The Great Vigil of Easter

God Creates the World (Genesis 1:1-2:3)
Bible Commentary

The first thing the Bible tells us is that God is a creator. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the...

God Creates and Equips People to Work (Genesis 1:26-2:25)
Bible Commentary

God lays the foundations for human work: dominion, relationships, fruitfulness, provision, and limits.

The Right Use of Power (Psalm 136)
Bible Commentary

Power is essential to most work, and it must be exercised rightly. Psalm 136 lays out the proper use of power by showing...

Beyond Thanksgiving
Daily Reflection

At first glance, Psalm 136 is a psalm of thanksgiving. 

God Calls Noah and Creates a New World (Genesis 6:9-8:19)
Bible Commentary

Some situations may be redeemable. Others may be beyond redemption. In Genesis 6:6-8 , we hear God's lament about the...

God’s Covenant with Noah (Genesis 9:1-19)
Bible Commentary

Once again on dry land with this new beginning, Noah's first act is to build an altar to the Lord (Gen. 8:20). Here he...

God’s Presence in the Midst of Disaster (Psalm 46)
Bible Commentary

No matter how great the disaster, God is greater still.

Where Have You Fixed Your Attention?
Daily Reflection

Psalm 16 begins with a cry for divine help: "Keep me safe, O God, for I have come to you for refuge" (16:1). Yet the...

Israel at the Red Sea and on the Way to Sinai (Exodus 13:17-18:27)
Bible Commentary

The foundational expression of God’s work came to dramatic fruition when God decisively led his people through the Red...

Servant at Work (Isaiah 40ff.)
Bible Commentary

Isaiah paints a picture of the values that must characterize the people of God.

Obsessing, Digressing, Progressing: The Importance of Digressing - Isaiah, Exodus, Luke Sermon Notes
Sermon Notes

Text SuggestionsIsaiah 55:6-98 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts,neither are your ways my ways,”declares the...

Peace and Prosperity (Isaiah 9ff.)
Bible Commentary

In contrast to the arrogant pride and self-sufficiency that will bring us down or the exploitation of the poor in order...

You Are Designed for Worship
Daily Reflection

Faith is not just a matter of belief but a life of wholehearted and full-bodied worship. Every part of me and every part...

The Covenantal Hope (Ezekiel 35-48)
Bible Commentary

Ezekiel's theology of work would be incomplete if not placed in the full context of future restoration alluded to...

Best of Daily Reflections: Do You Wish You Had a New Heart?
Daily Reflection

Do you ever wish you had a new heart? I'm not asking about a physical heart, but a new way of being on the inside. Do...

Hope in God!
Daily Reflection

Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again—my Savior and my...

New Life for Dem Dry Bones
Daily Reflection

Dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones. ...

Why Should God Answer My Prayer?
Daily Reflection

In Psalm 143, David cries out to the Lord for help. 

Best of Daily Reflections: Hopes Deferred but Not Forgotten
Daily Reflection

God rejoices when his people are made whole. Our joys become his joys.

Joy to the World!
Daily Reflection

Shout to the LORD, all the earth; break out in praise and sing for joy! Sing your praise to the LORD with the...

Best of Daily Reflections: What If Your Soul Is Hard as a Rock?
Daily Reflection

He turned the rock into a pool of water; yes, a spring of water flowed from solid rock.Psalm 114:8Do you ever feel...

Walking in Newness of Life (Romans 6)
Bible Commentary

Although God’s grace has come into the world to bring reconciliation and justice, there are still evil spiritual...

The Cross and Resurrection (Mark 14:32-16:8)
Bible Commentary

The topics of status and grace return to the fore as Jesus faces his trial and crucifixion. “The Son of Man came not...