Read Together

Read Together

So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new. - 2 Corinthians 5:17

The Greek word Paul chose for new in this verse is kainos referencing a new creation that has not existed previously. This has greater implications than if Paul had instead used neos, meaning new in an already established category.

This biblical concept of kainos new is a pillar of Christian doctrine. Since God is about the work of making us new every day, we are transformed throughout our lives into a new creation, continuously growing in our resemblance to the one we follow, Jesus Christ. Evidence of this transformation can be found in our words, attitudes, actions and lifestyle.

One way that we open ourselves to experience kainos new is by practicing the spiritual discipline of reading Scripture. This is because we encounter God in the pages of Scripture.  And each time we meet the living God, we are changed.

With that in mind, I invite you, the Holston Conference, to join me in reading through the Bible together individually and collectively in 2022. As we participate in “Read Together” in community, we open ourselves to experience God's presence and kainos on an individual basis and as a conference.

- Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett




Read Together and Daily Devotional Archives



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January 25, 2022 Read Together

January 25, 2022 Joshua 16-20 (CEB) Josué 16-20 (RVR1960) Joshua 16 Ephraim The land determined by lot for the people of Joseph went out from the Jordan near Jericho eastward to the waters of Jericho. It went up by the desert from Jericho to the ...

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January 24, 2022 Read Together

January 24, 2022 Genesis 12-15 (CEB) Génesis 12-15 (RVR1960) Genesis 12 Abram’s family moves to Canaan The Lord said to Abram, “Leave your land, your family, and your father’s household for the land that I will show you. 2 I will make of you a ...

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January 23, 2022 Read Together

January 23, 2022 Matthew 8-10 (CEB) Mateo 8-10 (RVR1960) Matthew 8 A man with a skin disease Now when Jesus had come down from the mountain, large crowds followed him. 2 A man with a skin disease came, kneeled before him, and said, “Lord, if you ...

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January 22, 2022 Read Together

January 22, 2022 Romans 5-6 (CEB) Romanos 5-6 (RVR1960) Romans 5 Therefore, we have peace with God Therefore, since we have been made righteous through his faithfulness, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 We have access by faith...

January 21, 2022 Read Together

January 21, 2022 Isaiah 12-17 (CEB) Isaías 12-17​ (RVR1960) Isaiah 12 Hymn of trust You will say on that day: “I thank you, Lord. Though you were angry with me,     your anger turned away and you comforted me. 2 God is indeed my salvation;     I ...

January 20, 2022 Read Together

January 20, 2022 Job 5-6 (CEB) Job 5-6 (RVR1960) Job 5 Life’s problems Call out. Will anyone answer you?     To which holy one will you turn? 2 Surely anger can kill the foolish;     fury can kill the simple. 3 I’ve seen the foolish take root     ...

January 19, 2022 Read Together

January 19, 2022 Psalms 6-8 (CEB) Salmos 6-8 (RVR1960) Psalm 6 For the music leader. On stringed instruments. According to the eighth. A psalm of David. 6 Please, Lord,     don’t punish me when you are angry;     don’t discipline me when you are ...

January 18, 2022 Read Together

January 18, 2022 Joshua 11-15 (CEB) Josué 11-15 (RVR1960) Joshua 11 Victories in the north King Jabin of Hazor heard about this. So he sent word to Madon’s King Jobab, to the king of Shimron, and to the king of Achshaph. 2 He sent word to the kings ...

January 17, 2022 Read Together

January 17, 2022 Genesis 8-11 (CEB) Génesis 8-11 (RVR1960) Genesis 8 God remembered Noah, all those alive, and all the animals with him in the ark. God sent a wind over the earth so that the waters receded. 2 The springs of the deep sea and the ...

January 16, 2022 Read Together

January 16, 2022 Matthew 5-7 (CEB) Mateo 5-7 (RVR1960) Matthew 5 1 Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up a mountain. He sat down and his disciples came to him. 2 He taught them, saying: Happy people 3 “Happy are people who are hopeless, because...

January 15, 2022 Read Together

January 15, 2022 Romans 3-4 (CEB) Romanos 3-4 (RVR1960) Romans 3 God’s faithfulness and justice So what’s the advantage of being a Jew? Or what’s the benefit of circumcision? 2 Plenty in every way. First of all, the Jews were trusted with God’s ...

