Christmas Light

Fellowship in the Light

Today, Christians throughout the world celebrate the birth of Jesus.  He is the light of the world and He calls His people to walk in the light, to be cleansed from our sins by His blood, and to enjoy fellowship with one another.  There is no fellowship to compare to that of those who walk in the light. May you walk in the light today and always.

Merry Christmas to all.

Today’s reading: 

2 Peter 2:1-1 John 3:10

My selection:

 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.  If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:7-9

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

Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture references are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Permanent Text Edition® (2016). Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

Safe Sheep

Today’s reading:

John 9:13-11:16

My selection:

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.  I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.  My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.  I and the Father are one.  John 10:27-30

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

Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture references are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Permanent Text Edition® (2016). Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

 

Obedience: More than Emotional Fervor

Meet an exemplary leader whose actions matched his emotional fervor.

Today’s reading:  2 Kings 23:1-25:30

King Josiah was a doer of God’s Word, not a mere hearer (James 1:22).  Beware of failure to follow through with good intentions.  Emotions are not bad, but neither are they sufficient when it comes to serving God.

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

Weekend readings

Saturday, April 9 reading: 2 Samuel 7:1-10:19

Sunday April 10 reading: 2 Samuel 11:1-13:22

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Have a great weekend.  See you again on Monday!

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

Strengthened in God

Today’s reading: 1 Samuel 28:1-31:13

As we saw yesterday, David had been anointed king of Israel, but the coronation was delayed.  Meanwhile, David learned how to trust God and to strengthen himself in God even when all hope seemed lost.

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

God Unchanging/ Unchangeable

Today’s reading: Numbers 22:1-24:14

Balaam was an enigmatic character. He seems to have had some kind of relationship to Yahweh, the God of Israel. He was hired by Balak to bring down a curse upon Israel from their God. He refused to comply, not because he didn’t want to do it but, because God hindered his devious scheme. The story didn’t end there. More on Balaam tomorrow.

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

February 6-7, 2016 Weekend Readings

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

Saturday’s reading: Leviticus 11:1-13:46

Sunday’s reading: Leviticus 13:47-14:57

NOTE: Your thoughtful comments and respectful criticisms are welcome below. Please allow a day or two for approval to see your reply on-line.

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

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!

NOTE: Your thoughtful comments and respectful criticisms are welcome below. Please allow a day or two for approval to see your reply on-line.

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

Judgment, Mercy, and Repentance

Today’s reading: Genesis 36:31-38-30

13 For judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment. James 2:13[1]

This quote from James’ epistle, which relates to the example of Judah with Tamar, is possibly the single verse in the Bible that terrifies me the most. Maybe that is because I see myself as so capable of lacking mercy for everyone but myself. There is too much of Judah in me.

This is why the Bible was given to us, to reprove and correct us (2 Timothy 3:16). It does that very well and I need to heed it quickly when it does.

NOTE: Your thoughtful comments and respectful criticisms are welcome below. Please allow a day or two for approval to see your reply on line.

[For more reflections on today’s passage see the January 14 reading in Cover to Cover: Through the Bible in 365 days].

[1] My apologies for the typo in the original publication of Cover to Cover. The verse referenced is James 2:13 not 1:13