on July 17th, 2020
Read Joshua 2 What do a murderer, an adulterer, a thief, an idolater, a polygamist and a prostitute have in common? Not the beginning of a really inappropriate joke…..They all are mentioned in the genealogy of Jesus in Matthew 1, they were all ancestors of Jesus. The names and stories in the genealogy of Jesus always amaze me at the grace of God in the lives of people. Today I want to key in on on...
on July 16th, 2020
Fear not, nor be afraid;Have I not told you from of old and declared it?And you are my witnesses!Is there a God besides me?There is no Rock; I know not any.Isaiah 44:8 Our family loves hiking in the mountains, but nature complicates our adventures. Guaranteed, our youngest will wear out five miles before endorphins kick in for the others. Someone will forget a water bottle, something will be broke...
on July 15th, 2020
It too shall be a remnant for our God;It shall be like a clan in Judah...Zechariah 9:7 For over a year now, I’ve questioned the wisdom of the Holy Spirit, who nudged me to study the book of Zechariah in depth.Zechariah, God? Are you sure? How about something more comprehensible, like one of the gospels, or more practical, like one of Paul’s epistles?I imagine God shaking his head at my objections....
1 Samuel 8:19-22
on July 14th, 2020
But the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel. And they said, ‘No! But there shall be a king over us, that we also may be like all the nations, and that our king may judge us and go out before us and fight our battles.’ And when Samuel had heard all the words of the people, he repeated them in the ears of the Lord. And the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Obey their voice and make them a king.’1 Samuel ...
on July 13th, 2020
By faith Abraham, when he was called,obeyed by going out to a place which he was to receive for an inheritance;and he went out, not knowing where he was goingHebrews 11:8 When COVID appeared in March, it gave the impression that we were in for a short sprint to summer, with all things surely returning to normal by fall. But now we know otherwise. Now we recognize that we are not running a short ra...
on July 9th, 2020
And God said, ‘Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?’And the man said, ‘The woman whom you gave me, she gave me from the tree, and I ate.’And the woman said, ‘The serpent deceived me, and I ate.’Genesis 3:12-13 Last night we enjoyed a movie that included a humorous clip from a marriage counseling session. No doubt it was stereotypical, but it clearly presented blame as ...
on July 9th, 2020
And now my daughter, do not fear.I will do for you all that you ask,for all my fellow townsmen knowthat you are a worthy woman.Ruth 3:11 I really admire a woman named Ruth from the Old Testament. She lost her husband and moved to a foreign land with her grieving mother-in-law. Even though she was a foreigner, and a widow, she listened to her mother-in-law’s wisdom and married the man that God prov...
on July 8th, 2020
‘I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.’Exodus 20:2 Have you ever considered how we have to perform in every area of our lives? If we don’t perform well enough in the band, choir or sports, we are cut or don’t play. If our performance isn’t good enough in school, we don’t pass or get into college. If we can’t perform well in our job, we might be fired. O...
on July 7th, 2020
And he said to the people of Israel,'When your children ask their fathers in times to come,What do these stones mean?'Then you shall let your children know,Israel passed over this Jordan on dry ground.Joshua 4:21-22 Our family has a tradition of decorating graves at the cemetery where my dad and his side of the family are buried. In years past, Mom took Dad’s two elderly aunts and helped them comp...
on July 6th, 2020
Read Genesis 3:1-7 My clearest memory as a ‘daughter of Eve’ occurred late on a Sunday evening. Dropping a letter at the post office close to our home, we noticed the streets were empty, but we were surprised that the drive-up lane was only available from the opposite direction. A large, white, ONE WAY sign came into view. I motioned to John to proceed the wrong way down the one-way street. His h...
on July 3rd, 2020
‘Can a woman forget her nursing child, that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb?Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you.Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands . . .’Isaiah 49:15-16 Grandpa John was a hardworking farmer, a humble, faithful man who loved God, adored his family, and embraced his routines. After he died, a slip of paper was found in his shir...
1 Kings 22:1-28
on July 2nd, 2020
Read 1 Kings 22:1-28 Ever been caught between a proverbial ‘rock and a hard place’? I think we all have experienced that at one time in our lives. You get that pain in your gut as if you know that there’s no way to get out of a situation without hurting someone or losing something. It's a terrible feeling, even for trivial matters. This is the position the good prophet Michaiah was experiencing. A...
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