Hebrews 9-10: Christ’s sacrifice, once for all.

October 18, 2014. Daily Reading: Hebrews 9-10. Background: Hebrews 1-8. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 9 Old Covenant worship and Jesus Christ: The Hebrew writer showed us in the previous chapter that through Jesus, a better ministry was brought forth. Here, he seeks to examine the sanctuary and temple worship to show us how the ministry that…

Leviticus 13-15: Laws concerning leprosy and bodily discharges.

July 13, 2015. Daily Reading: Leviticus 13-15. Background: Leviticus 10-12. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 13 Leprosy laws: Chapter 13 and 14 of Leviticus deal with the disease of leprosy, which unlike what we know as leprosy today, referred to various diseases of the skin, hair of the beard and head, clothing made of linen or…

The necessity of the cross.

September 28, 2014. “Therefore he is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance, since a death has occurred that redeems them from the transgressions committed under the first covenant. For where a will is involved, the death of the one who made it must be established. For a will takes effect…

The one way you could earn your salvation.

September 21, 2014. *See note at bottom after you read. Do I have your attention? Are you intrigued, or infuriated? Why is it that we teach that no man can earn their salvation? Is this a biblical concept, a rational concept, or just something that we have all together accepted? You see, if salvation were…

4 things to remember when you fall.

September 16, 2014. Often when we are walking along our spiritual journey, we will come to very low points. Sometimes these lows occur right after a high point where it almost feels like a crash. I honestly don’t know which one feels better, consistent struggle against a temptation or going for a long period of…

How do I become a Christian?

July 30, 2014. Once we have established the Christian heritage and proclaimed the good news to the world, certainly there is a question that will arise among the audience of the world. It is a question that has been asked throughout the course of time, beginning on the day of Pentecost when Peter preached the…

Repentance and baptism.

June 16, 2014. I received word this morning that one of the boys we were studying with in Nicaragua decided to get baptized into Christ! His good friend, who was studying with us too, is also considering making the decision to follow Christ. This was wonderful news. It’s great to actually see the fruit of…

There ain’t no rest for the wicked; or is there?

May 13, 2014. Have you ever wondered why revenge is a bad thing? Instead of just accepting it as a sin, have you thought about the meaning behind it? I suppose we could do well to do this for many sins, as we might better understand the character of God in this manner. The Almighty…

After the order of Melchizedek.

April 3, 2014. “After his return from the defeat of Chedorlaomer and the kings who were with him, the king of Sodom went out to meet him at the Valley of Shaveh that is, the King’s Valley. And Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. He was priest of God Most High. And…

Let us reason together.

March 22, 2014. “Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.” (Isaiah 1:18) Two children are playing with a kickball outside, kicking it back and forth, laughing and having a marvelous time. The boy…

The Lord and his call.

March 2, 2014. “There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” (Ephesians 4:4-6) All praise to the Father, who is of…

The love of God.

February 14, 2014. For this Valentine’s day post, I am totally going to steal my friend’s idea. Instead of focusing on the love that is shared between two mutually exclusive couples (not saying that I have anything against that), I’m going to talk about the love of Christ for us. There is a hymn that…