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Apr
19
2017

Ecclesiastes 6  As we reflect on the sixth chapter of Ecclesiastes, it is helpful to consider the closing thought of chapter 5. Everyone also to whom God has given wealth and possessions and power to enjoy them, and to accept his lot and rejoice in his toil—this is the gift of God. (Ecclesiastes 5:19 ESV)  It is good to enjoy the things that God has entrusted to us. The wealthy Christian should, of course, be careful not to make an idol of his riches,...keep reading»»


Apr
14
2017

1 Timothy 3 If yesterday’s chapter is the most controversial chapter in our time, then chapter 3 is a close second.  This chapter gives the qualifications of pastor, elders, and deacons.  What comes off as controversial are the lines in verses 2 and 12. “The husband of one wife.”  Further cementing the complimentary nature of church leadership.  The first verse of the chapter states that desiring to be an elder or pastor is a good thing, however that person has to be sold...keep reading»»


Apr
12
2017

Proverbs 30 This Proverb comes to us from Agur, an otherwise unmentioned character in Biblical history. The name “Agur” means “collector.” This is an appropriate title for a man who brings forth the wisdom that he has amassed from godly teachers. He uses the opening verses of the proverb to defame himself, intentionally drawing attention to the fact that he is not the source of wisdom. He is merely a man. He has nothing of his own to offer, but he points the reader to the place where wisdom...keep reading»»


Apr
07
2017

1 Thessalonians 4 In this, the fourth chapter of Thessalonians Paul opens with an encouragement to continue in the reader's sanctification.  He divides his commendation into two parts.  First, he exhorts the Thessalonians to live a pure life free from sexual immorality.  We are reminded, from this section, that sexual immorality is an offense against a person created in the image of God and God’s holiness.  Furthermore, this passage reminds us that God Himself is the...keep reading»»


Apr
05
2017

Proverbs 23 The sweep of counsel in Proverbs 23 covers matters of social conduct, domestic leadership and personal restraint.  A few highlights from each category: A: Social conduct It is hard to know whether these Proverbs originated with Solomon or were gathered by him for the benefit of his son.  Either way, the counsel assumes social contact with people of wealth and influence.  Verses 1-2 remind the young man to govern his appetites while in the company of other...keep reading»»


Mar
31
2017

Colossians 1 The first chapter in the book of Colossians is loaded with content.  As you read through it, you can’t help but notice the lofty tone that this chapter presents. After the introduction Paul shares his prayer for the readers, and wow is it encouraging,  I want to draw your attention to verse ten: ….so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; (Colossians 1:10 ESV) What I...keep reading»»


Mar
29
2017

Proverbs 16 As we study this book, it is helpful to remind ourselves that proverbs are not promises. They are principles that generally prove to be true, but from time to time the general rule is broken.  For instance, I intend to teach my children that students who do their homework earn better marks on their tests. However, there is no doubt in my mind that my kids will encounter one or two students who are both lazy and remarkably gifted, and those students will frequently outperform...keep reading»»


Mar
24
2017

Ephesians 4 Ephesians 4:1 is the hinge in this book.  Paul has spent the last three chapters explaining the gospel of Jesus and now we see that word “Therefore”.  Many, many times Paul uses this word to transition from teaching the gospel to teaching the implications of the gospel.  In light of what Christ has done, how should we live?  I am going to divide this passage into three parts for this reading.  They go as follows:  Keep reading...keep reading»»


Mar
22
2017

Proverbs 9 This chapter begins and ends with two voices calling out. Lady Wisdom is presented in the opening verses as having prepared a feast for her guests. She has sent out her young women to invite the simple to join her and to learn how to walk in the way of insight. The woman Folly is pictured as sitting at the entrance of the house and calling loudly to those who pass by. She invites the simple to join her in enjoying stolen water and bread. The imagery is striking. Both Wisdom and...keep reading»»


Mar
17
2017

Galatians 3 Paul continues in his argument to the Galatians that salvation comes through faith alone and not through works.  The false teaching that the Galatian church must observe all the Jewish laws to become Jewish, to be saved was souring the church.  Paul reasserts that it is by faith alone that one could truly know Jesus.  It is entirely possible for you and me to fall into the same trap.  I think that we struggle at times to understand faith.  We feel the need...keep reading»»


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