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1 Chronicles 9

1 Chronicles 9

1 Chronicles 9 – Let’s say you have an important meeting. It’s one you’ve anticipated with another about a project or even a heartfelt conversation. You’ve set…

1 Chronicles 5

1 Chronicles 5

1 Chronicles 5 – “They cried out to Him during the battle. He answered their prayers because they trusted in Him.” (1 Chronicles 5:20) What a powerful…

Ruth 4

Ruth 4

Ruth 4 – “God’s hand is all over history.  God works out His purpose, generation after generation.  Limited as we are to one lifetime, each of us sees so…

Ruth 3

Ruth 3

Ruth 3 – The blending of lives is a beautiful thing.  We probably don’t think about that much with the relationships we hold.  But all…

Ruth 2

Ruth 2

Ruth 2 – The hand of God is always at work.  There are no coincidences.  When God is moving among His people, His hand is always leading and working…

Ruth 1

Ruth 1

Ruth 1 – It was during one of the darkest times of Israel.  The book of Judges records countless stories of people who failed miserably in their devotion to…

Isaiah 66

Isaiah 66

Isaiah 66 – As the book of Isaiah comes to a close it ends with drama, hope, and sobering warnings. Throughout Isaiah’s writings, God has instructed him to return…

Isaiah 65

Isaiah 65

Isaiah 65 – The book of Judges sums up a people who did what they wanted, threw caution to the wind and reaped those benefits for generations.  Story after…

Isaiah 64

Isaiah 64

Isaiah 64 – Waiting.  We hate it.  We hate to wait in traffic.  We loathe waiting for an appointment.  At the checkout line, if we find ourselves standing too…

Isaiah 63

Isaiah 63

Isaiah 63 – We have heard the term “Grieving the Holy Spirit.”  Sometimes the word “quenching” is used as well.  But what exactly does this mean? In simple terms,…

Isaiah 62

Isaiah 62

Isaiah 62 – “I will not keep silent.  I will not stop praying…until…” – God (NLT) In the opening of this passage where God speaks toward His people, He…

Isaiah 61

Isaiah 61

Isaiah 61 – “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” – Jesus (Luke 4:21) Jesus had just come off the heels of His time in the desert…

Isaiah 60

Isaiah 60

Isaiah 60 – There will come a time when all darkness will dissipate. The desperate darkness that grips the heart and soul of humankind, the…

Isaiah 59

Isaiah 59

Isaiah 59 – Sin is offensive.  There, I said it.  We are so good at relegating our sins to the back burner of thought.  We insanely justify behavior that…

Isaiah 58

Isaiah 58

Isaiah 58 – Apoptosis – this medical term (the definition found on Medicine.Net) is a form of cell death in which a programmed sequence of events leads to the…

Isaiah 57

Isaiah 57

Isaiah 57 – Spiritual Adultery.  The term itself seems impossible really.  It also stands as an offensive term.  But this is what God addresses with the people of Israel…

Isaiah 56

Isaiah 56

Isaiah 56 – There are times we are dreamers.  We think of what could be, where we could go, yet for many, their dreams simply stay right there.  They…

Isaiah 55

Isaiah 55

Isaiah 55 – The invitation has been sent.  All are asked to join our Lord of Hosts, God Almighty, the Redeemer Jesus. The invitation is for all but many…

Isaiah 54

Isaiah 54

Isaiah 54 – Charles Spurgeon wrote, “Try and suck all the sweetness that you can out of this chapter while we read it.  The personal application of a promise…

Isaiah 53

Isaiah 53

Isaiah 53 – The opening verse grabs my attention. “Who has believed our message?” It’s a rhetorical question but one that was referenced twice in the New Testament. John…

Isaiah 52

Isaiah 52

Isaiah 52 – Awake from your slumber and believe!  Awake from the sleepiness that has taken over your ways and thoughts and live in victory. Within this profound and…

Isaiah 51

Isaiah 51

Isaiah 51 – Have you ever stood in the waters of a lake or river where the ground beneath was not solid?  The strange muck at the bottom acts…

Isaiah 50

Isaiah 50

Isaiah 50 – Courage. Imagery of a courageous person comes often times in scenes of battle.  We think of a warrior who is on the battlefield moving forward against…

Isaiah 49

Isaiah 49

Isaiah 49 – His words were like a sharp arrow ready to pierce the heart. Israel would be his servant and he would be their master. But something was…

Isaiah 48

Isaiah 48

Isaiah 48 – There is no masquerade with God.  He sees the hard hearts of people.  He sees where they have refused to bring themselves before Him in submission. …

Isaiah 47

Isaiah 47

Isaiah 47 – We have heard and have spoken even that God is the God of the past, the present and the future.  It’s a tremendous statement that can…

Isaiah 46

Isaiah 46

Isaiah 46 – The weight of holding onto our idols can be unbearable. Like a backpack full of bricks, the straps pull on our shoulders, twisting our back as…

Isaiah 45

Isaiah 45

Isaiah 45 – 200 hundred years before the man was born, before the prophecy given – the Lord spoke to the prophet Isaiah concerning him.  A pagan king, called…

Isaiah 44

Isaiah 44

Isaiah 44 – We stand in the barren wilderness.  The ground cracked and dried, our parched throats cry for water. Looking every direction there is nothing on the horizon….

