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  • 1 Corinthians 16:1-23

    Scripture1 Corinthians 16:1-23ObservationPaul wants to give some last instruction on the money the Corinth church is collecting to help out the church in JerusalemThese are the same instructions he gave the church in GalatiaDuring the gathering on Sunday, they are to collect the money so it is ready when he comes.Each person should give according to their abilityPaul will then send the money along with a representative to the church in need in Jerusalem. If possible Paul will go too.Paul will be...  Read More...

  • 1 Corinthians 15:50-58

    Scripture1 Corinthians 15:50-58ObservationOur current bodies of flesh and blood cannot enter into eternal glory because their nature is to die; whereas the future body needs to be made for eternal lifePaul wants them to understand a mystery that has previously not been fully understoodWhen the time comes and the trumpet sounds, whether people have died or alive, everyone in Christ will be changed. Their bodies of both the living and the dead will become imperishable – eternal.Not only do t...  Read More...

  • 1 Corinthians 15:35-49

    Scripture1 Corinthians 15:35-49ObservationPaul poses two objections to the resurrection, “How are the dead raised? And with what kind of body do they come?”Paul uses a farming example to answerA grain of wheat has to die and be buried before it can growWhen God created all things he gave each a different kind of bodyThere are different kinds of bodies for people, animals, birds, and fishThere are even different kinds of bodies in the skyThe sun, moon, and stars are all different and ...  Read More...

  • 1 Corinthians 15:12-34

    Scripture1 Corinthians 15:12-34ObservationPaul wants to know why some folks are saying that there is no life after death (resurrection) since all the apostles have been teaching there is.He points out that if there is no bodily resurrection then Christ Himself was not raised from the deadAnd if Christ didn’t raise from the dead then their message is pointless as well as the faith of those who believed the messagePaul and the apostles would be liars because they have all sworn that they saw...  Read More...

  • 1 Corinthians 15:1-11

    Scripture1 Corinthians 15:1-11ObservationPaul wants to make sure they are clear about the good news he shared with them at that they are now to be living byBy this good news they will be saved if they follow through with their initial steps of faithPaul shared the good news with them as it was shared with him.The good news isJesus died for their sins as the Scriptures said he wouldJesus was buriedJesus was raised from the dead as the Scriptures said he wouldJesus appeared to many as proof of His...  Read More...

  • 1 Corinthians 14:26-40

    Scripture1 Corinthians 14:26-40ObservationPaul now brings this section to a conclusionWhen they gather Christians should use their gifts in singing, teaching, sharing a word directly from God, speaking in tongues, and the interpretation of that tongue.All these things should be done so everyone is built up and encouragedIf someone speaks in tongues there needs to be an interpreterIf there is no interpreter, then there should be no tongues spoken (keep silent)If there is an interpreter, there sho...  Read More...

  • 1 Corinthians 14:13-25

    Scripture1 Corinthians 14:13-25ObservationBased on what Paul has just argued about using gifts in a way that benefits everyone, he says that those who have the gift of tongues should ask the Holy Spirit for the ability to interpret the foreign tongueIf one prays in tongues his spirit is encouraged but his mind lays fallowThe solution would be to encourage both spirit and mind by speaking in tongues and interpreting its meaningFor even though ones spirit is encouraged, everyone around him can&rsq...  Read More...

  • 1 Corinthians 14:1-13

    Scripture1 Corinthians 14:1-13ObservationPaul encourages them to pursue love first and foremostHe also encourages them to desire a spiritual gift that will encourage the churchBetween the gift of tongues and prophesy, Paul encourages them to seek out prophesyFor someone who is speaking in tongues (an unknown language) is only speaking to God because only God understands the messageBut the one who prophesies is understood by others and it results in the church being strengthened, encouraged, and ...  Read More...

  • 1 Corinthians 13:8-13

    Scripture1 Corinthians 13:8-13ObservationLove never dies, fades, or failsInspired insight will be over some day;Speaking in different languages will end;Understanding will reach its limit.We know only a portion of the truth, and what we say about God now is always incomplete.But when the Perfect One arrives, our incompletes will be canceled.When we were kids we spoke, thought, and reasoned like a kid (incomplete)But when I became an adult I changed my childish speech, thoughts, and reasonRight n...  Read More...

  • 1 Corinthians 12:31 -13:7

    Scripture1 Corinthians 12:31 -13:7ObservationThough spiritual gifts are great, Paul is going to show them something even betterIf someone has the ability to speak in both the languages of men or even the language of angels, but they do not love others, all that talking is just a bunch of noise like randomly banging together a gong or symbolIf someone could deliver a Divine message on behalf of God, could understood the great mysteries of life, knew the Bible frontwards and backwards, or had so m...  Read More...

  • 1 Corinthians 12:27-31

    Scripture1 Corinthians 12:27-31ObservationWe are both part of Christ’s one body (the church) and also individual parts with individual responsibilities in the bodyFor the good of the entire church God has appointed people to various ministries like:Evangelists/Church planters known as apostlesThose who receive Divine inspiration that results in proclaiming the purposes, correction, and comfort of God (Prophecy).Bible Teachers and PastorsThose who God uses to do miraclesThose who God uses t...  Read More...

  • 1 Corinthians 12:7-26

    Scripture1 Corinthians 12:7-26ObservationThe Holy Spirit gives every Christian a gift to be used to help others in the churchHere are some of the gifts the Holy Spirit givesWise words of guidanceClear understanding of truthFaith to trust GodHealing the sickMiraculous actsDivine inspiration that results in proclaiming the purposes, correction, and comfort of God.Distinguishing between good and bad spiritsSpeaking in an unknown languageInterpreting an unknown languageThe human body is one but it h...  Read More...

  • 1 Corinthians 12:1-6

    Scripture1 Corinthians 12:1-6Observation Paul now wants to address the issue of spiritual gifts so that they will be knowledgeable in this areaBefore following Jesus they were led to follow idols that could not speak or really leadHowever, if someone is following Jesus they have the Spirit of GodIf they have the Spirit of God they would not be led to speak against the Lord JesusAnd only someone who has the Holy Spirit can truly follow Jesus as LordThere are many different kinds of gifts fro...  Read More...

  • 1 Corinthians 11:28-34

    Scripture1 Corinthians 11:28-34Observation Before eating the bread and drinking the fruit of the vine of the Lord’s supper each person should examine their heart to make sure their focus is on the right thingIf you take the Lord’s Supper numb to its purpose you risk bringing God’s correction down upon yourself.Some have showed so much disrespect for Jesus sacrifice as illustrated in the Lord’s Supper that God’s correction has resulted in challenges, sickness, a...  Read More...

  • 1 Corinthians 11:17-27

    Scripture1 Corinthians 11:17-27Observation Paul is upset over their actions in this next item he has to write aboutTheir gathering together in this case is causing more harm than doing goodHe has heard that there is a deep divide between different parts of the church when they gatherThough they are gathering under the pretense that they are celebrating the Lord’s supper that really isn’t happeningInstead, there is a meal provided that some get to eat at and others get nothingAls...  Read More...

  • 1 Corinthians 11:1-16

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  • 1 Corinthians 10:23-33

    Scripture1 Corinthians 10:23-33ObservationGod’s people are no longer under the rules of the Old Testament but the law of love still binds us to do those things that are good for the soulGod’s people are no longer under the rules of the Old Testament but the law of love still binds us to do those things which build others upThe Christian’s goal is not to seek what serves him or herself best, but what is best for othersThey are free to eat anything that is sold in the market plac...  Read More...

  • 1 Corinthians 10:14-22

    Scripture1 Corinthians 10:14-22ObservationPaul encourages the Corinthians to flee from their old life of idolatryHe encourages them to judge if what he is about to write is wiseWhen Christians share in drinking the cup at communion they are singularly professing that Christ’s blood purchased their salvationWhen Christians share in eating the bread at communion they are singularly professing that Christ’s body was broken for themSince all Christians partake of the bread with one Lord ...  Read More...

  • 1 Corinthians 10:6-13

    Scripture1 Corinthians 10:6-13ObservationPaul says that the events in the Old Testament were recorded as an example for us todayHe specifically references God’s people in the desert who experienced God but missed the Promised Land because they craved evil things rather than trust God.Paul warns them not to crave evil things as they once didPaul warns them not to do as God’s people did when they said they were worshipping God but in reality they were worshipping the idol of a golden c...  Read More...

  • 1 Corinthians 10:1-5

    Scripture1 Corinthians 10:1-5ObservationPaul points to the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament) as an example of the importance of running the race wellHe reminds them of their history that God’s people had been led by a cloud and saved by crossing through the Red SeaHe compares this experience to baptism in that God’s people were saved by following Moses (who was following the cloud) through the sea,God miraculously fed them mannaGod miraculously provided water from a rockPaul links th...  Read More...

  • 1 Corinthians 9:24-27

    Scripture1 Corinthians 9:24-27ObservationPaul gives an illustration that those who run in a race do so to win the prize at the end, but there is only one who actually wins the prizeHe encourages the Corinthians to run in such a way that they might receive the prize at the endBack to his illustration, Paul says that those who plan on competing in a race train and discipline their bodies in order to competeThey do this so they might receive the prize at the end which will disappear with time.Howev...  Read More...

  • 1 Corinthians 9:19-23

    Scripture1 Corinthians 9:19-23ObservationPaul is not technically obligated to live under any persons rules or expectationsHowever, he chooses serve people where they are at that God might use Paul more in bringing people into relationship with God through ChristTo those who live a culturally Jewish lifestyle, Paul chooses to live under the cultural rules of Judaism that he might have a better chance of sharing the truth of Jesus with them.To those who live a strict Jewish religious lifestyle, Pa...  Read More...

  • 1 Corinthians 9:1-18

    Scripture1 Corinthians 9:1-18ObservationAfter encouraging the Corinthians to give up their freedoms for the benefit of others, Paul uses himself and Barnabas as an examplePaul starts with his special status among the Corinthians in that it was he that established the church in Corinth, he had seen Jesus personally, and their knowing Jesus was through his work among them. All marks of an apostle.Though some may doubt Paul’s apostleship, the Corinthians knew first hand that he was qualified ...  Read More...

  • 1 Corinthians 8:9-13

    Scripture1 Corinthians 8:9-13ObservationAfter sharing the knowledge that they are free to eat meat offered to idols, Paul shares the greater principle that they cannot use their freedom if it cause a brother or sister in Christ to fall to temptationPaul gives example of someone who struggles with the old life of idol worship seeing another Christian freely eat inside the temple of a false idolSeeing the “stronger” Christian freely eating could entice them into going against their own...  Read More...

  • 1 Corinthians 8:1-8

    Scripture1 Corinthians 8:1-8ObservationPaul now tackles the question the Corinth’s had about whether they should eat food that at one time had been offered to a false godPaul starts with a caution that knowledge is attainable and often leads to prideBuilding others up in love is better than being rightKnowing God is more important than what you knowWith those principles in place Paul now addresses the question of meat offered to idolsFirst fact, there is no God but The God and therefore th...  Read More...

  • 1 Corinthians 7:25-40

    Scripture1 Corinthians 7:25-40ObservationsAfter talking about marriage and divorce Paul addresses those who have never been marriedHe refers to them as virgins meaning that he assumes they haven’t had sexual relations because they are not marriedHe doesn’t have a direct command but does give his opinionIn view of all the persecution and trouble that is going on during that time he suggests that they remain unmarriedHe says his opinion is if you haven’t gotten married then don&r...  Read More...

  • 1 Corinthians 7:1-24

    Scripture1 Corinthians 7:1-24ObservationsPaul is answering a question that they had asked in a letter to himThe first question was whether or not they should have any sexual relations what-so-everPaul says yes, but it should be between a husband and a wife because everything else is immoralIn a married relationship sex is a matter of serving the other partnerThe man’s body is meant to serve his wife, he belongs to herThe woman’s body is meant to serve her husband, she belongs to himH...  Read More...

  • 1 Corinthians 6:12-20

    Scripture1 Corinthians 6:12-20ObservationsPaul quotes am attitude that the Corinthians had, “All things are lawful for me”This statement probably is in regard to the fact that they were no longer under the law.Paul states that though they are not under the law they are to do those things that are to their profit (Christ like thins)He also states that though they are not under the law they are to make sure that nothing masters them (except Christ).The body the Lord is given us is not ...  Read More...

  • 1 Corinthians 6:1-13

    Scripture1 Corinthians 6:1-11ObservationChristians should not take their grievances against one another to the public courtsInstead, someone inside the church should judge the matterPaul says a day will come when Christians will be the judges of the worldBecause of this we should be qualified to judge small matters in the churchHe also says that Christians will judge the angels, and because of this we should be able to judge matters in this lifeThe law courts of this world e not as qualified as ...  Read More...

  • 1 Corinthians 5:1-13

    Scriptures1 Corinthians 5:1-13ObservationsPaul has been told that there is someone in the church fellowship that is sleeping with his father’s wife (probably a stepmother)They should mourn over this sim rather than being prideful in their acceptance of itThis person who is sinning like this should be removed from the church fellowshipPaul, though not there, has judged this man as one who needs to changePaul has asked God to remove His blessing from this man that the enemy may have his way ...  Read More...

  • 1 Corinthians 4:14-21

    Scriptures1 Corinthians 4:14-21ObservationsMany people have helped the Corinthians grow in JesusBut only Paul was used to bring the Good News to themSo Paul wants them to imitate him in his devotion to ChristPaul sent Timothy to help them grow in ChristSome in the church were arrogant talking as if Paul didn’t have authority from Christ to correct themPaul does have that authority and will come in the power of Christ to prove itThe real fruit of the kingdom is not in nice, passionate words...  Read More...

  • 1 Corinthians 4:1-13

    Scriptures1 Corinthians 4:1-13ObservationsPaul wants others to see him as Christ’s servantHis main concern is to be found by Jesus as a faithful servantHe tries not to concern himself with what others think or even himselfBecause it is the Lord alone who he must give account toWe need to be careful about judging the fruit of someone’s work, for the true value of their work is in the motives which the Lord will reveal and give Praise accordinglyWe need not boast in others because it i...  Read More...

  • 1 Corinthians 3:18-23

    Scripture1 Corinthians 3:18-23ObservationsPaul warns that we don’t outsmart ourselvesIf you truly want to be wise then you need to embrace God’s wisdom which will make yu look like a fool in the world’s wisdomPaul quotes both Job 5:13 and Psalm 94:11 to illustrate that man’s wisdom comes up short compared to God’s wisdomPaul concludes this section that they should stop comparing different people’s wisdom (including Christian leaders) because if it is from God ...  Read More...

  • 1 Corinthians 3:18-23

    Scripture1 Corinthians 3:18-23ObservationsPaul warns that we don’t outsmart ourselvesIf you truly want to be wise then you need to embrace God’s wisdom which will make yu look like a fool in the world’s wisdomPaul quotes both Job 5:13 and Psalm 94:11 to illustrate that man’s wisdom comes up short compared to God’s wisdomPaul concludes this section that they should stop comparing different people’s wisdom (including Christian leaders) because if it is from God ...  Read More...

