Bible Reading Column

Dec 30 2018 Abiding and Praying*

This year we began our year reading 1 Timothy, the Gospel of Luke and Acts. Then we plunged ourselves into the Wisdom and Lyrical books of the Old Testament (Psalms, Job, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs) and we have wrapped up our year with 1 & 2 Thessalonians and James. For those of you who […]

Dec 23 2018: 2 Thessalonians Overview*

AUTHOR, DATE, AND RECIPIENTS Shortly after writing 1 Thessalonians, the apostle Paul received a report (2 Thess. 3:11) that the Thessalonian church had accepted the strange claim that “the day of the Lord has come” (2:1–2). Paul sent them this second letter in A.D. 49–51. He was probably in Corinth at the time. PURPOSE Paul […]

Dec 16 2018: 1 Thessalonians Overview*

AUTHOR, DATE, AND RECIPIENTS Paul wrote this letter to the church in Thessalonica. He probably wrote in A.D. 49–51 from Corinth, during his second missionary journey (Acts 18:1–18). THEME The most prominent theme in 1 Thessalonians is the second coming of Jesus. It is mentioned in every chapter of the book (1:10; 2:19-20; 3:13; 4:13-18; […]

Nov 18 2018: Songs of Ascent (Ps120-134)*

Psalms 120—134 are described collectively as “Songs of Ascent,” thought to be recited by pilgrims ascending to Jerusalem for sacred festivals and other times of worship. Many of these psalms express the affliction of life that the people of God undergo, while also extolling God as their only hope and joy and source of life. The […]

Nov 11 2018: The Benefits of God’s Word (from Psalm 119)*

Psalm 119 celebrates God’s Word in multi-faceted ways. Psalm 119 sings and prays about at least four benefits of meditating, delighting and keeping God’s Word: liberation, light, life and stability. Liberation: The paradox that where God is master, ‘service is perfect freedom,’ is found not only in verse 96, but equally in verse 45, where ‘liberty’ is […]

Nov 4 2018: Psalm 119*

Psalm 119 is the longest psalm (and the longest chapter in the Bible, longer than many of the books) and the most carefully structured. By singing and praying its contents, one expresses heartfelt admiration to God, who has so lovingly bestowed this great gift upon his people, and fervent yearning for one’s personal life to […]

Oct 28 2018: Psalms 115 & 116*

In Psalm 115 God’s people are called to celebrate the truth that their God, the God of Israel, is the one and only true and living God. Although the peoples of the nations may ask cynically of Israel, “Where is their God?” (v. 2), the truth is this: their God, the only true God, “is in […]