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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November 8, 2021

November 8, 2021 Rev. Dr. Carole R. Martin Retired Clergy, First Broad Street UMC Appalachian District 1 Timothy 5:1-8 (Common English Bible) 5 Don’t correct an older man, but encourage him like he’s your father; treat younger men like your brothers,...

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November 7, 2021

November 7, 2021 Donna Tisdale Laity, First UMC, Cleveland Hiwassee District I Kings 17:8-16 (NRSV) The Widow of Zarephath 8 Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying, 9 “Go now to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and live there; for I have ...

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November 6, 2021

November 6, 2021 Pat Roza Laity Burks UMC Scenic South District Ruth 4:18-22  The Genealogy of David 18 This, then, is the family line of Perez: Perez was the father of Hezron, 19 Hezron the father of Ram, Ram the father of Amminadab, 20 Amminadab ...

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November 5, 2021

November 5, 2021 John L. Grimm Clergy Appalachian District Purified Hebrews 9:15-24 (NRSV) 15 For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance—now that he has died as a ...

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November 4, 2021

November 4, 2021 Rance Edwards, Sr. Clergy Appalachian District “Steps of Faith” Psalm 127 1 Unless the Lord builds the house,     the builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city,     the guards stand watch in vain. 2 In vain you ...

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November 3, 2021

November 3, 2021 Daniel Garrett Clergy Clinch Mountain District “What A Friend” Romans 5: 6-11 (KJV) 6 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure ...

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November 2, 2021

November 2, 2021 Bob Hayes  Clergy Smoky Mountain District Keep Our Lamps Burning Psalm 18:20-30 NIV 20 The Lord has dealt with me according to my righteousness;     according to the cleanness of my hands he has rewarded me. 21 For I have kept the ...

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November 1, 2021

November 1, 2021 Susan Collins Scenic South District Laity Ruth 2: 15-23 15 And when she was risen up to glean, Boaz commanded his young men, saying, Let her glean even among the sheaves, and reproach her not: 16 And let fall also some of the ...

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October 31, 2021

October 31, 2021 Sandra Failing Certified Lay Speaker Tennessee Valley District   Praise the Lord! Psalm 146, King James Version 146 Praise ye the Lord. Praise the Lord, O my soul. 2 While I live will I praise the Lord: I will sing praises unto my ...

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October 30, 2021

October 30, 2021 Cindy Stulce Laity First-Centenary UMC Scenic South District Like a Good Neighbor Luke 10:25-37 (NIV) 25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 “...

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October 29, 2021

October 29, 2021 John Maiuri Laity Hiwassee District The End of the Story Ruth 2:1-19 NIV 2 Now Naomi had a relative on her husband’s side, a man of standing from the clan of Elimelek, whose name was Boaz. 2 And Ruth the Moabite said to Naomi, “Let ...

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October 28, 2021

October 28, 2021 Pat Tipton Clergy Lebanon/Old Union UMCs Appalachian District Ruth 1:18-22 Starting Over 18 When Naomi realized that Ruth was determined to go with her, she stopped urging her. 19 So the two women went on until they came to ...

October 27, 2021

October 27, 2021 Ed Helton Laity Rising Fawn UMC Scenic South District Hope in Times of Trouble 1 Peter 1:3-9  3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the ...

October 26, 2021

October 26, 2021 Danny Nettleton Clergy Bridle Creek Circuit New River District Get Up and Make Your Bed  Acts 9:32-35 (NRSV) 32 Now as Peter went here and there among all the believers,[a] he came down also to the saints living in Lydda. 33 There he...

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October 25, 2021

October 25, 2021 Gary C. Clark Laity Tennessee Valley District Choosing Up Sides 1 Peter 2:1-10 Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. 2 Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so ...

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October 24, 2021

October 24, 2021 Anne Travis Laity Smoky Mountain District Matthew 18:21-35 (CEB) Parable of the unforgiving servant 21 Then Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, how many times should I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Should I forgive as ...

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October 23, 2021

October 23, 2021 Becky Ritter Laity, Grove UMC New River District What Kind of Friend Am I? Job 42:7-9 NIV  7 After the Lord had said these things to Job, he said to Eliphaz the Temanite, “I am angry with you and your two friends, because you have ...

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October 22, 2021

October 22, 2021 Eric Bronkala Clergy Tennessee Valley District “Overcoming Our Fears” Psalm 34 (NRSV) 1 I will bless the Lord at all times;     his praise shall continually be in my mouth. 2 My soul makes its boast in the Lord;     let the humble ...

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October 21, 2021

October 21, 2021 Renni P. Morris Laity Tennessee Valley District Speak a Blessing Psalm 34:1-8 (NRSV) 1 I will bless the Lord at all times;     his praise shall continually be in my mouth. 2 My soul makes its boast in the Lord;     let the humble ...

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October 20, 2021

October 20, 2021 Susan Collins Laity Scenic South District Job 41: 12-34 12 “I will not fail to speak of Leviathan’s limbs,     its strength and its graceful form. 13 Who can strip off its outer coat?     Who can penetrate its double coat of armor[a]...

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October 19, 2021

October 19, 2021 Mark Hicks Clergy Mountain View District  Ultimate Success Hebrews 6:13-15 NIV 13 When God made his promise to Abraham, since there was no one greater for him to swear by, he swore by himself, 14 saying, “I will surely bless you and ...

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October 18, 2021

October 18, 2021 Michael Vaughn Clergy Appalachian District  "Wine, Wrath, and Wonderful Deeds” Psalm 75 (NIV) 1 We praise you, God,     we praise you, for your Name is near;     people tell of your wonderful deeds. 2 You say, “I choose the ...

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October 17, 2021

October 17, 2021  James McReynolds Retired elder, Holston Conference Mark 10:35-45 35 Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to him. “Teacher,” they said, “we want you to do for us whatever we ask.” 36 “What do you want me to do for you?” he ...

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October 16, 2021

October 16, 2021 Becky G. Hall Conference Lay Leader Scenic South District Psalm 104:1-9 (NIV) 1 Praise the Lord, my soul. Lord my God, you are very great;     you are clothed with splendor and majesty. 2 The Lord wraps himself in light as with a ...

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October 15, 2021

October 15, 2021 Lisa Nichols Laity Mountain View District Psalm 104:1-9, 24 (CEB) 104 Let my whole being[a] bless the Lord!     Lord my God, how fantastic you are!     You are clothed in glory and grandeur! 2 You wear light like a robe;     you open...

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