Ecclesiastes 5-6: Satisfaction and dissatisfaction.

November 12, 2015. Daily Reading: Ecclesiastes 5-6. Background: Ecclesiastes 3-4. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 5 1. Few words before God: Chapter five of the book of Ecclesiastes opens with a discussion on the relationship between God and man, reminding us of where we stand before the Creator of the universe and how we should approach…

Ecclesiastes 1-2: All is vanity.

October 29, 2015. Daily Reading: Ecclesiastes 1-2. Background: The book of Ecclesiastes is one of the most interesting and different books found in scripture. The words of the preacher, or teacher (or even gatherer- Hebrew “Qoheleth”) are traditionally ascribed to Solomon, though modern scholarship doesn’t take too well to this idea. The author never names…

II Thessalonians 1-3: Eschatology.

August 16, 2015. Daily Reading: II Thessalonians 1-3. Background: This epistle is the second letter that we have addressed to the church in Thessalonica from Paul (with Timothy and Silvanus). The church in Thessalonica was founded in Acts 17:1-19 on Paul’s second missionary journey. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 1 The second return of Christ: Paul opens the letter…

Of labor and rest.

December 9, 2014. “Unless the Lord builds the house,     those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city,     the watchman stays awake in vain. It is in vain that you rise up early     and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil;     for he gives to his beloved sleep.” (Psalm 127:1-2) Try, they try, and…

Comfort kills.

November 9, 2014. I seem to be on this kick lately of wanting a paradigm shift for the church as a whole as I see it in today’s society because our focus is simply not where the focus was in the new testament. We have become so focused on trying to keep the church alive,…

Made to work.

September 30, 2014. As we walk throughout our daily lives, perhaps one constant that most of us experience is work. Whether this be at a job, in the house, at school, preparing for sporting events- at some point in time we all will experience work, and probably a lot of it. Hard work can beat…

Parts of a greater whole.

August 2, 2014. “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets…

Rest.

June 9, 2014. Well, I’m back in America. Though I will miss Nicaragua, it does indeed feel good to be back. My prayer is for the work that was done over the past month will grow and prosper so that the kingdom is spread in Granada. I also pray that we don’t loose the fire…