  • 1 Corinthians 3:11-17

    Scripture1 Corinthians 3:11-17ObservationsEverything in church is built upon Jesus.No one can change the message of who Jesus is and what He accomplishedIn the church we build on the unchangeable Good News of Jesus by serving, teaching, and encouraging one anotherSome of the ways we serve Christ is in alignment with His guidanceOther ways we choose to serve Christ are really about us and not HimIn the end, our “work” will be judgedIf our work was for the glory of Christ we will be re...  Read More...

  • 1 Corinthians 3:1-10

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  • 1 Corinthians 2:6-16

    Scripture1 Corinthians 2:6-16ObservationPaul does speak words of wisdom among the spiritually matureThe wisdom is different than the world’s wisdomThe leaders of Jesus’ time did not understand God’s wisdomThe Scriptures foretold this in Isaiah 64:4But God did reveal the mysterious wisdom to the early Christians by the power of the Holy SpiritFor the Spirit knows both the heart and mind of man as well as the heart and mind of GodWe have the Holy Spirit not the spirit of this wor...  Read More...

  • 1 Corinthians 2:1-5

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  • 1 Corinthians 1:23-31

    Scripture1 Corinthians 1:23-31ObservationThe focus of Paul’s message was that Christ was crucified for the forgiveness of sinsThe religious Jews found the message didn’t have enough powerThe Greeks found the message wasn’t sophisticated enoughFor believers they found that through the message they experienced both God’s power and understood God’s wisdomGod’s foolishness is wiser than mankind’s greatest wisdom and God’s weakness is stronger than mank...  Read More...

  • 1 Corinthians 1:10-22

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  • 1 Corinthians 1:1-9

    Scripture1 Corinthians 1:1-9ObservationThis letter is from Paul and SosthenesThe letter is to the church in CorinthThe Corinth church has been sanctified in Christ Jesus and are called to be saintsThey have every gift they need from GodThey are now waiting for Christ’s returnWho will confirm their call and make them blameless on judgement dayGod is faithful and has called them unto himself through his son Jesus the Christ who is their Lord.ApplicationWhat a blessing it is to be in right st...  Read More...

  • 1 Corinthians Background

    I. The CityWithout question' Corinth was the most important city of Greece. It was the capital of the Roman province of Achaia and was ideally located on the empire's most important travel route from east to west.   Read More...

  • Readings for September 3-6

    Day One: 1 Corinthians 1:1-9Day Two: 1 Corinthians 1:10-22Day Three: 1 Corinthians 1:23-31Day Four: 1 Corinthians 2:1-5Day Five: 1 Corinthians 2:6-16   Read More...

  • 1 Corinthians 3:5-9

    Message Recap Was there anything in this Sunday’s message that stuck out to you, challenged you, or perhaps confused you? What do you think the main idea was? What is the Holy Spirit asking you to do in response?   Read More...

  • Romans 8:22-28

    Message Recap Was there anything in this Sunday’s message that stuck out to you, challenged you, or perhaps confused you? What do you think the main idea was? What is the Holy Spirit asking you to do in response?   Read More...

  • 1 Peter 1

    Message Recap Was there anything in this Sunday’s message that stuck out to you, challenged you, or perhaps confused you? What is the most challenging part of living as an adoptive child of God? Why do you think it is important that we understand the truth about our inheritance?   Read More...

  • Psalm 145

    Week of April 3-9 Message Recap Was there anything in this Sunday’s message that stuck out to you, challenged you, or perhaps confused you? What do you think the main point was? What do you think the Holy Spirit was stirring in you?   Read More...

  • John 19:16-28

    Passion Week SOAP John 19:16-28 If God stirs anything in your time with Him, please feel free to share it with the community.     Read More...

  • Luke 23:1-23

    Passion Week SOAP Luke 23:1-23 If God stirs anything in your time with Him, please feel free to share it with the community.     Read More...

  • Matthew 26:36-74

    Passion Week SOAP Matthew 26:36-74 If God stirs anything in your time with Him, please feel free to share it with the community.     Read More...

  • Mark 14:1-31

    Passion Week SOAP Matthew 21:1-17 If God stirs anything in your time with Him, please feel free to share it with the community.     Read More...

  • Matthew 21:1-17

    Passion Week SOAP Matthew 21:1-17 If God stirs anything in your time with Him, please feel free to share it with the community.     Read More...

  • James 1:2-8

    Author Bob Relyea Scripture James 1:2-8 Observation What do I Like about the Passage? Trials and problems have a God ordained purpose in my life. God promises wisdom to those who ask.   Read More...

  • Romans 15:1-6

    AUTHOR Ernie Morales SCRIPTURE Romans 15:1-6 OBSERVATION - The Apostle Paul was just talking about people who may not be as far along in their faith as others - He used the example of believer eating only vegetables and to not look down on them or condemn them - Now in chapter 15 he tells us to bear with them and to be considerate - We should not only please ourselves but build others up - Jesus was the example of someone who served others and built them up - Scripture was written in part to tea...  Read More...

  • Hebrews 10:35-11:2

    Author Karen Miller Scripture Hebrews 10:35-11:2 Therefore, do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised. For yet in a very little while, He who is coming will come, and will not delay.   Read More...

  • Romans 4:18-25

    Author: Austin Patterson SCRIPTURE: Romans 4:18-25 OBSERVATIONS: · Abraham believed and God did what He said He would do · Regardless of situation Abraham believed the word of God · He did not waiver in his favor · His faith was credited to him as righteousness · God will credit righteousness to us for faith and belief · Jesus was delivered to death for our sins, and was raised for our justification. APPLICATION: Abraham did not allow his circumstances to determine what he believed about God and...  Read More...

  • Romans 12:17-21

    Author Jim Asselin Scripture: Romans 12:17-21 Observations: In this section in chapter 12 Paul encourages the church that love is not stagnant, that it is demonstrated in action, and shows us in what manner in this passage. Do not repay evil for evil, being careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. Live at peace with everyone Do not take revenge, God will avenge.   Read More...

  • James 5:7-12

    Author Ernie Morales SCRIPTURE James 5:7-12 OBSERVATION - James talks about being patient until the Lord’s coming and then gives an example of patience - Just as the farmer waits patiently for his crops, we should also wait patiently and stand firm until the Lord’s coming - Don’t grumble against one another or we will be judged - Now James talks about patience in the face of suffering - He gives examples of people who were patient in the face of suffering like the prophets and Job and how they p...  Read More...

  • Romans 15:1-6

    Author Karen Miller Scripture Romans 15:1-6 Now we who are strong ought to bear the weaknesses of those without strength and not just please ourselves. Each of us is to please his neighbor for his good, to his edification. For even Christ did not please Himself; but as it is written, “The reproaches of those who reproached You fell on Me.” For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement ...  Read More...

  • 3 John 2-4

    Author: Austin Patterson SCRIPTURE: 3 John 2-4 OBSERVATIONS: · Paul prayed for Gaius · Good health is a sign of blessing · He desired that his soul would prosper · Gaius lived out the truth of what he believed · Paul was brought joy by the actions of his “children” in the faith APPLICATION: It is important to be praying for the those we minister too and mentor. That God would bless their bodies with health and their souls with growth and prosperity. We need to constantly be living in a life that...  Read More...

  • Proverbs 14:12-16

    Author Ernie Morales SCRIPTURE Proverbs 14:12-16 OBSERVATION - There are things we do and paths we walk on that seem like they are the right way. However, they end in death - We may be laughing on the outside even while we are hurting inwardly - We can rejoice but still end in grief - People who do their own thing apart from God will reap what they sow People who are faithful will be rewarded - People who are simple and gullible believe in anything. However, people who are careful think about th...  Read More...

  • 2 Corinthians 7:8-10

    Author Karen Miller Scripture 2 Corinthians 7:8-10 Observations: · Paul wrote a letter to the Corinthians church that addressed sin (possibly what Paul wrote about in 1 Corinthians 5) · The letter made those in the Corinthians church sorrowful (mentioned 5 times) · Initially Paul regretted sending the letter · But when he learned through Titus that they were sorrowful to the point of repentance, then he rejoiced. · Godly sorrow (sorrow according to God’s will) leads to repentance without regret ...  Read More...

  • Philippians 3:17-21

    Author: Kevin Werner Scripture: Philippians 3:17-21 Paul encourages the believers in Philippi to follow his example of living. There are many in their midst who are actually enemies of Jesus, people who are set on destruction and the things of this world. He reminds them they are citizens of heaven, not of earth, and that they are to be waiting for Jesus to transform their earthly bodies into heavenly bodies in conformity with His, through His all encompassing power.   Read More...

  • Romans 6:19-23

    Author Joel King Scripture Romans 6:19-23 Observations · Paul is giving a human illustration to represent a spiritual principle about our human nature. · In the past we were willing enslaved ourselves to our passions that led to uncleanness and lawlessness – away from God. · Now we should willing enslave ourselves to a right way of living that leads to being set apart from God · When were slaves to our passions we could not serve God, and therefore we were dead to the Holy Spirit’s transforming ...  Read More...

  • Colossians 3:12-14

    Author Rick Olson Scripture Colossians 3:12-14 12Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.   Read More...

  • Matthew 18:21-35

    Author Ernie Morales SCRIPTURE Matthew 18:21-35 OBSERVATION - Peter asks Jesus how many times he should forgive someone - He thought he was good by suggesting up to 7 times - Jesus gives him a much higher amount and then shares a parable - The kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts - A man owed him 10,000 bags of gold but couldn’t pay it. The king ordered that he and his family sell everything to repay the debt - The man fell on his knees and asked for mercy - The king ha...  Read More...

  • John 8:1-11

    Author Karen Miller Scripture John 8:1-11 Observations: 1. Jesus had a habit of going to the temple early in the morning (vs. 2) 2.   Read More...

  • Ephesians 4:21-27

    Author: Austin Patterson SCRIPTURE: Ephesians 4:21-27 OBSERVATIONS: · Jesus did not teach us to live a sinful lifestyle like the world does · We have learned how we are supposed to live through Christ’s example · To remove a former way of life takes effort and is a conscious action · We need to let Holy Spirit speak and teach us · Through this we will become holy because we have a mindset that is aligned with the will of God · Be honest and do not be deceptive. · We are all individually unique a...  Read More...

  • James 1:19-21

    Author Joel King Scripture James 1:19-21 Observations · James is writing to fellow Christians · He wants them to pay particular attention to what he says here · He challenges them to be eager to listen to each other, be slow to respond, and even slower to react in anger towards one another · Man’s kind of anger does not result in the kind of life that God desires for His people · Because of this, the Christians should work on ridding themselves of the moral filth of anger and hate amongst them, ...  Read More...

  • Ephesians 5:22-28

    Author Jim Asselin Scripture: Ephesians 5:22-28 Observations: After Paul describes how our lives are to be different because of Christ’s extravagant love, he proceeds to tell us about human relationships. Wives are to understand and support their husbands as an example of their commitment to Christ, similar to the way that the church submits to Christ. A husband should not lead by dominion, but by cherishing his wife, serving as Christ did.   Read More...

  • John 13:12-17

    Author Ernie Morales SCRIPTURE John 13:12-17 OBSERVATION - Jesus just finished washing the disciple’s feet - He questions them to make sure they understood what He has done for them - He acknowledges that by calling Him teacher and Lord that they are right because He is - He then explains that even though He is teacher and Lord, He washed their feet and they should do the same for each other - He set the example by doing this and they should follow his example - A servant is not greater than his...  Read More...

  • Romans 15:1-6

    Author Karen Miller Scripture: Romans 15:1-6 Now we who are strong ought to bear the weaknesses of those without strength and not just please ourselves. Each of us is to please his neighbor for his good, to his edification. For even Christ did not please Himself; but as it is written, “The reproaches of those who reproached You fell on Me.” For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement ...  Read More...

  • Matthew 20:24-28

    Author: Austin Patterson SCRIPTURE: Matthew 20:24-28 24 When the ten other disciples heard what James and John had asked, they were indignant. 25 But Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them. 26 But among you it will be different.   Read More...

  • 1 Corinthians 9:19-23

    Author Joel King Scripture 1 Corinthians 9:19-23 Observations · Paul is not a slave but he chooses to serve like one that he might influence others for Christ · If someone is a Jew and observes the law, when he is with them he acts like a Jew and observes the law. · If someone is a Gentile and they do not observe the law, Paul does not observe the law around them (he is talking about ceremonial law, not moral law) · Paul try’s to meet folks where they are at so that there is nothing between his ...  Read More...

  • Daniel 4:28-37

    Author Joel King Scripture Daniel 4:28-37 Observations · This passage is the fulfillment of a dream that was interpreted by Daniel for King Nebuchadnezzar · 12 months after the dream King Nebuchadnezzar was walking on the roof of his palace and boasted at how wonderful it was and how it reflected his personal greatness and honor. · As soon as he was done boasting a voice from heaven spoke that God had determined to teach King Nebuchadnezzar a lesson. He would go crazy and live like a wild animal...  Read More...

  • 1 Peter 5:5-7

    Author Ernie Morales SCRIPTURE 1 Peter 5:5-7 OBSERVATION - Peter is giving instructions about relationships - He is instructing younger people to submit themselves to their elders - Everyone needs to clothe themselves with humility toward one another - God opposes the proud and shows favor to the humble - Humble ourselves under God’s hand - God will lift us up in due time - Cast all our anxieties to him because He cares APPLICATION Submitting and humility are two things that are very hard to be ...  Read More...

  • 1 Corinthians 8:1-13

    Author Karen Miller Scripture 1 Corinthians 8:1-13 Observations: Background info: At the time of this writing, meat served at a temple of a god, was almost always meat sacrificed to an idol. Meat available to buy in the market place was often sacrificed to an idol, and there was no way of knowing which meat had been sacrificed. What was a Christian to do?   Read More...

  • Luke 22:24-30

    Author Joel King Scripture Luke 22:24-30 Observations · The disciples were concerned about and argued over who was greatest among them · Jesus addressed the issue · Those in secular government like to have authority and give themselves fancy titles, but followers of Jesus should be different · Instead, those who are leaders should serve the most · Jesus asks them who is greater the one who is eating or the one who is serving the food? The answer they would expect is the one at the table eating, ...  Read More...

  • Philippians 2:1-8

    Author Jim Asselin Scripture: Philippians 2:1-8 Observations: After Paul describes how our lives are worthy of living out the Gospel, he begins to emphasize Christ’s Humility · If we have experienced Christ’s love, his tenderness and compassion, his spirit active in our lives which gives us comfort, then Paul asks that we be like minded with Christ · Our purpose and pursuits in life ought to be selfless, without vanity, taking others into account before ourselves · Paul then shares an incredible...  Read More...

