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Dec
08
2017

Luke 22 Luke 22 is a very long chapter that is rich in content. The chapter begins by connecting the Passover Feast with the desire of the chief priests to put Jesus to death, and it ends with Jesus as a prisoner being put to trial.  Before getting from point A to point B we read of Jesus’ last evening of freedom with his disciples and how he spent that time.  Throughout the chapter, we could stop at any number of places and spend significant time plunging into its significance....keep reading»»


Dec
06
2017

Habakkuk 1 The book of Habakkuk voices questions that every honest Christian can confess to having wrestled with at one time or another. The prophet raises his first question in verses 2-4. Looking around at his fellow Israelites, he couldn't believe that God had allowed His people to fall so far into sin. After a nation-wide reform under the reign of King Josiah, the nation had reverted back to her rebellious ways under the leadership of Josiah’s son Jehoiakim. If I could rephrase his first...keep reading»»


Dec
01
2017

Micah 6 The chapter reads as if it were set in a court room. The Lord tells Israel to arise and plead their case. The Lord proclaims that he has only been good and merciful to them. He redeemed them from Egypt, provided anointed leaders, turned curses against them into blessings, and led them miraculously into the promised land. But they not only forget about the righteousness of God but make him the enemy. They know that they are not safe in this guilty state as sensed in the previous...keep reading»»


Nov
29
2017

Luke 13 The Lord Jesus turned his face like a flint towards Jerusalem (see verse 33) and was preparing his disciples for life without him. Their path would not be easy. They would be called to walk through a narrow door and along the narrow way. However, Jesus told them of the power and scope of the Kingdom of God. At times it looks like we ‘losing the game’ and there is little to no hope. The Bible is full of such scenarios, the most poignant of all seen on Good Friday. The Kingdom of God is...keep reading»»


Nov
24
2017

Jonah 3 Jonah has willingly rebelled against God along with his command to fulfill his office as prophet against the Ninevites. In response, God showed his power and sovereignty to use Jonah as he wills. Jonah shows contrition and God shows great mercy by sparing his life. Now, in chapter 4, God gives the prophet a second chance. But the main thrust of the chapter is on the Ninevites. The careful reader will sense the irony. The narrative shifts from the resistance of God’s anointed prophet to...keep reading»»


Nov
22
2017

Jonah 1 Today we turn our attention to a familiar Old Testament narrative. The story of Jonah is not particularly complicated – it portrays God’s patience and mercy as He sends a fish to save a rebellious prophet and as He sends a prophet to save a rebellious nation. God’s forgiveness of sinners shines forth as He rebukes Jonah for having more compassion for a plant than he does for a nation (chapter 4). Keep reading...keep reading»»


Nov
17
2017

Amos 6 In the sixth chapter of Amos the prophet continues his warning of judgment on Israel but focuses on the notable, wealthy leaders of the nation. Because of their status, these men have not felt the wrath of God in his judgments as harshly as the common person. And because of this, they feel secure and complacent against anything truly coming against them. They are deceived as they use their resources to make their situation seem like it is less than damning. They eat, drink, and merrily...keep reading»»


Nov
15
2017

Psalms 148-150 Worship is the grand declaration of the greatness of the Creator. It is our consuming purpose now and will be our joy throughout eternity.  The psalter crescendos into the final resounding notes of exuberant praise! These final 3 chapters of a section of Psalms (146-150) are dedicated to the theme of praising God and the reasons for it. Each Psalm begins and ends with “hallelu Yah” or “praise the Lord”! The call to praise is a summons extending to all creation, to those in...keep reading»»


Nov
10
2017

Psalm 142 At the introduction of this psalm, we read that this is a prayer of David when he was in the cave. Those who are familiar with David’s story will be able to recall two occasions that David found himself in a cave. These two instances can be found in 1 Samuel 22 and 1 Samuel 24. While we are not told which of these situations the psalm was written about, that detail is not important. Both instances share the same context of David fleeing from King Saul who was seeking to put him to...keep reading»»


Nov
08
2017

Hosea 14 As we conclude the book of Hosea, the general message is clear: Israel has forgotten her God.  The book began with God’s instructions to Hosea to marry an unfaithful wife. This would serve as a visible illustration of the unfaithfulness of Israel. Like a promiscuous wife, God’s people had turned from their first love and had given themselves to idols and foreign nations. Chapter 13 explains in haunting detail the judgement that Israel will receive for her rebellion, but as we so...keep reading»»


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