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Sunday, March 15, 2015

God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so everyone who believes in him might have eternal life - Daily Bible Readings March 15,2015

1ST READING
 
The prophets of Israel interpreted the exile of the people, first to Assyria (721 BC) and now to Babylon over 100 years later, as punishment for their infidelity. Today we see it as the consequences of their sin. God did not exile the people — it is simply a result of their sin. Their unity as a society collapsed because of unfaithfulness to God and so they became easy prey for surrounding nations to conquer.
 
2 Chronicles 36:14-16, 19-23
14 In those days, all the princes of Judah, the priests and the people added infidelity to infidelity, practicing all the abominations of the nations and polluting the Lord’s temple which he had consecrated in Jerusalem. 15 Early and often did the Lord, the God of their fathers, send his messengers to them, for he had compassion on his people and his dwelling place. 16 But they mocked the messengers of God, despised his warnings, and scoffed at his prophets, until the anger of the Lord against his people was so inflamed that there was no remedy. 19 Their enemies burnt the house of God, tore down the walls of Jerusalem, set all its palaces afire, and destroyed all its precious objects. 20 Those who escaped the sword were carried captive to Babylon, where they became servants of the king of the Chaldeans and his sons until the kingdom of the Persians came to power. 21 All this was to fulfill the word of the Lord spoken by Jeremiah: “Until the land has retrieved its lost sabbaths, during all the time it lies waste it shall have rest while seventy years arefulfilled.” 22 In the first year of Cyrus, king of Persia, in order to fulfill the word of the Lord spoken by Jeremiah, the Lord inspired King Cyrus of Persia to issue this proclamation throughout his kingdom, both by word of mouth and in writing: 23 “Thus says Cyrus, king of Persia: All the kingdoms of the earth the Lord, the God of heaven, has given to me, and he has also charged me to build him a house in Jerusalem, which is in Judah. Whoever, therefore, among you belongs to any part of his people, let him go up, and may his God be with him!”
 
P S A L M
 
Psalm 137:1-2, 3, 4-5, 6
R: Let my tongue be silenced, if I ever forget you!
By the streams of Babylon we sat and wept when we remembered Zion. On the aspens of that land we hung up our harps. (R) For there our captors asked of us the lyrics of our songs, and our despoilers urged us to be joyous: “Sing for us the songs of Zion!” (R) How could we sing a song of the Lord in a foreign land? If I forget you, Jerusalem, may my right hand be forgotten! (R) May my tongue cleave to my palate if I remember you not, if I place not Jerusalem ahead of my joy. (R)
 
2nd READING
 
God never abandons His people. He will never forsake us even though we sin terribly. Our experience of being away from Him is a result of our own sins and the sins of others. Paul knows that God always reaches out to us and calls us back. God does not want us to be far from Him — He wants us to go back to Him.
 
Ephesians 2:4-10
Brothers and sisters: God, who is rich in mercy, because of the great love he had for us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, brought us to life with Christ — by grace you have been saved — raised us up with him, and seated us with him in the heavens in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not from you; it is the gift of God; it is not from works, so no one may boast. 10 For we are his handiwork, created in Christ Jesus for the good works that God has prepared in advance, that we should live in them.
 
GOSPEL
 
We know God is not vengeful because He did not come to judge and condemn but to forgive and free us. And yet we still reject His offer of love and forgiveness. He is the light that has come into the world but because of our sin, especially unrepented sin, we remain in the dark and refuse to embrace the light of His truth, love and mercy.
 
GOSPEL ACCLAMATION
God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so everyone who believes in him might have eternal life.
 
John 3:14-21
14 Jesus said to Nicodemus: “Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must the Son of Man be lifted up,15 so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.” 16 For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him. 18 Whoever believes in him will not be condemned, but whoever does not believe has already been condemned, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. 19And this is the verdict, that the light came into the world, but people preferred darkness to light, because their works were evil.20 For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come toward the light, so that his works might not be exposed. 21 But whoever lives the truth comes to the light, so that his works may be clearly seen as done in God.
 
 
think: God will never forsake us even though we sin terribly.
 
T O D A Y’S BLESSING LIST
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God’s special verse/thought for me today_
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READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR Genesis 22-24
 
SABBATH PAUSE
My weekly time with God
THANK YOU LIST
Things to be grateful for from the past week
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SPECIAL NEEDS
Things to ask God for in the coming week
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HIDDEN TREASURE
Most important word God told me this week
 

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