The Day of Atonement was the only time during the year when the high priest would enter the Holy of Holies in the innermost chamber of the Temple (or Tabernacle) to make atonement for the sins of all Israel. On this day, the high priest would remove his official priestly garments, which were very ornate in exchange for a linen garment. Jesus brings this day fully to life with His resurrection and makes this truth personal for your life.Read More
We live in an age when the lost art of listening to God’s Word is an epidemic. 1 Timothy 4:13 says, "Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching." In this verse, Paul is instructing a young preacher named Timothy in the ways that he can keep his congregation engaged. The importance of preaching and teaching are easy enough to understand, but what about the public reading of Scripture?Read More
In our lives, we have this tendency to create tour own personal Tower of Babels. When we do that, we reveal the rebellion that existed thousands of years ago in the hearts of those who erected the first Tower of Babel.
Christ has called you to be a “royal priesthood” where your role is to join Him in reigning and guarding God’s glory and honor. Like the Levites, Christians have been scattered to proclaim God’s Word and guard His worship.
When Moses established the 12 tribes of Israel, God set apart one tribe, the Levites. They were set apart (or made holy) to focus one job—to serve Him. The Lord God Himself was the allotment given to the tribe of Levi. As the priestly arm of Israel, God promised to provide for them rather than have them work the land for themselves.Read More
God’s heart for us is that of a good father who doesn’t just send us out without first carving a path. Not only is He always ahead of us carving out a path we are to travel on, but He is there to walk with us as we walk on the path.Read More
Jesus chose to deliver a great object lesson to his disciples at Caesarea Philippi. In that pagan setting, he encouraged his disciples to build a church that would overcome the worst evils.
The fact that Peter’s confession occurs in a pagan area is remarkable enough. But when one learns the history of the area and the traditions associated with it, Peter’s confession of Jesus as the Christ the Son of God takes on greater significance.Read More