A little while ago, a preacher called me and asked me about his idea for a sermon. He wanted me to critique his sermon idea and give him pointers on how he…
The Expository Thoughts Website has an article that graphs the Daily Devotions of to the ESV devotions site. We see that there is, as you might expect, a spike in January and then a drop that only goes up at another huge spike in December.
How Can We Influence Greater Devotions in Others?
What was the way in which God brought the heavens into existence? – Psalms 33:6-9.
What is it that Christ uses to uphold all things? – Hebrews 1:3.
Of what great truth are some willingly ignorant? – 2 Peter 3:5,6.
By what are the present heavens and earth reserved for a similar fate? – 2 Peter 3:7.
What other passage of Scripture also reveals that creative power is exercised through the word of God? – Psalms 148:5.
What change is wrought out in the life of one who is in Christ? – 2 Corinthians 5:17.
What does the first scripture in the Bible reveal about God? – Genesis 1:1.
What Bible contrast is repeatedly drawn between the true God and false gods?
Jeremiah 10:11,16. Jeremiah 14:22.
Through whom did God work in the creation of all things? – John 1:1-3.
Through whom is our redemption provided? – Romans 5:8,9.
What passage of Scripture speaks of the Creator as Redeemer? – Isaiah 43:1.
Which prayer of David reveals that God’s redemptive work of man is a creative work? – Psalms 51:10.
Vincent Wimbush provides a history of African American interaction with the Bible in his book The Bible and African Americans. The Bible has often been held in high esteem by Black Americans and thus it is interesting to look at how this came to be.
We all know that the disciples had seen Jesus Crucified and now they have him resurrected. Certainly this is the time when everything will be fulfilled. They must have throught that now was the time for the Kingdom to be fully realized in this world. If at any time it would be then. And yet Jesus left again.
Happy are those who stand with God. The wicked are not so happy. In this Psalm the wicked are giving faulty advice. They scoff at God and truth. In contrast the righteous meditate on God’s word and law. So they stand in the Judgement.
What do I do? Do I stand with the righteous or the wicked? Do I delight in the law of the Lord or do I scoff at it? Do I make fun of those who stand for truth come what may? Becasue if I am not on the side of the righteous then the Lord who watches over the righteous will execute Judgment on me.
Genesis 2 gives us the second creation story. In this complementary story God goes through great pains to make all of the inhabitants of earth to live in community. The birds were made to be in community, the other animals as well had their community. And the final thing that God made was the man.
Genesis 1 paints the picture of a God that brings order out of the disorder. The earth was “without form and void” and after God speaks the earth becomes a paradise. As I think about this I come face to face with the reality of the disorder that we still find in the world.