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Genesis 43

Genesis 43

Genesis 43 – The famine still raging, the family of Jacob was coming down to the last bit of grain they had received from the incognito…

Genesis 42

Genesis 42

Genesis 42 – Some 20 years had passed since Joseph laid eyes on his brothers. The last he had seen them was under the barbaric attack…

Genesis 41

Genesis 41

Genesis 41 – From pit to the palace, it took 13 years for the strategic plan of God to happen. To many looking upon Joseph in that…

Genesis 40

Genesis 40

Genesis 40 – Joseph’s character is in full view. Here’s a man in prison for something he didn’t do; betrayed by family; living in a foreign land…

Genesis 39

Genesis 39

Genesis 39 – It went from bad to worse. Simply consider all Joseph has gone through. Favored by his father, his brothers physically attack…

Genesis 38

Genesis 38

Genesis 38 – The story of Judah and Tamar peel back the cultural life in ancient times. By no means is it a good story on the moral front…

Genesis 37

Genesis 37

Genesis 37 – Here begins one of the most amazing and remarkable stories of the Old Testament. The life of Joseph and all that came against…

Genesis 36

Genesis 36

Genesis 36 – After the passing of their father Isaac, Esau and Jacob separated. What follows is the lineage of Esau known as the Edomites…

Genesis 35

Genesis 35

Genesis 35 – “Then God said to Jacob, “Arise, go up to Bethel and live there, and make an altar there to God, who appeared to you when you…

Genesis 34

Genesis 34

Genesis 34 – It’s a terrible incident. The rape of Jacob’s daughter Dinah and slaughter of the men of the town by the hands of his 2 sons Levi…

Genesis 33

Genesis 33

Genesis 33 – From the very womb the 2 boys struggled. Their wrestling within their mother tumbled out into their lives. From their difference…

Genesis 32

Genesis 32

Genesis 32 – The last time Jacob saw Esau he vowed to kill him. Although 20 years had passed, going back to face his brother brought…

Genesis 31

Genesis 31

Genesis 31 – It was the last straw. Crooked Laban had made hardship after hardship for Jacob. He had labored 20 years and his wages…

Genesis 30

Genesis 30

Genesis 30 – It was an insane competition. Almost like a poker game, the 2 wives of Jacob negotiated who would sleep with him and upped…

Genesis 29

Genesis 29

Genesis 29 – God is forging Jacob’s character. Arriving in the land of his relatives, he not only finds them but falls in love. The convoluted…

Genesis 28

Genesis 28

Genesis 28 – It was a significant dream. It was a moment for Jacob that would set his course. It’s not hard to imagine the emotional difficulty…

Genesis 27

Genesis 27

Genesis 27 – It’s a house of deception. In his old age, Isaac decides it’s time to give his blessing to his eldest son, Esau. Mind you, in the…

Genesis 26

Genesis 26

Genesis 26 – “Now there was a famine in the land… The Lord appeared to him and said, “Do not go down to Egypt; stay in the land of…

Genesis 25

Genesis 25

Genesis 25 – Genesis 25 reveals the death of Abraham, the barrenness of Rebekah, finally getting pregnant, carrying twins who would be…

Genesis 24

Genesis 24

Genesis 24 – The story of Isaac and Rebekah is truly remarkable and beautiful. God placed within Abraham that this only son of his must…

Genesis 23

Genesis 23

Genesis 23 – “I am a stranger and a sojourner among you.” Genesis 23:4 This world is not our home. We’re simply passing through on this…

Genesis 22

Genesis 22

Genesis 22 – Trust the Promiser, not the promise. This statement made by David Guzik speaks so boldly and truly goes to the core of this…

Genesis 21

Genesis 21

Genesis 21 – God is faithful. After repeated promises of the impossible from God to Abraham; after visits from angels; after a visit from God…

Genesis 20

Genesis 20

Genesis 20 – Abraham lies. God protects. Pulling up his stakes, Abraham took his entire clan and journeyed further south. Settling in Gerar it…

Genesis 19

Genesis 19

Genesis 19 – The slippery slope of compromise led Lot into an unraveling of a storyline that would place him in the infamous story of the

Genesis 18

Genesis 18

Genesis 18 – 2 stories, 1 overarching Truth: “Is anything too difficult for the Lord?”(Genesis 18:14) Story One has 3 visitors coming to visit…

Genesis 17

Genesis 17

Genesis 17 – “Abram was becoming a great man of faith, but you dont make a great man of faith overnight. It takes years of Gods work…

