Mark 6:30-44 where Jesus feeds the 5,000 is more than just a miracle to wow the crowds. It is instead a picture of how Jesus is a very personal good shepherd, who has compassion and aims to provide good things. As Jesus and the disciples seek to find a quiet spot to rest and regroup, the crowd followed Jesus and the disciples into a desolate place..Read More
A mature believer’s life is marked by a consistent walk—not one that’s marked by fits and start. There should be consistency in your walk. Paul instructs us to "Let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ." (vs. 27, NKJV) In the Greek this phrase refers to giving equal weight. In other words our walk should be consistent with our talk. If we confess Jesus Christ as Lord, our walk should match our talk. There should be consistency in our home life and our spiritual life. There should be consistency in our work life and our spiritual life. There should be consistency in our leisure life and our spiritual life.Read More
This is the first in a series titled Grow Up. Maturity in God has nothing to do with chronological years and everything to do with your knowledge of good and evil. God intended for us to grow into maturity under the guidance of His loving care. Listen and learn how you can continue (or jump-start) your growth in Jesus Christ.Read More
Lately, the prayer of my heart has been the same words that Mary, the mother of Jesus proclaimed in Luke 1:38: "Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to Your Word." In order for you and I to live according to God's Word and truly be His servant, we are going to have to lay down our plans and visions and hand them over them for His.
I’m currently reading through the Bible,… Abraham in Genesis. What struck me about his life (aside from His great faith) was his ability to surrender his life's plans to God. The Lord called him out of his country, his land and his family to a place that God would show him. Imagine all of the plans and ideas about his life that Abraham had to lay down into order to obey the Lord.Read More
I have been memorizing the book of Ephesians since last year. It's been a slow and steady process. As part of the memorization, I have been writing out the entire book of Ephesians in a Moleskine notebook. Then the thought hit me: wouldn't it be awesome (and very ambitious) to write out the entire Bible. Crazy thought I know! But a quick Google search proved that it's not as crazy as it seems. I found lots of people who are writing out the Bible. There was even one entry where a family had its patriarch's handwritten scriptures bound in leather books as a family keepsake.
But as awesome as the idea was, I knew I could never do it because I work, have three kids and don't have extra time to spare. Then, as only the Holy Spirit can, He whispered: "instead of scrolling, you could be scribing."Read More
Genesis 4 opens with Adam and Eve fulfilling God’s command to be fruitful and multiply.
- Eve may think that Cain is the promised Messiah that will bruise the serpent’s head. She soon finds out that her messiah child picked up the sin trait.
- Cain and Abel begin the pattern of 2 sons - one chosen by the world, the other chosen by God. Bottom line - God is sovereign and He alone will determine how the Messiah will come about.
- There are two camps of thought when it comes to the Abel preference.
In Genesis 3, we see that God is personal AND redemptive in nature versus man who is sinful by nature. (This marks the continued contrast of light & dark established in the creation story.)
We know what goes down in Genesis 3, but let’s first take a look at where Adam & Eve fell from.
Garden of Eden is a type of the first tabernacle/temple: God’s dwelling place on earth. It was known as the Garden of Delights. This was a place of provision and Divine presence: a dwelling place where humanity is in the presence of God continually. Let’s look at the parallelsRead More
Taking a slow walk through the book of Genesis with a group of women has proven to be such a blessing. I so look forward Monday nights when we meet up. Here are some recap notes from Genesis chapter 2.
Genesis 2 opens with God finishing up His work.
The author stresses the fact that this is God’s work as seen in verse 2 with six references to God.
God BLESSED and SET APART the seventh day. Why?Read More
Tomorrow starts week 3 of the Genesis Bible Study. I thought I'd share some recap notes from each week. Here's the week 1 video.
Genesis is a foundational book full of firsts: marriage, birth, matter, energy, society, morality, sacrifice, murder, polygamy, death, lie, rainfall, boat, city made, covenant among others.
This book reveals God’s nature and is the start of His autobiography.
Genesis is important because it corrected the Israelites thinking away from the culture’s thinking.
This is important because they were coming out from under Egypt’s polytheistic influence after 200-400 years and about to enter the Promised Land full of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Jebusites etc. They needed to know: who you are and Whose you are.
Genesis 1:1 alone refutes 9 arguments:
Atheism: there is no God
Pantheism: all is God
Polytheism: many gods
Materialism: Matter is eternal
Dualism: good and evil are equal
Humanism: Man is the measure of all things
Naturalism: all things form from matter
Evolution: Man evolved from lower life forms
Deism: God is not involved in creation though he created it. Natural laws rule.
This book reveals God’s nature and is the start of His autobiography. We learn 3 things about God:
1. He’s a God of order
He made order out of chaos. He formed and then filled. He put sign in the sky for natural, agricultural cycles and festivals. God determines order and function, thus the use of this is very good.
Genesis 1:1 has seven words in the Hebrew. (7 is used 735 times total in the bible) The number seven is a number of completeness, divine perfection or something that is finished or perfect order. Even the retelling of creation has order:
God and the pronoun used 35 times in Genesis 1. God said is used 7 times in Genesis 1.
2. God’s love is evident in HIs careful and deliberate act of creation.
He took seven days to establish a pattern for us and show His carefulness & attention to detail in creation. His Spirit hovered is a picture of a bird over the nest. We see gentleness, provision, great care in handling His creation.
Like an eagle that stirs up its nest, that flutters over its young, spreading out its wings, catching them, bearing them on its pinions, Deut. 32:11 (ESV)
3. God is sovereign and He rules by serving
He created this world for US. God rules to show us how to rule because we are image bearers. Created in God’s image gives us a God awareness unlike any other creation. We have the characteristics of God which no other creature has.
Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. 11 Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all. 12 Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts,kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. Colossians 3:9-14
Creation is a picture of our salvation.
God takes our chaotic voidness (our existence in sin) and makes it very good = fit for the purpose for which it was made.
I Timothy 1: 8-10 8 Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but share in suffering for the gospel by the power of God, 9 who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began, 10 and which now has been manifested through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel,