We enter a section of psalms called “Hallelujah Psalms” due to their beginning and ending with that blessed word. The psalmists celebrate the joy that is possible because of God’s presence. As we continue to observe the season of Advent (the time leading up to Christmas) we find there is still reason to celebrate with […]
Daniel’s final vision concludes with comforting words. Daniel has been hearing about the future in store for his people, the nation of Israel. There was more in store than just a return to the land. Yes, there would be more trouble and days of testing. At the end, however, God will have the final word. […]
How should we relate to history: ignore it and be forced to relearn its lessons, OR look at it so intently that we forget to live in the present? There is a balance that can be maintained! When we face difficulty, we often question whether there is a plan in place. Maybe life is just […]
Have you ever asked a question, gotten an answer, and then had to have the answer explained? Sometimes just “having the answer” isn’t enough! Daniel was praying about the situation his nation faced, and the answers were not adding up the way he thought they should. How good it is to have a God that […]
A promise is powerful. Those waiting for promises to be fulfilled will often remind the one who made the promise so that the fulfillment can come more quickly. Those keeping promises find satisfaction in providing what was meant to be had all along. In Daniel 9, we learn about how Daniel discovered God’s promises and […]
Israel’s calendar revolved around festivals and celebrations. One of the major celebrations was the Feast of Tabernacles, celebrating the harvest. Alan Bond, representative of Jews for Jesus, walks us through the elements of the celebration and shows how the Messiah is pictured and foreshadowed in this festive occasion.
Paul pauses on the Pathway of Hope to show us that salvation is available to all. The Israelites, with all their privilege and opportunity stumbled and did not achieve what they tried so hard to gain. The Gentiles, by contrast, finding God’s offer of salvation gladly received it and were made righteous. Paul continues to […]
Paul has been describing the advantages the Israelites had in life as a nation, yet as a nation they failed to make the best use of their opportunities. As a result, God had rejected them and allowed Gentiles to be blessed. The nation is left asking a question that Paul answers for us very simply […]