March 20 “Wives, are you rotten?”

Rotten—it means something that is decaying or infected.

Ladies, our Proverbs passage tells us we can be like that to our husbands! But we have a choice. We can, also, choose to be like crowns bringing them honor through our lives.

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Today’s Readings:
Deuteronomy 1 & 2
Psalm 36.1-6
Proverbs 12.4-6
Mark 16.1-20

Second law

Deuteronomy 1 & 2:

Deuteronomy means “second law.” God through Moses sums up the events of the Exodus: their travels, their failures (including Moses’ own), their successes. It’s not really a “second law,” but a repeating of the law. It is the last of the first five books of the Old Testament, also called the Pentateuch.

Some scholars believe it’s the most important book in the Old Testament. So stay tuned in the days to come for a great walk through Deuteronomy. Continue reading

February 20 “Could you be convicted?”

If Christianity were criminalized, would there be enough evidence to convict you?

Could you be convicted?

Today’s Readings:
Leviticus 11 & 12
Psalm 25.8-15
Proverbs 10.1-3
Mark 2.1-28

Leviticus 11 & 12:

The daily details of life

Chapter 11 contains all the dietary restrictions God set for Israel. They were being taught to obey God in the daily details of life. That’s a tremendous truth for us, as well.

In Luke 16.10 Jesus is talking about how we use our resources, but the principle is the same. He said, “He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much.” If we’re not faithful in the little details of life, we won’t be faithful in the big things.

Would there be enough evidence?

Another thing these dietary laws served to do was to help them, and us, understand that as believers in the One True God, we are to be different, set apart from the world around us. Those around us should see a difference in us. Someone posed the question, “If you were arrested for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you?” Continue reading

January 21 “Dancing for the devil”

Dancing for the devil

God created sex. He designed our sexuality as a means to delight and bring pleasure to one another within the marriage relationship. But, sadly, as our culture knows all too well, “sex sells” and it has been twisted and used throughout the ages to manipulate and entice and for many other evil purposes.

Today’s Readings:
Genesis 41 & 42
Psalm 10.12-18
Proverbs 4.7-9
Matthew 14.1-21

Genesis 41 & 42:

Joseph’s story & your story

Here in these two chapters God’s purposes begin to unfold in Joseph’s life. God has used trials to prepare him and in the chapters to come we’ll see that he has learned to trust God’s workings in his life. Now he’s ready to be placed on the world stage and to be reconciled with his family. Continue reading