Psalm 21 – Dependence Upon the Lord

Reading Time: 7 Minutes Just as in Psalm 20, this Psalm is about the king, but also about Jesus. As we saw in yesterday’s article, we can pray for earthly leaders (pastors, business and governmental leaders) and for the purposes that God desires to obtain through the continued ministry of Jesus. Psalm 21 also echoes […]

Psalm 18 (Part 2) – If God is for Us

Reading Time: 5 Minutes Paul rightly said, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8.31). King David knew by experience the awesome saving power of God. God, who conquered the chaos of the world, is the One who reached down into a troubled world and rescued David. Then the Lord thundered […]

Psalm 18 (Part 1) – I Love You Lord

Reading Time: 4 Minutes Psalm 18 is one of the longer Psalms in the Bible. For the sake of time, I’m going to divide the Psalm into different sections to be approached in separate articles. Please don’t read the Psalm like you would a novel or a school homework assignment. Rather, use it to connect […]

Psalm 17 – A Prayer for Help

Reading Time: 5 Minutes The people who wrote the Psalms experienced God in the midst of real life problems. In this instance the speaker faced false accusations from adversaries. You may not be in the same situation as the speaker, but you can apply the basic concepts of this Psalm to problems that you face. […]

Psalm 14 – Practical Atheism Exposed

Reading Time: 6 Minutes The title I have given to Psalm 14 is, “Practical Atheism Exposed.” What is practical atheism? When someone claims to believe in God, but their actions show a complete disregard for God, they could be called a “practical atheist.” James, the brother of Jesus, didn’t use the term “practical atheism,” but […]

Psalm 13 – How Long, O Lord

Reading Time: 6 Minutes We are studying the Psalms to learn how to pray. Psalm 13 is one of the best models of how to pray when we have pressing concerns. It is like a small gold mine of instruction in how to pray when burdened or concerned. Bold Praying The Book of Hebrews encourages […]

Psalm 12 – Good Thoughts in Bad Times

Reading Time: 6 Minutes Psalm 12 is a prayer for God’s help when wickedness is dominating society. The main complaint in the Psalm is about how language is hurting the very fabric of culture. Jesus made it clear that our words express our character. He said, “But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from […]

Psalm 10 – The Cry of the Oppressed

Reading Time: 7 Minutes The Book of Hebrews encourages us to “Approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4.16). Psalm 10 shows us how to boldly approach our gracious God. My recommendation to you today is to first consider […]

Psalm 9 – Victory Over Evil

Reading Time: 9 Minutes Today, we are going sightseeing through Psalm 9. Like a walk through a garden path or a drive along the ocean, we will gaze at the power of this Psalm and then stop for a few moments to soak in a particular aspect of the message. Finally, I will suggest ways […]

Psalm 7 – God, In You I Take Refuge

Reading Time: 10 Minutes This Psalm teaches us how to pray about threats from enemies. Let’s learn from it how to pray about and for the enemies that threaten our lives. David was pursued by Saul, who was then King over Israel, when he first prayed this Psalm. The words of this Psalm appeal to […]

Psalm 6 – O Lord, Heal Me

Reading Time: 6 Minutes Psalm 6 is a prayer for healing. As we pray this prayer, we can focus on physical illness or we can turn our attention to “sin sickness.” Both ways of praying this Psalm have been used for centuries. Heal Me O Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger,or discipline me […]

Psalm 5 – A Morning Prayer

Reading Time: 8 Minutes We live in an “if only” and a “what if” world. We say, “If only I had done something different than I did,” or “If only I hadn’t done that.” We think, “What if this or that happens.” The Book of Peter encourages us to cast all of our “if onlys” […]

Psalm 4 – An Evening Prayer

Reading Time: 7 Minutes This psalm will teach us how to talk with God, especially as we prepare for sleep. It will help us reach a place of stillness, as we seek to “rest” in the Lord. The contrast in this Psalm is between people who rely on something other than God to solve their […]

Psalm 3 – When in Need, Pray

Reading Time: 7 Minutes This is the first Psalm that is a prayer. Over two-thirds of the Psalms are prayers. As we study them, they will teach us how to pray. Psalm 3 has all of the elements of prayer. Each of the heading in the article today presents a different component of prayer. (1) […]

