Monthly Archive: December 2016

19
Dec

Hebrews 11-13

Daily Reading Hebrews 11-13 Daily Thought The Greek Games were a vibrant piece of the Roman world. Cities had stadiums, and stadiums were filled with spectators cheering the chariots and the runners, the fighters and the tossers of javelins. The writer of Hebrews lifts this familiar Olympic imagery to heavenly heights, “Therefore, since we are […]

18
Dec

Hebrews 7-10

Daily Reading Hebrews 7-10 Daily Thought Bru is a crazy, brilliant, amazing guy I served with in youth ministry. Whenever Bru meets you, he spells your name backward in his head, just to see if it does something interesting. He’s fun like that, so we put him in charge of introducing first-time visitors to youth […]

17
Dec

Hebrews 1-6

Daily Reading Hebrews 1-6 Daily Thought “For it is impossible, in the case of those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, and have shared in the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the age to come, and then have fallen away, to […]

16
Dec

Titus 1-3; Philemon

Daily Reading Titus 1-3; Philemon Daily Thought Paul reminds Titus of the task left to him in Crete, “that you might put what remained into order, and appoint elders in every town as I directed you” (Titus 1:5). Look at the home. Is he a one-woman kind of man, devoted to his wife? Do his […]

15
Dec

2Timothy 1-4

Daily Reading 2Timothy 1-4 Daily Thought Seinfeld, Season 9, Episode 10: Frank Costanza, father of George, explains the holiday of Festivus to Kramer. “Many Christmases ago, I went to buy a doll for my son. I reached for the last one they had, but so did another man. As I rained blows upon him, I realized there […]

14
Dec

1Timothy 1-6

Daily Reading 1Timothy 1-6 Daily Thought Paul left Timothy to pastor the church in Ephesus, and though young in years, he challenged him, “Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity” (1Timothy 4:12). Paul knew if Timothy took the […]

13
Dec

2Thessalonians 1-3

Daily Reading 2Thessalonians 1-3 Daily Thought Sloth is the least noticed of the Seven Deadly Sins of Christian tradition; the sin of doing nothing, and as such, becomes a breeding ground for the others: envy, gluttony, greed, anger, lust, and pride. Paul warns the church at Thessalonica, “We hear that some among you walk in […]

12
Dec

1Thessalonians 1-5

Daily Reading 1Thessalonians 1-5 Daily Thought This letter, earliest of all the New Testament letters, Paul wrote to encourage a young church in Thessalonica, “We give thanks to God always for all of you, constantly mentioning you in our prayers, remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and […]

11
Dec

Colossians 1-4

Daily Reading Colossians 1-4 Daily Thought She came with her mom to the Wednesday night prayer meeting, every week. She was twelve, the youngest in the room, but she liked to pray and she liked the prayers of the people who came. Except one man. He prayed long every week, and every week finished with, […]

10
Dec

Philippians 1-4

Daily Reading Philippians 1-4 Daily Thought Paul begins his letter to the church in Philippi, “I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now” (Philippians 1:3-5). Paul found joy […]

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