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Isaiah 9

Isaiah 9

Isaiah 9 – Gloom, despair – two things that can take over our senses and cut to the bone.  It is the feeling that something will never end….

Isaiah 8

Isaiah 8

Isaiah 8 – Where’s your trust when it comes to things of this political world? Headlines bombard us every single day…

Isaiah 7

Isaiah 7

Isaiah 7 – Houston, we have a problem. The year was 734 BC.  King Ahaz was on the throne and one of the worst in Judah’s history…

Isaiah 6

Isaiah 6

Isaiah 6 – It was a life changing vision. An encounter with the Holy God that changed the complete trajectory of Isaiah’s life. The vision revealed the greatness…

Isaiah 5

Isaiah 5

Isaiah 5 – They say tending to a vineyard is tedious and time-consuming.That stressful work is a top priority of vineyard owners. God uses this springboard of…

Isaiah Vine

Isaiah 4

Isaiah 4 – “Sin is the excrement of the soul, the superfluity or garbage of naughtiness, the devil’s vomit.  From this abominable filth Christ has ‘loved and washed His…

Isaiah 3

Isaiah 3

Isaiah 3 – On many fronts, Isaiah 3 is a parade of sin.  The people proud of their choices and personal behavior, they were no longer ashamed but put…

Isaiah tank

Isaiah 2

Isaiah 2 – We long for days when there are no more wars.  It seems everyday there are headlines stating a war or faction or uprising that is affecting…

Isaiah 1

Isaiah 1

Isaiah 1 – He is known as the greatest prophet.  Raised in an aristocratic home he was married to a prophetess.  When he first started off he was well…

Colossians 4

Colossians 4

Colossians 4 – “Devote yourselves in prayer, being watchful and thankful.” “Epaphras… he is always wrestling in prayer for you…” Prayer is an essential aspect of our spiritual life….

Colossians 3

Colossians 3

Colossians 3 – We are walking miracles. God has taken the dead and raised them to life. Through Jesus Christ, the grave clothes that wrapped us so tightly are…

Colossians 2

Colossians 2

Colossians 2 – Paul is struggling. His struggle not personal but for the people of Colossae as well as those in Laodicea. His concern goes far deeper than just…

Colossians 1

Colossians 1

Colossians 1 – There is reason to believe Paul never visited the church in Colossi. It was a church more than likely founded by his friend Epaphras and other…

Philippians 4

Philippians 4

Philippians 4 – He sits in a cell. His freedom is gone and his future uncertain. His dreams possibly smashed as he considers what he could be doing at…

Philippians 3

Philippians 3

Philippians 3 – I had a friend who used to say, “If you’re green, you’ll grow. If you’re ripe, you’ll rot.” I am sometimes baffled by a lack of…

Philippians 2

Philippians 2

Philippians 2 – There were no auditions. Our resume was not looked over for a decision to be made to take the role. There was nothing in our…

Philippians 1

Philippians 1

Philippians 1 – It’s known as Paul’s letter of joy. It speaks personally to the people but also of his own circumstances. Circumstances he has not…

Ephesians 6

Ephesians 6

Ephesians 6 – As Paul brings his final thoughts to a close within his letter, he has spoken of a deep calling upon every Believer’s life. He’s been…

Ephesians 5

Ephesians 5

Ephesians 5 – There is a subtle downward slope that can happen to any Believer who is not standing firm and working on their relationship with Jesus daily. It…

Ephesians 4

Ephesians 4

Ephesians 4 – There is a deep calling on each of our lives. We who are representatives of the Lord Jesus Christ have a mission. This mission does not…

Ephesians 3

Ephesians 3

Ephesians 3 – What do you long for? What are the prayers ever on your mind and whispered from your lips? Where do the burdens of your heart take…

Ephesians 2

Ephesians 2

Ephesians 2 – Identity. The dictionary defines identity as the sameness of essential or generic character in different instances; a distinguishing character or personality…

Ephesians 1

Ephesians 1

Ephesians 1 – Paul wrote a letter. It was not to confront the church on issues, but to encourage. The church was born the day of Pentecost when the…

Galatians 6

Galatians 6

Galatians 6 – As Paul winds down his letter he makes tremendous statements that could be dissected and applied very easily.  He is incredibly practical and encouraging while writes…

