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Day 263 – The Father’s Generosity

Day 263 – The Father’s Generosity

Thoughts and Reflection Today we read about temptation. Jesus does not want us to mame ourselves but he wants us to remove what is tempting us or making us sin. That could be a computer or smartphone. The parable of the lost sheep rejoices over the repentance of a...

Day 262 – Miracle Worker

Day 262 – Miracle Worker

Thoughts and Reflection Today we read about more miracles from Jesus. He fed five thousand and four thousand people with leftovers. Just as the prophets Elijah and Elisha did, Jesus is feeding the hungry with food. Simon Peter shows great faith by believing that he...

The Sad State of Portland

The Sad State of Portland

Portland. City of Roses. City of Protests. City of Empty Streets, empty sidewalks, empty storefronts. Here are my images from walking around a couple of blocks in the downtown central business district. This was the premier place to be. Full of shops, culture, unique...

Day 261 – Ornate Souls

Day 261 – Ornate Souls

Thoughts and Reflection Today we read from Matthew that those who have been baptized have been brought into the kingdom of heaven. This brings us to be the sons and daughters of the Father. Baptism gives us the Holy Spirit and we can call out to God as our Father and...

Day 260 – Carrying the Cross

Day 260 – Carrying the Cross

Thoughts and Reflection Today we read that Jesus heals the paralytic by telling him that his sins were forgiven. Another woman is healed by touching Jesus' garment. This shows his healing power and divinity. He heals the physical and mental illnesses. He is able to...

Day 259 – The Sermon on the Mount

Day 259 – The Sermon on the Mount

Thoughts and Reflection Today we read about Jesus going up mountain to preach the Law. He is also planning a new pilgrimage from slavery to freedom. He tells the people he did not come to abolish the Law or Prophets but he came to fulfill them. Sinful actions are...

Exile Recap

Exile Recap

The time of Exile is the lowest part of Judah's history. Three waves of deportations took people to Babylon. The king of Babylon is selective about who he deports. He only wants the young, educated, and strong. Those that will be useful to him. Daniel is a talented...

Day 258 – The Kingdom is Here

Day 258 – The Kingdom is Here

Thoughts and Reflection Today we start the book of Matthew. We start off with the genealogy of Jesus. This is a bit different as it includes four women. In those days they were not mentioned. This genealogy firmly links Jesus to the line of David from the old...

Day 257 – Choose to Love

Day 257 – Choose to Love

Thoughts and Reflections Today we read that Zedekiah runs away when he has a chance regardless of all the posturing he has done. If he would have listened to Jeremiah, to begin with, it would have saved a lot of pain and suffering from his people. It all could have...