que pensar en la venida de Jesús daría esperanza a los creyentes. ¿Cuáles son los otros beneficios que vienen a la iglesia al pensar en la venida de Jesús?

5.    Leer o escuchar  Lucas 21: 25-36. Revise el contexto para descubrir el escenario de estas palabras de Jesús. ¿Qué cosas mencionadas en el capítulo podrían llevar a una persona a la desesperación? ¿Qué cosas son esperanzadoras? ¿En esta lectura siente alguna invitación a deleitarse con los problemas de los demás? ¿Cuál es su versículo favorito en esta lectura y qué diferencia puede hacer hoy en su vida?