Deuteronomy 2-3

Moses continues his historical review of the journey from Egypt to the east side of the Jordan.  His listeners heard in Chapter 1 how their parents rebelled against the command of the Lord and refused to enter the land 38 years ago.  Moses now rehearses for them in Chapters 2 and 3 the journey from […]

Thank Who

I received an email from the local library today with a subject line of “Tis the Season of Gratitude.”  The body of the email reads as follows: The spotlight is on gratitude this season. Gratitude is defined as a feeling of thankfulness and appreciation. Experts tell us that practicing gratitude can improve mental health, strengthen […]

Some Things to Think About in November 2020

When I was in college, I had a job one summer pouring basement walls for large houses.  I was one of only two ‘college boys’ working on the crew (while everyone else had been on the crew for about 300 years each) and the crew chief liked to poke at us a bit.  One of […]

Christians and Trump

Everything is political now, isn’t it?  Nothing is benign.  The choices we make every day aren’t just choices; they’re political statements.  Things that used to be matters of convenience or preference have political overtones.  Use a straw at Starbucks; drive a Prius; drive a pickup truck; eat at Chick-fil-A; watch the NBA; believe the virus […]

Deuteronomy 1

Moses begins his first sermon to the children of Israel.  They are camped on the east bank of the Jordan preparing to enter the Promised Land.  God tells Moses to speak to them to prepare them to enter and conquer the land.  The first sermon he preaches will remind them of the history of their […]

Introduction to Deuteronomy

Historical BackgroundWhen Moses led Israel out of Egypt after the Passover, the nation traveled for roughly three months before coming to Sinai.  There God gave Moses the Law, the tabernacle was built, and many events transpired (golden calf, miracles of water provision, etc.) over approximately a year’s time.  From Sinai they traveled to Kadesh-barnea on […]

Galatians 6:11-18

Paul reaches the end of the letter.  He has argued against the false gospel of the legalists and their insistence on following the Law for salvation.  He has warned believers not to overreact to the false gospel by pursuing the deeds of the flesh.  He has advocated for righteous living through walking by the Spirit.  […]

Galatians 6:6-10

One of the ways believers can bear one another’s burdens – as Paul commanded in verse 2 – is to financially support those who teach the word.  Paul uses this command in verse 6 as a starting point to further apply his teaching on the importance of living by the Spirit.  How a believer walks […]

Galatians 5:26-6:5

Paul launches into the first practical implications of walking by the Spirit.  The Spirit-led man will interact with others differently than the man who walks on his own.  The one who walks by the Spirit will not think much of himself – he will not be boastful or challenging or envious.  Even more, he will […]

Conversation with the Holy Spirit

Me:   I know I’m not supposed to worry, but it’s really hard not to right now.  The whole world seems to be losing its collective mind.  Everything is changing; everything seems to be getting worse.  And the coming months could turn my whole life upside down. HS:    Yes they could. Me:   I’m not normally a […]

Fruit of the Spirit – Gentleness, Self-Control

See the study on Love and Joy for a full introduction to our continuing study of the Fruit of the Spirit.  One paragraph from that introduction bears repeating here: The intent of this study is not to send us out to work hard at bearing fruit.  It is impossible to simply decide to be gentle […]

Fruit of the Spirit – Peace & Patience

See the study on Love and Joy for a full introduction to our continuing study of the Fruit of the Spirit.  One paragraph from that introduction bears repeating here: The intent of this study is not to send us out to work hard at bearing fruit.  It is impossible to simply decide to be peaceful […]

Fruit of the Spirit – Love & Joy

Paul said in 5:16 that if we walk by the Spirit we will not carry out the desire of the flesh.  It follows then that if we walk by the Spirit we WILL bear its fruit.  The Christian life is not just a matter of what we avoid or what we are not.  It is […]

Galatians 5:16-25 Part 2

In Part 1 of our study of this text we discussed that verse 16 is the key to life.  Getting to a place where we WILL NOT carry out the desire of the flesh solves most problems in life.  We went through the rest of the text to find out how to walk by the […]

Galatians 5:16-25 (Part 1)

This text holds the key to all of life.  Walk by the Spirit and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.  In one short statement Paul solves all our problems.  If we do not carry out the desire of the flesh – if we do not sin – all life’s issues that […]

Gentle and Lowly – Dane Ortlund

This is a great book that I highly recommend. Below are some excerpts to give you a taste of the book and whet your appetite, or – if you’re a little more of a SparkNotes type – allow you to say you’ve read it without actually having to take the time. Come to me, all […]

Thought for Today 8/5/20

In that resurrection morning, when the Sun of Righteousness shall appear in the heavens, shining in all his brightness and glory, he will come forth as a bridegroom; he shall come in the glory of his Father, with all his holy angels. That will be a joyful meeting of this glorious bridegroom and bride indeed. […]

Galatians 5:1-12

Paul takes his argument up a notch.  He desperately wants the Galatians to understand the seriousness of what they consider.  He says if they continue in their wrong theology they will be severed from Christ and fallen from grace.  Christ died for the very reason that mankind would no longer be required to be in […]

Galatians 4:1-11

In this text Paul expands on his point from verses 24-26 in Chapter 3.  The Law was a guardian that led us to Christ, but now that Christ has come we are no longer under the authority of the guardian.  We are free.  We are sons of God through faith in Jesus Christ.  And as […]