God as Sustainer.

July 18, 2016. “Yet he is actually not far from each one of us, for “‘In him we live and move and have our being’; as even some of your own poets have said, “‘For we are indeed his offspring.’” (Acts 17:27b-28) It’s been quite a while since I last wrote, and I really have…

Ecclesiastes 7-8: Contrasts.

November 19, 2015. Daily Reading: Ecclesiastes 7-8. Background: Ecclesiastes 5-6. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 7 Contrasting: In this chapter, the preacher sets forth many contrasting ideas and reveals wisdom from these juxtapositions. The first half of the chapter is dedicated to proverb-like sayings, focusing at first on the contrast between death and life, sadness and…

Psalm 102-104: Bless the Lord, O my soul.

September 23, 2015. Daily Reading: Psalm 102-104. Background: Psalm 99-101. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 102 A cry of the afflicted: This psalm is a prayer of the afflicted who is pouring out his troubles and complaint before the Lord. The psalmist diligently seeks the audience of the Lord in the first stanza and asks for…

Psalm 96-98: A joyful noise to the Lord.

September 9, 2015. Daily Reading: Psalm 96-98. Background: Psalm 93-95. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 96 Ascribe to the Lord His glory: This psalm is a psalm of worship and praise, ascribing the due glory and power to the Lord of Heaven, Creator of all. The opening calls all the earth into chorus to sing a…

Freedom… to become slaves.

July 4, 2015. “For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.” (Galatians 5:1) Independence day is one of my favorite holidays of the year. It is a great time to be with family, without the stress that usually comes with the holiday season, eat together and celebrate the…

Job 40-42: Conclusions.

May 14, 2015. Daily Reading: Job 40-42. Background: Job 38-39. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 40 Seeing the glory of God through Behemoth: The Lord again addresses Job in a rhetorical way to emphasize the immense difference between man and God, and Job promises silence out of his shame for contending with the Almighty. This chapter…

Job 38-39: God answers Job.

May 7, 2015. Daily Reading: Job 38-39. Background: Job 35-37. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 38 God speaks out of the whirlwind: After a long collection of dialog back and forth between Job and his friends, Job finally gets his wish: and audience with God. The old adage might be fitting here, however, as Job really…

Romans 7-8: Flesh versus Spirit.

January 25, 2015. Daily Reading: Romans 7-8. Background: Romans 5-6. Concepts and Connections: Chapter 7 1. Old Law and Christ: As we have seen from the previous chapters, Paul is making an argument of the difference between being under the Old Law given by Moses and being in Christ. Though the law in an of…

Genesis 1-3: The Creation and the Fall.

January 5, 2015. This is day two of our journey together through the bible. If you are just getting here today, you still have ample opportunity to jump in the journey as we set out to read and study though the entire bible in one year. If you have not read yesterday’s post, I would…

The journey begins; Day 1: Romans 1-2.

January 4, 2015. And so it begins! If you are just joining today, great! We are about to start a 52 week journey through the entire bible, with daily background, summery and connection-based/practical lessons from each section. Last year I made a resolution to post a daily devotional throughout the course of the year on…

Hymnnotes: How Great Thou Art.

December 1, 2014. Today I would like to make another installment in the hymnnotes series with a song that has grown a lot on me over the past few years. This is a song that we often sung growing up, and I can vividly remember hearing it on some movie we were watching in the…