Psalm 2 – This Is My Son

Reading Time: 8 Minutes Psalm 2 partners with the first psalm to introduce the entire Book of Psalms. Psalm 1 began by identifying the blessed and fortunate person, who does not walk, stand or sit in the counsel of those who oppose God. Psalm 2 describes the nature of those of those who rebel against […]

Psalm 1 – The Blessed Person

Reading Time: 8 Minutes I want to accomplish two things in these articles on the Psalms. First, I want to increase your understanding and appreciation of these songs and prayers. Second, it is my deepest desire to help you connect with God by using the words of the Psalms in your own prayer life. I […]

The Great Commission

Reading Time: 7 Minutes The angels at the tomb told the women to have the disciples assemble in Galilee (Matthew 28.7). A movement that began in Galilee was to return there for the next instructions in their obedience to Jesus. Matthew records the meeting with these words, “Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to […]

Resurrection Appearances

Reading Time: 8 Minutes We have studied the life of Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew for the purpose of learning how to live what Dallas Willard calls a “Jesus-kind-of-life.” A personal relationship with Jesus will transform our lives. As we live with Jesus and follow his directions, we can expect to become courageous, caring, […]

The Crucifixion of the Son of God

Reading Time: 8 Minutes The authors of the Gospels took a very reserved approach to the crucifixion of their Savior and ours. I will do the same thing in this article. If you are interested in the details of crucifixion, you can find many good resources on the Internet. The Road to Golgotha The Roman […]

Jesus on Trial

Reading Time: 7 Minutes In previous articles, I have used an imaginary narrator to describe the events. I use this method to both worship our Lord and to gain a personal insight into the Scriptures. It would have been very difficult for one of Jesus’ followers from Galilee to actually penetrate the trial of Jesus, […]

Jesus Denied

Reading Time: 7 Minutes Today’s article will feature Peter’s denial of Jesus and the actions of Judas following Jesus’ arrest. It will be told from the perspective of an imaginary follower of Jesus. The narration begins: I was heartsick over the way Jesus was mocked and disrespected. I never could have dreamed that anyone could […]

The Most Innocent Declared Guilty

Reading Time: 8 Minutes Today, the imaginary narrator continues telling the events of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane. After Jesus had finished his time alone with the Father in prayer (Matthew 26.36-46), Judas came with the Temple authorities to arrest Jesus. We were awakened by Jesus, who told us that his betrayer was coming […]

Not My Will, But Yours Be Done

Reading Time: 8 Minutes As in recent blog articles, an imaginary narrator will tell the story of the walk from Jerusalem back to the Mount of Olives and of Jesus’ time in the Garden of Gethsemane. It was late, when we left the city and returned to the Mount of Olives. We walked in silence […]

The Lord’s Supper

Reading Time: 8 Minutes As in previous articles, an imaginary narrator will tell the events of Jesus’ last day with his disciples. The narrator begins: The tension that we all felt was evident all the way back from Bethany to the Mount of Olives. I heard a considerable amount of tossing and turning throughout the […]

The Best and Worst of Humanity

Reading Time: 7 Minutes In recent blog articles, I have used an imaginary narrator to tell the story. This person has traveled with Jesus from Galilee and had been present for what took place in the Temple complex and on the Mount of Olives. Jesus and his disciples were still meeting on the Mount of […]

Judgment Day

Reading Time: 7 Minutes The Bible is clear about God’s plan of eternal salvation. It is for people who have entered into a personal relationship with God through the death of Jesus on the cross, his resurrection and their personal trust in his finished work. Paul stated it well when he wrote, “For by grace […]

Using God’s Gifts

Reading Time: 8 Minutes This is the third parable that Jesus gave concerning his return to earth. It pictures the immense trust that God places in people like you and me to use the gifts he has given us for service. Jesus said, “For it is as if a man, going on a journey, summoned […]

Getting Spiritually Prepared

Reading Time: 6 Minutes Today’s article is the second parable that Jesus told concerning his return to earth. Imagine being seated around Jesus on the Mount of Olives, listening him relate this parable. He said, “Then the kingdom of heaven will be like this. Ten bridesmaids took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. […]

