Monthly Archives: July 2011

Day 54: Back to the Basics

Today’s reading: Isaiah 24-33,  Psalm 81 “Who among us can survive this firestorm? Who of us can get out of this purge with our lives?” (Isaiah 33:14, The Message) In the final chapter of today’s reading, Isaiah puts these questions into the … Continue reading

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Day 53: Still Waiting

Today’s reading: Isaiah 13-23,  Psalm 79-80 Today, Isaiah turns his attention to pronouncing a coming judgment on Israel’s neighbors that will be a part of God’s work of restoration. Much of our reading in these eleven chapters focuses on the punishment that will be carried out on these … Continue reading

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Day 52: Messiah Is Coming

Today’s reading: Isaiah 1-12,  Psalm 78 Today we begin our time with the prophets. For the next three weeks, we will listen to the voices of these brave souls, called to speak boldly to the people of Israel about their behavior while also offering a word … Continue reading

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Day 51: God’s Good Gift

Today’s reading: Song of Solomon 1-8,  Psalm 76-77 If you’ve never read Song of Solomon before, you are in for quite a surprise today. It doesn’t take long to realize that you have entered very different territory from anything else you’ll read in … Continue reading

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Day 50: Smoke and Mirrors

Today’s reading: Ecclesiastes 1-12, Ps 74-75 On Day 50, the halfway point of the perfect 100, we step into a curious book located near the midpoint of our Bibles. The “teacher” who is the author is probably best known for the familiar passage found in … Continue reading

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Day 49: A Better Way

Today’s reading: Proverbs 21-31, Psalm 73 Today, let’s turn our attention to one more character trait that is highlighted in the  Proverbs. Numerous examples of self-discipline can be found throughout the book, yet they seem to appear with more frequency and force in today’s reading. For the book’s author, this … Continue reading

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Day 48: Choices

Today’s reading: Proverbs 11-20, Psalm 72 In our second day of reading the Proverbs, we find a pattern used repeatedly, contrasting wise behavior with foolishness. Implicit in these verses is the act of making choices. The author of Proverbs clearly does not believe that life simply happens … Continue reading

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Day 47: Everyday Wisdom

Today’s reading: Proverbs 1-10, Psalm 71 Today we enter the book of Proverbs, a collection of pithy sayings attributed to King Solomon. You’ll remember from a previous reading that his one request of God as he began his reign was for wisdom (1 Kings 3:9). Shortly after, we are … Continue reading

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Day 46: A Fitting End

Today’s reading: Job 32-42, Psalm 70 In today’s section from the book of Job, we finally hear a word from God. After enduring the pop theology diatribes of Job and his friends, young Elihu appears on the scene to introduce the keynote speaker. The Creator of heaven and earth … Continue reading

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Day 45: Resting His Case

Today’s reading: Job 22-31, Psalm 69 Job brings his defense to an end today. By now, he is so agitated that his friends can hardly get a word in. You can almost hear him working up to a feverish pitch as he makes … Continue reading

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