March 22nd

I read 2 Samuel 14 today. Absalom was invited to return safely, but not to see David, his father. He tried to contact Joab, but Joab did not respond, so Absalom’s servants set Joab’s field on fire. That finally got his attention. Absalom also had voluminous impressive hair. I listened to Week 7, day 34 of the Immerse audio Bible. Read along starting in the letter to the Colossians 1-4.

March 21st

I read 2 Samuel 13 about a man (Amnon) who lied to create an opportunity to rape his sister (Tamar), and another man (Absalom) who lied to create an opportunity to avenge his disgraced sister and had some men kill Amnon, then he ran away. I listened to Week 7, day 33 of the Immerse reading plan that my local church is doing. It includes an introduction to Philemon, then the single chapter letter to Philemon.

March 20th

I read 2 Samuel 12 today. Nathan approached David and told him a story which incited David’s anger, but it pointed out David’s own sinful actions. God caused David’s newly born child to die, then David and Bathsheba conceived another child, named Solomon. I listened to Week 7, Day 32 of the Immerse Bible Reading Plan along with my local church as well. Today’s reading ends in Romans 16.

March 19th

Today I read 2 Samuel 11 where King David sinned by sleeping with Bathsheba, and arranged for her husband Uriah to conveniently die in battle. Later, I listened to a segment of recorded audio from the book of Romans, ending in chapter 11. (Immerse Messiah Reading Plan: Week 7, Day 31) where Paul explains to the Gentiles how they were grafted into God’s family tree, and should be thankful, but not proud for themselves.

March 16th

Today I read 2 Samuel 10. David’s men were humiliated when they went to express sympathy to Hanun of the Ammonites, because he received bad advice and questioned their motives. I also listened to a prepared daily audio recording of my local church’s Immerse NLT reading plan. (Week 6, Day 30, through the end of Romans 8.

March 15th

I read 2 Samuel 9 today. David showed kindness to the son of Jonathan, Mephibosheth. He invited him to eat at his table and be provided for from the land that Saul owned before he died. I also listened to Week 6, day 29 of the Immerse reading plan that my local church is also reading. Paul writes to the Christians in Rome who he has not yet met in a letter he sent with Phoebe.

March 13th

I read 2 Samuel 7 today, about David planning to build a house for God, but God answering through the prophet Nathan that God will build the house and will bless David’s household forever. David’s offspring will build a house for God in the future. Then I listened to the Immerse reading plan audio to keep up with my local church reading schedule. (Week 6, Day 27) Paul rebukes some believers who were going off course from what he taught them. They believed falsely that Gentiles needed to undergo certain Jewish practices including circumcision to be in God’s will. Reading ends at the end of Galatians chapter 2.

March 12th

I read 2 Samuel 6 this morning. Michal despised David, her husband because he danced for the LORD in front of everyone in a way that seemed undignified to her. David embraced any embarrassment that honored God gladly, but Michal would never have any children. I listened to the Immerse audio Bible later on in the day. (Week 6, Day 26)

March 10th

3/10/18 Men’s Breakfast Talk (recording)


Ezekiel 33:30-32 NIV

[30] “As for you, son of man, your countrymen are talking together about you by the walls and at the doors of the houses, saying to each other, ‘Come and hear the message that has come from the Lord.’ [31] My people come to you, as they usually do, and sit before you to listen to your words, but they do not put them into practice. With their mouths they express devotion, but their hearts are greedy for unjust gain. [32] Indeed, to them you are nothing more than one who sings love songs with a beautiful voice and plays an instrument well, for they hear your words but do not put them into practice.

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