Paul’s thorn.

August 7, 2016. “So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited.” (II Corinthians 12:7) Paul’s thorn in the flesh was mentioned, somewhat in passing, in a lesson…

Foolish wisdom.

February 8, 2016. Well, I have completed my journey through the bible which I set out to do last year where I took a daily reading plan and wrote about each chapter in that plan as my daily blog. I didn’t quite finish in a year, but I did finish before the end of January,…

Deuteronomy 7-9: The Lord’s chosen people.

November 23, 2015. Daily Reading: Deuteronomy 7-9. Background: Deuteronomy 4-6. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 7 Set apart from the world: In this chapter, Moses addresses the children of Israel to teach them what kind of people that are and ought to be. The children of Israel were a holy people, not because of their own…

Habakkuk 1-3: What the Lord is doing.

November 20, 2015. Daily Reading: Habakkuk 1-3. Background: Very little is known about the prophet Habakkuk, as we are not given his family linage, hometown or who was in power when he carried out his ministry from the text. His name even is not a common Hebrew name and it is only found twice in…

Acts 5-6: The expansion of the gospel.

November 7, 2015. Daily Reading: Acts 5-6. Background: Acts 1-4. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 5 1. Lying to God: At the beginning of this chapter, Luke tells a story that was sure to have set a precedent of truthfulness in the early church, teaching the disciples a lesson in pride, attention and lying. We too…

Jonah 1-4: The prophet who hated people.

October 30, 2015. Daily Reading: Jonah 1-4. Background: The book of Jonah is the fifth of the minor prophets and tells quite a story of a prophet who tried to run from his call from God. This story is a favorite children’s story, though the version that is told to children is often very different…

Psalm 114-115: The Lord.

October 21, 2015. Daily Reading: Psalm 114-115. Background: Psalm 111-113. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 114 Tremble at the presence of the Lord: Though this psalm is few in words, it is mighty in meaning, as it tells of the awesome presence of the Lord. In the beginning of the psalm, the people of God are…

Amos 5-9: Woe to those who are at ease in Zion.

October 16, 2015. Daily Reading: Amos 5-9. Background: Amos 1-4. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 5 1. Seek the Lord and live: Though the Lord is in the middle of rebuke and Amos’ message has been one of destruction, an ever present characteristic of God is found here as He offers reconciliation to His people. Though…

Psalm 102-104: On praising the Lord.

September 30, 2015. Daily Reading: Psalm 105-107. Background: Psalm 102-104. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 105 Praising the Lord through history: This is a psalm of praise to the Lord, telling of His mighty works. The audience is are called to worship Him in the first stanza and sing of His works, that they might be known amongst…

Psalm 96-98: A joyful noise to the Lord.

September 9, 2015. Daily Reading: Psalm 96-98. Background: Psalm 93-95. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 96 Ascribe to the Lord His glory: This psalm is a psalm of worship and praise, ascribing the due glory and power to the Lord of Heaven, Creator of all. The opening calls all the earth into chorus to sing a…

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…

II Kings 1-5: Elijah and Elisha.

July 7, 2015. Daily Reading: II Kings 1-5. Background: I Kings 19-22. The book of II Kings picks up right were the book of I Kings left off, after the death of Ahab with his son Ahaziah reigning in his place. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 1 Elijah and Ahaziah: We learn from the final chapter of I…