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Jul
14
2017

Jeremiah 10 In this chapter, Jeremiah both confronts idolatry and lifts God up as the only God worthy of worship. He does not seem to be very gentle on the polemic against the idolatry of the nations and Israel who is dabbling with idols as well. But often we look so much at the reason not to follow idols that we neglect to first observe why they are so enticing in the first place. Perhaps if we knew what was so attracting about them then we could more easily recognize when we were being...keep reading»»


Jul
12
2017

Jeremiah 8 Jeremiah 8 contains an enormous warning for God’s people. It is particularly relevant to our North American context. Consider the description of the people of Judah found here: They are under God’s judgement because they are backslidden (v5). The faith that was alive and strong in previous generations has all but disappeared and religion has become a meaningless, passionless charade. Keep reading...keep reading»»


Jul
07
2017

Daily Reflections July 7

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Jeremiah 3 Jeremiah, the weeping prophet, helps us see sin and its effects more vividly. And in so doing, the depth of our own sin without the grace of God is shown through the story of Israel’s rebellion. In this chapter, we are confronted with the imagery of God’s beloved people prostituting themselves. Deceived into thinking that they would find better loves, they abandoned God. But instead of finding a more favourable spouse, they ended up on the street corner offering themselves to anyone...keep reading»»


Jul
05
2017

Daily Reflections July 5

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Matthew 15 In Matthew 15 we see Jesus confronting the Jews, teaching his disciples and ministering to the needy. Jesus rebuked his hypocritical accusers with the sword of truth, and extended mercy to the lost with displays of his power.   A coalition of Jewish leaders from Jerusalem came to confront Jesus about his disciples’ lack of observance of ceremonial laws, particularly, washing before eating. (This hand washing activity was not a part of Moses’ Law, but strictly a human...keep reading»»


Jun
30
2017

Matthew 10 Matthew 9:35-11:1 records the second major teaching discourse in the Gospel of Matthew. The first, of course, was the Sermon on the Mount found in 5:1-7:29. This second discourse is comprised of Jesus’ instructions and admonitions in regards to the mission of the Apostles. While these instructions were given specifically to the Apostles at a certain time in the ministry of Jesus, the words nevertheless counsel us in our day as well. Noting the context of their initial address is,...keep reading»»


Jun
28
2017

Isaiah 60 As I reflect on Isaiah, I’m reminded of how important it is that we constantly encourage one another to look beyond our present circumstances. Here is a prophet who encouraged his people to look beyond the Assyrian invasion to God’s deliverance. He then directed them to look beyond the Babylonian captivity to God’s rescue through Cyrus. He then pointed even further to a coming, suffering servant who would atone for the sin of God’s people. And now, finally, he introduces the...keep reading»»


Jun
23
2017

Isaiah 55 The most distinguishing mark of a redeemed person is grateful, willing obedience. In bondage, there is an inability to do anything but what the slave master desires. But when someone is delivered from being hopelessly enslaved, cursed, and impoverished, the freedom opens the way to a response.  Throughout the book of Isaiah, we have seen the judgment of Israel both physically and spiritually into the hands of their enemy because of their rebellion against God. Then Isaiah tells...keep reading»»


Jun
21
2017

Matthew 1 In Matthew 1, the first book of the New Testament, we find out where Jesus came from and why he came. Much of this chapter is about Jesus’ family tree (1:1-17). Admittedly, persisting through names in genealogies in the Bible requires discipline. There is really good fruit here for us to harvest if we will be attentive to the text.  Be assured, this chapter is really important. It connects Jesus to the redemptive story of the Old Testament. He is the Son of Promise given to...keep reading»»


Jun
16
2017

Revelation 18 Chapter 18 of Revelation continues the proclamation of judgement begun in the previous chapter. An angel announces that Babylon has fallen, and God’s people rejoice at this news. The original readers of this text would have known that these words were not written about the Babylon long since destroyed, but would have understood Babylon as a reference to the Roman empire (see also 1 Pet 5:13).  These words, however, are directed not only to historic Rome, but extend into the...keep reading»»


Jun
14
2017

Isaiah 46 Historically speaking, there are three significant empires that play prominent roles in the book of Isaiah. Understanding the way in which these nations exist in relation to one another and in relation to Israel helps us to understand this book and its imagery. Assyria is the first of the three. She is a mighty, terrorizing force who destroys the Northern Kingdom of Israel and comes all the way to the walls of Jerusalem in the South. Hezekiah, King of the Southern Kingdom of Judah,...keep reading»»


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Daily Reflections August 23

Wednesday August 23, 2017

Psalm 31 The Psalms lay bare the desperate human condition and the ensuing emotions. Psalm 31 as a...

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Daily Reflection August 18

Friday August 18, 2017

Jeremiah 47 Jeremiah 47 continues the oracles against the nations. The purpose of these oracles is...

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Daily Reflections August 16

Wednesday August 16, 2017

Psalm 20-21 In popular music there are love songs, anthems, and ballads. The ancient Hebrew people...

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Daily Reflections August 11

Friday August 11, 2017

Jeremiah 39 Jerusalem finally fell to the Babylonians after one and a half years of siege. The...

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Daily Reflections August 9

Wednesday August 09, 2017

Psalm 10 Psalm 10 is a lament that also affirms great confidence in God’s judgments. It can be...

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Daily Reflections August 4

Friday August 04, 2017

Psalm 1 Psalm one opens with the words, “blessed is the man.” These words should immediately grab...

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Daily Reflections August 2

Wednesday August 02, 2017

Mark 15 The words of the prophet hang over Mark 15 - the darkest day of human history. On that...

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