Scripture Sunday: Psalm 119:105

Today’s reading is the longest Psalm and the longest chapter in the Bible. Its theme is the Word of God. There is a direct reference to God’s Word in all but six of the 176 verses (verses 3, 37, 80, 121, 122, 132). In this Psalm the Hebrew uses at least nine different synonyms for God’s Word (the KJV uses eight synonyms—word, precepts, testimonies, law, commandments, ordinances, judgments, and statues). Also a reference to Deity occurs in every verse except verse 121. Read more

Your Eyes Saw my Unformed Substance

“Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.”

-Psalm 139:16

Did you know that every day in your life was written out in God’s book? Not only what days you would spend on planet earth, but also what you will do. God has known since before time exactly what you would be doing right now. And now. And in 5 minutes. He knows exactly how long it will take you to drive to work tomorrow. He knows exactly how many calories your next meal will have. Those are all easy for us to understand. Those are all simply data. They are no more important than mere trivia. But what about the more significant things in life? Since before even earth existed, God has known what every aspect of your life will look like. Whether you will take a particular job. Whether you will marry someone. Whether you will have kids and what they’ll be like. We make our plans all the time. But are they accurate? Someone I respect a lot recently said “With God, there is only Plan A. Plan B doesn’t exist”. Don’t assume that just because things don’t go how you want that there has been a mistake. Trust God even when you don’t understand or see why.


Gen1toRev22: God Confides in Noah, Genesis 6:11-13

Scripture Passage: Genesis 6:11-13

Observations on the Context:

The stage is being set for judgment. A worldwide flood will ensue. The earth is corrupted and violent. God sees it as such. What a sorrowful and painful thing that must have been in the Holy Creator’s sight! All flesh had corrupted their way on the earth. Twice in verses 11 and 12, God’s sight is referred to. Nothing is hidden from God’s sight and He saw the wickedness that was rampant on the earth. Read more

How Rich and Poor Really Unite

“The rich and the poor meet together; the LORD is the Maker of them all.”

-Proverbs 22:2

      We are all equal under God. Man has a built a complex society built on a variety of different status metrics. From economic standing to geographical area of residence, humanity ranks everyone based off of who they are. Before sin, none of that existed. It was simply man, and God. At the end of life, things will once again be reduced to that simple relationship. Man, and God. There is only one thing that will set one man apart from another on that day, and it will be where they look for the righteousness that God requires. On that day every man will either look at the things they’ve done, or the Savior they trusted. Where will you be looking?


Noah’s Legacy and Progeny

Scripture Passage: Genesis 6:9-10

Observations on the Context:

The book of Noah’s generations is the record of his lineage. Noah was a godly man. Above reproach before the ungodly. A man who sought the Lord. What an incredible testimony Noah had and what a blessing that God used this godly man as a hero of the faith to preserve the human race. Noah only had three children, Shem, Ham and Japheth. It is interesting that Noah lived so long and yet only had three children. This can be an encouragement to Believers today that God may not give you many children although you have a long marriage. Read more

Your Highest Goal

“And when the mourning was over, David sent and brought her to his house, and she became his wife and bore him a son. But the thing that David had done displeased the LORD.”

-2 Samuel 11:27

What’s your highest priority? In life, perhaps it is pleasing God. What’s your highest priority as a member of your family? At work? With your friends? David lost sight of what his priorities should be. He forgot that God should be His first priority in all things. David might’ve worked things out so that, to the human eye, things looked fine. But God saw David’s heart and priorities and knew that David was sinning. That displeased God. Evaluate how you live. Is glorifying God the goal? Or is getting what you want the goal?


Scripture Sunday: 2 Samuel 7:22

2 Samuel 7—Making the Temple. David wanted to make a Temple for God. •Resolve: the resolve to build the Temple spoke of David’s devotion to God. •Response: Nathan the prophet told David it was a good resolve. •Refusal: later God told David through Nathan that David could not build the Temple, but his son would. •Reaction: David humbly accepted the refusal and honored God in his prayer. –Butler’s Daily Bible Reading

Not the Length but the Depth of Prayer

“But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ ”

-Luke 18:13

What’s your attitude like? When you go to God, do you go with a attitude of entitlement? Or humbly? Do you recognize your position as a sinner? Or do think that what you’ve done is enough? The tax collector knew that he had not and never could do anything to make up for his sin. God is merciful. He offers forgiveness to us, though we are so far from deserving it!


An Outline on the Book of Revelation

Revelation Outline

I put this together for a course on Revelation I took during my M Div program at Luther Rice Seminary.

