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Joshua (Mar-May 2022)

Each photo below corresponds to the chapter-a-day post for the book of Joshua published by Tom Vander Well in March, April, and May of 2022. Click on the photo linked to each chapter to read the post.

Joshua 1: Succession

Joshua 2: “That Woman”

Joshua 3: Pivotal Moments

Joshua 4: Memorials

Joshua 5: Upstaging

Joshua 6: A Different Way

Joshua 7: Life-Long Lessons

Joshua 8: Awareness and Ego

Joshua 9: Shrewdness

Joshua 10: Evolution of Conversation

Joshua 11: Facing the Giants

Joshua 12: We are Family

Joshua 13: My Inheritance

Joshua 14; Dense Fog Advisory

Joshua 15: Family Patterns

Joshua 16: Small Things, Big Consequences

Joshua 17: The Land of Entitlement

Joshua 18: Go!

Joshua 19: The Reward

Joshua 20: Justice Then and Now

Joshua 21: A Good Place

Joshua 22: The Fear Factor

Joshua 23: Success(ion) and Failure

Joshua 24: At Your Service

2 Chronicles (Jun-Aug 2018)

Each photo below corresponds to the chapter-a-day post for the book of 2 Chronicles published by Tom Vander Well during the summer of 2018. Click on the photo linked to each chapter to read the post.

2 Chronicles 1: Childen’s Stories, Powerball, and a Really Good Question

2 Chronicles 2: Family Business

2 Chronicles 3: “It’s Boring!” (Until You See the Connections)

2 Chronicles 4: “Sea”

2 Chronicles 5: The Work

2 Chronicles 6: “Hello?!! Yo! Tom!! I’m Right Here!!”

2 Chronicles 7: Mine, Yours, Ours

2 Chronicles 8: Not Getting It

2 Chronicles 9: The Hard Facts

2 Chronicles 10: The Wisdom of Those Who’ve Gone Before

2 Chronicles 11: It’s Not About Me

2 Chronicles 12: Faith, Strength, and Suffering

2 Chronicles 13: Differences In Interpretation

2 Chronicles 14: Hamilton, History, and Me

2 Chronicles 15: The Slog Will Give Way to the Passion

2 Chronicles 16: The Spiritual Barometer of Comfort

2 Chronicles 17: Reduced to a Label

2 Chronicles 18: When the Opening Hints of Doom

2 Chronicles 19: Overturning the Scales on the Spiritual Economy

2 Chronicles 20: The Implosion of Evil

2 Chronicles 21: The Epitaph Being Written Today

2 Chronicles 22: The Story is NOT Over. The Story WILL Go On.

2 Chronicles 23: Time is Not My Enemy. She’s My Dance Partner.

2 Chronicles 24: Transition of Leadership

2 Chronicles 25: Matters of Heart

2 Chronicles 26: The Strength That Leads to Destruction

2 Chronicles 27: The Junior Babcock of History

2 Chronicles 28: When Trouble Unexpectedly Blows In

2 Chronicles 29: Carrying Out the Filth

2 Chronicles 30: “Return”

2 Chronicles 31: Fail, Rinse, and Repeat

2 Chronicles 32: The Improbable Actually Happens

2 Chronicles 33: Paying Heed

2 Chronicles 34: The Book and the Journey

2 Chronicles 35: Who Will Sing for Me?

2 Chronicles 36: Time, Distance, and Perspective

Hebrews (Feb-Mar 2022)

Each photo below corresponds to the chapter-a-day post for the book of 2 Peter published by Tom Vander Well in February and March of 2022. Click on the photo linked to each chapter to read the post.

Hebrews 1: New Layers of Perception

Hebrews 2: Slaves to Fear

Hebrews 3: Version 2.0

Hebrews 4: A Die-Hard Tradition

Hebrews 5: The Mysterious Order

Hebrews 6: The Goal

Hebrews 7: The Gray
Hebrews 8: The Tension
Hebrews 9: The Sober Truth

Hebrews 10: Pajama Worship

Hebrews 11: Making it Into the Hall

Hebrews 12: Bitter Roots

Hebrews 13: Vertical and Horizontal

Matthew (Jan-Feb 2022)

Each photo below corresponds to the chapter-a-day post for the book of Matthew published by Tom Vander Well in January and February of 2022. Click on the photo linked to each chapter to read the post.

