on August 4th, 2020
Philippians This month we will be reading and exploring the book of Philippians, commonly known as the ‘Epistle of Joy’. Written by the apostle Paul during his imprisonment in Rome, it is a remarkable letter to the Philippian church.Founded by Paul on his second missionary journey, the Philippians had a deep affection for Paul, as he did for them. He wrote the letter to encourage this newborn chur...
on August 3rd, 2020
The Blessing The Lord said to Moses, “Tell Aaron and his sons, ‘This is how you are to bless the Israelites. Say to them:"The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace." “So they will put my name on the Israelites and I will bless them.” (Numbers 6:22-27) It would be quite the feat to find someone...
on July 31st, 2020
Read Ecclesiastes 12:9-14 If you need encouragement, Ecclesiastes may not be the first place you go. I mean, walk through the book with me:Chapter 1 Everything is meaninglessChapter 2-10 Life is hard, then you die. Chapter 11-12 God is good and just. This is a bit of an oversimplification, but you get the idea. Solomon, who wrote Ecclesiastes is a realist. While he says hard things about the reali...
on July 30th, 2020
Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s great love, we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.They are new every morning, great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, ‘The Lord is my portion; therefore, I will wait for him.’The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him.’Lamentations 3:21-25 Jeremiah, because of the afflict...
on July 29th, 2020
Read Genesis 39 The Lord was with Joseph.The phrase caught my attention as I read Genesis 39 during my morning devotions. That's pretty bold, I thought. Joseph's been sold to slave traders by his brothers, sold again to Potiphar, and the narrator of the story says, ‘the Lord was with Joseph’. How can that be? One verse later, there it was again.The Lord was with Joseph.This time the observation ca...
on July 28th, 2020
The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them. Genesis 3:21 This morning, we jogged by fields of vibrant wildflowers, a patch of Iowa soil clothed more beautifully than King Solomon in all his glory. Awestruck, I thought about the greatness of our Creator God who paints majesty on a single petal. I thought about the first pages of God’s big story, how in the beginning, ...
on July 27th, 2020
Only be strong and very courageous; be careful to do according to all the lawwhich Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left,so that you may have success wherever you go.Joshua 1:7 Joshua had big shoes to fill. Following Moses’ death, God tapped him on the shoulder and commanded him to lead the sons of Israel into the land promised to Abraham almost 500 years ...
on July 24th, 2020
Read Exodus 18:14-23 You and I were not meant to live this life alone. In the beginning, God set it up this way when he created man and woman, for it wasn’t good that man was alone. Before sin had entered this world, we were made to be together, to be in community with one another. But sin didn’t change this. We still desperately need one another. The messiness of our lives today would be even mor...
on July 23rd, 2020
You have enclosed me behind and before,And laid Your hand upon me.Isaiah 139:5 ‘Are you guys up there?’ our almost three-year-old grandson called from the bottom of the basement stairs one early morning several years ago.‘I’m in the living room,’ I replied.‘Is the baby gate open?’ he hollered.‘Yes,’ I hollered back.He lowered his voice and gave himself a pep talk. ‘I can crawl up the stairs instea...
2 Samuel 6:1-11
on July 22nd, 2020
Read 2 Samuel 6:1-11 The ark of the covenant was built by the Jewish people after their exit from slavery in Egypt, and contrary to pop movie culture, it was not full of demonic beings bent on sucking the life out of all those who gazed upon it. It had items of intrinsic value to the Jewish people, items that were symbolic of the promises of God and their cultural past, such as Aaron’s budded rod ...
on July 21st, 2020
The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves.He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you,but will rejoice over you with singing.Zephaniah 3:17 A.W. Tozer famously said ‘What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us’. Though many things come to my mind when I think about God, one thing that commonly pops into my...
on July 20th, 2020
And the Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them.He drove the man out; and at the east of the garden of Eden, God stationed the cherub angels and a flaming sword, which turned in every direction, to guard the way to the tree of life.Genesis 3:21,24 Why do most little people love the game of hide and seek? It seems as if it is intuitive to children. Like many parents, w...
John 17:20-231 Kings 22:1-28Isaiah 49:15-16Genesis 3:1-7Joshua 4:21-22Exodus 20:2Ruth 3:11Genesis 3:12-13Hebrews 11:81 Samuel 8:19-22Zechariah 9:7Isaiah 44:8Joshua 2Genesis 3:21,24Zephaniah 3:172 Samuel 6:1-11Isaiah 139:5Exodus 18:14-23Joshua 1:7Genesis 3:21Genesis 39Lamentations 3:21-25Ecclesiastes 12:9-14