Psalm 116-118: The love of the Lord endures forever.

October 28, 2015. Daily Reading: Psalm 116-118. Background: Psalm 114-115. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 116 The Lord delivers: This is a psalm of thanks to the Lord, acknowledging the Lord’s hearing and answering the prayers of the psalmist, delivering him from the snares of death and Sheol. The psalmist proclaims his love for the Lord…

Psalm 111-113: Praise the Lord.

October 14, 2015. Daily Reading: Psalm 111-113. Background: Psalm 108-110. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 111 Great are the works of the Lord: This psalm is an acrostic, meaning that each line in Hebrew beings with the successive letter in the Hebrew alphabet, and a psalm of praise to the Lord for His great works. Note…

I Thessalonians 1-3: Paul’s ministry to the Thessalonians.

July 12, 2015. Daily Reading: I Thessalonians 1-3. Background: The first letter that Paul wrote to the Thessalonians is believed to be one of his earliest letters, probably written before 52 AD, and as such, it is one of the first books in the New Testament. The church in Thessalonica was foundedĀ in Acts 17:1-19 on…

Psalm 24-26: Glory and instruction.

March 4, 2015. Daily Reading: Psalm 24-26. Background: Psalm 21-23. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 24 The King of Glory: The 24th psalm has mainly one subject: the King of Glory. This phrase is repeated five times in the final stanza, as repetition is a common technique in Hebrew poetry, must like rhyme is a common…

The Christian Virtues, Part 5: Steadfastness.

October 9, 2014. We are about halfway through our walk through the Christian virtues, and today we are hitting another hard one. It is very related to self control, which is probably part of the reason that it is difficult to obtain and easy to lose. I must admit that this is one of the…

Steadfast.

June 8, 2014. Tonight was the last night in Nicaragua. It was really hard saying goodbye to everyone, especially for some people in our group. I hope the work we did down here continues on without us being here and that the church is able to grow. One night, our campus minister lead a prayer…

Hosea.

May 19, 2014. Today we started our English lessons with the readers who wanted to learn English, and I would say it was a success. We had to do an impromptu VBS type ordeal in the afternoon because so many kids showed up who we weren’t prepared for entirely. Tomorrow we should be ready if…

A light in darkness.

May 4, 2014. I have recently read through the books of Jeremiah and Lamentations, and I have to say that there is some pretty heart wrenching things in these them. Maybe they aren’t as bad for us when we read them since we are so far removed from the time and culture, but I think…

Why, O Lord?

March 8, 2014. O Lord, my God- above all else! Here me when I cry. Atone to my spirt, for it longs in days so dry. I know you are there, I know, but am blind to see! Teach me your paths May you be known to me! I praise you by night, though I…

Pressing on.

February 24, 2014. I apologize that this is so late in the day. I had a busy day with a lot of driving, so I am just now getting the chance to sit down and write. I have made a commitment, and I plan to stick with it. For this reason have I chosen today’s…

A plea.

February 17, 2014. Lord, hear my plea, wafted high across the veil. Save, O save! A man so prone to stray. I need you above all, my heart prone to flee. Save, O save! Cast me not away. For who is The Lord, but our God? Unchanged throughout the ages. You alone hold glory and…