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Zechariah 2

Zechariah 2

Zechariah 2 – Firewall – an event, person or thing that acts as a barrier or protection against something undesirable. In this second vision…

Zechariah 1

Zechariah 1

Zechariah 1 – The future – we consider this very vast uncharted territory from time to time with somberness. Yes, we look toward our future…

Zephaniah 3

Zephaniah 3

Zephaniah 3 – The opening message of doom found in Zephaniah ends with that of hope. It holds words of rescue, restoration and celebration…

Zephaniah 2

Zephaniah 2

Zephaniah 2 – “Before the decree takes effect…”Zephaniah 2:2 The announcement of God’s judgment echoed in the first chapter of Zephaniah…

Zephaniah 1

Zephaniah 1

Zephaniah 1 – The prophet Zephaniah was most unusual as he was from the lineage of royalty, specifically King Hezekiah. His name means…

Nahum 3

Nahum 3

Nahum 3 – The proud Nineveh is ripe for judgment here as the final chapter of Nahum speaks toward the demise and sins of this…

Micah 2

Nahum 2

Nahum 2 – Nahum’s prophecy of the destruction of Nineveh begins. This chapter speaks specifically of its fall and what that will look like but…

Nahum 1

Nahum 1

Nahum 1 – 100 years had passed since Jonah walked the streets of Nineveh and proclaimed God’s Word of repentance. 100 years of new…

Haggai 2

Haggai 2

Haggai 2 – It was a dramatic moment; A dramatic change for God’s people.  The sin from the people’s past had hindered them but now…

Haggai 1

Haggai 1

Haggai 1 – Many times we bankrupt our lives. We pursue things that are unfulfilling; invest in things that hold no return; waste and squander…

Habakkuk 3

Habakkuk 3

Habakkuk 3 – Questions are answered. Habakkuk’s choice and action are critical. His prayer simple: Revive us. Revive Your work in the midst of…

Habakkuk 2

Habakkuk 2

Habakkuk 2 – “The righteous shall live by his faith.” – Habakkuk 2:4 God answered Habakkuk and in essence it was, “I’ve heard you. I’m at work…

Habakkuk 1

Habakkuk 1

Habakkuk 1 – There are times we all have questions. Many of these questions go to the heart of things as we look at our world, our life even…

Micah 7

Micah 7

Micah 7 – “My sin, oh the bliss of this glorious thought! My sin, not in part but the whole, Is nailed to the cross and I bear it no more…

Micah 6

Micah 6

Micah 6 – Standing in a courtroom are the people of Israel. God the Judge stands behind the desk. “Plead your case…” he opens up…

Micah 5

Micah 5

Micah 5 – 700 years before the birth of Christ, Micah was given one of the clearest prophecies of His coming. In fact, when he was…

Micah 4

Micah 4

Micah 4 – There is a time we long for. A time when there will be no more tears, no more wars, peace will be a constant. We long…

Micah 3

Micah 3

Micah 3 – Poverty was driving the people into an early grave. Those responsible for this were none other than the leadership of the nation…

MIcah 2

Micah 2

Micah 2 – Premeditated sin – this is the topic here as Micah opens up with some pretty harsh statements to these who think and plot against the character…

Micah 1

Micah 1

Micah 1 – Micah was a bold speaker of God’s Word much like his contemporary Isaiah, who was around the same time as himself. His message directed mainly at…

Jonah 4

Jonah 4

Jonah 4 – Pity Parties – we’ve all thrown them.  We feel sorry for ourselves, we become angry over something; things didn’t go our way…

Jonah 3

Jonah 3

Jonah 3 – We serve a God of second chances.  In fact, it seems we serve a God of numerous ones! The entire calling Jonah fled from…

Jonah 2

Jonah 2

Jonah 2 – I’m struck with the reality God spared Jonah’s life.  His rebellion against the call placed upon him we’d think God would be done…

Jonah 1

Jonah 1

Jonah 1 – Nineveh – on the world stage of mid 750 BC, it was a rising and dominant power.  Some 500 miles east of Israel, ancient historians say…

Obadiah 1

Obadiah 1

Obadiah 1 – The shortest book of the Old Testament, Obadiah’s words go out against Edom, blood relatives of Israel from Esau…

Amos 9

Amos 9

Amos 9 – In the final chapter of Amos and from the 5th vision of Amos, destruction, and ruin for Israel is foretold. There will be nowhere to hide…

