Psalm 15-17: The life of the righteous person.

February 11, 2015. Daily Reading: Psalm 15-17. Background: Psalm 12-14. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 15 The life of the righteous person: The question that is asked at the beginning of this psalm is an important one, as it sets up the meaning of the entire psalm. Who shall sojourn in the Lord’s tent, and who…

Isaiah 23-28: The glory of the Lord.

February 6, 2015. Daily Reading: Isaiah 23-28. Background: Isaiah 18-22. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 23 Destruction of the proud: The city of Tyre has a somewhat interesting history in relation to the children of Israel. The first time the city is mentioned in the bible (besides as a reference point when Joshua was portioning out the…

Isaiah 12-17: Oracles of destruction.

January 23, 2015. Daily Reading: Isaiah 12-17. Background: Isaiah 6-11. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 12 Praising the Lord for His steadfast love and salvation: After oracles of the coming destruction and captivity and oracles of the Messiah, the prophet’s words turn to praise and honor for the Great King, Almighty, Lord of hosts. There is…

Psalms 6-8: Deliverance by God.

January 21, 2014. Daily Reading: Psalms 6-8. Background: Psalm 3-5. All three of these Psalms are attributed to David, a man after God’s own heart (ref. I Samuel 13:14). David was well in tune with the Spirit of God and he often expressed his emotion in the form of a psalm. These have been recorded…

Job 3-5: Lament and blame.

January 15, 2014. Daily Reading: Job 3-5. Background: Job 1-2. Job has lost everything, even his health, because he was righteous and is being tested. In this section of the story of Job, there has been seven days of silence before Job begins his lament. Chapters 4 and 5 are Eliphaz the Temanite’s rebuttal to Job’s…

Finding peace amid waves of controversy.

December 5, 2014. It seems over the past week I have been involved in or read so many controversial things when it comes to the realm of religion. If I’m honest, I would say that I am quite tired of it, for the time being at least. In a society where drama is what excites…

4 Considerations about anger.

November 30, 2014. Today I would like to discuss something that is close to my heart, not the topic specifically, but the lack of it in a mature attitude in Christ. Anger is an emotion that so many people struggle with from time to time. I have been there, and I’m sure you have been…

Is drinking a sin?

October 31, 2014. When it comes to issues that drive huge wedges between Christians, the discussion over alcohol and whether or not it is sinful for a Christian to drink in moderation is probably one of the biggest wedges you can find. Some will say that any form of alcohol is bad in consumption while others…

Speaking for God where God did not speak.

September 17, 2014. “After the Lord had spoken these words to Job, the Lord said to Eliphaz the Temanite: “My anger burns against you and against your two friends, for you have not spoken of me what is right, as my servant Job has. Now therefore take seven bulls and seven rams and go to my servant Job and offer up a burnt…

What happens after death?

June 7, 2014. Let’s ask that question that no one wants to think about, or at least so seems to be the case often. What is going to happen to you after you die? It’s a legitement question. Sometimes we get in this mindset of “modern man” where we think we are much smarter than…

Parables of the Kingdom.

June 6, 2014. I was listening to a sermon yesturday about what Jesus said about the kingdom of Heaven. As I am reading through the book of Matthew, I am starting to realize that I don’t think a lot of us think about what Jesus actually says. A lot of times a gospel of only…

Hosea.

May 19, 2014. Today we started our English lessons with the readers who wanted to learn English, and I would say it was a success. We had to do an impromptu VBS type ordeal in the afternoon because so many kids showed up who we weren’t prepared for entirely. Tomorrow we should be ready if…