Monthly Archive: September 2016


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 […]


Micah 1-7

Daily Reading Micah 1-7 Daily Thought Micah stood, like ever-so-many prophets of God before and after him, and called out, “Hear, you people, all of you; pay attention, O earth, and all that is in it” (Micah 1:2). He declared a message of judgment, a message repeated as often as needed, which explains why there […]


Obadiah 1; Jonah 1-4

Daily Reading Obadiah 1; Jonah 1-4 Daily Thought “When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil way, God relented of the disaster that he had said he would do to them, and he did not do it. But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was angry” (Jonah 3:10-4:1). We desire a […]


Amos 6-9

Daily Reading Amos 6-9 Daily Thought Amos did not ask to be a prophet, especially a prophet to neighboring Israel. “I was a herdsman and a dresser of sycamore figs. But the Lord took me from following the flock, and the Lord said to me, ‘Go, prophesy to my people Israel’” (Amos 7:14-15). God said […]


Amos 1-5

Daily Reading Amos 1-5 Daily Thought Amos has a knack for simplicity; he is clear and to the point. “Seek good, and not evil” (Amos 5:14), Amos counsels Israel. “Hate evil, and love good” (Amos 5:15). It is a two-pronged approach, with gusto. The bad must be obliterated, and the body must be strengthened. Good […]


Hosea 1-7

Daily Reading Hosea 1-7 Daily Thought Hosea lived “in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam the son of Joash, king of Israel” (Hosea 1:1). Of the kings of Judah, Uzziah, Jotham, and Hezekiah did what was right in the eyes of the Lord (2Chronicles […]

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