Monthly Archive: December 2016


Ephesians 4-6

Daily Reading Ephesians 4-6 Daily Thought You don’t put out a beach bonfire by shoveling sand on the flames. The smothered coals get hotter and hotter. I learned this the hard way when I stepped on a hot spot and scorched my foot, and there is a picture of bitterness. Paul says, “Let all bitterness […]


Ephesians 1-3

Daily Reading Ephesians 1-3 Daily Thought I was a kid taking guitar lessons, and Jack was my teacher. Jack was a master on the classical guitar. Torroba’s Sonatina, Etude #5 by Villa-Lobos,Variations on a Theme by Erik Satie, I practiced and I played as best I could. Then Jack would take my guitar. The same music, full of plunks […]


Galatians 4-6

Daily Reading Galatians 4-6 Daily Thought I had to sign a contract when I enrolled in a Christian college my freshman year. The contract included, “I will not dance, smoke, drink, or gamble.” I was a terrible dancer, didn’t smoke, was 17 years old (too young to drink), and typically lost at cards, so I signed, […]


Galatians 1-3

Daily Reading Galatians 1-3 Daily Thought The Law was given by God to the nation of Israel as a picture of righteousness, but more so, to reveal their inadequacy to live up to the Law, “for all who rely on works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, ‘Cursed be everyone […]


2Corinthians 10-13

Daily Reading 1Corinthians 10-13 Daily Thought Paul has a paternal relationship with the Corinthians–he is dad and they are his children, and parents provide for the kids, not the other way around, “for children are not obligated to save up for their parents, but parents for their children” (2Corinthians 12:14). It is the mark of […]


2Corinthians 5-9

Daily Reading 2Corinthians 5-9 Daily Thought Paul’s life revolves around the knowledge that this is merely his first, his earthly life, “for we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens” (2Corinthians 5:1). We are […]


2Corinthians 1-4

Daily Reading 2Corinthians 1-4 Daily Thought Light remedies darkness, and in the beginning “God said, “Let there be light,’ and there was light” (Genesis 1:3). But there are other kinds of darkness, and darkness persisted in the heart of humanity, for “people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil” (John […]


1Corinthians 15-16

Daily Reading 1Corinthians 15-16 Daily Thought “For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day” (1Corinthians 15:3-4). Without the resurrection, says Paul, “Let us eat and drink, for […]


1Corinthians 12-14

Daily Reading 1Corinthians 12-14 Daily Thought Paul’s first concern for the church in Corinth was unity, and he began his letter with an appeal “that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment” (1Corinthians 1:10). And the same […]

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