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This passage begins with some pretty good news, doesn’t it? Verses 1 and 2 promise that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has freed us from the law of sin and death. God calls us...

Lord, remind us that when you are with us, our esh and our spirit is strong. Amen.


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Lectionary Week
July 10–16, 2017
Scripture Overview

Genesis 25 marks the beginning of the narrative of Jacob’s life. The theme that stands out in starkest relief is the election of Jacob to be the heir to the promise—Jacob, who has no claim to be the heir except that which the grace of God bestows. Psalm 25 re ects a general sense of alienation. Yet the psalmist expresses con dence in following God’s paths and truths. Paul sets out two polarities in Romans 8: those who “live according to the flesh and those who “live according to the Spirit,” a cosmic duality related to the rule of sin and the rule of God. The parable of the sower and the seeds in Matthew 13 is an object lesson in the mysterious grace of God.

Questions and Suggestions for Reflection

• Read Genesis 25:19-34. When in your life have you experienced favoritism from a parent, friend, coworker, or boss that created division?
• Read Psalm 119:105-112. The psalmist promises to follow God’s law every day in every aspect of his life—despite his circumstances. When did you last renew and affirm your commitment to God through daily obedience?
• Read Romans 8:1-11. How have you attempted to fill the “God-shaped” hole in your life?
• Read Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23. What kind of soil are you? How bountiful a harvest do you produce for God?

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For kids who love God . . .

Dear Ms. Gilliam, 

I am writing to let you know how much I enjoy reading Pockets. I especially like that it is for kids who love God. My favorite part is that it teaches kids about God. I have shared some of my magazines with my friends. I hope Pockets will be published for many more years. I am home-schooled and enjoy Pockets during my activity time.

Sincerely yours,

Abbey

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