READ: 1 Chronicles 22-24, Psalm 123, Mark 6, Hebrews 8 DEATH PREPARATION The man after God’s own heart was not allowed to build the temple for he had too much blood on his hands. Nonplussed, David in effect said, “If I can’t see it, I will make sure my sons can!” And David went about…

READ: 1 Chronicles 7-9, Psalm 118, Mark 1, Hebrews 3 GATEKEEPERS  In 1 Chronicles 9 we are told that gatekeeping was a trusted office. Faithful men lived all around the temple and were given the responsibility of preserving holy worship. Tasks varied–some cleaned, some sang, some cooked [“the trusted office of things that were baked…

by Matt Sprenger, Chi Alpha Campus Pastor, Fairmont State Univ., Fairmont, WV I wasn’t raised a Christian, but since childhood I’ve had a mental portrait of Jesus – his looks (long flowing hair, well-manicured beard and skin, blond hair, blue eyes) and character (tender, gentle teacher). After serving the Lord for 22 years and spending…

READ: Joshua 19-21, Psalm 71, John 3, 2 Corinthians 11 CONSTANT CONFLICT, CONSTANT CARE  We want to go to war without having to fight. We seek to conquer enemy territory without engaging the enemy. We rush to battle hoping we will not have to strike too many blows or receive any in return. We have…

READ: Joshua 4-6, Psalm 66, Luke 22, 2 Corinthians 6 ABIDING STRATEGY Strategy follows Abiding. When Joshua meets the commander of the Army of the Lord (Joshua 5), he tries to recruit Him (Jesus) onto the team. Pre-incarnate Jesus tells Joshua, “I am not for you or against you for that is the wrong question, the…

READ: Deuteronomy 31-32, Psalm 63, Luke 19, 2 Corinthians 3 ENCIRCLED AND OVERSHADOWED Encircled. Moses entrusts his legacy to a song. Recounting the journey from death and bondage to life and freedom, Moses realizes that what we sing we remember. Moses’ song served as a reminder to God’s people that though we wander though much of…

READ: Deuteronomy 13-15, Psalm 57, Luke 13, 1 Corinthians 13 HUNTED The biblical optimist realizes that Scripture has a fairly dim view of unredeemed man. Man is prone to wander, humanity tends to self-destruction, this world is decaying, and though God’s people remain as preserving salt, trouble will increase until Jesus returns in glory. Wheat…

READ: Deuteronomy 10-12, Psalm 56, Luke 12, 1 Corinthians 12 BATTLE PRAISE We must come to terms with the reality that our spiritual battle is to the death. When we represent Jesus among the nations, we stand for Him against all other presumptive authorities and all demonic powers. We would be fools to think we…

READ: Numbers 28-30, Psalm 50, Luke 6, 1 Corinthians 6 WEAPON OF MASS DESTRUCTION “Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks”(Luke 6:45). And often the missionary mouth speaks scathing destruction. Attila the Hun was wimpy compared to what issues from Christian mouths. Our little tongues set all kinds of forests on fire…

READ: Numbers 25-27, Psalm 49, Luke 5, 1 Corinthians 5 GOD’S ZEAL ZEAL FOR HOLINESS. Sexual sin led the people of God to idolatry (Num. 25:1-2). While all sin is heinous there is something about sexual sin that perverts from the inside out and affects others. Phinehas, the son of Eleazar the high priest, acts ruthlessly…

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