The Renovation Blog

1185 posts

Deuteronomy 8

Deuteronomy 8

Deuteronomy 8 – The Lord’s humbling of us is something none want to go through.  Deuteronomy 8 warns against pride that could come to the Israelites if they were…

Deuteronomy 7

Deuteronomy 7

Deuteronomy 7 – We must never doubt the Lord’s strength.  We must never question His ability to intervene in our lives and bring victory.  This is particularly true when…

Deuteronomy 6

Deuteronomy 6

Deuteronomy 6 – Growing up, the dinner table was a time when all things ceased for the day.  No matter what our personal schedule may have been, it was…

Deuteronomy 5

Deuteronomy 5

Deuteronomy 5 – Moses spent quite a bit of time reviewing Israel’s history for them.  Now he reminded them of the Laws God had established for them in order…

Deuteronomy 4

Deuteronomy 4

Deuteronomy 4 – The future for Israel was based on what they did and how they would follow.  Not only their physical future but their spiritual one as well. …

Deuteronomy 3

Deuteronomy 3

Deuteronomy 3 – There are many instances on this journey where what looms in the future seems impossible to overcome.  This is seen in the practicals of life as…

Deuteronomy 2

Deuteronomy 2

Deuteronomy 2 – Even in the desert, the place Israel’s rebellion had led them, God still looked out for His people. This is quite a statement.  It’s actually astounding…

Deuteronomy 1

Deuteronomy 1

Deuteronomy 1 – It should have taken 11 days.  Instead, it took 40 years. What had stalled the Israelites in the desert was not an issue of might but…

Ecclesiastes 12

Ecclesiastes 12

Ecclesiastes 12 – Choices – all of life is made up of things we must choose between. Choices have consequences. Unfortunately, sometimes we live with these the rest of…

Ecclesiastes 11

Ecclesiastes 11

Ecclesiastes 11 – Risk and opportunity – these things face us daily with so many decisions we make. Opportunities come before us on every level of this life. They…

Ecclesiastes 10

Ecclesiastes 10

Ecclesiastes 10 – The ancient stories of the Israelites speak toward people who took God out of the equation again and again. Much of this fell upon the leaders….

Ecclesiastes 9

Ecclesiastes 9

Ecclesiastes 9 – Life is unfair. Yes, it’s true. What should happen to those who are honorable often find themselves sidelined? To those who are corrupt or dishonest, sometimes…

Ecclesiastes 8

Ecclesiastes 8

Ecclesiastes 8 – The world’s wisest man admitted in actuality he knew nothing. Solomon’s confesses toward looking at the grandeur of God, the endurance of the righteous even though…

Ecclesiastes 7

Ecclesiastes 7

Ecclesiastes 7 – “The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living.” They say there are two things we can all depend upon…

Ecclesiastes 6

Ecclesiastes 6

Ecclesiastes 6 – In 1938 a screaming hilarious film was released called “You Can’t Take It With You.” It’s the story of a young beauty named Alice who falls…

Ecclesiastes 5

Ecclesiastes 5

Ecclesiastes 5 – “Fruitful and acceptable worship begins before it begins.” – McLaren The worship of our God begins from deep within. Simply going to church and participating through…

Ecclesiastes 4

Ecclesiastes 4

Ecclesiastes 4 – The difficulty of the oppressed is something which has surrounded for centuries. There was not an answer then and there is not one now. There will…

Ecclesiastes 3

Ecclesiastes 3

Ecclesiastes 3 – God has a plan for His people. It’s always been there and stands even to the end of this life we live. Through Solomon’s words, we…

Ecclesiastes 2

Ecclesiastes 2

Ecclesiastes 2 – His resume was astounding. He would have been a Fortune 500 contender for sure. He’d built houses, a temple, a kingdom, a large family…

Ecclesiastes 1

Ecclesiastes 1

Ecclesiastes 1 – Written over 3000 years ago, much of the message of Ecclesiastes still resonates. Pursuing things, people, objects, power and pleasure bring nothing more than emptiness…

Numbers 36

Numbers 36

Numbers 36 – The book of Numbers began with the people of God wandering in the wilderness. It has captured story after story…

Numbers 35

Numbers 35

Numbers 35 – Cities of Refuge – it was a wonderful provision God gave to the Israelite’s in case there was an accidental killing.  For instance if 2 men…

Numbers 34

Numbers 34

Numbers 34 – When analyzing this chapter, F.B. Meyer wrote, “God’s ideal for His people far exceeded their realization of it.” What a true statement that is on so…

