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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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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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Genesis – Spiritual Economies

Sometime back in 2009 or 10, a church couple brought a friend over to our apartment in California. This friend was visiting the couple during a break from Bible college and wanted to meet me. After we settled in, I started asking him questions about his classes. He told me he was in one

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Ever O’re Its Babel Sounds – A Reflection from Genesis 1-11

Welcome to a new year and a new daily reading plan. Like many reading plans, our plan starts us in Genesis, the first book of the Bible and the Old Testament. So far this week, we have completed the first section of Genesis, chapters 1-11. These chapters include many accounts or “stories”, the final

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The 2022 Daily Bible Reading Plan

 While most people are focused on Christmas right now, The Church Next Door staff is focused on next year.  Specifically, we are focused on how we can bless as many people as we possibly can next year, that is, how we can help people grow closer to God as we move into 2022 and

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Revelation: A Message For Today

Our daily reading plan takes us to our final book both of the year and of the Bible this year. That book is the book of Revelation. The fact that we are in Revelation right now, the final few days of the year, bothers me for two reasons. The first is that we are

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