Isaiah 12:1-6: Drinking From the Wells of Salvation

Refreshing water

With faces still wet from the mist of the Sea, the Israelites sing out, celebrating their deliverance from Egypt.  So momentous the event, their tongues cannot stay silent, their melodic praise becoming the first song recorded in Scripture (Exodus 15).  The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob remained faithful to His pledge, not forgetting His […]

The Apocrypha, Lesson 2: How We Lost the Apocrypha

Apocrypha Removed

Last week, we learned what the Scriptures were for Jesus and his Apostles: The Septuagint, the Greek-language version of the Old Testament.  Jesus also affirmed this in His Scripture quotes, which favored the Septuagint and when He told the Sadducees they didn’t know the Scripture, referring to the book of Tobit (Matthew 22:29).  In 397 […]

John 16:16-22: The Church as a Woman in Labor

Woman in Labor

The saints in the struggle, the Church on earth, is a woman in labor.  The saints at rest, the Church in eternal glory, is compared to a mother whose birthing pains are past.  No longer in contractions, she now beholds her baby born, her anguish long forgotten. The people of God, described as a pregnant […]

The Apocrypha, Lesson 1: Background–The Jews Lose their Hebrew

KJV with Apocrypha

In Jesus’ day, Greek was the “universal” language around the Mediterranean world.  Earlier, most Jews lost their ability to read and speak in Hebrew during their captivity in Babylon.  Hebrew became the domain of rabbis, who learned it to read the Scriptures.  We learn of this loss in Nehemiah. Read Nehemiah 8:1, 5-8 The household […]

Psalm 23: The Holy Hunter

Shepherd, a Sheep, and many Wolves

A chapter about the Lord and His sheep.  Such a poor reputation comes with these wool-covered creatures.  For they are gamey to the nose and stupid of mind, too quick to roam and become lost.  Such poor eyesight, but they do recognize their shepherd’s voice!  For sheep to thrive, they must learn to live by […]

Romans, Lesson 30: Greetings and Conclusion


  After asking the congregation in Rome to welcome Phoebe, a deaconess, and likely the courier for his letter, Paul now mentions many names in the congregation at Rome.   Read Romans 16:3-15     Jewish Male (5) Jewish Female (2) Gentile Male (13) Gentile Female (7) Acquila Prisca (Priscilla) Epaenetus (Greek) Mary (common Jewish […]

John 20:19-31: To forgive and retain sins

Office of the Keys (610x351)

The One raised from the tomb breathes on His disciples, “Peace be with you.”  Next, He shows them the injuries He suffered in His death for all.  Again, the words, “Peace be with you” leave His mouth.  Somehow, an unbreakable bond must exist between our Lord’s wounds and the peace He brings them. On the […]

Romans, Lessons 28-29: Paul’s Appeal and a study on Deaconesses by way of Phoebe


Paul shared his plans to visit Rome on his way to Spain.  But first, he needs to deliver the monetary aid to the Jerusalem Christians, and so he makes a request of the Roman Christians.   A Final Appeal Read Romans 15:30-32 What does Paul ask of the Roman Christians, in general?   What does […]

Luke 24:1-8: Remember What Jesus Told You

The angel asks a strange question.  “Why do you seek the living among the dead?”  The answer is clear.  “Where else will Jesus be?”  These women awoke early in the morning, not wanting to leave their Lord’s body without a proper burial. With heavy footsteps, laden with grief, they talk.  How will they anoint the […]

Good Friday, The Centurion: This Man, Jesus, is the Son of God!

centurion at the cross

The day is dark on a Friday so long ago.  The life drains from an unusual man as He goes to His gloomy end.  Is He not supposed to be the One, prophesied by Scripture?  Yes, but we find Him too powerless to save Himself.  The injustice of corrupt leaders and what is expedient for […]