Numbers 33

Numbers 33

Numbers 33 – Moses wrote an account of the journey of Israel thus far.  Beginning in Egypt and leaving their slavery, they marched out with boldness and not just…

Numbers 32

Numbers 32

Numbers 32 – Numbers 32 – Perhaps he jumped to conclusions.  I mean we all do this don’t we?  We hear a bit of information without the full story and make an…

Numbers 31

Numbers 31

Numbers 31 – Vengeance – punishment inflicted or retribution exacted for an injury or wrong. In Deuteronomy as well as in Romans the quote, “’Vengeance is mine.  I will…

Numbers 30

Numbers 30

Numbers 30 – Numbers 30 – “My word is my bond.”  A statement that says what I have said I will do, I will.  Often given to another over some situation, it’s…

Numbers 29

Numbers 29

Numbers 29 – The many holidays and feasts God gave to Israel were not for their enjoyment.  For instance, one commentator wrote of how The Day of Atonement was…

Numbers 28

Numbers 28

Numbers 28 – How many times do any of us hurry into our Sunday morning service without preparation?  Many times any distraction that is possible seems to hijack our…

Numbers 27

Numbers 27

Numbers 27 – It’s known as one of the most beautiful and comforting hymns of all time.  Written by Joseph Scriven in 1855 he was inundated with tragedy. As…

Numbers 26

Numbers 26

Numbers 26 – By the numbers – thus the book title!  As always there is more to the story than what is seen even through a census.  For the…

Numbers 25

Numbers 25

Numbers 25 – Sometimes our greatest challenges are not the enormous tasks God calls us to, the things that seem so impossible to do, but the sneaky aspects of…

Numbers 24

Numbers 24

Numbers 24 – The wayward heart knows no boundaries when it comes to self-determination to do what we want.  Time and again, when we have set our desires on…

Numbers 23

Numbers 23

Numbers 23 – Evidently, in Philippi, there were those who rejoiced that Paul was in prison.  These were Believers.  Yes, you read that right.  These felt it gave a…

Numbers 22

Numbers 22

Numbers 22 – He’s one of those obscure characters of the Bible who suddenly whisks across the pages for a few moments then is gone.  But his name would…

Numbers 21

Numbers 21

Numbers 21 – The time had come for Israel to enter the Promised Land.  The old generation had passed and for this new group of people this would be…

Numbers 20

Numbers 20

Numbers 20 – We all should be working ourselves out of a job.  Genuine and true mentorship is taking someone alongside through all the ins and outs of what…

Numbers 19

Numbers 19

Numbers 19 – On the last night of His life, Jesus went around to His disciples and washed their feet.  It was an outrageous moment of their Master taking…

Numbers 18

Numbers 18

Numbers 18 – In what has become one of the most seemingly taboo topics today within the church, many a congregant and pastor steer clear of it.  It doesn’t…

Numbers 17

Numbers 17

Numbers 17 – “Murmurers are rarely satisfied by evidence or the resolution of one issue.  Complainers are not issue-motivated, though they claim to be and appear to be; they…

Number 16

Numbers 16

Numbers 16 – His name and story within the unfolding of Israel’s struggles is one of the most dramatic.  Part of the Levite tribe, Korah was not satisfied with…

Numbers 15

Numbers 15

Numbers 15 – They were at their lowest point ever.  The people had turned on God in belief He could actually follow through with what He promised.  Their discipline…

Numbers 14

Numbers 14

Numbers 14 – The loss of perspective brings despair.  When we begin to focus on the tangible rather than the ability of God, we will slowly and dramatically fall…

Numbers 13

Numbers 13

Numbers 13 – “It’s awesome, but…” In essence this was the report back from the spies.  God had faithfully called the people to go forward.  Moses brilliantly put together…

Numbers 12

Numbers 12

Numbers 12 – The cousin to complaining is murmuring.  They go hand in hand.  It’s hard to tell which comes first.  Does the complaining foster the murmur or vice…

Numbers 11

Numbers 11

Numbers 11 – Complaining.  I’m telling you what, I am sick and tired of it.  This is the grumbling that takes place when something doesn’t go according to what…

Numbers 10

Numbers 10

Numbers 10 – I cannot imagine the task Moses had in leading.  Here he was with 100’s of 1000’s and way upward and beyond in numbers, leading all of…

Numbers 9

Numbers 9

Numbers 9 – I have a friend who prays about everything, even in the middle of conversations.  He told me of several instances where literally in the middle of…

