Esther 1-5: The Jewish Queen.

January 12, 2016. Reading: Esther 1-5. Background: The book of Esther is set during the reign of the Persian empire. The children of Israel had been taken into captivity by the Babylonians between 607-586 BC, and now were dwelling under Persian rule, who had captured Babylon in 539 BC. The setting of Esther is during…

Acts 9: Saul’s conversion.

November 21, 2015. Note that I have decided to only do Acts 9 today, as chapters 10 and 11 shouldn’t be split up in my opinion. Thus, next week we will do Acts 10-12. Thank you for following along with me. ___________________________________ Daily Reading: Acts 9. Background: Acts 7-8. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 9 1….

Acts 5-6: The expansion of the gospel.

November 7, 2015. Daily Reading: Acts 5-6. Background: Acts 1-4. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 5 1. Lying to God: At the beginning of this chapter, Luke tells a story that was sure to have set a precedent of truthfulness in the early church, teaching the disciples a lesson in pride, attention and lying. We too…

Acts 1-4: Witnesses.

October 31, 2015. Daily Reading: Acts 1-4. Background: The book of Acts is Luke’s second writing to¬†Theophilus (see background to Luke), who was probably a Roman, perhaps even a high ranking Roman, which continues the story of the unfolding of the gospel. His first book detailed the life and ministry of Jesus Christ through eye…

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…

Job 9-10: The difference between God and man.

February 5, 2015. Daily Reading: Job 9-10. Background: Job 8. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 9 The difference between God and man: This chapter and the next are closely related (besides the fact that they are one speech made by Job) in that they show an evolution in Job’s response to Bildad, and ultimate his response…

The gift of the Holy Spirit.

March 25, 2014. About three years ago I went on a spring retreat with the CSC for the first time and the subject was the Holy Spirit. I’ll have to admit I learned a lot that weekend, as I had not been taught or done a completely thorough study about the Holy Spirit. It seemed…