TODAY’S DAILY READING: Numbers 1-2  & Luke 16
Old Testament: Numbers 1- Dry Times

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The book of Numbers receives its name from the numbering of the people that occurred in Chapter 1 and again in Chapter 26. In Chapter 1, those who came out of Egypt were numbered. In Chapter 26, 40 years later, at the end of their wilderness journey, they are numbered again. A careful look will reveal, some of the tribes… Read More
Numbers 2- Family

Numbers 2:2
“Everyone of the children of Israel shall camp by his own standard, beside the emblems of his father’s house; they shall camp some distance from the tabernacle of meeting.”Read More

New Testament:
Luke 16- The Great Gulf

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“There is a great gulf fixed . . .”

Between man and God there is a great gulf of separation. This gap is caused by sin, and makes it impossible for us to have fellowship with God. This is precisely the reason Jesus came. He bled and died on … Read More

Lost And Found

TODAY’S DAILY READING: Leviticus 26-27 & Luke 15
Old Testament: Leviticus 26- Idols

Leviticus 26:1
“You shall not make idols for yourselves; neither a carved image nor a sacred pillar shall you rear up for yourselves; nor shall you set up an engraved stone in your land, to bow down to it; for I am the Lord your God.”Read More

Leviticus 27- This Old House

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“And when a man dedicates his house to be holy to the Lord, then the priest shall set a value for it, whether it is good or bad; as the priest values it, so it shall stand.”

According to Webster’s dictionary, the word ‘dedicate’ means, “to devote to worship or to set apart for sacred use.” As Leviticus comes to a close, Moses instructs the people to dedicate their homes to the Lord. Since … Read More

New Testament: Luke 15- Lost And Found

20140227-074349.jpgLuke 15:2
“This Man receives sinners . . .”

Man lives as though God and eternity are a mystery. Even before I became a Christian, I had heard the pseudo–verse, “God works in mysterious ways.” Here, in Luke 15, the mysterious… Read More

Invitation To Come

TODAY’S DAILY READING: Leviticus 24-25 & Luke 14
Old Testament: Leviticus 24- Mind Of The Lord

Leviticus 24:12
“Then they put him in custody, that the mind of the Lord might be shown to them.”

This chapter contains one of only two narrative passages in the book of Leviticus and tells the story of two men who were fighting. One man, the son of Shelomith allowed his anger to lead … Read More

Leviticus 25- You Deserve A Break

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Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘When you come into the land which I give you, then the land shall keep a Sabbath to the Lord.’”

Moses refers to the Sabbath over twenty times in Leviticus; instructing Israel how to worship the Lord. The Sabbath was… Read More

New Testament: Luke 14- Invitation To Come

Luke 14:15
“Blessed is he who shall eat bread in the kingdom of God!”

Jesus tells a story to reveal His desire for all men everywhere to be saved. The cast includes God, played by the man giving the feast; the Christian, played by the servants… Read More

Best Of The Best

TODAY’S DAILY READING: Leviticus 22-23 & Luke 13
Old Testament: Leviticus 22- Best Of The Best

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Whatever has a defect, you shall not offer, for it shall not be acceptable on your behalf.”

I once heard of a farmer whose cow had given birth to twin calves. In his excitement, he decided to dedicate one to the Lord. As the days passed, his wife reminded him of his promise, she inquired if he had decided which … Read More

Leviticus 23- Retreat

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“Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘The feasts of the Lord, which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, these are My feasts.’”

In addition to establishing laws to govern the nation, God also, established a … Read More

New Testament: Luke 13- You Are Loosed

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“Woman, you are loosed from your infirmity.”

I imagine what the scene must have been like in the Synagogue that day. The crowd had gathered like they did every Sabbath. For some it was no more than a religious duty, for others, it was how they expressed their devotion to God. The scene suddenly shifts from the normal activities of prayer and Bible reading to a … Read More

Consecrate Yourself

TODAY’S DAILY READING: Leviticus 20-21 & Luke 12
Old Testament: Leviticus 20- Consecrate Yourself

Leviticus 20:7-8
“Consecrate yourselves therefore, and be holy, for I am the Lord your God. And you shall keep My statutes, and perform them: I am the Lord who sanctifies you.”

Consecration is an important part of Christianity. A person who desires to walk with God, must set himself apart from the world and to the Lord. We cannot successfully follow the Lord … Read More

Leviticus 21- We Have Hope

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“And the Lord said to Moses, “Speak to the priests, the sons of Aaron, and say to them: ‘None shall defile himself for the dead among his people.’”

Under the old covenant God set the levites apart so they might be involved in ministry. Because those who serve the Lord also become a representative of the Lord, very high standards were placed upon … Read More

New Testament: Luke 12- Get Rich Quick

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“Then one from the crowd said to Him, ‘Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.’”

