Through the Bible, September 20

Reading: 2 Thessalonians 2:13-3:17 Summary: Paul wraps up his Thessalonian correspondence with encouragements to faithfulness, a request for prayers, a warning against idleness, and reminder to remain steadfast. Devotional Thought: Bad Tradition, Good Tradition Wait a minute!  I thought religious traditions were bad.  Isn’t that what Jesus taught?  He said that …

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 4

Reading: John 6 Summary: The series of events recorded in today’s reading serves as a microcosm of what the interaction between Jesus as God’s Son and humanity is all about.  It begins with the miraculous feeding of the 5,000, that same crowd misunderstands and misapplies what His miraculous power meant, …

Through the Bible, June 17

June 17: Zechariah 7-9 Summary: Further messages from God by His prophet Zechariah, including further reminders of the consequences of Israel’s former unfaithfulness, God’s plan’s for Zion, and some specific details regarding the coming Messiah. Devotional Thought: Let God Do Good God is good and wants to do good. That …

Through the Bible, January 3

Read: Genesis 3-5 Summary: Sin enters creation with devastating consequences All that God had made was good.  It could be no other way.  But one of the primary features (or conditions) of the good creation made by God was man’s capacity to exercise his own will.  God never violated the …

Through the Bible, January 1

Read: Genesis 1-2 Summary: The Creation of Heaven and Earth God’s people need to know where and how and when it all started.  It was true of the Israelites leaving Egyptian servitude–the ones for whom Moses wrote Genesis–and it is no less true for us today. The words of Genesis …