James 1-3: Practical Christianity.

November 1, 2015. Daily Reading: James 1-3. Background: The book of James was most likely authored by James the brother of Jesus who was a prominent leader in the Jerusalem church and well recognized among the apostles (see Acts 12:17, 15:13-22, I Corinthians 15:7, Galatians 1:19 and 2:9), though he apparently didn’t become a follower…

II Timothy 3-4: Standing strong amidst godlessness.

September 11, 2015. Note that I am switching Sunday’s reading to today,┬álikely to be followed by Daniel and then┬áthe reading from John. I apologize for any confusion. __________________________________________________________ Daily Reading: II Timothy 3-4. Background: II Timothy 1-2. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 3 1. The coming godlessness: Paul continues on with Timothy here warning him of…

Proverbs 17-18: Wisdom in word and deed.

August 27, 2015. Daily Reading: Proverbs 17-18. Background: Proverbs 16. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 17 Proverbs for life: This chapter continues on in a like manner of the previous chapters before it, laying out couplets of few words but great wisdom. Each couplet typically addresses a different concept, but there are themes that run through…

The unbridled tongue produces worthless religion.

October 13, 2014. In this world full of various pleasures and temptations, we often tend to categorize and rank sins based on how “bad” they are relative to one another. We see murder as an obvious and terrible sin, where as lying here and there is really not that big of a deal. We see…

A humble devotion.

August 5, 2014. “The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple.” (Psalm 119:130) Teach us your ways, Almighty God, and unfold your words into our hearts. Give us manna from above in the form of your golden teaching and guide us by your spirit that we may know how to…

How shall we take the word of God?

July 24, 2014. “For you remember, brothers, our labor and toil: we worked night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you, while we proclaimed to you the gospel of God. You are witnesses, and God also, how holy and righteous and blameless was our conduct toward you believers. For…

Are we Christians?

May 11, 2014. Today we ask a hard question. It’s a question that I don’t like to ask, but one that I believe is necessary. Before we continue on, just know that today’s post is not for the casual reader who does not like conflict or questions that challenge his or her faith. If this…

Practical Christianity.

May 10, 2014. Today I want to talk about practical ways to live the Christian walk. Over the past few months we have discussed more theology than practicality, and sometimes I believe we can get too caught up into the words of Christ and forget about the application. There have been many times in my…

Pay attention to what you say.

April 17, 2014. How much of what we say really matters? Does it really matter what we say? What we talk about? What references we make? This is a hard subject for a lot of Christians. It is becoming the norm to be less and less “strict” when it comes to the language we use…

A man’s word.

April 16, 2014. Today’s post will be a bit shorter but with a message that should not be taken lightly. Have you ever heard some one say “Back in my day, a man’s word actually meant something.”? Now I know that we don’t typically like to hear how our generation is just awful and how…

Couplets of wisdom.

March 10, 2014. The book of Proverbs is a favorite amongst many Christians all around the world. The wisdom of Solomon is preserved through the verses penned in this book of solace (though not all of the book is by Solomon, as is a common misconception). What is interesting to me about the book is…

Approaching the word of God.

March 3, 2014. How do you read the word of God? Is it taken at face value? Do you not read it and just let others tell you what it says? Do you read a verse that seems to say something clearly, and then let a “scholar” dissuade you from believing it? What is your…