January 14, 2022 Read Together

January 14, 2022 Isaiah 7-11 (CEB) Isaías 7-11 (RVR1960) Isaiah 7 Reassurance to King Ahaz In the days of Ahaz (Jotham’s son and grandson of Judah’s King Uzziah), Aram’s King Rezin and Israel’s King Pekah (Remaliah’s son) came up to attack ...

January 13, 2022 Read Together

January 13, 2022 Job 3-4 (CEB) Job 3-4 (RVR1960) Job 3 Job responds differently Afterward, Job spoke up and cursed the day he was born. 2 Job said: 3 Perish the day I was born,     the night someone said,     “A boy has been conceived.” 4 That day...

January 12, 2022 Read Together

January 12, 2022 Psalms 3-5 (CEB) Salmos 3-5 (RVR1960) Psalm 3 A psalm of David, when he fled from his son Absalom. 3 Lord, I have so many enemies!     So many are standing against me. 2 So many are talking about me:     “Even God won’t help him.” ...

January 11, 2022 Read Together

January 11, 2022 Joshua 6-10 (CEB) Josué 6-10 (RVR1960) Joshua 6 Instructions about Jericho Now Jericho was closed up tightly because of the Israelites. No one went out or came in. 2 The Lord said to Joshua, “Look. I have given Jericho and its king ...

January 10, 2022 Read Together

January 10, 2022 Genisis 4-7 (CEB) Génesis 4-7 (RVR1960) Genisis 4 Cain and Abel The man Adam knew his wife Eve intimately. She became pregnant and gave birth to Cain, and said, “I have given life to a man with the Lord’s help.” 2 She gave birth a ...

January 9, 2022 Read Together

January 9, 2022 Matthew 3-4 (CEB) Mateo 3-4 (RVR1960)   Matthew 3 Ministry of John the Baptist In those days John the Baptist appeared in the desert of Judea announcing, 2 “Change your hearts and lives! Here comes the kingdom of heaven!” 3 He was ...

January 8, 2022 Read Together

January 8, 2022 Romans 1-2(CEB) Romanos 1-2(RVR1960) Romans 1 Greeting From Paul, a slave of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for God’s good news. 2-3 God promised this good news about his Son ahead of time through his prophets in ...

January 7, 2022 Read Together

January 7, 2022 Isaiah 1-6(CEB)  Isaías 1-6(RVR1960) Isaiah 1 The vision about Judah and Jerusalem that Isaiah, Amoz’s son, saw in the days of Judah’s kings Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah. Rebels condemned 2 Hear you heavens, and listen earth,  ...

January 6, 2022 Read Together

January 6, 2022 Job 1-2(CEB) Job 1-2(RVR1960) Job 1 Job’s piety and life of bliss A man in the land of Uz was named Job. That man was honest, a person of absolute integrity; he feared God and avoided evil. 2 He had seven sons and three daughters, 3...

January 5, 2022 Read Together

January 5, 2022 Psalms 1-2 (CEB) Salmos 1-2 (RVR1960) Psalms 1 The truly happy person     doesn’t follow wicked advice,     doesn’t stand on the road of sinners,     and doesn’t sit with the disrespectful. 2 Instead of doing those things,     these ...

January 4, 2022 Read Together

January 4, 2022 Joshua 1-5 (CEB) Josué 1-5 (RVR1960)   Joshua 1 Orders from the Lord After Moses the Lord’s servant died, the Lord spoke to Joshua, Nun’s son. He had been Moses’ helper. 2 “My servant Moses is dead. Now get ready to cross over the ...

January 3, 2022 Read Together

January 3, 2022  Genisis 1-3(CEB) Génesis 1-3(RVR1960)     World’s creation in seven days Genisis 1  When God began to create the heavens and the earth— 2 the earth was without shape or form, it was dark over the deep sea, and God’s wind swept over ...

January 2, 2022 Read Together

January 2, 2022 Matthew 1-2 (CEB) Mateo 1-2 (RVR1960)   Matthew 1 Genealogy of Jesus A record of the ancestors of Jesus Christ, son of David, son of Abraham: 2 Abraham was the father of Isaac. Isaac was the father of Jacob. Jacob was the father of ...

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January 1, 2022

January 1, 2022 Norman D. Holcomb, Jr., PhD CAPT, CHC, USN (Ret) Clergy Smoky Mountain District To God Be The Glory! Psalm 115 (RSV) The Impotence of Idols and the Greatness of God 115 Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to thy name give glory,     for...

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