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Leviticus – Grace in the Law

We have just finished the book of Leviticus. I imagine most of us are happy it is over. I doubt anyone really loves reading this particular book of the Bible. I understand that sentiment. To be fair, Leviticus is legitimately the most “Law” of all the Law books. While Exodus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy all

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Romans – The Righteous By Faith

If you are following the New Testament track, you are entering the book of Romans. Romans is the first of the epistles. That is, it is the first of the epistles in the biblical order (or canon). It is likely not the first epistle to be written; that is probably James. But it was

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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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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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Hebrews – The Book Not For Us

We are moving into and completing Hebrews this week.  There is much about Hebrews that is unique. It is one of the few books of the Bible that start with a prologue rather than a greeting or statement of purpose (the others are John and 1 John). It is the only New Testament book

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The Pastoral Epistles – Not Knowing What We’re Doing

I Timothy, 2 Timothy, and Titus are next up in our reading plan. Collectively, these books are known as “the pastoral epistles” because they were written to pastors (Timothy and Titus) and are mostly about how to pastor. These epistles have always been a part of my life. I learned 2 Timothy before I

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Paul’s Thanksgivings

It is Thanksgiving week, my all-time favorite week of the year, and our daily reading plan is speeding us through Paul’s shorter epistles.  While we had three days with Galatians, we only got two each with Ephesians, Philippians, and 1 Thessalonians and just one with Colossians. Despite this rapid pace, I still caught a

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Galatians – Who Has Bewitched You?

Our daily reading plan is giving us three days in Galatians, and that makes me rather happy. I have a strong personal connection to and fondness for this book. Galatians was the first book I studied in Bible college and thus the book I have known the longest. It was the first book I

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1 Corinthians – When Church and Culture Collide

1 Corinthians is where we are in our daily reading plan, and I’m not super-thrilled about that. As I’ve repeatedly stated, I respect all the books of the Bible, regarding each of them as 100% inspired by God and thus “good” in the sense of being valuable and necessary. But as I have also

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Romans – Labyrinths and Pools

Romans is still very much on my mind, and not just because we are just now finishing it in our daily reading plan. It is still very much on my mind because of its reputation of being difficult to understand. The entire Bible has a reputation of being difficult to understand, but no book

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