We recently had the opportunity to co-host a course on the Old Testament Tabernacle in Ashland, Kentucky. A long-time family friend facilitated the sessions and shared many fantastic points about the Old Testament Tabernacle. After I few days of reflection, I want to offer three observations from this course. The Old Testament and all that it contains is necessary for a full understanding of … Continue reading Three Reflections on the Old Testament Tabernacle
What is your biggest fear? For a lot of people, it is the fear of public speaking. When God called Moses, his lack of ability to speak became a point of contention. God wanted to use Moses to deliver his people but Moses, whether it was the real reason for his apprehension or a cover, used his lack of speaking ability to try and say … Continue reading Scripture Reading Challenge (#17)
There seem to be evil men in every generation. Pharaoh of Egypt, as we will read, committed terrible acts because of jealousy and fear of God’s people. In the middle of these tragic events, God would raise up a deliverer. The Story of the Bible now introduces us to Moses, the man God would use to set His people free from slavery and organize Israel’s … Continue reading Scripture Reading Challenge (#16)
How did the Old Testament people receive salvation? Is Jesus Plan B? These two questions are given solid answers in this chapter. You may have heard someone say that the Old Testament was presented salvation by works and the New Testament by grace. However, salvation is received in the Old Testament and New Testament the same way. By faith. Read Genesis 15:1-21 Paul wrote, “What … Continue reading Scripture Reading Challenge (#7)
John, the beloved disciple, shared his purpose for writing his Gospel account. He wrote, “But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name” (John 20:31). His presentation of the life of Christ is focused on showing the reader the power and purpose of Jesus. One of the … Continue reading Seven Miracles in John: 1 – Water into Wine
“Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.” – Matthew 5:8 If one thing is clear in the Sermon on the Mount, it is that the Lord is concerned with more than outward cleanliness and show. He has emphasized the spiritual life of His people in comparable ways to the physical. Poor, hunger and thirst are just a few words that are … Continue reading SOM: Blessed are the Pure in Heart
“Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.” Matthew 5:6 This is the last beatitude that focuses on our relationship with God. The remainder will focus on our relationship with other people around us. With that in mind, we find words in this verse that are commonly used to express our greatest desires and needs. This fits well … Continue reading SOM: Blessed Are They Which Do Hunger and Thirst After Righteousness.