Deuteronomy 4:1-40

Moses comes to the end of his first sermon.  After giving the Israelites a history lesson on all that has happened since they left Egypt, he now begins to transition to his second address where he will remind them of the commands of the Law.  In this chapter he extols the nature and achievements of […]

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 […]