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”

09.14.20 – 09.20.20

Readings Psalm 145:1-8 • Exodus 16:2-15 • Jonah 3:10-4:11 • Matthew 20:1-16 • Philippians 1:21-30 Context Psalm 145:1-8 This Psalm can best be summed up in verse 8, a proclamation of who God is that echoes the understanding that Jonah has about God, and therefore, his grievance against God. It is our best baseline ofContinue reading “09.14.20 – 09.20.20”

09.07.20 – 09.13.20

Genesis 50:15-21 The context needed going into our passage for this week is fairly simple (although, those who lived it out would see not way to call it simple, instead, words like painful, complicated, dysfunctional, excruciating would be chosen). Since we are able to look back at the story, in a very non emotional mannerContinue reading “09.07.20 – 09.13.20”

08.31.20 – 09.06.20

Readings Exodus 12:1-14  •  Ezekiel 33:7-11  •  Psalm 119:33-40  •  Romans 13:8-14  •  Matthew 18:15-20 Context Exodus 12:1-14 A great danger of a story such as our passage for this week, and the entire story of Moses, is that we are so familiar with it, we just stop at our beginning understanding and knowledge.  Read this passage like it is the first time,Continue reading “08.31.20 – 09.06.20”

08.24.20 – 08.30.20

Readings Exodus 3:1-15 • Jeremiah 15:15-21 • Psalm 26:1-8 • Matthew 16:21-28 • Romans 12:9-21 Context Exodus 3:1-15 The events of the life of Moses between the heroic acts of the five women who risked their own lives to safe the life of the 3 month hold Moses, and the time of this week’s passage are theContinue reading “08.24.20 – 08.30.20”

08.17.20 – 08.23.20

Reading Isaiah 51:1-6 • Exodus 1:8-2:10 • Psalm 138:1-8 • Matthew 16:13-20 Context Isaiah 51:1-6 This can be a very difficult passage to understand, especially when we come to it in this fashion – not really doing a deep study of it but just reading select passages.  We have covered the basics however, so, weContinue reading “08.17.20 – 08.23.20”

08.10.20 – 08.16.20

Readings  Genesis 45:1-15 • Psalm 67 • Isaiah 56:1-8 • Matthew 15:10-28 • Romans 11:1-20a, 29-32 Context Genesis 45:1-15 The story of Joesph is an amazing story, and, sadly,  this time around, we have not had the time it takes to get a full appreciation for this interesting character.  You probably feel like you alreadyContinue reading “08.10.20 – 08.16.20”

08.03.20 – 08.09.20

Readings Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28; I Kings 19:9-18; Psalm 85:8-13; Matthew 14:22-33; Romans 10:5-15 Context I Kings 19:9-18 The prophet Elijah has just experienced the power of God in an amazing and dramatic spectacle.  Read about it in chapter 18. He had challenged, and stood up to, the threatening 150 prophets of Baal. Not only didContinue reading “08.03.20 – 08.09.20”

07.27.20 – 08.02.20

Readings  Psalm 145:8-9, 14-21 • Genesis 32:22-31 • Isaiah 55:1-5 • Matthew 14:13-21 • Romans 9:1-5 Context Psalm 145:8-9, 14-21 Psalm 145 is used in more Jewish prayers than any other Psalm.  It is best described as a mini-summary of the Jewish faith – ‘God is to be praised from the beginning to the end’ everyday, good days and bad days.Continue reading “07.27.20 – 08.02.20”

07.20.20 – 07.26.20

Readings Psalm 119:129-136 • Genesis 29:15-29 • I Kings 3:5-12 • Romans 8:26-39 • Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52 Context Psalm 119:129-136 Psalm 119 focuses largely on God’s Law – the Torah.  While we, post Resurrection followers of Jesus Christ, often look at the Law as a thing of the past, a tool of legalism, an oppressiveContinue reading “07.20.20 – 07.26.20”