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Hosea 5

Hosea 5

Hosea 5 – Sometimes there’s nothing more to say when we pray for someone so lost in their ways. Sometimes they need to be completely turned over to God…

Hosea 4

Hosea 4

Hosea 4 – The rest of the book of Hosea takes a turn as it deals head-on with the sins of Israel. It is a brutal and a scandalous…

Hosea 3

Hosea 3

Hosea 3 – It was the shady side of town, a place where priests stayed clear of, let alone any prophet worth his reputation. The loud bawdy ruckus that…

Hosea 2

Hosea 2

Hosea 2 – Hosea had done what was expected of him. He married Gomer, made a life together, had a family and provided for her needs. He had redeemed…

Hosea 1

Hosea 1

Hosea 1 – In one of the most unpredictable and outlandish commands of God, He instructed Hosea to marry a prostitute. Yes, you read that right. It was during…

Daniel 12

Daniel 12

Daniel 12 – “Because lawlessness is increased, most people’s love will grow cold. 13 But the one who endures to the end, he will be saved. 14 This gospel…

Daniel 11

Daniel 11

Daniel 11 – Continuing from Chapter 10 and following into this next chapter and 12, the last of the book of Daniel, the Messenger spells out with acute details…

Daniel 10

Daniel 10

Daniel 10 – For 3 weeks Daniel had been in mourning. He’d been given a vision, a message as the Scriptures tell, about a great conflict. Driving Daniel to…

Daniel 9

Daniel 9

Daniel 9 – Many look toward and speculate chapter 9 with great curiosity and wonder. Within the mystery is a set of things mentioned like 70 weeks, then 62…

Daniel 8

Daniel 8

Daniel 8 – While in Susa, the well developed and winter capital of the Babylonian Empire (modern-day Iran), Daniel was given another vision. This troubling revelation would remarkably be…

Daniel 7

Daniel 7

Daniel 7 – The first 6 chapters of Daniel were historical in nature and inspiring as Daniel was one man who stood firm in times of persecution. His unwavering…

Daniel 6

Daniel 6

Daniel 6 – Daniel was a man of consistency. Here was a man who was in exile who never wavered in his faith or trust. The seasons changed continually…

Daniel 5

Daniel 5

Daniel 5 – A new king is in town. Nebuchadnezzar’s son, Belshazzar, has taken the throne. Historical documents differ on if he reigned 17 years or 3 but the…

Daniel 4

Daniel 4

Daniel 4 – Written by Nebuchadnezzar himself, this chapter is the retelling of his testimony. Daniel included the penmanship of the king in his writings because it shows the…

Daniel 3

Daniel 3

Daniel 3 – “…but even if He does not…” What would it be like to live with such thought in everything we do? Every way we live? How would…

Daniel 2

Daniel 2

Daniel 2 – It was an impossible situation. King Nebuchadnezzar had a dream he couldn’t remember. All he knew was when he woke up he was terrified. Calling all…

Daniel 1

Daniel 1

Daniel 1 – “Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think of…

2 Corinthians 13

2 Corinthians 13

2 Corinthians 13 – I’m a terrible test taker. Growing up I would study for a class topic and when the exam was handed out, the timer…

2 Corinthians 12

2 Corinthians 12

2 Corinthians 12 – We do not know what Paul’s thorn was. Many have speculated from malaria to epilepsy to loss of eyesight. Whatever it was, it…

2 Corinthians 11

2 Corinthians 11

2 Corinthians 11 – Paul charges his attack against the false teachers who were swaying minds left and right within the church. Through smooth talk and engaging…

2 Corinthians 10

2 Corinthians 10

2 Corinthians 10 – The tone of Paul changes as he begins to wind down his letter. If he hasn’t been bold before, he holds nothing back…

2 Corinthians 9

2 Corinthians 9

2 Corinthians 9 – 2 people were dead. This husband and wife had sold a piece of property, laid the money at the apostle’s feet. The problem…

2 Corinthians 8

2 Corinthians 8

2 Corinthians 8 – The comparison of one to another can backfire in hopes the person being compared will hear the challenge and respond. The individual digs…

2 Corinthians 7

2 Corinthians 7

2 Corinthians 7 – 2 words. 2 words that mean nothing unless they are followed by action. “I’m sorry” all too often slips from our lips when…

2 Corinthians 6

2 Corinthians 6

2 Corinthians 6 – King Hezekiah was one of the good rulers of Israel. Working in tandem with the prophet Isaiah he reformed the land and cleaned…

