As a pastor—as a professional “person of faith”—I am keenly aware that I am expected to set a good example not only in my congregation but also for the people I encounter in my community. Though nobody has explicitly told me what that involves, I interpret it as the need...

God, thank you for the example of Abraham, who believed the promises you made to him even when they looked impossible to fulfill. Help me to believe in you too, and help my life to reflect my belief to everyone I meet. Amen.


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Lectionary Week
February 19–25, 2024
Scripture Overview

We cannot earn God’s love. Going back to the time of Abraham, God’s blessing has been based on faith. God chose Abraham for a covenant not because Abraham was perfect but because he believed God. The psalmist reminds his audience of their ancient relationship with God and expresses the hope that it will continue through future generations. In Romans, Paul reinforces the centrality of faith. Following the law was not bad, but no one should believe that following the law could earn God’s favor. Some of Jesus’ disciples share with him an experience that mystifies them. Trusting God means surrendering everything in faith.

Questions and Suggestions for Reflection

Read Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16. What is the basis of your relationship with God? How comfortable do you feel in it?
Read Psalm 22:23-31. Where do you find hope in troubling times?
Read Romans 4:13-25. How easily do you live in God’s grace? In what areas do you find yourself “reckoning” your righteousness?
Read Mark 9:2-9. When have you found it difficult to believe in things you may not fully understand? What helps you to trust in God?

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