"Blessed are the lowly, for they shall be comforted." Jesus's beatitude in Matthew 5:5 is the opposite to what many in our world think today.
The Apostle Paul reminds Christians that in our ordinary weakness, God has placed his gospel treasure to elevate Christ and God's greatness.
This article examines the Bible passages on Christian tithing to identify factors that determine if today's Christians are supposed to tithe.
Overview of the book of Exodus covering the internal support for Mosaic authorship, the structure of Exodus, and seven themes in Exodus.
Overview of the book of Genesis covering authorship, basic outline, and a survey of its contents with the 10 generations (toledot).
"Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted." This article explain what it means to mourn and what it means to be comforted.
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. This article explains what "blessed" and "poor in spirit" means.
Like the leper Jesus healed, Christians are cleansed for a purpose. To be cleansed by Jesus costs us nothing, but it also costs us everything.
A heart-felt encouragement from Clara Lee on the value and importance of including children with Down syndrome.
My story is not unique, but I'd like to share with you about a little girl that I gave birth to who has gone to heaven before us.
Paul's prayer in Colossians 1 is a model prayer. There are 5 aspects of his prayer we can incorporate, so let's pray like our spiritual father.
This article defines the core tenets beliefs of dispensationalism. The goal is to define dispensational theology, not to argue or critique it.
An important yet mysterious concept is the doctrine of the Trinity. There is only one God in essence, yet he is three in person and subsistence.
God has unique, incommunicable attributes which no other created thing possess. God also has communicable attributes that he can help us develop.
God is self-existent and self-sustaining. His creation adds nothing to Him. This is God’s aseity. God also came near to us; He is immanent.
We know God because He has revealed Himself to us. We cannot discover God on our own. Thankfully, God has revealed Himself, and He has spoken.
Genesis 50:20 is Joseph's Romans 8:28. The story of Joseph is a lesson of God's providence. Others meant it for evil; God meant it for good.
In Genesis 49, Jacob prophesies the Lion of Judah. Jacob's final words to his twelve sons reminds us to consider the legacy we leave behind.
What will your final words be to your children? Can we borrow and utter Jacob's words to Joseph, "As God has been with me, God will be with you."
Christians throughout history have practiced family worship. Learn the three components of family worship and how to start family worship today.
In Genesis 47, God rescues and blesses Egypt through Joseph. As Christian, we are sojourners, benefactors (instruments of blessing), and slaves.
Following the example of Jacob, we learn from Genesis 46 that as we worship God, trust Him, and live for Him, we will be prepared to die.
Jacob reunited with Joseph and said, "It is enough." Can we follow Jacob's example of contentment and say, "My cup overflows. It is enough."
There are several well-known Bible stories on forgiveness, but few are as renown as the story of Joseph, a model example of forgiveness.
Why is Jesus called the Lion of Judah? Genesis 44 explains. Judah became surety for Benjamin. Likewise, Jesus became surety for Christians.
The climax of the Joseph narrative. "The most moving address in all the Word of God." Judah offers himself as Benjamin's substitute and surety.
Joseph tests his brothers' readiness for reconciliation by planting his silver cup inside Benjamin's sack. How will Joseph's brothers respond?
Parents inadvertently can provoke their children to anger. The ways we provoke children to anger may be subtle; here are twelve examples.
Jacob gives final instructions to his sons who return to Egypt with Benjamin. Joseph reunites with Benjamin, and Joseph hosts a celebratory feast.
Amidst his family's plight, Judah declares himself as surety guarantee for Benjamin. Jacob trusts God saying, "If I am bereaved, I am bereaved."
Genesis 42-43 describes the reunion of Joseph and his 10 brothers. Genesis 42 continues the story line of Jacob’s family from Genesis 37.
The Parable of the Talents iso one of the final parables of Jesus recorded by Matthew. The parable teaches a simple truth: Don't waste your life.
Periodically, I read the book of Job in an uninterrupted, two–hour sitting. It remains one of my favorite Bible stories. During my most recent delving, I found 5 lessons on suffering.
Joseph gives Pharaoh counsel which he gladly accepts. Joseph is married and has two sons, and he successfully saves Egypt from the severe famine.
Pharaoh received two divine dreams. The cupbearer finally remembered Joseph. No one could interpret Pharoah's dreams until Joseph was summoned.
God's faithfulness followed Joseph in prison as he correctly interprets two dreams. The cupbearer forgot Joseph, but God still remembered Joseph.
Although Joseph was tempted and falsely accused by Potiphar's wife, God remained with Joseph. God showed him steadfast love, favor, and grace.
Genesis 38 focuses on Joseph's brother Judah who commits 3 major sins. Tamar is vindicated and bears Perez who is an ancestor to Jesus.
We see how the brothers sell Joseph to Egypt. Joseph is sent to Shechem and sold at Dothan. Jacob mourns. Joseph is then sold again to Potiphar.
In Genesis 37:2-11, we meet Joseph the Dreamer. We see his special status, his father's favoritism, his brother's hatred, and God's revelation.
This introduction to the story of Joseph found in Genesis reviews Joseph’s childhood, his model character, and his similarities with Jesus.
General revelation gives sufficient evidence for God's existence but we are not capable of seeing the evidence clearly without transformation.
