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…

II Chronicles 25-28: Kings of Judah.

November 17, 2015. Daily Reading: II Chronicles 25-28. Background: II Chronicles 21-24. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 25 Amaziah: After Joash is assassinated, his son Amaziah is set up to be king. Amaziah had a strong start in doing what was right in the sight of the Lord, even adhering to the Law when delving out…

Psalm 102-104: On praising the Lord.

September 30, 2015. Daily Reading: Psalm 105-107. Background: Psalm 102-104. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 105 Praising the Lord through history: This is a psalm of praise to the Lord, telling of His mighty works. The audience is are called to worship Him in the first stanza and sing of His works, that they might be known amongst…

Job 23-24: Where is God?

March 26, 2015. Daily Reading: Job 23-24. Background: Job 22. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 23 Where is God? It seems as time progresses, Job is growing bolder in his questioning and more and more frustrated at the vain talk of his friends, who have proven to be ‘miserable comforters’ (see Job 16:2). Now he turns his…

Dialog with an atheist.

October 18, 2014. The scene is set in a research lab late one night as two collaborating doctoral candidates are busily working to get the data they need to publish this last paper, hopefully giving one candidate solidifying evidence to defend his dissertation and setting the other well on her way to follow down the…

The Christian Virtues, Part 3: Knowledge.

October 7, 2014. “For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus…

All glory to God, no matter what.

September 23, 2014. So, in case you were wondering why I didn’t write a post yesterday, I promise I have a valid excuse. I would like to take this opportunity to thank my Lord above for dealing so gently with me. It was a bad wreck and my air bags didn’t deploy, yet I walked…

Three styles of preaching.

July 6, 2014. “[A]s it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.” “Their throat is an open grave; they use their tongues to deceive.” “The venom of asps is under…

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June 20, 2014. “Then those who feared the Lord spoke with one another. The Lord paid attention and heard them, and a book of remembrance was written before him of those who feared the Lord and esteemed his name. “They shall be mine, says the Lord of hosts, in the day when I make up…

Three choices that shaped history.

June 13, 2014. I was listening to a couple of sermons lately and I have seen some research that says that messages that make points using lists are typically favored by audiences, as indeed I enjoy lessons as such, so I want to start incorporating this into some of my posts. I have a few…