Ecclesiastes 11-12: The meaning of life.

December 3, 2015. Daily Reading: Ecclesiastes 11-12. Background: Ecclesiastes 9-10. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 11 The preacher’s wisdom: As the book comes to a close, the preacher gives some practice wisdom for this life. Different interpretations of these proverb-like sayings have been given and thus what is commented here should not be taken as fact…

James 4-5: Drawing near to God.

November 8, 2015. Daily Reading: James 4-5. Background: James 1-3. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 4 Drawing near to God: In this chapter James deals with the ever present threat of worldliness, offering practical wisdom to fight against the desires of the flesh. Notice how James doesn’t lay the blame on worldliness, however, but rather on…

James 1-3: Practical Christianity.

November 1, 2015. Daily Reading: James 1-3. Background: The book of James was most likely authored by James the brother of Jesus who was a prominent leader in the Jerusalem church and well recognized among the apostles (see Acts 12:17, 15:13-22, I Corinthians 15:7, Galatians 1:19 and 2:9), though he apparently didn’t become a follower…

Proverbs 22: Words of the wise.

September 17, 2015. Daily Reading: Proverbs 22. Background: Proverbs 20-21. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 22 Words of the wise: The first half of chapter 22 continues on in the same manner that we have seen from many of the preceding chapters, giving us wisdom in couplets that speak much louder than it would seem, given…

Proverbs 14-15: Couplets of wisdom.

August 13, 2015. Daily Reading: Proverbs 14-15. Background: Proverbs 13. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 14 Continuing proverbs: As with the previous chapters, Proverbs 14 continues in recording couples of wisdom that are not necessarily related to each other, but harbor so much meaning and practical application that it would be wise to delve into each…

Exodus 21-24: Practical laws of the covenant.

May 11, 2015. Daily Reading: Exodus 21-24. Background: Exodus 17-20. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 21 Practical laws:¬†After giving the ten commandments that are well known, the Lord continues His law, giving the children of Israel a basis for rule and government as they now would become their own people without the oversight of another nation….

Let’s study through the bible this year, shall we?

January 1, 2015. Well, it’s that time of year again when we see a new year turn and use the motivation of a clean slate and new beginning to make resolutions that are aim at improving various aspects of our lives. Some resolutions will be realized while many will fall to the back burner within…

Have you become a slave?

October 17, 2014. Perhaps one of the most sobering warnings that is presented in the New Testament comes from Peter’s second epistle addressed to those of faith. Over the past month or so, I have gained more of an appreciation of this epistle than I have in times past. Before, I suppose I focused more…

When faith grows cold.

June 14, 2014. Sometimes when I have some free time and I am not around people who encourage me to do work for the Lord, I get into slumps in my spiritual walk. This often happens after big event or upon a big change in life, such as moving to a different place or not…

Practical Christianity.

May 10, 2014. Today I want to talk about practical ways to live the Christian walk. Over the past few months we have discussed more theology than practicality, and sometimes I believe we can get too caught up into the words of Christ and forget about the application. There have been many times in my…