Day 165

Today we discuss King Jeroboam and love and learn of a remarkable young woman who appeared on the TV show, America’s Got Talent.

The Value of Fathers

This was given to me by my friend, Ward Anderson, who along with myself is an Area Director for Man in the Mirror ministries.  It is worth the read. The Inherent, irreplaceable value of fathers Published June 17, 2012 FoxNews.com On Father’s Day people tend to become sentimental and writers reflect on their own dads […]

Day 97

Today’s Readings Deuteronomy 29:1– 30:20 Luke 11:37-12:7 Psalm 78:1-31 Proverbs 12:19-20 The reading from Deuteronomy is hard to read because it is full of the things God did and will do to those who do not follow his commands. The New Testament is said to be that of a much kinder God, but in today’s […]

Day 34

Jesus commands us to love with all we have and to love everyone. Meanwhile, Moses gets some help.

Day 32

Today’s Readings Exodus 13:17-15:18 Matthew 21:23-46 Psalm 26:1-12 Proverbs 6:16-19 There are some huge stories in today’s readings. In fact, it is hard to pick just one passage to write about, but I’m going to give it a try! In the reading from Exodus, the Israelites are finally breaking free from the bondage of the […]

Day Seventeen

Today’s Readings Genesis 35:1 – 36:43 Matthew 12:1-21 Psalm 15:1-5 Proverbs 3:21-26 Today we read a long genealogy about Jacob and Esau in the Old Testament reading.  I used to think this was the boring and why did God put this into the Bible?  But I realize that our history is important, where we came from […]

Day Fourteen

Today’s Readings Genesis 30:1-31:16 Matthew 10:1-23 Psalm 12:1-8 Proverbs 3:13-15 There are so many interesting stories in today’s readings. Jacob has many children with his wives and their maidservants. Having children with maidservants is an interesting topic, but we will not explore it here. However, I would be safe to say that should Mrs. Freese […]

Day Thirteen

Today’s Readings Genesis 28:1-29:35 Matthew 9:18-38 Psalm 11:1-7 Proverbs 3:11-12 Are there any young men or women who would wait for seven years for the one they love? Or wait another seven years for that same person? Delayed gratification is on display in today’s Old Testament story. 16 Now Laban had two daughters; the name of […]

Day Twelve

Today’s Readings Genesis 26:17-27:46 Matthew 9:1-17 Psalm 10:16-18 Proverbs 3:9-10 In yesterday’s reading, we read how Jacob stole the birthright of Esau for a bowl of stew. While Esau was complicit in his own failure, today it appears that Jacob and his mother, Rebekah, used deceit and treachery to steal from Esau something that was […]

Day Eleven

Today’s Readings Genesis 24:52– 26:16 Matthew 8:18-34 Psalm 10:1-15 Proverbs 3:7-8 As I read today’s selections I see such a connection between these Scriptures for myself.  In our Genesis reading Esau comes in from hunting and is starving.  Jacob (ever the conniver) offers to give him some stew if he sells his birthright.  As I […]

Day Ten

Today’s Readings Genesis 23:1– 24:51 Matthew 8:1/17 Psalm 9:13-20 Proverbs 3:1-6 I know a man who is very successful by the world’s standards.  He has money, property and owns a large oil company here in West Texas.  He loves to hunt and fish and has bought thousands of acres of land to build habitats for […]

Day Nine

Today’s Readings Genesis 20:1– 22: Matthew 7:15-29 Psalm 9:1-12 Proverbs 2: 16-22 I grew up all over the USA: Illinois, Wisconsin, Ohio, California and finally Denver.  My fondest memories of my childhood are my days in Stoughton, Wisconsin.  We lived in a simple house with no fences in the backyard.  This was great for football […]

Day Eight

Today’s Readings Genesis 18: 16– 19: 38 Matthew 6: 25– 7: 14 Psalm 8: 1-9 Proverbs 2: 6-15 I often worry about things that I cannot control, like the weather and what others think.  I can control neither, yet often I find myself wondering and worrying.  If I do this what will that person think? […]

Day Seven

Today’s Readings: Genesis 16: 1– 18: 15 Matthew 6: 1-24 Psalm 7: 1-17 Proverbs 2: 1-5 Today I read about Ishmael and the coming of Isaac.  Ishmael and Isaac are both from the same father, Abram and then Abraham, but of two mothers, Hagar and Sarai, or Sarah later.  This appears to be the classic […]

Day Six

Today’s Readings Genesis 13: 5– 15: 21 Matthew 5: 27-48 Psalm 6: 1-10 Proverbs 1: 28-33 Today’s readings are rich in “easy-to-follow” steps.  We read in Matthew 5, the Beatitudes which are full of the “how-to’s” if you will.  And then we read in the Old Testament section about the wars between the kings of […]

Day Five

Today’s Readings Genesis 11: 1– 13: 4 Matthew 5: 1-26 Psalm 5: 1-12 Proverbs 1: 24-27 2  “ I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. 3   I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses […]

Day Four

Today’s Readings Genesis 8: 1– 10: 32 Matthew 4: 12-25 Psalm 4: 1-8 Proverbs 1: 20-23 Genesis 8: 1– 10: 32 Matthew 4: 12-25 Psalm 4: 1-8 Proverbs 1: 20-23 In today’s reading in the Old Testament, we find the flood has stopped and Noah is determining if the water has receded enough to leave […]

Day Three

Today’s Readings Genesis 5: 1– 7: 24 Matthew 3: 7– 4: 11 Psalm 3: 1-8 Proverbs 1: 10-19 Today’s readings are from a wide variety of stories: The lineage of Adam, Noah, and the flood, the temptation of Jesus, David’s plea for protection and Solomon warning us to lay in wait for an innocent man […]

Day Two

Today’s Readings Genesis 3: 1– 4: 26 Matthew 2: 13– 3: 6 Psalm 2: 1-12 Proverbs 1: 7-9 Today I read chapter three in Genesis.  The Fall.  One of the great doctrines of the Christian faith.  It is so easy to look at Eve and say I would never do that.  However, we all do […]

Day One

Today’s Readings: Genesis 1: 1– 2: 25 Matthew 1: 1– 2: 12 Psalm 1: 1-6 Proverbs 1: 1-6 As I read through the first day of the year I am struck by beginnings.  Of course in the first book of the Bible and the first chapter, one would expect to find beginnings.  But more than […]