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Jesus announces to the crowd that crossed the sea to catch up with him, "I am the bread of life." (John 6:24-35)

    References:

  • 2 Samuel 11:26 - 12:13a
  • Psalm 51:1-12 (UMH 785)
  • Ephesians 4:1-16
  • John 6:24-35

Jesus says the Father, not his own teaching, draws people to “eat of him,” "the true bread that is coming down from heaven." Those who “eat of him” are receiving eternal life. (John 6:35, 41-51)

    References:

  • 2 Samuel 18:5-9, 15, 31-33
  • Psalm 130 (UMH 848)
  • Ephesians 4:25-5:2
  • John 6:35, 41-51

The writer advises the churches to be clear minded and grounded in the Holy Spirit. The regular singing of psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs and giving thanks to God in all things are good practices to sustain such groundedness. (Ephesians 5:15-20)

    References:

  • 1 Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14
  • Psalm 111 (UMH 832)
  • Ephesians 5:15-20
  • John 6:51-58

Jesus continues to contrast those who "chew on his flesh and live into eternity" with those who "ate the manna in the wilderness and died" while teaching in the synagogue in Capernaum. The point is so clear and offensive that many of his followers abandon him. Peter and an unspecified number of others, including the Twelve, remain. They are convinced Jesus is the Holy One of God who has the words of life. (John 6:56-69)

    References:

  • 1 Kings 8:(1,6,10-11), 22-30, 41-43
  • Psalm 84 (UMH 804)
  • Ephesians 6:10-20
  • John 6:56-69

Be the first fruits of God's generosity toward others. Stay away from excess and impurity. Actively do the word. Restrain the tongue. Make sure the weak and vulnerable are protected. (James 1:17-27)

    References:

  • Song of Solomon 2:8-13
  • Psalm 45:1-2, 6-9 (UMH 795)
  • James 1:17-27
  • Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23

Jesus goes to Lebanon for a vacation and there encounters a local woman whose begging ultimately convinces him to free her daughter from a demon. Returning to Galilee, and re-entering the region of the Decapolis (where he had cast out a legion of demons), Jesus heals a man who could not hear or speak. The more he ordered others not to speak of this, the more they spread it abroad. (Mark 7:24-37)

    References:

  • Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23
  • Psalm 125
  • or Psalm 124 (UMH 846)
  • James 2:1-10 (11-13) 14-17
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