7 The Pharisees and some of the teachers of the law who had come from Jerusalem gathered around Jesus 2 and saw some of his disciples eating food with hands that were defiled, that is, unwashed. 3 (The Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they give their hands a ceremonial washing, holding to the tradition of the elders. 4 When… Continue reading That Which Defiles – Mark 7:1-13
By Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell (Guest Blogger) Week 52 Scripture Readings: Acts 27-28 Key Scripture Verses: Acts 28:3-6 (NIV, Life Application Bible) “Paul gathered a pile of brushwood and, as he put it on the fire, a viper, driven out by the heat, fastened itself on his hand. When the islanders saw the snake hanging from… Continue reading Week 52 If it’s God’s Plan, Nothing Can Stop It!
By Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell (Guest Blogger) Week 52 Scripture Readings: Esther 6-10 Key Scripture Verses: Esther 8:5-6, 8 (NIV, Life Application Bible) “ ‘If it pleases the king,’ she said, ‘and if he regards me with favor and thinks it the right thing to do, and it he is pleased with me, let an order… Continue reading Week 52 God’s Will Be Done
By Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell (Guest Blogger) Week 51 Scripture Readings: Esther 1-5 Key Scripture Verses: 3:5-6 (NIV, Life Application Bible) “When Haman saw that Mordecai would not kneel down or pay him honor, he was enraged. Yet having learned who Mordecai’s people were, he scorned the idea of killing only Mordecai. Instead Haman looked for… Continue reading Week 51 God Will See His Plans Fulfilled
By Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell (Guest Blogger) Week 51 Scripture Readings: Deuteronomy 29-31 Key Scripture Verses: Deuteronomy 30: 11-14 (NIV, Life Application Bible) “Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach. It is not up to heaven, so that you have to ask, ‘Who will ascend into… Continue reading Week 51 God is Always Available to Us
If You Can? Key Texts: Mark 9:14-29 When they came to the other disciples, they saw a large crowd around them and the teachers of the law arguing with them. As soon as all the people saw Jesus, they were overwhelmed with wonder and ran to greet him. “What are you arguing with them… Continue reading If You Can?
Priorities Today’s scripture selection: Haggai Key verses: Haggai 1:4-8 It was time to rebuild the temple. It had been destroyed, years before, and permission had been given for it to be rebuilt. Those who had been exiled had a chance to return to their homeland and their God. But the building project had stalled. For… Continue reading Week 45 Friday
No Accident Today’s scripture selection: Acts 13-14 Key Verse: Acts 13:2-3 “While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, ‘Set apart for me Barnabus and Saul for the work to which I have called them.’ So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them… Continue reading Week 45 Sunday