Through the Bible, September 30

Reading: Genesis 12:1-3; 22:16-18; Psalm 2:8; 98:2-3; Isa. 2:2-4; 42:6; 46:9 Summary: One significant part of Joel’s prophecy regarding God’s Spirit being poured out (see yesterday’s reading) was that it would be upon “all flesh” (Joel 2: 28).  God’s intent and purpose had always been that salvation would be for …

Through the Bible, September 29

Reading: Joel 2 Summary: When Jesus gave instructions to the apostles immediately prior to His ascension, it was to remain in Jerusalem “until you are clothed with power from on high.”  This He also called “the promise of my Father” (Luke 24:49).  That, of course, was the coming of the …

Through the Bible, September 28

Reading: No scheduled reading Thoughts and Reflections: Today is scheduled to be a day for you to catch up on your reading if you have fallen behind. It is the last one for September. Otherwise, below are some thoughts for your consideration for today from this week’s readings. The magnitude …

Through the Bible, September 27

Reading: Galatians 6 Summary: Paul’s great letter to the churches of Galatia concludes with practical instructions and encouragement as well as a final warning regarding the error he’s been addressing throughout the letter. Devotional Thought: Restoration, Not Condemnation When something is broken, there are two options; fix it or trash …

Through the Bible; September 26

Reading: Galatians 5 Summary: Genuine freedom in Christ does not mean that we simply do as we please.  That only demonstrates that our lives are dominated by the flesh and not by God’s Spirit.  True freedom is found in Christ, and Christ is in us when God’s Spirit is in …

Through the Bible, September 25

Reading: Galatians 4 Summary: What the Galatians were failing to realize is that the approach to faith which they had adopted—which incorporated the notion of also keeping Mosaic Law—was, in reality, a return to the former enslavement from which they had been delivered upon coming to Christ.  Paul famously asks …

Through the Bible, September 24

Reading: Galatians 3 Summary: Paul speaks very strongly to these Christians regarding the error they have embraced.  The strength of his language bears testimony to the seriousness of this matter.  Paul would not stand for any change or adjustments to the saving truth of the salvation for all men through …

Through the Bible, September 23

Reading: Galatians 2 Summary: As Paul showed the justification for his work among the Gentiles, he recounts some of the events of his life following his conversion and as he began to preach widely.  He provides some details here in Galatians not found in Acts. He also begins to delve …

Through the Bible, September 22

Reading: Galatians 1 Summary: Paul’s mission to the Gentiles roused great concern and even opposition among his Jewish brethren (see Acts 18:6).  Not only that, but a perversion of the gospel, which attempted to meld Jesus’ saving message with Mosaic Law-keeping, had already begun to affect the church.  Paul found …