Archives for Category: Excerpt from The Message Bible

September Reading from The Message

September 1, 2022

We are all leaders in our own way, but Peter reminds us that it is humility that makes us great. To be a great leader, we must first remember to be humble, and then we must remember who we are representing. 1-3 I have a special concern for you church leaders. I know what it’s like […]

August Reading from The Message

August 8, 2022

The beginning of Revelation is full of John’s letters to churches. In turn he acknowledges their strengths and then calls out their missteps. But the final church in Laodicea receives a stirring critique and then a clear promise of presence for those who knock… Write to Laodicea, to the Angel of the church. God’s Yes, […]

July Reading from The Message

July 1, 2022

Have you ever been “plunged into a sea of joy”? What happened? How did it feel? How long has it been since then? Here in Ezra 6 the Israelites have finally rebuilt the temple after long years in captivity in Babylon. God had cleared a space for them… and for you.  So the leaders of […]

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 […]