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Daily Readings for March 20, 2018

Posted on March 20, 2018 | By Sam Hawkins

Today’s reading from Isaiah is a resounding statement of the uniqueness of the God of Israel. The proclamation that there is one God is not a mere claim about either national or religious identity. It is an affirmation that in the one God, all the various created things find their source and proper place. This […]

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Daily Readings for March 19, 2018

Posted on March 19, 2018 | By Sam Hawkins

Reading from Psalm 119 is always an inspiring reminder of the joy to be experienced in a life of devotion to meditation on God’s nature and expressions. The enthusiastic focus of this Psalmist is a refreshing alternative to our culture’s insistence on having a never-ending supply of fast and easy distractions. Life lived in, with, […]

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Daily Readings for March 18, 2018

Posted on March 18, 2018 | By Sam Hawkins

The reading today from Jeremiah presents the wonderful vision of a world in which God’s people have hearts so aligned with God’s heart that God’s instructive lessons have been “interiorized.” God will be known by the intimate knowledge of complete reconciliation that is foreshadowed by Psalm 51. The passage from Psalm 119 displays the delight […]

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Daily Readings for March 17, 2018

Posted on March 17, 2018 | By Sam Hawkins

Today we read from an overlooked gem of the Old Testament – the book of Habakkuk. This short work takes the form of a dialogue between the prophet and God. Habakkuk is greatly distressed at the state of the world, and complains about it to God. The book opens with Habakkuk asking, “Lord, how long must […]

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Daily Readings for March 16, 2018

Posted on March 16, 2018 | By Sam Hawkins

Today’s readings from Exodus and Hebrews relate the behaviors for atonement God established for the Israelites in earlier times to the later behavior of Jesus. God’s provisions for atonement from sin were experienced by the Israelites as a gracious gift. When the High Priest represented the people to God on the Day of Atonement, it […]

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Daily Readings for March 15, 2018

Posted on March 15, 2018 | By Sam Hawkins

Today we begin the first of four days reading from one of the most famous Psalms. Psalm 51 has traditionally been attributed to King David, writing after his adultery with Bathsheba and murder of her husband Uriah. Whatever the circumstances of its composition may have been, it is clearly an outpouring of the depths of […]

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Daily Readings for March 14, 2018

Posted on March 14, 2018 | By Sam Hawkins

On the seventh and final day of Lectionary reading from Psalm 107, think about God’s steadfast love as a part of the covenant with His people. And in my response to God’s faithfulness and loyalty, ask, “How faithful and loyal am I?” Today’s reading from Isaiah is a magnificent description of life under the rule […]

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Daily Readings for March 13, 2018

Posted on March 13, 2018 | By Sam Hawkins

On the sixth day of reading from Psalm 107, think about God’s “loving-kindness.” The reading today from 1st Corinthians is a warning against several “obvious” sins.  With overt acts such as bowing to physical idols, self-centered complaining, or unwise sexual behavior, it is relatively easy to trace the consequences of those behaviors back to their source. […]

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Daily Readings for March 12, 2018

Posted on March 12, 2018 | By Sam Hawkins

In this fifth day of reading from Psalm 107, meditate for a moment on how God’s love is relentless. The reading from Exodus describes the experience of the Israelites as they journeyed through the wilderness towards the land of promise. They go through a period of dryness, and then when water is found, it is […]

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Daily Readings for March 11, 2018

Posted on March 11, 2018 | By Sam Hawkins

In this fourth day of reading from Psalm 107, meditate for a moment on God’s mercy. Today’s reading from Numbers recounts the problems encountered by the Israelites because of the all-too-human tendencies towards impatience and grumbling. We are creatures who are quick to notice a difference between things as they are, and things as we […]

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Daily Readings for March 10, 2018

Posted on March 10, 2018 | By Sam Hawkins

In this third day of reading from Psalm 107, take a moment to reflect on God’s loyalty. The reading from Numbers describes the death of the High Priest Aaron. The assumption of the priestly function by Aaron’s son Eleazar is both an assurance of God’s continued provision, but also points to the need for the […]

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You Are Always With Me

Posted on March 9, 2018 | By Robby White

“Love bade me welcome: yet my soul drew back, But quick-ey’d Love, observing me grow slack From my first entrance in, Drew nearer to me, sweetly questioning, If I lack’d any thing.” (First stanza of Love by George Herbert) Stories are so important in shaping our lives. I have lived with a story all of […]

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Daily Readings for March 9, 2018

Posted on March 9, 2018 | By Sam Hawkins

In this second day of reading from Psalm 107, take a moment to reflect on God’s steadfast love. Today’s reading from Daniel references the desolation of the temple in Jerusalem by the Syrian-Greek king Antiochus IV Epiphanes during his persecution of the Jews that led to the Maccabean Revolt. In apocalyptic language, the readers are […]

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Daily Readings for March 8, 2018

Posted on March 8, 2018 | By Sam Hawkins

Today is our first of seven days reading a portion of Psalm 107. This is a song of praise and thanksgiving. Specifically, the Psalmist is grateful for deliverance from troubles. It is a testimony to the power of God to redeem those who are in even the most desperate of situations. As is often the […]

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Daily Readings for March 7, 2018

Posted on March 7, 2018 | By Sam Hawkins

Today’s reading from Ezra underscores the importance to Israel of the temple. The destruction of the first temple in 587 BC was an absolute national disaster. This account in Ezra of events seven decades later at the return from exile ends with the note of joy of the people in being able to rededicate their […]

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