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TODAY’S READING: Joshua 5–8 It will be impossible to reach 56 million Turks unless there are powers greater than ourselves in the fight. The lesson of Joshua is that God fights for us and that there are forces at war we cannot see. When missionaries enter new lands, like Turkey, God has gone ahead of…

TODAY’S READING: Joshua 1–4 Today, John[1] and Paul[2] York will father-son tag-team to articulate the three major principles for a people in covenant with the God of mission. Here are their thoughts on a missionary reading of Joshua: God’s manifest presence accompanies those who advance toward His kingdom according to His will. The Lord Himself…

TODAY’S READING: Deuteronomy 32–34; Psalm 91 As we end our missiological traverse of the Pentateuch, it is fitting to remember that the story therein frames the metanarrative of the Bible. The Psalms, some scholars say, are divided according to the five books of the law. Some consider Deuteronomy 32 to be “Romans in a nutshell.”…

TODAY’S READING: Deuteronomy 29–31 Moses began the last sermon of Deuteronomy, the last public address of his life, by summing up what was most crucial. He reminded the Israelites that they have entered into the covenant and oath of God (Deut. 29:12) in the very same way that God covenanted and made oath to Abraham…

TODAY’S READING: Deuteronomy 28 Blessings in the Bible are related to the great covenantal promise that God made to Abraham in Genesis 12: I will bless you, and you will be a blessing, and in you all nations of the world will be blessed (vv. 2–3). Again and again, the Bible returns to this central…

TODAY’S READING: Deuteronomy 24–27 Deuteronomy (the second law) is a reminder of the central points of the covenant between God and man. On the cusp of entering the promised land, on the eve of going on into glory, Moses used his last words to remind his people of what was most vital. They were to…

TODAY’S READING: Deuteronomy 21–23 The anguished cry for help of a woman being sexually assaulted is the same word used to describe the anguished cry of the Israelites in bondage in Egypt (Deut. 22:24, 27; Exo. 2:23). It was a cry of pain, terror, and desperation, and it is the cry of the unreached peoples…

TODAY’S READING: Deuteronomy 17–20 Missional Moses was preaching away to his people—a people who were both a family and an army. Moses, heir to Abraham, had not forgotten the purposes or covenantal promises of Jehovah: We are blessed that all people groups of the world would be blessed. We must live in such a way…

TODAY’S READING: Deuteronomy 14–16 Why do the children of God rejoice at funerals and have no fear of death (Deut. 14:1)? Because we know God chose us to be with Him (v. 2), and whoever was sad about going home? Moses reminds us all that we are God’s movable treasures, His jewels that He wants…

TODAY’S READING: Deuteronomy 11–13 The Lord has so much more for His people than to just live, work to provide for families in order to raise godly children, so that they can live, work to provide for their families, in order to raise godly grandchildren, so that they can live, work, provide, raise godly great…

TODAY’S READING Deuteronomy 8–10 God tends to test our memory. He humbles us and leads us through difficulties (Deut. 8:2) so that what is unimportant fades and what is critical remains. What is critical to God is that all nations experience His redemptive love. To forget what is most important to God is to forget…

TODAY’S READING: Deuteronomy 5–7 God did indeed make a covenant with Father Abraham to bless all nations, but at Sinai, Moses reminds us all: “The Lord did not make THIS covenant with our fathers, but with us, those of us who are here today, all of us who are alive” (Deut. 5:3, emphasis mine). What…

TODAY’S READING: Deuteronomy 3–4 The Lord fights for us (Deut. 3:22) as long as we fight for His glory among all nations. As soon as we start fighting for our own glory or against our brothers, we have no guarantee of God’s protection. God says in effect, “Enough of that! You will not inherit the…

Today’s Reading: Deuteronomy 1–2 The word “Deuteronomy” is derived from Latin and means “second law.”[1] The book of Deuteronomy is essentially three sermons from Moses, and the “second law” refers to the second sermon which is the bulk of the book (chapters 5–28). Deuteronomy follows a treaty format common in the ancient Near East, especially…

TODAY’S READING: Numbers 35–36 Cities of refuge were protection against vendettas or private revenge and they guaranteed that the community of people (when guided by God) were the only ones with the gathered wisdom to apply the most drastic punishment.[1] In the same way that the Spirit of God in the people of God makes…

TODAY’S READING: Numbers 33–34 Strategic thinking and Spirit empowerment in missions go hand in hand. Even as a Pentecostal missionary, I have always been friends and partners with Southern Baptist missionaries. A friend used to joke that if all the Pentecostal zeal could be linked with all the Baptist strategy, we might very well be…

