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14
Dec

2Thessalonians1-3

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 […]

13
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 […]

12
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, […]

11
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 […]

10
Dec

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 […]

09
Dec

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 […]

08
Dec

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, […]

07
Dec

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 […]

06
Dec

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 […]

05
Dec

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 […]

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