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18 January 2018 Bible Reading

The more things change, the more they stay the same  – Joseph starts out as a spoiled, arrogant teenager. His father indulges it and makes no secret of his favor, […]

17 January 2018 Bible Reading

God’s law did not prohibit the preparation and eating of food on the sabbath day. The disciples had violated a Pharisaical “interpretation” of the law: men had declared this to […]

16 January 2018 Bible Reading

Today’s Bible reading includes the well known invitation of Jesus: “Come to me, all you who labor and are heavily burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke […]

15 January 2018 Bible Reading

In today’s reading from Matthew 10, Jesus said He had come at this time not to bring peace to the earth, but a sword. As a result of His work […]

14 January 2018 Bible Reading

Is the division of the flocks a miracle of God in order to bless Jacob? What is the significance of the spotted or blemished stock which Jacob receives? Would these […]

13 January 2018 Bible Reading

Jacob’s deception of his father Isaac wins him the blessing over his brother Esau. So much for brotherly love. First Cain and Abel and now Esau and Jacob. Sibling rivalry […]

12 January 2018 Bible Reading

Events in the life of Isaac are similar in a number of ways to his father Abraham. They both had beautiful, barren wives, and they both lied about their relationships […]

11 January 2018 Bible Reading

Today’s reading includes the 10th Psalm. This is a Psalm of sorrow, confusion and frustration upon considering the apparent prosperity of the wicked. One of the great challenges of this […]

10 January 2018 Bible Reading

Jesus healed in different ways. Sometimes he was not even with the person he healed. But, this unclean leper, a person not even allowed near others, He heals by touching. […]

9 January 2018 Bible Reading

Our capacity for self destruction is limitless, frustrating, and something we don’t deal with honestly enough. We understand very well the consequences of drugs and alcohol, although we do the […]

8 January 2018 Bible Reading

There will always be false prophets among us. Wait to see what comes of their work. Genesis 18:20-19:38 20 Yahweh said, “Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, […]

7 January 2018 Bible Reading

Today’s passage in Matthew 6 mentions giving to the needy. The phrase “when you give to the needy” assumes that one would care for the needs of the poor, and […]

6 January 2018 Bible Reading

When Abram and Sarai set out to “help” God they made quite a mess of things. Even when their “help” caused all kinds of sin, God kept his promise in […]

5 January 2018 Bible Reading

To fix us in history, the Tower of Babel was around 2200 b.C. Genesis 11-13:4 11 The whole earth was of one language and of one speech. 2 As they […]

4 January 2018 Bible Reading

In today’s reading from the 4th Psalm, I’m struck by the passion in David’s cry. Perhaps we sometimes lack power in prayer because there is little passion in our prayer. […]

3 January 2018 Bible Reading

The family lines of the Bible are important for framing the history of the world and seeing the fulfillment of prophecy. Seth was born some time after Cain and Abel. […]