Numbers 8

Numbers 8

Numbers 8 – Entering into any darkened place, a lamp is required to see properly.  We can certainly fumble around in the dark or shadows but truly we cannot…

Numbers 7

Numbers 7

Numbers 7 – Commentators agree this chapter is more than likely out of chronological order.  This chapter of the special offerings may have happened instead during the first chapter…

Numbers 6

Numbers 6

Numbers 6 – It was not something to take lightly.  The vow of a Nazarite was considered a great decision for a person to enter for work and dedication…

Numbers 5

Numbers 5

Numbers 5 – It seems like a strange command.  God instructs the people of Israel that those who were a leper, someone who had a discharge or any other…

Numbers 4

Numbers 4

Numbers 4 – Volunteers.  I can’t think of an organization that functions properly without them.  We need those who are willing to become that ‘army’ of men and women…

Numbers 3

Numbers 3

Numbers 3 – God, being that of order and organization, began to give assignments to the people.  First on deck were the Levites.  This makes sense as the tabernacle was…

Numbers 2

Numbers 2

Numbers 2 – God was up to some organization.  The people had been on their journey now for a year.  God was putting things in order.  Where they went…

Numbers 1

Numbers 1

Numbers 1 – Complaining – it gets you nowhere.  In fact, if we’re honest it will get you stuck.  This is exactly what the book of Numbers records.  The…

Luke 24

Luke 24

Luke 24 – “Why do you seek the living One among the dead? He is not here, but He has risen” – Luke 24:5-6 “But we were hoping that…

Luke 23

Luke 23

Luke 23 – There was no doubt He was innocent.  3 different times he declared this and 3 different times the Jewish people rose up screaming for His death….

Luke 22

Luke 22

Luke 22 – The Passover was a commemoration of Israel’s escape from Egypt after being held in bondage for 400 years.  Through specific instructions, the  Jewish people were told…

Luke 21

Luke 21

Luke 21 – It began with an observation of the rich putting their money into the treasury in comparison to a poor widow putting only 2 copper coins in…

Luke 20

Luke 20

Luke 20 – Jesus had more than ruffled feathers. He had gone for the jugular. He turned things completely upside down, calling out the corruptness of the religious leaders,…

Luke 19

Luke 19

Luke 19 – Turncoat – “The phrase comes from the ancient practice of wearing a badge or pin on one’s coat signifying the party or leader you supported.  By…

Luke 18

Luke 18

Luke 18 – Jesus teaches on prayer, humility and the true following of Him through discipleship. Opening up his thoughts through a parable He reveals how we should always…

Luke 17

Luke 17

Luke 17 – Directly on the heels of Jesus speaking of the rich man in hell and the poor beggar in heaven chapter 17 continues his conversation to the…

Luke 16

Luke 16

Luke 16 – Money. It’s been a snare for countless centuries that still catches people. The topic of cash was spoken of by Jesus more than any other. When…

Luke 15

Luke 15

Luke 15 – Jesus tells three absolutely beautiful parables back to back revealing how much God the Father loves and seeks those who are lost. A shepherd has 100…

Luke 14

Luke 14

Luke 14 – There are prophecies in the Old Testament of a feast that will come at the end of the age – the Messiah’s Banquet.  I have always…

Luke 13

Luke 13

Luke 13 – Wow! “A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none. Then he said to…

Luke 12

Luke 12

Luke 12 – If you stepped back and assessed your prayers, what do you find you pray about the most?  Where is the focus of your prayers at these…

Luke 11

Luke 11

Luke 11 – The man was desperate. An unexpected friend had stopped on his journey for a place to sleep. In ancient times hospitality was a given. Being after…

Luke 10

Luke 10

Luke 10 – “At that very time He rejoiced greatly in the Holy Spirit, and said, “I praise You, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things…

Luke 9

Luke 9

Luke 9 – It’s called the comfort zone.  We all have one and if we’re honest live within its confines as much as possible.  It’s the place where we…

Luke 8

Luke 8

Luke 8 – The ministry of Jesus continues to grow and expand.  It’s noteworthy that as he went from one town and village to another the 12 were right…

Luke 7

Luke 7

Luke 7 – How many tears do you have to shed to wash someone’s feet? Luke 7 records several stories of Jesus from a remarkable Roman Centurion demonstrating faith…

Luke 6

Luke 6

Luke 6 – I stood there with my mouth open, blinking as his words hovered in the air.  This was by far one of the strangest conversations I had…

