Posts with the category “god”
Wednesday, June 28, 2023
June 28th, 2023
Acts 5 recorded the persecution that the apostles suffered at the hands of the Sadducees. This persecution was motivated by “jealousy” as these religious leaders plainly saw just how much ...
Monday, May 8, 2023
May 8th, 2023
Sometimes we hear the expression “pay it forward.” And we often speak of “paying it back.” When we are overcome with gratitude, it can be easy to wonder how we can express what we feel. Co...
Tuesday, May 2, 2023
May 2nd, 2023
We know from reading the Old Testament that Israel roamed in the wilderness for a long time after leaving Egypt and before entering the land that God promised them. It was a forty-year lon...
Thursday, April 27, 2023
April 27th, 2023
In Deuteronomy 1, we read about a rebellion against God. Amazing, isn’t it? Amazing that people who were liberated from bondage, set free from slavery and guided safely across the Red Sea ...
Wednesday, April 26, 2023
April 26th, 2023
The book of Deuteronomy comes from two different Greek words. “Deuteros” means second. “Nomos” means law. So, putting those words together, we have the second law of Moses. One key word...
Tuesday, April 25, 2023
April 25th, 2023
Yesterday, I was reading Leviticus 19-21 and found a recurring statement in these Old Testament chapters. It is a statement that captures us rather quickly when we read it many times. The...
Monday, April 24, 2023
April 24th, 2023
God’s promises are found throughout the Bible. Some promises are to specific people in specific situations. Other promises are for a specific time. Some promises were intended for Israel ...
Thursday, April 20, 2023
April 20th, 2023
One of the best-known blessings in the Bible can be found in Numbers. Like Leviticus, Numbers is not a book that many people read often or at all. But, like Leviticus, it is part of the bi...
Wednesday, April 19, 2023
April 19th, 2023
We all have ways of introducing ourselves. You might share your name or your vocation (or what you once did). You might share your address or hometown. You might share some details abou...
Tuesday, April 18, 2023
April 18th, 2023
When we read Leviticus, we learn about God’s expectations for how we are to approach Him and how we are to live. We learn about His standards for holiness and righteousness. In Leviticus...
Monday, April 17, 2023
April 17th, 2023
Leviticus is one book of the Bible that many believers often skip past. Not many Christians read it or study what it says. It is routinely overlooked and dismissed. I have never heard an...
March 28, 2023
March 28th, 2023
The word “refuge” can mean many things to many people. Synonyms can include sanctuary, safe-haven, safe-harbor and shelter. The Bible tells us that “God is our refuge and strength, an ev...
Monday, March 27, 2023
March 26th, 2023
In Exodus 20, God delivered the Ten Commandments to Moses. The moral law of God is captured in these commandments. The first four concern our relationship with the Lord. The last six co...
Wednesday, March 22, 2023
March 22nd, 2023
Soon after arriving safely on the other side of the Red Sea, Moses led the people of Israel in a song of celebration and praise (found in Exodus 15:1-18). God had just safely delivered Isra...
Monday, March 20, 2023
March 20th, 2023
Psalm 84 is a wonderful Psalm for enhancing your worship of the Lord. Fittingly, this Psalm opens by declaring “how lovely is your dwelling place, LORD Almighty” (84:1). And worship is a...
Wednesday, February 22, 2023
February 22nd, 2023
We often speak about God’s promises. And even more often, we have to claim them and rely on them. One aspect of faith is taking God at His Word and placing trust in His promises. In Gen...
Monday, February 20, 2023
February 20th, 2023
Can you imagine someone growing tired of God? Can you imagine someone wondering what good comes from a relationship with the Lord? How would one grow tired or bored by the amazing ways a...
Thursday, February 16, 2023
February 16th, 2023
Measurements can be important. The wrong measurements in clothing can be inconvenient. But wrong measurements in building a house or a skyscraper could be catastrophic. Chances are you...
Tuesday, February 7, 2023
February 7th, 2023
Paul wrote in Ephesians 6:10, “finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power.” What a blessing and encouragement to us! The good news is we can be strong in Him. We can do thing...
Wednesday, February 1, 2023
February 1st, 2023
Samuel Taylor Coleridge was an English poet and theologian. His writings were heavily influenced by various Old Testament books. One such book was Ezekiel. Coleridge once famously noted ...
