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Commandments of the Bible Blog…
Each week I’ll be attempting to create a blog entry for the previous week’s reading.
It won’t be an exhaustive examination of all the reading, just a few insights and thoughts to get the conversation going. I’d like to set up a few rules to keep us on track. Nothing oppressive, just some guidelines to keep us together.
- As you leave comments, please focus them first on the topic I’ve introduced that week.
- After commenting on that particular week’s topic, feel free to add your own insights and/or questions about anything else from that week’s reading. (This might be hard for those of you who have read ahead, but please try to limit yourselves to the text of the week).
And that’s it! Pretty simple, so here we go…
Staying on Mission | I'm not sure we're getting it... | August 18, 2019 "The Prominent" didn't get it Wait a Minute... What's the Standard?The Pharisees weren’t hostile yetThey were still watching Him closelyThey weren’t sure what to make of Him Q: Are you...read more
Staying on Mission | Pay Attention! (it will cost you) | August 11, 2019 A Warning About ComfortIt will cost youThe world will reject youEven the lower creatures will have it betterAre you willing? A Warning About PrioritiesFamily obligations were very...read more
Staying on Mission Compassion is Required! Sunday | August 4, 2019 A Quick Summary & A Call to ActionHe went…He taught…He healed… Matthew 8:17He had compassion…Why? Their shepherds had failed them… The workers are few, but they are enough!Pray that...read more
Staying on Mission | We Are Ambassadors | July 28, 2019 We Try to PersuadeWe know what it means to fearWe know our culture Q: Is that true of us? We Are Motivated by LoveChrist’s love is compellingOne died for all, therefore all diedThose who...read more
Let's Talk About "the Bucket" | July 14, 2019 Memento MoriA Latin phrase— “Remember you will die.”How do you want to die?... like Grandpa?We used to look at this differently (Litany of the Saints)Now we say, “He kicked the bucket, etc.” The "World" Has...read more
Why Jesus-He's Been Revealed! | April 28, 2019 Today’s passage | Mark 5:1-20 A Lot Happened by the Seas of Galilee (Mark 2-4)Jesus healed the crippledJesus taught in the synagoguesHe spoke in parables… The Sower (or soils)... A Lamp on its Stand, etc… ...read more
Why Jesus-He's ALIVE! | Easter 2019 | April 21, 2019 Today’s passage | Luke 24:13-49 Jesus Wants a Conversation with Us... | (vv. 13-24)A slow walk home with a perfect strangerThey were kept from recognizing Him…What did they know? What things?The tomb was...read more
Why Jesus | Nobody's Perfect! | April 14, 2019 What's the Standard?The Pharisees were the Billy Grahams of their dayEveryone looked up to themJesus praised their righteousness | Matthew 5:20Do you live in a small house or a penthouse? | Luke 18:9-14 Wait...read more
WHY JESUS | He knows you… BUT doesn’t condemn you! | April 7, 2019 Take a Look Back...What have you done, that if others knew about it, you would have no friends here?Does God know about it?Does He really know about me? An Outcast of Outcasts | John...read more
Do This In Remembrance… | March 31, 2019 The Tables Are Turned!Mordecai is feared! WHY?In Susa they killed 500…They also killed Haman’s ten sons… look at the list... This Was Holy War! “The Lord saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become, and...read more
fgd| Two Decrees! | March 24, 2019 “The time is coming," declares the LORD, "when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah.” Jeremiah 31:31 Haman is still hanging around!My petition—my life. My request—my...read more
Risk, Reward, Reversal, Ruin | March 17, 2019 “He thwarts the plans of the crafty, so that their hands achieve no success...” Job 5:12 Esther: RISKING It ALL... For ALL The Right ReasonsIf I perish, I perish…Fearing the worst, she prepares for the bestBe...read more
The Agagite! | March 10, 2019 “... with fasting and weeping and mourning...” Joel 2:12-14 The Setup (Esther 1 & 2)Queen Vashti out… Queen Esther in!Esther remains a Jew in secretMordecai saves the King but is shown no honor for doing so......read more
Where was God?! | March 3, 2019 One of the oldest books describes Him this way... Job 5:12-16 The Background on EstherIn History… after the Babylonian exile (485-464BC)Location… in the capital of the Persian Empire (see map)Overview of the plot…...read more
Apologetics — Origins... (My Thinking on Creation Has Evolved) | February 24, 2019 “In the beginning God created...” Genesis 1:1a Be Prepared for the Questions...The Question of EvilThe Question of the Moral LawThe Question of the Reliability of the...read more
Apologetics—With SO Many… How Can I Know | February 17, 2019 “I am the LORD, and there is no other; apart from me there is no God.” Isaiah 45:5a Why (or How) Should We "Do" Apologetics?It produces confidenceBecause I (am) said so!Do so with gentleness and...read more
Apologetics — Can I Trust This Book? | February 10, 2019 “Your Word is Truth” John 17:17b HISTORIC CLAIMS OF THE BIBLE?James Ussher believed Genesis 1 occurred in 4004 BC66 books (39 Old Testament and 27 New Testament)40 different authors1 consistent...read more
.Apologetics — The Moral Law? | February 3, 2019 “Come now, let us reason together,” says the LORD. Isaiah 1:18a The Moral LawOne claims that God cannot exist because evil existsIf there is “evil” then there must be “good”Discerning “good” from “evil”...read more
Pray!... and GO! | January 13, 2019 When He SAW the crowds... How can we see as He saw? Don’t think of yourselves more highly than you ought Least of the Apostles… to the chief of all sinners… Have the attitude of John Bradford Have the attitude of Christ Jesus...read more
“When He saw the crowds, He had compassion on them…” Matthew 9:36a All the towns & villages... Jesus was on mission We are on that same mission In Jerusalem In all Judea and Samaria And to the ends of the earth He had compassion on them... He SAW the...read more