Scripture Reading Challenge (#15)

Have you ever had to keep a surprise hidden but couldn’t keep it secret because you were so excited to share it?  I remember one year at Kohl’s, I set inside the car with our baby boy while my wife and three or four-year-old daughter went Christmas shopping.  When they came out of the store andContinue reading “Scripture Reading Challenge (#15)”

Scripture Reading Challenge (#14)

God does not point out our sin to laugh at us or scorn.  Instead, he reveals our issues so that we can deal with them appropriately.  That is, to be cleansed and forgiven.  In the story of Genesis, the brothers need to make a second trip to Egypt.  They will face their sin one wayContinue reading “Scripture Reading Challenge (#14)”

Scripture Reading Challenge (#13)

I grew up with the saying, “be sure your sins will find you out” (Numbers 32:23).  And, found out that it’s true.  If we think that we can escape being noticed when we do something wrong or when we neglect to do the right thing, we are only fooling ourselves.  We will reap what we sowContinue reading “Scripture Reading Challenge (#13)”

Scripture Reading Challenge (#12)

All of us can testify to the fact that there are good days and not so good days.  Joseph, for awhile, had such an experience of life’s merry-go-round that would break the strongest of souls.  Still, through it all he was faithful.  God blessed Joseph’s faithfulness more than he could imagine.  His blessings were soContinue reading “Scripture Reading Challenge (#12)”

Scripture Reading Challenge (#11)

Life has a way of overwhelming us at times.  A constant barrage of traumatic events can discourage even the strongest in the faith.  Joseph is an example of the hardships and blessings of life.  A roller coaster may be a good way of understanding the events that took place in his life.  God kept liftingContinue reading “Scripture Reading Challenge (#11)”

Scripture Reading Challenge (#9)

Trouble was in the house of Isaac.  God already told Isaac and his wife, Rebekah, that their twin sons would strive for dominance and that the older would serve the younger.  They, however, seemed to dismiss this word and went on their way.  A family that appeared to have so much promise ended up inContinue reading “Scripture Reading Challenge (#9)”

Scripture Reading Challenge (#8)

One of the hardest experiences is to receive something extraordinary and then either misplace it or have it taken away.  We see this type of thing happening to Abraham.  However, we will also see just how strong his faith had become.  As the Hebrew writer penned, “By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered upContinue reading “Scripture Reading Challenge (#8)”

Scripture Reading Challenge (#7)

How did the Old Testament people receive salvation?  Is Jesus Plan B?  These two questions are given solid answers in this chapter.  You may have heard someone say that the Old Testament was presented salvation by works and the New Testament by grace.  However, salvation is received in the Old Testament and New Testament theContinue reading “Scripture Reading Challenge (#7)”

Scripture Reading Challenge (#5)

Learning another language can be hard. In our text today, however, we learn that humanity shared a common language. After an act of rebellion before God, we lost that gift. God has ways of reminding us that we are not in control, but that He is. Read Genesis 11:1-9 This passage unveils basic human needs.  TheseContinue reading “Scripture Reading Challenge (#5)”

Reading Scripture Challenge (#4)

Do you know anyone that is absent-minded?  Forgetfulness is something that we have to deal with in this world.  God, however, always has us on His mind.  Psalm 139:17-18 reads, “How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God!  How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they are moreContinue reading “Reading Scripture Challenge (#4)”