It is perfectly normal to feel intimidated and maybe even “put off” by the Book of Revelation. But I encourage you to keep reading, at least this one time, all the way through. And while you’re doing so, look for the clues and cross-references to other books of the Bible. This last book of the … Continue reading Letters, Thrones, Beasts and Scrolls.
The last words of Nehemiah are probably something we all hope for: that God remembers us for the good we have done in our lives. Of course, we come up short over and over again, just like the Israelites. But God’s forgiveness and love is abundant. September 28 Nehemiah 9:1-38 Today’s Takeaways: The people completed … Continue reading Forget Me Not
Who is the greatest leader you've ever followed? Why did you choose that person? Nehemiah was pretty great. He was unafraid to call people out, but he led with his actions as well as his words. He was consistent and he was faithful. Each of us has a position of leadership - even if just … Continue reading Learning From a Great Leader
I can’t believe that this week we will be reading the last three psalms. We started reading on April 13 – right at the beginning of the pandemic lockdown. And we’re ending as (hopefully) things are starting the slow crawl to getting back to normal. I’ve been thinking about it and maybe this was exactly … Continue reading I’ll Sing Once More
Though notably disturbing, Psalm 137 is quite relatable. No, not verse 9, but the sentiment behind longing for what used to be. The Israelites had been in exile, where they stayed for 70 years. They missed their homes, their traditions, and their regular way of life. For us it hasn't even been 7 months and … Continue reading Longing for Normalcy
Several of this week’s Psalms talk about fully relying on God. Although this is our ultimate purpose, no one ever said it was easy. Especially in today’s overstimulated, always-striving-for-bigger-and-better world. But maybe these past five months have nudged us (possibly involuntarily) in that direction. When our lives (or the whole world) are in turmoil, humans … Continue reading In His Word I Put My Hope
You’ve heard us talk about this many times before, but memorizing Scripture is really important. Even though you might not need it now, you never know when it can help you or someone else. It also helps with understanding the Bible. But like everything else, it takes practice. Children as young as 2 years old … Continue reading Remember This
http://www.hilariousgifs.com/father-teaching-his-son-a-valuable-life-lesson/ Wednesday's psalm is one that resonates with me...unfortunately. It reminds us how easy it is to trust in things we can see and touch more than we trust in God. I'm ashamed to admit how often I find myself doing that. When faced with a tough decision I will ask a friend, read a … Continue reading Who can you trust?
*PSA - this week we will read Psalm 110 and it's really important. This psalm is both royal (it talks about the Israelite king) and messianic (it talks about the coming messiah). It is also the most quoted and alluded to psalm in the New Testament (27 times), which means we should really pay attention! … Continue reading Praise In Place Of Murmur (and a PSA)
It is good to be with you this week as we cross the 100 mark! The psalms continue to teach me to look back on God’s faithfulness, so I can look live now with praise. I was convicted this week by Psalm 101 - what am I doing to live a life that is of … Continue reading Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is