II Samuel 1

The books of I and II Samuel tell the stories of three men who rule over Israel: Samuel (the last judge of Israel), Saul (the first king of Israel), and David (the second and greatest king of Israel).  The largest parts of both books are devoted to David (interestingly, the namesake of the books is […]

Galatians 1:1-5

Galatians is considered by most to be Paul’s first epistle.  It is likely written to churches he started on his first missionary journey (Acts 13-14).  The letter seems to be a response to disturbing reports about new teaching that has infiltrated the churches in Paul’s absence and misled the new converts. False teachers have told […]

Malachi 4:4-6

What would you say to someone you were not going to talk to again for four centuries?  What final words of wisdom would you leave with them?  After six condemnations of Israel, God ends the message of Malachi with a charge and a promise.  He commands the people to remember the law – the very […]

Malachi 3:13-4:3

It makes sense that a people who do not care about honoring God with their sacrifices and tithes do not think much about coming judgment.  It also makes sense that people who treat worship as an afterthought and have a low view of God do not understand that justice delayed is not justice in doubt.  […]

Romans 8:31-39

This portion of scripture has been called the Christian’s Triumph Song because it shows in ultimate terms that victory belongs to the redeemed.  As believers we sometimes forget to step back from the day-to-day trials and discouragements that make up life in a fallen world and remember that our biggest problem has been solved.  We […]

Romans 8:26-30

In our earlier study of verses 12-13 we said that the answer to the question of who is responsible for our sanctification, God or us, is ‘yes.’  We both have responsibility.  We are responsible for choosing to live according to the Spirit, but we never live alone if we’re in the Spirit and we can’t […]

Romans 8:18-25

The Christian life is a study in contrasts.  We live in the world but aren’t of it.  We’re redeemed children free from sin’s authority who fight sin every day.  We walk in the power of the Spirit who indwells us in a body of death that fights against us.  We have faith in the eternal […]