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…

Psalm 3-5: Righteousness and the salvation of the Lord.

January 14, 2014. Daily Reading: Psalm 3-5. Background. All three of the Psalms are attributed to David, the first when he was in distress running from his son Absalom (see II Samuel 15), and the second and third simply with the direction of using stringed instruments and flutes, respectively. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 3 Salvation…

3 Obstacles that prevent us from having confidence in Christ.

September 24, 2014. “Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised. For, “Yet a little while, and the coming one will come and will not delay; but my righteous one shall live by faith,     and if…

Marriage.

September 20, 2014. “And Jesus said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart he wrote you this commandment. But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.’ ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore…

The call of Abraham.

August 9, 2014. Today I am moving to Arkansas in preparation to start my graduate work at UAMS, and it is an experience filled with mixed emotions. On the one hand, I am excited at new opportunities and paths that I will undoubtedly start new journeys on; but then there is the other hand of…

The Lord will provide.

August 7, 2014. “When they came to the place of which God had told him, Abraham built the altar there and laid the wood in order and bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. Then Abraham reached out his hand and took the knife to slaughter his…

A leap of faith.

July 26, 2014. You’re standing on the edge of a cliff looking into the abyss below. You hear water and see the rocks of which the misty waterfall beats. There is a cool breeze as you feel the fear of the edge creep through your body. Looking out, you hear a still, small voice. “Trust…

“Trust me, beloved child.”

July 18, 2014. Lord, I come before you now as a broken and run down soul. I lay it down before you as my out come was not your goal. I lie here weary from the road paved thin and cracked. Lord, you know where I’ve been and I want to make it back. The…

Teaching the truth.

June 1, 2014. Tonight I experienced my first gospel meeting in a foreign country. I guess it wasn’t too different than the ones we do in America, except the singing was longer (which I enjoyed) and it seemed like people were more genuinely happy to be there. Not that I don’t see that in America,…

Trust and the heart.

April 12, 2014. “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream,and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought,for it does…

Faith amidst abandonment.

March 5, 2014. How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever?     How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I take counsel in my soul     and have sorrow in my heart all the day? How long shall my enemy be exalted over me? (Psalm 13:1-2) Have you ever felt abandoned by the Lord? Don’t…