March 6, 2022
In amazement we read how Jesus, the All-knowing God, called Judas “friend” when Judas is in the act of betraying Him. Such love, mercy, and grace extended to the sinner, but the prophet Joel is warning of the coming day of the Lord when the sinner who rejects Christ will fall under judgment. He urges his people to tell the children. Are we warning our children and others?
February 27, 2022
I Peter is written by the apostle of whom Jesus had asked, “Peter, do you love Me?” Peter’s faith was exhibited in his walk right up to the time he was crucified upside down. God has a divine purpose for what takes place and Peter proclaims that truth. ”If need be” was his focus. Can it be ours?
February 20, 2022
Can we get so hard that we too would question God and ask Him, “In what way have You loved us?” The Bible is saturated with proof of His love: salvation as a gift, security that He’ll never leave us, a Shepherd who feeds us. He doesn’t leave us. We leave Him! Let’s watch out for those things that would lead us to stray.
February 13, 2022
The book was written by James, a half-brother of the Lord. He wanted to encourage believers to be committed. James 1:15 warns us, “When desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin, and sin when it is full-grown, brings forth death.” Wisdom to apply what we learn is so needed. It is readily available to us if we are in the Word. Like James promotes, may we be doers and not hearers only.
February 6, 2022
Ezekiel is another prophet of God, who was told to minister to a people who wouldn’t listen. He saw the glory of God, was given a commission, and was expected to go. He consumed God’s Word and received strength to go forth, even though the loss of his wife might have caused another man to refuse the commission. Believers who have experienced God’s love and mercy in their own lives want to fulfill His will also.
January 30, 2022
Jeremiah, the weeping prophet who authored Lamentations, was moved by the destruction that lay before him in Jerusalem. Centuries later, Jesus also wept over Jerusalem because of the carnage/destruction that was coming. Hardness of heart – desire to be like the nations around them led to this. Oh, that we’d listen and make our relationship with God a priority over everything else.
January 23, 2022
The book of Hebrews challenges the Hebrews and all who come to Christ by faith to rest in His finished work. The Lamb of God provides an anchor for the soul. We are safe and secure if we put our trust in Him.
January 16, 2022
Jeremiah, the weeping prophet, cared about his people. God gave him the difficult job of warning Israel of impending judgment for deliberately setting Him aside for falsehoods. The Word of God is our guide. It is truth to be believed and applied, not denied.
January 9, 2022
What does the weaponry of the Christian look like? What comes to mind is faith, love, a prayer life, a walk that honors our Savior, and a run that exhibits endurance. It has nothing to do with a battering ram, mace, and guns. How many battles do we read about in the Old Testament where God alone defeated the enemy! May we honor the One whom David recognized as the God of the Armies of Israel and the One whom Joshua knew as Commander of the army of the Lord and do what's good!
January 2, 2022
Animal instinct serves the donkey and the ox. They know they'll find safe haven in their master's stall. We should know where we can find refuge. We should know to whom we belong and live in His will.