October 15, 2017, Lectionary

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If I can make my God do or be something I want God to do or be, then my God is too small! Exodus 32:1-14

Moses gave everything he had to persuade his friend, God, not to do something he believed not good. Psalm 106:1-6, 19-23

Highest compliment Paul could give to a group of women who worked with him: "Your names are in the Book of Life!" Philippians 4:1-9

The banquet was set at great cost, and I am invited, and so are you. The King will not have an empty banquet hall. Matthew 22:1-14

Thoughts about Listening

Would you ever turn down a promotion or an opportunity in favor of someone who "needs" it more? Exodus 32:1-14

Keep present to the big picture, because the little picture, by itself, can be biased. Psalm 106:1-6, 19-23

True, fair, kind, and beautiful. Let's find these things and feast our minds on them. Philippians 4:1-9

Often in literature, a bright and abundant future is pictured as a banquet. Let your imagination fill out the picture. Matthew 22:1-14

Bible Reading Group Homework

1.    When was the last time you tried to stop a friend or relative from doing something? What steps did you take?

2.    Read or listen to Exodus 32:1-14 and Psalm 106:1-6, 19-23. Read the whole chapters to get in mind the context of this story of Moses, Israel, and God. What were the steps Moses took to try to dissuade God from letting Israel’s sin destroy her?

3.    Read or listen to Philippians 4:1-9. Consider what steps Paul took during his lifetime that culminated here to persuade his friends the Philippians to stand fast in the Lord? What words can you find in verses 1-3 that show the intensity of Paul’s wishes for them?

4.    Read or listen to again to Philippians 4:1-9. Find, list, and discuss several different pieces of instruction for Christians in this reading. Consider why these things were so important to Paul.

5.    Read or listen to Matthew 22:1-14. This parable has many pieces, so letting your group act it out might be most helpful. To do this well, spend some time brainstorming how each character may have felt at each step of the story. Which character are you? Why? And what will you do now?


1. ¿Cuándo fue la última vez que trató de impedir que un amigo o pariente hiciera algo? ¿Qué pasos tomó?

2. Leer o escuchar Éxodo 32: 1-14 y Salmo 106: 1-6, 19-23. Lea los capítulos completos para tener en cuenta el contexto de esta historia, de Moisés, Israel y Dios. ¿Cuáles fueron los pasos que tomó Moisés, para tratar de disuadir a Dios de dejar que el pecado de Israel la destruyera?

3. Leer o escuchat Filipenses 4: 1-9. ¿Considerar los pasos que  tomó Pablo durante su vida, que culminaron aquí, tratando de persuadir a sus amigos los filipenses para que se mantengan firmes en el Señor? ¿Qué palabras puede encontrar en los versículos 1-3, que muestran la intensidad de los deseos de Pablo para ellos?

4. Leer o escuchar nuevamente  Filipenses 4: 1-9. En esta lectura, encuentre, enumere, y discuta varias de las diferentes instrucciones para los cristianos. Considere por qué estas cosas fueron tan importantes para Pablo.

5. Lea o escuche Mateo 22: 1-14. Esta parábola tiene muchas piezas, por lo que permitir que su grupo actúe puede ser de gran ayuda. Para hacerlo bien, dedique algo de tiempo a una lluvia de ideas, acerca de cómo se habrá sentido cada personaje en cada paso de la historia. ¿Qué personaje es? ¿Por qué? ¿Y qué va a hacer ahora?