11.23.20 – 11.29.20

Readings  Psalm 80:1-19 • Isaiah 64:1-9 • Mark 13:24-37 • I Corinthians 1:3-9 Context It is doubtful that there has ever been a time or atmosphere that has provided the perfect soil for the Advent season as has been the year 2020.  Do you remember the devastating Australian wild fires that consumed the news inContinue reading “11.23.20 – 11.29.20”

11.16.20 – 11.22.20

Readings Ezekiel 34:11-24  •  Psalm 95:1-7a  •  Ephesians 1:15-23  •  Matthew 25:31-46 Context Ezekiel 34:11-24 Ezekiel is another of the prophets who prophesied just before and during the exile, specifically in the Southern Kingdom – Judah.  He was in the first wave the exile and taken to slavery in Babylon where he continued to prophesy. Ezekiel’s message, in exile, continues toContinue reading “11.16.20 – 11.22.20”

11.09.20 – 11.15.20

Readings Judges 4:1-7  •  Zephaniah 1:7, 12-18  •  Psalm 90:1-12  •  1 Thessalonians 5:1-11  •  Matthew 25:14-30 Context Judges 4:1-7 This is a fantastic story, to really enjoy the fullness of it I suggest reading all of Judges 4.  You are able to grasp the story without a lot of background.  The Israelites are now living in the promised land but they areContinue reading “11.09.20 – 11.15.20”

11.02.20 – 11.08.20

Readings Joshua 24:1-25 • Amos 5:18-24 • Psalm 70 • Matthew 25:1-13 • I Thessalonians 4:13-18 Context Joshua 24:1-25 This passage marks the fulfillment of the promise to Abraham.  The Israelites have become ‘a people’ and they have now then possession of the land under the leadership of Joshua.  Now, Joshua is calling them toContinue reading “11.02.20 – 11.08.20”

10.26.20 – 11.01.20

Readings Micah 3:5-12; Joshua 3:7-17; Psalm 43; Matthew 23:1-12; I Thessalonians 2:9-13 Context Joshua 3:7-17 It is a transitional threshold time for the Israelites. Moses has passed and Joshua is now transitioning into being the leader. These people, with the exception of Joshua and Caleb, have never known any other leader than Moses. God isContinue reading “10.26.20 – 11.01.20”

10.19.20 – 10.25.20

Readings  Deuteronomy 34:1-12 • Leviticus 19:1-18 • Psalm 1 • Matthew 22:34-46 • I Thessalonians 2:1-18 Context Deuteronomy 34:1-12 Our readings through the journey with Moses takes a huge leap this week as we are transported from God revealing himself to the death of Moses (it is actually a tragic leap for we are missingContinue reading “10.19.20 – 10.25.20”

10.12.20 – 10.18.20

Readings Exodus 33:12-23 • Psalm 96:1-13 • Isaiah 45:1-7 • Matthew 22:15-22 • I Thessalonians 1:1-10 Context Exodus 33:12-23 God and Moses are, once again, in a conversation.  It is a very interesting dynamic that exists between these two, especially as we add this particular element of the relationship. Moses is feeling alone in hisContinue reading “10.12.20 – 10.18.20”

10.05.20 – 10.11.20

Readings Exodus 32:1-14  •  Psalm 23  •  Isaiah 25:1-9  •  Matthew 22:1-14  •  Philippians 4:1-9 Context Exodus 32:1-14 This is most likely a very familiar story for you, while Moses is gone from the Israelites for 40 days, in his absence, the people become afraid.  While Moses and God are talking about God’s gift of the Law to the Israelites, the people, inContinue reading “10.05.20 – 10.11.20”

09.28.20 – 10.04.20

Readings Exodus 20:1-20 • Psalm 80:7-15 • Isaiah 5:1-7 • Matthew 21:33-46 • Philippians 3:4-14 Context Exodus 20:1-20 We usually miss the splendor of our Exodus passage – the giving by God, to the Hebrews, the ten commandments. This, too, is probably the reason we also miss the true meaning and weight of sin. AsContinue reading “09.28.20 – 10.04.20”

09.21.20 – 09.27.20

Readings Exodus 17:1-7 • Ezekiel 18:1-32 • Psalm 25:1-9 • Philippians 2:1-13 • Matthew 21:23-32 Context Exodus 17:1-7 The Israelites are in the midst of learning the life of deliverance and freedom.  They are learning that is not really easier than living in slavery, it is just a different struggle (at least at this point). Continue reading “09.21.20 – 09.27.20”