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I. Prologue/preface/introduction of the book (Revelation 1)

A. The prologue from Jesus Christ (Revelation 1:1)

B. The authorship of John (Revelation 1:1-2)

C. The blessing for those who read and heed the book (Revelation 1:3)

D. The destination: to the seven churches in Asia Minor (Revelation 1:4)

E. The praise to Jesus Christ (Revelation 1:5-8)

F. The provenance of John: Patmos (Revelation 1:9)

G. The proclamation commencing the book (Revelation 1:10)

H. The addressee of the book: to the seven churches in Asia Minor (Revelation 1:11)

I. The vision of Christ among the seven lampstands (Revelation 1:12-13)

J. The glory and splendor of Christ (Revelation 1:14-16)

K. The commission from Christ (Revelation 1:17-20)

II. Messages to the seven churches in Asia Minor (Revelation 2-3)

A. Ephesus: The “loveless church” (Revelation 2:1-7)

1. The commendation: rejects apostasy (Revelation 2:2-3,6)

2. The condemnation: lost first love (Revelation 2:4)

3. The consequence: repent or “lose candlestick” (Revelation 2:5)

B. Smyrna: The “persecuted church” (Revelation 2:8-11)

1. The commendation: Endured persecution (Revelation 2:9)

2. The comfort: Will receive crown (Revelation 2:10)

C. Pergamum: The “tolerant church” (Revelation 2:12-17)

1. The commendation: Did not deny His faith (Revelation 2:13)

2. The condemnation: tolerated apostate teaching (Revelation 2:14-15)

3. The consequence: repent or Christ will make war (Revelation 2:16)

D. Thyatira: The “pagan church” (Revelation 2:18-29)

1. The commendation: “deeds of late greater than at first” (Revelation 2:19)

2. The condemnation: tolerates “Jezebel” (Revelation 2:20)

3. The consequence: repent or be thrown on “bed of sickness” and children “killed with pestilence” (Revelation 2:21-23)

E. Sardis: The “dead church” (Revelation 3: 1-6)

1. The condemnation: “are dead” (Revelation 3:1)

2. The consequence: wake up and be strengthened (Revelation 3:2-3)

3. The commendation: a few remain alive (Revelation 3:4)

F. Philadelphia: The “mission church” (Revelation 3:7-13)

1. The commendation: kept His word (Revelation 3:8)

2. The comfort: will keep them from the hour of wrath (Revelation 3:9-10)

G. Laodicea: The “lukewarm church” (Revelation 3:14-22)

1. The condemnation: neither cold nor hot (Revelation 3:15)

2. The consequence: will “spew out of mouth” (Revelation 3:16)

III. Throne room vision of God (Revelation 4)

A. John comes up to Heaven (Revelation 4:1)

B. John sees the throne room of God (Revelation 4:2)

C. Throne room described (Revelation 4:3, 5-6)

D. Vision of twenty four thrones with elders (Revelation 4:4)

E. Vision of four beasts (Revelation 4:6-8)

F. The symphony of praise to God by the four beasts (Revelation 4:8-9)

G. The symphony of praise to God by the elders (Revelation 4:10-11)

IV. The opening of the seven-sealed scroll/book (Revelation 5-6)

A. Angel announces who is worthy to open the scroll/book (Revelation 5:1-3)

B. The Lamb (Jesus Christ) found worthy to open the scroll/book (Revelation 5:5-7)

C. All in Heaven praises and gives glory to the Lamb (Christ) (Revelation 5:8-14)

D. First seal broken: antichrist (Revelation 6:1-2)

E. Second seal broken: war (Revelation 6:3-4)

F. Third seal broken: famine (Revelation 6:5-6)

G. Fourth seal broken: death (Revelation 6:7-8)

H. Fifth seal broken: persecution of those saved in the Tribulation (Revelation 6:9-11)

I. Sixth seal broken: catastrophic judgment upon the earth (Revelation 6:12-17)

V. Salvation during the Tribulation (Revelation 7)

A. Sealing of the 144,000 Jewish evangelists (Revelation 7:1-8)

B. Saving of Gentiles during the Tribulation (Revelation 7:9-17)

VI. Opening of seventh seal and seven trumpet judgements (Revelation 8-11)

A. Seventh seal opened: commencement of seven trumpet judgments (Revelation 8:1-6)

B. First trumpet sounded: one third of grass and trees consumed (Revelation 8:7)

