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: Deuteronomy 32-34 Key Scripture Verses: Deuteronomy 32:45-47 (NIV, Life Application Bible) “When Moses finished reciting all these words to all Israel, he said to them, ‘Take to heart all the words I have solemnly declared to you this day, so that you may command your… Continue reading Week 52 Submitting to God’s Will
By Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell (Guest Blogger) Week 49 Scripture Readings: Acts 21-22 Key Scripture Verses: Acts 22:12-14 (NIV, Life Application Bible) “‘A man named Ananias came to see me. He was a devout observer of the law and highly respected by all the Jews living there. He stood beside me and said, ‘Brother Saul, receive… Continue reading Week 49 Called to Witness for Christ
By Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell (Guest Blogger) Week 46 Scripture Readings: Ezra 1-5 Key Scripture Verse: Ezra 1:5 (NIV, Life Application Bible) “Then the family heads of Judah and Benjamin, and the priests and Levites—everyone whose heart God had moved—prepared to go up and build the house of the Lord in Jerusalem.” The Hebrews had been… Continue reading Week 46 Being Open To His Call
By Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell (Guest Blogger) Week 45 Scripture Readings: Haggai Key Scripture Verses: “’But now be strong, Zerubbabel,’ declares the Lord. ‘Be strong, Joshua son of Jozadak, the high priest. Be strong, all you people of the land,’ declares the Lord, ‘and work. For I am with you,’ declares the Lord Almighty.” Haggai was… Continue reading Week 45 When God Gives Us Our Marching Orders
By Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell (Guest Blogger) Week 43 Scripture Readings: Ecclesiastes 1-2 Key Scripture Verses: Ecclesiastes 2:24-26 (NIV, Life Application Bible) “A person can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in their own toil. This too, I see, is from the hand of God, for without him, who can eat… Continue reading Week 43 Is All Our Toil For Naught?
By Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell (Guest Blogger) Week 41 Scripture Readings: Numbers 33-36 Key Scripture Verses: Numbers 33:38-39 (NIV, Life Application Bible) “At the Lord’s command Aaron the priest went up Mount Hor, where he died on the first day of the fifth month of the fortieth year after the Israelites came out of Egypt. Aaron… Continue reading Week 41 Aaron’s Mission Fulfilled
Today’s Text: Proverbs 19 Key Text: Proverbs 19:17 “He who is gracious to a poor man lends to the LORD….” I can’t read these words without thinking of Mother Teresa. I immediately think of one central part of her now famous ministry. She insisted that in caring for the poor of Calcutta – she was… Continue reading Week 34 Lending to God
Today’s Text: Numbers 1-4 Key Text: Numbers 3:11-12 “And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, ‘Behold, I have taken the Levites from among the people of Israel instead of every firstborn….The Levites shall be mine’….” They were not God’s only “children.” They were not the only ones among the people of Israel whom God cared… Continue reading Week 33: They Shall Be Mine