Monday, January 9, 2023
January 9th, 2023
We find four powerful words in the opening four words of the Bible. “In the beginning God...” is the way the Bible starts (Genesis 1:1a). Those four words represent some profound theolog...
Thursday, July 7, 2022
July 7th, 2022
I Kings is a book of history in the Old Testament. At the beginning, David is nearing his death and preparing to hand off the throne to Solomon. One of Solomon’s crowning achievements (a...
Tuesday, June 21, 2022
June 21st, 2022
The second book of the Bible is Exodus. And part of this book chronicles the deliverance of Israel from captivity and slavery in Egypt. We learn how God moved in a mighty way to set His pe...
Tuesday, June 7, 2022
June 7th, 2022
Isaiah 33:3 says, “O LORD, be gracious to us; we long for you. Be our strength every morning, our salvation in a time of distress.” We can read these words as a plea or even a petition. ...
Monday, June 6, 2022
June 6th, 2022
Isaiah 29:13 says, “The Lord says: ‘These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.’” God was not pleased with either the wor...
Tuesday, May 31, 2022
May 31st, 2022
We know David as the writer of many of the Psalms that we have in our Bibles. His words of comfort and faith have encouraged so may people through the years. My guess is you have been b...
Wednesday, May 25, 2022
May 25th, 2022
We can easily find many passages in the Bible that speak to the power and strength of God. And likely, we can find many personal testimonies from people who have experienced divine streng...
Tuesday, May 24, 2022
May 24th, 2022
Ezekiel ended his prophecy after forty-eight chapters with a four-word state-ment: The LORD is there (Ezekiel 48:35). The prophet made a declarative statement. The LORD is there. The divi...
Wednesday, May 18, 2022
May 18th, 2022
In some Bibles, Isaiah 26 is captioned as a “song of praise.” The prophet blessed and praised God over the span of twenty-one verses. For instance, we find this often quoted and cherishe...
Tuesday, April 19, 2022
April 19th, 2022
“Beloved” is a rich Bible word. Depending upon the translation that you read and the context of a particular verse, “beloved” can be alternately used with the words “loved” or “love.” I...
Wednesday, March 23, 2022
March 23rd, 2022
Pondering is a fascinating activity. To ponder means “to weigh in one’s mind, to think about or to reflect upon.” We ponder when we are struggling for an answer. We ponder when we are bo...
Tuesday, March 22, 2022
March 22nd, 2022
Practically any conversations about God are limited at best. After all, we are humans and God is, well God. Last Friday, as I attended a Baptist gathering in Raleigh, I was fortunate to b...
Thursday, March 10, 2022
March 10th, 2022
Remembering is an important activity. We remember the things that have meaning and value. We remember experiences, people, situations and blessings. But we also remember trials, painful ...
Thursday, March 3, 2022
March 3rd, 2022
We know that God often spoke through prophets in the Bible. He used prophets to reveal something about His character. He spoke through prophets to announce the coming of His Son Jesus. Th...
Wednesday, February 16, 2022
February 16th, 2022
The Bible describes God’s attributes to us. It is impossible for humans like us to understand everything about God. After all, God is God. He is beyond our total or full discernment and...
Monday, February 14, 2022
February 14th, 2022
The love we find in God is perfect love. No love is greater. It is sufficient love. His love lacks nothing. It is expressed love. God shows His love to us. It is unconditional love. ...
Tuesday, February 8, 2022
February 8th, 2022
If someone asked for your address, you could easily and by memory state it. We know the street, the house number and the appearance of our home. We know how to find it. There is a sense o...
Monday, January 31, 2022
January 31st, 2022
The Exodus was the central event in the Old Testament. With Moses at the helm, God set about to teach Israel His ways. The time in the wilderness was as much about getting Egypt out of ...
Tuesday, January 25, 2022
January 25th, 2022
While reading a devotion prepared by someone whom I do not know personally, I came across a question he asked. Can God change your life? That is a good question. And it is a big question...
Thursday, January 13, 2022
January 13th, 2022
The book of Judges records a period of Israel’s history between the death of Joshua and the rise of Saul as the first king of Israel. About fourteen judges (though the number can be debate...
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