Esther 6-10: The Jews are saved.

January 28, 2016. Reading: Esther 6-10. Background: Esther 1-5. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 6 Mordecai honored: In this chapter we see the hand of God at play as the very night before Haman planned to have Mordecai hanged, the king’s heart is troubled so that he could not sleep. He orders for the records of…

Acts 23-26: Paul’s trials and testimony.

January 20, 2015. Reading: Acts 23-26. Background: Acts 21-22. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 23 Paul’s defense and the people’s reaction: As Paul stands before the counsel, he goes to make his defense. However, he is almost immediately cut short when he tells his fellow Jews that he had lived in good conscience to that day….

Esther 1-5: The Jewish Queen.

January 12, 2016. Reading: Esther 1-5. Background: The book of Esther is set during the reign of the Persian empire. The children of Israel had been taken into captivity by the Babylonians between 607-586 BC, and now were dwelling under Persian rule, who had captured Babylon in 539 BC. The setting of Esther is during…

Ephesians 1-3: Jews and Gentiles.

May 31, 2015. Daily Reading: Ephesians 1-3. Background: The book of Ephesians is a letter written by Paul to a church that was probably founded by his first journey there recorded in Acts 18, where he has a short visit; the work seems to be carried on by Priscilla and Aquila. At the time of his letter,…

Galatians 1-3: Rebuking the other gospel.

May 17, 2015. Daily Reading: Galatians 1-3. Background: This letter was written by Paul to the churches in Galatia with the apparent purpose of dealing with the differences between Jews and Gentiles in matters of fellowship and teachings, confronting the disputes that the Christians in Galatia were having over matters of the Mosaic Law and Gentile…

Romans 15-16: Summery and closing remarks.

February 15, 2015. Daily Reading: Romans 15-16. Background: Romans 12-14. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 15 1. Former instruction and how we should treat others: Continuing on the theme from the last chapter, Paul makes some clear statements that are very hard to put into practice for they seem to go against human nature. We are often selfish…

Romans 3-4: Justification through faith.

January 11, 2014. Just as a heads up, the readings in Genesis over the next few weeks are going to be slightly different than the plan that was given at the beginning because of the chapters that I would like to group together. The changed readings will be posted the day before in the “Tomorrow’s…

What is Christianity?

July 29, 2014. There are a few fundamental philosophical questions that I think most people encounter at some point in their lives. Who am I? Why am I here? What is the purpose/meaning of life? Is this all there is? These questions have been asked time and again throughout the ages, with different peoples and…

4 Reasons Christians need the Old Testament.

July 17, 2014. “For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.” (Romans 15:4) I was having a conversation with a dear friend of mine the other day and the question came up of whether or not it…

Ephesians Part 1: Jews and Gentiles.

April 28, 2014. Today we will discuss what I see as the fist section of Ephesians, the first three chapters. Remembering what we discussed yesterday, the central theme of the epistle seems to be unity. The first three chapters deals heavily with the unity between the Jews and Gentiles. Before Christ, there was two distinct…