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Ezra 7

Ezra 7

Ezra 7 – There is a gap of 60 some years between chapter 6 and 7.  It was during these 60 that the wonderful story of Esther took place…

Ezra 6

Ezra 6

Ezra 6 – It’s almost like a footnote. As a refresher of the story, the people surrounding were having a fit because the Temple of God was being rebuilt in…

Ezra 5

Ezra 5

Ezra 5 – There are times when it feels like nothing is happening.  There are other times when it feels like God’s purposes and ways have been sidelined.  We…

Ezra 4

Ezra 4

Ezra 4 – Obstacles are a part of life.  We run into many of these in every situation we face.  When we are doing the work of God, fulfilling…

Ezra 3

Ezra 3

Ezra 3 – Where God calls, He will equip! This is something we must be reminded of again and again on this journey of ours.  The plan of God…

Ezra 2

Ezra 2

Ezra 2 – Genealogies were very important to the Jewish people.  For them, if they could prove they had descended from Abraham, they were considered true Jews and could…

Ezra 1

Ezra 1

Ezra 1 – 48 years had passed since Nebuchadnezzar destroyed Jerusalem, defeated the southern Kingdom of Judah and carried the Jewish people off to captivity.  When this Babylonian king…

Joshua 23

Joshua 23

Joshua 23 – Joshua’s time on earth and as a leader was coming to an end.  He had brilliantly fulfilled the plans and leadership God had given to him. …

Joshua 24

Joshua 24

Joshua 24 – The book of Joshua opens with a new leader filling Moses’ role and facing an impossible task.  The book ends with that task completed as Joshua’s…

Joshua 22

Joshua 22

Joshua 22 – We all have those times when we jump to conclusions.  We hear something not very favorable about people and we make up our mind based on…

Joshua 21

Joshua 21

Joshua 21 – “Not one of the good promises which the Lord had made to the house of Israel failed; all came to pass.” – Joshua 21:45 What a…

Joshua 20

Joshua 20

Joshua 20 – God had preplanned many things and instructed Moses as to how the government of this new nation of Israel should function.  One of these was the…

Joshua 19

Joshua 19

Joshua 19 – The final division of the land is done. All tribes have been given land to make their home. On some levels, the reading of the division…

Joshua 18

Joshua 18

Joshua 18 – Joshua 18:3 Joshua said to the children of Israel, “How long will you neglect to go in to possess the land, which Yahweh, the God…

Joshua 17

Joshua 17

Joshua 17 – There is an interesting comparison to be noted in the attitudes of the different tribes and the division of land.  With Caleb, he took what was…

Joshua 16

Joshua 16

Joshua 16 – It’s an interesting thought to ponder. The tribes of Joseph were given land but not titled in the 12 Tribes as a whole.  Joseph did not…

Joshua 15

Joshua 15

Joshua 15 – As the allotment of the land for Judah takes place, Caleb makes another appearance. Be it ever so brief we read of his brother Othniel. After…

Joshua 14

Joshua 14

Joshua 14 – Caleb was one of the 12 men alongside Joshua when over 40 years before had gone into the land to spy out what awaited the people…

Joshua 13

Joshua 13

Joshua 13 – “Now Joshua was old and advanced in years when the Lord said to him, “You are old and advanced in years, and very much of the…

Joshua 12

Joshua 12

Joshua 12 – It reads as an exhaustive list. In fact, to us who were not involved in the battle of taking of the land, we are probably apt…

Joshua 11

Joshua 11

Joshua 11 – The taking of the land was a bloody and brutal series of wars.  In each instance, God was incredibly clear to Joshua as to what he…

Joshua 10

Joshua 10

Joshua 10 – Throughout the Israelites taking of their new land we see Joshua’s integrity and faith. He was called to victory and acted upon it. When the kings…

Joshua 9

Joshua 9

Joshua 9 – They were a people living in Canaan. As Israel had conquered two cities, news brought terror far and wide. Deception would be the tactic the people…

Joshua 8

Joshua 8

Joshua 8 – With the failure behind them, having cleansed the camp of Achan and his sin, Joshua readied the people for their second attempt at taking Ai. The…

Joshua 7

Joshua 7

Joshua 7 – The Israelites went from an extreme high to the very depth of low. The unfolding of the story of Jericho was astounding as they conquered the…

