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HOW'S YOUR CREDIT SCORE?
November 24th, 2021
We are confronted so often these days regarding our credit scores. Television commercials try to tell us how we can increase our credit score. Online businesses try to exact fees from us to increase our credit scores. Loan companies routinely check our credit scores. Our credit score is important!In Romans 4, part of today’s reading we read - multiple times - that God credits to us His righteousne...
NO EXCUSES AT THE JUDGEMENT
November 23rd, 2021
In Romans chapter one the Bible clearly tells us that there will be no “excuse” or defense a person can give if he or she does not believe the Good News about Jesus. Every person’s personal responsibility to believe in and put their faith in Jesus Christ is highlighted in this chapter. A list of wrong choices and sins by humans is given that explains why God’s wrath is coming upon unbelievers.For ...
WAIT UNTIL THE LORD COMES
November 19th, 2021
Today’s One Year Bible reading from 1 Corinthians 4-7 covers topics as diverse as attitudes towards leaders (ch. 4), immorality in the church (ch. 5), lawsuits among believers (ch. 6), teaching on sexual immorality (ch. 6) and teaching on marriage and divorce (ch. 7). Wow, that’s a lot to think about! Still, the various teachings are relevant and needed today even as they were for the Corinthian b...
FUN IN THE SHORT-RUN
November 17th, 2021
Paul writes to the Thessalonians concerning ‘last days’ and says something that should serve as a warning to all of us. Paul says, because certain people did not believe the truth, “God will send upon them a deluding influence so that they will believe what is false, in order that they all may be judged who did not believe the truth, but took pleasure in wickedness.” (2 Th. 2:11-12). What is notic...
SOME WILL SURELY BELIEVE
November 16th, 2021
Nothing exceeds thy power,Nothing is too great for thee to do,Nothing too good for thee to give.Infinite is thy might, boundless thy love,limitless thy grace, glorious thy saving name.Let angels sing for sinners repenting, prodigals restored,backsliders reclaimed, Satan’s captives released,blind eyes opened, broken hearts bound up,the despondent cheered, the self-righteous stripped,the formalist d...
POWER IN ABIDING
November 12th, 2021
Acts 12:6-14:20The book of Acts is such a great case study for how God can work in and through us to bring others into His kingdom. Here we can see examples of people abiding in Christ—and how God honors that abiding:                                                                                                                                            The church in Jerusalem fervently prays for...
GOD DOES NOT SHOW FAVORITISM
November 11th, 2021
Today's reading recounts the familiar account of Peter's vision telling him to go with some men to Cornelius' house. This man was a Gentile, and Jews despised Gentiles. When Peter arrived and heard how God had told Cornelius to call him, Acts 10:34-35 (NET) reports, Then Peter started speaking: “I now truly understand that God does not show favoritism in dealing with people, but in every nation th...
WHAT COMES BEFORE (Acts 8-9)
November 10th, 2021
As I read these two chapters of the books of Acts, I could not help but wonder about some of the things that had gone on before. We read today of Philip casting out demons and the city rejoicing. We were thrilled when the Ethiopian Eunuch trusted Christ and was baptized. We were awed when Peter raised Dorcas from the dead. And Aeneas…8 years being bed-ridden then healed!?!? And so much more. But I...
STEPHEN, FULL OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
November 9th, 2021
Acts 6:1- 8:1This story of Stephen is one of my favorite stories in the NT. It is a favorite because Stephen full of the Holy Spirit gives the first Walk thru the Bible survey course. I’ve been teaching this story for over 40 years, and I see something different in it every time I read it. God’s Word is like that you know. Here is one of the seven new deacons added to the ministry of the Apostles ...
THERE IS A FRIEND WHO STICKS CLOSER THAN A BROTHER
November 5th, 2021
In today’s reading we read the account of Jesus’ burial in each of the four gospels. All four gospels give us a slightly different perspective on the events surrounding Jesus’ burial. But all four record that Joseph of Arimathea, a member of the Sanhedrin, and a secret disciple of Jesus went to Pilate and requested the body of Jesus for burial. Under Roman law, prisoners sentenced to death forfeit...
WHO IS JESUS TO YOU?
