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“BREAD OF LIFE” READINGS JANUARY 2021

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

Date Hymns Reading Comments
Jan 1 TLH 114 (LSB 900) John 1:1-5 Jesus is described as both life and light. Think about how these descriptions are so fitting.
Jan 3 TLH 76 (LSB 383) John 1:6-13 Jesus enlightens us and makes us His own. We do not enlighten ourselves. Left to ourselves,
we would reject Him.
Jan 4 TLH 85 (LSB 358) John 1:14 In one verse we have the most profound mystery—Jesus is both human and divine in the
same person. On top of that, grace and truth come from Him!
Jan 5 TLH 86 (LSB 381) Matthew 1:1-25 We end the twelve days of Christmas with a recital of Jesus’ ancestry and a review of the birth
of Him who is called “God with us.”
Jan 6 TLH 128 (LSB 400) Matthew 2:1-12 In this, the traditional Gospel lesson for Epiphany Day, we learn that Jesus is for everyone. We
too can go to Him and worship.
Jan 7 TLH 129 (LSB 409) Jonah 1:1-17 Jonah wasn’t getting into the Epiphany spirit when he decided he didn’t want to preach to
Ninevah. He would have to learn that God wants all to be saved.
Jan 8 TLH 510 Jonah 2:1-10 Jonah repented of his sin and trusted the Lord to “bring him out of the pit.” Then he
acknowledged that “salvation is from the Lord.” Now he had caught on to Epiphany!
Jan 10 TLH 503 Jonah 3:1-10 Ninevah was saved by trusting the Lord’s mercy. Trusting the the Lord’s mercy is never a bad
idea, is it?
Jan 11 TLH 126 (LSB 396) Jonah 4:1-11 Jonah loses sight of that great Epiphany theme again! He wants people saved— just maybe
not Ninevah.
Jan 12 TLH 116; LSB 407 Luke 3:15-18, 21-22 John preached that Jesus was the Son of God. At Jesus’ baptism, the Father and the Spirit
made that plain too.
Jan 13 TLH 68 (LSB 331) Luke 4:14-21 Jesus revealed that He was the one who had been foretold by the prophets. He was the Son
of God, chosen to bring forgiveness and peace to those burdened by sin.
Jan 14 TLH 509 Luke 5:1-11 If Jesus could give His disciples such success fishing for fish, He can certainly bless our fishing
for people! He can and He does.
Jan 15 TLH 535 (LSB 737) 2 Kings 7:3-20 Who can doubt the Lord! Some couldn’t believe that the enemy Arameans would just up and
walk away, but those who had trusted the Lord’s Word could believe it.
Jan 17 TLH 532 2 Kings 8:1-6 With God there are no coincidences. The woman who left when the Lord’s Word indicated
famine returned home and went to the king just as he “happened” to be learning about her.
Jan 18 TLH 414 (LSB 705) 2 Kings 8:7-15 God revealed to Elisha things that would come to pass—both good and bad. Elisha wept at the bad—as do we who know that dark days are ahead for the wicked.
Jan 19 TLH 134 (LSB 394) Luke 5:12-16 Jesus was very busy and was willing to heal the crowds of sick, but since He came first to give spiritual help, He needed to recharge His spiritual batteries sometimes, too (v. 16).
Jan 20 TLH 372 (LSB 746) Luke 5:17-26 Jesus has power to heal us and that’s great; but even better, He has shown us that He has the
authority to forgive us, our sins!
Jan 21 TLH 387 (LSB 556) Luke 5:27-39 The “new” Gospel of free forgiveness apart from works required a new way of thinking. You
couldn’t fit the old way of the Pharisees into Jesus’ new system.
Jan 22 TLH 612 2 Kings 9:1-13 King Ahab’s unbelief and wickedness called for judgment. The Lord prepared to end
Ahab’s family line as He had declared (see 1 Kings 21:21-22).
Jan 24 TLH 601 2 Kings 9:29-37 “Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, Nor sinners in the assembly of the
righteous. For the Lord knows the way of the righteous, But the way of the wicked will perish.”
(Psalms 1:5-6 NASB)
Jan 25 TLH 538 Micah 1:1-9 Micah prophesied that both Israel and Judah would suffer for their idolatry. What alone can
heal such sin? The blood of Jesus Christ our Lord—the blood that covers our own idolatry.
Jan 26 TLH 541 (LSB 876) Micah 2:7-13 The Lord gave time for repentance, but the people would not, so they would face destruction.
Help was on the way for Judah, though. One day the “king” would pass on before them,
Jesus Christ.
Jan 27 WS 791; LSB 408 John 2:1-12 We’re still in the Epiphany season and in this classic Epiphany text Jesus “revealed His glory.”
He is the glorious Son of God, and for that reason you can trust Him as the disciples did!
Jan 28 TLH 133 (LSB 410) John 2:13-25 Nothing mattered more to Jesus than His Father’s house and His Father’s business. At the heart
of His Father’s business was the Son’s death and resurrection.
Jan 29 WS 753 John 3:1-15 The Son of Man will be lifted up (on the cross) for all people, but to receive the benefits of that
death one needs to be “born again,” that is, brought to faith in Christ.
Jan 31 TLH 285 Micah 3:5-12 The false prophets in Judah said only what they were paid to say and they misled the people
with false hope. How important it is for us always to stand on the true Words of God!

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