Luke 5

Luke 5

Luke 5 – Here begins a turning point in Luke as we read of his many miracles, the calling of who would be his disciples and his ministry to…

Luke 4

Luke 4

Luke 4 – “We do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin.”– Hebrews…

Luke 3

Luke 3

Luke 3 – 400 years of silence had smothered the Israelites.  For 400 years God had not spoken one word to His people.  When the time came for His…

Luke 2

Luke 2

Luke 2 – “The angel said to them, “Don’t be afraid! I am here with good news for you, which will bring great joy to all the people.” –…

Luke 1

Luke 1

Luke 1 – He’s the only author of the Gospels who was a Gentile. Luke was a physician and companion of Paul who traveled alongside on many of his…

Song of Solomon 8

Song of Solomon 8

Song of Solomon 8 – The Song of Solomon closes much the same way it opened – intense passionate love of Solomon and his wife.  In so many ways,…

Song of Solomon 7

Song of Solomon 7

Song of Solomon 7 – It’s a chapter that would cause one to blush.  In intimate detail, Solomon describes his wife.  This is the third time he has done…

Song of Solomon 6

Song of Solomon 6

Song of Solomon 6 – We are bombarded with imagery of what makes a marriage fulfilling.  Often inundated with concepts of romantic love through book and film, what is…

Song of Solomon 5

Song of Solomon 5

Song of Solomon 5 – There’s a saying, “Absence makes the heart grow fonder.”  We’ve heard this statement many a time and indeed it does.  But the flip side…

Song of Solomon 4

Song of Solomon 4

Song of Solomon 4 – The wedding procession and ceremony of the two lovers has taken place, now we look into the intimacy between them on their wedding night. …

Song of Solomon 3

Song of Solomon 3

Song of Solomon 3 – The maiden longs for her lover.  Still yet to be married, the next few chapters will unroll the engagement, marriage and consummation of the…

Song of Solomon 2

Song of Solomon 2

Song of Solomon 2 – Love.  People have fallen in and out of it seemingly on a whim.  Some have said when all is said and done they aren’t…

Song of Solomon 1

Song of Solomon 1

Song of Solomon 1 – David’s son Solomon took the throne after his father.  Asking for wisdom and discernment to lead the people, God granted him these things and…

Ezekiel 48

Ezekiel 48

Ezekiel 48 – The book of Ezekiel comes to a close. It opened with magnificent descriptions of the holiness of God. A holiness that the people of…

Ezekiel 47

Ezekiel 47

Ezekiel 47 – It’s such a fascinating picture.  Ezekiel saw a river running from the temple.  Going from ankle deep to eventually deep enough to…

Ezekiel 45

Ezekiel 45

Ezekiel 45 – Greed, extortion, and usury were part of the culture. The darkness of man’s heart hasn’t changed much. There are various times in Scripture where God has…

Ezekiel 46

Ezekiel 46

Ezekiel 46 – Worship services can be tremendous times of engaging with God and giving of ourselves to Him. They are expected to be part of our praise to…

Ezekiel 44

Ezekiel 44

Ezekiel 44 – People wonder what will be theirs. Families fight over it. Men and women strain toward receiving the most they possibly can. An inheritance is something passed…

Ezekiel 43

Ezekiel 43

Ezekiel 43 – We are a people who live in exile. Longing for a better place, a place where our residence of eternity awaits. This earth is not our…

Ezekiel 42

Ezekiel 42

Ezekiel 42 – It was a direct instruction to the priests that spoke of not only their role but that ministering before God was not to be done flippantly….

Ezekiel 41

Ezekiel 41

Ezekiel 41 – Ezekiel’s vision continues with focus upon the Temple. When the tabernacle was planned out by God and given to Moses in Exodus 26, although so much…

Ezekiel 40

Ezekiel 40

Ezekiel 40 – Sometimes the way and path of life leave us struggling.  We are in the middle of disappointment, hardship and see nothing changing.  Sometimes we’ve been brought…

Ezekiel 39

Ezekiel 39

Ezekiel 39 – The battle continues where the overthrow of the enemy will be complete. It will be divine intervention that brings this about. God is victorious in the…

Ezekiel 38

Ezekiel 38

Ezekiel 38 – Speculation on End Times abound. People look toward the scriptures of Daniel, Jesus’ words, some of Paul’s writings, the book of Revelation and here in Ezekiel…

Ezekiel 37

Ezekiel 37

Ezekiel 37 – No matter where we are on our journey, God has the ability to breathe new life into us. Many times we find our feet have led…