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“BREAD OF LIFE” READINGS august 2020

Written by | August, 2020
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TLH = The Lutheran Hymnal, 1941; WS = Worship Supplement 2000; LSB = Lutheran Service Book, 2006

Date Hymns Reading Comments
Aug 1 WS 795 Daniel 12:1-13 What comfort we have in the promise of our resurrections! “You will rest, and then at the end of days you will rise to receive your allotted inheritance.”
Aug 3 TLH 508 Acts 16:6-15 The Holy Spirit takes an active role in the spreading of the Gospel.
Aug 4 TLH 382 2 Samuel 20:1-13 Although Joab was loyal to King David, he was also ruthless and vindictive toward his enemies (or those he perceived as his enemies), as seen here in the murder of Amasa. David would not forget.
Aug 5 TLH 359 (LSB 873) 2 Samuel 20:14-26 Again Joab went too far and planned to destroy a whole city to take one man. He was finally stopped by a wise woman’s counsel. Do we ever go too far under the guise of “righteousness”?
Aug 6 TLH 392; LSB 712 2 Samuel 22:1-20 How could David say God “delighted” in him? The same way we can: on account of Jesus Christ and His rescue of us from our sins.
Aug 7 TLH 391 Acts 16:16-34 The jailer was “filled with joy” that he and his family had come to faith in Christ. That’s what the Gospel does! It gives us joy!
Aug 8 TLH 394 (LSB 702) 2 Samuel 22:21-37 David showed he had faith in God by walking in His ways, and God helped him as He helps all His faithful children.
Aug 10 WS 746 (LSB 504) 2 Samuel 22:38-51 It was the Lord who gave David his victories, using them to accomplish His purposes. David knew too that the victories were not his, but the Lord’s. Isn’t it the same with our victories too?
Aug 11 TLH 13; LSB 738 2 Samuel 23:1-7 David’s last words acknowledge that God is the author of the Bible and that God’s Gospel promises to us are everlasting and certain.
Aug 12 WS 771 (LSB 833) Acts 17:1-15 Like a sower scattering his seed, Paul kept spreading the Gospel whether his audiences received it or not.
Aug 13 TLH 308; LSB 620 2 Samuel 24:1-10 David’s last words were admirable, but some of his last works were not. With sinful pride he ordered a review of his army’s strength (even Joab questioned it). In faith, however, he repented and sought the Lord.
Aug 14 WS 782 (LSB 726) 2 Samuel 24:11-17 David wisely allowed the Lord to manage the consequences of his sin, thus resting his hope on the Lord’s mercy—a good place to rest our hope too.
Aug 15 TLH 438 2 Samuel 24:18-25 David insisted on giving to the Lord from his own wealth rather than offering someone else’s donation on his behalf. Doesn’t that just seem like the way an offering to the Lord should be?
Aug 17 TLH 193 (LSB 469) Acts 17:16-34 Some consider the resurrection of Jesus an impossibility, but for us it is the foundation of our faith and the basis of all of our teaching.
Aug 18 TLH 514 (LSB 765) 1 Kings 1:5-27 As David neared death, another struggle for his throne erupted. The Lord used His prophet Nathan to ensure that Solomon would reign in David’s place rather than Adonijah.
Aug 19 WS 701 (LSB 343) 1 Kings 1:28-40 One Christian writer remarked, “The anointing of Solomon is a type of the anointing of that greater Son of David, Jesus Christ, whom the Lord has set as His King on His holy hill Zion.”
Aug 20 TLH 232; LSB 501 Acts 18:19-28 After Priscilla and Aquila gave some supplementary training to Apollos, he went out to do important work in Achaia, preaching from the Scriptures that Jesus was the Christ.
Aug 21 TLH 18; LSB 337 1 Kings 2:13-46 Adonijah, Joab, and Shimei were put to death for their evil deeds against the Lord’s chosen kings, and Solomon’s rule was firmly established.
Aug 22 TLH 358 1 Kings 3:1-15 What is greater than wealth? We learn here that wisdom is a higher treasure. Of great importance too is to note that Solomon’s wisdom was from the Lord, not from himself.
Aug 24 TLH 513 Acts 20:1-3 The Gospel is a message of encouragement.
Aug 25 TLH 38 (LSB 794) 1 Kings 4:20-34 The Lord brought peace and prosperity to both king and people during Solomon’s reign. This gave the Israelites an opportunity to direct their hearts toward God and delight His mercy.
Aug 26 TLH 580 1 Kings 5:1-18 We see an example of Solomon’s wisdom in action when he promoted peaceful relations with Israel’s neighbors. At the same time he would build the Lord’s temple. What a fine king!
Aug 27 TLH 99 Acts 22:1-21 Paul showed that he wasn’t a troublemaker out to destroy the religion of the Jews, but by the Lord’s grace he had come to understand that Christ was the fulfillment of everything their Scriptures taught.
Aug 28 TLH 639 1 Kings 6:1-38 While our church buildings are not as extravagant as Solomon’s, there is something to be said for putting our best efforts into our houses of worship. Don’t we love the place where His glory dwells?
Aug 29 TLH 1 (LSB 901) 1 Kings 8:1-21 Solomon dedicated the temple by praising the Lord’s leadership, His choices, and His faithfulness to His promises.
Aug 31 TLH 466 (LSB 909) 1 Kings 8:22-61 Solomon’s beautiful prayer can be summarized like this: “Oh Lord, keep on being our Lord!”