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John 10

John 10

John 10 – A shepherd’s job is quite a task. They have the responsibility of making sure their sheep are safe; must know how many they have…

John 9

John 9

John 9 – He had never seen the sunrise, witnessed a smile; never in his life had he been able to see the flowers of which he smelled…

John 8

John 8

John 8 – They set a trap. The teachers and Pharisees thought they had Jesus cornered as they first baited the woman to commit…

John 7

John 7

John 7 – There is a thirst within every human. There’s a drive and longing that is there beyond what we ourselves are capable of finding…

John 6

John 6

John 6 – It’s way too easy to get focused on the tangible things before us rather than the spiritual that God is doing in the middle of it…

John 5

John 5

John 5 – For 38 years the man wanted to be healed. He had joined many others who gathered around a pool of water in Bethesda day…

John 4

John 4

John 4 – The Gospel is for all people. No matter what their race, title, social position, identity, past sins may be – the redemptive work…

John 3

John 3

John 3 – I love, love, love this chapter. It is completely packed with unreal truths and conversations. We’re first introduced to Nicodemus…

John 2

John 2

John 2 – In ancient times, weddings were week-long events. Imagine. Now a day’s people put months and months into such planning…

John 1

John 1

John 1 – “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” John 1:14 From timeless eternity, God was there. Jesus was there. The Trinity was…

Esther 10

Esther 10

Esther 10 – 3 short verses sum up this chapter and bring a close to an amazing story of Esther and God’s providence. It’s so encouraging to…

Esther 9

Esther 9

Esther 9 – The day arrived. The irreversible edict Haman connived and duped the king to sign had come. The edict King Xerxes approved…

Esther 8

Esther 8

Esther 8 – Haman impaled on the very gallows he’d built for Mordecai still left a problem. The edict of the slaughter of the Jews still stood…

Esther 7

Esther 7

Esther 7 – “Lord my God, I take refuge in you; save and deliver me from all who pursue me, or they will tear me apart like a lion…

Esther 6

Esther 6

Esther 6 – “If the book of Esther shows us anything, it shows us that God manages the affairs of men, without their knowledge…

Esther 5

Esther 5

Esther 5 – “The arrogance of your heart has deceived you…” –Obadiah 3:3 Prayer and fasting led Esther to act. It was probably one of…

Esther 4

Esther 4

Esther 4 – Sometimes we are called to make hard decisions. Sometimes we are compelled to speak truth or confront where loss…

Esther 3

Esther 3

Esther 3 – Every story and needs a villain and here we have a doozy of an individual. Haman the Agagite, serves the king. He’s also a…

Esther 2

Esther 2

Esther 2 – “Exaltation comes neither from the east nor from the west nor from the south. But God is the Judge: He puts down one, and…

Esther 1

Esther 1

Esther 1 – The year is 483 BC. 100 and some years have passed since the Jewish people were taken into exile. The first wave of people had…

Nehemiah 13

Nehemiah 13

Nehemiah 13 – As the saying goes, “While the cats away…” The book of Nehemiah ends with quite a flurry of activity that is not only surprising…

Nehemiah 12

Nehemiah 12

Nehemiah 12 – “When the Lord brought back the captive ones of Zion, we were like those who dream. Then our mouth was filled with laughter…

Nehemiah 11

Nehemiah 11

Nehemiah 11 – Although the walls were complete around Jerusalem, the city itself was a ghost town. The exiles who had returned and settled…

Nehemiah 10

Nehemiah 10

Nehemiah 10 – Repair. Rebuild. Reinforce. Physically things had come together and were complete with the walls of Jerusalem. God was not…

Nehemiah 9

Nehemiah 9

Nehemiah 9 – “But You are a God of forgiveness, gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness; and You did not…

Nehemiah 8

Nehemiah 8

Nehemiah 8 – With Ezra by his side, the people gathered as one and listened to the Word of God being read.  It was the first in many…

Nehemiah 7

Nehemiah 7

Nehemiah 7 – “Then I said to them, “Do not let the gates of Jerusalem be opened until the sun is hot, and while they are standing guard, let…

