Prayer Idea

I thought I’d pass along something I started doing last year that I’ve really liked.  It’s nothing all that new in that people have been praying through Paul’s prayers for generations, but I took it a step further for my own use and thought you might find it helpful. I took three prayers of Paul […]

Deuteronomy 5:16

The Ten Commandments really give us a blueprint for who we are apart from sin.  They are a guide to our true selves if we did not live in a world horribly altered by sin or if we were not conceived in sin.  They show life in God’s image. As such the Law is a […]

Deuteronomy 5:11-15

The Ten Commandments break into two sections.  The first section – commandments 1 through 4 – addresses our relationship with God.  This section is summarized as you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength (the greatest commandment – Matt 22:37-38).  The second […]

Deuteronomy 5:1-10

Moses begins his second address to the nation.  Now that he has established God’s faithfulness to Israel and how He has brought the nation to this place, Moses turns to the Law.  For Israel to be successful and live long in the Promised Land the people must know and keep the Law.  Moses has established […]

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 […]

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 […]