  • 1 Peter 2:1-5

    Author Rob Schultz SCRIPTURE: 1 Peter 2:1-5 OBSERVATIONS: · Therefore (V. 1:23 - since you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God) God’s born again people should get rid of malice, deceit, hypocrisy, envy and slander of every kind. · After newborns taste milk they crave it all the time.   Read More...

  • Titus 3:3-8

    AUTHOR Ernie Morales SCRIPTURE Titus 3:3-8 OBSERVATION - The Apostle Paul is writing this letter to Titus - He says that at one time he too was foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by his passions and pleasures - He was hated and also hated others himself - God’s love through Jesus came and saved him - This was not because of anything Paul did but because of God’s mercy - We are saved through the rebirth and renewal of the Holy Spirit - We are justified by His grace and we have become hei...  Read More...

  • 1 Timothy 6:6-10

    Author Karen Miller Scripture 1 Timothy 6:6-10 Observations Ø Context: Some people didn’t like the doctrine of conforming to godliness and so they were creating controversy, disputes and constant friction. They thought that some from of “godliness” was a means to great gain. Ø Paul then goes on to tell us godliness is a means to great gain when accompanied with contentment.   Read More...

  • 1 Corinthians 3:1-9

    Author Eric Keener SCRIPTURE 1 Corinthians 3:1-9 OBSERVATION · They are spiritual infants · They were only able to handle milk · Jealousy and strife are indicators of the spiritual immaturity · Each of us has a task, but anyone who is successful at their task is nothing for it is God who makes the work happen APPLICATION · I need to make sure that approach God’s work humbly, so I don’t think that I am ready before I am really ready, lest my work be burned up in the fire. · My spiritual work seem...  Read More...

  • James 4:1-6

    Author: Mark Ramirez SCRIPTURE: James 4:1-6 OBSERVATION: · Quarrels and fights are a normal part of life, they happen. · Quarrels and fights happen because of the desires that battle within us. · We want things, but do not get them.   Read More...

  • Ephesians 2:1-10

    Author Jim Asselin Scripture: Ephesians 2:1-10 Observations: After Paul describes the completeness and fullness of Christ in Chapter 1, he reminds us how it was achieved · Before, we were caught in a life of sin and disobedience, slaves the world’s ways · We lived according to the world at some time craving carnal desires and deserving wrath · But because of God’s great love for us, and in his great mercy we have been made alive with Christ, and through his great mercy – it is by grace we have b...  Read More...

  • Luke 6:32-36

    Author Ernie Morales SCRIPTURE Luke 6:32-36 OBSERVATION - Jesus is continuing to talk about loving your enemies - No credit is earned when you love those who love you back - People who don’t know Jesus even do that - Don’t lend only to those people who might repay you - People who don’t know Jesus even do that - Love your enemies and do good to them - Do this even though you might not get anything back - God will reward you for this - This is something one of his children should do - He is kind ...  Read More...

  • Romans 12:9-13

    Author Karen Miller Scripture Romans 12:9-13 Let love (agape)be without hypocrisy (sincere, genuine). Abhor (hate) what is evil (wicked, worthless, guilty); cling (unite or join to) what is good. Be devoted (dearly love, very affectionate) to one another in brotherly love (Philadelphia); give preference (esteem more highly) to one another in honor (value); (honor one another above yourselves) not lagging (idol, lazy) behind in diligence (do quickly, do one’s best, eagerness), (never ...  Read More...

  • James 5:7-11

    Author Mark Ramirez Scripture James 5:7-11 Observation - James tells us to be patient as we wait for the Lord's return, and gives aspecificexample to follow - Farmers wait patiently and with great expectation for rain to turn their seedlings into a bountiful harvest (for without the rain, the harvest will fail) - we must be patient with courage as we await Christ's return. - As we wait, we should not grumble against our brothers and sisters, for we will be judged by the Judge that is near, just ...  Read More...

  • Colossians 3:12-17

    Author Ernie Morales Scripture Colossians 3:12-17 Observation - We are chosen by God - We are holy and dearly loved - Clothe ourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience - Forgive others if we have a grievance against them as God has forgiven us - Put on love because it binds all of those things together in perfect unity - Let Christ’s peace rule in our hearts - Be thankful and let the message of Christ dwell among us as we admonish one another through psalms, hymns, and s...  Read More...

  • 1 John 3:11-20

    Author Karen Miller Scripture 1 John 3:11-20 For this is the message which you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another; not as Cain, who was of the evil one and slew his brother. And for what reason did he slay him? Because his deeds were evil, and his brother’s were righteous.   Read More...

  • Ephesians 4:29-5:2

    Author Joel King Scripture Ephesians 4:29-5:2 Observations · What I say should build others up according to their needs not my opinion of what they need · I am to be of benefit to others · The Holy Spirit lives in me and is my guarantee of redemption · In light of His presence within me, I need to be careful to listen and follow his instruction rather than follow my own way and grieve Him. · By the power of the Holy Spirit, I need to continue to be transformed so that my negative, self-seeking, ...  Read More...

  • Romans 5:1-8

    Author: Mark Ramirez SCRIPTURE: Romans 5:1-8 OBSERVATION: · It is by faith that we are made right in God’s sight. · Because of this, we have peace with God, not because of anything we have done, but because of what Jesus Christ has done for us. · Christ has brought us into this place of underserved privilege, because of our faith in His work.   Read More...

  • SOAP Scriptures for January 18-22

    January 18, Monday - Romans 5:1-8  January 19, Tuesday – Ephesians 4:29-5:2  January 20, Wednesday - 1 John 3:11-20 January 21, Thursday - Colossians 3:12-17 January 22, Friday - John 15:9-17   Read More...

  • Romans 8:37-39

    Author Rob Schultze SCRIPTURE: ROMANS 8:37-39 37No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. OBSERVATIONS: · (CONTEXT) When Paul said, “in all these things we are more than conquerors through ...  Read More...

  • 2 Corinthians 4:13-18

    Author Ernie Morales Scripture 2 Corinthians 4:13-18 Observation - This is the Apostle Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians - He begins by quoting Psalm 116:10 to let the people know that we have the same faith as the Psalmist - He then reassures the Corinthians by explaining why he does what he does. He knows that Jesus was raised from the dead and He will also raise us to be with Him - As God’s grace reaches more and more people, there will be more thanksgiving and God will receive more glo...  Read More...

  • Hebrews 10:35-39

    Author Karen miller Scripture Hebrews 10:35-39 Therefore, do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised. For yet in a very little while, He who is coming will come, and will not delay.   Read More...

  • 1 Thessalonians 3:2-8

    Author Eric Keener Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 3:2-8 Observation: - Paul, speaking of his desire to see the church at Thessalonica grow in their faith, sent his disciple Timothy in order that the church be encouraged by him. Despite his longing (ch 2) to be with them, he knew the most important thing was for them to be rooted and bold in their following Jesus Christ. - Knowing that suffering is part of the Christian life, he assured them that as it is happening, they should not back down or turn ...  Read More...

  • John 3:13-21

    Author: Mark Ramirez SCRIPTURE: John 3:13-21 OBSERVATION: · Just like manna from heaven, Jesus is the one who came down from heaven. · Just like Moses lifted the snake up before the people in the desert, Jesus needed to be lifted up. · Everyone who looks to Jesus and believes will have eternal life.   Read More...

  • S.O.A.P. scriptures for January 11-15, 2016

    Monday, January 11 – John 3:13-21 Tuesday, January 12 – 1 Thessalonians 3:2-8 Wednesday, January 13 – Hebrews 10:35-39 Thursday, January 14 – 2 Corinthians 4:13-18 Friday, January 15 – Romans 8:37-39   Read More...

  • Matthew 10:28-32

    Author Joel King Scripture Matthew 10:28-32 Observations · Don’t be afraid of people who oppose you that can only punish the body, but rather be concerned about God who deals with your eternal soul · God knows and cares about the most insignificant things of this world, so don’t worry because you are more precious to him, and he knows you better than you know yourself – right down to the number of hairs on your head. · Bottom line: If you live for and advocate God before people on earth – Jesus ...  Read More...

  • Matthew 5:21-24

    Author Joel King Scripture Matthew 5:21-24 Observations · They had been taught not to murder for they would be judged harshly by God · But Jesus says that even if they are angry with someone they are in danger of this judgment · A discouraging word is a serious offence, and a verbal attack is worthy of the sentence of eternity in hell · In light of the importance of relationships Jesus recommends the following. If you come to worship God, but remember you are in broken relationship with someone,...  Read More...

  • Philippians 3:7-14

    Author Joel King Scripture Philippians 3:7-14 Observations · The things that Paul use to be think were so important he now believes are not important at all · When Paul compares knowing Christ Jesus with the other things of life, everything else comes up short in importance · He has stopped focusing on the everything else that he might concentrate mainly on Christ · When you have something as valuable as Christ everything else is just garbage in comparison · Paul no longer gains his significance...  Read More...

  • 1 Peter 2:9-12

    Author Joel King Scripture 1 Peter 2:9-12 Observations · Christians are chosen by the King to be his spiritual representatives set apart for kingdom work · The main charge of a Christian is to speak loud and clear about how God brought them from darkness to light. · Christians need to remember that before they were far from God and headed towards destruction, and now they have been chosen by God and have received His mercy. · Peter reminds the Christians that they their allegiance is now to a di...  Read More...

  • S.O.A.P. scriptures for January 4-8, 2016

    Monday, January 4 – John 1:29-39 Tuesday, January 5 – 1 Peter 2:9-12 Wednesday, January 6 – Philippians 3:7-14 Thursday, January 7 – Matthew 5:21-24 Friday, January 8 – Matthew 10:28-32   Read More...

  • John 1:29-39

    Author Joel King Scripture John 1:29-39 Observations · John declares that Jesus is the Messiah, one like the sacrificial lamb, who will take away the sin of the world · John tells his disciples that Jesus is the one he was preparing the way for · John shares that he did not know who the Messiah was, but that God told him that he would know who it was when John saw the Holy Spirit rest on him. · John then testifies that Jesus is the one who the Spirit descended on and in fact is the Son of God · ...  Read More...

  • 22 Revelation

    Author Joel King Scripture Revelation 22:1-21 Observations John is describing the heavenly realm The tree of life is once again present and brings eternal life and healing to all in heaven The curse of sin is broken and the saints are restored into right relationship with God serving God whole heartedly They reflect God’s glory which shines so bright there is no need for the sun This is an eternal state that has no end God sent the angel so His servants may know what is to take place Jesus is co...  Read More...

  • 21 Revelation

    Author Rob Schulze Scripture Revelation 21:1-27 Observations John now sees (I saw) what Isaiah had prophesied long ago—a new heaven and a new earth for the first earth and first heaven has passed away in 20:11 and now that the sea had given up its dead there was no longer any sea John sees the Holy City, the new Jerusalem coming down from the Father prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband John hears (loud voice from the throne) “God’s dwelling place now among his people” and all ...  Read More...

  • 20 Revelation

    Author Mark Ramirez Scripture Revelation 20:1-15 Observations After the battle of armies (good vs evil) John sees an angel coming down out of heaven holding the key to the Abyss and a chain. The angel seizes the dragon, who is the devil/Satan, and binds him with the chain. Satan will then be thrown into the Abyss and sealed for 1,000 years so he cannot deceive the nations of the world.   Read More...

  • 19 Revelation

    Author Mark Ramirez Scripture Revelation 19:1-21 Observations After the “Woe to Babylon” John hears the roar of a great multitude in heaven shouting in worship. The multitude sings hallelujah, because salvation, glory, and true, just judgments belong to the Lord. He condemned the great prostitute and avenged on her the blood of His servants.   Read More...

  • 18 Revelation

    Author Kevin Werner Scripture Revelation 18:1-24 A continuation of the vision as revealed to John, this one by another angel from Heaven, having great authority and glory.  In this chapter, “Babylon the great”, which represented the ultimate in selfishness, greed, evil, and immorality, has fallen.  All have bought into her lies, her empty promises, her deception.   Read More...

  • 17 Revelation

    Author Dave Breuchert Scripture Revelation 17:1-18 Observations The previous chapter tells of the 7 bowls of Judgement and God pouring out His wrath on Babylon the Great. An angel who had one of the bowls said he would show John the punishment of the great prostitute, who sits on many waters, the kings of the earth committed adultery with her and the people were intoxicated by the wine of her adulteries. The angel took John to a wilderness where he saw a woman on a scarlet beast.   Read More...

  • 16 Revelation

    Author Mark Ramirez Scripture Revelation 16:1-21 Observations Having been given the seven bowls of God’s wrath, the angels are then given the command to pour them out on the earth. The first angel poured his bowl on the land and ugly, painful sores broke out on everyone who had the mark of the beast and worshiped his image. The second angel poured his bowl on the sea and it turned to blood.   Read More...

  • 15 Revelation

    Author Ernie Morales Scripture Revelation 15:1-8 Observation John starts to describe the pouring out of the seven plagues With them God’s wrath is completed John saw those who had been victorious over the beast and its image and over the number of its name holding harps that were given to them by God They sang the Song of Moses and of the Lamb The song described God and who he is Then he sees the tabernacle of the covenant Angels came out of the temple with the plagues They dressed in shining li...  Read More...

  • 14 Revelation

    Author Karen Miller Scripture Revelation 14:1-20 Observations There are 144,000 with the Lamb They have the Lambs name and the name of His Father written on their foreheads. They sang a new song which only they could learn They were purchased from the earth and from among men They had not been defiled among women and kept themselves chaste They follow the Lamb wherever He goes There was no lie in their mouths They were blameless They were first fruits to God There were three angles who had messa...  Read More...

  • 13 Revelation

    Author Rob Schulze Scripture Revelation 13:1-16 Observations The dragon featured in chapter 12 is standing at shore of a sea as a beast with 10 horns and 7 heads comes out of the sea.  A blasphemous name is on each head.  The dragon gives the beast his power and his throne and great authority.   Read More...

  • 12 Revelation

    Author Tom Greene Scripture Revelation 12:1-18 Observation “A great and wondrous sign” is the opening phrase of Revelation 12.  This first sign is a woman ready to give birth.  The second sign is a red dragon.   Read More...

  • 11 Revelation

    Author Mark Ramirez Scripture Revelation 11:1-19 Observations After eating the scroll that was handed to him, John is given a reed like a measuring rod and told to measure the temple of God, the altar, and to count all the worshipers. He is specifically told not to measure the outer court, because it has been given to the Gentiles who will trample the holy city for 42 months (3 ½ years). The Lord reveals to John that there will be two witnesses at this time.   Read More...

  • 10 Revelation

    Author Karen Asselin Scripture Revelation 10:1-11 Observation The strong angel (seemingly stronger than the ones before) stood astride the sea & land showing that he, not Satan, has God’s power over Earth & Water, and above him, shone a rainbow—a sign of God’s promise or protection—surely an encouragement to John.  Seven is a number of completion. The Angel held a small scroll in his hand—something mysterious & very important.   Read More...

