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30 October 2017 Bible Reading

Today’s Bible reading starts our journey through Hebrews. The strongly Jewish character of the letter to the Hebrews helps to narrow down its date of composition, most likely AD 64–69. […]

29 October 2017 Bible Reading

Today’s Bible reading includes Philemon. The letter to Philemon reminds us that God’s revelation to humanity is intensely personal. Philemon reminds us that the love of God, forgiveness in Christ, […]

28 October 2017 Bible Reading

Today’s Bible reading concludes Titus. This letter seeks to produce right living through the careful attention to theological truth. The churches on Crete were just as susceptible to false teachers […]

27 October 2017 Bible Reading

Paul wrote his letter to Titus from Nicopolis in AD 63, after release from his first Roman imprisonment. Upon leaving Timothy in Ephesus to minister there, Paul accompanied Titus to […]

26 October 2017 Bible Reading

Today’s Bible reading begins the letter known as Titus. Titus accompanied Paul on his third missionary journey, during which the apostle sent him to Corinth at least once (2 Corinthians […]

25 October 2017 Bible Reading

Today’s Bible reading brings us to the end of Second Timothy. Paul wrote this c. 67 A.D. and it may have been his last letter. Its purpose was to give […]

24 October 2017 Bible Reading

Pharaoh Hophra was king of Egypt 589-570 b.C. He is also known in history as Apries. He was the son of Psammetichus II and the grandson of Pharaoh-necoh. He reigned […]

23 October 2017 Bible Reading

The Babylonian general Nebuzaraddan completely destroyed Jerusalem. Most of the elite were taken into captivity in Babylon. Only a small number of people were permitted to remain to tend to […]

22 October 2017 Bible Reading

Nebuchadnezzar II lived c. 634 – 562 b.C. He reigned c. 605 – 562 b.C. as a Chaldean king of the Neo-Babylonian Empire. He is known to us as the […]

21 October 2017 Bible Reading

In the eighteenth year of his rule, Josiah ordered the High Priest Hilkiah to use the tax money which had been collected over the years to renovate the temple. It […]

20 October 2017 Bible Reading

Baruch became the scribe of the prophet Jeremiah. Baruch remained true to the teachings and ideals of the great prophet, although like his master he was at times almost overwhelmed […]

19 October 2017 Bible Reading

Chaldea was a small Semitic nation that emerged between the late 10th and early 9th century BC, surviving until the mid 6th century BC, after which it disappeared as the […]

18 October 2017 Bible Reading

Today’s text in First Timothy 3 addresses the qualifications for elders and deacons (servants). There are some key differences between elders and deacons, that help us better understand their roles. […]

17 October 2017 Bible Reading

First Timothy presents the most explicit and complete instructions for church leadership and organization in the Bible. This includes sections on appropriate conduct in worship gatherings, the qualifications of elders […]

16 October 2017 Bible Reading

In today’s Bible reading, we begin our study of First Timothy. Paul wrote to Timothy to encourage him in his responsibility for overseeing the work of the Ephesian church and […]

15 October 2017 Bible Reading

Jehoiakim, c. 635–598 b.C., was king of Judah 608 – 598. He was the eldest son of king Josiah. After Josiah’s death, Jehoiakim’s younger brother Jehoahaz (also known as Shallum) […]