Joshua 6

Joshua 6

Joshua 6 – The Canaanites considered Jericho invincible. Built thousands of years before Joshua, it was one of the oldest cities of the world and a fortress. The walls…

Joshua 5

Joshua 5

Joshua 5 – The Israelites spent 40 years in the desert because they were terrified of the Canaanites. They foolishly doubted God’s ability to do for them what He…

Joshua 4

Joshua 4

Joshua 4 – It almost seems like a pause. The entire nation of Israel had crossed over the Jordan River and didn’t move any further. There was an act…

Joshua 3

Joshua 3

Joshua 3 – “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you.”– Joshua 3:5 My gosh, I love this statement Joshua made to the people on the…

Joshua 2

Joshua 2

Joshua 2 – Joshua was a man of strong leadership. He had been trained for this moment by God and through Moses. He had accompanied him partway up the…

Joshua 1

Joshua 1

Joshua 1 – For 40 years the Israelites had wandered throughout the desert. It wasn’t because they were following their leader – far from it…

Matthew 28

Matthew 28

Matthew 28 – “He is risen!”  These are 3 words that have changed the very outlook and trajectory of all humankind. These 3 words are the key…

Matthew 27

Matthew 27

Matthew 27 – Four miraculous events took place at Jesus’ death.  Darkness came upon the land. The curtain in the temple was torn in two. …

Matthew 26

Matthew 26

Matthew 26 – “Why the waste?”  We use such a question when we consider something that was of value is recklessly used up.  Obviously this concerns physical…

Matthew 25

Matthew 25

Matthew 25 – David Wilkerson was the founding pastor of Times Square Church in New York. His humble beginnings were in Indiana where in time he would…

Matthew 24

Matthew 24

Matthew 24 – It began as a random observation by the disciples which turned into quite a teaching of end times and Jesus’ return in all His…

Matthew 23

Matthew 23

Matthew 23 – The word hypocrisy in Greek was a term used for an actor onstage who played a specific role. Jesus took this word and turned…

Matthew 22

Matthew 22

Matthew 22 – I remember after The Warehouse had been established for about 3 years I was struggling with a few things concerning the church. Although not…

Matthew 21

Matthew 21

Matthew 21 – We often look at Jesus’ ride into Jerusalem as a statement. He was humble. But what He rode was a powerful statement. He was…

Matthew 20

Matthew 20

Matthew 20 – We often live in the mindset – people get what they deserve.  We think about this when it comes to the laws of the…

Matthew 19

Matthew 19

Matthew 19 – Let’s face it, childlike trust in God is hard. Many times circumstances bombard our thoughts to the point of giving up.  Our bank account…

Matthew 18

Matthew 18

Matthew 18 – It is almost ironic that Jesus looks to little children in making a point to his own men about greatness.  It’s hard not to…

Matthew 17

Matthew 17

Matthew 17 – It’s known as the Transfiguration.  Jesus took his closest friends with Him to the mountain and what took place was more than astounding.  The…

Matthew 16

Matthew 16

Matthew 16 – One of the deadliest enemies of the church is cheap grace. We cheapen the grace of Jesus that has been given so freely to…

Matthew 15

Matthew 15

Matthew 15 – We spend a lot of time and money investing in making ourselves look good, feel better about ourselves.  From the makeup industry to fashion lines…

Matthew 14

Matthew 14

Matthew 14 – Need is everywhere.  We stand in the sea of human hurt, unbelievable pain others have.  Their hardship slaps against us like waves of the…

Matthew 13

Matthew 13

Matthew 13 – Jesus taught in parables and this chapter is chock of several tremendous truths.  Truths that to the hearers either they ‘got’ or they didn’t. …

Matthew 12

Matthew 12

Matthew 12 – There is no neutral ground with Jesus. We either believe who He is and act accordingly or we don’t. We either live in that…

Matthew 11

Matthew 11

Matthew 11 – The prison walls felt like they were closing in on him.  The cold dampness they held seemingly, somehow began to creep into his mind…

Matthew 10

Matthew 10

Matthew 10 – In the choosing of the disciples, it is obvious he didn’t decide who ‘qualified’ for the job based on pedigree or social standing.  They…

Matthew 9

Matthew 9

Matthew 9 – Human need is all around us.  The question is do we see it completely with the heart of compassion or with a heart of…

