The more I speak with believers, the more I realize that hearing from God is something they are very eager to learn about, but they also experience the pain, confusion or frustration of not knowing how to do so in a way that it...Read More
Category: Bible Commentary
It took me years to understand what ‘The joy of the Lord is my strength.” (Nehemiah 8:10) means. I...Read More
“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, 12 teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, 13 looking for the blessed...Read More
“He who forms the mountains, creates the wind, and reveals his thoughts to man, he who turns dawn to darkness, and treads the high places of the earth–the Lord God Almighty is his name” (Amos 4:13 NIV).
This is a brilliant and succinct summary of all of history, the vastness of all of reality, and much of what we need to know about life–all contained in this one verse of the Bible. It is a message of eternity, origin, destiny, judgment, salvation, and the nature and character of God. Quite an accomplishment for just a few words and a single verse.Read More
GLASS MINGLED WITH FIRE
(A short discourse on Revelation 15:2).
Saint John saw in a vision this incredible scene: “I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass” (Rev. 15:2 KJV).
What are we to make of this fantastic vision? I was meditating on this one verse and its incredible scene, wondering what it meant and symbolized, and called on the Holy Spirit to reveal to me its meaning.Read More
Psalm 9: God Defeats Puny Man
The psalm begins where the last one left off, with praise to God. The focus in this psalm, however, is more towards God's faithfulness in protecting those who look to him for deliverance when their enemies attack them. The psalmist is exultant in how powerful God is compared to which all his enemies are as nothing.
9:1 "I will praise you, O Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonders."Read More
Psalm 8 and Space Exploration
8:1: “O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens.”
The psalmist identifies himself and his people with the God whom he is about to praise by calling God our God–an acknowledgement similar to one voiced centuries later by the apostle Paul:Read More
Psalm 7: A Call for Personal and Worldwide Justice
This psalm reveals a deep truth about how God dispenses his justice–and it is a truth that the world does not understand. Three passages from Scripture are listed below to illustrate this failure of the world to understand how God metes out judgment and justice:
“Evil men do not understand justice, but those who seek the Lord understand it completely” (Prov. 28:5 RSV).
“A man’s own folly ruins his life, yet his heart rages against the Lord” (Prov. 19:3 NIV).Read More