2 Corinthians 5

2 Corinthians 5

2 Corinthians 5 – “For the love of Christ controls us.” – 2 Corinthians 5:14 Everything Paul did, all he endured, the relationships he sought and maintained,…

2 Corinthians 4

2 Corinthians 4

2 Corinthians 4 – It’s easy to say, “Pick yourself up,” “Stop focusing on the negative,” “This too will pass”. These statements flow so easily from our…

2 Corinthians 3

2 Corinthians 3

2 Corinthians 3 – “You are our letter, written in our hearts, known and read by all men; being manifested that you are a letter of Christ,…

2 Corinthians 2

2 Corinthians 2

2 Corinthians 2 – “Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but deceitful are the kisses of an enemy.” Proverbs 27:6 As Paul Harvey famously states, “And…

2 Corinthians 1

2 Corinthians 1

2 Corinthians 1 – Between the first letter Paul wrote to the church in Corinth and this one much had happened. His first letter gave advice in…

1 Corinthians 16

1 Corinthians 16

1 Corinthians 16 – “But I will come to you after I go through Macedonia, for I am going through Macedonia; and perhaps I will stay with…

1 Corinthians 15

1 Corinthians 15

1 Corinthians 15 – Truly, Paul writes of some of the deepest foundations and hopes of Christ and belief. Jesus died for our sins, He rose again,…

1 Corinthians 14

1 Corinthians 14

1 Corinthians 14 – Several years ago, then superstar Adele performed at an award show.  People were anticipating such a terrific performance as she never…

1 Corinthians 13

1 Corinthians 13

1 Corinthians 13 – “People of little religion are always noisy; he who has not the love of God and man filling his heart is like an…

1 Corinthians 12

1 Corinthians 12

1 Corinthians 12 – “Now about spiritual gifts…” Paul begins. He has laid out many tangible things and issues for the church to consider and turns things…

1 Corinthians 11

1 Corinthians 11

1 Corinthians 11 – “Be imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 11:1 What a challenge.  Follow my example in how I…

1 Corinthians 10

1 Corinthians 10

1 Corinthians 10 – “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” –George Santayana The Life of Reason 1905 Paul brings a history 101…

1 Corinthians 9

1 Corinthians 9

1 Corinthians 9 – You peel back more of the underlying issues of the Corinthian Believers and Paul’s defense here and realize he had his hands full….

1 Corinthians 8

1 Corinthians 8

1 Corinthians 8 – “But take care that this liberty of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak.” – 1 Corinthians 8:9 Knowledge…

1 Corinthians 7

1 Corinthians 7

1 Corinthians 7 – Paul writes about sex and marriage and purity is tied in here as well. This passage may seem a bit odd at first…

1 Corinthians 6

1 Corinthians 6

1 Corinthians 6 – “Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord…

1 Corinthians 5

1 Corinthians 5

1 Corinthians 5 – It is by far some of the toughest statements Paul makes to the church.  He’s not only calling these out for allowing something…

1 Corinthians 4

1 Corinthians 4

1 Corinthians 4 – “Let a man regard us in this manner, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.” – 1 Corinthians 4:1…

1 Corinthians 3

1 Corinthians 3

1 Corinthians 3 – There’s a strange division among the church of Corinth.  Paul hits it head on.  Some are followers of Paul, looking to him as…

1 Corinthians 2

1 Corinthians 2

1 Corinthians 2 – When we think of Paul consider the fact he was a brilliant scholar and teacher.  He had been trained in the Scriptures, learned…

1 Corinthians 1

1 Corinthians 1

1 Corinthians 1 – Corinth was a major cosmopolitan hub in Achaia.  A seaport and major trade center, it buzzed with people coming and going and life…

Psalm 150

Psalm 150

Psalm 150 – Psalm 150 – As Psalm 150 brings this beautiful book to a close there is no real teaching, no explanation even in the writings. It is simply a call…

Psalm 149

Psalm 149

Psalm 149 – Psalm 149 – Psalms 149:1 NASB  Praise the LORD! Sing to the LORD a new song, And His praise in the congregation of the godly ones…

Psalm 148

Psalm 148

Psalm 148 – Psalm 148 – We probably don’t think much of the greatness of all of creation giving praise and worship to our God. From the very heights to the depths,…

Psalm 147

Psalm 147

Psalm 147 – Psalm 147 – It begins and ends with “Praise the Lord!” In 20 verses we read of the overarching protection and preservation of His people…

Psalm 146

Psalm 146

Psalm 146 – Psalm 146 – James Boice writes: “In the earlier psalms, we have studied the writers’ griefs, shames, sins, doubts, and fears. We have…