Matthew 8

Matthew 8

Matthew 8 – Life’s storms can take on different meanings and venues for each of us.  They can come on unexpectedly, bring a devastation to our person…

Matthew 7

Matthew 7

Matthew 7 – As Jesus finishes His sermon, He has done a remarkable thing.  He’s taken the Law and made it practical or deeply personal.  Often in…

Matthew 6

Matthew 6

Matthew 6 – Within the times of which Jesus spoke, there were 3 pillars of a godly life the Teachers of the Law taught.  They proclaimed if…

Matthew 5

Matthew 5

Matthew 5 – The United States has the Declaration of Independence.  The Communist regime operated under Karl Marx’s thoughts of the Communist Manifesto. 

Matthew 4

Matthew 4

Matthew 4 – After Jesus’ 40 days in the desert with the temptations of Satan playing on every aspect of His calling and life; mocking who He…

Matthew 3

Matthew 3

Matthew 3 – John the Baptist was one unique guy.  Today we would say strange on many fronts.  From his odd clothing to the wild look he…

Matthew 2

Matthew 2

Matthew 2 – Every Christmas Nativity scenes are pulled out and set for the season.  Each character represents one found in Scripture who was there.  From the…

Matthew 1

Matthew 1

Matthew 1 – There is reason Matthew is placed as the first of the 4 Gospels. First, among the early church, it was known as the most…

Proverbs 31

Proverbs 31

Proverbs 31 – The readings of Proverbs come to a close. These have spoken of most practical and inspirational advice to walk uprightly before God. They have shown the…

Proverbs 30

Proverbs 30

Proverbs 30 – There is nothing known of this author Agur who writes these parables. What is clear though he admits he is nothing without the hand of God…

Proverbs 29

Proverbs 29

Proverbs 29 – Stiff-necked – Inflexibly obstinate, haughty, stubborn. – Merriam Webster Within the Old and New Testaments, this word was used for those who were stubborn and unable…

Proverbs 28

Proverbs 28

Proverbs 28 – Leadership is no easy thing. It’s ironic how many desire such a role but the responsibility of being a leader holds many tough decisions and acts…

Proverbs 27

Proverbs 27

Proverbs 27 – We need people in our lives who speak truth to us. We need others who are friends enough that they can talk freely about decisions we’ve…

Proverbs 26

Proverbs 26

Proverbs 26 – It’s hard to hold our tongue sometimes. We enter into a conversation where another may have an opposing view. We are dragged into a discussion where…

Proverbs 25

Proverbs 25

Proverbs 25 – It’s one of the Fruit of the Spirit. Self-Control is something all wrestle with and without it we can find ourselves in mess after mess, standing…

Proverbs 24

Proverbs 24

Proverbs 24 – My mom says quite often, “I don’t know what people do without God.” And this statement resonates so deeply because of the times we live in,…

Proverbs 23

Proverbs 23

Proverbs 23 – The warning is clear: Do not envy those who seemingly have it better than us. It’s an easy thing to do, isn’t? We get caught up…

Proverbs 22

Proverbs 22

Proverbs 22 – Who are the people that speak into your life? Who are the ones whom you entrust yourself completely to in relationship? We often become like the…

Proverbs 21

Proverbs 21

Proverbs 21 – We make excuses all the time. We excuse decisions we made because we wanted something. We justify speaking our mind even though we may be wrong…

Proverbs 20

Proverbs 20

Proverbs 20 – Sometimes we have to pick our battles. So often within our relationships we have to weigh in if it is the right time to speak or…

Proverbs 19

Proverbs 19

Proverbs 19 – Sometimes we build a house of cards. We have plans we want to see accomplished. We have purposes we want to attain. We have goals we…

Proverbs 18

Proverbs 18

Proverbs 18 – “He who separates himself seeks his own desire; he quarrels against all sound wisdom.”– Proverbs 18:1 Hello kettle, this is the pot. Sometimes we say something…

Proverbs 17

Proverbs 17

Proverbs 17 – “The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold, but the Lord tests hearts.”– Proverbs 17:3 To purify gold and silver it takes an…

Proverbs 16

Proverbs 16

Proverbs 16 – It’s the silent growing cancer. Usually unrecognizable within, pride destroys relationships, trust, marriages, churches and families. It is the whisper that says, “I am right. I…

