Psalm 126-128: Blessings.

November 24, 2015. Note I am switching today’s and tomorrow’s reading because of time constraints. Thank you for understanding. _________________________________________________ Daily Reading: Psalm 126-128. Background: Psalm 123-125. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 126 Restoration: Another psalm in the series of the songs of ascents (see psalm 120), this song was likely written after the end of the…

I Chronicles 10-14: The rise of David.

September 15, 2015. Daily Reading: I Chronicles 10-14. Background: I Chronicles 5-9. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 10 The death of Saul and his sons: The narrative of the Chronicles begins in this chapter with the death of Saul and his sons at the hand of the Philistines, to set up the story of David and…

Psalm 93-95: Glory, vengeance and praise.

September 2, 2015. Daily Reading: Psalm 93-95. Background: Psalm 90-92. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 93 The Lord Reigns: This is a psalm of praise, ascribing power and authority to the Lord who reigns on high. We open with a royal picture of a reigning king, robed in majesty, sitting on a thrown that has been…

I Thessalonians 1-3: Paul’s ministry to the Thessalonians.

July 12, 2015. Daily Reading: I Thessalonians 1-3. Background: The first letter that Paul wrote to the Thessalonians is believed to be one of his earliest letters, probably written before 52 AD, and as such, it is one of the first books in the New Testament. The church in Thessalonica was founded in Acts 17:1-19 on…

Philippians 3-4: Victory in Christ.

June 21, 2015. Daily Reading: Philippians 3-4. Background: Philippians 1-2. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 3 1. Counting everything as loss: Here Paul talks to the Philippians about the bigger picture in life. Before Paul became a Christian, he tried to base his righteousness on works that he had done. He was a Pharisee of Pharisees,…

Jeremiah 27-31: Judah goes into captivity.

May 8, 2014. Daily Reading: Jeremiah 27-31. Background: Jeremiah 22-26. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 27 Submit to Nebuchadnezzar: At the beginning of this chapter, we get an interesting command given to Jeremiah that doesn’t happen all that often in prophecy. He is told to send word to the nations around Judah and give them a warning….

Isaiah 62-66: A strong conclusion.

March 27, 2014. Daily Reading: Isaiah 62-66. Background: Isaiah 56-61. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 62 Coming salvation: At this time, Israel was in captivity and had been in this situation for some time. Now, the oracle turns to the thoughts of God, and His arousal to take vengeance for Israel, laying His mighty hand against this…

Psalm 30-32: Joy, refuge and forgiveness.

March 18, 2015. Daily Reading: Psalm 30-32. Background: Psalm 27-29. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 30 Joy in the Lord: This psalm is indicated that it was used at the dedication of the temple by David (see II Samuel 5 and I Chronicles 22). It is a psalm of praise and thanksgiving, giving credit to the Lord…

Content in the Lord.

October 22, 2014. Are you content in Christ? Last Sunday I heard a good sermon on the peace of God that passes understanding and it really tied in to this idea of being content in Christ. We all know the verse. “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13) But this verse…

Christian Instructions.

July 8, 2014. “Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.” (Romans…

No tears in heaven.

January 25, 2014. Last night I had a dream where I was at my house with some friends from the CSC (you know how settings get all mixed up in dreams), and we were hanging out in my driveway. The neighbors had a group of people over and they got into a circle and started…