The book of Judges is about failure, and the failures get off to a great start. The tribes of Israel repeatedly fail to finish the job of driving out all the Canaanites. Some failures are worse than others, but there are very few successes. This book will be one long downhill slide.
Besides being the longest chapter in the Bible, Psalm 119 is distinct in other ways. Except for the first three verses, Psalm 119 is entirely a prayer. In it the anonymous psalmist pours out his heart in longing to know God’s Word and to gain the benefits it affords. Psalm 119 is an abecedarian psalm, as we will explain, and this makes it a long and beautiful poem as well.
Paul is upset that the Galatians have been led astray by a group of Judaizers into thinking they need to be circumcised to be Christians. He starts his apologetic case against them by establishing his authority and by pointing out the confirmation he received from Peter, James, and Paul. More logic to come.
With the death of Moses, the task of leading Israel into the promised land is dumped on Joshua. The LORD promises to be with him and tells Joshua to be strong and courageous. So, when the people say the same words to Joshua, even though they couldn’t have heard the LORD say them, it’s a powerful moment.
- Joshua Week 1: Time for Courage
- Joshua Week 2: It's All Supernatural
- Joshua Week 3: Remember
- Joshua Week 4: God's Command
- Joshua Week 5: Winning and Losing
- Joshua Week 6: Change in Perspective
- Joshua Week 7: The Mistake
- Joshua Week 8: Honor and Covenants
- Joshua Week 9: The Record
- Joshua Week 10: Responsibility
- Joshua Week 11: Failure
- Joshua Week 12: Trust
- Joshua Week 13: God's Justice System
- Joshua Week 14: Learning Sabbath Rest
- Joshua Week 15: A Monument to God's Sovereignty
- Joshua Week 16: Keeping the Faith
The book of Acts is one of the most important books in the New Testament. It bridges the Old Testament into the New, the Gospels into the Apostolic Age, and the whole of Scripture into the time/space continuum in which we live and move and have our being.
- Acts 1: The Beginning of the Ongoing
- Acts 2: The Beginning of the Last Days
- Acts 3: The Kingdom Among Us
- Acts 4: No Other Name
- Acts 5: Sin, Surge, Suffering, Rejoicing
- Acts 6-7: Kingdom Sign and Outpost
- Acts 8: Scattered Seeds
- Acts 9: What's In a Name?
- Acts 10: The Gospel to the Gentiles
- Acts 11: Mission to the Gentiles
- Acts 12: The Right and Only King
- Acts 13: On a Roll
- Acts 14-15: The Gentile Question
- Acts 16: The Gospel to Europe
- Acts 17: Savior and King
- Acts 18: Corinth to Antioch
- Acts 19: Ephesus
- Acts 20: Paul's Legacy
- Acts 21: Paul's Legacy (2)
- Acts 22-23: Paul's Trials (1)
- Acts 24-26: Paul's Trials (2)
- Acts 27-28: Paul's Trials (3)
The foundation of the faith is that it’s true—John saw and touched Jesus. The foundation of the gospel is that Jesus is light and the propitiation for our sins. The foundation of the practice of Christianity is fellowship (koinonia).
The prophet Amos, a sheep breeder, declares that The LORD roars from Zion. God is not happy. Judgement is coming.
The sons of Korah served during the days of Solomon as gatekeepers in the temple. They also composed some excellent psalms designed to enhance our vision of God and understanding of ourselves as His people.
- Psalms of the Sons of Korah: Living Toward the End (Psalms 42,43)
- Psalms of the Sons of Korah: Introduction
- Psalms of the Sons of Korah: Arise and Redeem Us! (Psalm 44)
- Psalms of the Sons of Korah: The King in His Glory (Psalm 45)
- Psalms of the Sons of Korah: Our Refuge and Strength (Psalm 46)
- Psalms of the Sons of Korah: Ascended and Enthroned (Psalm 47)
- Psalms of the Sons of Korah: The Lord and His City (Psalm 48)
- Psalms of the Sons of Korah: Antidote to Vanity and Death (Psalm 49)
- Psalms of the Sons of Korah: A Song for the Journey (Psalm 84)
- Psalms of the Sons of Korah: Revive Us Again! (Psalm 85)
- Psalms of the Sons of Korah: Established by God (Psalm 87)
- Psalms of the Sons of Korah: Man of Sorrows (Psalm 88)
The soul is the starting point for improving our walk with and work for the Lord. All that we are begins from within us, where our heart, mind, and conscience work together to make us the people we are. If we ignore our soul, or fail to understand its operations, we will be subject to whatever winds of doctrine might fill the sails of our soul at any time.
We want to have strong souls, like the souls of those first believers in the book of Acts. This series will help us to realize more of the presence, promise, and power of God’s Kingdom as they did, so that we may turn our world right-side up for Jesus.
- Strong Souls, Part 1: The Primacy of the Soul
- Strong Souls, Part 2: Keep Your Heart
- Strong Souls, Part 3: The Fear of God
- Strong Souls, Part 4: Getting Love Right
- Strong Souls, Part 5: The Heart of Thanksgiving
- Strong Souls, Part 6: Hope for Then and Now
- Strong Souls, Part 7: Brave Heart
- Strong Souls, Part 8: Good Grief
- Strong Souls, Part 9: The Joy of the Lord
- Strong Souls, Part 10: The Mind of Christ
- Strong Souls, Part 11: The Mature Mind
- Strong Souls, Part 12: Opened Minds
- Strong Souls, Part 13: The Mind of Christ in His Word (1)
- Strong Souls, Part 14: The Mind of Christ in His Word (2)
- Strong Souls, Part 15: The Mind of Christ in His World (1)
- Strong Souls, Part 16: The Mind of Christ in His World (2)
- Strong Souls, Part 17: Pitfalls for the Mind
- Strong Souls, Part 18: Referee of the Soul (1)
- Strong Souls, Part 19: The Good Conscience (2)
- Strong Souls, Part 20: The Good Conscience (3)
- Strong Souls, Part 21: The Good Conscience (4)
Micah was a contemporary of Isaiah, so it will not surprise us that their messages resonate with one another in many ways. Like all faithful prophets, Micah brought the Word of God to His people, calling them to remember His grace and to turn from their sins, and warning that judgment from God was coming.
We have a great salvation, and Jesus is the whole of it. He has pre-eminence in all things, and He is the Head of His Body, the Church, of which we are members. The Colossians understood the power of the Gospel. They had been called to be saints of God and were conveyed into the Kingdom of His Son. They were increasing in Him and in the good works of love that mark our discipleship.