Friday, January 31, 2014

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Moses responds to God's call, returns to Egypt with Aaron, and has a successful meeting with the leaders of the Israelite people.

Elihu's first if six chapters lecturing Job.

James tells us to consider it a great joy when troubles come our way. Don't miss James' reasoning for this seeming contradiction. Then he speaks very strongly about not just being people who merely listen to God's Word. We must do it.

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Thursday, January 30, 2014

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At the beginning of Exodus, we hear of Moses' birth and his young adulthood in Egypt. He murders a man and has to flee for his life, going to Midian. We also read of his helping the seven daughters of Reuel.

Job finishes his long defense.

Peter ends his letter with advice to elders and young men. God's grace to us includes such things as suffering.

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

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The last two chapters of Genesis: Jacob's very prophetic blessings for each of his sons. Then we hear the conclusion after Jacob was buried and the eventual death of Joseph.

Job tells of his anguish, in the 5th of 6 chapters of his speech.

Peter tells us how to take Christ as our example, and to live as those associated with the name of Christ— especially when it is in God's will for us to suffer.

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

DBRP_Jan29_2014 Gen47-48 Job29 1Ptr3

Jacob blesses Pharaoh, Joseph leads powerfully during the worst of the famine, Jacob blesses Ephraim and Manasseh, putting the younger Ephraim above his older
brother. (And if you remember Jacob's story you'll know where he got
that idea.)
Job's 4th chapter of his monologue, where he speaks of his previous blessed life and high position.
Peter's instructions to wives, husbands, and all Christians, particularly when we suffer.

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Monday, January 27, 2014

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Jacob arrives in Egypt and we take a head count of Jacob's family.

Job's third chapter of his six-chapter speech: Job tells us where to find wisdom and understanding.
Chapter 2 of 1 Peter is one of the richest in all Scripture. This includes the wonderful "living stones" passage, which includes much about our spiritual identity because of our being joined to Christ, the Corner Stone.

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Sunday, January 26, 2014

DBRP_Jan27_2014 Gen44-45 Job27 1Ptr1

Joseph's brothers return to Egypt, this time taking Benjamin. Joseph contrives a creative way to reveal his identity. When Pharaoh hears about Joseph's family, he sends wagons to bring them to Egypt.

Job gives the 2nd chapter of his six-chapter speech.
We start 1 Peter today!

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Saturday, January 25, 2014

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*Joseph's brothers on their first and second trips to Egypt

*Job's second of six chapters of complaint
*The resurrection of Jesus and the sending out of the apostles.

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Friday, January 24, 2014

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Pharaoh's dream, and what happened to Joseph as a result of his correctly interpreting it.

Job allows Bildad only 6 verses before he interrupts him.

In Mark, the death and burial of Jesus.

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Thursday, January 23, 2014


Today in Genesis, Joseph interprets two dreams, but says something very significant: Interpreting dreams is God’s business.

And Job continues to ask why God doesn't bring the wicked to judgment, and why God seems to ignore the distress of good people.
In Mark 15a, Jesus is tried by Pilate, and Pilate caves in to pressure and condemns Jesus. The soldiers beat and mock Jesus, he is crucified, and then many more people mock him.

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

DBRP_Jan23_2014 Gen38-39 Job23 Mrk14b

Today we hear of the less than auspicious beginnings of Judah's line, particularly involving Tamar, who was more righteous than Judah. And we hear about Joseph working for Potiphar and then being thrown in jail. Even in jail, he rose to the


Today Job responds for the second time to Eliphaz.

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In Mark today Jesus is arrested, tried before the council, and Peter denies knowing Jesus.

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

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Today we hear of Joseph's dreams, his brothers' jealousy, and Joseph being sold into slavery in Egypt.

Eliphaz lays into Job.
In Mark, Jesus is anointed in Behany, he and the disciples have their last supper, and Jesus is betrayed in the garden of Gethsemane.

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Monday, January 20, 2014

DBRP_Jan21_2014 Gen36 Job21 Mrk13

Today we hear about the descendants of Esau.

In Job 21, in my opinion Job totally wins over Zophar's argument yesterday in Job 20.

Today we read the awesome prophecy chapter of Mark.

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Sunday, January 19, 2014

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Jacob's daughter Dinah is raped, and the perpetrator Shechem is killed and all the males in his town. God tells Jacob to return to Bethel. Rachel and Grampa Isaak die.

In Job, Zophar's speech doesn't say so directly, but clearly implies that Job is guilty of wickedness and deserves the punishment he has received.
At the end of Mark 12, Jesus completes his public ministry with important teachings.

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Saturday, January 18, 2014

DBRP_Jan19_2014 Gen32-33 Job19 Mrk12a

Today we hear about Jacob wrestling all night with a mysterious heavenly figure, and about Jacob's reunion with Esau.

Job says amazing things for his age: “I know that my Redeemer lives.”

In Mark 12, Jesus tells a pointed parable which doesn't help his popularity with the Jewish leaders, then publicly gives and embarrassing defeat to the Sadducee party.

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Friday, January 17, 2014

DBRP_Jan18_2014 Gen31 Job18 Mrk11

Jacob escapes from his father-in-law Laban. After a tense encounter with Laban, Jacob and Laban make a covenant.

Bildad, read by my son-in-law, makes his second speech.
Jesus enters Jerusalem in triumph, cleanses the temple. This offends the chief priests (who were the business owners). Jesus confutes them when they ask him about his authority act.

