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“BREAD OF LIFE” READINGS DECEMBER 2020

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TLH = The Lutheran Hymnal, 1941; WS = Worship Supplement 2000; LSB = Lutheran Service Book, 2006

Date Hymns Reading Comments
Dec 1 TLH 75 (LSB 354) 1 Kings 21:1-29 “There was never anyone like Ahab, who sold himself to do evil in the eyes of the Lord. . . .” Yet when he humbled himself before the Lord, the Lord held off on His immediate judgment. What
mercy! You too will find that He is merciful.
Dec 2 TLH 289 1 Kings 22:1-28 Four hundred false prophets vs. one true prophet. Whose word do you think will be right? Remember that just because “everyone” says it, that doesn’t make it true. Only God’s Word is always
true.
Dec 3 TLH 61 (LSB 347) 1 Kings 22:29-44 Micaiah was right because his word was from the Lord. Ahab was killed while faithful Jehoshaphat became king in Judah.
Dec 4 TLH 645 (LSB 359) Revelation 14:1-5 After pictures of troubles comes a glorious vision of triumph! The believers, blameless and cleansed through Christ, will join Him in glory singing praises that only Spirit-filled hearts can sing! (144,000 symbolizes totality.)
Dec 5 TLH 609 (LSB 516) Revelation 14:6-13 When Judgment Day comes, those who have died in the Lord will never be tormented by any punishment or trials, but they will find rest for their souls forever.
Dec 7 TLH 56 (LSB 353) Revelation 14:14-20 Sometimes it can seem to us as if wickedness will last forever, but a reckoning for all wickedness and evil is coming. Jesus will judge the earth, and righteousness will win out.
Dec 8 TLH 275 Amos 8:1-12 The people of Israel demonstrated their unbelief by their dishonesty and by taking unfair advantage of the poor. For their unbelief, the Lord would take even His Word away from them.
Dec 9 TLH 72 (LSB 515) Amos 9:5-15 “Yet I will not totally destroy the house of Jacob,” the Lord said. Why not? Because a Savior was still to come from Jacob’s line. A remnant of believers would remain. After chapters of judgment, Amos closes with hope and forgiveness.
Dec 10 WS 702 Revelation 15:1-8 The Lord God Almighty is holy and righteous. He is greater than all, and none of His enemies can win the victory over Him. Eventually, they will all recognize this. Our God is “King of the ages.”
Dec 11 TLH 57 (LSB 335) Revelation 16:1-21 This is a vision of the Lord’s victory over the Antichrist and his people, those who kill the prophets, all who refuse to repent, the false prophets, and those who side with demons. They are all defeated!
Dec 12 TLH 93; LSB 355 2 Kings 1:1-18 We just can’t turn to other gods and other religions and expect good results. Ahaziah found that out the hard way. The Lord alone is our fortress. He alone is our help in time of need.
Dec 14 TLH 272 (LSB 346) 2 Kings 2:1-18 Elijah was taken away, but God replaced him with another prophet—a prophet who had the same authority and power that Elijah had.
Dec 15 TLH 285 2 Kings 3:1-25 Haven’t we seen this movie before? Once again Jehoshaphat of Judah seeks out the Lord when facing battle. Once again the word of the Lord’s prophet is proved right, for God’s Word never fails.
Dec 16 TLH 62 (LSB 357) Revelation 17:3-14 Babylon was noteworthy for its sinful luxuries and moral corruption. Here, Babylon the Prostitute represents the center of opposition to God. Historically, Rome and the Roman Church have been the center of opposition to the Gospel.
Dec 17 TLH 73 (LSB 340) Revelation 18:1-20 The kingdom of Babylon will be thrown down. The pomp and power of Rome and the church of Antichrist was dealt a blow with the Reformation 500 years ago and in the end will fall for good.
Dec 18 TLH 83; LSB 365 2 Kings 4:1-7 “Ask all your neighbors for empty jars. Don’t ask for just a few.” That is, “Trust that God can do great things.” After all, He sent His only Son to be born a humble infant. How great is that!
Dec 19 TLH 58 (WS 704) 2 Kings 5:1-19 God’s Word is powerful. “Wash and be cleansed!” the Word said—and Naaman was. “Go in peace,” the Word says to you—and you do, with sins forgiven.
Dec 21 TLH 102 (WS 708) Obadiah 1:1-21 Edom (Esau’s descendants) were enemies of Judah (Jacob’s descendants). The Lord promised that Edom would fall and Judah would return from exile in Babylon to Jerusalem—in plenty of time for
Jesus to be born near there.
Dec 22 TLH 71 2 Kings 6:1-7 The lost axhead was a crisis for the prophet who was trying to help build the prophets’ new meeting place. With a miracle we are then reminded how the Lord is concerned for and cares for those who trust in Him.
Dec 23 TLH 77 (LSB 360) Revelation 19:1-5 Hallelujah! The Lord God reigns, and His enemies are overcome forever!
Dec 24 TLH 67 (LSB 514) Revelation 19:6-10 Hallelujah! From cradle to cross to crown Jesus is our Savior. We will join the wedding supper of the Lamb, for all our sins have been washed away.
Dec 25 WS 707 (LSB 377) Psalm 98 God has remembered us! His own Son has become one of us—to live and die as one of us; to raise us from death to life. Joy to the world, the Lord is come!
Dec 26 TLH 88; LSB 366 Revelation 19:11-20:6 On this day the church remembers the martyr Stephen (Acts 7). Those who fight against the children of God will be judged by our Lord Jesus Christ. The righteous reign with Him.
Dec 28 WS 709 (LSB 392) Revelation 20:7-13 Satan is doomed, but our names are written in the book of life. Thanks be to God!
Dec 29 WS 710 (LSB 376) Revelation 21:1-8 At the judgment, the redeemed in Christ will enjoy an everlasting life of glory without sorrow or
pain, separated from all evil and evildoers.
Dec 30 WS 794 (LSB 673) Revelation 21:9-27 Heaven is symbolized here by Jerusalem, the Holy City. The new earth and sky will be the most beautiful place we can imagine, a perfect world with no sin and none of sin’s effects.
Dec 31 WS 800 (LSB 922) Revelation 22:1-21 When will our Lord come again? When will all this glory and beauty be ours? “Behold, I am coming quickly!” He says. Come, O Root and Offspring of David! Come, O bright Morning Star!

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