Galatians 5

Galatians 5

Galatians 5 – Sometimes inventories are good.  This is particularly true in those quiet moments when we take the time to think about our spiritual life.  These can be…

Galatians 4

Galatians 4

Galatians 4 – I admit that sometimes I get so caught up in my own wants and needs that I miss the bigger picture. We all tend to gravitate…

Galatians 3

Galatians 3

Galatians 3 – False teachings tickle the ears.  Many times they play upon our senses. Often they stir an excitement from the mundane even and prompt us toward the…

Galatians 2

Galatians 2

Galatians 2 – The tension was high.  I was a missionary attending an English speaking congregation and was actively involved in some ministries.  An all church meeting was called…

Galatians 1

Galatians 1

Galatians 1 – Freedom.  Across this globe, there is a longing for freedom from tyranny.  There is a desire to be free from the underbelly of sex trafficking.  There…

Exodus 40

Exodus 40

Exodus 40 – Over and over through this chapter we read, “… as the Lord had commanded.” Obedience plain and simple. For many chapters God laid out…

Exodus 39

Exodus 39

Exodus 39 – The details have been exact.  Each area of the Tabernacle has been carefully instructed and laid out with care by God Himself.  This went…

Exodus 38

Exodus 38

Exodus 38 – We are people who try to do it alone.  Delegation over some tasks for some is difficult. This is an area God has been working…

Exodus 37

Exodus 37

Exodus 37 – There are many key tabernacle pieces listed to be constructed under the direction of God and carried out by Bezalel.  Each had specific purpose…

Exodus 36

Exodus 36

Exodus 36 – We are nothing without the Spirit of God.  It is what is essential for us to fulfill our calling, survive our day, be strong…

Exodus 35

Exodus 35

Exodus 35 – There are specifics I pray daily.  Right before I close out my time with God, I pray directly for myself and go through the…

Exodus 34

Exodus 34

Exodus 34 – Moses had asked to see the glory of God and here we see further aspects of just that. Many times we consider the glory…

Exodus 33

Exodus 33

Exodus 33 – Spiritual hunger. How hungry are you for more of Jesus?  How much do you long for Him to be present and leading in your…

Exodus 32

Exodus 32

Exodus 32 – Excuses. We’re masters of them when it comes to being caught. Well, we’re masters of them even when not in justification….

Exodus 31

Exodus 31

Exodus 31 – Hebrew tradition Rabbinical literature states he was only 13 years old when he completed his task.  But it would be by this age he…

Exodus 30

Exodus 30

Exodus 30 – The details were exact.  Through all of these descriptions of the tabernacle and all  the furnishings God was revealing to His people this was…

Exodus 29

Exodus 29

Exodus 29 – From the beginning we get a glimpse of God’s design for sacrifice. Consecration. This word was translated ‘hallow’ and meant distinct, holy, and set…

Exodus 28

Exodus 28

Exodus 28 – God had tremendous instructions for the people as to how they were to worship Him.  This was detailed all the way down to what…

Exodus 27

Exodus 27

Exodus 27 – Most fascinating.  The Hebrew word for altar is killing place. Just this fact alone struck me.  Most churches have some form of an altar….

Exodus 26

Exodus 26

Exodus 26 – The details are astonishing.  God’s instructions for the Tabernacle are incredibly thorough down to the type of material on the curtains.  I find it…

Exodus 25

Exodus 25

Exodus 25 – For the next 6 chapters God will instruct Moses and the people with detailed directives on the building of a tabernacle. Following these will…

Exodus 24

Exodus 24

Exodus 24 – It was a moment for Israel of a solemn ceremony where they agreed to the covenant between themselves and God.  It was a moment of…

Exodus 23

Exodus 23

Exodus 23 – Exodus 23:1 NASB  “You shall not bear a false report; do not join your hand with a wicked man to be a malicious witness….