Amos 8

Amos 8

Amos 8 – I used to have a friend who said, “If you’re green – you’ll grow.  If you’re ripe – you’ll rot.”  This statement has stuck with me…

Amos 7

Amos 7

Amos 7 – This chapter looks like a story right out of Jeremiah’s life. The prophet Amos has 3 visions – locusts, fire, and plumb line.  Representing God’s destruction…

Hosea 6

Amos 6

Amos 6 – It’s an unnoticed disease that creeps upon most unexpectedly. The tentacles of self-satisfaction, self-reliance begin to grip the mind and heart ever so slowly. Once its…

Amos 5

Amos 5

Amos 5 – In a move that would be shocking to the listeners, Amos sings a song of lament, a dirge of Israel who is fallen.  The irony is…

Amos 4

Amos 4

Amos 4 – “…But you didn’t notice me. You continued to ignore me.” – Amos 4:10 The Message It’s almost as though God is saying in this chapter, “What’s…

Amos 3

Amos 3

Amos 3 – In an interesting opening, God poses rhetorical questions. Stating Israel is that of chosen family to Him, He is responding like one would in such a…

Amos 2

Amos 2

Amos 2 – Chapters 1 and 2 proclaim God’s judgment proclaimed against the enemies of Israel. As the hearers of these prophecies, the people probably rejoiced that God was…

Amos 1

Amos 1

Amos 1 – Often when we think of a man of God, they come with a title.  We tend to place people with the label of minister or reverend…

Joel 3

Joel 3

Joel 3 – “Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision.”– Joel 3:14 This short book climaxes…

Joel 2

Joel 2

Joel 2 – There is a warning, a bold call to repentance and promise found in this chapter.  Joel foresees and speaks of the devastation coming to the land…

Joel 1

Joel 1

Joel 1 – In this short and powerful book, the prophet Joel calls the nation to repent.  Only referenced one other time in Scripture by Peter during a sermon,…

Hosea 14

Hosea 14

Hosea 14 – As the book of Hosea comes to a close, it is a powerful reminder of the relentless love and forgiveness God offers to all.  Hosea had…

Hosea 13

Hosea 13

Hosea 13 – Self-sufficiency is an insidious attitude that works its way into a Believer’s heart. As we’re told that only ‘we can make something happen”, we are the…

Hosea 12

Hosea 12

Hosea 12 – From the womb he was contentious.  Wrestling with his brother it would become a standard for his life.  Jacob would be the second twin birthed but…

Hosea 11

Hosea 11

Hosea 11 – “When Israel was a youth I loved him, and out of Egypt I called My son. I took them in My arms; But they did not…

Hosea 10

Hosea 10

Hosea 10 – Scripture has a lot to say about vines and bearing fruit.  From the Old to the New Testaments, it is a sign usually of what is…

Hosea 9

Hosea 9

Hosea 9 – It’s like an unseen cancer that appears and grows below the surface.  The disease slowly takes over without much notice as it spreads throughout so many…

Hosea 8

Hosea 8

Hosea 8 – “Israel has rejected the good; how long will they be incapable of innocence? For they sow the wind and they reap the whirlwind. Israel has forgotten…

Hosea 7

Hosea 7

Hosea 7 – “Israel will not recognize her failures or confess their compromised half-baked spiritual life that is marked by pride.” -The Bible Panorama When something is half-baked, it…

Hosea 6

Hosea 6

Hosea 6 – “For I delight in loyalty rather than sacrifice, and in the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.” Hosea 6:6 The definition of loyalty is a…

Hosea 5

Hosea 5

Hosea 5 – Sometimes there’s nothing more to say when we pray for someone so lost in their ways. Sometimes they need to be completely turned over to God…

Hosea 4

Hosea 4

Hosea 4 – The rest of the book of Hosea takes a turn as it deals head-on with the sins of Israel. It is a brutal and a scandalous…

Hosea 3

Hosea 3

Hosea 3 – It was the shady side of town, a place where priests stayed clear of, let alone any prophet worth his reputation. The loud bawdy ruckus that…

Hosea 2

Hosea 2

Hosea 2 – Hosea had done what was expected of him. He married Gomer, made a life together, had a family and provided for her needs. He had redeemed…

Hosea 1

Hosea 1

Hosea 1 – In one of the most unpredictable and outlandish commands of God, He instructed Hosea to marry a prostitute. Yes, you read that right. It was during…