Matthew 1: Adding it Up

Matthew 2: God of the Foreign

Matthew 3: Herald

Matthew 5: Alignment of Being

Matthew 6: Two Retirement Funds

Matthew 7: Simple Difference

Matthew 8: “Ins” and “Outs”

Matthew 9: For or Against

Matthew 11: A Hobby Kind of Thing

Matthew 12: Two Guys Alone in a Mall

Matthew 13: Heart and Words

Matthew 13: Finding Forrest

Matthew 14: Between Quiet and Noise

Matthew 15: “Leave Them”

Matthew 16: Jesus’ PR Pitch

Matthew 17: Behind the Veil

Matthew 18: The Debt

Matthew 19: The Sticky Wicket

Matthew 20: The Old Couple Who Lived Up on the Hill

Matthew 21: Jesus vs. the System

Matthew 22: The Context

Matthew 23: “The Weight”

Matthew 24: Hot Times and Cold Love

Matthew 25: Three Stories, Three Questions

Matthew 26: The Contrast

Matthew 27: Mob Justice

Matthew 28: The Presence

2 Peter (Aug 2018)

Each photo below corresponds to the chapter-a-day post for the book of 2 Peter published by Tom Vander Well in August of 2018. Click on the photo linked to each chapter to read the post.

2 Peter 1: Excersize and Add

2 Peter 2: The Freedom that Leads to Slavery

2 Peter 3: Conflict, and What Needs to Change in Me

#9: Dealing with “God Told Me to Tell You” Statements

Top Chapter-a-Day Post #9 (CaD) Wayfarer

Note: I’m on a holiday hiatus through January 9, 2022. While I’m away, I thought it would be fun to reblog the top 15 chapter-a-day posts (according to number of views) from the past 15 years. Cheers!

Originally published October 16, 2014

The man of God said, “I cannot turn back and go with you, nor can I eat bread or drink water with you in this place. I have been told by the word of the Lord: ‘You must not eat bread or drink water there or return by the way you came.’”

The old prophet answered, “I too am a prophet, as you are. And an angel said to me by the word of the Lord: ‘Bring him back with you to your house so that he may eat bread and drink water.’” (But he was lying to him.) So the man of God returned with him and ate and drank in his house. 1 Kings 13:16-19 (NIV)

Along my journey I have been, from time to time, approached by individuals who proclaim to have some kind of “God told me” word or statement that pertains to me. I am not discounting the possibility that God could speak to me through another person, but I have learned over time to approach these situations with Jesus’ words in mind: “Be shrewd as serpents and gentle as doves.”

The man of God in today’s chapter had been given a clear directive by God. Along comes another prophet whose “God told me” statement contradicted the clear word he’d been given. His blind faith in the stranger had disastrous results. I don’t want to make a similar mistake, so when someone claims to have a word from God that affects me, there are a few simple guidelines I’ve learned to follow:

  • Consider the source. If approached by a stranger or a casual acquaintance whom I don’t know, I am going to be appropriately more cautious. If it comes from Wendy, one of the guys in my inner circle, or a fellow believer who knows me and whom I know and respect, then I’m immediately going to give it greater weight in my consideration.
  • Beware of contradictions. There are some things that I’ve learned about myself and believe wholeheartedly based on my own experiences and faith journey. I am supposed to be in Pella. I believe that God has a purpose for both me and Wendy here. If someone approached me today and said, “God told me that you are supposed to move to Timbuktu,” then I would be immediately, shrewdly suspect. This contradicts all of the sign posts and waypoints on my journey.
  • Seek wisdom. I have a strong circle of family and friends who are wise, who know me well, and whom I have given carte blanche permission to speak into my life. Before giving a stranger’s “God told me” statement any credence, I would run it by these people whom I trust. If I share the word given to me and their B.S. Meters start sounding an alarm, then I feel totally secure dismissing it.
  • Don’t worry. God will accomplish His purposes in me (consider Jonah). I am open and actively listening. I am continually asking, seeking, and knocking. If I’m supposed to move to Timbuktu then that’s where I’m going to end up. Just because a stranger tells me such doesn’t mean I need to obsess about it. Chill. Have faith. Follow. Press on one step at a time. The Lord will direct my steps.

