November 26, 2017, Lectionary

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The Shepherd causes three things for the sheep: be gathered, eat, and lie down. Ezekiel 34:11-16

It is the Lord who made us and not we who dreamed a god into being. Be thankful unto him. Psalm 100

My simplest prayer for you this Thanksgiving is that you will find today some extra time and incentive to read the Bible. Ephesians 1:15-23

I have hope we can keep on with the generosity and hospitality toward those who are different or less resourced than we. Matthew 25:31-46

When this world was hungry, thirsty, estranged, naked, sick, and imprisoned -- Jesus came! Matthew 25:31-46

Thoughts about Listening

If there is someone in your life who exudes a calm presence, your life is thereby blessed. Ezekiel 34:11-16

Will Thanksgiving this year be full of fret and frustration or full of giving and receiving Thank you's? Psalm 100

First our words and then our attitudes will lean us toward or away from gratitude and generosity today. Ephesians 1:15-23

So quickly we move from "This is for us," or "This is for you," to "This is for me"! Matthew 25:31-46

Bible Reading Group Homework

1.    You will not leave your pets in danger or need. Tell about how you care for pets.

2.    Read or listen to Ezekiel 34:11-16. List and describe the things the Shepherd does for the flock.

3.    Read or listen to Psalm 100. God is our Shepherd, we are his sheep. Tell and discuss what this Psalm means to you.

4.    Read or listen to Ephesians 1:15-23. Pray this prayer together for one another, and for others for whom you care. Tell about how your wisdom and love have grown in knowing God.

5.    Read or listen to Matthew 25:31-46. First, look at the three parables of Matthew 25, and discover what is the fulcrum in each story upon which the destiny of the person depends. Discuss possible relationships between the stories. Second, read the last story again noting the specific things Jesus wants us to do for others. Describe how this would affect our characters. Third, ponder and discuss what Jesus did for our world as in John 3:16 and Philippians 2:5-11 and in terms of this third parable of Matthew 25. Our character is not only to be an imitation of Christ but first must be a transformation by Christ.


1. No dejará a sus mascotas en peligro o necesidad. Cuéntenos sobre cómo cuida a las mascotas.

2. Leer o escuchar Ezequiel 34:11-16. Enumere y describa las cosas que el Pastor hace por el rebaño.

3. Leer o escuchar el Salmo 100. Dios es nuestro Pastor, nosotros somos sus ovejas. Cuente y comente lo que este Salmo significa para usted.

4. Leer o escuchar Efesios 1:15-23. Oren juntos esta oración, unos por otros, y por los que son importantes para ustedes. Cuente cómo su sabiduría y amor han crecido conociendo a Dios.

5. Leer o escuchar Mateo 25: 31-46. Primero, lea las tres parábolas de Mateo 25 y descubra cuál es el punto de apoyo en cada historia de la que depende el destino de la persona. Discuta las posibles relaciones entre las historias. En segundo lugar, lea la última historia nuevamente y observe las cosas específicas que Jesús quiere que hagamos por los demás. Describe cómo esto afectaría a nuestros personajes. Tercero, medite y discuta lo que Jesús hizo por nuestro mundo como en Juan 3:16 y Filipenses 2: 5-11 y en términos de esta tercera parábola de Mateo 25. Nuestro carácter no es solo ser una imitación de Cristo, sino primero debe ser una transformación por Cristo.