The Essential 100 Day 31: 1 Samuel 1,2, and 3: Persistent Prayer

20 So in the course of time Hannah became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She named him Samuel,t saying, “Because I asked the Lord for him.” 1 Samuel 1:20 The first part of this reading today is about the story of Hannah the mother of the great prophet Samuel.  Her ernest prayer was to have a…

The Essential 100 day 30: Ruth: Of Noble Character

11 And now, my daughter, don’t be afraid. I will do for you all you ask. All the people of my town know that you are a woman of noble character. Ruth 3:11 The story of Ruth and Boaz is pretty cool.  It starts out very tragic.  Ruth and her sister lose both of their husbands…

The Essential 100 Day 29: Judges 13, 14, 15 and 16: Strength and Favor

20 Then she called, “Samson, the Philistines are upon you!” He awoke from his sleep and thought, “I’ll go out as before and shake myself free.” But he did not know that the Lord had left him. Judges 16:20 This is one of the saddest verses in this story of Samson.  I lost count on how many times…

The Essential 100 Day 28: Judges 6 and 7: The Eternal Guide

34 Then the Spirit of the Lord came on Gideon, and he blew a trumpet, summoning the Abiezrites to follow him. Judges 6:34 I want to focus on this one verse in this section on the story of Gideon.  After he tore down the Baal God that Israel had put up he was filled with the Holy Spirit….

The Essential 100 Day 27: Judges 4, 5: Peace

31 “So may all your enemies perish, Lord! But may all who love you be like the sun when it rises in its strength.” Then the land had peace forty years. Judges 5:31 This passage continues the Israelites falling away again, then crying out to God and God coming through because they had a godly leader to…

The Essential 100 Day 26: Judges 2:6-23, 3:1-6: Lack of Obedience

10 After that whole generation had been gathered to their ancestors, another generation grew up who knew neither the Lord nor what he had done for Israel.11 Then the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord and served the Baals.12 They forsook the Lord, the God of their ancestors, who had brought them out of Egypt. They followed and…

The Essential 100 Day 25: Joshua 5:13-15, 6: Being A Part Of The Battle

2 Then the Lord said to Joshua, “See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands, along with its king and its fighting men.3 March around the city once with all the armed men. Do this for six days.4 Have seven priests carry trumpets of rams’ horns in front of the ark. On the seventh day, march around the city seven…

The Essential 100 Day 24: Joshua 3 and 4: Memorials

20 And Joshua set up at Gilgal the twelve stones they had taken out of the Jordan.21 He said to the Israelites, “In the future when your descendants ask their parents, ‘What do these stones mean?’22 tell them, ‘Israel crossed the Jordan on dry ground.’23 For the Lord your God dried up the Jordan before you until you had crossed over….

The Essential 100 Day 22: Exodus 32,33,34 The Light

19 And the Lord said, “I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the Lord, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.20 But,” he said, “you cannot see my face, for no one…

The Essential 100 Day 21: Exodus 19, 20:51-21: The Love Of God

5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me,6 but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments. Exodus 20:5-6…