A Riddle for a King

Ezekiel 17

Our Old Testament and New Testament lessons for today are parables. The parables in our Gospel lesson concern the growth of the kingdom of God. The Old Testament parable might have left you scratching your heads. It’s from an unfamiliar book and the context is missing, so let’s take a few minutes to place it in context and make the meaning plain. 

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Why Did Jesus Send the Spirit?

John 16:8-11

When you read through any of the Gospels in the Bible, it’s pretty apparent that sometimes Jesus’ disciples could be pretty clueless. From the parables to his relationship with the Father, to the purpose of his ministry, to their future role in his kingdom, there was much that they did not understand. On the night he was betrayed, Jesus told them all that was about to change.

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Jesus Reigns for Us

Ephesians 1:15-22, Ascension

St. Paul’s epistle to the Ephesians begins with praise for God and the marvelous purpose and grace which had been working in the lives of his readers. In this lesson he goes on to share with them the content of his prayers for them. He prays for three things: for their eyes to be opened to what God is doing, for the wisdom to understand it’s significance, and that through this that God would reveal to the them his great power and love for them.

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