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THE LORD CALLED SAMUEL AND CALLS US
April 9th, 2021
1 Samuel 3:4 says, “Then the Lord called Samuel.” The time was right for Samuel to start his ministry and God let him know it. It reminds me of others in the Bible who were called to begin a ministry for the Lord. I think of Moses who was given the job of delivering the Israelites from captivity, receiving the 10 Commandments, and guiding them through the desert. Abraham also received his calling ...
GOD HAS A PLAN FOR EACH OF US
April 8th, 2021
From the One Year Bible Reading from today, history proves that the Sovereign Father God has created a place for each individual in time and has a plan for their life.......
WE NEED A SAVIOR - A KING!
April 6th, 2021
Wow! As I read Judges 19-21, I am left puzzled by all that happens. It is a struggle to process this from my Western mindset. You have a Levite who takes a concubine for himself. She leaves and goes home to her father’s house. The father delays the Levite from taking his daughter back home. They finally leave and end up staying in Gibeah, where a man sees them and decides to allow them to stay at ...
GOD GIVES VICTORY AND BLESSING TO THOSE WHO OBEY
April 2nd, 2021
The nation Israel is the people of GOD. He chose Israel to make Himself known to the nations of the world. In the Holy scriptures we learn that GOD is Spirit and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and truth. A spirit cannot be seen with the naked eye. So GOD used Israel as His visible vehicle to reveal Himself to the world. Israel as a nation had turned from serving and obeying GOD a...
SIN - REPENT - SALVATION - REPEAT ...
April 1st, 2021
Judges 3:31-6:40Salvation and redemption are constants in Christian life. The ultimate sacrifice made by Y’shua (Jesus of Nazareth) for the redemption of our sins places us in a position that makes forgiveness and redemption readily available. For me, there is a peace in knowing that the price for my sin is already paid for through Jesus Christ, with earnest repentance being my only requirement. H...
PUT DOWN YOUR PENCILS
March 31st, 2021
Have you ever faced a VERY DIFFICULT test?! What was your feeling when that test was finally over? The book of Judges opens with the nation of Israel failing to do all the Lord commanded them. The Lord told Israel to drive out all the nations who were in the land and that He would go before them guaranteeing them victory. But they failed to eliminate these nations completely. Consequently, the Lor...
LETTING PEOPLE KNOW YOU BELONG TO CHRIST
March 30th, 2021
The children of Israel had conquered the land that God had given them. Joshua blessed them and sent them to their inheritances with a blessing and a warning. He said in Joshua 22:5,”But be careful to keep the commandment and the law that Moses the servant of the Lord gave you: to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to Him, to keep His commands, to hold fast to Him and to serve Him with al...
FINISHING WELL
March 26th, 2021
"I was forty years old when Moses the servant of the Lord sent me from Kadesh-barnea to spy out the land, and I brought word back to him as it was in my heart… I followed the Lord my God fully… the Lord has let me live… I am eighty-five years old today… Now… give me this hill country… with great fortified cities; perhaps the Lord will be with me, and I will drive them out as the Lord has spoken.....
THE 'EYES' HAVE IT!
March 24th, 2021
Achan’s sin that caused the nation to be defeated by the men of Ai is the focus of today’s Chronological Bible Reading. The defeat at Ai costs 36 soldiers’ lives and the reputation of the Lord suffered as Israel retreated. And then when the Lord revealed why the nation had been defeated, Achan’s sin cost his entire family and all his livestock their lives. Achan’s sin found its beginning somewhere...
WHAT IF
March 23rd, 2021
Joshua was a pretty famous guy. He makes his way into a lot of sermons for his faith, both before entering the land of Canaan and during its conquest. Probably his most known moment was the defeat of Jericho. His faith was on display before that though, as he faced his first test as the leader of Israel. Between the children of Israel and their land of promise was the Jordan river in full flood st...