  • 9 Revelation

    Author Mark Ramirez Scripture Revelation 9:1-21 Observations John is continuing to see what happens as each of the seven angels blows their trumpet after the seventh seal has been broken. The last three seals (5,6,7) are the three terrors. Then John heard the 5th trumpet and saw a star that had fallen to earth from the sky, given the key to the bottomless pit.   Read More...

  • 8 Revelation

    Author Ernie Morales Scripture Revelation 8:1-13 Observation After the 7th seal was opened, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. John saw seven angels who stand before God and they were given seven trumpets. Another angel came and was given incense to offer with the prayers of God’s people.   Read More...

  • 7 Revelation

    Author Mark Ramirez Scripture Revelation 7:1-17 Observations John sees four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, and they are holding back the four winds (destruction) from touching any part of the earth (land, sea, trees). Then he saw another angel coming from the east, carrying the seal of God. The angel called out to the other four, telling them not to harm the earth until the seal of God has been placed on the foreheads of all His servants.   Read More...

  • 6 Revelation

    Author Jim Asselin Scripture Revelation 6:1-17 Observations After the amazing scene of worship in chapter 5, John watches as the Lamb opens the first of the seven seals, then one of the four living creatures, in a thundering voice says “Come!” Before John was a white horse, who’s rider had a bow, to whom was given a crown, and rode out as a conqueror bent on conquest When the Lamb opened the second seal, John heard the second living creature say “Come!” Then another, fiery red horse came out, it...  Read More...

  • 5 Revelation

    Author Mark Ramirez Scripture Revelation 5:1-14 Observations After describing the scene of the throne room, John focuses in on some of the details. John sees a scroll in the right hand of the One on the throne. It has writing on the inside and the outside, with seven seals keeping it shut.   Read More...

  • 4 Revelation

    Author Mark Ramirez Scripture Revelation 4:1-11 Observations After writing letters to the seven churches in Asia, John looks up to heaven and sees a door wide open. He hears the voice he heard before, that of the Son of Man, saying, “come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.” Immediately, John finds himself, in the Spirit, before the throne in heaven. The one sitting on the throne had the appearance of jasper and carnelian.   Read More...

  • 3 Revelation

    Author Kristy Espinoza Scripture Revelation 3:1-22 Observations One letter to each of these churches, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea. Letters telling people how to live, so they can have eternal life. The letters are pointing out what they are doing right, wrong, and what to keep doing.   Read More...

  • 2 Revelation

    Author Bill Huffman Scripture Revelation 2:1-28 Observation * This chapter contains the first four of seven statements by Jesus, similar in form, and addressed to the Church in several locations of the day.  It is introduced in the latter part of chapter 1 with an image of John's vision of Jesus. * The message to each of the locations of the Church begins with a statement of something important about who Jesus is - each seems to be a snippet out of the larger description in chapter 1 - and ...  Read More...

  • 1 Revelation

    Author Mark Ramirez Scripture Revelation 1:1-20 Observations This book, Revelation, is God revealing what will happen soon and making it known to His servants. It was first made known to John, who testifies that these words are truly the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ. Those who read this revelation from God are blessed.   Read More...

  • 3 John 1

    Author Mark Ramirez Scripture 3 John 1:1-15 Observations John is writing to his friend and brother in the Lord, Gaius. John was encouraged by the reports he received from others that Gaius was living a faithful life according to the truth. John experienced joy whenever he heard of his spiritual children who continue to walk in truth.   Read More...

  • 2 John 1

    Author Mark Ramirez Scripture 2 John 1:1-13 Observations John refers to himself as “the elder” and writes to a specific woman and her children (or could be a metaphor for the Church and believers). John, along with other believers, loves them because of the truth which is in us and will be with us forever. Grace, mercy, and peace are with us in truth and love from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.   Read More...

  • 1 John 5

    Author Karen Miller Scripture 1 John 5:1-21 Observations John says children of God believe: Jesus is the Christ Jesus in the Son of God The testimony of God concerning Jesus Water (baptism? Cleaning and new creation?) Blood (Jesus’ death – redemption, forgiveness, reconciliation) Spirit (Evidence of God’s work in us) In the name of the Son of God When people believe they receive eternal life. Those born of God: Love the children of God Love God and obey His commands Overcome the world Don’t will...  Read More...

  • 1 John 4

    Author Jim Asselin Scripture 1 John 4:1-21 Observations John tells us some things about the Spirit Do not believe every spirit Test the spirits to see if they are from God because many false prophets have       gone out into the world You can recognize the Spirit of God in that it acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh The spirit of the antichrist does not acknowledge Jesus is from God The spirit of the antichrist is coming and is already in the world ...  Read More...

  • 1 John 3

    Author Karen Asselin Scripture 1 John 3:1-24 Observation John calls us friends—we’re in this together! And is imploring us to SEE that we are Children of God! And also as we grow in Him, there are greater things to come for us as we become more like him—pure, because even though we have sinned—if we truly know Jesus--He has taken our sin away; that’s why He came!   Read More...

  • 1 John 2

    Author Mark Ramirez Scripture 1 John 2:1-29 Observation John is writing so that the readers will not sin, but also to remind us that if we sin, we have Jesus Christ to speak on our behalf. He was the sacrifice not only for our sins, but that of the whole world. To obey God’s commands is to know God.   Read More...

  • 1 John 1

    Author Mark Ramirez Scripture 1 John 1:1-10 Observation John, along with the other disciples, heard, saw, and touched Jesus, who was the Word of life. Based on their experiences, they testify about eternal life, which was with the Father and came among us. They testify so that others might join in their fellowship with one another, with the Father, and with Jesus Christ, so that their joy might be complete.   Read More...

  • 21 John

    Author Eric Keener Scripture John 21:1-25 Observation After Jesus died and rose again, he began revealing himself to certain people. Here, we see that some of the disciples were trying to fish, all night they were there with nothing. Then, in the morning, Jesus calls out to them and tells them to cast their nets on the other side of the boat – and the miracles started happening.   Read More...

  • 20 John

    Author Bill Huffman Scripture John 20:1-31 Observation Mary Magdalene had strong enough sentiments that she was at the tomb while it was still dark, that she returned after telling Peter and John, and that she was still there, weeping, after they left.  And Jesus appeared to her first of all. Mary's *statement* here seems important.  Jesus reveals himself only after she has stated to the angels in words that she is seeking Jesus. And then again to Jesus that she is seeking him.   Read More...

  • 19 John

    Author Tom Greene Scripture John 19:1-42 Observation My observations are of 5 different parties or groups in this chapter. Political Pilate (v1-16): Pilate did not want to crucify Jesus and he fully desired to release him for the whole matter to “go away”, but more than that, he feared anything that would diminish his power and authority.  When the Jews tied Jesus to disloyalty to Caesar, the political risk of freeing him became too much.   Read More...

  • 18 John

    Author Becky Pannunzio Scripture John 18:1-40 Observations After Jesus had told his disciples he would soon leave and return to the Father, and given them parting words of preparation and encouragement (which they would later understand), he went with them to a garden where he had often met with them. Judas, who was betraying him, brought with him the Roman cohort and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees to this familiar place. They were armed with torches, lanterns and weapons.   Read More...

  • 17 John

    Author Mark Ramirez Scripture John 17:1-25 Observation Having explained a lot of details to the disciples, Jesus now spends time praying for Himself, for His disciples, and for all who may believe. Bringing glory to the Son brings glory to the Father. Jesus was granted authority to give eternal life to those who have been given to Him.   Read More...

  • 16 John

    Author Bob Relyea Scripture John 16:1-33 Observation What I like: Because Jesus isn't with us physically, we have access to the advocate (spirit). Even though there was sadness at Jesus's passing, there is joy in the resurrection. Even though there are trials, Jesus has already won the battle.   Read More...

  • 15 John

    Author Kevin Werner Scripture John 15:1-27 Observation John puts forth 3 themes in this chapter that build on each other.  The first theme is that of abiding.  Abiding means to comply with, adhere to, for a long time.   Read More...

  • 14 John

    Author Rob Schulze Scripture John 14:1-31 Observation Jesus continues to prepare, warn and comfort his disciples.  Responding to Peter’s “where are you going” question, Jesus tells them he’s going to prepare a place for them in his Father’s house and then he’ll return for them so that they can be there too. Jesus tells them they know where he’s going but Thomas responds that they do not know where Jesus is going so how can they know the way?   Read More...

  • 13 John

    Author Mark Ramirez Scripture John 13:1-38 Observations It is right before the Passover and Jesus knows He’s about to return to Heaven. Because He loved them, He would love them until the very end. During the meal, the devil had already prompted Judas to betray Jesus.   Read More...

  • 12 John

    Author Mark Ramirez Scripture John 12:1-50 Observations 6 days before the Passover, Jesus returns to Lazarus, Martha, and Mary’s house for a feast. Martha served, Lazarus enjoyed the meal, and Mary anointed Jesus with perfume and wiped His feet with her hair. Judas was disagreed with what she did and said she should have sold it and given the money to the poor.   Read More...

  • 11 John

    Author Mark Ramirez Scripture John 11:1-57 Observations Jesus’s friend Lazarus becomes deathly ill. His sisters, were Mary and Martha. Mary was the one who wiped Jesus’s feet with her hair and anointed Him with perfume.   Read More...

  • 10 John

    Author Mark Ramirez Scripture John 10:1-42 Observations Jesus teaches the crowd using a metaphor about sheep. He explains that sheep recognize their shepherd as one who comes through the proper entrance and one whose voice they recognize. Strangers and robbers are unable to lead sheep away, because their voice is not that of the shepherd.   Read More...

  • 9 John

    Author Mark Ramirez Scripture John 9:1-41 Observations Jesus is walking through Jerusalem and comes across a man who has been blind since he was born. Jesus’ disciples ask Jesus whose sin is responsible for the man’s condition. (as was the common thought at that time) Jesus responds and explains that sin was not the reason for this man’s condition, but he was disabled so that the work of God might be displayed in his life.   Read More...

  • 8 John

    Author Eric Keener Scripture John 8:1-59 Observation - Jesus was teaching at the temple early in the morning when he was brought an adulterer in order that the Pharisees might test him using the Law of Moses which says to stone her. However Jesus knew their hearts and got to the point, which was, that everyone among them has sinned and is due punishment for the sin. He then showed her much grace and said for her not to sin any more.   Read More...

  • 7 John

    Author David Bruechert Scripture John 7:1-52 Observations Jesus goes around in Galilee because he doesn’t want to go to Judea where the Jewish leaders were looking for a way to kill him. Jesus’s brothers encourage him, in a mocking way, to go to Judea for the Festival of Tabernacles so he can publicly show himself to the world. Jesus tells them that he isn’t going to go because his time has not come yet.   Read More...

  • 6 John

    Author Karen Miller Scripture John 6:1-71 Observations There seem to be several questions answered in this passage. Who is Jesus? What will Jesus do for us?   Read More...

  • 5 John

    Author Dan McClure Scripture John 5:1-47 Observation Jesus exercises His authority in John 5 and does not apologize for who He is and His relational link to the Father.  After healing the disabled man near the pool of Bethesda on the Sabbath, he defends His actions in verse 17 by saying “My father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working.”   Jesus didn’t care what day of the week or get caught up in legalistic religion when it came to helping people. Jesus is e...  Read More...

  • 4 John

    Author Ernie Morales Scripture John 4:1-54 Observation The Pharisees heard that Jesus was baptizing more people than John (although it was his disciples) Jesus came into the town of Sychar and sat by Jacob’s well about noon A Samaritan woman came to draw water and Jesus asked for a drink The woman was surprised because Jews do not associate with Samaritans Jesus responds by telling her that He has living water The Samaritan woman thinks he is talking about regular water because she tells him he ...  Read More...

  • 3 John

    Author Jim Asselin Scripture John 3:1-36 Observations Nicodemus, a prominent Pharisee, visits Jesus one night Nicodemus testifies that Jesus’ works demonstrate he is from God Jesus tells Nicodemus that without being born again, that it is impossible to recognize God Nicodemus takes this as a literal physical birth and asks Jesus to explain Jesus tells Nicodemus that he must submit to God spiritually in order to enter God’s kingdom using metaphors like wind, that you cannot see or touch Nicodemus...  Read More...

  • 2 John

    Author Eric Keener Scripture John 2:1-25 Observation Jesus’ mother seemed to already understand Jesus was able to make “things” (miracles) happen as she asked him to solve the issue of wine having run out at the wedding that he and his disciples were at. Jesus was clearly in communication with the Spirit as he already knew when his “time” was coming. Jesus seemed to want to keep the miracle on the “down low” as he didn’t show the miracle to everyone, rather just the servants.   Read More...

  • 1 John

    Author Karen Asselin Scripture John 1:1-51 Observations V1-18 Jesus has always existed and took part in creation & in fact--in Him is LIFE and this life shines light in the darkness…and the darkness (us maybe) didn’t “get it”. John the Baptist introduced Jesus to the people. Jesus came to his own people, to dwell among us; but many did not know him—but to those who did receive him, he gave the right to become “Children of God” He came to bring grace and truth and to explain God—Jesus is that...  Read More...

  • 5 James

    Author Bill Huffman Scripture James 5:1-20 Observation * James has been warning against worldliness in a number of ways before the beginning of this chapter and he makes a particularly strong statement here in v1-6 about the "miseries" coming to the rich from dependence on their wealth and from the cries of those the rich have cheated and murdered in gaining their wealth.  It's quite a daunting passage and if I didn't know and trust a merciful God it would be overwhelmingly frightening. * J...  Read More...

  • 4 James

    Author Mark Ramirez Scripture James 4:1-16 Observation Fights and quarrels happen because of our own selfish desires. We have selfish desires because we do not ask God for what we want. God does not give us what we want when we ask with the wrong motives.   Read More...

  • 3 James

    Author Rob Schulze Scripture James 3:1-18 Observations Beware-- those who teach God’s Word will be judged more strictly Just as a small bit steers a horse and a small rudder steers a ship or a small spark can set a large forest on fire, the tongue is a small part of the body but it wields incredible potential for evil among parts of the human body. Various animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures have been tamed by people but no human has tamed the tongue—it’s an evil full of deadly poison Our...  Read More...

  • 2 James

    Author Bob Relyea Scripture James 2:1-26 Observation 1. We should not show favoritism in our dealings with others. 2.   Read More...

  • 1 James

    Author Mark Ramirez Scripture www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=james+1&version=niv Observations This letter was written by James; head of the church in Jerusalem and the half brother of Jesus. James was writing to Jewish believers scattered throughout the known world. Trials of various kinds should be accepted with pure joy.   Read More...

  • 13 Hebrews

    Author Joel King Scripture Hebrews 13:1-25 Observation Look for opportunities to love Live a life that is a good example Instructions about teachers Instructions about worship Instructions about church leaders Last words Application I need to give priority to loving my Christian brothers and sisters.  Today, I need to love on and serve God’s people who cross my path. I need to make sure my heart and life reflect the Biblical priorities: Faithfulness to God and my wife Lyn.   Read More...

