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Archive for January 2014

Acts 3-7 – “beginning from Jerusalem”

January 17, 2014

  When Jesus presented to the apostles what many call “the great commission,” He told them they would preach the gospel “beginning from Jerusalem” (Luke 24:47).  With the preaching in Jerusalem came problems.  First there was the external problem of persecution.  It started with Peter and John being threatened (Acts 4:1-22), expanded to all the […]

Matthew – “to fulfill what was spoken”

January 16, 2014

The gospel according to Matthew focuses on the Jewish audience, often pointing out things that happened “to fulfill what was spoken” by God through the prophets – especially in identifying Jesus as the fulfillment of prophecies concerning the Messiah.  This book is the only one in the Bible to use the phrase “the kingdom of […]

Joel – “rend your heart and not your garments”

January 15, 2014

The beginning of the book of Joel paints the picture of a terrible locust plague coming from the Lord upon Judah and devastating the land (1-2:11), yet it ends with the Lord restoring the land (2:18-32) and judging all the enemies of Judah (3).  What would lead to such a change?  The Lord’s love and […]

Job 2 – “with no one speaking a word”

January 14, 2014

  “ Now when Job’s three friends heard of all this adversity that had come upon him,… they made an appointment together to come to sympathize with him and comfort him.” (Job 1:11).  Have you found yourself in a similar situation, sympathizing with a friend going through adversity and wanting to comfort him/her?  What do you […]

Genesis 2 – Man and marriage

January 13, 2014

“Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness,…” (Genesis 1:27).  With these words “the LORD God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.” (2:7).  God gave him the work of cultivating and keeping the garden of Eden […]

Acts 1-2 – “when the Holy Spirit has come upon you”

January 10, 2014

While the Holy Spirit has been involved in the world since creation (Genesis 1:2), He continued the work Jesus started of guiding and instructing the apostles.  Just as had been promised (John 14-16; Acts 1:1-8), the Holy Spirit came upon the apostles in Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:1-4).  Through His guidance they […]

John – “In the beginning was the Word”

January 9, 2014

When God created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1), Christ was there.  As John stated it, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was in the beginning with God.  All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into […]

Obadiah – O-bad-Edom

January 8, 2014

In the shortest book in the Old Testament – and the only one with just one chapter – Obadiah prophesied against Edom.  A good way to remember this is that O-bad-iah prophesied against O-bad-Edom.  Who were the Edomites, and what was so bad about them?  They were descendents of Esau and seemed to hold a […]

Job 1-2 – “Have you considered My servant Job?”

January 7, 2014

God asked Satan this question (Job 1:8; 2:3), and it is also a question to ask yourself.  “How should I live?”  Have you considered Job?  “…that man was blameless, upright, fearing God and turning away from evil.” (1:1).  “This is more than I can bear.”  Have you considered Job?  In a moment he lost his […]

Genesis 1 – “In the beginning God…”

January 6, 2014

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1).  No explanation of God is given, only the acknowledgment of His existence.  Before the beginning, God was.  Can you truly comprehend that?  Me neither. Not only did He exist in the beginning, He also created everything.  How?  By speaking it all into being: […]