Nehemiah 6

Nehemiah 6

Nehemiah 6 – Nehemiah is determined to fulfill the Lord’s work and rebuild the walls despite facing every obstacle imaginable thus far…

Nehemiah 5

Nehemiah 5

Nehemiah 5 – The work stopped. On the tail end of such a great victory when the people were motivated, working alongside one another to…

Nehemiah 4

Nehemiah 4

Nehemiah 4 – Discouragement is a terrible thing. The insidious feeling of being overrun and fighting defeat sinks to one’s bones…

Nehemiah 3

Nehemiah 3

Nehemiah 3 – Nehemiah made it to Jerusalem. At night he went out and inspected the walls to see what he was facing of this massive task that…

Nehemiah 2

Nehemiah 2

Nehemiah 2 – “So I prayed to the God of heaven. I said to the king…” Smack in the middle of a conversation, Nehemiah prayed…

Nehemiah 1

Nehemiah 1

Nehemiah 1 – Brokenness surrounds us.  Many times it is overwhelming.  Marriages are in disarray.  Addictions drive the addict to things they…

Hebrews 13

Hebrews 13

Hebrews 13 – The letter was addressed to first-century Believers but the effects of the words still resonate. The author has made one thing clear…

Hebrews 12

Hebrews 12

Hebrews 12 – The word ‘therefore’ is an adverb used to introduce a new line of thought as a conclusion to something previously stated…

Hebrews 11

Hebrews 11

Hebrews 11 – “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”– Hebrews 11:1 “By faith…

Hebrews 10

Hebrews 10

Hebrews 10 – Persevere in the life Christ has called you. Do not give up hope. Do not get lost in your struggle with sin. Do not become…

Hebrews 9

Hebrews 9

Hebrews 9 – “But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things to come, He entered through the greater and more perfect…

Hebrews 8

Hebrews 8

Hebrews 8 – Jesus became the New Covenant between man and God. His sacrifice took away our sin. He is a better mediator between us than…

Hebrews 7

Hebrews 7

Hebrews 7 – Genesis 14 has a mysterious individual make an appearance who only is mentioned within a few short verses. Melchizedek was a…

Hebrews 6

Hebrews 6

Hebrews 6 – An anchor is essential in the high waters and rough seas. Without it securely and deeply planted you’ll never stay where you intend…

Hebrews 5

Hebrews 5

Hebrews 5 – A high priest according to the Law of Moses specific role was to bring the gifts and sacrifices before God for an individual’s and…

Hebrews 4

Hebrews 4

Hebrews 4 – The Bible is a dangerous book. It exposes our hearts, reveals our motives and calls us continually to be transformed. Like a…

Hebrews 3

Hebrews 3

Hebrews 3 – Consider… Jesus is our high priest. Through this remarkable title and act only He is worthy of He has taken in us in as his own…

Hebrews 2

Hebrews 2

Hebrews 2 – The world is full of all kinds of spiritual teachings and thoughts.  Sadly many of these have flowed within the faith.  Due to the fact…

Hebrews 1

Hebrews 1

Hebrews 1 – Written before the destruction of the temple in 70 AD the author of the Hebrews is unknown. The initial audience was to the Jews…

Malachi 4

Malachi 4

Malachi 4 – I hadn’t really given much time or thought about this last chapter of Malachi. And then it struck me. These were the last words…

Malachi 3

Malachi 3

Malachi 3 – The Lord told Malachi he would send 2 messengers. The fulfillment of these was through John the Baptist who prepared the way…

Malachi 2

Malachi 2

Malachi 2 – God comes after the priests. They weren’t honoring His name in their duties as well as at their home. They had failed to set their…

Malachi 1

Malachi 1

Malachi 1 – Malachi is the last of the prophets in the Old Testament. In fact, when his voice ceased, over 400 years passed before God spoke…

Zechariah 14

Zechariah 14

Zechariah 14 – “And the Lord will be king over all the earth; in that day the Lord will be the only one, and His name the only one.”…

Zechariah 13

Zechariah 13

Zechariah 13 – “There’s a fountain filled with blood, Drawn from Immanuel’s veins, And sinners plunged beneath that flood, Lose all their guilty…

