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Year A Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost Bottom Line Meditations

OLD TESTAMENT: Ezekial 34:11-16, 20-24 Literal Religion: God searches for us physically. Read this scripture literally for its religious meaning. “For thus says the Lord GOD: I myself will search for my sheep, and will seek them out.” Spiritual Grace: God searches spiritually for us. Now quietly move into God's Presence and read this scripture again. “For thus says the Lord GOD: I myself will search for my sheep, and will spiritually seek them out.” Did you feel the Grace?  Read more


Year A Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost Bottom Line Meditations

OLD TESTAMENT: Judges 4:1-7 Literal Religion: Depends on their rational knowledge to judge. Read this scripture literally for its religious meaning. “At that time Deborah, a prophetess, wife of Lappidoth, was judging Israel.” Spiritual Grace: Depends on God’s spiritual Wisdom to judge. Now quietly move into God's Presence and read this scripture again. “At that time Deborah, a prophetess, wife of Lappidoth, was spiritually judging Israel.” Did you feel the Grace?  Read more


Year A Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost Bottom Line Meditations

OLD TESTAMENT: Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25 Literal Religion: Chooses to serve the Lord rationally. Read this scripture literally for its religious meaning. “Choose this day who you will serve. As for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.” Spiritual Grace: Chooses to serve the Lord spiritually. Now quietly move into God's Presence and read this scripture again. “Choose this day who you will serve. As for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.” Did you feel the Grace?  Read more


Year A Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost Bottom Line Meditations

OLD TESTAMENT: Joshua 3:7-17 Literal Religion: The Lord exalts physically. Read this scripture literally for its religious meaning. “The LORD said to Joshua, ‘This day I will begin to exalt you spiritually in the sight of all Israel’” Spiritual Grace:The Lord exalts spiritually. Now quietly move into God's Presence and read this scripture again. “The LORD said to Joshua, ‘This day I will begin to exalt you spiritually in the sight of all Israel’” Did you feel the Grace?  Read more


Year A Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost Bottom Line Meditations

OLD TESTAMENT: Deuteronomy 34:1-12 Literal Religion: Follows orders because they are told to do so. Read this scripture literally for its religious meaning. “The Israelites obeyed him [Joshua], doing as the LORD had commanded Moses.” Spiritual Grace: Follows orders because they are spiritually in His Presence. Now quietly move into God's Presence and read this scripture again. “The Israelites obeyed him [Joshua], doing as the LORD had commanded Moses.” Did you feel the Grace?  Read more


Year A Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost Bottom Line Meditations

OLD TESTAMENT: Exodus 33:12-23 Literal Religion: God’s Presence gives rest by knowing what He has done physically. Read this scripture literally for its religious meaning. “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Spiritual Grace: God’s Presence gives rest by knowing what He is doing spiritually. Now quietly move into God's Presence and read this scripture again. “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Did you feel the Grace?  Read more


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 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 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 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


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