  • 12 Hebrews

    Author Becky Pannunzio Scripture Hebrews 12:1-29 Observations The author refers to the many heroes of faith just mentioned who persevered in trusting God in diverse, difficult and sometimes deadly circumstances. Their faith trials should encourage us in our faith journey. We are exhorted to lay aside every encumbrance and sin and run our life "race" with endurance, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith.   Read More...

  • 11 Hebrews

    Author Tom Greene Scripture Hebrews 11 Observation Faith is being SURE of what we hope for and CERTAIN of what we do not see. By faith, we understand how God created everything from nothing. By faith, Abel pleased God with his offerings and was commended as a righteous man.   Read More...

  • 10 Hebrews

    Author Mark Ramirez Scripture Hebrews 10:1-39 Observation *Public Disclaimer* - I love Hebrew chapter 10. It is like the culmination of everything in the previous nine chapters that the author has been building up. The law is only a shadow of the good things that are yet to come, it does not provide those good things.   Read More...

  • 9 Hebrews

    Author Mark Ramirez Scripture Hebrews 9:1-28 Observation The author of Hebrews explains that the first covenant had specific regulations for worship and for the earthly sanctuary, and proceeds to describe what was in the tabernacle. However, the author does not want to dive to deep into these things, and only lists some of the items. After everything was set up according to the regulations, priests would regularly enter the outer room.   Read More...

  • 8 Hebrews

    Author Ernie Morales Scripture Hebrews 8:1-13 Observations Hebrews 8 begins by letting us know that Jesus is our high priest and that he sits at the right hand of God There is a difference between Jesus and the priests on earth The earthly sanctuary is a copy of the one in heaven Jesus ministry is superior to theirs and the new covenant is better than the old one The writer goes on to explain why the new covenant was needed. The people did not remain faithful to it In the new covenant, God puts ...  Read More...

  • 7 Hebrews

    Author Mark Ramirez Scripture Hebrews 7:1-28 Observation Having explained that Jesus is in the order of Melchizedek, the author of Hebrews goes on to explain who Melchizedek is. Melchizedek was both the king of Salem and a priest of God. He met Abraham after the rescuing of Lot, upon which Abraham gave Melchizedek a tenth of the spoils of war.   Read More...

  • 6 Hebrews

    Author Rob Schulze Scripture Hebrews 6:1-20 Observations The author’s “therefore” in v1 refers to his rebuke & exhortation in Heb 5:11-14 to “grow up” and eat solid food as mature people do vs. just milk as infants do.  They need to understand the Scriptures for they ought to be teachers vs.   Read More...

  • 5 Hebrews

    Author Mark Ramirez Scripture Hebrews 5:1-14 Observation Every high priest is a man, chosen from the people to represent them in matters related to God. He offers sacrifices and gifts for the sins of the people. The high priest understands those who are ignorant and those who have stumbled, because he himself deals with weakness in his own life.   Read More...

  • 4 Hebrews

    Author Kevin Werner Scripture Hebrews 4:1-16 Observation The author of Hebrews encourages us to not just hear God’s word, but to take it in, to unite with it, to be one with it.  When we hear God’s word, we are to unite with it, take it in to become a part of us, and not harden our hearts.  Just as God rested from His works, so are we to be diligent to rest from ours.   Read More...

  • 3 Hebrews

    Author Karen Asselin Scripture Hebrews 3:1-19 Observation This was written to Christian Hebrews who were currently in a Jewish cultural time when those around them were still practicing & trusting in the Levitical ways and honoring Moses above all prophets. In our DNA Replicating class, the second hill in God’s Story in The Law of Moses—or, really God’s Law, given by Moses; but in Jewish tradition, Moses is of upmost importance & so when the writer of Hebrews puts Jesus higher than Moses...  Read More...

  • 2 Hebrews

    Author Eric Keener Scripture Hebrews 2:1-18 Observations Listen well so you don’t forget the truth We need to take salvation seriously Jesus, who is authoritative over angels, still came to die for us Salvation is made perfect through his suffering Jesus had to become fully human in order for the salvation plan to be complete It was only by death and rising again that Satan was defeated Jesus was tempted and prevailed temptation so that he can help us in our temptations Application We need to no...  Read More...

  • 1 Hebrews

    Author Mark Ramirez Scripture Hebrews 1:1-14 Observation God spoke to our forefathers in the faith through prophets and all other kinds of "various ways" In these days, God has spoken to us by His Son, the one who created and inherits all things Jesus is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of the Father. Jesus sustains all things through His powerful word After Jesus paid the penalty for our sins, purifying us, he sat at the right hand of Majesty in heaven He is superior to ...  Read More...

  • 28 Matthew

    Author Bill Huffman Scripture Matthew 28:1-20 Observation The motivation of Mary Magdalene and the other Mary in going to the tomb was to look at it.  Their hearts were bonded to Jesus. When the messenger from the Kingdom of Heaven, which is what Jesus preached all through Matthew, appeared in power, we see again the contrast between the response of the Kingdom of Heaven and the response of those of this world.  The women were merely afraid.  The guards, who had no relationship to...  Read More...

  • 27 Matthew

    Author Dave Breuchert Scripture Matthew 27:1-66 Observations Judas regrets his betrayal of Jesus and tries to return the money he was paid. He knows Jesus is innocent. The leaders would not take the money, so Judas threw it into the temple.   Read More...

  • 26 Matthew

    Author Jim Asselin Scripture Matthew 26:1-75 Observations Jesus tells his disciples in two days he will be arrested and killed The Pharisees and chief priests conspire to kill Jesus While a guest at Simon the Leper’s house, Jesus is anointed with very expensive perfume by a woman. The other guests were indignant. Jesus comes to her defense stating that what she has done is to prepare him for his burial (referring to what is to come shortly) a very significant event.   Read More...

  • 25 Matthew

    Author Mark Ramirez Scripture Matthew 25:1-46 Observations Jesus is continuing His teachings/parables about the end times. The first parable is that at that time, the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins with lamps waiting for the bridegroom. Five of the virgins were wise and brought lamps with some additional oil.   Read More...

  • 24 Matthew

    Author Karen Miller Scripture Matthew 24:1-51 Observations Jesus says that several things will happen before the end. First: People will come claiming to be Christ and will mislead many There will be wars and famines and earthquakes; just the beginning though Next Jesus says: Christians will be killed and betrayed and hated False prophets will arise and mislead many Lawlessness will increase and people’s love will grow cold The gospel will be preached to all the nations and then the end will com...  Read More...

  • 23 Matthew

    Author Cathie Lockwood Scripture Matthew 23:1-39 Observation In the opening of this chapter, Jesus is talking to his disciples and the crowd gathered around him. He shares the 7 woes to the audience about the scribes and Pharisees: The shut door-the scribes and Pharisees, as hypocrites, were showing a mixture of condemnation, regret and sorrow. They are fake leaders drawing the people away from the kingdom of God instead of towards it.   Read More...

  • 22 Matthew

    Author Rob Schulze Scripture Matthew 22:1-46 Observations Jesus is in the temple courts and tells the people, including the Pharisees, elders and chief priests another parable of the God’s kingdom, which is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son. The king’s servants notify the invitees that it’s time to come to the wedding, the dinner has been prepared, but many are too busy with their daily business while others were hostile to the servants and killed them. The king was enraged ...  Read More...

  • 21 Matthew

    Author Kristy Espinoza Scripture Matthew 21:1-46 Observations In Matthew 21 Jesus comes to the city of Jerusalem.  He entered the city humbly, riding on a donkey's colt. People were so happy to see him, they lined the streets for him with their garments or with branches they cut from the trees.   Read More...

  • 20 Matthew

    Author Joel King Scripture Matthew 20:1-34 Observations Jesus shares a parable to help those following him to understand what the Kingdom of God is like It is about a landowner who agrees to pay day laborers a particular wage. Those who started  in the morning  agreed to work for a Denarius which was a good wage Throughout the day the landowner hired men for the same job At the end of the day the landowner had everyone payed starting with those hired last Seeing those who started at th...  Read More...

  • 19 Matthew

    Author Ernie Morales Scripture Matthew 19:1-30 Observations Jesus was in the region of Judea and the Pharisees asked him about divorce to try to trap him Jesus then explains that marriage is between male and female and then quotes scripture that the man should leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife They asked a question about the law of Moses and Jesus explained that it wasn’t God’s intention that divorce is only permitted if the wife has been unfaithful One day parents brought th...  Read More...

  • 18 Matthew

    Author Mark Ramirez Scripture Matthew 18:1-35 Observations The disciples come to Jesus and ask who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. He shows them a little child, telling them that no one can enter the kingdom of heaven unless they humble themselves like a child. Whoever welcomes a child in the name of Jesus, welcomes Jesus.   Read More...

  • 17 Matthew

    Author Bob Relyea Scripture Matthew 17:1-27 Observation Jesus selects just three disciples to go with him to the mountain: Peter, James, and John He changed before their eyes, shining white like the sun. Moses and Elijah joined him and they talked together. Peter wanted to keep this event going and build a shrine to each of them: Jesus, Moses, and Elijah.   Read More...

  • 16 Matthew

    Author Mark Ramirez Scripture Matthew 16:1-28 Observations The religious leaders (Pharisees and Sadducees) come to Jesus and ask Him to show them a sign from heaven in order to test Him. Jesus’ reply to them is that they’re able to foresee the weather by looking at the color of the sky, but they are able to look at the signs of the time to see what is coming in the future. Instead, the sign that will be given to will be the sign of Jonah.   Read More...

  • 15 Matthew

    Author Becky Pannunzio Scripture Matthew 15:1-39 Observations - Scribes and Pharisees come to Jesus from Jerusalem and asked why His disciples break the tradition of ceremonial hand washing. - Jesus replies with a question: Why do they themselves transgress God's commandment to "honor your father and mother" for the sake of their tradition--to claim they couldn't provide for their parents because they were giving the money to God? Then He blasts them, calling them hypocrites for honoring God wit...  Read More...

  • 14 Matthew

    Author Mark Ramirez Scripture Matthew 14:1-36 Observations Herod, the governor of Judea, hears about Jesus and believes that John the Baptist has been raised from the dead, which is why all these miraculous things are happening. Previously, Herod had arrested John because John had been pointing out Herod’s sin of having a relationship with Philip’s (Herod’s brother) wife, Herodias. Herod arrested John and wanted to kill him, but couldn’t bring himself to do it because of the people who revered J...  Read More...

  • 13 Matthew

    Author Mark Ramirez Scripture Matthew 13:1-58 Observations At the beginning of this chapter, Jesus starts to teach a huge crowd many parables. So many people showed up that he had to sit in a boat off shore and speak to the crowd from there. The first parable Jesus talks about is a farmer sowing seed.   Read More...

  • 12 Matthew

    Author Karen Miller Scripture Matthew 12 Observations Matthew 12 begins with Jesus caring for his disciples; it ends with him proclaiming that they are His family. Three times Jesus says, “Something greater than __________________ is here.”  He refers to Himself and is greater than the temple, Jonah and Solomon. “I desire compassion, not sacrifice” is a theme throughout the beginning of the passage.   Read More...

  • 11 Matthew

    Author Mark Ramirez Scripture Matthew 11:1-30 Observations From prison, John the Baptist hears about Jesus’ ministry, and sends followers to ask if Jesus is the One they have been waiting for. Jesus’ reply points to all the things that have happened in His ministry – the blind see, the lame walk, those with leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor. As John’s followers are leaving, Jesus begins to speak to the crowd about John the Baptist.   Read More...

  • 10 Matthew

    Author Jim Asselin Scripture Matthew 10:1-42 Observations Jesus called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out impure spirits and to heal every disease and sickness These twelve Jesus sent out telling them not go among the Gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans, But to the lost sheep of Israel They are to proclaim ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near’ They are told to Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons They are to take n...  Read More...

  • 9 Mark

    Author Kim Castro Scripture Mark 9:1-49 Observations How strong is your faith?  This chapter gives example after example of Jesus healing those who believed, but also those who in some cases were outcasts - untouchables... not with the mainstream society.  He healed the sickness, the dead, mute, lame and blind  - His disciples didn't know if He could heal, and in some cases it seemed like they questioned the worthiness - but the people believed Jesus was L...  Read More...

  • 8 Matthew

    Author Joel King Scripture Mathew 8:1-34 Observations Jesus comes down from the mountains and immediately is met by a crowd.  His first act was to grant a request from a man with leprosy to heal him.  Jesus charged him to tell no-one but the religious leaders at the Temple as he followed Moses command for giving an offering if healed from leprosy.   Read More...

  • 7 Matthew

    Author Ernie Morales Scripture Matthew 7:1-29 Observation Right off Matthew 7 begins with how we treat others Don’t judge or I will be judged Get rid of the speck I have in my eye and stop paying attention to the speck in someone else Don’t throw my pearls to pigs Then He moves on to prayer. To keep seeking God and compares it to a parent child relationship. Parents give good gifts to their children, how much more will God our Father Then He gives us a challenge by doing unto others Now He moves...  Read More...

  • 6 Matthew

    Author Bill Huffman Scripture Matthew 6:1-34 Observation At the beginning of Jesus' ministry in Matthew (4:17) it says Jesus began to preach, saying, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."  The theme hasn't changed by chapter 6. Jesus presents for us earthly vs. kingdom of heaven.  If our faith is in the things of this world, our reward will be in the things of this world.  If our faith is in kingdom of heaven things, our reward will be in the kingdom of heaven.   Read More...

  • 5 Matthew

    Author Kristy Espinoza Scripture Matthew 5:1-48 Observation We are told how to act in different situations. Jesus talks to us about 8 specific things. Salt and light, The fulfillment of the law, Murder, Adultery, Divorce, Oaths, An eye for an eye, Love for enemies.   Read More...

  • 4 Matthew

    Author Mark Ramirez Scripture Mathew 4:1-25 Observation At the beginning of the chapter, the Holy Spirit leads Jesus into the desert so that He would be tempted by the devil. Jesus was without food for forty days and forty nights, after which Satan comes to Him to prove His divinity by providing bread for Himself from the rocks. Jesus replies that man doesn’t live merely on food by but God’s Word as well.   Read More...

  • 3 Matthew

    Author Mark Ramirez Scripture Matthew 3:1-17 Observation To fulfill the prophecy of Isaiah, John the Baptist starts preaching in the Desert of Judea, calling people to repent because the Kingdom of heaven is drawing near. John was not the average man as his attire choice consisted of clothes made of camel hair with a belt and his diet consisted of locusts and wild honey. People came to John to confess their sins and be baptized.   Read More...

  • 2 Matthew

    Author Dan McClure Scripture Matthew 2: 1 - 23 Observation King Herod is a manipulative dude.  After the Magi revealed they came to Jerusalem to worship the baby born who is to be the king of the Jews, Herod pulls them aside to get more information.  He then sends the Magi out to find the child and report back to him once He was found.   Read More...

