Day 285

Mark 4-7 I have always been puzzled (and still am) as to why Jesus told the people he healed not to tell anyone of what had happened to them. He wanted the secret to be kept but the people burst…

Day 284

Mark 1-3 Mark gives a very quick and fast paced look at the life of Jesus. He squeezes a tremendous amount of action into a small amount of chapters. In these first three chapters we find a curious idea that…

Day 283

Matthew 26-28 The amazing Passion of Christ. The incredible story of the last week of Jesus’ life gives us hope, inspiration, sadness, grief, and ultimately joy at his resurrection. Can you imagine life without the sacrifice of Jesus? There is…

Day 282

Matthew 24-25 I do not quite understand all that God is watching for in us. I know that he wants us to be active in efforts to feed the poor, clothe the naked, and visit those in prison. He also…

Day 280

Matthew 20-23 This section of scripture highlights the increasing pressure on Jesus by the Pharisees and Saduccees. They attempt to question him repeatedly and try to trap him with his answers. Jesus is too smart and too full of the…

Day 279

Matthew 16-19 Once again Jesus has delivered incredible content in these chapters. I was struck by the way in which he drew the disciples attention away from their immediate need for bread to what they had just witnessed in the…

Day 278

Matthew 12-15 Jesus draws a distinct line in these chapters between religious pious actions and deeply spiritual meaningful action. I wonder which actions we are more prone to in our own lives. I would suggest that we are pretty good…

Day 277

Matthew 8-11 Take up your cross and follow him daily. Wow, these words are harsh and yet glorious. Not that we should be gluttons for punishment, but we should seek to follow Christ and to do that is to identify…

Day 275

Matthew 1-4 The Messiah has come. Do you feel the weight of having read the entire Old Testament and realizing that mankind can never follow all of the laws of a Holy God. The effort is hopeless. So God in…

Day 276

Matthew 5-7 The sermon on the mount is an amazing set of teachings from Jesus. You can glean more than a blogpost worth of spiritual content from these chapters. I will focus in on a couple of overarching themes. First,…