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Today’s Reading Acts 7-10

I remember what its like being the oldest brother. You go through stretches where you feel as if your brother or sister is the favorite child. It is a silly thing but it is just the reality for a child who has at least one sibling. I am sure my brother or sister thought I was the favorite at some point as well, which would make sense!

If you become a parent you start to realize how silly the notion is truly. You may have more things in common with one child but they are your kids! You love them and want the best for them. There is no place for favorites when you are a parent. Your job is to love.

Peter is wrestling this idea of “favorite son” in the scripture from today. In his encounter with the gentile Cornelius, he is made aware of something that shakes him. Peter, after all, is a Jew. Peter also was a disciple of Jesus. In many ways, he felt like the favorite son. God opened his eyes in a dream and then after his encounter with Cornelius he sees things in a new way.

He says:  “I truly understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him.

This is a powerful statement from Peter that has repercussions for us as well. If God has no partiality but instead simply loves his children then we need to strive to do the same. I am often reminded of God’s conversation with Abraham. God said Abraham’s people would be blessed and would be a blessing to the world. We often look at that conversation and just read the we are going to be a blessing part and forget the “why”. The why is important. We are blessed to be a blessing.

God’s heart is for all. God desires all to come to know God. God’s heart is simply not that I am happy and settled and comfortable. In fact, I am pretty convinced after recent events, God is not too concerned with my comfort.

Let’s do what Peter says is vital, that which is acceptable to the Lord. Let us show all people and teach people what that is and why we do it.

No favorites.



We are in Day 26 of a 40 day read through the New Testament challenge today. The first 30 days of readings are listed below.

***End Note ***

First 30 Days of Reading
Day 1 – Ash Wednesday
Mark 1-4

Thursday Day 2 – Mark 5-8

Friday Day 3 Mark 9-12

Saturday Day 4 Mark 13-16


 Monday Day 5 1 & 2 Thessalonians

Tuesday Day 6 Galatians

Wednesday  Day 7  Philippians & Colossians

Thursday Day 8 Philemon & Ephesians

Friday Day 9 Matthew 1-7

Saturday Day 10 Matthew 8-12


Monday Day 11 Matthew 13-18

Tuesday Day 12 Matthew 19-24

Day 13 Wednesday Matthew 25-28

Thursday Day 14 1 Corinthians 1-9

Friday Day 15 1 Corinthians 10-16

Saturday Day 16 2 Corinthians 1-13


Monday Day 17 Romans 1-8

Tuesday Day 18 Romans 9-16

Wednesday Day 19 Luke 1-3

Thursday Day 20 Luke 4-7

Friday Day 21 Luke 8-11

Saturday Day 22 Luke 12-16


Monday Day 23 Luke 17-21

Tuesday Day 24 Luke 22-24

Wednesday Day 25 Acts 1-6

Today Thursday Day 26 Acts 7-10

Friday Day 27 Acts 11-16

Saturday Day 28 Acts 17-22


Monday Day 29 Acts 23-28

Tuesday Day 30 1 & 2 Timothy and Titus


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