Through the Bible, August 31

Reading: Acts 1:4-5, 7-8; 9:4-6, 11-12, 15-16; 18:9-10; 20:35; 23:11; 26:14-18 Summary: When we think of Jesus’ words and where to find them in the New Testament, it is obviously to the Gospels that we turn.  But we do find several instances of Jesus’ words being quoted and even statements …

Through the Bible, August 30

Reading: Luke 23-24 Summary: Luke, like all of the Gospels, conveys the story of Jesus’ crucifixion in brief fashion.  How much more could be said about the murder of God’s sinless Son.  Luke is the one responsible for relating the conversation between Jesus and one of the thieves crucified with …

Through the Bible, August 29

Reading: Luke 22 Summary: The plans of the religious authorities to eliminate Jesus finally come to fruition, thanks in large part to the cooperation of Judas.  Knowing full well what was about to transpire, Jesus went about His business of making His own final preparations, speaking plainly to the apostles …

Through the Bible, August 28

Reading: No scheduled reading Thoughts and Reflections: Today is the final “catch up” day for August if you have fallen behind in your reading. Otherwise, below are some thoughts for your consideration for today from this week’s readings. Two of Jesus’ best-loved parables were covered in this week’s reading; the …

Through the Bible, August 27

Reading: Luke 20-21 Summary: As in the other Gospels Luke tells of the same events during this “Passion Week.”  There are the challenges to His authority, questioning from religious opponents, teaching the crowds and foretelling the destruction of Jerusalem Devotional Thought: Jesus’ Accounting Method The saying is common and memorable …

Through the Bible, August 26

Reading: Luke 18-19 Summary: Jesus’ parables continue in today’s reading with that of the persistent widow, the Pharisee and tax collector, and the ten minas.  This reading also includes some interesting interactions between Jesus and the rich young ruler, Zacchaeus, and a blind beggar.  Jesus also enters Jerusalem, weeps over …

Through the Bible, August 25

Reading: Luke 16-17 Summary: Like the last two days, this reading is also dominated by Jesus’ teaching with the exception of a single miracle; that being healing ten lepers.  The teaching includes parables of the dishonest manager, the rich man, and Lazarus (though many do not consider this to be …

Through the Bible, August 24

Reading: Luke 14-15 Summary: Chapters 14 and 15, after telling of Jesus healing a man on the Sabbath, constitute another lengthy section of teaching.  It includes parables of the wedding feast, the great banquet, along with the trio of parables on the lost coin, sheep, and boy (prodigal son).  In …

Through the Bible, August 23

Reading: Luke 12-13 Summary: These two chapters record a very lengthy section of teaching by Jesus.  It’s is interrupted by the record of a single miracle, the healing of woman bent over double for 18 years.  The teaching includes warnings against the leaven of the Pharisees, parable of the rich …

Through the Bible, August 22

Reading: Luke 10-11 Summary: Jesus sends out the largest contingency of preachers we know of when the 72 are sent.  Thirty-six pairs of preachers go out and return rejoicing over the authority exercised in Jesus’ name. Today’s reading also includes the famous parable of the Good Samaritan, Luke’s version of …