If you know anyone who might be encouraged by today’s post, please share.

Lamentations (Dec 2021)

Each photo below corresponds to the chapter-a-day post for the book of Lamentations published by Tom Vander Well in December of 2021. Click on the photo linked to each chapter to read the post.

Lamentations 1: Blue Christmas

Lamentations 2: How I Should Grieve!

Lamentations 3: “Yet This I Call to Mind”

Lamentations 4: It Stinks to Be Right

Lamentations 5: A Different Spirit of the Season

Genesis (Sep-Dec 2021)

Each photo below corresponds to the chapter-a-day post for the book of Genesis published by Tom Vander Well from September through December of 2021. Click on the photo linked to each chapter to read the post.

Genesis 1: And So it Begins

Genesis 2: Ezer Kenegdo

Genesis 3: Entering a World of Pain

Genesis 4: In the Land of Nod

Genesis 5: Beneath the Text

Genesis 6: Order>Chaos>Reorder

Genesis 7: Destruction and Redemption

Genesis 8: The Inflection Point of Kindness

Genesis 9: Blood and Covenant

Genesis 10: Passing Notes

Genesis 11: Back to Babel

Genesis 12: The Journey

Genesis 13: “Greener” Grass

Genesis 14: A Sage in the Story

Genesis 15: Santa God

Genesis 16: Namaste God

Genesis 17: The Last Laugh

Genesis 18: Divine Hospitality

Genesis 19: Warning Signs and U-Turns

Genesis 20: Grace and Cancel Culture

Genesis 21: The Other Side of the Valley

Genesis 22: Faith Challenge

Genesis 23: The March of Time

Genesis 24: Wisdom in Knowing the Difference

Genesis 25: Value Judgment

Genesis 26: The Straight Man

Genesis 27: Dysfunctional

Genesis 28: Me and Messy Family

Genesis 29: Chip Off the Ol’ Block

Genesis 30: Flawed Characters

Genesis 31: Letting Go

Genesis 32: Wrestling

Genesis 33: Stuck in a Moment

Genesis 34: “It’s Not Business; It’s Personal”

Genesis 35: Exile and Return

Genesis 36: Connected

Genesis 37: Favoritism

Genesis 38: Different Times, Same Journey

Genesis 39: The Whispers

Genesis 40: Circumstances I Don’t Control

Genesis 41: “I’m Over It!” (or Not)

Genesis 42: Both/And Family

Genesis 43: Generational Impact

Genesis 44: Lessons in the Layers

Chapter 45: God in the “Hevel”

Genesis 46: Knowing and Not Knowing

Chapter 47: Pilgrimage, Pandemic, and Perspective

Genesis 48: “Effed Up Family”

Genesis 49: The Words of a Parent

Genesis 50: The Choice

2 Peter (Sep 2021)

Each photo below corresponds to the chapter-a-day post for the book of 2 Peter published by Tom Vander Well in September of 2021. Click on the photo linked to each chapter to read the post.

2 Peter 1: On Being a “Member”

2 Peter 2: The Well-Worn Playbook

2 Peter 3: Is This the End?

Nahum (Aug 2021)

Each photo below corresponds to the chapter-a-day post for the book of Nahum published by Tom Vander Well in August of 2021. Click on the photo linked to each chapter to read the post.

Nahum 1: Faith in Justice

Nahum 2: Smack-Talk

Nahum 3: “Kingdoms Fall”