Zechariah 12

Zechariah 12

Zechariah 12 – Some call it Armageddon. Others refer to it as the Great Final Battle. It is the time prophesied here and through other prophets…

Zechariah 11

Zechariah 11

Zechariah 11 – A shepherd’s role is pretty important. His job is to first and foremost care for the sheep of his. This involves leading them to…

Zechariah 10

Zechariah 10

Zechariah 10 – “Be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.” – Ephesians 6:10 Standing strong in the face of difficulty is one of the…

Zechariah 9

Zechariah 9

Zechariah 9 – We call it Palm Sunday. It’s the day Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey to much celebration. Within this prophecy, we have…

Zechariah 8

Zechariah 8

Zechariah 8 – Small beginnings – we often tend to overlook things that are so small yet critical steps toward something being fulfilled…

Zechariah 7

Zechariah 7

Zechariah 7 – But they refused to pay attention and turned a stubborn shoulder and stopped their ears from hearing. They made their…

Zechariah 6

Zechariah 6

Zechariah 6 – The horse’s hooves hit the ground hard, riding with all their might.  Saddled behind were chariots holding four spirits going out…

Zechariah 5

Zechariah 5

Zechariah 5 – A flying scroll and woman in a basket – what does this mean? Given a strange vision, Zechariah knew this spoke of things to…

Zechariah 4

Zechariah 4

Zechariah 4 – Zechariah woke with a start. Before him were lampstands and olive trees. A strange pairing that in the end this vision would…

Zechariah 3

Zechariah 3

Zechariah 3 – It’s one of the most fascinating and disturbing pictures. Satan had dressed Joshua the high priest in filthy rags and brought him…

Zechariah 2

Zechariah 2

Zechariah 2 – Firewall – an event, person or thing that acts as a barrier or protection against something undesirable. In this second vision…

Zechariah 1

Zechariah 1

Zechariah 1 – The future – we consider this very vast uncharted territory from time to time with somberness. Yes, we look toward our future…

Zephaniah 3

Zephaniah 3

Zephaniah 3 – The opening message of doom found in Zephaniah ends with that of hope. It holds words of rescue, restoration and celebration…

Zephaniah 2

Zephaniah 2

Zephaniah 2 – “Before the decree takes effect…”Zephaniah 2:2 The announcement of God’s judgment echoed in the first chapter of Zephaniah…

Zephaniah 1

Zephaniah 1

Zephaniah 1 – The prophet Zephaniah was most unusual as he was from the lineage of royalty, specifically King Hezekiah. His name means…

Nahum 3

Nahum 3

Nahum 3 – The proud Nineveh is ripe for judgment here as the final chapter of Nahum speaks toward the demise and sins of this…

Micah 2

Nahum 2

Nahum 2 – Nahum’s prophecy of the destruction of Nineveh begins. This chapter speaks specifically of its fall and what that will look like but…

Nahum 1

Nahum 1

Nahum 1 – 100 years had passed since Jonah walked the streets of Nineveh and proclaimed God’s Word of repentance. 100 years of new…

Haggai 2

Haggai 2

Haggai 2 – It was a dramatic moment; A dramatic change for God’s people.  The sin from the people’s past had hindered them but now…

Haggai 1

Haggai 1

Haggai 1 – Many times we bankrupt our lives. We pursue things that are unfulfilling; invest in things that hold no return; waste and squander…

Habakkuk 3

Habakkuk 3

Habakkuk 3 – Questions are answered. Habakkuk’s choice and action are critical. His prayer simple: Revive us. Revive Your work in the midst of…

Habakkuk 2

Habakkuk 2

Habakkuk 2 – “The righteous shall live by his faith.” – Habakkuk 2:4 God answered Habakkuk and in essence it was, “I’ve heard you. I’m at work…

Habakkuk 1

Habakkuk 1

Habakkuk 1 – There are times we all have questions. Many of these questions go to the heart of things as we look at our world, our life even…

Micah 7

Micah 7

Micah 7 – “My sin, oh the bliss of this glorious thought! My sin, not in part but the whole, Is nailed to the cross and I bear it no more…