  • 1 Matthew

    Author Rob Schulze Scripture Matthew 1:1-25 Observations Matthew opens his gospel by calling Jesus… “Jesus the Messiah” Notes that he is the son of David, the son of Abraham Notes 4 women and mothers among 42 fathers:  Tamar, Rahab, Ruth and Bathsheba before mentioning the 5th women and mother—Mary. Notes there are 14 generations from Abraham to David, from David to the Babylonian exile and from the exile to the birth of the Messiah Matthew calls Jesus the Messiah 4x in this chapter, 3x jus...  Read More...

  • 1 Jude

    Author Karen Asselin Scripture Jude 1:1-25 Observation I love Jude’s greeting!  “… those who have been called, who are loved in God the Father and kept for Jesus Christ.”—Who better to be kept (separated, set apart, made Holy!!!)for?— Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance.  ☺!   Read More...

  • 2 Peter 3

    Author Mark Ramirez Scripture 2 Peter 3:1-18 Observation Peter starts by reminding the believers as to why he is writing. This is his second letter, with the intent that everything serves as a reminder of the need to think wholesome thoughts. He wants them to think about the words of the prophets as well as the command that Jesus gave that has been passed down through the apostles.   Read More...

  • 2 Peter 2

    Author Bob Relyea Scripture II Peter 2:1-22 Observation 1) The false prophets that have been with us in the past are the same as the ones with us now. 2) They deny the master and bring destruction down on themselves. 3) They lead themselves and others into sinful lives.   Read More...

  • 2 Peter 1

    Author Mark Ramirez Scripture 2 Peter 1:1-20 Observation Peter opens his letter by addressing it to all who have received faith through the righteousness of Christ, wishing them grace and peace through the knowledge that is found in God and Jesus. It is in this knowledge and His divine power that we receive everything that we need for life and godliness. By God’s glory and goodness, we have received His great and precious promises, so that we might experience the nature of divinity that allows u...  Read More...

  • 1 Peter 5

    Author Mark Ramirez Scripture 1 Peter 5:1-14 Observation Peter starts by encouraging the elders in the church to serve the people of God as overseers. They are called to do this because they are willing to do so, as God wants them to be. Their attitude is to be positive, with an eagerness to serve and a desire to be an example for the flock of God.   Read More...

  • 1 Peter 4

    Author Karen Miller Scripture 1 Peter 4:1-19 Observations Paul gives Christians several commands in these 19 verses: Arm yourself with same purpose – to suffer in the flesh as Christ did Live no longer for the lusts of men but the will of God Be of sound judgment and sober spirit for the purpose of prayer Keep fervent in your love for one another Be hospitable to one another without complaint Employ gifts in serving one another as a good steward of God’s grace Keep on rejoicing when you suffer f...  Read More...

  • 1 Peter 3

    Author Ernie Morales Scripture 1 Peter 3:1-22 Observation Peter starts off by telling wives to accept the authority God has given to the husband By doing this and living a godly life, the husband who is not living a godly life will eventually be won over by her example He then instructs wives to make inward beauty more of a priority over outward beauty because this is precious to God Then he gives an example of the women from the Old Testament Peter then turns to husbands and tells them to honor...  Read More...

  • 1 Peter 2

    Author Joel King Scripture 1 Peter 2:1-25 Observations Peter encourages the Christians to mature.  Don’t continue doing the same old hurtful and malicious things they did, but drink deeply from Christ and grow up spiritually. He then gives them an object lesson about their new identity.   Read More...

  • 1 Peter 1

    Author Kevin Werner Scripture 1 Peter 1:1-25 Observation Peter extends God’s grace and peace to the believers who have been scattered across much of the known world, living as aliens; he encourages them that while it may feel random and unplanned, this is all part of God’s plan.  Also part of His plan is for us to be born again, not for a trouble-filled life on this earth but for a life that flows from Jesus’ death and resurrection.  Jesus died and came back to life; no one has ever do...  Read More...

  • 16 Mark

    Author Mark Ramirez Scripture Mark 16:1-20 Observation Jesus has been dead for a few days, so as soon as the Sabbath is over, three women prepare some spices and head to the tomb where He was buried. However, they wonder how they are going to get someone to roll away the stone so they may enter. As they get closer to the tomb, they realize that the stone has already been rolled away and they enter to find a young man dressed in a white robe sitting there (very out of place for a tomb).   Read More...

  • 15 Mark

    Author Becky Pannunzio Scripture Mark 15:1-47 Observations I have to break with the SOAP format and state upfront that this chapter is really hard to write about, because it describes the outrageous, brutal injustice The Lord Jesus Christ willingly endured for me, for you... Perhaps you have been maliciously assaulted, or one of your loved ones has, perhaps even murdered. One can not describe such horror without weeping.   Read More...

  • 14 Mark

    Author Mark Ramirez Scripture Mark 14:1-72 Observation A few days before the Passover, the religious leaders are plotting on how to arrest Jesus and kill Him without starting a riot. While at Simon the Leper’s house, a woman comes and pours perfume on Jesus’ head. Some present rebuke her and say that she should have sold it and given the money to the poor.   Read More...

  • 13 Mark

    Author Tom Greene Scripture Mark 13:1-37 Observation Jesus’ disciples ask him when the destruction of the temple will happen that Jesus has prophesied. Jesus warns them not to be lead astray or deceived.  Jesus warns they will be witnesses and the Holy Spirit will give them the words to say at the right time.   Read More...

  • 12 Mark

    Author Rob Schulze Scripture Mark 12: 1-44 Observations Jesus is in the temple courts and speaks to 3 groups-- the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders of Israel a parable of a man who planted a vineyard and then rented it to some tenant farmers. The vineyard owner sent many servants to collect some of the fruit from the vineyard as rent yet the farmers repeatedly either they beat or killed these servants Finally the vineyard owner sends his son who the farmers also kill Jesus t...  Read More...

  • 11 Mark

    Author Karen Miller Scripture Mark 11:1-33 Observations This chapter seems to be written in chiastic (or sandwich) structure: Jesus enters Jerusalem as a gentle king and is praised by the people Jesus curses the fig tree – no fruit Jesus cleanses the temple – no prayer Jesus explains the fig tree – his disicples will pray, bear fruit and forgive Jesus kingly authority questioned by religious leaders Jesus prepares to come into Jerusalem as a humble king (see also Matt. 21:5) The people receive J...  Read More...

  • 10 Mark

    Author Annette McClure Scripture Mark 10:1-52 Observation Mark 10 is filled with many lessons by Jesus followed by explanations. View on marriage and divorce, children, Christian Hedonism, Greatness, Humility, Servanthood, Son of Man coming to serve and why, ending with Jesus giving his life for many.  Throughout this chapter I love that Jesus has many commands but also allow for discussion about his desires.   Read More...

  • 9 Mark

    Author Mark Ramirez Scripture Mark 9:1-50 Observation Jesus tells the crowd and his disciples that some of them will see the Kingdom of God come with power before they die. 6 days after speaking to the crowd, Jesus takes his inner circle (Peter, James, and John) up onto a mountain and is transfigured before them. His clothes are whiter than any bleach could make them (whiter than white?).   Read More...

  • 8 Mark

    Author Mark Ramirez Scripture Mark 8:1-37 Observation Jesus is preaching to a large gathering of Gentiles and does not want to send them away hungry, concerned that they may not make the journey home without food. Even though they have already seen Him provide for a large crowd in the past, the disciples still wonder where they could get enough food. He takes 7 loaves, which becomes enough to feed 4,000+ people with 7 basketfuls leftover.   Read More...

  • 7 Mark

    Author Scott Dixon Scripture Mark 7:1-37 Observations The Pharisees and Scribes came to Jerusalem to find fault in Jesus and his Disciples. The Pharisees saw some of the disciples not following the traditional ceremonial hand washing before they ate. The Pharisees questioned Jesus about his disciples not following the tradition of the elders.   Read More...

  • 6 Mark

    Author Becky Pannunzio Scripture Mark 6:1-56 Observations vs.1-6 Jesus went with his apostles (having just raised a 12-year-old girl from the dead) to His hometown and began to teach in the synagogue among those who had seen him grow up; they took offense at Him. They just couldn't believe the wisdom and miracles of "the hometown kid". Consequently, the "only" miracles He did was to lay hands on and heal a few sick people.   Read More...

  • 5 Mark

    Author Bill Huffman Scripture Mark 5:1-43 Observation Here's a man who's in as bad a shape as any we come across in the Gospels Jesus is immediately saying, "Come out of the man, you unclean spirit!" The response from the evil spirits was one that 1) knew exactly who Jesus was and 2) was full of fear as to what that would mean. Jesus asked the spirit's name. The spirit(s) answered.  And begged for mercy.   Read More...

  • 4 Mark

    Author Cathie Lockwood Scripture Mark 4: 1-20 Observation Jesus was talking to the crowd through a parable and then he interpreted the parable to his disciples. He explained the seed of the Word and what can happen with it depending on who is listening. It can be heard but not received in their heart, the seed can be received with joy but not take roots, the seed can start to grow roots but then be distracted  by the things of this world and lastly the seed can go down deep growing strong r...  Read More...

  • 3 Mark

    Author Mark Ramirez Scripture Mark 3:1-35 Observation Jesus went to a synagogue where a man with a shriveled hand was. People were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, specifically if he were to heal someone on the Sabbath. Jesus has the man stand up and poses a question: is it lawful to do good or evil on the Sabbath, to save or to kill?   Read More...

  • 2 Mark

    Author Kristy Espinoza Scripture Mark 2:1-28 Observations Jesus Heals a paralyzed man. Jesus eats with the tax collectors (scum) Jesus clarifies fasting. Jesus clarifies what the meaning of Sabbath is.   Read More...

  • 1 Mark

    Author Dan McClure Scripture Mark 1 Observation This is a jam-packed chapter covering: John the Baptist’s preaching “After me comes the one more powerful than I, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. I baptize you with[e] water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” The baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River – and the Trinity shows up! Satan testing Jesus in the wilderness for 40 days Jesus preaching the Good News in Galilee “The time has come,” he...  Read More...

  • 2 Timothy 4

    Author Rob Schulze Scripture 2 Timothy 4:1-22 Observations Paul is now closing his last letter recorded within the New Testament with a “pass the baton” charge to Timothy to always be prepared to preach the word and use it to correct, rebuke and encourage the flock with great patience and careful instruction. Paul warns there will be a time when people will choose to listen to false teaching and myths that suits their desires vs. sound doctrine and truth.   Read More...

  • 2 Timothy 3

    Author Karen Asselin Scripture 2 Timothy 3:1-17 Observation Just after Paul’s exhortation to Timothy in Chapter 2 to live honorably & to correct others so they might come to repentance, he soberly describes to Timothy people who will live godless lives “led astray by various passions…and (will) never arrive at a knowledge of the truth” (v.7).  He makes it clear that some people will NEVER enter the Kingdom of Heaven.  In contrast, though Paul goes on to remind Timothy that he himse...  Read More...

  • 2 Timothy 2

    Author Eric Keener Scripture 2 Timothy 2 Observation Paul is talking to Timothy with the endearment of a father Be strengthened implies that there is hard work to be done which is directly followed by him telling Timothy to start passing on what he is taught which is the gospel and how to live in light of it. Not just to pass it on, but also to pass it on to people who are devoted to further pass it on down the line. Paul uses a great metaphor about being a solder, who will only obey the command...  Read More...

  • 2 Timothy 1

    Author Rick Olson Scripture 2 Timothy 1:1-18 Observation V 3-7 This is a very personal message from Paul to Timothy.  Paul was closely involved in Timothy’s spiritual life, and is using that personal connection to encourage Timothy.  I am sure that Paul knew that Timothy knew that the gifts were for service, and so he encourages Timothy to diligently use his gift, and so to continue in his calling to serve the body of Christ.   Read More...

  • Titus 3

    Author Bob Relyea Scripture Titus 3:1-15 Observation 1) We must be obedient to those God has placed over us (including civil an vocational authorities) 2) we should be kind to others and not tear them down. 3) this applies especially to those who aren't kid to us- because we were that way once. 4) we are better now only because we are responding  to God's kindness to us.   Read More...

  • Titus 2

    Author Jim Asselin Scripture Titus 2:1-15 Observation  Paul in chapter 1 warns Titus regarding rebellious deceivers and calls him to care in selecting elders. In chapter 2: Paul encourages teaching sound doctrine. To teach older men as well as the older women to be worthy of respect.   Read More...

  • Titus 1

    Author Karen Miller Scripture Titus 1 Observations Paul is clear about who He is, what he is for, and where his hope lies Paul writes to Titus, who is his child in the faith Paul left Titus in Crete (the largest of the Greek islands) Titus was to bring order to the church in Crete and appoint elders in every city Paul then outlines the character traits and qualifications for elders/overseers This list is very similar to the list given in 1 Timothy 3 Basically elders must be above reproach and ha...  Read More...

  • 1 Timothy 6

    Author Ernie Morales Scripture 1 Timothy 6:1-21 Observations Right away Paul is talking about our attitudes and the condition of our hearts He doesn’t address slavery but rather how as Christians we should be no matter the circumstance Paul then goes on to describe people who teach anything other than sound teaching of Jesus. He describes them as people who want to cause division and are only interested in personal gain We should be content with what we have knowing the Lord has provided for us ...  Read More...

  • 1 Timothy 5

    Author Dave Bruechert Scripture 1 Timothy 5:1-25 Observations - From Chapter 4, we know that Timothy is a young leader. - Treat and rebuke others as if they were family. - Families of widows should take care of them.   Read More...

  • 1 Timothy 4

    Author Joel King Scripture 1 Timothy 4:1-16 Observations · The Holy Spirit has revealed that there will be those who claim to have faith but are really following demons, their conscience is dull, and they will make rules that are contrary to what God has done. Rules like not marrying or abstaining from special foods. · In order to be considered a good servant of Christ, teach the truth you have learned to others.   Read More...

  • 1 Timothy 3

    Author: Becky Pannunzio Scripture: 1Timothy 3:1-16 Observations: Paul gives qualifications for overseers (elders) and deacons/deaconesses in the church. In verse 1, Paul states that the office of an elder is a noble task. Verses 2-7 list the qualities for an elder: above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate (with alcohol), self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, gentle, not violent or quarrelsome, not a lover of money, respectful manager of his own family (his children obey...  Read More...

  • 1 Timothy 2

    Author Mark Ramirez Scripture 1 Timothy 2:1-15  Observation: It was of importance to Paul that Christians should pray for, intercede for, and give thanks for everyone (all of humanity), especially those who have been put in authority (like kings). He urged this so that Christians might lead peaceful, quiet, godly and holy lives. God desires that all should be saved and know truth, and delights when we pray this over people.   Read More...