Jesus tells the story of a rich man who believed true life was found in great possessions. He worked hard and was very successful. His success caused him to evaluate his life. His conclusion, he… Read More

Counter Culture

TODAY’S DAILY READING: Leviticus 18-19 & Luke 11
Old Testament: Leviticus 18- Counter Culture

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“Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘I am the Lord your God. According to the doings of the land of Egypt, where you dwelt, you shall not do; and according to the doings of the land of Canaan, where I am bringing you, you shall not do; nor shall you walk in their ordinances. You shall observe My judgments and keep My ordinances, to walk in them: I am the Lord your God. You shall therefore keep My statutes and My judgments, which if a man does, he shall live by them: I am the Lord.”Read More

Leviticus 19- Being Different

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“You shall keep My statutes. You shall not let your livestock breed with another kind. You shall not sow your field with mixed seed. Nor shall a garment of mixed linen and wool come upon you.”

One of the primary purposes of the… Read More

New Testament: Luke 11- Keep Knocking

Luke 11:13
“If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”

There seems to be some striking differences between the Church in the book of Acts and the church today. The impact … Read More

The Harvest Is Great

TODAY’S DAILY READING: Leviticus 16-17 & Luke 10
Old Testament: Leviticus 16- Go-Goat

IMG_1500Leviticus 16:21-22
“Aaron shall lay both his hands on the head of the live goat, confess over it all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions, concerning all their sins, putting them on the head of the goat, and shall send it away into the wilderness by the hand of a suitable man. The goat shall bear on itself all their iniquities to an uninhabited land; and he shall release the goat in the wilderness.”Read More

Leviticus 17- Imposter

IMG_1501Leviticus 17:7
“They shall no more offer their sacrifices to demons, after whom they have played the harlot. This shall be a statute forever for them throughout their generations.”

I recently received a phone call from someone claiming to be a representative from the Internal Revenue Service, who explained that I was delinquent on payments, and in danger of facing jail time. Instead of … Read More

New Testament:
Luke 10- The Harvest Is Great

IMG_1504Luke 10:2
The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; . . .”

Sadly, the world has no shortage of those who are in need of Christ. Our population has reached the seven billion mark. Seven billion souls walking this planet, many of whom do not yet know Christ. We recognize certain places in the world… Read More

Mission Impossible

TODAY’S DAILY READING: Leviticus 14-15 & Luke 8-9
Old Testament: Leviticus 14- Mission Impossible

IMG_1495Leviticus 14:1-2
“Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, ‘This shall be the law of the leper for the day of his cleansing: He shall be brought to the priest.’”

Moses was given detailed… Read More

Leviticus 15- New Nature

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“Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘When any man has a discharge from his body, his discharge is unclean.’”

As we read the Scripture it is not difficult to see how things like theft, murder or extortion are considered sin and will… Read More

New Testament: Luke 8- Mystery

IMG_1497Luke 8:10
“ To you it has been given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God…”

I love a good mystery; as a child I had a book titled “2 Minute Mysteries.” It was a book of short stories, in… Read More

Luke 9- You Gonna Answer That?

IMG_1502Luke 9:1
“Then He called His twelve disciples. . . “

When the Lord calls us to serve Him, there seems to be a universal response. Our hearts cry out, “I can’t.” This was the same response of Moses, Saul and Gideon. We feel this way because the Lord always seems to call us to do what is beyond our capacities. A young woman with small children senses a call to teach in children’s church, or a retired couple hears the call to the mission field, or a young man has a burning in his heart to become a pastor, and the voice in our head cries out “I can’t.” I think there is something encouraging here as Jesus calls the … Read More

Much Love?

TODAY’S DAILY READING: Leviticus 12-13 & Luke 7
Old Testament: Leviticus 12- Bad Connection

IMG_1493Leviticus 12:7
“Then he shall offer it before the Lord, and make atonement for her. And she shall be clean from the flow of her blood. This is the law for her who has borne a male or a female.”
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Leviticus 13- Unclean

IMG_1491Leviticus 13:45
“Now the leper on whom the sore is, his clothes shall be torn and his head bare; and he shall cover his mustache, and cry, ‘Unclean! Unclean! ’”

Leprosy is a skin disease that effects the nervous system; resulting… Read More

New Testament: Luke 7- Much Love?

IMG_1492Luke 7:40
“Simon, I have something to say to you.”

The event which occurs in the house of Simon the Pharisee stands out to me as one of the most fascinating in the New Testament. No miraculous healing takes place: the deaf do not hear, the blind do not see, nor are the dead raised. Yet this story is both priceless and timeless in the truth it reveals. It is the story of two people and their view of Jesus. Simon was a religious man that showed interest in… Read More


TODAY’S DAILY READING: Leviticus 10-11 & Luke 6
Old Testament: Leviticus 10- Holy Life

IMG_1487Leviticus 10:9-10
“It shall be a statute forever throughout your generations, that you may distinguish between holy and unholy, and between unclean and clean”

Perhaps, the clearest message from the Book of Leviticus is, God is Holy and requires holiness from His people. Rather than… Read More

Leviticus 11- Forbidden Food

IMG_1488Leviticus 11:2
“Speak to the children of Israel, saying, ‘These are the animals which you may eat among all the animals that are on the earth.’”

If we go back to the call of Abraham, we realize Israel was a nation chosen and established by God. Abraham was told that through his seed all the nations of the earth would be blessed. Later, we read God’s purpose in choosing… Read More

New Testament: Luke 6- Forgive

IMG_1489Luke 6:38
“Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”Read More