The ancient fool.

April 1, 2016. April fool’s day is a unique cultural experience where people on a national level participate in various practical jokes and hoaxes. There is just something satisfying about tricking someone with a fake article or false claim, only to see their face drop when they realize they have been fooled. Perhaps there is even…

Deuteronomy 10-12: Seeking the Lord whole heartedly.

November 30, 2015. Daily Reading: Deuteronomy 10-12. Background: Deuteronomy 7-9. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 10 Circumcision of the heart: As Moses continues his discourse from the previous chapter to the children of Israel, he reminds them of how he was told to make two new tablets of stone and an ark, that the Lord might write…

Proverbs 20-21: Words of the wise.

September 10, 2015. Daily Reading: Proverbs 20-21. Background: Proverbs 19. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 20 Couplets of wisdom: As seen in the previous chapters, chapter twenty continues strong with the couplets of wisdom that make up the bulk of the book of proverbs. Each of these couplets could stand on their own, offering great insight,…

Psalm 51-53: Repentance, trust and the Messiah.

May 6, 2015. Daily Reading: Psalm 51-53. Background: Psalm 48-50. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 51 “Create in me a clean heart”: Psalm 51 is perhaps one of the most well known psalms of David. It was written by the man after God’s own heart after he had been confronted by Nathan the prophet for committing adultery…

I Samuel 16-20: David and Saul.

April 7, 2015. Daily Reading: I Samuel 16-20. Background: I Samuel 11-15. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 16 1. The Lord judges the heart: There is a very valuable lesson that we can learn of the character go God in reading the story of the anointing of David as king over Israel. Saul had previously been…

This is why intent matters.

December 16, 2014. “The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the Lord regretted that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart.” (Genesis 6:5-6) Just a few chapters after God created man, we find this condemning…

A psalm of the weary.

November 29, 2014. “How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me?” (Psalm 13:1) Holding On In times of darkness, in depths of thought, In words of comfort all for naught, Oh Lord it is to you I cry, And ask the question, Why, Lord, why?…

Psalm of a contrite heart.

October 24, 2014. When I look high into the night sky, and wonder why time passes by, or why I rely on man’s own eye- To fix the damage that I did. I see my pride to say that I, could fight my battles, with deafening lie, should I alone myself stand by, Forgetting the reason…

Abraham and Abimelech: three lessons on the heart.

October 14, 2014. When you read through the Old Testament, it is interesting to find out that there are things in there that, well, you just wouldn’t expect to be in a book that reveals the word of God to us. Typically, if you were looking at a book that was devised by a human…

Heart problems.

August 3, 2014. “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your…

Think on these things.

July 9, 2014. “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the…

Lord, lead me.

May 3, 2014. Oh Lord, lead me when I want to fall, Be my rock, my stay, my all. Lead me when my faith is week, Lead me home through times bleak. Oh Lord, lead me when I go astray, Seeking after mine own way, Lead me through woods so dark, Lead me home when…