Archives for Category: Excerpt from The Message Bible

June Reading from The Message

June 2, 2022

You are unique. Your history and emotional life are all your own. God knows that. He comes to each one of us. Here in the second chapter of Acts we are in the room on the Day of Pentecost. God’s arrival does not lead to group think, but better relationships. When the Feast of Pentecost […]

May Reading from The Message

May 4, 2022

Are you working really hard to follow all the right rules? Here in chapter 2 of Paul’s letter to the Galatians he talks about his past and how to overcome a focus on rule-keeping and peer-pleasing. Have some of you noticed that we are not yet perfect? (No great surprise, right?) And are you ready […]

April Reading from The Message

April 2, 2022

Are you running from God? The story of Jonah being swallowed by a whale is one we all learn as children, but the big fish is only mentioned in three verses. The real story is Jonah’s attitude and the great things God might have planned for us that we might be too prideful to do… […]

March Reading from The Message

March 1, 2022

The Psalms are packed with lament and praise. There are times and seasons where each type has its place, but here in Psalm 13 one organically emerges from the other… 1-2 Long enough, God— you’ve ignored me long enough. I’ve looked at the back of your head long enough. Long enough I’ve carried this ton of trouble, […]

February Reading from The Message

February 1, 2022

Here in Proverbs 13 we start as children and learn to walk with the wise. These powerful reminders on how to live a full life are short and quotable, sure to be the envy of any speechwriter or influencer. 1 Intelligent children listen to their parents; foolish children do their own thing. 2 The good […]

January Reading from The Message

January 2, 2022

A new year can usher in new beginnings and a return to unfinished business. Here in Exodus 3, Moses has started a new family and left Egypt with all its baggage behind. But God meets Moses in the wilderness to reveal His true name and the big plans He has for His people… Moses was […]

December Reading from The Message

December 2, 2021

It is inevitable. You will hear Luke 2 recited in church this month. For good reason, it concisely and clearly details the birth of Jesus. And who is it we relate to most? Mary or Joseph? Rich wise men? Or is it the shepherds? Everyday people who are brought in to witness the miraculous and […]

November Reading from The Message

November 1, 2021

We are God’s destination. He is active and moving – he comes. The Christian life is lived between his arrivals. In light of that, how should we live? Paul provides essential and practical guidance in the last chapter of 1 Thessalonians… And now, friends, we ask you to honor those leaders who work so hard […]

October Reading from The Message

October 2, 2021

In his letter to the Galatians, Paul is emphatic about the free life we can live because of Christ. It is not the cheap freedom that is often celebrated by the world. But a freedom that allows you to serve others without being burdened by the compulsions of selfishness. A freedom that will slowly bear […]

September Reading from The Message

September 16, 2021

Habakkuk has just cried out to God, pouring out his sorrow and indignation at the injustice all around him. He asks “where are you God!?” But then, at the start of chapter 2, Habakkuk stops… and recognizes that the Lord will answer and he needs to be ready for God’s response to his complaints… and […]