ISSL Reflections June 16 2024 Romans 15:1–13 Post 2

IV.Let’s take a moment to consider the first sentence of this passage. “We who are strong ought to put up with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves.” What evidence does Paul offer for that? V.Romans 15:1-13 … Continue reading

ISSL Reflections July 2 2023 Zechariah 9:9–13, 16–17 Post 2

IV.The prophet uses the image of “prisoners” several times. Notice what he tells us about these “prisoners.” V.Zechariah 9:9-13, 16-17 (NRSVue) Rejoice greatly, O daughter Zion!     Shout aloud, O daughter Jerusalem!See, your king comes to you;     triumphant and victorious is he,humble and … Continue reading

ISSL Reflections June 25 2023 Zephaniah 3:14–20 Post 1

I.In our passage for this week the prophet begins by asking the “daughters … Zion … Israel … Jerusalem” to sing, shout, rejoice and exult wholeheartedly. Spend some time with the words of the prophet and listen for why the … Continue reading

ISSL Reflections June 18 2023 Ezekiel 37:21-28 Post 3

VII.As you spend time with this text today consider – “[God] … will gather them from every quarter and bring them to their own land…. and they shall all have one shepherd.” VIII.Ezekiel 37:21-28 (NRSVue) … then say to them, … Continue reading

ISSL Reflections April 9 2023 Luke 24:13–35 Post 3

VII.The editors of the International Sunday School Lessons in selecting this focus passage ended with what is recorded as verse 31. I would like to continue on for a few sentences. As you spend time with the passage, I encourage … Continue reading

ISSL Reflections March 20 2022 Ezra 6:13–22 Post 3

VII.Have you ever experienced anything similar to what this passage describes in gatherings and/or worship in your faith community? VIII.Ezra 6:13-22 (New Revised Standard Version) Then, according to the word sent by King Darius, Tattenai, the governor of the province … Continue reading

ISSL Reflections December 5 2021 Deuteronomy 5:1b–3; 10:12–13; 27:1–10 Post 1

I.Moses tells the assembled people,“Keep silence and hear, O Israel! This very day you have become the people of the Lord your God.” As you read these passages, what do you find that makes one “… become the people of … Continue reading