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Daily Readings for March 26, 2018

Posted on March 26, 2018 | By Sam Hawkins

Today’s reading from Isaiah is the first of the four Servant Songs the book contains. This one speaks of how God’s anointed agent will establish justice upon the earth. We tend to hear promises of justice and judgment as ominous phrases. But that is because we are accustomed to our human understandings of justice and […]

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Daily Readings for March 25, 2018

Posted on March 25, 2018 | By Sam Hawkins

Today is Palm Sunday, the last Sunday in Lent. As we move into Holy Week, it is helpful to remember that every Sunday is a “mini-Easter,” a celebration of  the Resurrection. Even in the darkest of weeks, we can know that Sunday is coming. The reading from Isaiah is the first of several this week. […]

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Daily Readings for March 24, 2018

Posted on March 24, 2018 | By Sam Hawkins

Today’s reading from Jeremiah again sounds the note of hope that God will restore the land and its people to wholeness. The promised salvation, however, is accompanied by the justice and righteousness that comes under the rule of God’s Messiah. Although we modern Westerners are wary of both rulers and rules, we must not draw […]

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Daily Readings for March 23, 2018

Posted on March 23, 2018 | By Sam Hawkins

The reading from Jeremiah today both comforts us and reminds us of a painful truth. It tells of God’s promise to restore and heal the people after they have experienced the dreadful consequences of self-centeredness. We need the comfort of knowing that joy and praise are indeed possible after heartache. But the painful truth is […]

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Daily Readings for March 22, 2018

Posted on March 22, 2018 | By Sam Hawkins

This is the first of three days reading from Psalm 118. This song of praise for God’s deliverance is one of the more familiar Psalms, and has been much beloved in both Hebrew and Christian tradition. Martin Luther, for instance, called it, “My own beloved psalm.” It has been called “open-ended” for the mystery regarding […]

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Daily Readings for March 21, 2018

Posted on March 21, 2018 | By Sam Hawkins

Today’s readings from Haggai speak of a time when the Israelites had returned to their Promised Land after exile in Babylon. However, their land seems to have lost much of its promise. The great temple in Jerusalem remains in ruins. Although the people have returned physically, there has been no spiritual restoration. The prophet Haggai […]

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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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