Monthly Archives: August 2011

Day 85: Called to Serve

       Today’s reading: John 13-21; Psalm 127-128 Our reading for today begins with Jesus and the disciples gathered in Jerusalem for their final meal. We have visited this scene in Matthew, Mark, and Luke already, but what John chooses to tell us about the event is markedly different. For … Continue reading

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Day 84: Satisfied

         Today’s reading: John 1-12; Psalm 126 From the opening verse today, we can tell that we are in a very different gospel from the three we have completed in recent days. One of the features that became familiar to us in the synoptic gospels (Matthew, Mark, … Continue reading

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Day 82: Their Eyes Were Opened

         Today’s reading: Luke 17-24; Psalm 125 Matthew, Mark, and Luke all tell us about the last supper in the upper room, just hours before Jesus is arrested and then put to death. In each of these synoptic gospels, the writer tells us that Jesus blessed … Continue reading

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Day 81: Who Is My Neighbor?

         Today’s reading: Luke 8-16; Psalm 123-124 The smooth-talking attorney wanted to make himself look good. He had already given the right answer to Jesus’ question–love God and love neighbor and you will fulfill the expectations for obedience to the law. Pushing the envelope … Continue reading

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Day 80: Filled with Joy

         Today’s reading: Luke 1-7; Psalm 122 You can’t read the first two chapters of Luke’s gospel today without being captured by the tremendous sense of joy he conveys. Luke’s opening scenes reveal the kind of response that the coming of the Messiah is meant to elicit. Men and women, young … Continue reading

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Day 79: Urgent, Urgent!

         Today’s reading: Mark 1-16; Psalm 120-121 Perhaps today is the first time you have read an entire gospel in a single sitting. It’s a great project to undertake and Mark is the perfect gospel for doing it. His is the shortest of the four gospels and … Continue reading

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Day 78: Thirty Silver Coins

Today’s reading: Matthew 19-28; Psalm 119 For those of us who profess the Christian faith, the value of Jesus’ self-giving love–offered through his life, death, and resurrection–is immeasurable. Our deep gratitude makes the scene surrounding his passion and death in today’s Scripture … Continue reading

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Day 77: Slow Learners

Today’s reading: Matthew 10-18; Psalm 118 When I celebrate Holy Communion, I sometimes will say, “When Jesus came, he gathered a group of friends around him. . .ordinary people with flaws and blemishes just like you and me who became his disciples. It’s a … Continue reading

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Day 76: Knowing Your Audience

Today’s reading: Matthew 1-9; Psalm 116-117 Just as the closing chapter of Malachi offered the perfect segue into the New Testament, today we open the book of Matthew and begin with a chapter that takes us back to the Old.  As you read through the genealogy of … Continue reading

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Day 75: Looking Back, Looking Forward

Today’s reading: Zechariah 1-14; Malachi 1-3; Psalm 114-115 Congratulations! You did it! If you’ve been following the reading plan for the perfect 100 up to this point, you have now completed the Old Testament. Only a small percentage of people will ever accomplish that … Continue reading

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