Isaiah 43

Isaiah 43

Isaiah 43 – Sink or swim.  Drown or float. Two pretty stark options when the floods come, the hardship prevails.  Waves crashing upon, the…

Isaiah 42

Isaiah 42

Isaiah 42 – It’s known as the Servant Song.  The verses found in this passage of Isaiah are remarkably beautiful. Speaking toward Jesus the…

Isaiah 41

Isaiah 41

Isaiah 41 – The mercy of God is undeserved and unreal.  There is no way any of us should receive the extended hand of His grace, reaching…

Isaiah 40

Isaiah 40

Isaiah 40 – This life is a fleeting experience compared to the life of eternity that awaits.  Sometimes we get so caught up in the mundane…

Isaiah 39

Isaiah 39

Isaiah 39 – Foolishness. Just because we are Believers does not mean we will not make foolish decisions sometimes.  It’s an unfortunate thing for sure when this takes place,…

Isaiah 38

Isaiah 38

Isaiah 38 – “Set your house in order.  You are going to die.” The scene is dramatic.  Isaiah was instructed to relay an important message to King Hezekiah.  The…

Isaiah 37

Isaiah 37

Isaiah 37 – “Cast all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.” – 1 Peter 5:7 The Assyrian field commander’s words sent shock waves throughout the people…

Isaiah 36

Isaiah 36

Isaiah 36 – Deception.  The enemy of our souls has used this tactic with God’s creation since the beginning of time. His deception takes that of half truths or…

Isaiah 35

Isaiah 35

Isaiah 35 – Restoration. After the barrage of judgment over evil against nations and wayward people, God speaks in beautiful terms of restoring His own.  Although this prophetically speaks…

Isaiah 34

Isaiah 34

Isaiah 34 – The stage is set. The return of Jesus has been spoken of by Himself, the prophets of Old that there would be great hardship and absolutely…

Isaiah 33

Isaiah 33

Isaiah 33 – The sting of betrayal burns deep.  We’ve all experienced this on some level.  Betrayal shatters trust.  It brings extreme caution…

Isaiah 32

Isaiah 32

Isaiah 32 – The Spirit of God is what makes a difference in our lives.  Through the tough times, the hardship, the questioning even, it is the…

Isaiah 31

Isaiah 31

Isaiah 31 – Where’s your trust?  No, I’m serious.  Stop and look at your life at the moment.  The areas that have spun completely out of control.  The relationships…

Isaiah 30

Isaiah 30

Isaiah 30 – We are people who see a problem and resolve to fix it.  We’re often those who weigh in on some situation and in our own thinking…

Isaiah 29

Isaiah 29

Isaiah 29 – We’re all guilty of it from time to time.  Going through the motions with anything we’ve become accustomed to doing can be a deadly careless action….

Isaiah 28

Isaiah 28

Isaiah 28 – Remember those days back in elementary school when a teacher would correct you?  You had done something wrong, had acted out or whatever would warrant their…

Isaiah 27

Isaiah 27

Isaiah 27 – “Let him take hold of My strength, that he may make peace with me.” – Isaiah 27:5 This King James translation is awesome! Chapter 27 speaks…

Isaiah 26

Isaiah 26

Isaiah 26 – Difficulties and turmoil bombard us from time to time.  We struggle with physical illness.  We have broken relationships that tear us apart.  We wrestle with our…

Isaiah 24

Isaiah 24

Isaiah 24 – It’s known as Isaiah’s Apocalypse.  For the following 4 chapters he is given words from God about the judgment of the entire world.  This chapter is…

Isaiah 23

Isaiah 23

Isaiah 23 – To the north of Israel lay the port city of Tyre.  Of the ancient world, it was one of the most famous. Known as the Babylon…

Isaiah 22

Isaiah 22

Isaiah 22 – How do you handle the immense spiritual burdens of others? Isaiah wept over Israel. You can feel his raw emotion in verse 4. He refuses…

Isaiah 21

Isaiah 21

Isaiah 21 – A shared truth sticks out over the past few chapters of Isaiah. All the main players surrounding Judah (Babylon, Assyria, Egypt, and Ethiopia) are under…

Isaiah 20

Isaiah 20

Isaiah 20 – Many years ago while in Cyprus a friend of mine told a story how God asked him to do something which seemed illogical. He was back…

Isaiah 19

Isaiah 19

Isaiah 19 – It’s strange how sometimes we get the mindset that some people are unreachable.  Let’s be honest, many times we have those thoughts.  We believe they are…

Isaiah 18

Isaiah 18

Isaiah 18 – It’s one of the briefest chapters in Isaiah and according to commentators, the most difficult to understand.  Chapter 18 is obscure but there is a truth…

Isaiah 17

Isaiah 17

Isaiah 17 – “Whatever it takes Lord, whatever it takes.” These words come to me many times when praying for someone so lost spiritually in their determination to shut…

Isaiah 16

Isaiah 16

Isaiah 16 – We’ve all witnessed it.  Maybe we ourselves did the same.  God began putting a finger on some area of our life, revealing our…

Isaiah 15

Isaiah 15

Isaiah 15 – Burdens are tough as a bystander watching someone who has made poor choices reap what they’ve sown.  This is particularly true when our hearts are sensitive…

Isaiah 14

Isaiah 14

Isaiah 14 – Jesus said, “I was watching Satan fall from heaven like lightning.” (Luke 10:18) Tucked in the prophecy against Babylon, are 5 verses giving insight toward this…

Isaiah 13

Isaiah 13

Isaiah 13 – Babylon.  Within prophecy this ancient city is always equated to the hedonistic people who are antagonistic toward God.  Old…

Isaiah 11

Isaiah 11

Isaiah 11 – We stand in a sea of need.  Most times that need is overwhelming. Over the past several months we as a staff have really buckled down…

Isaiah 10

Isaiah 10

Isaiah 10 – ‘Woe” is a dangerous word in Scripture. Chapter 10 kicks off with God using this word as a warning of the severe consequences to come. …

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 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…