Daily Reading


Judges 16-18

Daily Reading Judges 16-18 Daily Thought Samson had God’s strength… ”Then the Spirit of the Lord rushed upon him, and although he had nothing in his hand, he tore the lion in pieces as one tears a young goat” (Judges 14:6). …but he loved Delilah. “After this he loved a woman in the Valley of […]


Judges 13-15

Daily Reading Judges 13-15 Daily Thought When I was young, I listened to records. A scratch in the surface of a vinyl record would cause a song to repeat at the same spot over and over again. We called it a “broken record.” It would sound something like this, “And the people of Israel again […]


Judges 10-12

Daily Reading Judges 10-12 Daily Thought The people of Israel are again (still) doing evil in the eyes of the Lord (Judges 10:6), so God lifted his hand of protection and permitted the Philistines to torment them. Israel cried for help, and God responds, “Go and cry out to the gods whom you have chosen; […]


Judges 8-9

Daily Reading Judges 8-9 Daily Thought God delivers the Israelites from slavery to Egypt and Moses breaks out in song, thirty-two verses begin with, “Give ear, O heavens, and I will speak, and let the earth hear the words of my mouth. For I will proclaim the name of the Lord; ascribe greatness to our […]


Judges 6-7

Daily Reading Judges 6-7 Daily Thought Gideon’s leadership was far from stellar: “Please, Lord, how can I save Israel? Behold, my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house” (Judges 6:15); “Show me a sign that it is you who speak with me” (Judges 6:17); “Because he was […]


Judges 3-5

Daily Reading Judges 3-5 Daily Thought “And the people of Israel again did what was evil in the sight of the Lord.” Again. That’s putting it mildly. The verse is Judges 3:12, but it’s also Judges 2:11; 3:7; 4:1; 6:1; 10:6; and 13:1; and that’s just the book of Judges. What is astonishing, however, is they  do […]


Judges 1-2

Daily Reading Judges 1-2 Daily Thought The Bible is filled with stories of violent conquest. “Then Judah went up and the Lord gave the Canaanites and the Perizzites into their hand, and they defeated 10,000 of them at Bezek” (Judges 1:4). One of many wars in the pages of Israel’s history. Why all the wars, […]


Joshua 22-24

Daily Reading Joshua 22-24 Daily Thought We all follow someone or something, each of us must choose, and there are only two choices: God and not-God. From the words of Jesus, “Whoever is not with me is against me” (Matthew 12:30), and, “For the one who is not against us is for us” (Mark 9:40). You cannot […]


Joshua 19-21

Daily Reading Joshua 19-21 Daily Thought Not one word of all the good promises that the Lord had made to the house of Israel had failed; all came to pass (Joshua 21:45). I looked up some streaks. Joe DiMaggio hit safely in 56 straight baseball games. He was a good bet for a hit, but […]


Joshua 16-18

Daily Reading Joshua 16-18 Daily Thought As the tribes of Israel divide the Promised Land and draw boundaries for each of their tribes (Joshua 16-18), their disobedience continued. Israel permitted the ungodly to live among them and share the land, “they did not drive out the Canaanites” (Joshua 16:10; 17:13), as they had been commanded […]

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