Friday, January 19

Week 3–Salvation: Redemption Friday, January 19 Psalm 130:1-8 Forgiveness Without forgiveness, there is no redemption. Any attempt to repair or restore what is broken or tainted without addressing the essential problem would be like painting over dirt or sweeping dust under the rug. Redemption, therefore demands forgiveness. Iniquities duly marked …

Wednesday, January 17

Week 3–Salvation: Redemption Wednesday, January 17 Ruth 3:1-13 Boaz and Jesus Redemption requires a redeemer. That is a person who is able to act from a position of power, influence, and help on behalf of the weak, vulnerable, and helpless. We are quick to embrace Job’s assurance, “I know that …

Tuesday, January 16

Week 3–Salvation: Redemption Tuesday, January 16 Psalms 66:5-20 God Redeems His People God occupying the role of redeemer was not a one-time act or event. Repeatedly throughout biblical history, God steps in to redeem His people. No greater demonstration of that role is found anywhere than of His deliverance of …

Monday, January 15

Week 3–Salvation: Redemption Monday, January 15 Genesis 3:1-24 God’s Choice to Redeem God’s “very good” creation did not remain that for very long. Sin changed everything. Fear and shame replaced innocence and Intimacy. The desire for isolation now trumped that for association. What comes next? How will God respond to …

Saturday, January 6

Week 1–God: His Greatness Saturday, January 6 Isaiah 55:6-13 I Don’t Understand Sometimes I just don’t understand God, and I know I’m not alone in this. Why does God allow misfortune to come into my life? Why does God permit for there to be hurting and pain–particularly for the innocent? …

Friday, January 5

Week 1–God: His Greatness Friday, January 5 Exodus 34:5-9 A Preferrable God God’s presence at Mt. Sinai terrorized the Israelites newly freed from generations of slavery in Egypt. God saw to that. Looking back from the New Testament, the book of Hebrews describes that experience as their having come to …

Thursday, January 4

Thursday, January 4 Psalm 103:1-22 God Bless or Bless God? “God bless you” and “God bless me” have to be among the most common and desired sentiments ever. But what about me blessing God? We are accustomed and attuned to the direction of blessing flowing from God to us. Any …

January 1 Bible Reading

Monday, January 1 Reading: Isaiah 46:1-13 Incomparable! Anything we encounter that’s new or unusual we typically compare to something or someone else we know. A new person is like or somebody else we know. A new food tastes like another food with which we’re familiar (tastes like chicken, right?). Anything …