Freedom… to become slaves.

July 4, 2015. “For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.” (Galatians 5:1) Independence day is one of my favorite holidays of the year. It is a great time to be with family, without the stress that usually comes with the holiday season, eat together and celebrate the…

Luke 1-2: The birth of John the Baptizer and Jesus.

May 16, 2015. Daily Reading: Luke 1-2. Background: Luke is the third gospel in the cannon and is written by a disciple of Christ who sets out to tell the story of Jesus in a ordered, historical fashion. Luke is known as a physician (see Colossians 4:14) and is the author of two books of…

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…

Isaiah 51-55: The gospel according to Isaiah.

March 13, 2015. Daily Reading: Isaiah 51-55. Background: Isaiah 45-50. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 51 Zion’s coming comfort: In chapter 51, the oracle calls to the righteous of the land, to the people of God, to proclaim the coming comfort that would come from the Lord. This call goes out to a people who might…

Matthew 11-13: Speaking in parables.

February 7, 2015. Daily Reading: Matthew 11-13. Background: Matthew 8-10. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 11 1. John the baptizer and the Messiah: John had come as the one who would prepare the way for the Messiah, a voice crying in the wilderness. As Jesus’ and John’s ministries begin to overlap, John sends messengers to Jesus to…

Matthew 1-2: The birth of the Christ.

January 10, 2014. We have made it to the end of the first week! Thank you so much for your support. These post have been very challenging for me to write, but hearing that people are actually following them has been such an encouragement to me, and for that I can’t thank you enough. If…

Choices.

December 27, 2014. Choices. We all are given choices, and we make decisions on a daily basis. Some choices decide major things in our lives and steer us down a path that would never have happened had we not made one simple choice. Others have little to do with our future selves and satisfy our…

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…

The valley of dry bones.

May 12, 2014. “The hand of the Lord was upon me, and he brought me out in the Spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of the valley; it was full of bones. And he led me around among them, and behold, there were very many on the surface of the…

The gospel according to Isaiah.

March 30, 2014. “Who has believed what he has heard from us? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no…

Let us reason together.

March 22, 2014. “Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.” (Isaiah 1:18) Two children are playing with a kickball outside, kicking it back and forth, laughing and having a marvelous time. The boy…

Messianic prophecy.

February 27, 2014. Tonight during small group we are going to be discussing Messianic prophecy and its use as a apologetic tool for the Christian faith. What is interesting to me is why we don’t use this tool more often. It is clear from the New Testament scriptures (particularly the book of Acts) that this…