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Mar
15
2017

Proverbs 2 Proverbs 2 begins with a list of conditions found in verses 1 – 4: If you accept my words and store them up, and if you cry out for wisdom, and if you search for it as you would for treasure: “then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.” (Proverbs 2:5 ESV) Right from the outset, it is made clear that wisdom is not something that one stumbles into. It comes through hard work and persistence. As we delve into...keep reading»»


Mar
08
2017

2 Corinthians 7 The Church is the place where God’s Spirit dwells. Singularly (1 Cor. 6:19) and corporately (1 Cor. 3:16) we are the Temple of the living God! We have great promises of God in salvation through Christ. God dwells among us as a Father, he is our God and we are his people. As such, Paul writes,  Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God. (2...keep reading»»


Mar
03
2017

Job 32 The arguments between Job and his friends have reached a point where there does not seem to be any movement. Job contends that he is innocent and his friends insist that he is guilty, neither party budging from their position. So Elihu enters the scene and angrily confronts both Job as well as his friends. He is angry because he perceives that Job is “justifying himself” and by implication, indicting God with wrong. He is also angry because the friends have been inadequate in convincing...keep reading»»


Mar
01
2017

1 Corinthians 16 In this final chapter the Apostle Paul gives concluding remarks about: 1. The collection of money for the church in Judea (verses 1-4), 2. His plans to visit the Corinthians (verses 5-9), 3. The travel plans of Timothy and Apollos (verses 10-12), 4. Standing firm (verses 13-19) and 5. Greetings, a solemn warning, and a benediction (verses 20-24).keep reading»»


Feb
22
2017

Job 22 As the book of Job progresses, the “counsel” of Job’s friends becomes increasingly firm – and increasingly hurtful. In today’s text, Eliphaz informs Job that there mustbe sin on his part. Surely Job neglected the poor. The suffering that he is experiencing clearly proves that Job turned away the thirsty, refused to clothe the naked and neglected the widow. This “counsel” takes an especially wicked turn when Eliphaz declares:  Keep reading...keep reading»»


Feb
20
2017

1 Corinthians 7 Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians is organized around some specific questions they had sent to him and some concerns of his own that had arisen upon interviewing the people who carried the original letter.  Chapter 7 deals with some questions they had sent to him:   Now concerning the matters about which you wrote… (1 Corinthians 7:1 ESV) Reconstructing their questions is a little tricky - all we have is Paul’s answer so we are forced to do a little “backwards...keep reading»»


Feb
17
2017

1 Corinthians 4 In chapter 3 of this book, the Apostle Paul gives a helpful teaching that helps us avoid the ditch of leader worship.  In chapter four, we are given a primer on what it takes to be a leader in the house of God.  This teaching helps us to steer clear of the ditch of hating leadership and to hopefully steer down the middle of the road.  Let’s look at a few things we see in this chapter. Keep reading...keep reading»»


Feb
15
2017

Job 14 Job continues his lament, but there is a glimmer of gospel hope to be found in today’s text. A helpful analogy was once shared with me that helped me to understand the unfolding revelation in Scripture. This analogy compared the Bible to the test that is performed at the optometrist’s office. There is a common examination wherein the optometrist uses a machine to put a variety of lenses before your field of view. The first lens leaves the letters on the wall blurry and illegible, but as...keep reading»»


Feb
13
2017

The Into The Word Daily Reflections devotional for February 13th is now available. Topics covered include: 1. How to comfort your friends without abandoning your theology. 2. Bits and bites from Paul's personal greetings. You can find it here.keep reading»»


Feb
10
2017

Job 9  Bildad has made his case against Job: he has sinned and needs to repent. At the end he bases this on the premise, “Behold, God will not reject a blameless man, nor take the hand of evildoers” (Job 8:20). And although Job denies that this adequately explains God’s particular dealings with him, he agrees that God is in fact holy. He knows that against his ignorance, weakness, and imperfection the perfect wisdom and absolute strength of God would be no match. When anyone recognizes...keep reading»»


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