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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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Daily Readings for March 6, 2018

Posted on March 6, 2018 | By Sam Hawkins

Today’s readings from Second Chronicles of King Hezekiah’s reforms show the importance of repentance and renewal. After many years of decline and unfaithfulness in Israel’s religious practices, the new king Hezekiah initiated a period of reform. The process of purification and rededication which the priests are instructed to perform represents the need for God’s people […]

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Daily Readings for March 5, 2018

Posted on March 5, 2018 | By Sam Hawkins

Today’s readings center on the role of the Temple in both the Hebrew scriptures and the New Testament.  The passages from 1 Kings describe the construction of the Jerusalem Temple as a place of worship of God. Psalm 84 is a magnificent song of meditation on the joy of worship. The New Testament reading from […]

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Daily Readings for March 4, 2018

Posted on March 4, 2018 | By Sam Hawkins

The readings for the third Sunday in this Lenten season contrast God’s patterns with human ones. The ten commandments given at Mount Sinai begin with an emphasis on recognizing that the one true God transcends our idolatrous conceptions of the Divine. Our failures in life can be primarily traced to this root sin of elevating […]

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Daily Readings for March 3, 2018

Posted on March 3, 2018 | By Sam Hawkins

Today’s readings from Exodus and the Gospel of Mark continue the theme of humanity discovering itself to be in God’s presence. Lent is a season in which we contemplate what it means to live before God. As the two mountain-top experiences of the Israelites at Mount Sinai and the disciples at Mount  Tabor show, the […]

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Daily Readings for March 2, 2018

Posted on March 2, 2018 | By Sam Hawkins

Today’s readings from Exodus and Acts compel us to think about the seriousness with which we take our approach to God’s presence. Christian maturity requires that we examine the seriousness of our attitude towards God. Of course, many of us may have grown up in a religious atmosphere that was overly stern and serious. To […]

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Daily Readings for March 1, 2018

Posted on March 1, 2018 | By Sam Hawkins

We begin today with Psalm 19. This is one of the most famous Psalms of praise. Its proclamation of God’s majesty opens with the heavens and ends with the deep hidden recesses of the human heart.  In between these two points, the Psalmist’s praise of God’s laws can be seen as both a proclamation and […]

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Daily Readings for February 28, 2018

Posted on February 28, 2018 | By Sam Hawkins

The reading from Jeremiah today addresses the people of Israel at a time of great societal upheaval. Their nation is falling apart and will soon be destroyed. Yet, this passage is a proclamation that even in the midst of this calamity, Israel’s God is the God of all peoples and all history. The social disruption […]

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Daily Readings for February 27, 2018

Posted on February 27, 2018 | By Sam Hawkins

Today’s reading from Genesis relates the account of God commanding Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac, Abraham’s faithfulness to God’s command, and God’s reprieve of Isaac and substitution of another sacrifice. This account is so powerful that it evokes many interpretations. Some readers focus on the passage’s probable original use as a warning to the […]

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Daily Readings for February 26, 2018

Posted on February 26, 2018 | By Sam Hawkins

We begin the first of three days reading the 105th Psalm. This is a Psalm of praise for God’s covenant faithfulness to Israel. It is easy for God’s faithfulness to fade into the background of our consciousness. Our human nature leads us to take for granted the constancy of God’s sustainment of creation.  But as […]

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Daily Readings for February 25, 2018

Posted on February 25, 2018 | By Sam Hawkins

Today’s readings from Genesis and Romans continue the theme of hope and faithfulness. Abraham is learning that his hope must ultimately rest in God, even when to continue to hope defies his expectations. The radical nature of faith is highlighted here. True Christian hope and belief can never be reduced to a simple formula or […]

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