Daniel 12

Daniel 12

Daniel 12 – “Because lawlessness is increased, most people’s love will grow cold. 13 But the one who endures to the end, he will be saved. 14 This gospel…

Daniel 11

Daniel 11

Daniel 11 – Continuing from Chapter 10 and following into this next chapter and 12, the last of the book of Daniel, the Messenger spells out with acute details…

Daniel 10

Daniel 10

Daniel 10 – For 3 weeks Daniel had been in mourning. He’d been given a vision, a message as the Scriptures tell, about a great conflict. Driving Daniel to…

Daniel 9

Daniel 9

Daniel 9 – Many look toward and speculate chapter 9 with great curiosity and wonder. Within the mystery is a set of things mentioned like 70 weeks, then 62…

Daniel 8

Daniel 8

Daniel 8 – While in Susa, the well developed and winter capital of the Babylonian Empire (modern-day Iran), Daniel was given another vision. This troubling revelation would remarkably be…

Daniel 7

Daniel 7

Daniel 7 – The first 6 chapters of Daniel were historical in nature and inspiring as Daniel was one man who stood firm in times of persecution. His unwavering…

Daniel 6

Daniel 6

Daniel 6 – Daniel was a man of consistency. Here was a man who was in exile who never wavered in his faith or trust. The seasons changed continually…

Daniel 5

Daniel 5

Daniel 5 – A new king is in town. Nebuchadnezzar’s son, Belshazzar, has taken the throne. Historical documents differ on if he reigned 17 years or 3 but the…

Daniel 4

Daniel 4

Daniel 4 – Written by Nebuchadnezzar himself, this chapter is the retelling of his testimony. Daniel included the penmanship of the king in his writings because it shows the…

Daniel 3

Daniel 3

Daniel 3 – “…but even if He does not…” What would it be like to live with such thought in everything we do? Every way we live? How would…

Daniel 2

Daniel 2

Daniel 2 – It was an impossible situation. King Nebuchadnezzar had a dream he couldn’t remember. All he knew was when he woke up he was terrified. Calling all…

Daniel 1

Daniel 1

Daniel 1 – “Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think of…

2 Corinthians 13

2 Corinthians 13

2 Corinthians 13 – I’m a terrible test taker. Growing up I would study for a class topic and when the exam was handed out, the timer…

2 Corinthians 12

2 Corinthians 12

2 Corinthians 12 – We do not know what Paul’s thorn was. Many have speculated from malaria to epilepsy to loss of eyesight. Whatever it was, it…

2 Corinthians 11

2 Corinthians 11

2 Corinthians 11 – Paul charges his attack against the false teachers who were swaying minds left and right within the church. Through smooth talk and engaging…

2 Corinthians 10

2 Corinthians 10

2 Corinthians 10 – The tone of Paul changes as he begins to wind down his letter. If he hasn’t been bold before, he holds nothing back…

2 Corinthians 9

2 Corinthians 9

2 Corinthians 9 – 2 people were dead. This husband and wife had sold a piece of property, laid the money at the apostle’s feet. The problem…

2 Corinthians 8

2 Corinthians 8

2 Corinthians 8 – The comparison of one to another can backfire in hopes the person being compared will hear the challenge and respond. The individual digs…

2 Corinthians 7

2 Corinthians 7

2 Corinthians 7 – 2 words. 2 words that mean nothing unless they are followed by action. “I’m sorry” all too often slips from our lips when…

2 Corinthians 6

2 Corinthians 6

2 Corinthians 6 – King Hezekiah was one of the good rulers of Israel. Working in tandem with the prophet Isaiah he reformed the land and cleaned…

2 Corinthians 5

2 Corinthians 5

2 Corinthians 5 – “For the love of Christ controls us.” – 2 Corinthians 5:14 Everything Paul did, all he endured, the relationships he sought and maintained,…

2 Corinthians 4

2 Corinthians 4

2 Corinthians 4 – It’s easy to say, “Pick yourself up,” “Stop focusing on the negative,” “This too will pass”. These statements flow so easily from our…

2 Corinthians 3

2 Corinthians 3

2 Corinthians 3 – “You are our letter, written in our hearts, known and read by all men; being manifested that you are a letter of Christ,…

2 Corinthians 2

2 Corinthians 2

2 Corinthians 2 – “Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but deceitful are the kisses of an enemy.” Proverbs 27:6 As Paul Harvey famously states, “And…

