Monthly Archive: October 2018

18
Oct

Mark 8-9

Daily Reading Mark 8-9 Daily Thought The disciples grew up looking for Israel’s Messiah, and found him. “You are the Christ,” said Peter (Mark 8:29). The “Christ,” the Hebrew Messiah, but Jesus is Messiah to more than Israel and is calling them to be much more, as well. To the Jews there were two types […]

17
Oct

Mark 6-7

Daily Reading Mark 6-7 Daily Thought Jesus was accustomed to being marveled at; now Jesus marveled at them, “because of their unbelief” (Mark 6:7). His miracles, his teaching, his kindness, and his confidence set Jesus apart and above the typical celebrity and left people astonished and in awe. Then Jesus went home. You would never […]

16
Oct

Mark 4-5

Daily Reading Mark 4-5 Daily Thought Jesus was a storyteller, and a good one. His stories engaged his listeners, requiring contemplation if they were to learn anything of the kingdom of God. Thus, the sincere seeker is separated from the cynical skeptic, “for to the one who has, more will be given, and from the […]

15
Oct

Mark 1-3

Daily Reading Mark 1-3 Daily Thought In Mark’s Gospel, everything happens “immediately” (Mark 1:10, 12, 18, 20, 21, 23, 29, 30, 42; and that’s just chapter 1). Jesus begins in Galilee “proclaiming the gospel of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the […]

14
Oct

Matthew 27-28

Daily Reading Matthew 27-28 Daily Thought From where he sat in a prison cell, Barabbas could not hear Pilate speaking in the courtyard. Only the shout of the crowd. It was the governor’s custom at the Feast to release a prisoner chosen by the crowd; “Pilate said to them, ‘Whom do you want me to […]

13
Oct

Matthew 26

Daily Reading Matthew 26 Daily Thought “A woman came up to him with an alabaster flask of very expensive ointment, and she poured it on his head as he reclined at table” (Matthew 26:7), and the disciples objected, “Why this waste? For this could have been sold for a large sum and given to the […]

12
Oct

Matthew 24-25

Daily Reading Matthew 24-25 Daily Thought When Harold Camping was setting dates and making all the noise about the second coming of Jesus a few years ago, those who listen to Jesus rather than Harold went on with life as usual, not because they don’t believe Jesus is coming back, but because they don’t believe […]

11
Oct

Matthew 22-23

Daily Reading Matthew 22-23 Daily Thought Jesus describes God’s kingdom as a wedding feast, and all of Israel invited. The celebration promised to be spectacular, “my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered and everything is ready” (Matthew 22:4). One condition, however, proved to be an obstacle: the required attire was a particular wedding […]

10
Oct

Matthew 20-21

Daily Reading Matthew 20-21 Daily Thought When we were kids, my dad would play street football with us. He was the quarterback and drove us crazy. Who the best players were was clearly established and they were chosen first, yet my dad would send them running to the right with defenders in tow, then toss […]

09
Oct

Matthew 18-19

Daily Reading Matthew 18-19 Daily Thought “For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them” (Matthew 18:20). Has anyone who quotes this verse ever asked, where is Jesus when you are by yourself? He’s with you, of course, so let’s stop pulling this verse out in small groups, saying […]

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