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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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Daily Readings for February 24, 2018

Posted on February 24, 2018 | By Sam Hawkins

Today’s reading from Genesis follows Hagar’s flight from Sarai’s anger and God’s intervention. This account of God’s attentiveness to the needs of a lonely enslaved girl suffering abuse is a powerful statement of God’s concern. Although Hagar’s life and child will not be the focus of the Biblical narrative, we are assured that she is […]

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Daily Readings for February 23, 2018

Posted on February 23, 2018 | By Sam Hawkins

Today’s readings extend reflection on the life of Abraham and the meaning of his example in the Christian church.  The Genesis reading explains how Abraham (then still known as Abram) and his wife Sarai followed what seemed to them to be the only course of action that could fulfill God’s promise to make a great […]

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Daily Readings for February 22, 2018

Posted on February 22, 2018 | By Sam Hawkins

Today is the first of four days to read the selection from Psalm 22. This is a song of praise to God. We also begin several days of readings relating to Abraham’s faith and the later use the Apostle Paul made of that example. We will be reminded of the strength of Abraham’s faith (trust […]

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Daily Readings for February 21, 2018

Posted on February 21, 2018 | By Sam Hawkins

Today is the last reading of Psalm 77. Today we also read the only selection from the Proverbs in this season of Lent, along with the story of Jesus’ temptation. Jesus’ response to the temptations of demonic uses of comfort, glamour, and power is our model. It is a model that we humans always need. […]

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Daily Readings for February 20, 2018

Posted on February 20, 2018 | By Sam Hawkins

Today’s selection from Job continues the response of Eliphaz to Job’s complaints regarding God. In this portion of Eliphaz’s response, he recognizes the majesty of God, even as he continues to struggle to hear Job’s complaint from Job’s perspective. The selection from 1 Peter emphasizes the degree of commitment required to live a life that […]

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Daily Readings for February 19, 2018

Posted on February 19, 2018 | By Sam Hawkins

For three days, Psalm 77 will be one of the daily readings. This is a powerful Psalm noted for the depth of the author’s complaint.  It is a reminder that Scripture, especially many of the Psalms, invites us to pour out to God whatever anguish and suffering is in our heart. The selection from Job, […]

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Daily Readings for February 18, 2018 (1st Sunday in Lent)

Posted on February 18, 2018 | By Sam Hawkins

When we read today’s new passages, we will think of water and baptism. Water can be gentle and soothing, and it can be powerful and cleansing. It can flow through our fingers, and it can envelop us completely. As we read today, it is good to remember the power of baptism, and the birth into […]

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Daily Readings for February 17, 2018

Posted on February 17, 2018 | By Sam Hawkins

Today’s second and third readings portray the possibility, importance, and joy of repentance and healing. From the renewed spirit of Psalm 32 to Jesus’ healing of a paralyzed man to Jesus’ calling of someone outside the bounds of “respectable” society as his disciple, these readings point to the hope of life in Christ. And we […]

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Daily Readings for February 16, 2018

Posted on February 16, 2018 | By Sam Hawkins

If you recognize the Psalm from yesterday, it doesn’t mean that you have the day wrong. One of the Lectionary passages is repeated over three days to allow for the often powerful effects of soaking in the same passage of scripture. Our need to repent quite often brings powerful emotional responses, so today’s selection from […]

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Daily Readings for February 15, 2018

Posted on February 15, 2018 | By Sam Hawkins

Today’s readings call us to examine our hearts and lives and reflect on our need for God’s mercy and goodness. Though these texts are thousands of years old, the human situation they describe can all too easily be found in today’s headlines. The deep need for individuals and communities to humbly seek God’s ways is […]

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10 Ideas for Practices In Lent

Posted on February 14, 2018 | By Sam Hawkins

“So, what are you doing for Lent?” probably still sounds strange coming from a Baptist. Lent was traditionally not observed by Baptists, but Baptist participation in Lenten practices has increased significantly in recent years. This is a good thing. Lent is a season of self-examination, reflection, repentance, fasting, and preparation for the coming of Easter. […]

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A Call to Flourish-A Broad Place

Posted on February 4, 2018 | By Robby White

“Thou has set my feet in a broad place.” Psalm 31:8 The Psalmist celebrates the open space, the wide place that God had led him to live. He can run and jump, explore and play, work and live freely. He can move about in the broad place and not become stagnant or hemmed in by […]

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