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“BREAD OF LIFE” READINGS March 2018

Written by | March, 2018
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TLH = The Lutheran Hymnal, 1941; WS = Worship Supplement 2000; LSB = Lutheran Service Book, 2006

Date Verse Reading Comments

Mar 1 TLH 29 Isaiah 45:1-13 Judah would go into exile, but God had already planned for their release and chosen the man (Cyrus) who would bring it about.

Mar 2 TLH 609/LSB 337; Matthew 25:1-13 In repentance and faith we stand ready for Jesus’ return.

Mar 3 TLH 390 1 Corinthians 1:18-31 Who would have thought the cross could save, but it did! Who would have thought lowly sinners like us could be saved, but we are!

Mar 5 TLH 395/LSB 690; Genesis 39:1-10 Joseph recognized God’s loving care for him, and he was not willing to sin against the One who so loved him (v. 9).

Mar 6 WS 745 Ruth 1:1-16 It wasn’t for family ties alone that Ruth wanted to stay with her mother-in-law. Israel’s God had also won her heart (v. 16).

Mar 7 TLH 456 Psalm 28 We call on the Lord for help—and at the same time recognize that He has heard our cries for mercy.

Mar 8WS 734Job 19:13-27Job’s closest friends scorned him on account of his troubles, but his confidence was in the resurrection of the dead.

Mar 9 TLH 153 Isaiah 52:7-15 God comforts and protects His redeemed, for they are cleansed by His suffering Servant Jesus.

Mar 10 WS 722 Matthew 27:45-61 Jesus suffered for our crimes against God. We are set free!

Mar 12 TLH 354 1 Corinthians 3:5-19 Christ and His cross are the foundation upon which all our preaching and teaching rest.

Mar 13TLH 391 Samuel 2:1-10Hannah’s prayer is similar in ways to Mary’s (Lk 1:46-55). Both praise God for mercifully raising up the weak and lowly.

Mar 14 TLH 535 Psalm 30 The Lord brings us through our trials and turns our tears into gladness.

Mar 15 TLH 527 Job 21:7-16 “If our troubles are punishment for our sins, then why are other wicked people so prosperous?” Job asks. Trials are to train and strengthen us.

Mar 16 TLH 152 Isaiah 57:14-19 Are you frustrated and troubled by your sins? Then the Lord has words of comfort especially for you!

Mar 17 TLH 328 Mark 1:1-8 John preached what every faithful preacher preaches: repentance for the remission of sins. If this is what you hear at your church, God be praised!

Mar 19 TLH 144/LSB 847; 1 Corinthians 6:12-20 Have you heard people say, “It’s my body, so I can do what I want with it”? Here is the surprise answer from God: It’s not your body. It’s His.

Mar 20 TLH 534 Genesis 45:1-10 God makes even the bad times work for good in the lives of His children.

Mar 21 TLH 151/LSB 542; Psalm 34 The Lord uplifts those who are crushed and afflicted. No one is condemned who  takes refuge in Him.

Mar 22 TLH 159 Isaiah 63:7-14 Although we have not been faithful, the Lord recalls us and guides us as He did for His people of old.

Mar 23 TLH 510 Mark 4:26-32 We may not always think that our Gospel preaching is working, but the Spirit works even without our realizing it.

Mar 24 TLH 155 1 Corinthians 8:1-13 Always be on the lookout for others, being careful that your actions (even if not sinful in themselves) don’t lead them into sin.

Mar 26 TLH 613/LSB 529; Genesis 49:29-50:9 When he died, Jacob wanted his body returned to Canaan, the Promised Land, At the resurrection, our bodies will enter a Promised Land, too!

Mar 27 TLH 34 1 Samuel 12:6-22 When the people acknowledged their sin, Samuel said, “Do not be afraid.” Neither do we have to be afraid when we acknowledge ours. Our Savior has covered it.

Mar 28 WS 721/LSB 550; Psalm 38 In the hour that our guilt overwhelms us, the Lord does not rebuke us. He rebuked His own dear Son instead, remember?

Mar 29 TLH 164/LSB 445; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 We proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes again.

Mar 30 TLH 388/LSB 454; Mark 5:35-43 Christ, though He died, was not to remain in the grave—and neither are we.

Mar 31 WS 723 Jeremiah 3:11-18 The Lord always desires that the sinner turn to Him and trust in His merciful forgiveness.