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07/05/2018 — 2 Kings 12-13 & 2 Chronicles 24

To me one of the marvelous aspects of this reading program is I find myself reading not only the history of Judah and Israel but re-discovering details I had either never really put into focus or remembered. This happened during today’s reading.  After all of the miracles Elisha had performed and the guidance he offered

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07/04/2018 — 2 Kings 9-11

As we remember the declaration of our Nation’s freedom today our reading also discusses a freedom of sorts — Jehu’s removal of the family of Ahab from leadership of the the Northern Kingdom, Israel.  And I was taken that the earning of freedom is often accompanied by the shedding of blood. While we do not

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07/03/2018 — 2 Kings 5-8

As I read through the narrative of Naaman and Naaman’s initial refusal to follow Elisha’s instructions I was reminded of a passage we read much earlier in 1 Samuel 15:22 when Samuel is speaking to Saul: 22 But Samuel replied: “Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the Lord? 

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07/02/2018 — 2 Kings Chapters 1-4

So, a monumental occasion — Today we have now reached the half-way-point in our reading plan as we are on day 183. (only 182 more days in the year) And we continue our “history lesson,” picking up with Ahab’s son, Ahaziah & reading significantly about Elijah and Elisha.  As I read today I was struck

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07/01/2018 — Obadiah; and Psalms 82-83

When I started this reading I was at first perplexed as to why these scriptures had been placed where they are by the creator of our reading plan.  I had thought that Obadiah’s prophecy came later in the history of Judah.  However, several commentators stated that the exact time of the book is not known

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06/30/2018 — 2 Chronicles Chapters 19-23

As I read through these chapters I was, again, reminded of the cycle of following/not following the Lord the nation of Judah performed.  And, again, I was  reminded of the blessings the Lord extends to His people when they obey.  I think an excellent example is Jehoshaphat in Chapters 19 and 20.  We see the

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06/28/2018 — 1 Kings Chapters 20-21

Reading through these passages a few things popped out.  First, after all that they had connived  together I find it ironic that Ahab was willing to give Jezebel (the real motivator of the family) along with the rest of his wives to King to  King Ben-Hadad (re: 2 Kings 20: 2-4.) 2 He sent messengers into

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06/27/2018 — 1 Kings Chapters 17-19

Now, if you are like me, isn’t it hard to envision 3 consecutive  chapters of Scripture that would make a better holiday movie or television reality show — the miracles Elijah performed with the widow of Zarephath; the challenge given to & the results the Lord provided for the prophets of Baal; and the angel

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06/24/2018 2 Chronicles Chapters 10-12

These Chapters in 2 Chronicles pretty much repeat what we read yesterday in 1 Kings.  As with yesterday’ s reading we see the division between Israel and Judah and the creation of the “Divided Kingdom.” But we also see the grace of God in that when Rehoboam “humbled himself” the Lord prevented the destruction of

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06/23/2018 — 1 Kings Chapters 12-14

As we enter into this point in the history of Israel we need to keep in mind a reality that will “play-out” over the remainder of our readings.  This event is so critical I think we should “set the stage” a bit. David had joined and Solomon had ruled over all of the 12 Tribes

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06/22/2018 — Proverbs Chapters 30-31

As we covered in the introduction to Proverbs Solomon did not pen Chapters 30-31.  Agur wrote Chapter 30 and King Lemuel; Chapter 31.  Interestingly, Proverbs 30 is the only scripture where Agur is mentioned & Chapter 31  the only scripture referencing King Lemuel.  Some scholars feel that since King Lemuel is not recorded in any

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06/21/2018 — 1 Kings Chapters 10-11 & 2 Chronicles Chpt 9

About 5 days ago we read about the marvelous expansion of Solomon’s kingdom.  Yet we recognized that there were some “harbingers” that all was not well with his “heart-relationship” with the Lord. In 1 Kings 10 and 2 Chronicles 9 we continue to be awed with the wealth and wisdom that is described.   Solomon was

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06/20/2018 — Ecclesiastes Chapters 7-12

After 12 inspired chapters of musings in Chapter 12 we come to Solomon’s inspired conclusion to the purpose of life in just one verses: 13 Now all has been heard;     here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments,     for this is the duty of all mankind. Also, in this day’s reading

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06/19/2018 — Ecclesiastes Chapters 1-6

In college I remember needing a few credits in a “social science,” so I took an “Introduction to Philosophy” class (based on what I gained I only took the one…)       In the class I was introduced to the teachings on “nihilism.”  Nihilism is a philosophy based on the concept  of “the rejection of all religious

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06/18/2018 Proverbs Chapters 27-29

As you read the very first verse in today’s reading does it remind you of another verse: Proverbs 27:1 Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring. What about James 4:13-14? James 4:13-14  Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that

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06/17/2018 — Proverbs Chapters 25-26

Just a couple of real-world points that struck me in these verses — first I think English majors would crown Solomon the “king of similes” for the creative ways he uses “like” to make wonderful points of comparison. Secondly I believe that Proverbs 25:24 is the third time at this point  in our reading (one

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