Exodus 22

Exodus 22

Exodus 22 – Upon reading these laws set by God it would seem or appear they’re pretty stringent or picky.  That is simply not the case as…

Exodus 21

Exodus 21

Exodus 21 – Everything we do has consequences.  Everything.  Whether good or bad, our decisions cause ripple effects of something else. We move into various laws given…

Exodus 20

Exodus 20

Exodus 20 – For 400 years the Israelites lived in Egypt; a land filled with many deities and gods.  Although they had kept their heritage potentially they could…

Exodus 19

Exodus 19

Exodus 19 – 3 months into their journey, after walking through the Red Sea they traveled the desert and found themselves at the foot of Mount Sinai. …

Exodus 18

Exodus 18

Exodus 18 – Jethro was not an Israelite.  Making a sudden reappearance in the story, the timing was everything.  As he was not of the Jewish race,…

Exodus 17

Exodus 17

Exodus 17 – It is possible to be in the will of God and yet be riddled with problems. Israel was on track exactly where they needed…

Exodus 16

Exodus 16

Exodus 16 – Difficult circumstances lead to stress.  More often than not, when a difficult situation inundates us, it is all we think about, talk of and even…

Exodus 15

Exodus 15

Exodus 15 – “The Lord is my strength and my song.  He has become my salvation.  The Lord is a warrior.  The Lord is His name.” -…

Exodus 14

Exodus 14

Exodus 14 – The crossing of the Israelites of the Red Sea most people know about.  And who can forget Charlton Heston as Moses in the epic…

Exodus 13

Exodus 13

Exodus 13 – We want to get from here to there in the least amount of time possible.  We’re wired that way I think, or at least…

Exodus 12

Exodus 12

Exodus 12 – There are many aspects to the instructions given to the people of Israel as the final act of God’s power was about to hit…

Exodus 11

Exodus 11

Exodus 11 – Let’s revisit a moment earlier in Moses’ calling.  If you recall, when God showed up at the burning bush it was a moment of…

Exodus 10

Exodus 10

Exodus 10 – The continued hardening of Pharaoh’s heart had also blinded him to the living God.  Destruction beyond what was even imagined had come in waves. …

Exodus 9

Exodus 9

Exodus 9 – Patience and obedience – 2 words that are challenges for any of us.  People say, ‘Don’t pray for patience because God will throw you…

Exodus 8

Exodus 8

Exodus 8 – Plagues rained down heavily upon the Egyptians due to Pharaoh’s hard heart.  What began with the Nile turning to blood, was followed by frogs,…

Exodus 7

Exodus 7

Exodus 7 – There is the saying, “You may be the only Jesus people see.”  I think sometimes the reality of this phrase gets lost in the…

Exodus 6

Exodus 6

Exodus 6 – There are many times God calls us to a task far greater than we believe can be accomplished.  Just think of the prayers you…

Exodus 5

Exodus 5

Exodus 5 – To get a better idea of how daring the entire request Moses made to Pharaoh was, it’s important to understand the thinking and theology of…

Exodus 4

Exodus 4

Exodus 4 – Sometimes God calls us back to the very places we have fled or even were delivered from.  Now, hear me out on this.  We…

Exodus 3

Exodus 3

Exodus 3 – “Where can I go from Your Spirit?  Where can I flee from Your presence?” – Psalm 139:7 40 years of Moses’ life he was…

Exodus 2

Exodus 2

Exodus 2 – Even in the highest oppression, God has a plan.  Hang on to that thought if you are currently struggling and questioning what is transpiring. …

Exodus 1

Exodus 1

Exodus 1 – Affliction brings 2 results:  Growth or Resignation. As the magnificent story of the Israelites freedom from Egyptian bondage unravels through the book of Exodus,…

Judges 21

Judges 21

Judges 21 – The people of Israel went from mess to mess all based upon their own thinking.  From this crazy story there was no forward thought, long term…

Judges 20

Judges 20

Judges 20 – All of Israel gathered together in order to figure out how to handle the vile situation concerning the men of Gibeah.  Ultimately, civil war would breakout…

Judges 19

Judges 19

Judges 19 – In a horrifying scene of events, we get a picture for just how bad it has gotten within Israel. It would not be as surprising to…

Judges 18

Judges 18

Judges 18 – During the taking of the land under Joshua, the Danites were given land to meet their needs.  However, this tribe failed to follow God’s direction and…

Judges 17

Judges 17

Judges 17 – It is the strangest of stories.  Judges 17 sets the table for the remaining chapters with Israel’s moral decline and the people following their own ways…

Judges 16

Judges 16

Judges 16 – We like to compartmentalize.  We take things, events and push them back into compartments of our mind where we simply don’t deal with them any longer. …

