Connect The Testaments

December 12: Forgiven and Forgiving Jeremiah 23:1–24:10; Romans 3:21–31; Proverbs 18:1–24 Idioms are often unhelpful because their overuse has robbed them of meaning. But the idiom “putting up walls” has a twist in Proverbs: “A brother who is offended is worse than a city of strength, and quarrels are like the bars of a fortification” […]

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December 10: Constructing Lives by the Law Jeremiah 18:1-18; Romans 2:12-29; Proverbs 16:12-33 Dispensing good, helpful advice gets the benevolent juices flowing. As easy as it is to give advice, though, it often hits me with the irony of a cartoon anvil when I end up tripping over my own counsel. When this happens, I’m […]

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December 8: The Gospel for Barbarians and Fools Jeremiah 14:1–15:21; Romans 1:1–17; Proverbs 15:1–33 It’s dangerous when we feel entitled. We may come to believe our communities are righteous while all those outside are not. This can even take place inside our faith communities—popularity or various achievements can create subtle feelings of superiority. We begin […]

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