Proverbs 15

Proverbs 15

Proverbs 15 – “A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil…

Proverbs 14

Proverbs 14

Proverbs 14 – There’s much to be said about the choices we make. If we were honest, many times what we gain is what drives our decision. This is…

Proverbs 13

Proverbs 13

Proverbs 13 – Relationships have profound effects on who we are and what we become. Those who we bring into our inner circle of friendships often are like minded…

Proverbs 12

Proverbs 12

Proverbs 12 – Correction is never easy. Discipline is harder. Both go hand in hand when a person acts stupid. Wow, a bold statement right? But ironically the Bible…

Proverbs 11

Proverbs 11

Proverbs 11 – “When a wicked man dies, his expectation will perish, and the hope of strong men perishes. The righteous is delivered from trouble, but the wicked takes…

Proverbs 10

Proverbs 10

Proverbs 10 – For the next 14 chapters of Proverbs we read short snappy statements with depth of wisdom written. These couplets are what we…

Proverbs 9

Proverbs 9

Proverbs 9 – 2 tables have been set. 2 invitations given. The choice is ours as to where we will pull our feet up under and feast upon what…

Proverbs 8

Proverbs 8

Proverbs 8 – “Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at my doorposts. “For he who finds me finds life and obtains…

Proverbs 7

Proverbs 7

Proverbs 7 – The ancients used the phrase “apple of the eye” in reference to the pupil due to its shape. They believed it captured what was important to…

Proverbs 6

Proverbs 6

Proverbs 6 – In chapter 6 Solomon pens 4 verses stating there are 6 things God hates, and 7 that are detestable to Him. Although they aren’t the only…

Proverbs 5

Proverbs 5

Proverbs 5 – “Drink water from your own cistern and fresh water from your own well.” – Proverbs 5:15 The imagery from this statementare Solomon’s words against adultery. He…

Proverbs 4

Proverbs 4

Proverbs 4 – Solomon speaks of a parent’s great responsibility in teaching their children to pursue wisdom. He shares of how even his own father David had conversations with…

Proverbs 3

Proverbs 3

Proverbs 3 – I would perceive that these 2 verses are some of the most widely recognized and known of all. But do we really understand the depth of…

Proverbs 2

Proverbs 2

Proverbs 2 – “Make your ear attentive to wisdom, incline your heart to understanding; for if you cry for discernment, lift your voice for understanding; if you seek her…

Proverbs 1

Proverbs 1

Proverbs 1 – Knowledge is good but without wisdom used to applying what we’ve learned and living it, it is useless. He was the third king of Israel, David’s…

2 Peter 3

2 Peter 3

2 Peter 3 – “Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” 2 Peter 3:18 Peter ends his letter the same way he opened…

2 Peter 2

2 Peter 2

2 Peter 2 – Jesus had warned they would come. He said they would rise up among them. Hearing these thoughts, Peter now was living it. False…

2 Peter 1

2 Peter 1

2 Peter 1 – A few times a month (maybe it’s more) at noon the air is pierced with sirens. They reverberate throughout the town almost sinking…

1 Peter 5

1 Peter 5

1 Peter 5 – Leadership. It’s always been interesting to me how there are some who long for leadership within the church but are not willing to…

1 Peter 4

1 Peter 4

1 Peter 4 – Suffering is never easy. We avoid it at all costs. Pain is something we would rather scoot around than have to wrestle with. Peter…

1 Peter 3

1 Peter 3

1 Peter 3 – We hate the word – submission. It really goes against everything within our human nature as we want to be independent, don’t want…

1 Peter 2

1 Peter 2

1 Peter 2 – I remember a specific conversation with some college friends after we had graduated. I was still student teaching at the time but looking…

1 Peter 1

1 Peter 1

1 Peter 1 – Peter knew suffering firsthand. He’d been beaten, jailed and threats were upon him continually. He had watched his friends and other disciples be…

Philemon 1

Philemon 1

Philemon 1 – He saw the chance and bolted. Slavery was widespread throughout the Roman Empire and usually if not most were mistreated. Onesimus found himself on the streets of…

Titus 3

Titus 3

Titus 3 – Now isn’t this an interesting way to end a letter? Reading and rereading this final chapter of Paul’s letter to Titus it seems to be fitting though.