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December 30 - Revelation 12-18: The Dragon and the Beasts Mimic God with Disastrous Results
Today’s Reading: Revelation 12-18 The Message English Standard Version ONE DAY MORE! Thought to Guide Your Reading God's Enemy mimics God, gains a huge following, and is defeated handily. Summary in 100 Words or Less A Dragon attempted to kill a Woman givin...

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December 23 - Hebrews 11-13: Faith in God and God's Discipline
Today’s Reading: Hebrews 11-13 The Message English Standard Version Thought to Guide Your Reading God's Discipline is meant to help us stay focused on faith. Summary in 100 Words or Less Faith, trusting the existence of something or someone we cannot see, d...

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December 21 - Hebrews 1-6: Focus on Jesus, the Only One Worthy of Our Focus
Today’s Reading: Hebrews 1-6 The Message English Standard Version Thought to Guide Your Reading Jesus is greater than all that came before Him. The writer of Hebrews wanted us to see the different things Jesus is superior to. Summary in 100 Words or Less Go...

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December 16 - Ephesians: God's Adopted People Walking Down God's Way
Today’s Reading: Ephesians The Message English Standard Version Thought to Guide Your Reading Jesus broke down the barrier between God and the Gentiles. The appropriate answer is walking in faith down God's Way. Summary in 100 Words or Less Paul to the beli...

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November 8 - Romans 4-7: Abraham's Righteousness and Our Freedom from Sin and the Law
Today’s Reading: Romans 4-7 The Message English Standard Version Thought to Guide Your Reading Laws increase sin—they don't change our mindset. Righteousness must be brought apart from a law. Summary in 100 Words or Less Abraham was approved by God before h...

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December 7 - Acts 20:1-3; Romans 1-3: Jews and Gentiles Always Shared the Same Fate
Today’s Reading: Acts 20:1-3; Romans 1-3 The Message English Standard Version Today's reading includes three verses from Acts. I am going to skip them in the summary, since they only tell us that Paul continued travelling while his Jewish opposition followe...

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December 2 - 1 Corinthians 12-14: Sharing Gifts in Love and in Orderly Ways
Today’s Reading: 1 Corinthians 12-14 The Message English Standard Version Thought to Guide Your Reading Spiritual gifts mean nothing without love. Summary in 100 Words or Less How God works is often misunderstood. God wants us to use our intelligence and un...

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November 30 - 1 Corinthians 5-8: Freedom vs. Holiness in Sexual Relations and Meat Offered to Idols
Today’s Reading: 1 Corinthians 5-8 The Message English Standard Version Thought to Guide Your Reading Paul argues that we have freedom but should give up that freedom when it sets things right. Summary in 100 Words or Less Deal with openly-sinful Believers ...

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November 27 - 1 Thessalonians; 2 Thessalonians: Living the Beautiful Life Until the Resurrection
Today’s Reading: 1 Thessalonians and 2 Thessalonians The Message English Standard Version Today we read two New Testament books. I want to keep each book separate in the summaries, so today I will write two summaries, one for each book. That way I do not ne...

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November 25 - Galatians 4-6: Arguing over Religion is a Waste of Time
Today’s Reading: Galatians 4-6 The Message English Standard Version Thought to Guide Your Reading Jesus brought us into an intimate relationship with God. The circumcision sect wanted to separate the Gentiles from God once more. Summary in 100 Words or Less...
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