God Has No “B” Team

Reading Time: 6 Minutes I think it is important to remember that what we read in Matthew 24 and 25 was first addressed to people who had followed Jesus from Galilee. The crowd was comprised of people who had experienced such things as healing, deliverance, miraculous feeding, and daily instruction from Jesus. They have witnessed […]

Be Prepared and Alert

Reading Time: 6 Minutes The second coming of Jesus to the earth is a central teaching of the New Testament. The particular details of his coming are often debated. One of my seminary professors wrote a book on Revelation. He told the class, “I read over 30 books for my research and they all had […]

The Beginning of the End

Reading Time: 7 Minutes Once again, an imaginary follower of Jesus will narrate the words of Jesus about the beginning of the end. The narrator continues the account that began in Matthew 24.3 when the disciples asked Jesus, “Tell us, when will this be, and what will be the sign of your coming and of […]

The Coming of the End

Reading Time: 9 Minutes For part of our study of the past chapters we have used an imaginary follower from the region of Galilee to narrate the story. We will return to that method to explore the message of chapter 24. The narration begins with these words: All of us who had been following Jesus […]

When God Leaves Town

Reading Time: 9 Minutes When people reject God to such a degree that he must withdraw his presence, it causes him great grief. During the time of the prophet Ezekiel, he was given a vision of God’s glory leaving the city. Before we read Jesus’ words, let’s hear from Ezekiel. He reported the vision like […]

Heed These Warnings

Reading Time: 8 Minutes The passage we consider today contains some of the strongest words that Jesus ever uttered. They were not directed to criminals and overt sinners. Rather, they were spoken to the religious leaders of their day. Once again, let’s ask ourselves how we are like the “bad guys” in this teaching of […]

Religious Leadership Examined

Reading Time: 8 Minutes In Matthew 22.37-40, we examined two commandments that summarized the Law. In short, Jesus told us to love God with our entire being and to love other people like we love ourselves. Matthew 23 pictures the same crowd of people that had gathered within the grounds of the Temple complex. The […]

Jesus On Love

Reading Time: 7 Minutes Think for a few minutes about all of the things that people argue about in 2020. Discussions can be quite heated and often end up injuring relationships and personal feelings. The Pharisee who questioned Jesus, attempted to draw him into a debate that was designed to divide the crowd and make […]

Resurrection Power

Reading Time: 8 Minutes Today’s passage is a bit complicated. However, once I understood what Jesus was saying, it became one of the most important passages in the Bible for me. If you have any questions, please write a comment either on Facebook or on the website. I will attempt to answer it. Once […]

Jesus Responds to a Trap

Reading Time: 8 Minutes The setting has not changed, since we listened to Jesus tell the last three parables. There is a crowd of pilgrims to the Passover Celebration, who are listening to Jesus. He is somewhere within the 33 acre Temple complex. Religious leaders are part of the crowd, but they are there to […]

Don’t Miss This Invitation

Reading Time: 8 Minutes This is the third parable that Jesus told to the same audience. The scene is somewhere in the Temple complex. We can expect a large crowd of listeners, along with the chief priests and elders of the Temple. The air is thick with tension, given the conflict between Jesus and the […]

A Parable About Leadership

Reading Time: 8 Minutes Once again, this section is narrated by an imaginary person who has traveled with Jesus to Jerusalem from Galilee. Jesus seemed to take a break to let the last parable sink in. I heard the chief priests and elders murmuring against him. As for me, I was shaken by what I […]

Who is in Control Here?

Reading Time: 6 Minutes As we meditate on the events leading up to Jesus’ death on the cross, we are viewing these passages through the eyes of an imaginary eye witness. This person has traveled with Jesus the 100 miles from Caesarea Philippi and has seen Jesus enter the city and pronounce judgment on activities […]

Jesus’ Third Symbolic Act

Reading Time: 8 Minutes This is the third symbolic act that Jesus performed after he arrived in the vicinity of Jerusalem. His entry into the city and the cleansing of the temple were the first two acts (Matthew 21.1-17). Once again, I will try to highlight this episode from Jesus’ life with an imaginary observer, […]

Cleaning House!

Reading Time: 6 Minutes Yesterday, I mentioned that I would approach the remainder of Jesus’ visit to Jerusalem from the point of view of a person who had traveled with Jesus and his followers from Galilee. Jesus had just entered the city in a procession that resembled a peaceful king’s entrance into the city. The […]