Set 20

October 15–21, 2018

Set 20 of the Double Track Annual Reading of The Urantia Book contains Papers 40–42 as well as the following paper from Part IV:

Paper 148
Training of the Evangelists at Bethsaida

148:0.1 ... This seaside camp, occupied by an ever-changing population of truth seekers, healing candidates, and curiosity devotees, numbered from five hundred to fifteen hundred. This tented city was under the general supervision of David Zebedee, assisted by the Alpheus twins. The encampment was a model in order and sanitation as well as in its general administration. The sick of different types were segregated and were under the supervision of a believer physician, a Syrian named Elman.
Read more from Paper 148: introduction, paragraph 1

Set 19

October 8–14, 2018

Set 19 of thDouble Track Annual Reading of The Urantia Book contains Papers 38–39 as well as the following two papers from Part IV:

Paper 146
First Preaching Tour of Galilee

Paper 147
The Interlude Visit to Jerusalem

146:6.2 When Jesus sought to leave Cana and go to Nain, a great multitude of believers and many curious people followed after him. They were bent on beholding miracles and wonders, and they were not to be disappointed. As Jesus and his apostles drew near the gate of the city, they met a funeral procession on its way to the near-by cemetery, carrying the only son of a widowed mother of Nain. ...
Read more from Paper 146: section 6, paragraph 2

Set 18

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October 1–7, 2018

Set 18 of thDouble Track Annual Reading of The Urantia Book contains Papers 36–37 as well as the following two papers from Part IV:

Paper 144
At Gilboa and in the Decapolis

Paper 145
Four Eventful Days at Capernaum

144:2.3 “Prayer is the breath of the soul and should lead you to be persistent in your attempt to ascertain the Father’s will. If any one of you has a neighbor, and you go to him at midnight and say: ‘Friend, lend me three loaves, for a friend of mine on a journey has come to see me, and I have nothing to set before him’; ...
Read more from Paper 144: section 2, paragraph 3


Set 17

September 24–30, 2018

Set 17 of the Double Track Annual Reading of The Urantia Book contains Papers 33–35 as well as the following paper from Part IV:

Paper 143
Going through Samaria

143:5.1 When the Master and the twelve arrived at Jacob’s well, Jesus, being weary from the journey, tarried by the well while Philip took the apostles with him to assist in bringing food and tents from Sychar, for they were disposed to stay in this vicinity for a while. Peter and the Zebedee sons would have remained with Jesus, but he requested that they go with their brethren, saying: “Have no fear for me; these Samaritans will be friendly; only our brethren, the Jews, seek to harm us.” And it was almost six o’clock on this summer’s evening when Jesus sat down by the well to await the return of the apostles.
Read more from Paper 143: section 5, paragraph 1


Set 16

September 17–23, 2018

Set 16 of the Double Track Annual Reading of The Urantia Book contains Paper 32 as well as the following two papers from Part IV:

Paper 141
Beginning the Public Work

Paper 142
The Passover at Jerusalem

THE month of April Jesus and the apostles worked in Jerusalem, going out of the city each evening to spend the night at Bethany. Jesus himself spent one or two nights each week in Jerusalem at the home of Flavius, a Greek Jew, where many prominent Jews came in secret to interview him.
The first day in Jerusalem Jesus called upon his friend of former years, Annas, the onetime high priest and relative of Salome, Zebedee’s wife. Annas had been hearing about Jesus and his teachings, and when Jesus called at the high priest’s home, he was received with much reserve. When Jesus perceived Annas’s coldness, he took immediate leave, saying as he departed: “Fear is man’s chief enslaver and pride his great weakness; will you betray yourself into bondage to both of these destroyers of joy and liberty?” But Annas made no reply. The Master did not again see Annas until the time when he sat with his son-in-law in judgment on the Son of Man.
Excerpt from Paper 142: introduction, paragraphs 1-2


Set 15

September 10–16, 2018

Set 15 of thDouble Track Annual Reading of The Urantia Book contains Papers 30–31 as well as the following paper from Part IV:

Paper 140
The Ordination of the Twelve

JUST before noon on Sunday, January 12, A.D. 27, Jesus called the apostles together for their ordination as public preachers of the gospel of the kingdom. The twelve were expecting to be called almost any day; so this morning they did not go out far from the shore to fish. Several of them were lingering near the shore repairing their nets and tinkering with their fishing paraphernalia.
As Jesus started down the seashore calling the apostles, he first hailed Andrew and Peter, who were fishing near the shore; next he signaled to James and John, who were in a boat near by, visiting with their father, Zebedee, and mending their nets. Two by two he gathered up the other apostles, and when he had assembled all twelve, he journeyed with them to the highlands north of Capernaum, where he proceeded to instruct them in preparation for their formal ordination.
For once all twelve of the apostles were silent; even Peter was in a reflective mood. At last the long-waited-for hour had come! They were going apart with the Master to participate in some sort of solemn ceremony of personal consecration and collective dedication to the sacred work of representing their Master in the proclamation of the coming of his Father’s kingdom.
Excerpt from Paper 140: introduction, paragraphs 1-3


Set 14

September 3–9, 2018

Set 14 of thDouble Track Annual Reading of The Urantia Book contains Papers 28–29 as well as the following paper from Part IV:

Paper 139
The Twelve Apostles

Andrew, chairman of the apostolic corps of the kingdom, was born in Capernaum. He was the oldest child in a family of five—himself, his brother Simon, and three sisters. His father, now dead, had been a partner of Zebedee in the fish-drying business at Bethsaida, the fishing harbor of Capernaum. When he became an apostle, Andrew was unmarried but made his home with his married brother, Simon Peter. Both were fishermen and partners of James and John the sons of Zebedee.
In A.D. 26, the year he was chosen as an apostle, Andrew was 33, a full year older than Jesus and the oldest of the apostles. He sprang from an excellent line of ancestors and was the ablest man of the twelve. Excepting oratory, he was the peer of his associates in almost every imaginable ability. Jesus never gave Andrew a nickname, a fraternal designation. But even as the apostles soon began to call Jesus Master, so they also designated Andrew by a term the equivalent of Chief.
Andrew was a good organizer but a better administrator. He was one of the inner circle of four apostles, but his appointment by Jesus as the head of the apostolic group made it necessary for him to remain on duty with his brethren while the other three enjoyed very close communion with the Master. To the very end Andrew remained dean of the apostolic corps.
Excerpt from Paper 139: section 1, paragraphs 1-3