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Year A Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost Bottom Line Meditations

OLD TESTAMENT: Exodus 32:1-14 Literal Religion: Turns aside from following God’s commandments. Read this scripture literally for its religious meaning. “They have been quick to turn aside from the way that I commanded them.” Spiritual Grace: Turns aside from spiritually being in God’s Presence. Now quietly move into God's Presence and read this scripture again. “They have been quick to turn aside from the way that I commanded them.” Did you feel the Grace?  Read more


Year A Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

A landowner leased his land to tenants. The harvest time came. He sent servants to collect his produce. The tenants refused to pay their tithes. He sent his son. The tenants killed him. What will the owner do to those tenants? The literal parable would say with the religious leaders that he will put them to death and lease the vineyard to tenants who will give him the produce at the harvest time. The grace translation would compare and contrast the differences between a stone that is rejected and one that is the cornerstone.  Read more


Year A Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost Bottom Line Meditations

OLD TESTAMENT: Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20 Literal Religion: Worshipping physical idols is spiritual. Read this scripture literally for its religious meaning. “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; you shall have no other gods before me.” Spiritual Grace: Worshipping spiritual idols is physical. Now quietly move into God's Presence and read this scripture again. “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; you shall have no other gods before me.” Did you feel the Grace?  Read more


Year A Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

This story starts with Jesus being challenged to state the authority that gives Him the right to cleanse the Temple. He will give them the answer if they will answer His question: Did they believe John the Baptist’s authority was human or Godly. They refuse to answer for fear of the crowd. He will not answer them either. He then goes on to give them the answer. He tells them this story. “What do you think? A man had two sons. He said to one, ‘Go and work in the vineyard today.’ The son said, ‘I will not.’ But later, he changed his mind and went. The second son said. ‘I will go.’ But he did not go. Which of the two did the will of his father?”  Read more


Year A Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost Bottom Line Meditations

OLD TESTAMENT: Exodus 17:1-7 Literal Religion: Sees the historical past. Read this scripture literally for its religious meaning. “Strike the rock, and water will come out of it, so that the people may drink.” Spiritual Grace: Sees both the historical past and the spiritual present. (I Corinthians 10:4 they drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ.) Now quietly move into God's Presence and read this scripture again. “Strike the rock, and water will come out of it, so that the people may drink.” Did you feel the Grace?  Read more


Year A Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Read this scripture gracefully. It starts out, “the Kingdom of Heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning.” It is about the landowner, not the workers. It is about God and His Grace. Physically it may not seem to be fair. Spiritually grace is not “fair”. This is the way salvation is. The same wage is given unconditionally and inclusively to all.  Read more


Year A Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost Bottom Line Meditations

OLD TESTAMENT: Exodus 16:2-15 Literal Religion: Understands “manna” as “physical”. Read this scripture literally for its religious meaning. “When the Israelites saw it, they said to one another, ‘What is it?’ for they did not know what it was.” Spiritual Grace: Understands that Jesus told them what it is: His Spirit. Now quietly move into God's Presence and read this scripture again. “When the Israelites saw it, they said to one another, ‘What is it?’ for they did not know what it was.” Did you feel the Grace?  Read more


Year A Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

After Peter’s confession Jesus began to show his disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, undergo great suffering, be crucified, and on the third day be raised. Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, "God forbid it, Lord! This must never happen to you." Jesus turned to Peter, "Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to Me, for you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things."  Read more


Year A Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost Bottom Line Meditations

OLD TESTAMENT: Exodus 14:19-31 Literal Religion: Belief is based on what God has done in the world. Read this scripture literally for its religious meaning. “Israel saw the great work that the LORD did so the people feared the LORD and believed in the LORD.” Spiritual Grace: Belief is based on who God is within us. Now quietly move into God's Presence and read this scripture again. “Israel saw the great work that the LORD did so the people feared the LORD and believed in the LORD.” Did you feel the Grace?  Read more


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