The Lord has a plan for you. These plans of His are for you to prosper, give you hope and a future. Smack-dab in the center of those plans involves the city in which God has planted you. Whether it is for a season in life (for the Israelites in Babylon it was to be […]
Isaiah is the first book in the section called the Major Prophets. Within its pages are proclamations with incredible detail and great hope of the coming Savior, Jesus! The prophet Isaiah foretells of the Messiah who will come and bring new life through His death. We will examine the prophecies concerning Jesus and their fulfillment […]
Isaiah saw a vision of The Lord seated on His throne with the heavenly hosts worshiping Him in vast array. Isaiah, shaken to his core, responded in two very significant ways. First, he was painfully aware that he was a man of unclean lips; his words were not set apart to God—that mattered greatly. He […]
The book of Ecclesiastes gives a helpful insight into the wisdom of Solomon. Not only was it Holy Spirit inspired wisdom, but it was also informed by a life of experience where he tried many pleasures, vices, and longings. Why do the righteous get what the wicked deserve? Why are there times that are bad, […]
Scripture implores us to not be anxious about anything. Anxiety is defined as a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome. When we feel a surge of anxiety, it is in direct relation and proportion to our thoughts and our trust. Psalm 139 says that […]
Man’s continual fight with sin brings us face to face with the glorious gospel. Our God does not treat us as our sins deserve; His love is great for those who are in awe of Him. The Psalm we are letting pour over us this week declares that when we are forgiven; our sin is […]
We all feel like sometimes God is a million miles away. During these times we ask the following questions: Why doesn’t He rescue us? Why are we allowed to continue to suffer? Why doesn’t He hear our prayers, our pleas? Why can we not hear Him? Why doesn’t He speak? The psalmist, Asaph gives us […]
In Psalm 34 David gives praise and thanks to God for delivering him from his enemies. He attributes his favor with God and success as a leader to “The Fear of the Lord” He gives many instructions as to what the fear of the Lord is and how it manifests in a believer’s life.
On this Father’s Day, we celebrate our heavenly Father and embrace His role in our lives! One of the best pictures of His active presence engaged in our daily lives is in the 23rd Psalm. David intimately and passionately reveals ways that the Lord is our Shepherd and how that affects us. Great imagery because […]
A person who helps at a difficult time is a truly reliable person and a true friend. Job was a man in deep anguish with great loss and pain. We will look at his friends that came onto the scene; what they did that was helpful and what was destructive. Instead of providing encouragement to […]
Job had the world cave in on him. We have all had a taste of that in our own lives. He lost everything that was dear to him. The pain was so great he ached. Instead of cursing God, shaking his fist toward the sky and blaming Him, or making an inward pact that he […]
We must learn, just as the people rebuilding the wall of Jerusalem under Nehemiah’s leadership learned; constructing and fighting go hand in hand. Those who were repairing the breached wall had a tool in one hand and a weapon in the other to defend themselves and their families from attack. We are very much involved […]
King Josiah has a heart toward God like his forefather David had. He tore down altars for other gods and purified the land and temple. As his men are cleaning out the temple they find the Book of the Law of the Lord that had been given through Moses. When the king heard the words […]
Asa, king of Judah lived a life that was marked by a roller coaster of faith in God. When a mighty army of Cushites came against Judah, he cried out to the Lord and the Lord struck down his forceful enemy. He and the people made a covenant to seek the Lord with every bit […]
When the ark of the covenant that represented the presence of God came to rest in Jerusalem; David appointed ministers before the ark. They ministered to the Lord with music and those who served did so “with their sons.” On this Mother’s Day we will look through Scripture at various parents and children (both physical […]
Because of their wholesale sinning and departure from the Lord; the Israelites are captured and exiled to Assyria. The king of Assyria then brings Gentile people from other lands to settle in Samaria in their place. The new Gentile residents began to worship the Lord, but they also served their own gods and persisted in […]
James 5:17 says Elijah was a human, just like us. We will discover Elijah’s secret to faith, “Living by every word”, his mentoring of Elisha, The Double portion, and finally Gehazi’s corruption that prevented him from receiving the blessing.
King David knew that he was rescued and brought into a spacious place and said the reason was “because He delighted in me!” His son, King Solomon was assured of by God that anything he would ask of the Lord would be granted. Instead of riches, fame, or anything selfish; Solomon asked for wisdom and […]
In 1 Samuel 26, we read the story of David and Joab sneaking into Saul’s camp late one night. Joab encourages David to kill the sleeping King Saul because after all, “God has delivered him into your hand.” David responds in a way in which all of us need to pay close attention to. In […]
The kingdom of Israel was torn from Saul who was rejected as king. Why? Several reasons are listed in our text: he turned away from God; he did not carry out His instructions; he valued religion over obedience; he was in rebellion; he was arrogant; and he rejected the word of the Lord. Pretty good […]
Ruth is one of the most beloved stories in the Old Testament. It is a love story about overcoming great pain and odds, selflessness, redemption, and giving all for someone else. Not only does Jesus come from the lineage of Boaz and Ruth; but His gospel is also front and center!
Joshua 1:5-6 says, “No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their […]
The coming of Jesus is foretold that He will be a “prophet like Moses among the people.” We can learn much about Jesus by seeing Moses’ relationship to the people he delivered from slavery. Jesus is our mediator; Jesus rescues; He performs miracles; He leads people and intercedes for them; He models a close relationship […]
Moses was highly favored by God; he was privileged to speak to God face to face, as a friend. This same man that God used mightily to rescue His people from slavery, bringing them into their inheritance in the Promised Land was not allowed to enter himself. Instead, God took Moses onto a high mountain […]