Wednesday, January 17

Week 3–Salvation: Redemption Wednesday, January 17 Ruth 3:1-13 Boaz and Jesus Redemption requires a redeemer. That is a person who is able to act from a position of power, influence, and help on behalf of the weak, vulnerable, and helpless. We are quick to embrace Job’s assurance, “I know that …

Tuesday, January 16

Week 3–Salvation: Redemption Tuesday, January 16 Psalms 66:5-20 God Redeems His People God occupying the role of redeemer was not a one-time act or event. Repeatedly throughout biblical history, God steps in to redeem His people. No greater demonstration of that role is found anywhere than of His deliverance of …

Monday, January 15

Week 3–Salvation: Redemption Monday, January 15 Genesis 3:1-24 God’s Choice to Redeem God’s “very good” creation did not remain that for very long. Sin changed everything. Fear and shame replaced innocence and Intimacy. The desire for isolation now trumped that for association. What comes next? How will God respond to …

Friday, January 12

Week 2–Jesus: Son of God Friday, January 12 Matthew 4:1-11 What Temptation? Yes, Jesus was tempted by Satan. We know that. But what was the temptation? We’ve duly noted the event (or series of events) but have we duly noted the gravity of what was at stake? We remember, and …

Thursday, January 11

Week 2–Jesus: Son of God Thursday, January 11 Romans 1:1-7 Synergy Synergy is a principle at work when two (or more) independently powerful influences or forces come together resulting in power and influence that is greater than the simple sum of the two. This ancient principle led farmers to yoke …

Wednesday, January 10

Week 2–Jesus: Son of God Wednesday, January 10 Hebrews 1:1-14 Better Than Angels How intriguing that the writer of Hebrews begins his masterful case for the ultimate superiority of Jesus with a comparison/contrast of Jesus with angels. Is there a sense in which our modern familiarity with and comfort in …

Tuesday, January 9

Week 2–Jesus: Son of God Tuesday, January 9 Mark 3:7-12 Powerful Witness Testimony In any legal system, witnesses are a critical component. But not all persons who have seen something or know something are of equal weight. There are eyewitnesses who have seen something that others have not, expert witnesses …

Monday, January 8

Monday, January 8 Matthew 16:13-20 More Than a Prophet The Jews relished in the many revered personalities from their history, not the least of which were the prophets. When Jesus asked how people were identifying Him, the apostles’ responses evidenced how Jesus occupied in the highest echelon of their admiration …