C. Second trumpet sounded: one third of sea creatures perish (Revelation 8:8-9)

D. Third trumpet sounded: one third of waters polluted (Revelation 8:10-11)

E. Fourth trumpet sounded: one third of day/night cut short (Revelation 8:12-13)

F. Fifth trumpet sounded: locusts from bottomless pit sting for five months (Revelation 9:1-12)

G. Sixth trumpet sounded: one third of people killed (Revelation 9:13-21)

H. Presentation of little book/scroll to John from angel (Revelation 10:1-7)

I. John “eats” the little book/scroll (Revelation 10:8-11)

J. Measuring of the temple of God (Revelation 11:1-2)

K. Sending of the two witnesses to earth (Revelation 11:3-6)

L. Destruction of the two witnesses from beast (Revelation 11:7-10)

M. Resurrection of the two witnesses back to Heaven (Revelation 11:11-14)

N. Seventh trumpet sounded: worshipping of God as sovereign (Revelation 11:15-19)

VII. Revealing of six persons/individuals (Revelation 12-13)

A. The woman with the child: Israel and Christ (Revelation 12:1-2; 5-6)

B. The dragon: Satan (Revelation 12:3-4)

C. The archangel: Michael, wars with dragon in Heaven (Revelation 12:7-11)

D. Beasts of sea and earth: antichrist and false prophet (Revelation 13:1-18)

VIII. Five visions revealed (Revelation 14)

A. Heavenly singers: 144,000 Jewish evangelists (Revelation 14:1-5)

B. Angel spreading the gospel across the earth (Revelation 14:6-7)

C. Destruction of Babylon (Revelation 14:8)

D. Announcement of destruction on those who took the mark of the beast (Revelation 14:9-11)

E. Angels announcing the “reaping of judgment” upon the earth (Revelation 14:12-20)

IX. Seven bowl judgements (Revelation 15-16)

A. Prologue to the seven bowl judgments (Revelation 15:1-8)

B. First bowl judgment: sores on people (Revelation 16:1-2)

C. Second bowl judgment: all seas destroyed (Revelation 16:3)

D. Third bowl judgement: fresh water destroyed (Revelation 16:4-7)

E. Fourth bowl judgement: sun scorches people (Revelation 16:8-9)

F. Fifth bowl judgment: place of beast’s rule darkened (Revelation 16:10-11)

G. Sixth bowl judgment: Euphrates River dried up (Revelation 16:12:16)

H. Seventh bowl judgment: Earthquake (Revelation 16:17-21)

X. Judgment against the harlot (Revelation 17)

A. The harlot described (Revelation 17:1-6)

B. The harlot revealed (Revelation 17:7-18)

C. The harlot destroyed (Revelation 17:16-17)

XI. Judgment against Babylon (Revelation 18)

A. Judgment against Babylon proclaimed (Revelation 18:1-8)

B. Judgment against Babylon carried out (Revelation 18:7-9)

C. Judgment against Babylon: the reaction (Revelation 18:9-13)

XII. Marriage supper of the Lamb and judgment against evil (Revelation 19)

A. God alone worthy of worship (Revelation 19:1-6)

B. Marriage supper of the Lamb (Revelation 19:7-9)

C. Jesus Christ judges evil (Revelation 19:11-20)

XIII. The binding, rebellion, and destruction of Satan (Revelation 20)

A. Satan bound for one thousand years (Revelation 20:1-3)

B. One thousand Millennial Kingdom of Jesus Christ (Revelation 20:4-6)

C. Satan let loose from bottomless pit and revolts, destroyed (Revelation 20:7-10)

D. Great White Throne judgment (Revelation 20:11-15)

XIV. The New Heaven and New Earth (Revelation 21)

A. New Heaven and New Earth described (Revelation 21:1-8)

B. New Jerusalem detailed (Revelation 21:9-27)

XV. Conclusion to the book (Revelation 22)

A. New Jerusalem detailed, continuance (Revelation 22:1-5)

B. Final blessing from Christ and commission to John (Revelation 22:6-10)

C. Final conclusion from Christ concerning His eternity and His coming (Revelation 22:12-17)

D. Final warning and conclusion to the book (Revelation 22:18-21)

Works Consulted

Butler, John G., Analytical Bible Expositor. Accordance electronic ed. LBC Publications, 2012.

Butler, John G., Synopsis. Vol. 1 of Daily Bible Reading. Accordance electronic ed. Clinton: LBC Publications, 2003.

Thompson, Frank Charles. Thompson Chain Reference Bible. Accordance electronic ed. Indianapolis: Kirkbride Bible Company, 2004.