Monthly Archives: June 2011

Day 33: Trust and Obey

Today’s reading: 2 Kings 1-12,  Ps 49-50 Things continue to look bleak in today’s reading. King after king acts foolishly, leading the people astray and turning all of Israel into a spiritual wasteland. Yet once again, a lone prophet stands out for … Continue reading

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Day 32: Showdown at Carmel

Today’s reading: 1 Kings 12-22,  Psalm 48 In today’s reading, we see things go from bad to worse. At the outset, Rehoboam has an opportunity to avert a kingdom crisis following the death of his father, Solomon. Instead, his ego gets the best … Continue reading

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Day 31: Blindsided

Today’s reading: 1 Kings 3-11,  Psalm 46-47 My, how things can change. We ended yesterday with Solomon securely in power as king of Israel. Then we began today with what appears to be a humble Solomon, praying that God would bless … Continue reading

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Day 30: Trusted Advisor

Today’s reading: 2 Sam 21-24, 1 Kings 1-2,  Psalm 44-45 The end of today’s reading marks the passing of the torch from David to his son, Solomon. As David approaches the end of his life, the man who has been with him since the … Continue reading

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Day 29: King David: A Complicated Man

Today’s reading: 2 Sam 6-20, Ps 43 Today is one of the largest chunks we will read in the whole perfect 100 series. Fifteen chapters capture a significant portion of David’s time as king over Israel. For everyone who has heard snippets of David’s story … Continue reading

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Day 28: A Kingdom Divided. . .and Reunited

Today’s reading: 1 Sam 27-31, 2 Sam 1-5,    Ps 41-42 Today’s reading includes an important historical event–the first mention of a separation of Israel and Judah, which occurs around the year 1000 BCE. Shortly after Saul’s death, we learn that David … Continue reading

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Day 27: Two Doses of Restraint and One Brave Heroine

Today’s reading: 1 Samuel 16-26, Ps 40 Plenty of ink has been spilled over the most familiar episode from today’s reading–the meeting of David and Goliath. I hope you enjoyed taking another look at this story in context, as one piece in the … Continue reading

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Day 26: A Case of Amnesia

Today’s reading: 1 Samuel 8-15, Ps 38-39 Let’s pause for a quick review. Back in Genesis, God made a covenant with Abraham, promising that his descendants would be more numerous than he could count and that they would inherit a land to call their … Continue reading

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Day 25: A Tale of Two Pastors

Today’s reading: 1 Samuel 1-7, Psalm 36-37 In the opening chapters of 1 Samuel, we have an opportunity to observe the behavior of two men, Eli and Samuel. It is quite a study in contrasts. Eli, the old priest, has inherited his position as birthright and seems … Continue reading

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Day 24: Hope for the Future

Today’s reading: Ruth, Psalm 35 “. . .the book of Judges bears witness that, even when people are running amuck, God can still be at work in the background.” Remember that sentence from yesterday’s blog? Today’s reading brings us perhaps the most important story … Continue reading

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