Ecclesiastes 5-6: Satisfaction and dissatisfaction.

November 12, 2015. Daily Reading: Ecclesiastes 5-6. Background: Ecclesiastes 3-4. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 5 1. Few words before God: Chapter five of the book of Ecclesiastes opens with a discussion on the relationship between God and man, reminding us of where we stand before the Creator of the universe and how we should approach…

II Thessalonians 1-3: Eschatology.

August 16, 2015. Daily Reading: II Thessalonians 1-3. Background: This epistle is the second letter that we have addressed to the church in Thessalonica from Paul (with Timothy and Silvanus). The church in Thessalonica was founded in Acts 17:1-19 on Paul’s second missionary journey. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 1 The second return of Christ: Paul opens the letter…

Proverbs 14-15: Couplets of wisdom.

August 13, 2015. Daily Reading: Proverbs 14-15. Background: Proverbs 13. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 14 Continuing proverbs: As with the previous chapters, Proverbs 14 continues in recording couples of wisdom that are not necessarily related to each other, but harbor so much meaning and practical application that it would be wise to delve into each…

Proverbs 5-6: Adultery and practical wisdom.

June 11, 2015. Daily Reading: Proverbs 5-6. Background: Proverbs 4. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 5 Warning against adultery: It is very interesting that one of Solomon’s main concerns, at least at the beginning of this book, is to warn his sons against adultery. Perhaps he had learned from his father, as it was an affair…

Finishing strong.

December 24, 2014. As the year comes to a close and we start to prepare for the next year, I thought it would be a good time to discuss the concept of a strong finish. Though this will not necessarily be the end, it is in some sense the end as 2014 is quickly coming…

The Christian Virtues, Part 1: Faith and Diligence.

October 5, 2014. Over the past few months something has been on my mind that has troubled me. We are called to live a holy life, consecrated for the Lord, yet this calling seems to be virtually impossible. We can beg and plead with God to lead us out of temptation, but then we turn…

Made to work.

September 30, 2014. As we walk throughout our daily lives, perhaps one constant that most of us experience is work. Whether this be at a job, in the house, at school, preparing for sporting events- at some point in time we all will experience work, and probably a lot of it. Hard work can beat…

Parts of a greater whole.

August 2, 2014. “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets…

An idle mind is the devil’s workshop.

July 25, 2014. “And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all.” (1 Thessalonians 5:14) Just a few minutes ago I had a realization. As with all Christians, I struggle in my walk with Christ often. No one is perfect, and I definitely fit that…

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…

Redeeming the time.

May 5, 2014. “Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time…

Discipline.

April 26, 2014. The Christian walk is hard. I don’t think we should sugar coat it. The truth of the matter is, the flesh makes constant war against the spirit. This war can be taxing and may even seem hopeless at times. I think we have all been at the place where it felt like…