Each Wednesday night, in my Old Testament class, I pose the question, “why should we read the Old Testament today?” Weighing in at over half of the Bible, there must be a purpose behind it? Now, there are many reasons why we today may open up to read it, but the one I want toContinue reading “Types and Shadows”
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As one of the lesser known books of the Bible, Zechariah stands alongside Malachi at the end of the Old Testament. With fourteen chapters of prophecies and poems, there is much we can learn from reading this minor prophet’s words. If you are looking for a “time stamp” to place onto Zechariah, then these writingsContinue reading “Why Zechariah?”
Who is Your Paul and Timothy?
Our spiritual growth is of the utmost importance. In order to take care of our spirits, and to grow in the Lord, we read our Bibles, pray, attend church, and/or volunteer to help others. But, when I examine my own walk with God, I can think of no greater spiritual growth tool than having aContinue reading “Who is Your Paul and Timothy?”
Throughout the Bible, God instructs us to be faithful and godly spouses, parents, and children. As we aim to emulate Christ in our personal lives, we also work to emulate Him in and through our families. Parents instill godly, Christian values and teachings in their children, with the hope that they one day grow upContinue reading “Family Worship”
In Exodus 3:13-15 we see God say: “God said to Moses, “I am who I am.” And He said, “Say this to the people of Israel: ‘I am has sent me to you.’” God also said to Moses, “Say this to the people of Israel: ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers, the God ofContinue reading “I AM”
In Genesis 41:51 we read: “Joseph named his firstborn Manasseh and said, ‘It is because God has made me forget all my trouble and all my father’s household.’” That is just incredible when you think about it. Most of us are familiar with Joseph’s story, and the suffering he went through in the land ofContinue reading “Manasseh.”
A Call to Action
This blog post is in direct correlation to last Sunday’s sermon on “Connect | Grow | Serve.” Forgive the length of this, but there is much we wish to convey and unpack for you all. This post is neither a warning, or a reprimand, but rather a means in which to convey the church’s expectationsContinue reading “A Call to Action”
A Look Back
In the famous fictional work Purgatorio, by Dante Alighieri, we find the two central characters of the story, Dante and Virgil, climbing a steep mountain with Heaven’s entrance at it’s peak. As the climbing becomes more and more strenuous for Dante, Virgil tells him to stop and rest every once in a while and lookContinue reading “A Look Back”
My sin and I is very similar to that of a young boy holding onto a bouquet of balloons: He holds onto these balloons with hopes of bringing them along whenever he goes. He just got them from the carnival, and carries his head high with joy. He looks at them with excitement and thinksContinue reading “Weightless Burdens”
Who is Mark?
In most instances, whenever we sit down to read a book of the Bible, the author is familiar to us. When we read Exodus, we know that Moses wrote it, and are aware of his life’s story and impact. The same could be said of Ezra, Nehemiah, Peter, John, or Paul. But when we turnContinue reading “Who is Mark?”