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Psalm 83

Published: April 10, 2018 (Originally published: September 27, 2011)

O God, do not keep silent; be not quiet, O God, be not still. See how your enemies are astir, how your foes rear their heads. With cunning they conspire against your people; they plot against those you cherish.

“Come,” they say, “let us destroy them as a nation,


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The Feast of First Fruits

Published: April 11, 2018 (Originally published: April 18, 2004)
But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.
1 Cor 15:20

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Psalm 84

Published: April 11, 2018 (Originally published: October 4, 2011)

How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD Almighty! My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the LORD; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may have her young— a place near your altar,


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Psalm 85

Published: April 12, 2018 (Originally published: October 11, 2011)

You showed favor to your land, O LORD; you restored the fortunes of Jacob. You forgave the iniquity of your people and covered all their sins. You set aside all your wrath and turned from your fierce anger. Restore us again, O God our Savior, and put away your displeasure toward us.


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Psalm 86

Published: April 13, 2018 (Originally published: October 18, 2011)

Hear, O LORD, and answer me, for I am poor and needy. Guard my life, for I am devoted to you. You are my God; save your servant who trusts in you. Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I call to you all day long. Bring joy to your servant,


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Melchizedek, Jesus, And Us

Published: April 16, 2018 (Originally published: May 11, 2013)
The LORD has sworn and will not change his mind: "You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek." (Psalm 110:4)

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Psalm 87

Published: April 16, 2018 (Originally published: October 25, 2011)

He has set his foundation on the holy mountain; the LORD loves the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob. Glorious things are said of you, O city of God:  “I will record Rahab and Babylon among those who acknowledge me—Philistia too, and Tyre, along with Cush and will say,


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Psalm 88

Published: April 17, 2018 (Originally published: November 1, 2011)

O LORD, the God who saves me, day and night I cry out before you. May my prayer come before you; turn your ear to my cry. For my soul is full of trouble and my life draws near the grave. I am counted among those who go down to the pit;


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The Beatitudes, Blessed Are We

Published: April 18, 2018 (Originally published: August 5, 2015)
Once in a while I'm asked to do a study on a specific portion of Scripture. While we're waiting for the other shoe to drop in the Middle East, I'd like to respond to one I received recently concerning a portion of the Sermon on the Mount commonly called "The Beatitudes".

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Psalm 89

Published: April 18, 2018 (Originally published: November 8, 2011)

I will sing of the LORD’s great love forever; with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations. I will declare that your love stands firm forever, that you established your faithfulness in heaven itself. You said, “I have made a covenant with my chosen one,