2 Corinthians 1

2 Corinthians 1

2 Corinthians 1 – Between the first letter Paul wrote to the church in Corinth and this one much had happened. His first letter gave advice in…

1 Corinthians 16

1 Corinthians 16

1 Corinthians 16 – “But I will come to you after I go through Macedonia, for I am going through Macedonia; and perhaps I will stay with…

1 Corinthians 15

1 Corinthians 15

1 Corinthians 15 – Truly, Paul writes of some of the deepest foundations and hopes of Christ and belief. Jesus died for our sins, He rose again,…

1 Corinthians 14

1 Corinthians 14

1 Corinthians 14 – Several years ago, then superstar Adele performed at an award show.  People were anticipating such a terrific performance as she never…

1 Corinthians 13

1 Corinthians 13

1 Corinthians 13 – “People of little religion are always noisy; he who has not the love of God and man filling his heart is like an…

1 Corinthians 12

1 Corinthians 12

1 Corinthians 12 – “Now about spiritual gifts…” Paul begins. He has laid out many tangible things and issues for the church to consider and turns things…

1 Corinthians 11

1 Corinthians 11

1 Corinthians 11 – “Be imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 11:1 What a challenge.  Follow my example in how I…

1 Corinthians 10

1 Corinthians 10

1 Corinthians 10 – “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” –George Santayana The Life of Reason 1905 Paul brings a history 101…

1 Corinthians 9

1 Corinthians 9

1 Corinthians 9 – You peel back more of the underlying issues of the Corinthian Believers and Paul’s defense here and realize he had his hands full….

1 Corinthians 8

1 Corinthians 8

1 Corinthians 8 – “But take care that this liberty of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak.” – 1 Corinthians 8:9 Knowledge…

1 Corinthians 7

1 Corinthians 7

1 Corinthians 7 – Paul writes about sex and marriage and purity is tied in here as well. This passage may seem a bit odd at first…

1 Corinthians 6

1 Corinthians 6

1 Corinthians 6 – “Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord…

1 Corinthians 5

1 Corinthians 5

1 Corinthians 5 – It is by far some of the toughest statements Paul makes to the church.  He’s not only calling these out for allowing something…

1 Corinthians 4

1 Corinthians 4

1 Corinthians 4 – “Let a man regard us in this manner, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.” – 1 Corinthians 4:1…

1 Corinthians 3

1 Corinthians 3

1 Corinthians 3 – There’s a strange division among the church of Corinth.  Paul hits it head on.  Some are followers of Paul, looking to him as…

1 Corinthians 2

1 Corinthians 2

1 Corinthians 2 – When we think of Paul consider the fact he was a brilliant scholar and teacher.  He had been trained in the Scriptures, learned…

1 Corinthians 1

1 Corinthians 1

1 Corinthians 1 – Corinth was a major cosmopolitan hub in Achaia.  A seaport and major trade center, it buzzed with people coming and going and life…

Psalm 150

Psalm 150

Psalm 150 – Psalm 150 – As Psalm 150 brings this beautiful book to a close there is no real teaching, no explanation even in the writings. It is simply a call…

Psalm 149

Psalm 149

Psalm 149 – Psalm 149 – Psalms 149:1 NASB  Praise the LORD! Sing to the LORD a new song, And His praise in the congregation of the godly ones…

Psalm 148

Psalm 148

Psalm 148 – Psalm 148 – We probably don’t think much of the greatness of all of creation giving praise and worship to our God. From the very heights to the depths,…

Psalm 147

Psalm 147

Psalm 147 – Psalm 147 – It begins and ends with “Praise the Lord!” In 20 verses we read of the overarching protection and preservation of His people…

Psalm 146

Psalm 146

Psalm 146 – Psalm 146 – James Boice writes: “In the earlier psalms, we have studied the writers’ griefs, shames, sins, doubts, and fears. We have…

Psalm 145

Psalm 145

Psalm 145 – Psalm 145 – Crossroads.  Sometimes as we approach these on our journey we struggle.  Many a time coming to such a place has left our footprints behind of burdens…

Psalm 144

Psalm 144

Psalm 144 – Psalm 144 – Spiritual warfare is part of our daily lives.  As Believers in Jesus, when we made our allegiance to Him, the enemy put a bounty on our…

Psalm 143

Psalm 143

Psalm 143 – Psalm 143 – David went seemingly from one crisis to another.  Crisis brings out all kinds of reactions from us.  We can knee-jerk with our words or actions.  We…