Self-esteem is a hot topic. Some have too much of it, thinking more of themselves than they should, which leads to a prideful attitude. But others do not have enough self-esteem. Depression can follow . . . even suicide. Low self-esteem affects relationships, employment, and finances.

Paul tells us not...

Holy God, thank you for who I am in a relationship with you. Amen.


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Lectionary Week
August 21–27, 2023
Scripture Overview

Exodus now introduces a painful turn in the story of God’s people. The Israelites are forced into slavery; yet amid this dark time, a baby boy, Moses, is born. God has already begun the story of their deliverance. The psalmist recognizes that the Israelites would be overwhelmed and swept away without the help of the Maker of heaven and earth. Paul gives the Romans two specific instructions: First, they should be changed so that they follow God’s ways, not the world’s. Second, they must understand that they all need one another. Each child of God has a part to play in the overall body of Christ. In a famous passage in Matthew, Peter makes the basic Christian confession: Jesus is the Messiah, the Christ, the Son of God.

Questions and Suggestions for Reflection

Read Exodus 1:8–2:10. How can you serve in a priestly role?
Read Psalm 124. Reflect on the many ways God has blessed you and your community. Consider writing your own song of ascent.
Read Romans 12:1-8. What part of yourself are you holding back from God? How can you bring your whole self to your faith?
Read Matthew 16:13-20. Why is it important to fully understand Christ’s identity before witnessing to Christ’s mission?

Respond by posting a prayer.