Monthly Archives: June 2011

Day 23: Running Amuck

Today’s reading: Judges 6-16, Psalm 34 Our reading for today begins this way in Joshua 6: “Yet again the People of Israel went back to doing evil in God’s sight.” (The Message) The period of Israel’s history that is recorded in the … Continue reading

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Day 22: Worship Wars

Today’s reading: Joshua 20-24, Judges 1-5, Psalm 32-33 Over the last few days, we’ve read several times about the Reubenites, Gadites, and the half-tribe of Manasseh. Remember that they desired to settle on land east of the Jordan. They received permission to do so, as long … Continue reading

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Day 21: War and Peace

Today’s reading: Joshua 10-19, Psalm 31 “And the land had rest from war.” So ends the eleventh chapter of Joshua today. In chapters 10-11, we witness quite an extraordinary military campaign, in which the Israelite army defeats all the great armies of the … Continue reading

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Day 20: Crossing Over

Today’s reading: Joshua 1-9, Psalm 30 “Are we there yet?” Remember those childhood journeys where you relentlessly pestered a parent (or perhaps a youth leader), wanting to know when you would get where you were going? Now imagine a journey that … Continue reading

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Day 19: Off the Grid

Today’s reading: Deut 29-34, Ps 28-29 If you were paying close attention today, you noticed a significant omission near the end of the book of Deuteronomy. Didn’t catch that? Go back and look again at the role call in chapter 33, where Moses blesses … Continue reading

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Day 18: Integrity

Today’s reading: Deuteronomy 19-28, Ps 27 Moses’ final instructions to the people of Israel continue in today’s chapters, concluding with a stern warning–failure to adhere to God’s commandments will have disastrous consequences. Included in these commandments is the expectation that the Israelites will show integrity in … Continue reading

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Day 17: At the Crossroads

Today’s reading: Deuteronomy 10-18, Ps 26 Today, in part 2 of his farewell address, Moses continues his instructions to the Israelites on how they are to live when they enter the land. The gist of the message is this: they are at a crossroads. They … Continue reading

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Day 16: Hear, O Israel!

Today’s reading: Deuteronomy 1-9, Ps 24-25 The book of Deuteronomy is constructed as Moses’ farewell address to the people. Eugene Peterson refers to it as “the longest sermon in the Bible and perhaps the longest sermon ever.” This message is Moses’ last … Continue reading

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Day 15: Final Preparations

Today’s reading: Numbers 28-36, Ps 22-23 As we come to the end of the Book of Numbers, we encounter a people who are nearing their destination. The pages of these final chapters are largely devoted to final preparations that are vital to the life they will share as … Continue reading

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Day 14: Lessons in Leadership

Today’s reading: Numbers 20-27, Ps 20-21 In the last chapter of today’s reading, there is a major newsflash: Moses will not be leading the people of Israel into the Promised Land. He will die before they have reached their destination. The … Continue reading

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