Tag: Christian Advent

Daily Reads 12.24.2019

Advent Day 24: Read: Luke 24 It was many years ago, a lifetime it seems. I struggled under the heavy burden of religious obligation. Weary and tired, like a candle flickering before it is extinguished, I nearly collapsed under the weight. And then I read this scripture: “Look at my Servant, whom I have chosen. …

Daily Reads 12.23.2019

Day 23 of Advent: Read: Luke 23 The reading today feels dark and devoid of hope. Jesus is put on trial with the entire religious community yelling for his crucifixion. The scoundrel, Barrabas, is released instead. Can the world get much darker than this? The One who ignited hope, who proclaimed the Good News, who …

Daily Reads 12.22.2019

Advent Day 22: Read: Luke 22 Today’ reading is heavy. The final days of Jesus begin with the Passover celebration with his disciples followed by his arrest and trial. Jesus warns of the impending events, but Peter quickly replies he is willing to go to prison and even die, if necessary. Jesus gently informs Peter …

Daily Reads 12.20.2019

Advent Day 20: Read: Luke 20 Already it is Day 20 of Advent. Congratulations to those who persevered through the reading of Luke. It has been rewarding for me to take time daily preparing for the coming of Jesus. Today the word that comes to me after reading the chapter is OPPOSITION. The religious leaders …

Daily Reads 12.19.2019

Advent Day 19: Read: Luke 19 Is what you see in the mirror an accurate reflection of who you are? This chapter begins with Jesus’ encounter with Zacchaeus. He is a tax collector, despised by other Jews because he worked for the Romans. Jesus goes to his house for dinner anyway. The Pharisees and religious …

Daily Reads 12.16.2019

Advent Date 16: Read: Luke 16 Today’s reading centers around money and wealth, but the lessons are deeper than just having money or not having money. I learn, from the first story Jesus tells, that money corrupts and should be used to benefit others (verse 9) so that when they are gone, my eternal home …

Daily Reads 12.02.2019

Out of the stump of David’s family will grow a shoot—yes, a new Branch bearing fruit from the old root. And the Spirit of the Lord will rest on him—the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. He will delight in obeying the Lord. Isaiah 11:1-3a …