Monthly Archives: March 2012

March 20: discipline (Joshua 7-8; Psalm 69; 1 Corinthians 5)

Rahab and Achan: two people who encounter God and experience very different outcomes. Rahab is described in the opening chapter of Joshua. She is a Canaanite woman, who provides refuge to the Israelite spies. She shows courageous allegiance and devotion … Continue reading

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March 19: puffed up (Joshua 3-6; 1 Corinthians 4)

Puffed up. Paul gives us words that provide a picture of what pride can look like. Pride is a problem when it becomes something that divides our allegiance. In the Old Testament reading, the people of Israel cross the Jordan … Continue reading

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March 17: wisdom (deuteronomy 32-34; 1 Corinthians 2)

What is wisdom? We usually recognize it when we see it and yet we can often be deceived into accepting as wise what is not wise. Let’s say you have an important decision to make – maybe it is a … Continue reading

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March 16: confidence (Deuteronomy 30-31; Psalm 40; 1 Corinthians 1)

Have you ever been so excited about something or someone that you could not stop talking about it (or him or her)? If there is any doubt about what Paul was excited about, the center of his thoughts and attention, … Continue reading

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March 15: obedience (Deuteronomy 28-29; Galatians 6)

We all must be obedient to something or someone. As we enter the final chapters of Deuteronomy (and the close of the Pentateuch – five books of law), Moses makes clear that the renewal of Israel is possible. After forty … Continue reading

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March 14: love (Deuteronomy 25-27; Galatians 5)

Ahhhhhh… Finally a message that begins to resonate within me. If Christianity was all law, I don’t know that I could bear it. Galatians 5:6 is a welcome gift. The one thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love. … Continue reading

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March 13: freedom (Deuteronomy 22-24; Galatians 4)

I don’t know if this works for you but as I was reading Galatians I thought of instant coffee. Maybe it was because it was early and with the shift to Daylight Saving’s Time, it felt especially early. But there … Continue reading

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March 12: Christ (Deuteronomy 19-21; Galatians 3)

You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? Paul was frustrated and more than a little upset with the Christians in Galatia. We would need to live there to fully understand the emotion behind these words. If you have been following … Continue reading

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March 10: authority (Deuteronomy 13-15; Galatians 1)

Why should we listen to you? We all have received emails with information that is presented as true and authoritative. Maybe it even ends with a dare – “this is so shocking that I dare you to forward this to ten of … Continue reading

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March 9: endings (Deuteronomy 10-12; Mark 16)

Trembling and bewildered, the women went out and fled from the tomb.  They said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid. (Mark 16:8)And with these words, Mark’s gospel concludes. It was probably not how it originally ended. Somehow the ending … Continue reading

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