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book of Acts intro

The book of Acts is an historical narrative written by Luke -- actually, it's part 2 of his writings, with the Gospel of Luke being part 1. It's a chronicle of the early church from the ascension of our Lord Jesus to Paul's first imprisonment in Rome. It's called the "Acts of the Apostles", but [...]

By |2018-11-20T09:11:56-05:00November 20th, 2018|Bible Challenge|Comments Off on book of Acts intro

the gospel of John

Yay, we have arrived to the Gospel of John! And congratulations to all of you who have persevered in the Bible Reading Challenge 2018! The Gospel of John is often recommended as the first gospel for seekers and young Christians to read. But it is far from being a beginners-only gospel. Indeed the vocabulary is [...]

By |2018-11-05T20:18:09-05:00November 5th, 2018|Bible Challenge|Comments Off on the gospel of John

the gospel of the prophets

Congratulations, you are nearing completion of the Old Testament and 3/4 of your way through the Bible! Historical note. In moving from Zephaniah to Haggai you have jumped seventy years from the beginning of the exile of the Jews (and the fall of Jerusalem in 586 BC) to the return of the exiles from [...]

By |2018-09-29T14:50:41-04:00September 29th, 2018|Bible Challenge|Comments Off on the gospel of the prophets

Ezekiel’s Temple and the City to Come

There is little agreement among Bible scholars regarding interpretation of the last nine chapters of Ezekiel. It is, after all, a vision (40:2). How much of it is symbolic? Is any of it to be taken literally? Bob Utley at gives five possible interpretations of what this temple is: 1. It was never [...]

By |2018-09-14T09:22:39-04:00September 14th, 2018|Bible Challenge|Comments Off on Ezekiel’s Temple and the City to Come

idols of the heart

"Son of man, these men have taken their idols into their hearts, and set the stumbling block of their iniquity before their faces. Should I indeed let myself be consulted by them?" (Ezekiel 14:3 ESV) Idols are not only things "out there" that we attach our love and trust to, but they also reside in [...]

By |2018-09-03T13:09:41-04:00September 3rd, 2018|Bible Challenge|Comments Off on idols of the heart

Isaiah 66, a summary

Here's a summary of the last chapter of Isaiah... God is in heaven. We are on earth. He doesn't need anything from us. (66:1) What he delights in is humility, that is, that we know who we are in light of who he is. To humbly, contritely, and reverentially heed what God has revealed [...]

By |2018-08-10T13:28:40-04:00August 10th, 2018|Bible Challenge|Comments Off on Isaiah 66, a summary

the book of comfort

In our reading we have completed the first section of Isaiah's writing, along with the historical interlude of chapters 36 to 39. Chapter 40 begins what is called "the Book of Comfort" with the words, "Comfort, comfort my people, says your God" (40:1)  See also Isa. 49:13; 51:3, 12; 54:11; 57:18; 61:2; 66:13.  The days [...]

By |2018-08-06T16:21:08-04:00August 6th, 2018|Bible Challenge|Comments Off on the book of comfort

Seeing Jesus in Isaiah

In our Bible reading challenge we have begun the prophetic books, beginning with Isaiah. Like most of the prophets in the Bible, Isaiah calls out the many sins of God's people. Most of these sins can be grouped under the category of idolatry (forsaking their covenant relationship with God) or injustice (forsaking justice to their [...]

By |2018-07-31T10:19:17-04:00July 31st, 2018|Bible Challenge|Comments Off on Seeing Jesus in Isaiah

ponder his works

"I will remember the deeds of the LORD; yes, I will remember your wonders of old. I will ponder all your work, and meditate on your mighty deeds. Your way, O God, is holy. What god is great like our God? You are the God who works wonders; you have made known your might among [...]

By |2018-07-06T19:22:23-04:00July 6th, 2018|Bible Challenge|Comments Off on ponder his works

Psalm 42

"There is a natural thirst common to everyone who seeks goodness and happiness (4:6), but there is also a spiritual thirst produced within them when by the Holy Spirit they taste God’s goodness and desire to be fully satisfied with Him (36:8–9; 1 Peter 2:2–3). True believers can only be satisfied by the presence, grace, [...]

By |2018-06-22T12:10:30-04:00June 22nd, 2018|Bible Challenge|Comments Off on Psalm 42