Word and God’s hand

Scripture For Ezra had devoted himself to the study and observation of the Law of the Lord, and to teaching its decrees and laws in Israel. Ezra 7:10 Observation It’s interesting that a Babylonian King Artaxerxes would commission Ezra, a Jewish captive to take his people to Jerusalem and rebuild the temple of God. Why?…

Imitate

Scripture Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith. Hebrews 13:7 Observation The author of Hebrews is closing his letter with some very clear instructions to follow. “Remember your leaders who spoke the Word of God to you”. Why? To…

Wonderful Counselor

Scripture For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6 Observation This prophecy was written about Jesus birth 700 years before it took place. Isaiah was speaking…

By faith

Scripture By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the Word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible.   Hebrews 11:3 Observation This is the Hall of Faith chapter where the author says the phrase “by faith” 19 times to stress the importance of living…

He gets it!

Scripture For since He Himself was tempted in that which He has suffered, He is able to come to the aid of those who are tempted.” Hebrews 2:18 Observation Why did God allow Jesus to be tempted in every way? In one sense, that can sound really cruel or uncaring. Wouldn’t God want to have…

Angels

Scripture Are they not all ministering spirits, sent out to render service for the sake of those who will inherit salvation? Hebrews 1:14 Observation The author of Hebrews brings to mind what is most often not thought about – the presence of angels in our lives. The Bible in fact says that we at times…

Setting us up!

God is setting us up! I’m so moved by what the Lord is doing at Family Life. In August, God answered our prayer and connected us with some amazing pastors from the ARC movement. We have longed for a “tribe” of pastors that we could grow with, learn from, and call them friends. God strategically…

Kindness of God

Scripture But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared, He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit, Titus 3:4-5 Observation It is so interesting what Paul…

Spiritual fathers

Scripture 7In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness 8and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us. Titus 2:7-8 Observation Paul said in 1 Corinthians that the church had…

Paul’s epitaph

Scripture I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 2 Timothy 4:7 Observation This last letter of the great apostle is written from a damp, cold prison reeking with the miseries of past condemned criminals. Paul knows his death is imminent by the Romans and he has…