Scripture Reading Challenge (#30)

This short book in the Old Testament is the first of two books named after women in the entire Bible.  One may wonder why she is included in the Scripture.  After all, she is not of Hebrew descent but was brought in through marriage.  However, through her story, we see the faithfulness to God andContinue reading “Scripture Reading Challenge (#30)”

Scripture Reading Challenge (#24)

Sometimes we just have to get our feet wet. Joshua was tasked as the new leader of Israel, to lead the people across the Jordan river and into the promised land. Everyone needed to be reassured that the Lord was still on their side. God was going to show Israel and all the dwellers ofContinue reading “Scripture Reading Challenge (#24)”

Scripture Reading Challenge (#23)

Transitions from one part of life to another is never easy. People are resistant to change and are quick to defend against change. Israel went through such a transition. After 40 years of wandering in the wilderness, an entire generation passed away. God raised up a new leader, Joshua, to take over where Moses leftContinue reading “Scripture Reading Challenge (#23)”

Scripture Reading Challenge (#19)

Does your family have any traditions that are times of celebrations?  More than likely, you do.  It’s a way that we stay connected to our heritage.  There are some traditions that probably should be changed, but there are those traditions that are so rich in meaning that it would be detrimental to a groups history byContinue reading “Scripture Reading Challenge (#19)”

Scripture Reading Challenge (#16)

There seem to be evil men in every generation.  Pharaoh of Egypt, as we will read, committed terrible acts because of jealousy and fear of God’s people.  In the middle of these tragic events, God would raise up a deliverer.  The Story of the Bible now introduces us to Moses, the man God would useContinue reading “Scripture Reading Challenge (#16)”

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 (#10)

God can transform people.  We are about to see that take place in the life of Jacob.  After many years away from his family, Jacob is about to return home a changed man.  He now has a family and many possessions.  He fears, however, for his life and is willing to sacrifice all of itContinue reading “Scripture Reading Challenge (#10)”