HEART AND SOUL
March 19th, 2021
In today’s Bible reading (Deuteronomy 26-29) God tells Moses to write down the blessings that come from following His law and the curses that will come to those who don’t. Repeating again and again the consequences of faithfulness and unfaithfulness, God pleads for His people to obey Him and warns them what will occur if they don’t.The content of this section is clear but God repeats it several ti...
IF - THEN
March 18th, 2021
Deuteronomy 21:10 -25:19.My first reading through this section of Deuteronomy. I was interested in the details of the "if - then" scenarios. And how some sections were then followed by additional "if -then" s.The majority of the multiple "if-then" had to do with the human-human interaction. Wives, sons & brothers, oh my.  But that is the nature of laws. They have to try to anticipate the unknown. ...
BE PROUD OF YOUR KING...UNLESS HE'S A PROUD KING
March 17th, 2021
There is so much in today’s text that choosing one truth on which to focus is difficult. However, the following section caused me to stop and ponder. “Now it shall come about when he (your chosen king) sits on the throne of his kingdom, he shall write for himself a copy of this law on a scroll in the presence of the Levitical priests. It shall be with him and he shall read it all the days of his l...
THOUGHTS ON THE PASSOVER
March 16th, 2021
Deut. 16:5-8 Thoughts on the Passover…“The first Passover had been observed in the homes of the individual Israelites. But later after the central sanctuary was built (the place where God’s name would dwell; cf. 12:5, 11; 14:23; 16:2, 11; 26:1, 15), the Passover could be observed only there. This may have symbolized Israel’s birth as a nation at the Exodus, a nation meant to be a family with God a...
OBEDIENCE & DISOBEDIENCE
March 12th, 2021
Deuteronomy is a series of farewell messages given by Moses addressed to the generation destined to possess the land of promise. Like Leviticus, this book does not progress historically. It takes place entirely on the plains of Moab due east of Jericho and the Jordon River. It covers about one month in time. Deuteronomy was written at the end of the forty year period in the wilderness when the new...
REMEMBERING WHAT GOD HAS DONE
March 10th, 2021
God is very much into detail as evidenced in the passages about how the tabernacle was to be built and the details of how the sacrifices were to be done.  In our passage today in Num. 33, God has Moses write down the journey from Egypt to the Jordan River.  He wanted the Israelites to remember where they came from and how they got to their “Promised Land” – the place God gave them and prepared for...
APPALLED BY SIN
March 9th, 2021
Sin—and the inevitable death that it brings to all—has lost its shock for many of us. Postmodern sensibilities do not allow for the existence of God in the first place, let alone One completely sovereign in His execution of judgment upon all humanity. Gordon J. Wenham wisely observes that, despite prohibitions across the ancient world against adultery that specifically and near universally carried...
JESUS AND THE BRONZE SNAKE
March 5th, 2021
Numbers 21:8-9 says, “The Lord said to Moses, “Make a snake and put it up on a pole; anyone who is bitten can look at it and live.”  So Moses made a bronze snake and put it up on a pole. Then when anyone was bitten by a snake and looked at the bronze snake, they lived.”Jesus pointed back to these verses in John 3:14-15 when He was leading Nicodemus to salvation: “Just as Moses lifted up the snake ...
UNBELIEF...IT MAKES SENSE
March 2nd, 2021
In Number 13, the LORD tells Moses to, “send men to spy out the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the people of Israel.” And so for 40 days the spies surveyed the land. They saw the giants of the land, and the fortified cities. They saw the grapes and the pomegranates and the figs. They saw a land flowing with milk and honey. They saw ALL that the land had to offer, the good, the bad, and the u...
I HAVE NO CHOICE
March 1st, 2021
It grieves me when I hear the words “If I am going to obey God, I have no choice”. I hear them from wives, newly married, young marrieds or even veterans of marriage. It is even something I said to myself many times. The truth of the matter is women, we do have a choice, even if that choice is not pleasing to the Lord or even in disobedience to the Lord. We always have a choice. I hear this statem...