August 8, 2020
In chapter 4 we saw the mighty grace of God humble a proud king. But it doesn’t always go that way. What does it look like when God’s patience runs out for those who “knew better?” What lessons might this offer for ourselves, our church and our nation?
August 1, 2020
We have always heard insanity described as doing the same thing over and over, expecting to get a different result. This great chapter gives a much better definition of insanity: thinking I am in control of my life. Or to use another word, pride. How did God cure the great Babylonian king of this? How is it related to grace and the gospel?
July 24, 2020
In this famous story, three young believers defy the king of Babylon, who has threatened to burn them up in a furnace (and makes good on his threat). Why would they do that? And how does God show up? What does this teach us about our own suffering?
July 18, 2020
If there’s anything we need in these days of fear and uncertainty, it’s perspective. We need to see the flow of history as God sees it: purposeful and absolutely under his control. One of the best places in the Bible to see this is the 2nd chapter of Daniel.
July 11, 2020
Daniel and his three friends arrived as teenagers in Babylon. The first thing the pagan king tried to do was re-educate them. The goal was for them to forget their true home and the true God. How did Nebuchadnezzer try to do this? And how did the four youths resist?
July 3, 2020
The theme of Daniel is not “be brave like Daniel.” It’s not end-time prophecy. The theme of Daniel is God. The original hearers were Jewish exiles whose world had ended with the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple. Was God still in control? A. W. Tozer once wrote: “what comes into our minds when we think of God is the most important thing about us.” That’s what this magnificent OT book is about.
June 26, 2020
These verses bring Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians to a close. They include a benediction, probably the most well-known benediction other than Aaron’s, found in Numbers 6. What is a benediction? It’s noteworthy that these final verses are dripping with optimism and joy. How could Paul write such things to a church that was so dysfunctional and had hurt him so deeply?
June 19, 2020
One last time Paul applies the principal of strength in weakness as he pastors the church in Corinth. What does it mean for us to likewise “pastor” one another?
June 12, 2020
Having vividly expressed the theme of the letter in 12:1-10, Paul now applies that theme to the normal, everyday Christian life. What are the characteristics of a life upon which the power of Christ rests (12:9)? Here are some of the most beautiful (and attractive) expressions of humility and self-denial in all of Scripture. C.S. Lewis wrote that humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less. What does that practically look like, and why can only grace produce it?
June 6, 2020
Here is where Paul gives the clearest expression to the theme of the letter: strength in weakness. This text is not only the climax of 2 Corinthians, it is arguably the climax of 1 and 2 Corinthians. It reminds us of the very heart of Christianity. When Jesus said to Paul, "my grace is sufficient for you," how was he reminding him not only of the gospel, but of the core principle of the entire Christian life?

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