Micah 6

Micah 6

Micah 6 – Standing in a courtroom are the people of Israel. God the Judge stands behind the desk. “Plead your case…” he opens up…

Micah 5

Micah 5

Micah 5 – 700 years before the birth of Christ, Micah was given one of the clearest prophecies of His coming. In fact, when he was…

Micah 4

Micah 4

Micah 4 – There is a time we long for. A time when there will be no more tears, no more wars, peace will be a constant. We long…

Micah 3

Micah 3

Micah 3 – Poverty was driving the people into an early grave. Those responsible for this were none other than the leadership of the nation…

MIcah 2

Micah 2

Micah 2 – Premeditated sin – this is the topic here as Micah opens up with some pretty harsh statements to these who think and plot against the character…

Micah 1

Micah 1

Micah 1 – Micah was a bold speaker of God’s Word much like his contemporary Isaiah, who was around the same time as himself. His message directed mainly at…

Jonah 4

Jonah 4

Jonah 4 – Pity Parties – we’ve all thrown them.  We feel sorry for ourselves, we become angry over something; things didn’t go our way…

Jonah 3

Jonah 3

Jonah 3 – We serve a God of second chances.  In fact, it seems we serve a God of numerous ones! The entire calling Jonah fled from…

Jonah 2

Jonah 2

Jonah 2 – I’m struck with the reality God spared Jonah’s life.  His rebellion against the call placed upon him we’d think God would be done…

Jonah 1

Jonah 1

Jonah 1 – Nineveh – on the world stage of mid 750 BC, it was a rising and dominant power.  Some 500 miles east of Israel, ancient historians say…

Obadiah 1

Obadiah 1

Obadiah 1 – The shortest book of the Old Testament, Obadiah’s words go out against Edom, blood relatives of Israel from Esau…

Amos 9

Amos 9

Amos 9 – In the final chapter of Amos and from the 5th vision of Amos, destruction, and ruin for Israel is foretold. There will be nowhere to hide…

Amos 8

Amos 8

Amos 8 – I used to have a friend who said, “If you’re green – you’ll grow.  If you’re ripe – you’ll rot.”  This statement has stuck with me…

Amos 7

Amos 7

Amos 7 – This chapter looks like a story right out of Jeremiah’s life. The prophet Amos has 3 visions – locusts, fire, and plumb line.  Representing God’s destruction…

Hosea 6

Amos 6

Amos 6 – It’s an unnoticed disease that creeps upon most unexpectedly. The tentacles of self-satisfaction, self-reliance begin to grip the mind and heart ever so slowly. Once its…

Amos 5

Amos 5

Amos 5 – In a move that would be shocking to the listeners, Amos sings a song of lament, a dirge of Israel who is fallen.  The irony is…

Amos 4

Amos 4

Amos 4 – “…But you didn’t notice me. You continued to ignore me.” – Amos 4:10 The Message It’s almost as though God is saying in this chapter, “What’s…

Amos 3

Amos 3

Amos 3 – In an interesting opening, God poses rhetorical questions. Stating Israel is that of chosen family to Him, He is responding like one would in such a…

Amos 2

Amos 2

Amos 2 – Chapters 1 and 2 proclaim God’s judgment proclaimed against the enemies of Israel. As the hearers of these prophecies, the people probably rejoiced that God was…

Amos 1

Amos 1

Amos 1 – Often when we think of a man of God, they come with a title.  We tend to place people with the label of minister or reverend…

Joel 3

Joel 3

Joel 3 – “Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision.”– Joel 3:14 This short book climaxes…

Joel 2

Joel 2

Joel 2 – There is a warning, a bold call to repentance and promise found in this chapter.  Joel foresees and speaks of the devastation coming to the land…

Joel 1

Joel 1

Joel 1 – In this short and powerful book, the prophet Joel calls the nation to repent.  Only referenced one other time in Scripture by Peter during a sermon,…

Hosea 14

Hosea 14

Hosea 14 – As the book of Hosea comes to a close, it is a powerful reminder of the relentless love and forgiveness God offers to all.  Hosea had…