Week 2 Tuesday

No Child’s Play Today’s scripture selection: Joshua 6-10 Key verses: Joshua 10:14      When I was a kid, like many young boys, I liked to play at war.  I went through the classic “Cowboys and Indians” phase; the “Batman verses the Joker” phase; the “Spaceman verses the dreaded alien from Mars” phase.  I remember being… Continue reading Week 2 Tuesday

Week 2 Monday

Waiting Out The Storm Today’s scripture selection: Genesis 4-7 Key verse: Genesis 6:8, 22      The Bible is filled with stories – stories of failure and victory; terrible sin and amazing redemption; death and life.  On almost every page we meet characters of all type and persuasion, some beautiful, some not.  But read those stories… Continue reading Week 2 Monday

Week 2 Sunday

How far is heaven? Today’s scripture selection: Matthew 3-4 Key verse: Matthew 4:17      Some years ago a song hit the airwaves that asked an important question, “Tell me, Lord, how far is heaven?”  That’s a good question. And I was a little surprised to find it being asked on pop radio.  Maybe I shouldn’t… Continue reading Week 2 Sunday

Week 1 Friday

“Information Overload” Today’s scripture selection: Isaiah 1-6 Key verses: Isaiah 5:20-21      Never before has it been so easy, for so many, to collect opinion and fact about virtually any subject.  And entertainment – some good, some bad, is just a swipe away.  It’s all available at the touch of a button.  Not long ago… Continue reading Week 1 Friday

Week 1 Wednesday

A Well Watered Garden Today’s scripture selection: Psalms 1-2 Key verses: Psalm 1:2-3      I’m not much of a gardener.  I still remember how once, years ago when I was a student living away from home, I went to a florist asking for some sort of plant I could put in my room.  I wanted… Continue reading Week 1 Wednesday

All in the Family

Today’s scripture selection: Matthew 1-2

Key verse: Matthew 2:6

In just a few weeks I will be officially over the hill, a little over half-a-century old. (Actually, by six years, but who’s counting?)  Still, I can remember what it was like to be a young kid, sitting on the carpet in my grandparent’s home in Ohio, watching BONANZA and enjoying an “Eskimo Pie”.  Back in those days I didn’t have any responsibilities.  I had few worries.  I wasn’t a husband or a pastor or a citizen.  I was just a kid.  I was Osie and Pappy’s grandson; Gene and June’s little boy; Chuck’s younger brother.  But already the die was cast.  I was soon to be a member of God’s kingdom – baptized by my own father, himself a minister.  And, though I didn’t know it then, that first critically important choice would richly color my life forever more.

In Matthew’s gospel we learn that there “were fourteen generations in all from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to the exile to Babylon, and fourteen from the exile to the Christ.”  Matthew, writing to a Jewish audience, wanted to make a point.  The Savior was a descendant of Abraham.  And, while we might find that long genealogy in chapter one tedious, it says a lot.  It reminds us that, over thousands of years, God was at work, carefully preparing to rescue His people through the ordinary – and sometimes extraordinary lives of ordinary people.

He still does that.  God reaches out to us in both ordinary and extraordinary ways to reminds us of one thing – how much He loves us.  And we, one life at a time, can be part of that redemptive story.  You are only one person in a vast sea of humanity.  But you are important.  You are part of a story, made up of many generations.  You have unique gifts and gifts that are only yours to share.  You can be part of God’s redemptive story, both as recipient and giver.  You are more than somebody’s kid; somebody’s brother or sister; somebody’s employee or employer; somebody’s mom or dad or grandparent.  You are God’s own beloved.  Enjoy the journey and make it count – one changed life at a time.

Prayer:  Lord, thank you for lovingly calling me to be part of your family.  Show me how to live out my destiny according to your will.  Help me to be thankful for each and every opportunity to live my life fully and abundantly.  In Jesus’ holy name, AMEN.