Scripture Reading for Today: Romans 4:13,16-18 (read it here) Reflect To explain that we are in right relationship with God not by relying on human achievements but through faith, Paul uses the example of Abraham. He reminds his Jewish audience that to Abraham God made a very great and wonderfulContinue Reading

Scripture Reading for Today: Romans 4:1-8 (read it here) Reflect The Jews regarded Abraham as the great founder of the race and the pattern of all that a believer should be.   Paul images the Jews asking, “If all that you say is true, what was the special thing thatContinue Reading

Scripture Reading for Today: Romans 3:21-30 (read it here) Reflect For Paul, the supreme problem of life is: How can we get into a right relationship with God? How can we feel at peace with God? How can we escape the feeling of estrangement and fear in the presence of God?  JudaismContinue Reading

Scripture Reading for Today: Romans 2:1-11 (read it here) Reflect The Jews thought that they occupied a privileged position with God; and never for a moment did they dream that they too were under God’s condemnation. Paul points out that they are just as much sinners as the Gentiles are.Continue Reading

Scripture Reading for Today: Romans 1:16-25 (read it here) Reflect Paul begins this letter to the Romans by saying that he is proud of the Gospel that it is his privilege to preach. It is amazing to think of the background of that statement. Paul had been imprisoned in Philippi, chased outContinue Reading

Scripture Reading for Today: Romans 1:1-7 (read it here) Reflect In his letter to the Romans, Paul writes to a church he did not know personally, and in which he had never been. He was writing to a church which was situated in the greatest city in the greatest empireContinue Reading

Scripture Reading for Today: Joel 4:12-21 (read it here) Reflect Joel’s oracles urged Judah and Jerusalem to a spiritual awak­ening. Once acting as if they were autonomous with no con­nection to God, now the people have learned that their existence depends on God’s gracious gifts to them. The devastation ofContinue Reading

Scripture Reading for Today: Joel 1:13-15; 2: 1-2 (read it here) Reflect Joel is the second of the “minor prophets”; and all we know about him is his name—a fairly common one in the Old Testament. Because he shows deep concern for the Temple, its priests, and its worship, someContinue Reading

Scripture Reading for Today: Malachi 3:13-20b (read it here) Reflect Malachi is the last book of the so-called “minor prophets.” It almost certainly comes from the post-exilic period when Israel was a religious community within the Persian Empire, which lasted almost 200 years (539-333 BCE). The people of Israel haveContinue Reading