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Nov
03
2017

Hosea 9 Many times the prophetic books tend to sound repetitive. How many different ways can you proclaim that judgment is coming because of syncretism and idolatry unless there is a return to the Lord? The fact that it is declared ad nauseum only shows the sinful stubbornness of Israel who failed to listen. So, we should be wary when we get that feeling that we’re bored with the continual theme as we read these pages. That could be an indication of our own stubbornness to really...keep reading»»


Nov
01
2017

Psalms 120-122 These 3 Psalms are part of a larger body (Psalms 120-134), which together are called the Psalms of Ascent. These were songs of hope and longing that God’s people sang as they made their journey up to Jerusalem and the sanctuary of God. According to Exodus 23:14-17, this journey to the temple occurred at three appointed yearly feasts (Passover, Pentecost, and The Feast of Tabernacles). These three Psalms highlight the metaphor of life as a journey homeward. We are...keep reading»»


Oct
25
2017

Daniel 10 The visions presented in the book of Daniel present a formidable challenge for us as modern, North American readers. We read of warfare being waged in the heavenly realm by angels with eyes of fire and our first instinct can sometimes be dismissal. These texts provide an excellent testing ground for our faith.  It has been my experience that most Christians have a deficient understanding of angels; there was a time when Christians overemphasized the spiritual realm. Keep...keep reading»»


Oct
20
2017

Daniel 5 Belshazzar has done more than host a party that got out of hand. This passage is more than just a story of a drunken hallucination. Daniel shares with us great insights into the interaction of God with sinful man. Much can be said about this passage because it is one of most pivotal points in the history of the nations. However, it may be helpful to focus on the way in which this story shows a pattern of God’s saving work. Keep reading...keep reading»»


Oct
18
2017

Psalms 107 God enthroned in the heavens, yet he is not far off (see Acts 17:27). He is near to his own (Psalm 145:18). Psalm 107 is about God coming to our rescue and our response of thanksgiving. Here is the pattern in this Psalm: trouble comes, we cry out, God rescues us, and we return thanks. Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever! (Psalm 107:1 ESV) The opening verse reminds us of the song we used to sing at the beginning of our...keep reading»»


Oct
13
2017

Ezekiel 46  The last chapters of Ezekiel can seem very tedious and uninspiring to the modern reader. But Ezekiel and his audience were well aware that Solomon’s temple was destroyed because of Israel’s sin. In Ezekiel 43:10-11, he reveals to us that these detailed descriptions of the temple – a most holy and perfect temple that God would build – are described to shame Israel for letting their sin and cause them to repent. These chapters present the holiness of God that should cause us to...keep reading»»


Oct
11
2017

Psalms 97-98 Tune into local or international news and whether it concerns issues of diplomacy, disease, disaster or death, it appears our world is out of control. Fear grips hearts and minds around the globe. Is it any wonder anxieties abound? Contrary to what we can see, there IS a master plan in the hands of a Master Planner. Therefore, we can be at peace! The Bible declares triumphantly, The Lord reigns, let the earth rejoice; let the many coastlands be glad! (Psalm...keep reading»»


Oct
06
2017

Ezekiel 39 Ezekiel’s prophecy against Gog and Magog is one that is debated amongst Bible readers because there is little that we know about them. The mention of them in Revelation 20 after the millennial reign of Christ has caused many to interpret them as the most current superpower of the day.  “And when the thousand years are ended, Satan will be released from his prison 8 and will come out to deceive the nations that are at the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them...keep reading»»


Oct
04
2017

Psalms 87-88 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God…(Acts 16:25 ESV) It is not difficult to praise God when the sun is shining, but can we praise God in the dark night of the soul? The Apostle Paul and Silas were beaten and imprisoned and yet at midnight, they worshiped!  Psalm 88 brings us the dark experience of a greatly troubled soul. It is a lamentation, the darkest of all the psalms. The Psalmist feels the dread of the wrath of God...keep reading»»


Sep
29
2017

Psalm 80 Psalm 80 is written in a time of turmoil. Scholars have suggested that this Psalm was written after the Assyrian capture of the northern kingdom. It is clear from this psalm that God’s people are in deep need of God’s restorative touch. This is, after all, the thrice repeated plea of the psalmist found in verses 3, 7, and 19. “Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved.”  These words probably ring familiar to many of you.keep reading»»


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