Genesis 16

Genesis 16

Genesis 16 – “God helps those who help themselves” – a statement nowhere found in scripture. Good old Benjamin Franklin made this…

Genesis 15

Genesis 15

Genesis 15 – Abraham’s doubts were legit. He had reason to fear retaliation from the people he had just overrun with his army of men in the rescue of…

Genesis 14

Genesis 14

Genesis 14 – In Abraham’s time most cities had their own kings. They ruled as they wanted and often would come against another town or…

Genesis 13

Genesis 13

Genesis 13 – Abraham’s nephew Lot was a character. While a young man his father died. Although he had strong role models of his grandfather…

Genesis 12

Genesis 12

Genesis 12 – It was a call to travel. “Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go forth from your country, and from your relatives and from your father’s…

Genesis 11

Genesis 11

Genesis 11 – The Tower of Babel came about in man’s thinking as a rebellion to the one and true God. It was part of Nimrod’s Kingdom…

Genesis 10

Genesis 10

Genesis 10 – The lineage of Noah shows what happened and became of his sons and their descendants. What is interesting is these would…

Genesis 9

Genesis 9

Genesis 9 – The life of Noah is statement of being committed in obedience to the long term project of which God calls His people…

Genesis 8

Genesis 8

Genesis 8 – The storms of life blow in sometimes most unexpectedly. Sometimes the storms come by our own doing. And there are other…

Genesis 7

Genesis 7

Genesis 7 – Noah did everything he was asked to do. His obedience led to his deliverance. What began with a few raindrops…

Genesis 6

Genesis 6

Genesis 6 – Let’s stop and consider, Noah had no idea of what God was about to do. He was simply given instructions, mind you – crazy…

Genesis 5

Genesis 5

Genesis 5 – Chapter 5 of Genesis records the genealogy of Adam. The first of many recorded they are scattered throughout the old and even…

Genesis 4

Genesis 4

Genesis 4 – Confrontation is never easy especially when we’re on the receiving end. Usually, it’s due to an area we’ve overreacted or acted…

Genesis 3

Genesis 3

Genesis 3 – In the cool of the day, late afternoon, the Lord was walking in the garden. I’ve always looked upon this as a normal thing for Adam and Eve…

Genesis 2

Genesis 2

Genesis 2 – “You breathe in me and I’m alive with the power of your holiness. You breathe in me and You revive, feelings in my soul that I…

Genesis 1

Genesis 1

Genesis 1 – There is a sense of awe and wonder of the entire creation of the world. The details here are gripping as we read God meticulously working…

James 5

James 5

James 5 – The short book of James is incredibly practical and challenging. It emphasizes faith in action on every front of our lives. Right living is a result…

James 4

James 4

James 4 – “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain…

James 3

James 3

James 3 – “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” What a load of bunk. Since when has this ever been true?…

James 2

James 2

James 2 – Salvation arrives by the amazing and most abundant grace given through Jesus. All of our faults, all of our struggles, and all of our sins do…

James 1

James 1

James 1 – Talk is cheap. Inundated with promises everywhere we look from commercials to presidential candidates it’s easy to make or hear…

John 21

John 21

John 21 – Peter had denied his friend and Lord. He had acted in his flesh and in fear. He had disappointed Jesus. Yet, Jesus met Peter…

John 20

John 20

John 20 – The miracle of the empty tomb, the resurrection of Jesus brought shock and skepticism. John records that miraculous morning…

John 19

John 19

John 19 – “It is finished.” –John 19:30 It happened. The betrayal, the arrest, the denial, the disciples scattering like sheep had all taken place…

John 18

John 18

John 18 – Here stood 2 kingdoms in conflict. Pilate’s Kingdom was based upon his physical presence and ruling jurisdiction of Judea…

John 17

John 17

John 17 – There’s a beautiful prayer Jesus prayed that last night of His earthly life. It was a prayer for his disciples. He prayed over them…

John 16

John 16

John 16 – “But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but…

John 15

John 15

John 15 – We can’t do it on our own. Oh, we’ve tried countless times. We attempt to make things work in our own strength. We go down…

John 14

John 14

John 14 – “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.”John 14:6 Of the…

John 13

John 13

John 13 – It was the last night of his life. As John opens up this chapter he states Jesus “showed the full extent of His love.” (John13:1) In…

John 12

John 12

John 12 – “… But the chief priests planned to put Lazarus to death also; because on account of him many of the Jews were going away…

John 11

John 11

John 11 – Jesus delayed. He knew of the situation with Lazarus and purposely waited to go help. The reactions were expected…

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…