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March 13
by Pat Damiani on March 13th, 2023
Today's Reading: Jude 1:1-25Today, we're not only reading a chapter, but an entire book of the Bible!This book certainly contains some interesting and unusual references to events that just aren't recorded anywhere else in the Bible and we could easily get sidetracked by focusing on them. (And if you're interested in digging into any of those events further I'd be happy to discuss them with you.) ...  Read More
March 12 - Sunday Reflection
by Pat Damiani on March 12th, 2023
Today Ryan will be finishing up our Exodus sermon series. So it's been great that our Bible reading for the last week or so have complemented that sermon series. Take some time today to reflect on what you've learned from both our sermon series and your reading in this section....  Read More
March 11 - Saturday Reflection
by Pat Damiani on March 11th, 2023
Hopefully you've been keeping up with your reading, but if not, make sure you catch up today. ...  Read More
March 10
by Pat Damiani on March 10th, 2023
Today's reading: 1 Corinthians 5:1-13Paul is writing to the church in Corinth about open, unrepentant sexual sin that is present within the church. He compares that sin to leaven and refers back to the Feast of Unleavened Bread that was closely associated with the Passover Feast. In the same way that homes were to be cleansed of any leaven during that feast, the body of Christ was to be cleansed o...  Read More
March 9
by Pat Damiani on March 9th, 2023
Today's reading: Matthew 26:1-75There is a lot going on in this chapter, but we're going to focus on verses 17-29.Jesus observes the Passover with His disciples, just as God had commanded His people when He delivered them from Egypt. But Jesus gave new meaning to two of the central elements in the Passover meal - the bread and the cup.Jesus said that the bread represented His body. That was a pict...  Read More
March 8
by Pat Damiani on March 8th, 2023
Today's reading: Matthew 2:1-23The events in this chapter likely take place about two years after Jesus is born. After the visit of the magi, God tells Joseph to take his family to Egypt to avoid the wrath of Herod. This fulfills the prophecy that we saw yesterday in Hosea 11:1:When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son.That particular verse both looked back to God call...  Read More
March 7
by Pat Damiani on March 7th, 2023
Today's reading: Hosea 11:1-12Set around the fall of the Northern Kingdom of Israel, the Book of Hosea denounces the worship of gods other than YHWH (the LORD), metaphorically comparing Israel's abandonment of YHWH to a woman being unfaithful to her husband. In this chapter God recalls how He had called His people out of Egypt because of His love for them.God also expressed His disappointment that...  Read More
March 6
by Pat Damiani on March 6th, 2023
Today's reading: Psalm 136:1-26 Each verse in this Psalm ends with "for His steadfast love endures forever". The Hebrew word translated "steadfast love" is "hesed". Hesed is not merely an emotion or feeling but involves action on behalf of someone who is in need. Hesed describes a sense of love and loyalty that inspires merciful and compassionate behavior toward another person. It is the same word...  Read More
March 5 - Sunday Reflection
by Pat Damiani on March 5th, 2023
I'm looking forward to seeing you in worship this morning. In person is always best, but if you can't make it, join us online. Remember we'll be hearing from Mark Cary, one of the missionaries we support, this morning. And then we'll have a church picnic.Take some time today to reflect on what you've been reading this week and how you need to respond to what you've learned....  Read More
March 4 - Saturday Reflection
by Pat Damiani on March 4th, 2023
We always leave Saturdays and Sundays open so that anyone who has gotten behind on the reading can catch up. But if you're up to date that certainly doesn't mean you can't read the Bible today. Or maybe you can spend some extra time in prayer today. Ask God to help you apply what you've been reading this week....  Read More
March 3
by Pat Damiani on March 3rd, 2023
This Psalm is both heartbreaking and a great encouragement.It is heartbreaking because we see how the people of Israel consistently rebelled against God even after they had personally witnessed His power at work in their midst. I am reminded here of the words from the prophet Jeremiah:The heart is deceitful above all things,    and desperately sick;    who can understand it?(Jeremiah 17:9 ESV)So a...  Read More
March 2
by Pat Damiani on March 2nd, 2023
Moses and the people sing a song that celebrates how God had freed them from slavery in Egypt. But only three days later the people grumbled against Moses because the water they found was bitter.It's easy to find fault with the Israelites here. But if we're not careful, we can do essentially the same thing. We can come to church on Sunday and sing praises to God and then turn around a few days lat...  Read More
March 1
by Pat Damiani on March 1st, 2023
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February 28
by Pat Damiani on February 28th, 2023
God initiates two different observances for the Israelites:The Feast of Unleavened Bread - this feast was to be held in close association with the Passover Feast. In fact, those two feasts are so closely related that they are treated as one feast in both the Old and New Testament. Passover was a feast that began at twilight on the 14th day of the month of Nisan. The Feast of Unleavened Bread began...  Read More
February 27
by Pat Damiani on February 27th, 2023
The Exodus from Egypt was such an important event in the life of Israel that God tells Moses that from that point forward the beginning of the Jewish year would be determined based on it. Before the tenth plague in which the firstborn of all the Egyptians were struck dead by God, He instituted the Passover. The firstborn of the Israelites were spared by an act of faith - the placing of the blood o...  Read More
February 26 - Sunday Reflection
by Pat Damiani on February 26th, 2023
As you reflect on God's call to Moses, ask God to reveal anything that He is calling you to do - maybe something that you've either ignored in the past or that you've just decided you don't want to do. Will you be obedient to what God reveals?...  Read More
February 25 - Saturday Reflection
by Pat Damiani on February 25th, 2023
Saturdays are always a great time to get caught up on any of your Bible reading if you got behind this week. It's also a great time to look back over the week and reflect on what you've learned about God that will help you know Him better....  Read More
February 24
by Pat Damiani on February 24th, 2023
Today's reading: Exodus 3:1-22Today we embark on a new section of our reading plan - the Exodus from Egypt. Hopefully the passages we'll be reading for the next few days will be familiar since we've been covering them in our current sermon series. The exodus from captivity in Egypt is the central redemptive work in the Old Testament. All Old Testament theology flows from it and it is an important ...  Read More