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Jeremiah 52

Good morning! Today’s passage (Jerusalem 52) is a lighter one, but only in terms of length. This epilogue of sorts connects the description of Jerusalem’s destruction (which we’ve heard detailed before) with a snippet of life in Babylon. 394 more words

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Jeremiah 50-51

Good morning! Yesterday we heard oracles of divine judgment against a variety of nations. Today that theme continues, but focuses exclusively on Babylon. Jeremiah 50-51 shows a comprehensive condemnation of Babylon as it’s overwhelmed by a new power from “the north”, with corresponding consequences for the people of Israel who are captive in Babylon. 577 more words

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Jeremiah 47-49

Good morning! Today and tomorrow in Jeremiah we have a series of “oracles against the nations”. One civilization after another receives rebuke for various sins, and we hear how God will send destruction their way. 558 more words

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Accounting 101 in Philemon

If he has wronged you at all, or owes you anything, charge that to my account.  I, Paul, write this with my own hand: I will repay it—to say nothing of your owing me even your own self. 300 more words

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Attempting to trick Him

Luke 20:20-26 So they watched him and sent spies, who pretended to be sincere, that they might catch him in something he said, so as to deliver him up to the authority and jurisdiction of the governor.  286 more words

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Relishing life more as our confidence in the sovereign Lord grows

Proverbs 17:22 A joyful heart is good medicine,
but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

Chuck Swindoll:

To which I shout a hearty “Amen!” having been around many a broken spirit with dried-up bones in my lifetime.

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Seeing God's hand moving behind the scenes

Bob Deffinbaugh comments:

A slight shift in the events recorded in Esther would have doomed the Jews, except as Mordecai said, “help would come from someplace else.” Nevertheless, success in the small details mattered.

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