This article answers an important question. “Why did God choose Jacob, not Esau?“ Rephrased, "On what basis did God choose Jacob over Esau?”
Here are 6 forms of pride that we need to recognize. The first three forms of pride are obvious. The second three are less conspicuous.
Genesis 36 gives us the genealogy of Isaac's older son Esau. Esau spurned his birthright, but God did not forget him. Rather God blessed Esau.
Andrew Kim explains how God reveals himself to everybody through general revelation. God reveals himself through nature, history, and people.
In Genesis 35, Jacob returns to Bethel before seeing his father Isaac at Hebron and enduring several more trials including his wife Rachel's death.
The first tool Christians need to study the Bible is a study Bible. For today's evangelical Christians, here are the nine best study Bibles.
This article explains God's sovereign will and commanded will. It covers three meanings to God's guidance and four ways God guides indirectly.
God expects all Christians to obey. It marks a true believer. There is blessing as we follow Christ's example of obedience.
This article covers God's mandate for evangelism, the essential components of the gospel, and three tactics to employ in evangelism.
This article identifies the various gifts of the Holy Spirit which are temporary and permanent and how they should be exercised in the church.
In the Bible, we learn about the universal church, the local church, fellowship in the church, worship in the church, and the Lord's supper.
This article covers the basics of Christian prayer. It explains prayer's purpose, its nature, its practice, and its challenges.
The Holy Spirit is the third person of the one Triune God. The Holy Spirit is working in salvation and in the Christian's life.
Topics of salvation covered in this article include God's sovereignty in salvation, the components of conversion, and three evidences (fruits) of salvation.
This 18 minute video provides an introduction and survey of the Book of Ruth. We highlight three important themes: Hesed lovingkindness, kinsman redeemer, and God's providence.
This article covers several aspects of Christ's work: man's need for Christ, the costly price, the provision it provided, and the motive.
Jesus is God who became man. Jesus possesses all the attributes, power, and titles of deity. He came to save and to rule.
Simon and Silas fight for the last cookie.
This article covers what it means to know God through the Bible, explains the importance of knowing God, and reviews some of God's attributes.
Simon worries about a new virus.
Silas asks Simon for help to find a gift for her.
Using nine questions, we can identify what is a good church. These truths can help us better serve our church and help others find a new church.
This article covers the reasons why Christians need to understand the Bible. It covers five activities and four steps to studying the Bible.
How People Change by Timothy Lane and Paul Tripp starts with God, and so avoids the fatal flaw in all the self-help books. You become profoundly different as you come to the growing realization, “It’s not all about me.” It’s all about the One who is remaking us
An overview of the Bible summarizing the content and central theme of Scripture, four reasons for its importance, and how we got our Bible.
The five of us boarded a plane together for the first time. It wasn’t a typical family vacation. We flew across the country to give an embryo a chance at life.
We constantly get angry, so how can we overcome sinful anger biblically? This article covers the biblical principles on anger.
I summarize six views on the origin of the universe and several different interpretations on the six days of creation recorded in Genesis 1–2.
By reading Hannah's Prayer in 1 Samuel 2, we sense what resided in her heart and learn how God affected her thoughts, desires, and priorities.
Andy Naselli's book on New Testament exegesis has become my favorite handbook to Bible study methods of the New Testament. Read my review on this 2017 book.
The sixth volume of Foundations of Evangelical Theology is God the Son Incarnate. By Stephen Wellum, this is an excellent book on Christology.
Biblical Doctrine, published by Crossway, is MacArthur and Mayhue’s systematic theology. This is my review, having read through the book in its entirety.
Defining systematic theology in contrast with historical, biblical, and practical theology. Offering five reasons Christians should study it.
Inductive Bible Study, written by Richard Alan Fuhr Jr. and Andreas J. Kostenberger, serves as a guide to how to study the Bible inductively.
Work and Our Labor in the Lord explores the theme of work throughout the whole Bible. Written by James M. Hamilton Jr., the book examines how God views work.
I have compiled a list of the best evangelical commentaries of each book of the New Testament. I have organized the list to include devotional, mid-level, and technical commentaries.
I highlight my favorite commentaries on the fourth gospel written by John to help you select your first or next commentary on the gospel of John.
I summarize my favorite commentaries on the book of Romans to help you decide on your first or next Romans commentary purchase.
I summarize my favorite commentaries on the book of Philippians to help you look for your first or next commentary on the Book of Philippians.
In this article, I summarize my favorite commentaries on the book of Hebrews to help you look for your first or next commentary on the Book of Hebrews.
Accordance Bible Software has released their Bible program for free. Available for MacOS and Windows, it is the best free Bible software today.
A list of seven essential tools in a basic Bible study library. With these seven tools, you can dive deeper in your personal study of the Bible.
George H. Fox, Pastor Emeritus of Grace Bible Church, made a deep impression on me in just 9 months. I wrote my thoughts shortly after his death.
I wrote my first sonnet to my wife Janice on our 7th wedding anniversary. It is in iambic pentameter.
This article, written by Donald R. White, describes the nature of Christian prayer, God's law, the Lord's Prayer, and trinitarian prayer.
Dedicated to my mother, who died 48 hours ago. I reflect on 8 lessons Mom taught me that have shaped my life.