November 3rd, 2021
I ask, who is Jesus to you?In Mark 15:2, Pilate asked Jesus, “Are you king of the Jews?” It was a question of life or death. He answered not with a “yes” or “no” but with a statement: “you have said so.” If Jesus had answered him directly, Pilate might have pronounced a judgment and been done with Him. Instead, Jesus essentially forced Pilate to answer the question “who do you say I am?” (Mark 8:2...
WHAT ARE YOU MADE OF?
November 2nd, 2021
Mk. 14:53-15:1; Mt. 26:57-27:10; Lk. 22:54-71; Jn. 18:25-27 I recently re-watched one of my favorite movies, “The Dark Knight.” In it, Heath Ledger gave his last and greatest performance. As the Joker, he delivered many lines that provoke the heart and mind, but one that always stands out to me is his commentary on death: “In their last moments, people show you who they really are.” As we look...
DO YOU HAVE A PART WITH JESUS?
October 29th, 2021
John’s account of the Passover Meal in the Upper Room is by far the most descriptive of what took place, but says nothing of the institution of the Lord’s Supper. It also gives us the most information concerning what Jesus said and did during the meal. In the footnotes in my Bible, the editors point out that in the first twelve chapters of John, Jesus mentions love six times but in chapters 13-17 ...
TRIBULATION MERCY
October 27th, 2021
Jesus, in describing the events of the end, states in Mark 13:19, “For in those days there will be such tribulation as has not been from the beginning of the creation…until now, and never will be.” The difficulty and trial of the end of the age will be worse than anyone can imagine. The earth and humanity has not experienced anything as disastrous! Yet, our God in His grace states in a verse follo...
MIND VERSUS HEART
October 26th, 2021
The Lord Jesus strove to challenge even the religious leaders to believe in Him. He sometimes used difficult questions. While discussing the Christ, Jesus asked “Whose son is He?” They responded, “the son of David.” Then He references Psalm 110:1 with a profound question. If they answered correctly, it would open their understanding of the Messiah. Let me paraphrase: King David wrote Psalm 110 in ...
SEEING THROUGH THE COMMOTION
October 22nd, 2021
Today’s passages in the One Year Bible include the familiar account of Jesus healing two blind beggars near Jericho (Matt. 20:29-34, Mark 10:46-52, Luke 18:35-43). As I read through these accounts, I found myself contemplating one aspect of the situation that doesn’t get much attention. These two blind men were sitting beside the road, begging. Hearing the noise of a crowd walking by, they asked ...
WHERE ARE THE OTHER 9?
October 20th, 2021
Luke 17:11-19In today’s text Jesus is seen to heal 10 lepers. These 10 all cried out for the Lord to heal them. Jesus’ instructions were that they go show themselves to the priests. As they were doing what He had instructed, they were healed. Interestingly, only one of the 10 returned to express gratitude to Jesus. Jesus demonstrates His surprise at their ingratitude with this question, “Were not ...
DO YOU BELIEVE THIS? (JOHN 11)
October 19th, 2021
When Jesus hears that Lazarus was deathly ill, He stayed where He was. In fact the logic of the two verses suggests that He stayed two days longer where He was—therefore allowing Lazarus to die—because He loved Mary, Martha, and Lazarus.Here we all pause and ask almost instinctively, how is this loving?There are at least 2 reasons:1.  It is loving because Jesus knew what He was going to do—namely,...
HOW TO GO TO HEAVEN
October 15th, 2021
In Luke chapter 10 Jesus was asked, “What must I do to go to heaven?” Jesus’ answer could be summed up as “Just be perfect!” when He replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.” Only Jesus Himself as God could keep such lofty standards of perfection. Notice it does not say the r...
YEAH, BUT ...!
October 13th, 2021
(Mk 9:14-50; Mt. 17:14-27; Lk 9:37-50; Mt 18:1-35)Our minds always seem to want to secure an advantage regardless the circumstance. I regularly hear, from adults and children, “Yeah, but…!” It is a way of saying, “I heard what you said but think I have a better idea…one that will benefit me!” Your doctor advises, “You should go on a diet” and you say, “Yeah, but how do I stop eating Krispy Kreme?!...