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“BREAD OF LIFE” READINGS September 2017

Written by | September, 2017
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TLH = The Lutheran Hymnal, 1941; WS = Worship Supplement 2000; LSB = Lutheran Service Book, 2006

Date Verse Reading Comments

Sept 1 TLH 483, LSB 749; Jeremiah 23:33-40 If prophets or preachers speak words that contradict what the Lord has already said, you know them to be false.

Sept 2 WS 758 Ezekiel 34:1-10 The shepherds of Israel failed to take care of the flock, but the Lord would not abandon His people. He would step in Himself to rescue His flock.

Sept 4 TLH 648, LSB 558 ; Ezekiel 34:11-16 The Lord Himself shepherds His people. He calls them, gathers them, tends them, and brings back the lost. What a Shepherd you have in Jesus!

Sept 5 TLH 485 Ezekiel 34:17-24 God’s people were being “trampled” by the strong, but they find peace and hope in David’s greater Son, Jesus Christ, Who shepherds them to life eternal!

Sept 6 TLH 627 Ezekiel 34:25-31 God calls us His own sheep, the people of His pasture! For as often as we displease Him with our sins, these are blessed words indeed!

Sept 7 WS 732 Luke 24:1-12 Christ prophesied that He would rise from the dead, and His Word did not fail. He is risen—still today!

Sept 8 WS 759, LSB 466; Luke 24:13-35 The risen Christ lived again to comfort the Emmaus disciples through the Word. He still lives to bring us comfort through the Word.

Sept 9 WS 765 Luke 24:36-49 Jesus gently invites us not to doubt the truth of His resurrection. Everything said about Him was fulfilled, and now the good news about it goes into all the world.

Sept 11 TLH 216 Luke 24:50-53 Because Jesus was received back into heaven, we can be sure that His atoning death for our sins was accepted once and for all. Why not praise God continually!

Sept 12 TLH 32 Revelation 2:1-7 These seven letters also speak to us in our own churches. In Ephesus, their loveless behavior needed correction, yet they had persevered for the name of Christ.

Sept 13 TLH 97, LSB 806; Revelation 2:8-11 We may not all be wealthy by the world’s standards, but we are all immensely rich because we are heirs of everlasting life in heaven.

Sept 14 TLH 427 Revelation 2:12-17 Pergamum (in modern day Turkey) was the center of emperor worship, and Antipas was the first martyr in Asia. May we remain faithful even if persecuted.

Sept 15 TLH 329 Revelation 2:18-29 The Christians were being seduced by sexual immorality, so Jesus urged them to repent, to continue in love and faith, and to remember their triumph at the end.

Sept 16 TLH 60 Revelation 3:1-6 The Lord will return, so we need to “stay awake” spiritually and watch for Him. In Him we are justified and given life (v. 5).

Sept 18 TLH 447, LSB 654; Revelation 3:7-13 Jesus reassures us that He is coming soon and He will help us endure to the end.

Sept 19 TLH 324 Revelation 3:14-22 In all these letters, Jesus never preaches the Law without the Gospel. Here, even the luke-warm are spurred on by the Good News of v. 21.

Sept 20 WS 749 1 Samuel 17:1-11 By this time Saul had lost His faith in the God of Israel. If the Spirit were not in our hearts, fear and despair would quickly overwhelm us, too. God, preserve our faith.

Sept 21 TLH 658 1 Samuel 17:12-32 What started out as a mission to deliver food became a mission to stand up for the name of the Lord, although David’s brother doubted his intentions.

Sept 22 TLH 499 1 Samuel 17:33-40 David witnesses to Saul that salvation comes from the Lord (v. 37). That is the heart of our witness too.

Sept 23 TLH 193 1 Samuel 17:41-58 It is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves—or even by doctors, medicines, technology, and so forth. Finally, it is by the cross and empty tomb of Jesus Christ.

Sept 25 TLH 532 2 Samuel 7:1-17 We make our plans, but there are times when God changes them—for the better. Just as He did here.

Sept 26TLH 592 Samuel 7:18-29Better than having the opportunity to build an earthly temple, David thanked God that his kingdom would have no end (a promise fulfilled in Christ Who rules forever.)

Sept 27 TLH 230 Psalm 119:73-80 God, Who created our bodies, also gives us spiritual understanding through His Word.

Sept 28 WS 738 Psalm 119:81-88 We see Christians persecuted, we face trouble ourselves, and yet the Lord’s trustworthy words will continue to give us hope.

Sept 29 TLH 639 Psalm 119:89-96 The Word of the Lord endures forever. It will always be there for us. It will never change. It will be our guide and comfort to the end.

Sept 30 TLH 294 Psalm 119:97-104 Oh, how we treasure God’s sweet Word because through it we gain understanding and learn of our Savior’s love for us!