Jane Menendez

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Choose this day whom you will serve…

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Choose this day whom you will serve…

Joshua 22-24 Remember all you have seen the Lord do for your sake: It is the Lord your God who has fought for you. It is the Lord who has driven out great and strong nations before you. It is the Lord who fights for you as he promised you. Not one word has failed … Read More

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Polygraph in the Wilderness

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Polygraph in the Wilderness

Numbers 5-7 Bizarre, unfair, primitive were some of the first words that came to mind as I read the law for the woman suspected of adultery in Numbers 5. If an Israelite husband was jealous and suspected his wife of infidelity, he could subject her to a lie detector of sorts. To confirm or dispel … Read More

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: The Heart’s Response to Grace

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: The Heart’s Response to Grace

Exodus 35-37 “Whoever is of a generous heart, let him bring the Lord’s offering . . . And they came, every one whose heart stirred him, and every one whose spirit moved him, and brought the Lord’s offering . . . All the men and women, the people of Israel, whose heart moved them to … Read More

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Jacob and Esau

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Jacob and Esau

Genesis 25-27 There is a fault line that runs through families, and it is all too visible in Isaac’s family.  If we are honest, we find ourselves somewhere in their story.  The catalog of sin, much of which follows a generational pattern, is heartbreaking: Esau and Jacob fight fiercely with each other, even before they … Read More

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Esther the Event Planner

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Esther the Event Planner

Esther 4-6 The book of Esther is unique. It is the only book in the Bible where the name of God does not appear even once. Yet, at every turn in the story, God’s presence seems to shine ever more brilliantly, like the sun’s rays piercing through the clouds. It is God’s sovereignty, his faithfulness, … Read More

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: That the Living May Know

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: That the Living May Know

Daniel 4-6 Has your God been able to deliver you? The answer to Darius’s question to Daniel is a resounding yes. Indeed, a theme running throughout the book of Daniel is that the Lord is able. He is able to see, to hear, to know, to do wonders, to send dreams and signs, to give … Read More

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: The Thing That We Should Do

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: The Thing That We Should Do

Jeremiah 40-42 “Show us the way we should go and the thing that we should do” is Johanan’s prayer. What a great prayer—one I often pray.   Like Johanan, I think I am praying with an open heart, sincerely seeking to discern God’s will. Johanan’s story, told in Jeremiah 40-43, intertwines with Ishmael’s story. Both men … Read More

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Sticky Note Verses

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Sticky Note Verses

1 Thessalonians 5 “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” This is a yellow sticky note verse, a verse that is often plucked out and slapped on bathroom mirrors or desktops as an encouraging reminder of how we should live … Read More

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Hidden Treasures

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Hidden Treasures

1 Chronicles 25-27 My eyes can glaze over as I read through these three chapters, which are basically a listing of the names of Levites and their respective duties in the temple. I can check off that I have done my daily reading and move on; or I can circle back around and, to quote … Read More

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: A Little While

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: A Little While

John 16-17 Psalm 107 “Yes, but only for a little while.” These words of comfort were spoken to me at the graveside of much beloved and dear friends. As I hugged the brother of one of the deceased and said, “We are going to miss them so much,” he looked me straight in the eye … Read More