Judges 15

Judges 15

Judges 15 – Samson continued to act within the flesh.  Driven by his own wants and desires, when things didn’t go his way, he took matters into his own…

Judges 14

Judges 14

Judges 14 – Samson saw with his eyes, wanted in his heart and in the end did what he wanted.  To me, it’s interesting this is the first story…

Judges 13

Judges 13

Judges 13 – The cycle of sinfulness continued.  The Israelites left God, followed their own terms, judgment came, they repented.  This circular theme is found over and over again in the…

Judges 12

Judges 12

Judges 12 – We all have them in our lives.  They are the most challenging people.  Chronic complainers never see anything good; always go for the worst scenario; they…

Judges 11

Judges 11

Judges 11 – The story of Jephthah is both encouraging and shocking. We read of a man born of a prostitute, driven to be an outcast, became a mighty…

Judges 10

Judges 10

Judges 10 – There’s a phrase used describing a long journey or long period of time.  Sometimes people say, “I’m in this for the long haul”.  To me, there…

Judges 9

Judges 9

Judges 9 – Our personal goals can control our actions. When there is power and position at play, those actions can be reckless. After Gideon destroyed the altar of…

Judges 8

Judges 8

Judges 8 – Warren Wiersbe observes, “Gideon’s choosing to avenge himself could have been the beginning of his backsliding.” Gideon’s story continues with interesting events that follow after the…

Judges 7

Judges 7

Judges 7 – “‘Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the Lord of hosts.” – Zechariah 4:6 Size matters.  We tend to look at numbers…

Judges 6

Judges 6

Judges 6 – The pattern continues.  “Again Israel did evil in the eyes of the Lord…”  Once again they would need to hit rock bottom before they would cry…

Judges 5

Judges 5

Judges 5 – Leadership is a gift.  Wise leadership can be rare.  The role of leadership within any sphere of life is important.  When leadership is undertaking the work…

Judges 4

Judges 4

Judges 4 – Oh the cycle continues.  The people were blessed and delivered, their hearts grew cold to God.  They did evil in His sight; they endured oppression. God…

Judges 3

Judges 3

Judges 3 – “The Spirit of the Lord came upon him…” Judges 3:10 This phrase is simply a powerful reminder of the power of the Holy Spirit coming upon…

Judges 2

Judges 2

Judges 2 – The stage is set. The unraveling of Israel is about to take place as leaders would rise and lead people forward.  When the leader passed, the…

Judges 1

Judges 1

Judges 1 – What began under Moses would be carried by his successor Joshua.  The land of Canaan would become the land of the Israelites.  The book of Judges…

2 Thessalonians 3

2 Thessalonians 3

2 Thessalonians 3 – There is a battle raging against each of us that is unseen. Beneath our daily life a spiritual attack goes on. The spiritual…

2 Thessalonians 2

2 Thessalonians 2

2 Thessalonians 2 – Lawlessness – contrary or without regard for the law; unruly, unrestrained. The word is found in both the Old and New Testament but…

1 Thessalonians 5

1 Thessalonians 5

1 Thessalonians 5 – When a runner comes toward the end of a race, their entire body screams in pain. Muscles ache, your throat burns and everything…

1 Thessalonians 4

1 Thessalonians 4

1 Thessalonians 4 – The alarm went off earlier than usual. It was a new day even though pitch black out. I was meeting a friend to…

2 Thessalonians 1

2 Thessalonians 1

2 Thessalonians 1 – Tone and text are sometimes hard to differentiate. We receive a text or email that comes across saying one thing and we read…

1 Thessalonians 3

1 Thessalonians 3

1 Thessalonians 3 – When Paul left Thessalonica there was a mid stop in Berea until trouble broke out. He ended up going to Athens leaving Silas…

Thessalonians 1

1 Thessalonians 1

1 Thessalonians 1 – It was the capital city of Macedonia. Thessalonica was one of the largest and most important thoroughfares on the Roman highway. From Rome…

Jude 1

Jude 1

Jude 1 – He grew up in the household of Jesus. He knew him through and through. His brother James would eventually become the leader of the early church….

3 John 1

3 John 1

3 John 1 – Paul calls it a gift. Hospitality is right up there as one of the giftsthe Spirit gives out to Believer’s. EveryFollower has at…