READ: Song of Solomon 2, John 9, James 3 JUDGE JESUS The advent season affords us the opportunity to look back at the incarnation and tremble. There is something horrible about God becoming man. The soft lights and gentle music of Christmas alternate with the jolly and festive side of the holidays and lead us…

READ: Psalm 54, Lamentations 1-3, Matthew 26, Romans 5 MERCY CONTEXT In Bible interpretation it is often said that “context is king” or “a text without a context is a pretext.” Some of the most popular and comforting Scripture passages are in effect sadly modulated for lack of appreciation for their context. Lamentations 3:22-24 is…

READ: Psalm 15, Isaiah 4-6, John 8, Revelation 16 BEAUTIFUL JUDGMENT Isaiah 4:4 reveals the Lord washes away our filth “by the spirit of judgment and of burning.” Isaiah further declares: “The Lord is exalted in judgment, God who is holy shall be hallowed in righteousness” (5:16). Revelation 16:5 concurs and affirms that God is…

READ: 1 Kings 16-18, Psalm 104, Matthew 15, 1 Timothy 3 STANDING IN HIS PRESENCE Among their other qualifications, overseers are to be able to teach (1 Tim. 3:2). Deacons are to hold the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience (v. 9). Disciples are to have enough internal fortitude to not be bothered…

READ: 1 Samuel 19-21, Psalm 87, John 19, Philippians 2 GETHSEMANE, GABBATHA, GOLGOTHA Gethsemane:  What is your cup? Jesus did team meetings and He often did them at Gethsemane Gardens – Jesus was a fan of the outdoors. The secret police crash the meeting, and Jesus “knowing all things that would come upon Him, went forward”…

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