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Thursday, January 16, 2014

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Today we hear of the rivalry between Rachel and Leah, and about more sons for Jacob. The son's names have meanings appropriate to what Rachel or Leah were feeling at the time.

Job again complains that he is surrounded by mockers, and despairingly again says “my hope will go down with me to the grave.”
Jesus prepares his disciples for his death, and teaches them about what it will be like to ‘lead’ in his kingdom.
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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

DBRP_Jan16_2014 Gen28-29 Job16 Mrk10a

Jacob leaves home and God appears to him. God gives covenant promises to Jacob. Then Jacob works for Laban, marries Leah and Rachel, and has four sons through Leah.

Job continues in a second chapter responding to Eliphaz.
And Jesus is on the road to his cross.

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

DBRP_Jan15_2014 Gen27 Job15 Mrk9b

Today we hear of Jacob being a trickster conniving with Rebecca to take the blessing of the firstborn. 

In Job, Eliphaz gives his second speech and is just as critical of Job as he was before.
Jesus shows what kind of people will be the greatest in the Kingdom of God, talks about the seriousness of sin, and ends with some difficult figurative sayings (which I recommend for further study).
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Monday, January 13, 2014

DBRP_Jan14 Gen25-26 Job14 Mrk9a

Today we hear the history of Isaac and Rebecca's family before the narrative focuses on their dissimilar twin sons, and especially Jacob. 

Job asks, “Can the dead live again?”

In Mark Jesus is transformed when talking with Moses and Elijah and a father's faith is increased and a demon possessed son is liberated from a demon.

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Sunday, January 12, 2014

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Today we hear the charming story of how Rebecca became Isaac's wife. And Jesus says some of his most important words to us, if we aim to be his followers.

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Saturday, January 11, 2014

DBRP_Jan12_2014 Gen22-23 Job12 Mrk8a

In Genesis 22, Abraham answers Isaac, “God will provide a sheep for the burnt offering, my son.” It is amazing to me that Moses adds the words, “To this day, people still use that name as a proverb: ‘On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided.’” This turns out to be a prophecy about Christ!

In Mark, Jesus feeds the 4,000, and gives a teaching the disciples didn't understand: Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and of Herod.”

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Friday, January 10, 2014

DBRP_Jan11_2014 Gen20-21 Job11 Mrk7

In today's reading in Genesis we hear words that surprisingly come back in the New Testament: “Get rid of that slave woman and her son. He is not going to share the inheritance with my son, Isaac.”

And Jesus directly calls the Jewish religious leaders ‘Hypocrites’, and says “You skillfully sidestep God’s law in order to hold on to your own tradition.”

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Thursday, January 9, 2014

DBRP_Jan10_2014 Gen19 Job10 Mrk6b

Some of you will be shocked at what is included in the Bible when you hear today's stories in Genesis. 

And in Mark, Jess says, “Don't be afraid. Take courage! I am here!”

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

DBRP Jan09 2014 Gen17-18 Job9 Mrk6a

My favorite quote from today's readings is this one where Job wishes that there could be a mediator between God and mankind:

33 If only there were a mediator between us,

someone who could bring us together.

34 The mediator could make God stop beating me,

and I would no longer live in terror of his


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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

DBRP Jan08 2014 Gen15-16 Job8 Mrk5b

In today's readings God establishes a covenant with Abram and gives important prophecies. Then Ishmael is born and Sarai mistreats Hagar.

In Job, Bildad gives his first response to Job, maintaining that God is just and that Job and his children must be sinners, since they gave been so clearly punished.

In Mark 5, Jesus heals in response to a woman's believing in Him, and Jesus encourages Jairus to keep on believing in Him.

Thanks to any of you who have told friends about the Daily Bible Reading Podcast! Some new people have joined in recent days.

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Monday, January 6, 2014

DBRP Jan07 Gen13-14 Job7 Mrk5a

In this episode Abram and Lot separate, Abram rescues Lot, and Abram meets the mysterious priest Melchizedek. Job continues with very despairing words. And Jesus tells the man formerly called Batalion/Legion, "go home to your family, and tell them everything the Lord has done for you and how merciful he has been.”

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Sunday, January 5, 2014

DBRP Jan06 2014 Gen11-12 Job6 Mrk4b

Today's readings include the Tower of Babel, the genealogy of Abram, the call of Abram, and the story of Abram and Sarai's brief time in Egypt.

In Job, we read the beginning of his response to Eliphaz.
In Mark, we finish the Parable Chapter and Jesus calms a storm.

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Saturday, January 4, 2014

DBRP Jan05 2014 Gen9-10 Job5 Mrk4a

Mark 4:24-25: “Pay close attention to what you hear. The closer you listen, the more understanding you will be given —and you will receive even more. To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given. But for those who are not listening, even what little understanding they have will be taken away from them.”

I'm praying for you all! 

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Friday, January 3, 2014

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I praise the Lord for each of you listening!

Here is a prayer request: Our Indonesian non-profit org has one full-time office manager employee in Jakarta. Daniel is a young seminary graduate, and he accompanied me everywhere on my last trip to Indonesia. He is sick and in a hospital in his home area in Central Java. He is very weak or would not be in the hospital! His symptoms include fever, joint pain, coughing, and shortness of breath. He might have Dengue Fever. If so, he would have gotten it while with me in Papua. Please pray for wisdom for doctors and complete healing.

Second prayer request: The Plain Indonesian Translation New Testament is being printed now. Please pray for God to help the printers in all technical details so that the quality of the books will be appropriate for God's Word.

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