04.06.20 – 04.12.20

Readings Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24  •  Acts 10:34-43  •  Colossians 3:1-4  •  Matthew 28:1-10 Context Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 “To read the Bible well, you have to keep flipping backwards. Christians tend to get stuck in the New Testament—evangelicals typically in John or Paul, mainline liberals in the Synoptic Gospels. But the New Testament is merely a reader’s guide to the Old. HardlyContinue reading “04.06.20 – 04.12.20”

03.29.20 – 04.05.20

Readings Isaiah 50:4-9  •  Psalm 31:9-16  •  Philippians 2:5-11  •  Matthew 26:14-27:66 Context Isaiah 50:4-9 The prophet Isaiah accepted God’s call to a prophet early in life and, it is important to note, this would be a call on him for the remainder of his earthly life.  This passage is a song of despair and grief while, at the same time, Continue reading “03.29.20 – 04.05.20”

03.22.20 – 03.29.20

Readings Ezekiel 37:1-14  •  Psalm 130  •  Romans 8:6-11  •  John 11:1-45 Context Psalm 130 Much like Psalm 121, which we looked at on March 8, Psalm 130 is a ‘Song of Ascent’ – It was a song for a journey, especially a journey to Jerusalem. Jerusalem was built on a hill so no matter how travelers approached the city theyContinue reading “03.22.20 – 03.29.20”

03.16.20 – 03.22.20 (NT)

See previous post for the Old Testament Readings or this week as well as a list of all the readings for this week. Ephesians 5:8-14 The book of Ephesians was most likely a circular letter, meaning that it was written to be passed around to many churches in many communities.  The letter itself was probablyContinue reading “03.16.20 – 03.22.20 (NT)”

03.16.20-03.22.20 (OT)

Readings 1 Samuel 16:1-13  •  Psalm 23  •  Ephesians 5:8-14  •  John 9:1-41 Context 1 Samuel 16:1-13 It would appear that our old testament readings have been jumping all over the place these past couple of weeks.  We were in Genesis where we saw God lead Abram to pick up his family, and possessions, and travel to another land – aContinue reading “03.16.20-03.22.20 (OT)”

03.09.08 – 03.14.20

Readings Luke 13:1-9 (children’s passage)  •  Exodus 17:1-7  •  Psalm 95  •  Romans 5:1-11  •  John 4:5-42 Context Psalm 95 (responsive reading) Psalms 47, 93, and 95-99 are all referred to as the ‘enthronement psalms’ as they  each celebrate that God is the King. Many of the other Psalms celebrate the work of victory from God through the earthly kings,  butContinue reading “03.09.08 – 03.14.20”

03.02.08 – 03.08.20

Readings Genesis 15:1-18 (children’s passage)  •  Genesis 12:1-4a  •  Psalm 121  •  Romans 4:1-17  •  John 3:1-17   •  Matthew 7 Context Psalm 121 (responsive reading) Psalms 120-134 are often referred to as the ‘Psalms of Ascent(s)’ as they were often used by Israelites facing a journey or pilgrimage – or, a new phase of life.  It is quite possible that these Psalms wereContinue reading “03.02.08 – 03.08.20”

02.24.20 – 03.01.20

Readings Luke 4:1-13 (Children’s Scripture)  •  Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7  •  Psalm 32  •  Romans 5:12-19  •  Matthew 6 Context Psalm 32 (Responsive Reading) This is the first week of Lent, the beginning of our approach to a recognition of the cross and empty grave – it is the beginning of our official preparation, through repentance and discipline, to takeContinue reading “02.24.20 – 03.01.20”

02.17.20 to 02.26.20

Readings Exodus 24:12-18  •  Psalm 2 and Psalm 99  •  2 Peter 1:16-21  •  Matthew 5:43-48 Context Exodus 24:12-18 On the Israelites’ journey from slavery to freedom they witnessed God deliver them from slavery and then crush their pursuing enemies under the weight of the Red Sea; experienced their first overt celebration of thanks in, and for, God’s gift of freedom; they literallyContinue reading “02.17.20 to 02.26.20”

02.10.20 to 02.16.20

Readings Deuteronomy 30:15-20  •  Psalm 119:1-8  •  1 Corinthians 3:1-9  •  Matthew 5:21-37 Context Deuteronomy 30:15-20 The book of Deuteronomy is considered to be one of the most influential books of the Old Testament.  Christ quotes from Deuteronomy when refuting Satan during the temptation and then, again, he uses Deuteronomy when citing the greatest commandment (love the Lord your God).  TheContinue reading “02.10.20 to 02.16.20”