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Judges 13-16 – Samson and Eve #1

| September 6, 2017

They say young men marry women that remind them of their mothers. For me I know that was true, except younger! The story of Samson can be told by contrasting his mother to his women. In Judges 13, while unnamed, the wife of Manoah and Samson’s mother is the main character. It is she who […]

Nehemiah – Prayer

| June 9, 2017

The prayer passages with a description of each which help us understand various types and occasions for prayer: Prayer in Nehemiah Preparation Prayer – 1:4-11 Prompt Prayer 2:4 Persecution Prayer – 4:4-5 Protection Prayer – 4:9 Promise Prayer #1 – 5:13 Pastoral Prayer – 5:19 Power Prayer 6:9 Perceptive Prayer – 6:14 Praising Prayer#1 – […]

Isaiah 42-53 – The Servant Songs

| February 14, 2017

The Servant Songs of Isaiah In studying the Servant Songs there is a definite and surprisng move from brightness to darkness. The first sings of God’s pleasure in His Servant and how the Servant will not break a bruised reed (Isa.42:1-4). The second has the Servant singing a melancholy song of depression; while questioning His […]

Isaiah 49:4 – Did Jesus Ever Get Depressed?

| February 11, 2017

Did Jesus ever get depressed, despondent, or at least disappointed in His impact on others? Last night we had an enlightening and hopefully uplifting – because misery loves company – time with the 2nd Servant Song (Isaiah 49:1ff). We recalled the many NT passages which gave reality to the first two lines of v.4 which […]

Acts 2 – The New Exodus

| February 11, 2017

Jewish tradition states the Day of Pentecost in Acts 2 took place on the same calendar day as God came down on Sinai to deliver the Law to Israel. Historically then in order: 1) the Israelites “plundered” the Egyptians; 2) The Israelites crossed the Red Sea; 3) The Israelites received the Law. When we come […]

Isaiah 42:6; 49:8 – Jesus Is Our Covenant

| February 3, 2017

How much better is the New Covenant than the Old? Excluding all the “betters” of Hebrews, the Servant Songs of Isaiah say Yahweh will appoint Jesus to be a covenant for the people (42:6; 49:8). Just think about that. We don’t have a covenant with God. Jesus is God’s covenant with us, and our covenant […]

Psalm 25:3 – Waiting

| January 26, 2017

Psalms 25:3 (CSB) No one who waits for You will be disgraced; those who act treacherously without cause will be disgraced – If we see two groups of people, we see correctly. However, if we only see that the first group will not be disgraced…then we are missing an important reality that many ignore. Some […]

Proverbs 18:13,17 – Listening to Yourself Teach

| December 7, 2016

Studying with people with whom you disagree can be spiritually beneficial even if you are not having an impact on them. It can help you sharpen what you believe. By this I do not mean help you make better arguments or even remember scriptures for what you want to prove. I do mean that we […]

Isaiah 53:5 – Ra Ra Religion

| December 7, 2016

Ra Ra Religion (Isaiah 53:5): The Physician’s Assistant meant well, but her theological pablum did not feed my soul. After surgery I had my post-op appointment. Because I waited three years, my crushed nerves “might heal in a day, a year, or never heal”. That was her medical opinion. Her theological opinion was, “by His […]

Psalms – A Broken Hallelujah

| December 7, 2016

A Broken Hallelujah (The Psalms) – My faith has moods. Leonard Cohen recently died and so his song Hallelujah has been on the minds of many. A Catholic Priest asked a woman to sing it at his church, but she didn’t think the lyrics were a proper fit. I can sympathize. So she wrote other […]