Lazarus and the Resurrection.

August 21, 2016. This week a group of us got together to do a bible study, and we talked about the story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead (I know, I keep using my past week as prompts, but I’ve just gotten some good ideas from these discussions!), and during the discussion, someone brought…

Deuteronomy 29-31: A choice set before the people.

January 13, 2016. Reading: Deuteronomy 29-31. Background: Deuteronomy 26-28. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 29 The covenant renewed: Continuing to prepare the children of Israel to enter the promised land, Moses gathers them together here to remember and renew the covenant that their God had made with their fathers. He relays to them the great provision…

Ecclesiastes 9-10: Wisdom and folly.

November 26, 2015. Daily Reading: Ecclesiastes 9-10. Background Reading: Ecclesiastes 7-8. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 9 Time and chance happen to all: Similar to the preachers words in the second chapter, he looks out again here and sees that the same event (death) happens to all men, regardless of how righteous they are. Though he…

Ecclesiastes 3-4: Time, the eternal and the finite.

November 5, 2015. Daily Reading: Ecclesiastes 3-4. Background: Ecclesiastes 1-2. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 3 1. A time for everything: The first eight verses of this chapter comprise what is perhaps one of the most well known passages in the book. In beautiful poetry, the preacher makes the point that there is a time for…

John 19-21: The death, burial and resurrection.

October 17, 2015. Daily Reading: John 19-21. Background: John 16-18. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 19 The crucifixion and burial: As we enter the final stage of Jesus’ trial before Pilate, we find a man who seems to be deeply conflicted, torn between the fear of the Jews and the fear of Jesus. Pilate has Jesus…

Luke 23-24: The trial, crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus.

August 21, 2015. I am switching Friday and Saturday’s reading this week due to timing issues. I appreciate you bearing with me. Thank you for reading and following along! _________________________________________________________ Daily Reading: Luke 23-24. Background: Luke 21-22. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 23 The trial, crucifixion and burial of Jesus: Luke, being the historian that he…

I Corinthians 14-16: Worship, the resurrection and salutations.

April 5, 2015. Daily Reading: I Corinthians 14-16. Background: I Corinthians 12-13. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 14 1. Prophecy verses speaking in tongues: The church in Corinth was a church in which many of the members were blessed with spiritual gifts. It seems that this blessing had lead to dispute and chaos in the assembly, which…

Genesis 48-50: Blessings.

March 30, 2015. Daily Reading: Genesis 48-50. Background: Genesis 44-47. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 48 The blessing of Ephraim and Manasseh: As Jacob nears the end of his life and becomes ill, Joseph takes his two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim, to his father so that he can bless his grandsons. Typically, the greater blessing would be…

Matthew 26-28: The death, burial and resurrection.

March 14, 2015. (3.14.15.  9:26:53) Daily Reading: Matthew 26-28. Background: Matthew 23-25. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 26 1. Foreshadowing: As He has told His disciples on a number of occasions, Jesus once again tells them that He is about to be delivered over to be crucified. His hour had come and they would soon be tested…

Romans 5-6: Justification and baptism.

January 18, 2014. Daily Reading: Romans 5-6. Background: Romans 3-4. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 5 1. Christian peace: Continuing on with his dialog of the differences between justification by faith and justification by works, Paul explains how the paradigm shift that the Jews needed would bring the peace of Christ. Under the idea that there…

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…

“Hallelujah, what a Savior.”

November 2, 2014. “Who has believed what he has heard from us?     And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? For he grew up before him like a young plant,     and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or majesty that we should look at him,     and no beauty that we…