Psalm 145

Psalm 145

Psalm 145 – Psalm 145 – Crossroads.  Sometimes as we approach these on our journey we struggle.  Many a time coming to such a place has left our footprints behind of burdens…

Psalm 144

Psalm 144

Psalm 144 – Psalm 144 – Spiritual warfare is part of our daily lives.  As Believers in Jesus, when we made our allegiance to Him, the enemy put a bounty on our…

Psalm 143

Psalm 143

Psalm 143 – Psalm 143 – David went seemingly from one crisis to another.  Crisis brings out all kinds of reactions from us.  We can knee-jerk with our words or actions.  We…

Psalm 142

Psalm 142

Psalm 142 – Psalm 142 – Have you ever felt so utterly alone?  You may be surrounded by people even but the pressing in of loneliness suffocates.  It’s the isolation that comes…

Psalm 141

Psalm 141

Psalm 141 – Psalm 141 – Now if we put the bits into the horses’ mouths so that they will obey us, we direct their entire body as well. Look at the ships also,…

Psalm 140

Psalm 140

Psalm 140 – Psalm 140 – “The ‘wicked’ may arrogantly desire, plan, and execute; but the Master of the universe cannot tolerate anarchy for long. To this end the plea changes into…

Psalm 139

Psalm 139

Psalm 139 – Psalm 139 – “It’s not just that God knows everything, He knows me.  It’s not just hat God is everywhere, He is everywhere with me.  It’s not just that…

Psalm 138

Psalm 138

Psalm 138 – Psalm 138 – It’s a bold declaration:  I will praise you with my whole heart. Let’s consider just this statement alone.  There are many things about the heart found…

Psalm 137

Psalm 137

Psalm 137 – Psalm 137 – It’s a striking scene. Gathered on the shores of one of Babylon’s rivers the people remembered what they had lost.  Held in captivity due to their…

Psalm 136

Psalm 136

Psalm 136 – Psalm 136 – The repetition is purposeful.  God’s love, this unending, faithful and merciful love endures forever. The declarative phrase is found several other times in the Old Testament…

Psalm 135

Psalm 135

Psalm 135 – Psalm 135 – It opens and closes with the same phrase:  Praise the Lord! There are several aspects mentioned here as why we should praise our God.  He is…

Psalm 134

Psalm 134

Psalm 134 – Psalm 134 – It was a very small group of men who had a very important task. The Levite and priest establishment is found in the book of Exodus….

Psalm 133

Psalm 133

Psalm 133 – Psalm 133 – Unity matters. From within corporations to households to the church, unity is what continually sustains and moves people forward boldly. It is something only the Holy…

Psalm 132

Psalm 132

Psalm 132 – “Oh Lord, remember…” Have you ever prayed such words? Is this part of how you intercede over situations and struggles, “Oh Lord remember…” as you bring…

Psalm 131

Psalm 131

Psalm 131 – Pride – a feeling or deep pleasure or satisfaction derived from one’s own achievements, the achievements of those with whom one is closely associated or from…

Psalm 130

Psalm 130

Psalm 130 – There are many things that cause us to despair. From sorrow to confusion to pain we can all get to a place where nothing seemingly is…

Psalm 129

Psalm 129

Psalm 129 – “Upon this rock I will be build my church and the gates of Hades will not overpower it.” – Matthew 16:18 For Israel, they had been…

Psalm 128

Psalm 128

Psalm 128 – “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” – Joshua 24:15 There are many thoughts about leadership out there.  When a leader leads…

Psalm 127

Psalm 127

Psalm 127 – Solomon knew that man’s work must be blessed by God for success.  If one was left out of the equation, he labored in vain.  In particular,…

Psalm 126

Psalm 126

Psalm 126 – God has the ability to restore all things.  From the wreckage of our lives to the exile and captivity we have been held in – our…

Psalm 125

Psalm 125

Psalm 125 – There are many ideas and theological thoughts out there.  Some have been inspired by God’s relentless unfolding of His will and “new thing” He is doing…

Psalm 124

Psalm 124

Psalm 124 – There is truth to the statement:  God is either for us or against us. For those whom God is with, His presence and leading is every…

Psalm 123

Psalm 123

Psalm 123 – The waiting of God to move is not a passive act.  It is coming before Him with the pleas of our hearts for His work and…

Psalm 122

Psalm 122

Psalm 122 – There is nothing like the presence of our Jesus!  When we note that He is right among us, moving within, giving strength and hope, it stirs…