TODAY’S READING: Numbers 31–32 It’s interesting that Jehovah described Moses’ death as being gathered to “his people” (Num. 31:2). Moses’ tribe was the “church at rest”—the redeemed who preceded him to his heavenly home. Those of us still living as pilgrims, strangers, and aliens here on this earth are not yet with “our people”—let not…

TODAY’S READING: Numbers 28–30 As we read through Numbers, Walter Kaiser reminds us that “it is not an outlandish idea to think that the Lord was simultaneously extending the offer of salvation to others during the Old Testament in addition to Israel.” [1] A loving God wants to dwell with His holy people that they…

TODAY’S READING: Numbers 25–27 There are both external and internal threats to God’s mission. Unfortunately, the internal attacks often prove as effective as the external. The external threat to God’s people and plan was Balaam’s curse. God neutralized that attack and even turned it into a blessing. We know from Numbers 31:1–16, however, that Balaam…

TODAY’S READING: Numbers 23–24 When Balaam refused to curse Israel, he said he cannot curse whom God has not cursed (Num. 23:8–10). He also saw a people who lived apart from the nations and mentioned that the dust of Jacob cannot be counted. Balaam’s citing of “a people dwelling alone” was a reference to them…

TODAY’S READING: Numbers 21–22 God’s plan for human history as revealed in the Bible is to redeem for Himself men and women from every people group on earth. God enacted this plan by choosing an Iraqi immigrant to bless, promising that through his (Abraham’s) seed all the people groups on earth will be blessed. God…

TODAY’S READING: Numbers 18–20 As Levites, Moses and Aaron were given the priestly honor of representing the purposes of Jehovah and the responsibility of acting out those purposes in Jehovah’s manner. They were given the priesthood as “a gift for service” (Num. 18:7). Fulfilling Jehovah’s mission, however, their service was never to replace intimacy with…

TODAY’S READING: Numbers 16–17 Aaron got a taste of his own medicine when the same sentiment he expressed against Moses was then leveled against him. Aaron and Miriam rebelled by asking Moses: “Has the Lord indeed spoken only through Moses” (Num. 12:2)? Korah, Dathan, Abiram, and a contingent of 250 leaders then rebelled against Moses…

TODAY’S READING: Numbers 15; Psalm 90 Lost in the slog of the laws of Numbers can be the beauty of sweet sacrifice. Six times in Numbers 15, sacrifices are described as a “sweet aroma.” When men and women walked in God’s way because they were passionate about His desire to be glorified by all peoples,…

BONUS POST: 2019 is not a leap year, but we have an entry for February 29 that we wanted to share. FEBRUARY 29 READING: Numbers 13–14 Before Israel was assigned to conquer Canaan, Canaan was a collection of different city-states. These city-states morphed into Egyptian provinces after 1504–1492 B.C. when Pharaoh Thutmose I established unstable…

TODAY’S READING: Numbers 12 Moses’ first wife was from Saudi Arabia (Midian). In Numbers 12:1, he married a Sudanese[1] woman and it created consternation. We are familiar with the story of Aaron and Miriam’s dissension, but we usually fail to connect that dissension to missions resistance. Here is how the text (vv. 1–2, emphasis mine)…

TODAY’S READING: Numbers 10–11 “So they started out for the first time” (Num. 10:13). It’s fascinating that the very first time the presence of God as connected to the tabernacle moved, Moses invited an Arab from Saudi Arabia along. Moses says to his father-in-law, a Midianite (Midian is present day Saudi Arabia): “We are setting…

TODAY’S READING: Numbers 7–9 Numbers 7 seems to be a numbing, repetitive procession of priests, each one giving the same thing: platters, bowls, pans, bulls, lambs, and goats. The tragedy for many readers of the Bible is that when they lose the meta-narrative, they lose the meta-joy. Because the Bible relays the plans and purposes…

TODAY’S READING: Numbers 5–6 God’s covenantal promise is simple: I will be your God, you will be My people, I will dwell with you, and I will bless you to be a blessing to all the nations. This simple covenant is the baseline for God’s relationship with mankind. Over and over in the Scripture this…

TODAY’S READING: Numbers 3–4 Pastor Rob (lead pastor) and Pastor Justin (missions) have an incredible vision for their church. Their vision is to send 500 missionaries. We were all in Cairo, standing around the grave of William Borden, the young missionary from a wealthy family who died in Egypt as he was preparing to reach…

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