Seeing God’s Glory

Today’s reading: Exodus 33:12-36:7

May you see God’s glory in His word today. See you on Monday.

For more reflections on this passage see the corresponding reading in my book Cover to Cover: Through the Bible in 365 days.

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Keeping the Sabbath

Today’s reading: Exodus 30:22-33:11

With the Super Bowl only 8 days away, what a great time for me to rant about keeping the Sabbath. Let me hasten to say that I am not the judge of anyone. I know Christians, far more godly than I, who disagree with me on this subject. But this is a matter which we ought to consider, carefully study, and come to our own conclusions about what is and isn’t true. May the Lord guide us in this.

For more reflections on these passages see the corresponding reading in my book Cover to Cover: Through the Bible in 365 days.

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Glory and Beauty

Today’s reading: Exodus 28:31-30:21

In recent years, there has been a notable movement of people out of evangelical churches and into Roman Catholic and Orthodox Churches. No doubt much of this has been due to the attraction of the pageantry and solemnity found in worship in those churches. I am in no way tempted to follow this exodus, but I do pray that reformed and evangelical churches recover something of the sense of glory and beauty in worship.

For more reflections on these passages see the corresponding reading in my book Cover to Cover: Through the Bible in 365 days.

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The High Priest

Today’s reading: Exodus 26:1-28:30

While pagans made images of their gods, the true and living God, Yahweh, prescribed a place for His people to meet Him and a reverent way to approach Him. Such is the difference between man-made religion and God-ordained worship.

For more reflections on these passages see the corresponding reading in my book Cover to Cover: Through the Bible in 365 days.

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Acceptable Offerings

Today’s reading: Exodus 23:14-25:40

Giving to the Lord is part of our worship. It must be treated carefully so that our attitudes and practices honor God by our obedience to His Word. Old Testament worship was meticulously prescribed and, though we, living after the coming of Christ and the New Testament, are not held to the ceremonial laws of the Old Testament and do well to be sober-minded to worship God in spirit and truth (John 4:19-24).

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[For more reflections on these passages see the corresponding reading in my book Cover to Cover: Through the Bible in 365 days].

Words from Heaven

Today’s reading: Exodus 20:22-23:13

We may find some of God’s rules for ancient Israel to be largely irrelevant in our modern society, but they do show that all of life is lived before the face of God. He is properly concerned about how we deal with others: showing care, love, and justice.

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[For more reflections on these passages see the corresponding reading in my book Cover to Cover: Through the Bible in 365 days].

One People of God

Today’s reading: Exodus 17:1-20:21

God’s purpose down through history was gradually (or progressively) revealed, but it was unchanging and unamended. How great is His wisdom!

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[For more reflections on these passages see the corresponding reading in my book Cover to Cover: Through the Bible in 365 days].

Snowed in? Here’s online church

My friend, Rev. Kyle Ferguson, pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Roanoke, sent the following for us who may be forced to miss our regular church services today:

<<Just a reminder to you and your congregations that there are fantastic church services streamed live online tomorrow from areas with far less snow. Here’s a couple I’d recommend. It’s always great and encouraging to email the church you attended online and thank them for offering it.

First Presbyterian (Columbia, SC) Pastor Derek Thomas, 8:25 am, 11:10 am: www.firstprescolumbia.org/live-broadcast

First Presbyterian (Jackson, MS) Pastor David Strain: 11:00 www.fpcjackson.org/livestream

And if Welsh or Scottish accents are not your thing, there’s [Kyle’s] former church: Cornerstone (Delafield, WI) Pastor Chris Vogel, 11:00 am EST. www.youtube.com/user/cornerstonepcawi >>

January 23-24, 2016 Cover to Cover Weekend Readings

Saturday’s reading: Exodus 10:21-13:16

Sunday’s reading: Exodus 13:17-16:36

Here are our readings through the weekend. See you here again on Monday!

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[For more reflections on these passages see the corresponding reading in my book Cover to Cover: Through the Bible in 365 days].

Seeing the Same Things; Drawing Different Conclusions

Today’s reading: Exodus 8:1-10:20

God’s power to change a human heart is glorious, but the unbeliever left to himself will follow a disastrous path which seems right but ends in death.  Pharaoh is exhibit A.

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[For more reflections on these passages see the January 21 readings in Cover to Cover: Through the Bible in 365 days].