  • 1 Timothy 1

    Author Oscar Castro Scripture 1 Timothy 1 Observation In verse 1, Paul points to who appointed him to be messenger of Christ Jesus, verses 2-3, he testifies of timothy’s Christian character. 4 thru 7, he commands his son in the faith to refrain those whose business is to engage in meaningless talks, teach false doctrines which do not advance the kingdom but promote controversies among the listeners. In 8-11 Paul explains what the sound doctrine stand against: immorality and injustice.   Read More...

  • Philippians 4

    Author Joel King Scripture Philippians 4:1-23 Observations · Paul loves the Philippians and considers them part of the crown he will receive in glory · He encourages them stand firm with their eyes and hearts focused on their heavenly future · He pleads with two Christians to iron out their differences · He encourages the church to help some particular women who Paul worked with as well as Clement · Then he gives them some general instruction to live with a joyful heart unto the Lord, and a gent...  Read More...

  • Philippians 3

    AUTHOR Scott Dixon SCRIPTURE Philippians 3 OBSERVATIONS · Paul encourages the church of the Philippians to rejoice in the resurrection of Jesus and to not fall prey to false teachers. (Interesting reference to dogs who often bark and attempt to bite the unfamiliar or unaccepted; the followers of Jesus) · Paul declared if anyone had confidence in the flesh it should be him. Paul's birth-right privileges which came from a pure blood line descendant of the tribe of Benjamin gave him reason to boast...  Read More...

  • Philippians 2

    Author: Kevin Werner Scripture: Philippians 2 Observation: No matter what else, Paul exhorts the believers in Philippi, be united in mind, in love, in spirit, in purpose. He instructs them to be humble, like Jesus, putting the needs of everyone else before their own needs. Jesus came to serve others, and they should do likewise.   Read More...

  • Philippians 1

    Author: Bill Huffman Scripture: Philippians 1 Observations: * Paul sends grace and peace from the Father and from Jesus. There's a form of ambassadorship here that's in addition to the ambassadorship to the nations. It seems to be one to fellow believers.   Read More...

  • Philemon

    Author Cathie Lockwood Scripture: Philemon 1:4-22 Observation: In verses 4-7 Paul draws attention to Philemon’s love for all the saints. “I hear of your love and of the faith that you have toward the Lord Jesus and for all the saints”(1:5). I noticed he started out with encouragement before he sent out his appeal.   Read More...

  • Ephesians 6

    Author Mike Miller Scripture Ephesians 6 Observations Paul begins with the “lesser” category as he writes of parents/children and masters/slaves Children are to obey and honor; fathers are not to angrify*, but teach Christian slaves are to obey, serving Christ. Everyone is to do what is right for God’s sake, not to please people Masters are to treat slaves properly, remembering they too are slaves of Christ (Christ gives a context to all relationships among believers) We are in a spiritual battl...  Read More...

  • Ephesians 5

    Author Kristy Espinoza Scripture: Ephesians 5 Observations: God is instructing us to live in Love. We are told specific things in which not to do, and specific things to do. Husbands and wife are given clear instructions on how to love and respect each other.   Read More...

  • Ephesians 4

    Author Dan McClure Scripture Ephesians 4 Observations First of all, Paul is writing this letter from a jail cell to the church in Ephesus about unity. I find it ironic that Paul is in solitary writing about unity. Here is some more irony.   Read More...

  • Ephesians 3

    Author Rob Schultz Scripture Ephesians 3:1-21 Observations · Four times in this chapter Paul uses the word mystery. We first learn that God has revealed to Paul, by revelation, understanding and insight of this mystery of Christ. · Paul understands that he’s been given a unique grace and calling to make known this mystery, which has not been revealed to other generations who worship God.   Read More...

  • Ephesians 2

    Author Karen Asselin Scripture Ephesians 2:1-22 Observations Looking back for a minute, in chapter one, Paul makes it clear that God is the one who is at work in us: He gives all Spiritual blessings, He chose us, He predestined us for adoption according to His good pleasure, He gives grace, He gives us redemption through His blood & He lavishes His LOVE on us….He also guarantees our inheritance…all for His glory…and ultimately He appointed Jesus over everything . Now in Chapter 2 Paul transi...  Read More...

  • Ephesians 1

    Author Tom Greene Scripture Ephesians 1 Scripture Summary: Paul opens a letter to the saints in Ephesus by conveying gratitude and thankfulness for the spiritual blessings we have in Christ. Observations The key point Paul is making in this chapter is summarized in verse 3 “Praise be to God… who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ”. Paul then begins to detail some of those spiritual blessings and pray for the saints at Ephesus to experience them.   Read More...

  • Colossians 4

    Author Rick Olson Scripture Colossians 4     Vs 1 – goes with the end of ch 3     Vs 2-4 – prayer for ministry – so the Gospel is spread     Vs 5-6 – Have a ministry approach to your relationships     Vs 10-18 – personal notes Observations I will limit my observations to vs 2-6. - In vs 2-4, Paul tells us that we are partners with him in his ministry. We are to pray that the Gospel will go out.   Read More...

  • Colossians 3

    Author Zechariah Asselin Scripture: Colossians 3 Observation: Rules for Holy Living: - We have already been raised with Christ and so our perspective on life should be from a place where we are concerned with what is eternal, rather than living to get everything we can out of our earthly bodies - When Jesus comes back we will be glorified with Him - Since we should no longer be concerned about getting what our sinful bodies want, we must put to death our human desires - God's wrath is coming bec...  Read More...

  • Colossians 2

    Author  Jessica Fragoso Scripture: Colossians 2 Observation: *Paul and Timothy are writing to the church in Colossae *Paul wants to encourage and unite the people in Colossae and Laodicea, so that they may know the mystery of Christ – wisdom and knowledge *Paul encourages them to continue to live their lives rooted in Jesus, strengthened in faith and full of thankfulness *Focus on Christ and not on human tradition or deceptive philosophy, in Him we have been brought to fullness *In Christ, ...  Read More...

  • Colossians 1

    Author Karen Miller Scripture Colossians 1 Observations *Paul and Timothy are writing to the faithful brethren in Colossae. *This chapter begins with what Paul and others did for the Colossians and ends with what Paul did. In the middle we see who God is and what He did for us.   Read More...

  • Romans 16

    Author Ernie Morales Scripture ROMANS 16 Observations - Paul starts out by sending his greetings to many people that he had a relationship with - He lists the different ways he knows them - Right away he warns Christians to watch out for people who cause division - He warns us to watch out for people who put obstacles in the way that are contrary to God’s word - He even tell us to stay away from them - He then let’s us know their motives for doing what they do and how they do it. They serve thei...  Read More...

  • Romans 15

    Author Dave Bruechert Scripture Romans 15:1-33 Observations - Those who are strong in the faith should support those who are weaker and build them up. - Follow Christ’s example of giving himself for us when we were weak. - Though God’s strength and Christ’s attitude, we should glorify God in a unified mind and voice.   Read More...

  • Romans 14

    Author: Kim Castro Scripture: Romans 14 Observation Righteousness practiced among the weak and the strong Major themes of this chapter – judgement, acceptance, love and faith. Don’t judge another Christian for the way they practice their faith Accept them in love and grace The law of food doesn’t matter anymore – but the practice is cultural Give thanks for your food – choosing what to eat is not of the law Be renewed in faith Observe the Sabbath in the name of the Lord – don’t judge what day is...  Read More...

  • Romans 13

    Author: Becky Pannunzio Scripture: Romans 13:1-14 Observations: In Romans 12 Paul instructed believers to not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. In Romans 13 believers are instructed to be subject to all governing authorities, as it is God who has established them. Those who resist authority are opposing God, and will receive punishment accordingly.   Read More...

  • Romans 12

    Author Joel King Scripture Romans 12:1-21 Observations · Based on what Paul just argued about God’s mercy, he encourages the church to offer their very selves to God, set apart for his purpose, for this would be the appropriate way to worship God · He encourages them to not follow the worlds direction and value · But to renew their thinking by the power of the Holy Spirit · When they do this they will experience that God’s will is good, pleasing, and perfect for them · Paul encourages them not t...  Read More...

  • Romans 11

    Author Joel King Scripture Romans 11:1-36 Observations · God has not rejected the Jewish people, for Paul himself is a Jew of the tribe of Benjamin · God has not rejected those that he foreknew before time · For when Elijah thought that everyone was gone but him, God reminded him that He had reserved 7,000 Jews who worshipped him alone · At the present time there is also a remnant of Jews that God has chosen by his grace · If God had chosen because of something else it would be works and not gra...  Read More...

  • Romans 10

    Author Joel King Scripture Romans 10:1-21 Observations · Paul’s heart is to see the Jewish people saved · Paul has seen firsthand that they are zealous, but their zeal is misplaced · They settle for their own right living and do not live up to God’s right living · Christ fulfilled the law so that righteousness is available to those who believe in him · Paul quotes Lev. 18:5 that those who want to get righteousness from the law must live up to it · However, righteousness comes by faith. You do no...  Read More...

  • Romans 9

    Author Joel King Scripture Romans 9:1-33 Observations · Paul briefly turns his attention to the Jewish people · He laments that more of them have not embraced the Messiah · He points out that they were blessed as they were chosen by God, received the covenants from God, received the law, received the temple, and received God’s promises. · He argues that God did not break his promise to Israel because they all haven’t come to faith for not everyone who is of the nation of Israel is truly of Israe...  Read More...

  • Romans 8

    Author Joel King Scripture Romans 8:1-39 Observations · Based on what Paul has just argues, he concludes that those who have faith in Jesus do not have to worry about condemnation · Because the Spirit in us has freed us from the law which points out sin that leads to death · For the law could not make us right before God because our flesh was weak, but God sent Jesus in the form of man so Jesus could be our sin offering · Jesus as a sin offering completely met the requirements of the law so we c...  Read More...

  • Romans 7

    Author Joel King Scripture Romans 7:1-25 Observations · Paul continues to talk about the Christians relationship to the law · He reminds those familiar with the law that it only applies as long as a person is living · For example a woman is legally bound to her husband as long as he lives, but if he dies she is free from the marriage contract · If she marries another man while her husband is alive she is an adulterous, but if she does so after he has died she is not. · Likewise, our old self die...  Read More...

  • Romans 6

    Author Joel King Scripture Romans 6:1-23 Observations · Paul asks the question if we should just sin because grace will take care of our sin · No! he says because we have left the dominion of sin and now reside elsewhere · He likens this to baptism, when a follower goes down in the water it is like the old self being buried · When we came up out of the water it is like we also rose from the dead to a new life free from sin and focused on the glory of God · Since we were united with Christ in his...  Read More...

  • Romans 5

    Author: Joel King Scripture: Romans 5:1-21 Observations · Based on what Paul has already established before, he makes three claims · In the past, those who had faith in Christ were justified · Currently, they stand in grace and have peace with God · They rejoice because in the future they will realize their hope and be glorified and live with God · They also rejoice in their present sufferings, because those who persevere build faithful character that relies on the future hope. · Paul then claim...  Read More...

  • Romans 4

    Author: Eric Keener SCRIPTURE: Romans 4:1-25 OBSERVATION: - Paul’s point is being made that righteousness cannot be attained by works/law but only through faith. - He uses Abraham as an example. Abraham was considered righteous by faith, not works, before he was given the law of circumcision.   Read More...

  • Romans 3

    Author: Joel King SCRIPTURE Romans 3:1-31 OBSERVATION · After making an argument in the previous chapter that circumcision is of the heart and not the body Paul anticipates the following question: “what advantage is it being a circumcised Jew then? · Answer: they have the blessing of having and knowing the scriptures · Even if some of the Jews did not have faith and are rejected by God that doesn’t make God any less faithful · God is true only men lie just as Psalm 51:4 says · Question: doesn’t ...  Read More...

  • Romans 2

    Author: Eric Keener SCRIPTURE: Romans 2 OBSERVATION: · Based on reading the list of character traits in the previous chapter (vv. 29-31), there is no way they can sit in judgment of people who do the same things they are doing. · God is righteous and as such has every right to judge people who practice, or approve of those who practice, evil ways.   Read More...

  • Romans 1

    Author: Rob Schultz Scripture: Romans 1:1-32 Observation: · Paul’s called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel promised through the “Old Testament” prophets regarding Jesus · Jesus was fully man as a descendant of David and fully God as by his resurrection · Paul received both the grace and apostleship to call all Gentiles from Christ, including those in Rome, to the obedience that comes faith · The church in Rome’s faith is being reported all over the world · Paul prays constantly for ...  Read More...

  • Galatians 6

    Author Joel King Scripture Galatians 6:1-18 Observations · Those who are spiritually mature should try to help those in the church who are caught in sin. · The goal is restoration, not to shame them · When helping those in sin, we need to be careful not to fall to temptation ourselves · It is the Christians duty to help each other with life’s struggles because in doing so we fulfill Christ’s command to love one another. · Each of us should be careful not to deceive ourselves and consider ourselv...  Read More...

  • Galatians 5

    Author Joel King Scripture Galatians 5:1-26 Observations · Jesus set us free so we can live free · Therefore, stand firm and resist the slavery of keeping the law · If they try and earn God’s favor by being circumcised, the grace of God will be of no use to them · If you try and earn God’s favor by being circumcised you are obligated to keep the whole law · And if you are trying to be justified by the law, you have rejected grace and therefore have rejected the Messiah · We wait in faith for the...  Read More...

  • Galatians 4

    Author Joel King Scripture Galatians 4:1-31 Observations · Paul shares an illustration · A child who is to be heir is subject to others until the time his father sets for his inheritance · In the same way, those before Messiah were subject to the law until the time God set for the Messiah · But when the time was right God sent his son who was born to a woman and came under the law. · However, he came to set the heirs free from the law that they might receive their inheritance · Now that we are s...  Read More...

  • Galatians 3

    Author Joel King Scripture Galatians 3:1-29 Observations · Paul wonders how the Galatians could fall for something else since the basics of Christ was explained to them · He asks them if they received the Holy Spirit by observing the law or by grace. Of course the answer is by believing – grace · He wonders why if they began with grace, why they are trying to earn it by law now · He wonders if they think God is working miracles among them because they believed or because they earned it – assumpt...  Read More...

  • Galatians 2

    Author Joel King Scripture Galatians 2:1-21 Observations · Paul continues to tell his story from chapter one · The second time he visited Jerusalem was 14 years after the first · He went, not because they summoned him, but because of a revelation · And he wanted them to hear the Good News he was preaching to the Gentiles · He presented only to the leaders so as not to get into senseless arguments with others · Titus, who was with him, was not required to be circumcised by the Jewish leaders of t...  Read More...

  • Galatians 1

    Author Joel King Scripture Galatians 1:1-24 Observations · Paul is the author of this letter · He considers himself sent directly by Jesus · This letter is to several churches in the region of Galatia · He greets them with grace and peace that comes from God through Jesus · Jesus gave himself on the cross for our sins that we might be rescued from this evil age · Paul shifts right to the purpose of his letter, they seem to be straying from the good news they were originally taught · Some have co...  Read More...

