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Matthew 11-12

Daily Reading Matthew 11-12 Daily Thought John the Baptist is the one prophesied to announce the coming of Messiah, “Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way before you” (Matthew 11:10; cf Malachi 3:1). Now in prison, he asks of Jesus, “Are you the one?” (Matthew 11:3). Jesus says just […]


Matthew 9-10

Daily Reading Matthew 9-10 Daily Thought “So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 10:32). The rancher wanted the farmers to pay for his drowned cattle. “Judge, you know we’ve been having a drought. The farmers had a prayer meeting and asked God to […]


Matthew 7-8

Daily Reading Matthew 7-8 Daily Thought If John 3:16 is the best-known verse in the Bible, one of the most quoted is Matthew 7:1–”Judge not, that you be not judged”–often employed to provide biblical cover to an “I can do whatever I want” lifestyle. The rub comes a few verses later, however, when Jesus says, […]


Matthew 5-6

Daily Reading Matthew 5-6 Daily Thought Jesus said, “I have not come to abolish the Law or the Prophets, not an iota, not a dot” (Matthew 5:17-18); then elaborated on the iotas and the dots. Anger is murder; lust is adultery, and so is divorce; don’t swear to tell the truth, simply tell the truth; […]


Matthew 1-4

Daily Reading Matthew 1-4 Daily Thought Matthew begins with what is important to a Jew, “The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham” (Matthew 1:1). The Hebrew people want to know where you come from;  specifically who was your father and your father’s father. It was a […]


Malachi 1-4

Daily Reading Malachi 1-4 Daily Thought It is a shaming question: the gifts you present to God, would you give to the king? “When you offer blind animals in sacrifice, is that not evil? And when you offer those that are lame or sick, is that not evil? Present that to your governor; will he […]


Zechariah 8-14

Daily Reading Zechariah 8-14 Daily Thought Much of the work of God’s prophets is in the proclamation of judgments and the promise of redemption, but sometimes they foretell the future, and Zechariah more than many. It is a future of God’s glory reflected in his people, “On that day the Lord their God will save […]


Haggai 1-2

Daily Reading Haggai 1-2 Daily Thought It was Sunday morning and the Neri family checked in on Facebook at Rolling Hills Community Church. “God 1st” read the comment. That afternoon, they checked in again, this time at AT&T Park in San Francisco; “Giants 2nd.” I liked that, and they got it right. Said Jesus, “Seek […]


Habakkuk 1-3; Zephaniah 1-3

Daily Reading Habakkuk 1-3; Zephaniah 1-3 Daily Thought A coach and a running back. They were together at the University of Southern California. They won 34 consecutive games, two National Championships, and a Heisman Trophy. But that is not their legacy. They cheated. “Woe to him who builds his realm by unjust gain to set […]


Nahum 1-3

Daily Reading Nahum 1-3 Daily Thought Nineveh was the capital of Assyria, a brutish people who crushed Israel. The city once repented when warned by Jonah of God’s coming wrath, but returned again to evil and worse, “Woe to the bloody city, all full of lies and plunder–no end to the prey!” (Nahum 3:1). This […]

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