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Dear Readers …
There are currently some internal issues with the “blogger” site that I use for this blog. They are working on the trouble. Meantime … you are noticing sentences out of place, paragraphs moved, etc. It is a most frustrating problem! When I try and correct the mistakes … blogger moves a different sentence to a new place. I want to apologize to you for what seems to be careless attention to the presentation and organization of the readings. I ask for your patience (as well as praying for my own!) as the programmers of this site are trying to figure More >
Getting to Know God… Lesson 2: The God Revealed in the Old Testament Was the One Who Became Jesus Christ!
This lesson focuses on key scriptures in the Bible where God reveals highly significant things about His nature and actions.
The following is a condensed popular story by the late Paul Harvey:
There was a nonreligious skeptical man who just couldn’t swallow the “Jesus story” about an Incarnation, about God coming to earth as a man. But one snowy evening he noticed a flock of birds huddled miserably in the snow, not having any shelter. Well, he couldn’t let the poor creatures lie there and freeze, and he thought about his barn. That would provide a warm shelter, if he could More >
Read Genesis 48
Beginning in chapter 48 of Genesis we walk into the deathbed scene of Jacob. This is one of the only people that we get such a detailed description of the time around their death. Jacob has lived 17 years in Egypt – 17 years longer than he anticipated! It seems he had been prepared to die when he saw Joseph again (Genesis 46:30). He had already told Joseph to be sure to not bury him in Egypt – take his bones back to Canaan – the land of covenant promise to Abraham, Isaac, and himself. Joseph had agreed to that More >
Read Genesis 49.
We continue to listen to Jacob on his deathbed as he passes on “blessing” to his offspring, his twelve sons. We observed in chapter 48 that Joseph received the traditional ‘double portion’ of the first born. This was done by including both of Joseph’s sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, as direct descendants of Jacob. In chapter 49, Jacob speaks to each of his sons.
As you read the comments, one might question whether or not some of them sound much like ‘blessings’. And it is true that some harsh things are said. But think with me for a moment More >
Read Genesis 49:29 – 50:26
Jacob’s work is done. His days on this earth were at an end. He knew it. And so he “drew his feet up into the bed and breathed his last” (49:33) I love the way scripture describes what happened next … “and he was gathered to his people.” His body will be buried. And since he is living in Egypt, it is done according to Egyptian custom. But there is something so much stronger in the words – gathered to his people. Henry Morris describes is like this: ”Jacob was not merely to be buried with the bodies More >
We began our study marveling at the faith of Abraham. We observed him choose trust … choose to believe God and to take Him at His word. We watched Abraham obey God. The faith of Abraham teaches us the place of obedience in our lives. It is necessary for the one who longs to walk with God. We read of Jesus stating this principle in John 14. He says, “Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him More >
The holidays have wound their way down. I hope your season had beautiful moments of laughter and joy. And I hope that you are ready to dig deep into the wells of scripture and get a portrait of our Lord, Jesus. That is our goal in this study. Jesus said in John 14:9 – “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father.” I believe that He is telling us that if we see Him, as He really was, we are looking straight into the face of God.
There is a longing in every human heart to know God. It’s More >
Read John 1: 1 – 18. Read slowly … thoughtfully … out loud if possible. These are some of the most beautiful verses in all of scripture. Also, note as you read, that verses 6 – 8 and verse 15 are parenthetical. So, if you can read out loud … skip those verses to get the flow of this magnificent prologue.
At the time of John’s writing, political power belonged to Rome but cultural and philosophical power still rested with the Greeks. Much oversimplified … Greek philosophy held to 2 major tenets: 1) Logos – meaning ‘word’ or ‘reason’. Where More >
Read John 2. As you read these two events, watch Jesus. See what you learn about Him.
First event: Turning water to wine at the marriage in Cana
Cana was a town very near to Nazareth. Obviously, Mary was close to the family – either close friends or perhaps even a family member. Weddings in Jewish culture at this time were a week long celebration. Guests would return each evening and the celebration would continue … with the groom and his bride as the “stars” of the week! The groom’s family was responsible for providing the food for the guests and it More >
Read John 3.
One of the unique features in the gospel written by John is the writer’s emphasis on the discourses of Jesus. The other 3 gospels focus on the events in Jesus’ earthly life. In John, we get these incredible teachings, these discourses from Jesus. There are 10 of them throughout the book. In chapter 3, we find the first one. Discourse #1 is about the “new birth”.
Do you think you would like Nicodemus or not? I think I would have liked him. He was smart, respected (a member of the Jewish court, the Sanhedrin) and willing to More >