Exodus 5-8: Moses and Aaron before Pharaoh.

April 13, 2015. Daily Reading: Exodus 5-8. Background: Exodus 1-4. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 5 When it’s darkest before the dawn: Have you ever been in a position where it seemed like the more you tried to do the will of God, the harder your situation became? This was precisely what Moses and Aaron were…

Ruth 1-4: Redemption.

March 10, 2015. Daily Reading: Ruth 1-4. Background: The book of Ruth details a story of two widowed woman, a mother and her daughter-in-law, in the time when Judges lead Israel. The book was likely composed or finalized during the time of the kings, specifically during the reign of David or immediately following, judging from…

Isaiah 40-44: The Holy One of Israel.

February 27, 2015. Daily Reading: Isaiah 40-44. Background: Isaiah 34-39. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 40 1. A voice of one crying in the wilderness: Comfort was coming for the people of Israel, which is likely an immediate reference to the Babylonians (who had taken Judah captive) being defeated by the Medes and Persians. As chapter 40…

Isaiah 29-33: Downfall, complacency and hope.

February 13, 2015. Daily Reading: Isaiah 29-33. Background: Isaiah 23-28. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 29 1. A spirit of deep sleep from the Lord: As with times before, this is yet another prophecy against Jerusalem for their disobedience and apostasy, foretelling of the calamity that was in store for them if they would not repent and…

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…

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…

4 things to remember when you fall.

September 16, 2014. Often when we are walking along our spiritual journey, we will come to very low points. Sometimes these lows occur right after a high point where it almost feels like a crash. I honestly don’t know which one feels better, consistent struggle against a temptation or going for a long period of…

There ain’t no rest for the wicked; or is there?

May 13, 2014. Have you ever wondered why revenge is a bad thing? Instead of just accepting it as a sin, have you thought about the meaning behind it? I suppose we could do well to do this for many sins, as we might better understand the character of God in this manner. The Almighty…

The grace of God.

April 2, 2014. “But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have more than enough bread, but I perish here with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no…