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“BREAD OF LIFE” READINGS SEPTEMBER 2020

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

Date Hymns Reading Comments
Sep 1 TLH 578 Acts 22:22-29 Paul’s Roman citizenship was a blessing to him and helped him advance the Gospel. Does God use your citizenship to do the same?
Sep 2 TLH 350 Hosea 1:1-2:1 Hosea’s wife was an illustration of the nation of Israel which committed “blatant acts of promiscuity by abandoning the Lord.” Yet God’s compassion had not departed entirely (v. 7).
Sep 3 TLH 277 (LSB 699) Hosea 2:2-13 Forgetfulness was the way of Israel. She did not remember nor call to mind Who had blessed her in the past. The people only looked for the next “new” thing.
Sep 4 TLH 282 Hosea 2:14-23 Even though Israel was unfaithful to the Lord, He was always ready to love her, turn her from her sin, and take her as His own.
Sep 5 TLH 464 (LSB 649) 3 John 1:1-15 This brief letter from Paul to a friend teaches us to welcome and love our fellow believers and reminds us of the joy we have whenever we see them walking in the truth.
Sep 7 TLH 525 Hosea 3:1-5 Again using Hosea’s life as an illustration, God shows how He will remain faithful even though His people Israel will depart from Him. He will give them opportunity to return to Him.
Sep 8 TLH 486 Hosea 4:1-11 The people were wicked and unbelieving, but the priests had played a role in leading them into it. Pray for your pastors that they would guide you faithfully.
Sep 9 TLH 288 (LSB 865) Hosea 4:12-5:4 The Lord did not want Israel’s waywardness to rub off on Judah. Watch yourselves carefully, too that your sin does not lead others away from Christ.
Sep 10 TLH 65; LSB 336 Revelation 1:1-8 Jesus has set us free from our sins by His death! Now He lives and will come again with glory!
Sep 11 WS 720 (LSB 413) Revelation 1:9-20 John’s vision revealed Jesus as living and glorious— with dazzling purity, a powerful Word, and eyes that see all things.
Sep 12 TLH 321 Hosea 5:5-15 Israel and Judah would totter into both arrogance and unbelief, following after other gods. But the Lord would wait until their troubles drove them to seek Him and find hope in Him.
Sep 14 TLH 8 Hosea 6:1-7:2 “What am I going to do with you?” God said. He would heal sin-sick souls with His forgiveness, but for those who hardened their hearts, their wickedness would be revealed and judged.
Sep 15 TLH 607 Hosea 7:3-16 Israel burned with the heat of wickedness against God, but they were spiritually blind and too simple-minded to see their impending destruction. When they cried out, it was not to the One Who could help.
Sep 16 TLH 239 (LSB 905) Revelation 2:1-7 In all the letters to the churches it is impossible to miss Jesus’ care and concern for them.
Sep 17 TLH 521 (LSB 760) Revelation 2:8-11 Suffering, affliction, and poverty— these things are only for a time. Keep your eyes focused on the end where there is salvation, glory, and life forever with Jesus.
Sep 18 TLH 419 Hosea 8:1-14 The nation of Israel would be scattered on account of its idolatry. The Lord was willing to receive them back to Himself, but they continually ignored His calls and worshiped silver and gold.
Sep 19 TLH 332 Hosea 9:1-16 A sad end would come to the northern kingdom of Israel. This is what sin does. It destroys and ruins everything. Look to your Savior for safety and healing from sin; and turn away from evil!
Sep 21 TLH 571 Hosea 9:17-10:15 The more success Israel had as a nation, the more they relied on themselves and turned from God. It is no different today. Many turn from God when times are good, thinking they don’t need Him.
Sep 22 TLH 312 (LSB 625) Revelation 2:12-17 The church in Pergamum had held to the Lord but was tempted by sexual immorality. Jesus urged them to repentance and held the Gospel before them: To those who conquer there awaits a heavenly feast.
Sep 23 TLH 447 (LSB 664) Revelation 2:18-29 The church needed to separate itself from the false prophetess Jezebel, for those who followed her would come under certain and severe judgment. Repent and believe, for the believers will
rule with Christ!
Sep 24 TLH 244 (LSB 506) Hosea 11:1-11 Here we see God’s beautiful and loving heart, a heart that does not want any soul to be lost. It’s a window into the heart of Jesus too. “How can I give you up?” Christ says to you. Think of that.
Sep 25 TLH 435 Hosea 11:12-12:14 Jacob once wrestled for God’s blessings, but his descendants had lost the desire to cling to the Lord. Yet God still invited them to hold onto Him and put their hope in Him.
Sep 26 TLH 14 (LSB 791) Hosea 13:1-16 It’s striking that in these chapters of warning and judgment against Israel the Gospel is still woven throughout. Here it’s in verses 4, 5, and 14. Always God provides promises capable of bringing
back the erring and encouraging the faithful.
Sep 28 WS 754 Revelation 3:1-6 Here is a church that had become spiritually dead. They went through the motions, but did not give real evidence of their faith in their lives. They needed to wake up and be alert to the Gospel again.
Sep 29 WS 773 Revelation 3:7-13 Two encouraging promises here for a church that kept Jesus’ word: unbelievers would come to faith through their ministry and the Lord would bring them through tribulation.
Sep 30 TLH 362 Hosea 14:1-9 The book of Hosea ends with a rich Gospel message: repent and turn to the Lord for healing. There was still time for Israel to find forgiveness in Him and to rejoice in His mercy. There is still time for us too!