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Mark – The Good News

The New Testament track of our daily reading plan had us in Mark all last week and most of the week before. It will keep us in Mark all this week and the first part of next week. Of all the Gospels, Mark is the most utilitarian, that is, it is the easiest to

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Jeremiah – The Covenant Prophet

Our Old Testament reading track is taking us into Jeremiah and leaving us there for the rest of the month. In my opinion, Jeremiah is in a class all its own. Though categorized with Isaiah, Ezekiel, and Daniel as one of the “Major Prophets”, Jeremiah is noticeably different in content and purpose from those

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The Revelation – An Anthology About Everything

The New Testament track of our daily Bible reading plan is taking us into Revelation or, even better, The Revelation.  We will end June with this book. We will spend most of July with it as well. In my experience, no book of the Bible gets as strong a reaction as The Revelation. Many

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Isaiah – The Prophet and the Kings

Isaiah is definitely not my strongest book of the Bible. I know much of what it says, that is, it’s chapters and verses, but I don’t know its construction or structure, that is, the “big picture” that adds valuable context to the chapters and verses. The only thing I knew about Isaiah prior to

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John – That You May Believe

If you are doing the New Testament track of this year’s reading plan, then you are now moving into the Gospel of John. There you will remain for the next four weeks. In many ways, John will be familiar to us. It will be familiar to those of us who grew up in Sunday

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Acts – Turning The World Upside Down

Those of us on the New Testament track of our daily reading plan have been in Acts for a couple weeks now. What we said in the last post about the title of Job is also true of the title of Acts. It is one of the simplest titles of the books of the

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Job – Where Wisdom Is Found

The book of Job is where our Old Testament reading track takes us this week and keeps us for the rest of February. Of all the books of the Bible, Job has the simplest title. It’s title is far simpler than titles like Philippians or Ecclesiastes. It is just a three-letter, one-syllable, incredibly-simple word.

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Daniel – Incredible Faith

Our reading plan is transporting us from Exodus to Daniel this week. The book of Daniel is distinctive in several ways. It’s structure is as basic as any structure can be. Daniel has just two, almost equal parts. The first part, chapters 1-6, are stories of obedience and miraculous salvations, including the stories of

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Exodus – Harshness and Hope

If you are following the Old Testament track of this year’s daily reading plan, you have just left Genesis and entered Exodus. You have made it more than halfway through Exodus at this point, in fact. Exodus is just about as iconic as Genesis, but it is iconic in a different way. Both books

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Luke – The Path of Peace

 If you are following the New Testament track of this year’s reading plan, you are halfway through the Gospel of Luke. Luke is “the Gentile’s Gospel”, the Gospel aimed at a Gentile audience. Luke is also the “carefully investigated” Gospel (Luke 1:3). Luke was not an eyewitness to Jesus, but he collected information from

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