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May
12
2017

Daily Reflections May 12

Category: RMM

James 4 This chapter can be divided into two fairly distinct parts.  The first part flows out of the last chapter and is found in verses 1-12, and the second starts in verse 13 and goes to the end of the chapter.  Let’s start with the first.  It is no coincidence that James heads into this chapter just after he had talked about godly and earthly wisdom.  James talked about earthly wisdom, and here he shows its' outcome: fights and quarrels, pleasure seeking, and evil...keep reading»»


May
10
2017

Daily Reflections May 10

Category: RMM

Isaiah 8:1-9:7 There is a wonderful contrast between the two chapters of Isaiah that are before us. Chapter 8 is characterized by darkness. In verse 22 we read, “And they will look to the earth, but behold, distress and darkness, the gloom of anguish. And they will be thrust into thick darkness.” (Isaiah 8:22 ESV) The Israelites were facing the threat of a powerful Egyptian army. In their distress, they sought a treaty with the wicked Assyrians. In a time when the Israelites should have...keep reading»»


May
05
2017

Daily Reflections May 5

Category: RMM

Hebrews 10 The writer of Hebrews has previously demonstrated how the tabernacle and the law were shadows and types of the better thing to come, and he now turns his attention to the sacrifices. The argument continues that while they had their place at one time, sacrifices were insufficient for actually making the followers perfect before God.  When Jesus came and died, however, there was no need for sacrifices ever again.  Jesus was the one perfect sacrifice made to God on our...keep reading»»


May
03
2017

Daily Reflections May 3

Category: RMM

Hebrews 8 Salvation is never about what we’ve done to merit acceptance before a holy God, but rather, about the merits of a perfect Saviour on our behalf. Hebrews 8 tells us of the superiority of the New Covenant inaugurated by Jesus’ superior ministry as our Great High Priest. He is the mediator of a better covenant through his better sacrifice (see 1 Timothy 2:5). He serves in a better sanctuary and brings us better promises (8:8). In Christ, the Old Covenant is obsolete; the glorious New...keep reading»»


Apr
28
2017

Song of Solomon 3 Chapter 3 continues the song about human love written to give us wisdom. At the close of the previous chapter we see that the beloved and lover are mutually adoring one another. The bride now has a dream where she longs for and ends up scouring the streets for her lover. Her desires burned within her and she pursued them. It was not wise nor typical for a woman to be roaming the streets of ancient Israel at night. She would be inviting danger to herself and may well be taken...keep reading»»


Apr
26
2017

Song of Solomon 1 There has been a great deal of discussion within the Christian world about the Divine intention behind the book of the Bible known as “The Song Of Solomon”.  Is it an extended and occasional erotic love poem? Is it an allegory describing the love of Christ for the church?  Is it both? Because I believe in a big God I tend to believe that he is more than capable of doing two things at once.  I think it entirely possible that we are supposed to be thinking about...keep reading»»


Apr
21
2017

2 Timothy 4 In chapter three of 2 Timothy, we heard how the world would become increasingly hostile towards that gospel and the followers of Jesus Christ, and then how Timothy should stand firm in his faith in spite of those persecutions.  Chapter four opens with those words firmly planted in the front of the reader's minds.  We are living in the same time that Paul said Timothy lived, and as such, we are subject to the same animosity that the world has towards the gospel.  Yet,...keep reading»»


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»»


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