Colossians 1:1-8

“Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, to the saints [holy ones] and faithful brethren in Christ who are in Colosse: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” Colossians 1:1-2.

Continue reading

Chastening of Job, Part 1

The man Job is likely to have lived around the time of Abraham (circa B.C. 2166-1991), so it was a great while before Israel became a nation.

The location of the land of Uz is in all likelihood the same area as Edom, which would be modern day Jordan, southeast of the Dead Sea.

Continue reading

Psalm 84, Part 1

To the Chief Musician. On an instrument of Gath. A Psalm of the sons of Korah.

Though written by Israelites to be sung by the children of Israel, this psalm has a great deal of meaning for the Christian as well as to the children of Israel.

Continue reading

Mustard and a Little Leaven

“Another parable He put forth to them, saying: ‘The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field; which indeed is the least of all the seeds; but when it is grown it is greater than the herbs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and nest in its branches.’” Matthew 13:31-32.

Continue reading

Redeeming the Time, Part 1

“Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and said to the disciples, ‘Sit here while I go and pray over there.’ And He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee [James and John], and He began to be sorrowful and deeply distressed. Then He said to them, ‘My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch with Me.’ He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, ‘O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.’ Then He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, ‘What? Could you not watch with Me one hour? Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.’ Again, a second time, He went away and prayed, saying, ‘O My Father, if this cup cannot pass away from Me unless I drink it, Your will be done.’ And He came and found them asleep again, for their eyes were heavy. So He left them, went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words. Then He came to His disciples and said to them, ‘Are you still sleeping and resting? Behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of sinners. Rise, let us be going. See, My betrayer [Judas] is at hand.’” Matthew 26:36-46.

Continue reading