This Sunday's message: The Song of Zechariah

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January 25
by Pat Damiani on January 25th, 2023
Today's Reading: 2 Peter 3:1-18While it is true that the godless often prosper in this world, there is a coming judgment in which God is going to destroy this world as we know it - this time not with a flood, but with fire. While I'm sure a lot of us would like to see God do that right now, God is patient, not desiring that any should perish. But that day is certainly coming and it will be horribl...  Read More
January 24
by Pat Damiani on January 24th, 2023
Today's reading: Romans 8:1-39When we put our faith in Jesus, it doesn't mean that we will no longer sin. God doesn't remove our sin nature at that point. But what He does do is to give us the Holy Spirit, who dwells permanently in the life of each disciple of Jesus. And the Holy Spirit does make it possible for us to no longer be slaves to sin. If we will follow His leading in our lives and live ...  Read More
January 23
by Pat Damiani on January 23rd, 2023
Today's Reading: Romans 5:1-21Paul reinforces the idea of our sin nature here by pointing out that sin and death came into the world through one man - Adam. But the good news is that the solution for our sin also came into the world through one man - Jesus. And God didn't wait to send His Son into the world until we were deserving. While we were still sinners and enemies of God, Jesus came to this...  Read More
January 22 - Sunday Reflection
by Pat Damiani on January 22nd, 2023
Use today to catch up on your reading if you got behind this week and/or to reflect on what you've been reading. Is there any sin in your life that might become a lifestyle if you don't confess it and repent? If so, make sure you do that today....  Read More
January 21 - Saturday Reflection
by Pat Damiani on January 21st, 2023
Use today to catch up on your reading if you got behind this week and/or to reflect on what you've been reading. Think about your own sin nature and thank God that Jesus makes it possible for you to not be judged because of that sin....  Read More
January 20
by Pat Damiani on January 20th, 2023
Today's reading: Romans 1:1-32Here we see the devastating impact of sin. For those who fail to follow David's example that we looked at yesterday in Psalm 51 and confess their sin and repent, we see that they face God's wrath. While part of that wrath is future judgment in a place of eternal torment, there is also a present aspect of God's wrath.Three times in this passage Paul writes that "God ga...  Read More
January 19
by Pat Damiani on January 19th, 2023
Today's reading: Psalm 51:1-19Other than Psalm 23, this may be David's best known Psalm, which he writes after his sin with Bathsheba is exposed by Nathan the prophet. In this short devotional, we can't possibly develop all the important principles we find here, but here are a few of the key ones:All sin is sin against God (v.4). Even when our sin seems to only harm other people, it causes God to ...  Read More
January 18
by Pat Damiani on January 18th, 2023
Today's reading: Genesis 9:1-29God gives Noah the very same command he had earlier given to Adam and Eve - Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth. But because of the impact of sin, there are some significant differences between the world Adam and Eve faced and the one that Noah and hid family face. The animals will no longer live in harmony with man and with each other and have now become foo...  Read More
January 17
by Pat Damiani on January 17th, 2023
Today's Reading: Genesis 8:1-22A careful reading of the text indicates that Noah and his family were on the ark for a little over a year (compare Genesis 7:11 and Genesis 8:14).When Noah and his family finally leave the ark the first thing they do is to make an offering to God. But, as we'll see in the next chapter, while God is pleased with that offering, even a righteous man like Noah has a sinf...  Read More
January 16
by Pat Damiani on January 16th, 2023
Today's Reading: Genesis 7:1-24This account is the first time in the Bible that we see a couple themes that we're going to see over and over in the Bible:God often takes His people through tribulation rather than rescuing them from that tribulation. What Noah and his family experienced was far different than the cute pictures we often see in childrens' books or painted on the wall of a nursery. Th...  Read More
January 15 - Sunday Reflection
by Pat Damiani on January 15th, 2023
Use today to catch up on your reading if you got behind this week and/or to reflect on what you've been reading. Think about whether God would consider your life to be "blameless". If not, what do you need to do about that?...  Read More
January 13
by Pat Damiani on January 13th, 2023
Today's Reading: Genesis 6:1-22If the first four verses of this chapter seem confusing to you, you're not alone. Over the years people have proposed a number of solutions to identify the "sons of God" and the "daughters of men". And none of those explanations are without problems. If you're interested ins studying those verses more, I'd be happy to point you to some good resources.But today I want...  Read More
January 12
by Pat Damiani on January 12th, 2023
Today's Reading: Genesis 3:1-24Today we move into the second section of our reading plan. In this section we will be reading about the fall, original sin and judgment.In today's passage we see how sin separates man from God. Not only did Adam and Eve hide from God after they sinned, but their sin brought judgment into the world. Just as God had said, Adam and Eve would now die, although, because o...  Read More