Bible Reading Blog

Bible Reading Blog

James 2 | Judgment, Mercy, And Faith

As I read James 2, I am reminded of our Lord’s words to the Pharisees in Matthew 23: 23. “For you… have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. These you ought to have done…” James is instructing rather than condemning here, but he reaches right to the heart of Christianity. James deals with our propensity to judge one person more worthy than another as we walk through our daily lives. We don’t view people…

Hebrews 13 | Come And Eat

“We have an altar from which those who minister at the earthly tabernacle have no right to eat.” Hebrews 13:10 Several years ago, I heard a sermon where the Pastor spoke about the difference between the Old and New Covenants. He explained it like this:  The Old Covenant was an agreement between God and a nation. The conditions of the covenant depended on whether the Israelites continued to obey the law or disobeyed. Deuteronomy 28 promises blessings for obedience and…

Hebrews 11 | The Hall of Faith

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”  Hebrews 11:1 This year, Protestants around the world celebrated the 500 year anniversary of the Reformation. Many of you may have read posts on social media quoting the five Solas that well summarize the work of Christ to redeems us. One of the five Solas is ‘Sola Fide’, in faith alone. It’s only by ‘faith alone’ (the object of our faith is Jesus Christ) that…

Hebrews 10 | So You Want To Go It Alone Eh?

Think back on those early days when you first learned about Christ. Remember how you remained faithful even though it meant terrible suffering. Sometimes you were exposed to public ridicule and were beaten, and sometimes you helped others who were suffering the same things. You suffered along with those who were thrown into jail, and when all you owned was taken from you, you accepted it with joy. You knew there were better things waiting for you that will last…

Hebrews 5 | Better

You may not realize it, but you may need an upgrade. You are reading this blog on a phone or a computer which runs on an operating system. Chances are, you have had to update the system many times over the years. The idea is that the old system has flaws and can’t run the apps and software that you want to run as smoothly as the new one, so you need the upgrade. That is roughly the idea of…

II Thess. 3 | The Lost Art of Church Discipline

“If anyone does not obey what we say in this letter, take note of that person, and have nothing to do with him, that he may be ashamed. Do not regard him as an enemy, but warn him as a brother” II Thessalonians, 3:14-15  Paul’s instructions at the end of the Thessalonians epistles stands out as strange in light of today’s modern church experience. Most of us have never been in a church where this was even taught, let alone…

Hebrews 1 | The Rest Of The Story

Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. – Hebrews 1:1-2 Paul Harvey was an American radio broadcaster from 1952 through 2008. His programs reached millions of people a week. He was famous for a segment called The Rest of the Story, which…

I Thess. 3 | When In Distress, Send The Best!

“Therefore when we could bear it no longer, we were willing to be left behind at Athens alone, and we sent Timothy, our brother and God’s coworker in the gospel of Christ, to establish and exhort you in your faith,” 1 Thessalonians 3:1-2 Many years ago I interviewed with a manager from another department within the company where I work. One of his selling points for the position was that he sought an individual to mentor as his successor. As…

I Thess. 2 | You Can Say It when You Show It

So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us. 1 Thess. 2:8 One of the things that I am becoming more and more convinced of is that if the world is to be reached with the Gospel of Jesus Christ those who say it must also show it. What I mean by that is I feel in…

Col. 4 | Relational Evangelism

As Paul brings his letter to the Colossians to a close, he gives them a few last Godly reminders along with honorable mentions of the people working with him. Paul asks for prayers on his behalf that he would be provided with opportunities to continue to preach the gospel even as he is imprisoned for doing so. Paul, in the same context, then tells the believers in Colossi to “Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the…