Jeremiah 1-6: The word of the Lord through Jeremiah.

April 3, 2015. Daily Reading: Jeremiah 1-6. Background: The book of Jeremiah is a compilation of the word of the Lord though the prophet Jeremiah that spans almost the full time of the prophet’s life. Jeremiah is called as a youth to be a prophet of the Lord, delivering a very unappealing message to the people….

Psalm 36-38: Appeals to God.

April 1, 2015. Daily Reading: Psalm 36-38. Background: Psalm 33-35. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 36 Contrast between the wicked and righteousness: In this psalm, David gives a contrast between the wicked and the Lord’s righteousness, with an ending plea for the Lord to remember him as righteous. The psalm opens with a picture of the…

Judges 6-10: The cycle continues through Gideon.

February 17, 2015. Daily Reading: Judges 6-10. Background: Judges 1-5. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 6 1. The charge of the Lord: At the beginning of this chapter, we see that the vicious cycle that would occur time and again in Israel during the time of the judges has once again begun with the people forsaking…

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…

Jonah, Part 2: 4 Lessons.

December 18, 2014. Yesterday I began a series on the the story of Jonah as inspired by a podcast series I listened to on the way down to Chattanooga. Today I would like to continue the series by discussing four different lessons that I think we can pull from the book of Jonah and apply…

“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….

Psalm of a contrite heart.

October 24, 2014. When I look high into the night sky, and wonder why time passes by, or why I rely on man’s own eye- To fix the damage that I did. I see my pride to say that I, could fight my battles, with deafening lie, should I alone myself stand by, Forgetting the reason…

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…

4 Lessons from the story of Naaman and Elisha.

October 21, 2014. “Naaman, commander of the army of the king of Syria, was a great man with his master and in high favor, because by him the Lord had given victory to Syria. He was a mighty man of valor, but he was a leper. Now the Syrians on one of their raids had carried off a little girl…

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…

The Christian Virtues, Part 2: Moral Excellence.

October 6, 2014. As we continue on our journey though the Christian virtues, if you haven’t started at the beginning, I encourage you to read the first post here. We started out our discussion of the virtues by talking about faith and diligence, two characteristics that aren’t traditionally included in the virtues found in II…