Acts 1-4: Witnesses.

October 31, 2015. Daily Reading: Acts 1-4. Background: The book of Acts is Luke’s second writing to Theophilus (see background to Luke), who was probably a Roman, perhaps even a high ranking Roman, which continues the story of the unfolding of the gospel. His first book detailed the life and ministry of Jesus Christ through eye…

II Corinthians 11-13: Paul’s concern and warnings.

May 10, 2015. Daily Reading: II Corinthians 11-13. Background: II Corinthians 10. Chapter 11 Apostles, true and false: Here, Paul has to once again defend himself to the Corinthians as an apostle and a minister of the gospel, as there were some in their number who did not like what Paul had to say and wanted…

Matthew 3-4: Baptism, temptation and the gospel.

January 17, 2014. Daily reading: Matthew 3-4. Background: Matthew 1-2. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 3 1. The baptism of John: There are several references to one that would come before the Christ to prepare the way for Him. Isaiah prophesied that he would come as one crying in the wilderness “prepare the way of the…

There is none, no not one.

December 22, 2014. “The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”     They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds,     there is none who does good. The Lord looks down from heaven on the children of man,     to see if there are any who understand,     who seek after God. They have all turned aside; together they have become corrupt;     there is none…

“God, be merciful to me, a sinner!”

November 14, 2014. “He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt: “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or…

5 Lessons from Psalm 51.

November 3, 2014. There are few more emotional psalms in my opinion than Psalm 51. As many of you may know, Psalm 51 is written by David in response to his infamous sting of sins that he committed as he sat on the throne of Israel and coveted Bathsheba, one of his mighty men’s wife….

Have you denied Christ?

October 23, 2014. “And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. Then Jesus said to them, “You will all fall away because of me this night. For it is written, ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’ But after I am raised up, I will go before you…

Come as you are.

October 16, 2014. Come, come as you are, battered and torn, Come and receive the rest. Lay, lay it all down, your burdens forlorn, He will lift them from your chest. Come, come as you are, a weary, worn-out soul, Come and receive the rest. Give, give Him your life, with all its woe, Come and…

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…

Accepting forgiveness, part 2: Confession.

March 15, 2014. “Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.” (James 5:16) This used to be one of my least favorite verses in the bible, at least the first part of it anyway. It’s easy…

Accepting forgiveness.

March 14, 2014. I feel bad because I almost forgot about posting today. It seems that I have a harder time remembering when I am on break as opposed to a structured schedule with things to do. Regardless, it gives me an opportunity to talk a little about something I have been thinking about recently….

No balm in Gilead.

February 22, 2014. Today I am attending Challenge Youth Conference as a recruiter for the CSC on UTC‘s campus. I was able to sit in on part of a lesson given this morning where the speaker was going over a section in Jeremiah. I liked this section so much, I decided to do today’s post…