Psalm 121

Psalm 121

Psalm 121 – The journey of faith of which we walk is one of valleys and mountains.  We have experienced both.  Yet it is in the valleys, even the…

Psalm 120

Psalm 120

Psalm 120 – They are called the Pilgrim Psalms or Songs of Ascent.  Psalm 120 is the first of 15 each with the same title.  These songs were sung…

Psalm 119

Psalm 119

Psalm 119 – It is the longest psalm recorded.  It is also the longest chapter in all of Scripture.  The beauty of this Psalm is that it focuses solely…

Psalm 118

Psalm 118

Psalm 118 – “When I think about the Lord How He saved me how He raised me How He filled me with the Holy Ghost How He healed me…

Psalm 117

Psalm 117

Psalm 117 – In what is the shortest Psalm of all, believe it or not, Martin Luther wrote 36 pages on it!  For although just a few verses it…

Psalm 116

Psalm 116

Psalm 116 – “Real trouble produces real prayer.” – Charles Spurgeon It’s a short and to the point prayer given.  God who answers prayers will answer these current being…

Psalm 115

Psalm 115

Psalm 115 – Who will get the credit when God answers your prayer? Now, that’s a thought-provoking question, isn’t it?  The Life Application Bible had this in the notes…

Psalm 114

Psalm 114

Psalm 114 – It is a story of release from captivity.  Israel were under 400 years of imprisonment to a nation that was not their own.  Through forced labor…

Psalm 113

Psalm 113

Psalm 113 – On the night of Jesus’ betrayal the scriptures tell us: “And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.” -…

Psalm 112

Psalm 112

Psalm 112 – There are many things God provides for His people who walk in obedience.  Sometimes within the tangible but mostly in the emotional and strength to do…

Psalm 111

Psalm 111

Psalm 111 – Redemption:  An act of redeeming or atoning for a fault or mistake; the state of being redeemed; deliverance, rescue; Within theology – deliverance from sin; salvation. …

Psalm 110

Psalm 110

Psalm 110 – Who was this mysterious man, Melchizedek? Well, we don’t know much.  He appears briefly in Genesis 14:17-20, here in Psalm 110, and is mentioned several times…

Psalm 109

Psalm 109

Psalm 109 – Oh God, do not remain silent. David holds righteous indignation against those who are liars and slanderers.  These are people driven by their pride and arrogance,…

Psalm 108

Psalm 108

Psalm 108 – Do you pray for rescue or victory? Right?!?!  Just think a moment on this question.  It’s quite telling as to where our mindset is when it…

Psalm 107

Psalm 107

Psalm 107 – Sometimes we get so overrun by a situation we can’t see the goodness of our God in the present.  Sometimes we are so consumed by something…

Psalm 106

Psalm 106

Psalm 106 – “They exchanged their Glory…” Let’s talk a moment about the Glory of God.  It is impossible to define. John Piper puts it this way: “The glory…

Psalm 105

Psalm 105

Psalm 105 – There are many a morning I am grateful for “God’s mercies being new every day”. I am beyond thankful for a “restart” after the previous was…

Psalm 104

Psalm 104

Psalm 104 – In beautiful form, the glory of God’s creation is reflected upon throughout this psalm.  I found myself in awe while reading of the greatness of our…

Psalm 103

Psalm 103

Psalm 103 – As the phrase goes, “You’ve made your bed, now lie in it” refers to someone who must accept the results, usually unpleasant, of something they’ve done….

Psalm 102

Psalm 102

Psalm 102 – Standing looking at the state of life there are times we sigh and groan; we weep as the hurts, the sorrow has mounted.  There is seemingly…

Psalm 101

Psalm 101

Psalm 101 – “When will You come for me?” Just let this question hover in your mind a moment. David’s prayer was to walk blamelessly before his God.  Within…

Psalm 100

Psalm 100

Psalm 100 – Many people live as though they are the Masters of their Universe.  Everything they do, everything they are, revolves around themselves.  Decisions made, a life lived;…

Psalm 99

Psalm 99

Psalm 99 – “Oh, my God!” We hear people say this phrase all the time.  I’m old enough to remember when it began slipping into television programs in the…

Psalm 98

Psalm 98

Psalm 98 – What would a new song to our eternal great God sound like? This question rambles in my thoughts as I consider my own prayers and what…

Psalm 97

Psalm 97

Psalm 97 – The holiness of God is great and vast.  When God appeared on Mount Sinai it was always marked by a thick cloud on the mountain and…