June 9, 2013
King Joram and the city of Samaria are under siege by the Syrians. The inherent famine has led to horrific conditions with people resorting to eating donkey heads and dove’s dung, not to mention a sickening account of cannibalism.
June 2, 2013
The Gospel is the supreme foundation from which all our giving must flow. 2 Corinthians 8:9 sums up the Gospel like this: “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich.” Cheerfulness in giving, therefore, comes from the joy of our salvation because we have received the eternal Treasure, our Lord Jesus Christ, and life forevermore with Him.
May 26, 2013
As God’s children prepare to cross the Jordan River and take possession of the Promised Land, Moses preaches to the people. The summary of Moses’ sermon with respect to our relationship with God would be: Fear Him; Live to please Him; Love Him; Serve Him; and Obey Him… But Moses goes further…
May 19, 2013
Job is undoubtedly the Bible’s poster child for suffering. The entire book of Job is a gold mine of mystery, theology (theodicy) God’s sovereignty, Satan’s activity, and the story of one man’s terrible suffering.
May 12, 2013
Paul’s spiritual son, Timothy was blessed to have a godly grandmother and mother who invested themselves faithfully into his young life. Lois and Eunice were acknowledged by Paul for their faith and devotion to Timothy who likely became believers on Barnabas and Paul’s first missionary journey when they visited Lystra.
May 5, 2013
1 Corinthians 13 is often referred to as the Love Chapter. Paul juxtaposes spiritual gifts, noble deeds, and Biblical knowledge next to God’s love and summarily dismisses them as annoying distractions whenever engaged without the most excellent endowment of all. So what does God’s love, Agape in the Greek, look like?
April 28, 2013
The proverbial saying from the 1500’s still rings true: “Oh but for the grace of God, go I.” Paul, in his stern letter to the Galatians, reminds the church to extend love to those who have been caught up or entangled in various transgressions in order to restore them.
April 21, 2013
An expert in the Law decides to test Jesus about how he might inherit eternal life. Jesus responds to his question with questions of His own, asking the lawyer what the Law says about the matter. The lawyer summarizes the Law well by melding Deuteronomy 6:5 and Leviticus 19:18…
April 14, 2013
John, The Apostle of Love, evidently took excellent notes during Jesus’ Last Supper sermon. His letters often reflect the varied aspects of God’s love, especially as fleshed out through Jesus’ death and resurrection.
April 7, 2013
John, Son of Thunder, Apostle of Love, devotes five chapters to the setting of the Last Supper, the First Communion. (See John chapters 13 thru 17.) After washing the disciples’ feet, Jesus shares His heart.