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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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Day 74: Seeing Beyond Circumstances

      Today’s reading: Nahum 1-3, Habakkuk 1-3,                                                                                             Zephaniah 1-3, Haggai 1-2, Ps 112-113 Habakkuk sees it coming. Israel has already fallen and destruction is closing in on Judah. Why would God let a godless nation run roughshod over God’s chosen people, even if they … Continue reading

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Day 73: A Reluctant Prophet

      Today’s reading: Obadiah 1, Jonah 1-3,                                                                                                                       Micah 1-7, Ps 110-111 Poor Jonah. He really just wanted to be let off the hook. He was perfectly content with his life in Joppa and had no interest in being the messenger for God, … Continue reading

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Day 72: Connecting the Dots

      Today’s reading: Joel 1-3, Amos 1-9, Ps 109 In the book of Amos, our second reading for today, we get a sense of God’s passion for justice and fairness. It is a theme that we will hear repeated over the next few days as … Continue reading

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Day 71: Unconditional Love

      Today’s reading: Hosea 1-14, Ps 108 Today’s reading takes us back to the early eighth-century BCE. You may recall that it was at this time Isaiah began serving as a prophet to the southern kingdom, Judah, during the reign of Uzziah. Our prophet for the day, Hosea, was Isaiah’s contemporary and … Continue reading

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Day 70: Unwavering

      Today’s reading: Daniel 1-12, Ps 107 Our reading for today introduces us to a larger than life figure in Israel’s history. Daniel’s story reads in so many ways like that of Joseph, who centuries earlier had played a leading role in his people’s future. Like Joseph, Daniel finds that his gift … Continue reading

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