Storm Clouds Gathering

The next part of the story is never easy to tell. There are storm clouds gathering.  Jesus has been on the road – healing, teaching, listening, preaching – moving. And he has been saying some very disturbing things to his closest, handpicked disciples. Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; And the Son of man shall… Continue reading Storm Clouds Gathering

Week 36: A Faithful Outlook

Today’s Text: Numbers 13-16 Key Text: Numbers 13:30 “Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, ‘We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.” When the freed Hebrew slaves who had been wandering in the desert came to the Promised Land they did a very sensible… Continue reading Week 36: A Faithful Outlook

Fighting Your Goliath

Key Text: 1 Samuel 17:(1a, 4-11, 19-23), 32-37 Now the Philistines gathered their armies for battle; they were gathered at Socoh, which belongs to Judah, and encamped between Socoh and Azekah, in Ephes-dammim. And there came out from the camp of the Philistines a champion named Goliath, of Gath, whose height was six cubits and… Continue reading Fighting Your Goliath

Week 48 Monday

Outnumbered Today’s scripture selection: Deuteronomy 20-22 Key verse: Deuteronomy 20:1 “When you go to war against your enemies and see horses and chariots and an army that is greater than yours, do not be afraid of them, because the LORD your God, who brought you up out of Egypt, will be with you.” It’s a… Continue reading Week 48 Monday

Week 46 Tuesday

Beyond the Obstacles Today’s scripture selection: Ezra 1-5 Key verse: Ezra 4:4 “Then the peoples around them set out to discourage the people of Judah and make them afraid to go on building.” Long ago, during the time when those who had been exiled returned to Jerusalem to build their temple, not surprisingly opposition arose.… Continue reading Week 46 Tuesday

Week 31 Sunday

Light and Life Today’s scripture selection: John 1-2 Key Verses: John 1:4-5      I love the way the apostle John begins his gospel.      While the other gospel writers start right in with the historic details of Jesus’ life – John takes another, much more dramatic, angle.      “In the beginning was the Word, and… Continue reading Week 31 Sunday

Week 20 Saturday

A Different Kind of War Today’s scripture selection: Second Corinthians 9-10 Key verse: Second Corinthians 10:3 It’s a sad reality of our world that war is relentless. At any given time; any given season; in a hundred hot spots all over the globe – war wages on.  And even the hopeful pacifist among us reluctantly… Continue reading Week 20 Saturday

Week 13 Sunday

For We Are Many Today’s scripture selection: Mark 5-6 Key verse: Mark 5:9        I find that one of the most haunting stories in the New Testament, no pun intended, is that of the man who was possessed by so many demons he called himself “Legion.”      The legion was the largest unit in… Continue reading Week 13 Sunday

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