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Genesis 32-34

Daily Reading Genesis 32-34 Daily Thought It had been quite a night, wrestling in his sleep with what at first Jacob thought was a man, but could only have been God. Jacob lasted the fight and won a blessing. But before the blessing, God gave Jacob a new name to remind him of the curse–the […]


Genesis 30-31

Daily Reading Genesis 30-31 Daily Thought Israel, the great nation of God, would come through the line of Jacob. Jacob had 12 sons and a daughter by 4 women. Two were wives, two weren’t. God will use this convoluted, sin-filled line to bring forth his people. We are sinners, simple as that. When God uses us to […]


Genesis 27-29

Daily Reading Genesis 27-29 Daily Thought Jacob was a conniving son of his mother, and she taught him to deceive. He stole his brother’s birthright, then his blessing, and now on the run because big brother Esau was mad, Jacob was alone. He “left Beersheba and went toward Haran, and he came to a certain place and […]


Genesis 25-26

Daily Reading Genesis 25-26 Daily Thought When I meet with a bride and groom to go over plans before a wedding, one of the most important questions I ask is, “What can I expect from your families? Is there bad blood? Are there in-laws and outlaws and ex’s and anything else I need to be aware of? What […]


Genesis 22-24

Daily Reading Genesis 22-24 Daily Thought God’s command of Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac is one of the most troubling in Scripture. Yes, God creates life, so it is his for the asking, but children are sacrificed only to phony foreign gods. Right? Perhaps God was dramatically displaying that he is not like these […]


Genesis 19-21

Daily Reading Genesis 19-21 Daily Thought Genesis 19 – what a chapter! The depraved men of Sodom clamor for sex with two men/angels staying in Lot’s home. Lot offers his daughters instead. Sodom and Gomorrah are a carnival of perversity, but their time is up. God’s mercy drained, he destroys the cities. Lot’s unrepentant daughters get their dad drunk and take turns […]


Genesis 16-18

Daily Reading Genesis 16-18 Daily Thought Chutzpah, a Yiddish word, means audacity, utter nerve, effrontery, nearly arrogant courage, impudence, supreme self-confidence, unbelievable gall, insolence. Author Ruth Pennebaker says New York pedestrians have chutzpah; “They step into traffic, no matter what color the traffic light is, no matter whether it’s a Greyhound bus or some hybrid […]


Genesis 12-15

Daily Reading Genesis 12-15 Daily Thought Written one after the other, you see a remarkable similarity between the stories of Babel (Genesis 11:1-9) and Abram (Genesis 12:1-3). Both the people of Babel and Abram were going to be a great community. In Babel, they would build a marvelous city with a tower that reached the heavens. To Abram, […]


Genesis 8-11

Daily Reading Genesis 8-11 Daily Thought Why was it wrong for the people of Babel to build a city and a tower? (Genesis 11:1-9) Debbie and I were staring into the sun watching our 7-year-old’s soccer game. I had a hat; Debbie didn’t, but wished she had and thought she left one in the car. […]


Genesis 4-7

Daily Reading Genesis 4-7 Daily Thought In Genesis 4, Cain and Abel each bring an offering to God, an offering of fruit and of a firstborn lamb respectively. God found Abel’s acceptable, but why not Cain’s? When I worship, my heart must be in it. It must include true faith and a character of humility […]

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