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Many people speak, blog, and tweet about their spiritual
practice. They may hail movement or stillness, meditations
or mantras, knowing your own heart or serving others
as practices to help us know God and to sense God’s presence.
Folks also make a variety of assertions about which beliefs
demonstrate that...

Gracious God, may our study of your character help us to live lives that reflect you, strengthened in the knowledge that we abide with you through your grace. Amen.


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Lectionary Week
January 23–29, 2017
Scripture Overview

The four texts for this Sunday join in warning the people of God that they should not be confused or intimidated by appearances or by how the larger society values this or that. A faithful hearing and responsiveness to the God of the Bible may not fare so well or look so good in terms of the world’s standards of judgment. But what is required and blessed is a community ordered according to the covenantal commitments, shaped by God’s gracious promises, and attuned to what Paul called the “foolishness” and “weakness” of God.

Questions and Suggestions for Reflection

• Read Micah 6:1-8. When have you sensed God’s anguish over human injustice?
• Read Psalm 15. Where do you need to speak truth from the heart, do what is right, be without blame, or be reconciled?
• Read 1 Corinthians 1:18-31. How have my limited expecta- tions of how God works caused me to miss God’s action in my life or the lives of others?
• Read Matthew 5:1-12. Which of the Beatitudes do you feel most blessed by? Which best describes your life of faith?

Respond by posting a prayer.

Kateb

Discovery Weekend Changed Me and Our Church.

"Discovery Weekend changed me. I now have a better and stronger relationship with God because of it. Also, it has changed our church because people from all grades got closer together." (Discovery Weekend is an Upper Room spiritual formation experience for middle schoolers).