The Divine Love, Pt. 5: The Way of Love.

December 16, 2017. This is a continuation of The Divine Love series. For a full-text PDF, click here! What is our purpose? But what does this all say about the meaning of life? Does this give purpose to who we are? Much in every way. Though the love of Jesus we are given the opportunity…

Lazarus and the Resurrection.

August 21, 2016. This week a group of us got together to do a bible study, and we talked about the story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead (I know, I keep using my past week as prompts, but I’ve just gotten some good ideas from these discussions!), and during the discussion, someone brought…

John 19-21: The death, burial and resurrection.

October 17, 2015. Daily Reading: John 19-21. Background: John 16-18. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 19 The crucifixion and burial: As we enter the final stage of Jesus’ trial before Pilate, we find a man who seems to be deeply conflicted, torn between the fear of the Jews and the fear of Jesus. Pilate has Jesus…

John 9-12: The building climax of the ministry of Jesus.

September 26, 2015. Daily Reading: John 9-12. Background: John 7-8. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 9 The blinding of pride and stubbornness: In chapter nine of John’s gospel, we are given an account of Jesus’ healing of a man that had been born blind, but the irony of the story is that those who could well…

Luke 23-24: The trial, crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus.

August 21, 2015. I am switching Friday and Saturday’s reading this week due to timing issues. I appreciate you bearing with me. Thank you for reading and following along! _________________________________________________________ Daily Reading: Luke 23-24. Background: Luke 21-22. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 23 The trial, crucifixion and burial of Jesus: Luke, being the historian that he…

Luke 19-20: Jesus in Jerusalem.

July 18, 2015. Daily Reading: Luke 19-20. Background: Luke 17-18. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 19 1. Zacchaeus and the parable of ten minas: In the first half of this chapter, Jesus teaches two lessons in the house of Zacchaeus, a short man who was a rich, tax collector. Tax collectors in this day were considered to…

Mark 15-16: The death, burial and resurrection.

May 9, 2015. Daily Reading: Mark 15-16. Background: Mark 13-14. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 15 1. Jesus before Pilate: After Jesus was betrayed in the garden, He is brought before Pilate here, with His disciples all scattered, facing a mob that has been stirred by the chief priests and elders. The only answer He gives to…

Mark 11-12: The Christ.

April 25, 2015. Daily Reading: Mark 11-12. Background: Mark 9-10. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 11 1. The triumphal entry: To prepare for the triumphal entry, which had been prophesied about in the days of old (see Zechariah 9:9), Jesus sent two of His disciples to go get a young donkey on which no one had ridden…

I Corinthians 14-16: Worship, the resurrection and salutations.

April 5, 2015. Daily Reading: I Corinthians 14-16. Background: I Corinthians 12-13. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 14 1. Prophecy verses speaking in tongues: The church in Corinth was a church in which many of the members were blessed with spiritual gifts. It seems that this blessing had lead to dispute and chaos in the assembly, which…

Matthew 26-28: The death, burial and resurrection.

March 14, 2015. (3.14.15.  9:26:53) Daily Reading: Matthew 26-28. Background: Matthew 23-25. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 26 1. Foreshadowing: As He has told His disciples on a number of occasions, Jesus once again tells them that He is about to be delivered over to be crucified. His hour had come and they would soon be tested…

Matthew 17-19: The transfiguration and practical teachings.

February 21, 2015. Daily Reading: Matthew 17-19. Background: Matthew 14-16. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 17 1. The transfiguration: The account told here of the transfiguration of Christ is a well known story that displays the glory and majesty of Jesus as the Son of God. Jesus takes His inner core, so to speak, of Peter,…

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…