This Sunday's message: The Song of Zechariah

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October 10
by Pat Damiani on October 10th, 2023
Today's Reading: Revelation 22:1-21If you've been with us since the first of the year, congratulations on completing the redemptive-historical reading plan! I pray that you have been blessed by seeing that from beginning to end the Bible is the story of God loving and redeeming His people through faith in His Son, Jesus.In the first part of the chapter, John finishes his description of the New Jer...  Read More
October 9
by Pat Damiani on October 9th, 2023
Today's Reading: Revelation 21:1-27In the last two chapters of the Bible, John describes his vision of the new heavens and new earth that will be the final fulfillment of all of God's promises that we have been reading about in our Bible reading plan this year.The New Jerusalem will be the eternal home for all those who have place their faith in Jesus. It is important to note that it will be a phy...  Read More
October 6
by Pat Damiani on October 6th, 2023
Today's Reading: Hebrews 8:1-13Here Jesus is described as the high priest of the "new covenant". The author cites Jeremiah 31 where God had promised to establish a new covenant with His chosen people. Jesus is the fulfillment of that promise. God always intended that the law and the Old Testament sacrifice system were only "a copy and shadow" of the new covenant that was inaugurated with the death...  Read More
October 5
by Pat Damiani on October 5th, 2023
Today's Reading: Ephesians 2:1-22This is one of my favorite chapters in the Bible. Here Paul describes how Jesus made us alive when we were dead in our sins and could do nothing to make ourselves alive. In addition, Jesus reconciled both Gentiles and Jews to God and to each other through HIs death and resurrection. This is essentially the same thing we read in Romans 11 a few days ago when Paul wr...  Read More
October 4
by Pat Damiani on October 4th, 2023
Today's Reading: 1 Corinthian 15:1-58In this chapter Paul gives us more details about the future bodily resurrection for those who have put their faith in Jesus. Jesus is the "firstfruits" in the sense that it is His resurrection that gives us confidence that we will also experience a physical, bodily resurrection one day.When a disciple of Jesus dies, the spirit and soul of that person is immedia...  Read More
October 3
by Pat Damiani on October 3rd, 2023
Today's Reading: Romans 11:1-36Paul reminds us that God is not finished with Israel yet even though they have consistently rebelled against Him. In fact, God even used their disobedience to make salvation available to the Gentiles, thus fulfilling the promise He mad to Abraham in Genesis 12 to bless all the world through his offspring.One of the big takeaways for me from this chapter is that God i...  Read More
October 2
by Pat Damiani on October 2nd, 2023
Today's Reading: Acts 2:1-47When Peter began to preach on the day of Pentecost, he cited the passage from Joel 2 that we looked at a couple weeks ago. Those who were listening would have known that Peter was claiming that the "Day of the Lord" had been initiated by Jesus at His first coming. He also quoted from Psalm 16 to prove that the death and resurrection of Jesus was always God's plan for de...  Read More
September 29
by Pat Damiani on September 29th, 2023
Today's Reading: Mark 1:1-45The Gospel of Mark is attributed by early church fathers to John Mark, whose mother was a prominent member of the early church in Jerusalem (Acts 12:12). It is the shortest, and likely the first of the four gospel accounts to be written. The repeated uses of the words "immediately" and "soon" give this gospel a sense of urgency.Mark begins his gospel account with the mi...  Read More
September 28
by Pat Damiani on September 28th, 2023
Today's Reading: Daniel 12:1-13Any time we read a passage like this there is a tendency to try and figure out the meaning of all the details here. And there is certainly a place for that kind of deep study. But I'm struck here by the fact that when Daniel doesn't understand, he is basically told (an I'm obviously paraphrasing here) "Don't worry about it. When that time comes you'll understand".Wha...  Read More
September 27
by Pat Damiani on September 27th, 2023
Today's Reading: Malachi 4:1-6The Old Testament ends with a glimmer of hope as God promises to send Elijah (a reference to John the Baptist) before the "Day of the Lord" commences. There is also the promise of "the sun of righteousness".We've been covering the "Day of the Lord" for a while now, so this is probably a good time to define what that term means. It is also sometimes called "that day". ...  Read More
September 26
by Pat Damiani on September 26th, 2023
Today's Reading: Malachi 3:1-18Like so many prophecies regarding Jesus, this prophecy intertwines His first and second coming. Before His first coming God promised to send a messenger to prepare the way (John the Baptist). That first coming was for the purpose of bringing salvation to God's peopleJohn 3:17 (ESV)For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the...  Read More
September 25
by Pat Damiani on September 25th, 2023
Today's Reading: Ezekiel 43:1-27God gives Ezekiel a vision of a future temple in which He will rule forever. And then He gives directions for how worship is to take place within that temple. God tells Ezekiel to describe his vision to the people of Israel so that they may be ashamed of their iniquities (v. 10).One of the things that we can take from this passage is that the worship of a holy God r...  Read More
September 22
by Pat Damiani on September 22nd, 2023
Today's Reading: Ezekiel 36:1-38For the sake of His name, during the Day of the Lord, God is going to restore Israel. He will not do that because they are deserving in any way. The thing that strikes me the most in this chapter is that it is God who is doing everything that is necessary to restore and vindicate His chosen people. He is the one who will give them a new heart so that they will be ab...  Read More
September 21
by Pat Damiani on September 21st, 2023
Today's Reading: Joel 2:1-32We once again see that God is both a holy God and a God of grace and mercy. On the Day of the Lord He is going to pour out His wrath on the righteous. But before He does that, He is going to give people an opportunity to humble themselves before Him and receive mercy and grace.I am amazed here at the extent of God's grace. He delights in restoring what we have lost due ...  Read More
September 20
by Pat Damiani on September 20th, 2023
Today's Reading: Isaiah 66:1-24The book of Isaiah doesn't exactly end on an encouraging note, does it? But what I do find encouraging here is that God rejoices in those who have a humble heart and contrite spirit. That is an idea that we find consistently in the Bible.The only way that we can be declared righteous before God is to humbly admit that we are sinners in need of a Savior. Until we admi...  Read More
September 19
by Pat Damiani on September 19th, 2023
Today's Reading: Isaiah 65:1-25Here we see that God's true servants are those who trust in and worship Him faithfully. In Romans 10, Paul quotes from this chapter to prove that God always intended to provide salvation for all, not just Israel. We see here that God always preserves a remnant of those who are declared righteous because of their faith in Him. For them, the Day of the Lord is a time o...  Read More
September 18
by Pat Damiani on September 18th, 2023
Today's Reading: Isaiah 42:1-25The first nine verses comprise the first of four "servant songs" in Isaiah. Each of these songs portray the Messiah as YHWH's servant who will come to provide salvation to the righteous and execute judgement on the wicked.The Jews generally looked forward to the "Day of the Lord" because they thought it would mean judgment on their enemies and vindication for them. H...  Read More
September 15
by Pat Damiani on September 15th, 2023
Today's Reading: Jeremiah 33:1-26Today we begin the last section of this Bible reading plan.In conjunction with the coming of a deliverer, the Old Testament prophets also envision a new covenant, the return of God’s presence, the outpouring of the Spirit, the engrafting of the Gentiles (fulfilling the Abrahamic promise), cosmic renewal, and resurrection in the Day of the LordIn this chapter we see...  Read More