Deuteronomy 13-15: Laws for the people of God.

December 7, 2015. Daily Reading: Deuteronomy 13-15. Background: Deuteronomy 10-12. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 13 Serving the Lord only: As part of the core of the Deuteromic core, the main teaching of this chapter is never to listen to anyone who suggests to go and serve other gods. This has a close connection to the…

Leviticus 19-21: Holiness.

August 17, 2015. Daily Reading: Leviticus 19-21. Background: Leviticus 16-18. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 19 1. Holiness: The beginning of this chapter, which will be somewhat of a list of things for the children of Israel to abide by, begins with a discussion on holiness. The children of Israel were called to be Holy, just…

I Samuel 11-15: Saul’s mistakes.

March 31, 2015. Daily Reading: I Samuel 11-15. Background: I Samuel 7-10. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 11 Becoming a king:¬†Though Saul was chosen to be king in chapter 9 and anointed/presented as king in chapter 10, it isn’t until this chapter that he practically assumes his position. It seems as though Saul needs to prove…

Gender roles in the church.

December 28, 2014. It seems that on of the topics on the minds of many people in the church today is the gender roles that are set up in the Bible, what they say and if they still apply to us today as our society and culture rapidly changes to define a new standard by…

Inconsistency: Have we created our own religion?

December 15, 2014. On October 31, 1517, it is said that Martin Luther nailed 95 theses to the door of a Catholic church that challenged the authority and understanding of the clergy and then went on to create a rift so bad that to this day Protestants and Catholics are at odds with one another….

Should we bind examples as commands?

December 14, 2014. There is a hermeneutic that is used in our fellowship to try to lay out a systematic approach to biblical interpretation. This hermeneutic is given the name Command, Example or Necessary Inference (CENI). The logic behind this hermeneutic is that we can figure out all of God’s laws for Christians in the…

How shall we take the word of God?

July 24, 2014. “For you remember, brothers, our labor and toil: we worked night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you, while we proclaimed to you the gospel of God. You are witnesses, and God also, how holy and righteous and blameless was our conduct toward you believers. For…

Loving law.

July 21, 2014. “How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word. With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments! I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. Blessed are you, O Lord; teach…

Parables of the Kingdom.

June 6, 2014. I was listening to a sermon yesturday about what Jesus said about the kingdom of Heaven. As I am reading through the book of Matthew, I am starting to realize that I don’t think a lot of us think about what Jesus actually says. A lot of times a gospel of only…

Obedience over sacrifice.

June 4, 2014. Tonight was the last night of the campaign (aka gospel meeting) that we had here in Nicaragua and it has been really good. There has been a story that has come up two nights in a row, so I thought I would talk about it tonight. It’s a good story that we…

Timothy’s charge.

May 27, 2014. “As I urged you when I was going to Macedonia, remain at Ephesus so that you may charge certain persons not to teach any different doctrine, nor to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies, which promote speculations rather than the stewardship from God that is by faith. The aim of our…

Traditions.

April 25, 2014. Are traditions good? Are they bad? I have heard people be vehemently against traditions and others be dead set on them. Today I would like to take a closer look at traditions, their pros and cons, and let you decide what is biblically taught about them. I am a proponent that many…