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Archive for January 2014

Acts 9 – “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?”

January 31, 2014

This was Jesus’ question to Saul on the road to Damascus.  After being “in hearty agreement with putting (Stephen) to death,” Saul was the ringleader of “a great persecution that began against the church in Jerusalem.”  He “began ravaging the church, entering house after house, and dragging off men and women, he would put them […]

Luke – “so that you may know”

January 30, 2014

  “Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile an account of the things accomplished among us,  just as they were handed down to us by those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and servants of the word, it seemed fitting for me as well, having investigated everything carefully from the beginning, to write it out […]

Jonah – “who relents concerning calamity”

January 29, 2014

The book of Jonah describes God as “one who relents concerning calamity.”  He proved it on three occasions.  The first was when He saved the sailors (ch 1).  “The Lord hurled a great wind on the sea” that created their calamity (:4-7).  Jonah told them to throw him overboard to restore calm and keep from […]

Job 7 – “my life is but breath”

January 28, 2014

  Breath, flower, shadow – the book of Job uses these words to describe life.  A breath (7:7, 16) “appears for a little while and then vanishes away” (James 4:14), and so will you.  A flower “comes forth and withers” (Job 14:2), and so will you.  A shadow (8:9) “flees and does not remain” (14:2), […]

Gen 6-10 – “But Noah found favor”

January 27, 2014

  The crafty serpent deceived man to the point “that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.  The LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart.” (Genesis 6:5-6).  The […]

Acts 8 – “…and they were all scattered…”

January 24, 2014

This pivotal chapter begins with a reference to the stoning of Stephen when it says, “And on that day a great persecution began against the church in Jerusalem, and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles.” (Acts 8:1).  While persecution may not be considered a desired thing, it […]

Mark – “The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ,…”

January 23, 2014

  At 16 chapters, Mark’s gospel account is the shortest of the four.  What the other gospel writers spent their first four chapters covering, Mark summarized in one – not including anything about the genealogy or birth of Jesus, but instead beginning with John the Baptist proclaiming Him.  While not an apostle, Mark enjoyed much […]

Joel – “the day of the Lord”

January 22, 2014

  The three-chapter book of Joel contains the phrase “day of the Lord” more than any other book (five times).  One of the six times the phrase appears in the New Testament (Acts 2:20) is a quote from Joel 2:31.  So is it a day to look forward to or fear?  It depends on one’s […]

Job 5:17 – “Blessed is the man whom God corrects;…”

January 21, 2014

  Job’s friend Eliphaz said, “Blessed is the man whom God corrects;…”  (Job 5:17a).  Why should we consider God’s correction a blessing?  The writer of Hebrews gives us several answers: – It demonstrates His love.  “For the Lord disciplines the one He loves, and chastises every son whom He receives.” (12:6). – It makes us […]

Genesis 3-4 – “Now the serpent was more crafty…”

January 20, 2014

  Genesis 2 ends with a beautiful scene: “And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.” (:25).  Everything changed forever in the next chapter where we are introduced to Satan.  This crafty deceiver went to work on Eve, convincing her that the fruit God had forbidden them to eat from […]