June 18, 2017, Lectionary

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Did God reprove Sarah for laughing, or only for lying about it? Was God perhaps seeking to give her own experience room for voice? Genesis 18:1-15; 21:1-7

It's the milk, butter, and, dressed calf that Abraham sets before his guests. Where are the cakes he asked Sarah to bake? Genesis 18:1-15; 21:1-7

Because the Lord has listened to me, the Lord has bent the ear toward me, I will call on the name of the Lord. Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19

Hope comes through Jesus, through troubles, and through the love of God. This love is brought by the Holy Spirit and shown in Jesus' death. Romans 5:1-8

They were commissioned to go, cast out evil, heal diseases, and raise people up; and while going, to preach. Matthew 9:35-10:8

Thoughts about Listening

By offering hospitality (respect, nurture, listening) to the other person, I might learn something useful for my life. Genesis 18:1-15; 21:1-7

I envision God as a listening God. Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19

Troubles bring us experience, and experience brings us hope. Romans 5:1-8

Listen first, and then tell what comes out of your own story. Matthew 9:35-10:8

Bible Reading Group Homework

1.    Tell of a time in your life when you were told to be quiet, or intimidated away from using your voice and words.

2.    Read or listen to Genesis 18:1-15; 21:1-7. Find the references to laughter and see if there are other mentions of laughter in the Bible. Discuss what causes human laughter and discover several different tones of voice for the conversation here. Make one of them sound like the Lord is asking Sarah to use her voice and words in testimony.

3.    Read or listen to Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19. Name and describe the first thing mentioned in this Psalm that the Lord does or has done. Discuss what is the natural human response to this action by the Lord.

4.    Read or listen to Romans 5:1-8. Summarize or tell in your own words the gist of Paul’s statement, especially verses 1-6. Discover the Trinity in this reading and describe the work of each.

5.    Read or listen to Matthew 9:35-10:8. Jesus did it, saw the great need for more of it, and empowered and authorized his disciples to do much more of it. Imagine and describe the effects of what Jesus did and called the twelve to do. What did Jesus preach and what were the disciples to preach? Describe this in your own words, and consider what it would take for you to tell all your friends about this.


1. Cuente un momento en su vida cuando le dijeron que se callara, o lo intimidaron,  alejándolo para que no usara su voz y palabras.

2. Leer o escuchar Génesis 18:1-15; 21:1-7. Encuentre las referencias a la risa y vea si hay otras menciones en la Biblia de la risa. Discuta qué causa la risa humana y descubra varios tonos diferentes de voz para la conversación. Haga que uno de ellos suene como si el Señor le pidiera a Sara que usara su voz y sus palabras en testimonio.

3. Leer o escuchar el Salmo 116:1-2, 12-19. Nombre y describa la primera cosa que es mencionada en este Salmo que el Señor hace o ha hecho. Discuta cuál es la respuesta humana natural a esta acción por parte del Señor.

4. Leer o escuchar Romanos 5:1-8. Resuma o diga en sus propias palabras la esencia de la declaración de Pablo, especialmente en los versículos 1-6. En esta lectura descubra la Trinidad y describa el trabajo de cada uno.

5. Leer o escuchar Mateo 9:35-10:8. Jesús  lo hizo, vió la gran necesidad de más de esto, y facultó y autorizó a sus discípulos a hacer mucho más de esto. Imagine y describa los efectos de lo que hizo Jesús y llamó a hacer a los doce. ¿Qué predicó Jesús y qué predicaban los discípulos? Describa esto con sus propias palabras, y considere lo que sería necesario para contarle a todos sus amigos sobre esto.