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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 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.