2017 Day 305 – Bitterness

The first several chapters of Ezekiel include first an amazing vision, and then instructions about how Ezekiel should prophecy to the exiles Israel in Babylon. At one point Ezekiel says: The Spirit lifted me up and took me away, and I went in bitterness in the heat of my spirit, the hand of the Lord strong … Continue reading

2017 Day 304 – Fear of Death

The writer of Hebrews compares Jesus to the angels in the first two chapters of the book. And of course, Jesus is far superior! But for a while, he became one of us, lower than angels, clothed in flesh and blood so that He suffer for us, die in our place, and endure the punishment … Continue reading

2017 Day 303 – Great Faithfulness

An individual has suffered greatly, probably due to his exile from Jerusalem, and possibly due to his sins: I am the man who has seen affliction     under the rod of his wrath…  surely against me he turns his hand     again and again the whole day long.  Lamentations 3: 1, 3 He can’t escape his troubles: My … Continue reading

2017 Day 302 – A Tale of Two Yokes

The author of Lamentations quotes Judah after the nation is carried into exile: My transgressions were bound into a yoke;     by his hand they were fastened together; they were set upon my neck;     he caused my strength to fail; the Lord gave me into the hands     of those whom I cannot withstand.  Lamentations 1:14 The nation’s sins … Continue reading

2017 Day 301 – A Madman!

Like a madman who throws firebrands, arrows, and death  is the man who deceives his neighbor     and says, “I am only joking!” Proverbs 27: 18-19 Yesterday I blogged about a Proverb’s fabulous metaphor. And today I found another one! In the very next verse! I love the picture painted here: a madman throwing firebrands, arrows, and, … Continue reading

2017 Day 300 – A Great Metaphor

Whoever meddles in a quarrel not his own     is like one who takes a passing dog by the ears. Proverbs 26: 17 The Proverbs are full of great metaphors. Like this one. I mean, imagine a strange (to you) dog walks by and you grab it by the ears. What’s likely to happen? I’m guessing … Continue reading

2017 Day 299 – God Uses Sin

God uses sinful people and nations to accomplish His will. And, yet, we know God never sins. God worked through the evil nations of Assyria and Babylon to punish His people Israel and Judah. Babylon and Assyria knew that God worked through theme to capture and exile Israel and Judah: … [Israel’s and Judah’s] enemies … Continue reading

2017 Day 298 – Preach It!

Paul exhorts Timothy: …preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. 2 Timothy 4:2 Paul lists three types of preaching and three ways to preach. The three types sound very similar, but are slightly different: Reprove – Correct from bad doctrine Rebuke – Tell listeners … Continue reading

2017 Day 297 – Bring It

Paul tells his protege Timothy, “Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Jesus Christ will be persecuted.” 2 Timothy 3: 12 Not may be persecuted. Will be persecuted. I don’t think American Christians know what it means to be persecuted. We worry about losing our non-tax status. We get offended by those … Continue reading

2017 Day 296 – No Shame

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to ashamed, rightly handling the word of the truth. 2 Timothy 2:15 I teach the Bible. I LOVE to teach the Bible. I love what this verse says about teachers. We need to “rightly handle the word of … Continue reading

2017 Day 295 – Convinced

Paul suffers as a Gospel messenger, but he says: But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that Day what has been entrusted to me. 2 Timothy 1: 12 Paul knows that the God he believes can do anything. ANYTHING. … Continue reading

2017 Day 294 – Pursuit

Paul’s exhortation to Timothy: “Pursue righteousness godliness faith love steadfastness gentleness.”  1 Timothy 6: 11b That’s quite a list of things for a leader to pursue; more pressure, I think, then the list I blogged about here.  I know I am not always gentle or godly or loving or steadfast or faithful in my ministry! … Continue reading

2017 Day 293 – Good Works

… good works are conspicuous, and even those that are not cannot remain hidden. 1 Timothy 5: 25 For some reason, nothing really jumped out at me today. But my eye came back a couple of times to this verse. I’ve done things that are good that no one ever knew about. Hidden good works. … Continue reading

2017 Day 292 – Set an Example! Really?

I’m saved from having to write about a quarrelsome wife (from today’s Proverbs reading) because I did so already in a blog several years ago – here. It’s convicting enough that I need to watch my quarrelsome habits, but now I also have to: …set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, … Continue reading

2017 Day 291 – More Fantastic Promises

Wow, three days of promises from Jeremiah!! The last two blogs (here and here) were promises to return Israel and Judah to the Promised Land – and they can extend to us. But THESE Promises are clearly about the gift God reserved for those who came after Jesus – even though it has application to … Continue reading