Monthly Archive: March 2017


1Samuel 15-17

Daily Reading 1Samuel 15-17 Daily Thought Chapter 15 is the turning point in the life and reign of Saul, as Samuel declares, “Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, he has also rejected you from being king” (v 23). The chapter ends with tears and regret, “Samuel grieved over Saul. And the Lord […]


1Samuel 13-14

Daily Reading 1Samuel 13-14 Daily Thought Have you noticed how often God is late? I think “now” would be a good time, but God thinks later. Later is usually better, but it’s not on my timetable. God has an agenda, and all too often it’s not the same as mine, and that’s my problem. I’m not alone […]


1Samuel 9-12

Daily Reading 1Samuel 9-12 Daily Thought Saul looked the part of king. Israel’s Charlton Heston, a rich kid, a tall, handsome young man. “There was not a man among the people of Israel more handsome than he. From his shoulders upward he was taller than any of the people” (1Samuel 9:2). He was the right […]


1Samuel 4-8

Daily Reading 1Samuel 4-8 Daily Thought Remember Jericho, the fortress city Israel battled as they began to take possession of the Promised Land. Israel’s faith in God is reflected in the fearful cries of her enemy, “Our hearts melted, and there was no spirit left in any man because of you, for the Lord your God, […]


1Samuel 1-3

Daily Reading 1Samuel 1-3 Daily Thought “Now the sons of Eli were worthless men”–God’s Word speaks with a beautiful bluntness–”They did not know the Lord” (1Samuel 2:12). A terrible resume for priests, and Hophni and Phinehas did terrible things for which they both would die on the same day and be replaced by “a faithful priest […]


Ruth 1-4

Daily Reading Ruth 1-4 Daily Thought Genesis 19 reveals the bawdy beginnings of the nation of Moab, “the daughters of Lot became pregnant by their father. The firstborn bore a son and called his name Moab. He is the father of the Moabites to this day” (Genesis 19:36-37). Later, attempting to curse Israel, “the king […]


Judges 19-21

Daily Reading Judges 19-21 Daily Thought The best thing about chapters 19-21 of Judges is they are the last chapters of Judges. Judges is over, and none too soon. The period of the Judges began when Joshua died and there arose another generation after him who did not know the Lord (Judges 2:10); was characterized […]


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; […]

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