  • 2 Corinthians 13

    Author Joel King Scripture 2 Corinthians 13:1-14 Observations · Paul reminds them of Deuteronomy 19:15 which says that testimony should be established when more than one witness corroborates a story · He warned them on his first visit and now reminds them before his third visit that he will directly address those who continue to sin without repentance · They apparently have asked proof that Paul is speaking through Paul · He assures them that Christ’s power will be fully shown when he gets there...  Read More...

  • 2 Corinthians 12

    Author Joel King Scripture 2 Corinthians 12:1-21 Observations · Paul doesn’t want to boast, but he continues in order to make his point · He now turns his comparison to the false teachers on visions and revelations · He tell of a vision he had in the third person · He wasn’t sure if he was in the third heaven physically or just in a dream · Only God knows · He saw and heard things that he cannot express · Even in the face of this truth Paul chooses not to boast like the false teachers · He doesn...  Read More...

  • 2 Corinthians 11

    Author Joel King Scripture 2 Corinthians 11:1-33 Observations · Paul feels deeply that he is responsible for the spiritual health of the Corinthians · His desire is that they remain faithful only to God · But they have been led astray like Eve was in the garden · They have fallen for different versions of who Jesus is, who the spirit is, and what the gospel is · Paul feels that his teaching is as important and authoritative as these deceiving teachers who have referred to themselves as super apo...  Read More...

  • 2 Corinthians 10

    Author Kevin Werner Scripture: 2 Corinthians 10 Observation: When Paul is with the church in Corinth, he strives to be like Jesus, meek and gentle. He saves the boldness for those who wait for him to be away from Corinth to accuse him of living “in the world”. Paul counters that with “of course we walk ‘in the flesh’ because we are human”; however, we don’t fight spiritual battles armed with just our “fleshly” human might.   Read More...

  • 2 Corinthians 9

    Author Scott Dixon SCRIPTURE 2 Corinthians 9 OBSERVATIONS · Paul acknowledges the Corinth Church's example of generosity and boasts about the church to the Macedonians. · Paul announces the sending of brothers to ensure the Corinthians are prepared for Paul and the Macedonians visit so no embarrassment comes from Paul's boasting confidence in the Corinth Church. · Paul reiterates the need to have brothers visit before hand to guarantee the generous gift that had been promised will be ready and t...  Read More...

  • 2 Corinthians 8

    Author Kristy Espinoza Scripture: 2 Corinthians 8 Observations: Macedonians are being tested by many troubles, but in these troubles they are full of joy. They are full of joy, because of their faith in the lord. Even though the Macedonians are very poor, they still give generous offerings.   Read More...

  • 2 Corinthians 7

    Author Bill Huffman Scripture: 2 Corinthians 7 Observations * We cleanse ourselves because we have these promises. * "Defilement of flesh and spirit." No idea of spirit good, flesh bad here. * Paul cares a great deal about the Corinthian believers.   Read More...

  • 2 Corinthians 6

    Author  Cathie Lockwood Scripture: 2 Corinthians 6 Observation: · Marks of Ministry · Being Holy Application: It seems clear to me that when God’s grace is given to us to be in ministry or to minister to others there is a standard to how we act so we are not blamed. We are always ‘on’ no matter the situation to extend that grace. Within the standard of ministry there is a call for the individual to be holy or set apart and to look different from the culture or modern practices around us tha...  Read More...

  • 2 Corinthians 5

    Author Joel King Scripture 2 Corinthians 5:1-21 Observations · Paul starts with an example of what is seen versus what is unseen · The bodies we have are like a tent that someday will be taken down and put away · In their place we will have a new heavenly body made by God · That body will be our permanent body that never needs replacing · That idea is very exciting, and sometimes we get frustrated with these temporal bodies · This current body is like living in a shanty · And they are nothing co...  Read More...

  • 2 Corinthians 4

    Author Ernie Morales Scripture 2 Corinthians 4 Observations · Paul recognized that it was because of God’s mercy that he had that ministry · He did not distort truth but spoke it plainly · The gospel is veiled to the people who do not know Jesus · Satan has blinded the minds of unbelievers so they cannot see the light of the gospel · Paul continued to preach Jesus · Paul uses the words “jars of clay” to describe followers of Christ and to show that this power is from God · Paul goes on to descri...  Read More...

  • 2 Corinthians 3

    Author Tom Green Scripture 2 Corinthians 3 Observations: V1-6: Paul says that his disciples are his “letters of recommendation”, his “commendations”. This is not commendation for Paul’s competence or anything he did, but instead, it is living proof of what God enabled through Paul and how God has made him competent as minister of the New Covenant (i.e., to share the Gospel and make disciples) V7-11: Paul makes the point that the glory of the New Covenant surpasses the glory seen in the Old Coven...  Read More...

  • 2 Corinthians 2

    Author Joel King Scripture 2 Corinthians 2:1-17 Observations · Paul says that he hasn’t visited them because he didn’t want to grieve them with a painful visit. · He would rather think of them with joy · He wrote a letter so that when he comes things would be taken care of and it would be a joyful visit. · His letter was written out of love for them · The person who caused all this has caused the Corinths more pain than Paul himself · The punishment given (in the last letter .   Read More...

  • 2 Corinthians 1

    Author Karen Asselin Scripture 2 Corinthians 1 Observations: After his usual greetings, Paul emphasizes that God is the Father of Mercies and the God of all comfort! Which is good because then he starts talking about affliction & suffering both his, and his readers’. But the distinguishing theme of this first chapter, especially, is how Paul emphasizes the partnership he has with his Corinthian readers.   Read More...

  • 1 Corinthians 16

    Author Philip Payne SCRIPTURE 1 Corinthians 16 OBSERVATIONS: Synopsis: This passage presents the church as ONE community that is dispersed across various cities and territories. Key leaders like Paul, Timothy and Apollos traveled from place to place to evangelize, disciple, and encourage the church. The leaders at Corinth sought counsel from other mature Christians (e.g, Paul) to correct problems in their congregation.   Read More...

  • 1 Corinthians 15

    Author Jessica Fragoso Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15 Observation: *Paul is writing to the church in Corinth *Paul talks about the meaning of the resurrection *God sent His Son to die on the cross for our sins and rose from the dead *Some were saying that there was no resurrection. If there is no resurrection, then Paul's preaching is useless and so is our faith and we are still in our sins *In Christ, we are made alive *Bad company corrupts good character *God gives us victory over sin and death t...  Read More...

  • 1 Corinthians 14

    Author Karen Miller Scripture I Corinthians 14 Observations · The Corinthians are zealous for spiritual gifts · Paul encourages them both in vs. 1 and vs. 39 to desire the gift of prophecy, creating bookends to this section of verses · 7 times Paul reminds the Corinthians that the purpose of gifts, and prophecy in particular, is the edification or building up of the church · Paul spends 20 verses comparing the gifts of tongues and prophecy · Prophecy:     o Is for edification (building...  Read More...

  • 1 Corinthians 13

    Author Mark Ramirez Scripture   1 Corinthians 13 Observations · Continuing the discussion of spiritual gifts, Paul wants to point out the “most excellent way”. · Speaking in tongues, without love, is like an empty noise that echoes out but doesn’t communicate much. · Prophecy and faith does not make one something to boast about if they do not possess love.   Read More...

  • 1 Corinthians 12

    Author Rob Schultz Scripture: 1 Corinthians 12:1-31 Observations: · Paul does want the Corinthians to be uniformed about the gifts of the Spirit · No one with the Spirit can say Jesus be cursed and no want can truly say Jesus is Lord without the Spirit · There are different kinds of gifts, service and working, but the same Spirit, Lord and God at work in all of them and in everyone · The manifestation of the Spirit through gifts is given for the common good of the church · The one and the same S...  Read More...

  • 1 Corinthians 11

    Author Joel King Scripture 1 Corinthians 11:1-34 Observations · Paul encourages the church to follow his example (giving up his rights for the good of the gospel) as he follows the example of Jesus (who gave up his position on the throne of heaven to die for us) · Paul is thankful that they have held to his teachings as he was instructed by the Lord · He wants them to understand that “headship”     o Head of Christ was God the Father     o Head of man is Christ     ...  Read More...

  • 1 Corinthians 10

    Author Rick Olson Scripture 1 Corinthians 10 Observation 1-5 Israel was “In Moses”, but their spiritual source was Christ. And they were laid low. 6-13 We too could be “laid low”, as the example of Israel demonstrates.   Read More...

  • 1 Corinthians 9

    Author Joel King Scripture 1 Corinthians 9:1-27 Observations · Paul points out that he is free to go anywhere, that he is an apostle, that he has actually seen Jesus alive, and that the Corinthians know of Jesus because of his work among them · Then he addresses those who have criticized Paul (Probably for asking something of the Corinthians) · He points out that it is common practice to provide for other apostles and their families · He wonders why he and Barnabas would be any different · He po...  Read More...

  • 1 Corinthians 8

    Author Joel King Scripture 1 Corinthians 8:1-13 Observations · Paul is addressing an issue that has come up in regards to eating meat that had been originally offered to a false idol of a false god · Knowledge serves the one who has it and often ends in pride · Love serves others and often builds them up · Those who think they know a lot, always come up short in what they really know · But those who love God, know the most important one – God himself. · With that principle in mind (love trumps k...  Read More...

  • 1 Corinthians 7

    Author Dave Bruechert Scripture 1 Corinthians 7:1 - 40 Observations - Paul is addressing the matters they wrote him about. He doesn’t say what the questions were, but the answers address sex, marriage and divorce. In some cases he gives a command from the Lord, but in others he gives advice from himself.   Read More...

  • 1 Corinthians 6

    Author Kevin Werner Scripture: 1 Corinthians 6 Observation: Members of the church in Corinth are not only disagreeing with one another, but have dissention to the point where they are taking each other to court before unbelieving judges. Paul points out that they will one day judge the angels and this very world; why can they not find someone wise within the body who can arbitrate such disputes between brothers without going outside? Even worse, however, is that members of the body are suing eac...  Read More...

  • 1 Corinthians 5

    Author Becky Pannunzio Scripture: 1 Corinthians 5 Observations: *Paul admonishes the believers at Corinth for participating in grossly immoral practices (not even practiced among unbelievers) such as a man living with his father's wife. *The believers have condoned the practices, instead of mourning them *Paul instructs the believers that even though he is not currently present, his words of rebuke stem from those of a loving father (See 1 Corinthians 4:14-16) *The person not repenting of gross ...  Read More...

  • 1 Corinthians 4

    Author Jim Asselin Scripture  1 Corinthians 4 Observations We are servants of Christ and are entrusted with mysteries God has revealed God has entrusted us and we must prove faithful We ought to care that the Lord ultimately judges, not men We need to see things through God’s point of view rather than hearsay We cannot boast, everything we have is from God God has put his apostles on display as a witness of grace in midst of difficulty Paul describes himself as a spiritual father Paul striv...  Read More...

  • 1 Corinthians 3

    AUTHOR Eric Keener SCRIPTURE 1 Corinthians 3 OBSERVATION · They are spiritual infants · They were only able to handle milk · Jealousy and strife are indicators of the spiritual immaturity · Each of us has a task, but anyone who is successful at their task is nothing for it is God who makes the work happen · We should be careful of the foundation that we build on. If it is anything but Jesus, the foundation is nothing. · Only the valuable work that has been done will endure.   Read More...

  • 1 Corinthians 2

    Author Scott Dixon SCRIPTURE 1 Corinthians 2 OBSERVATIONS · Paul speaks to the Corinth Church in simple language so the Corinthians with little faith would hear God, the Holy Spirit and Jesus' resurrection, removing focus from a clever man speaking to God's truth. · Verse 3 - I came to you weak and afraid. I was trembling.   Read More...

  • 1 Corinthians 1

    Author Kristy Espinoza Scripture: 1 Corinthians 1 Observations: Paul is Thankful for the Corinthians, We should be thankful for one another. For in Him (Jesus) you have been enriched, in every way! in speaking, in knowledge and in your testimony.   Read More...

  • 2 Thessalonians 3

    Author Bill Huffman Scripture: 2 Thessalonians 3 Observations: * Paul desires that ordinary people pray for him and for Silvanus and Timothy. * Paul's requested areas for prayer are that the word of the Lord go out effectively and be honored and that he, Silvanus and Timothy be delivered from evil men. These are two of the areas Jesus taught His disciples - "Thy kingdom come" and "deliver us from evil." * Paul says God will "establish" the Thessalonians and protect them from the evil one.   Read More...

  • 2 Thessalonians 2

    Author Cathie Lockwood Scripture: 2 Thessalonians 2 Observation: The day of Christ and destruction of Satan · The coming of our Lord · Do not be troubled in mind, spirit, word or letter as though the day of Christ had come · Do not be deceived · That day will not come unless the falling away comes first · The man of sin will be revealed · Thessalonians were reminded by of these things by Paul · The lawless one is restrained · The Lord will destroy the lawless one with the breath of His mouth and...  Read More...

  • 2 Thessalonians 1

    Author Dan McClure Scripture: 2 Thessalonians 1 Observations: Paul and his friends received news from Thessalonica after that church had received the first letter. This news showed that the Thessalonians still needed someone to teach them about some subjects. They had not understood some of what was in the first letter.   Read More...

  • 1 Thessalonians 5

    Author Ernie Morales Scripture 1 Thessalonians 5 Observations -1 - Jesus will return like a thief in the night - The day this happens should not be a surprise to Christians - We belong to the light and do not belong to the darkness - Remain humble putting on faith and love as a breastplate and the hope of salvation as a helmet - We have received salvation through Jesus so we should encourage one another and build each other up - Honor those who care for us and hold them in high regard - Warn the...  Read More...

  • 1 Thessalonians 4

    Author Tom Green Scripture 1 Thessalonians 4 Observations: The Apostles acknowledge that the believers at Thessalonica live in order to please to God, and then he urges them to do it more and more The Apostles warn the believers at Thessalonica to avoid sexual immorality and control their body in a way that is holy and honorable. Since God called us to live a holy life and not to be impure, rejecting this instruction is rejecting God himself who gave us his Holy Spirit (who enables us to live a ...  Read More...

  • 1 Thessalonians 3

    Author Karen Miller Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 3:1-13 Observations: · In Chapter 2 we learn that Satan himself hindered Paul from returning to Thessalonica · Paul was desperate to know how the believers in Thessalonica were doing (he could no longer endure the not knowing) · He feared two things:     1. They would be disturbed and troubled by the afflictions they were facing     2. That would have tempted in some way that would render Paul’s labor in Thessalonica worthless.   Read More...

  • 1 Thessalonians 2

    Author Rob Schultz Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 2:1-20 Observations: · Paul reminds the Thessalonians that he, Silas & Timothy also experienced persecution and suffering (being beaten) in Philippi before they arrived in Thessalonica · Paul also reminds the Thessalonians that he & his companions shared the gospel in Thessalonica as well in the face of strong opposition from the Jews · Paul states that he and his companions are apostles of Christ, approved by God and entrusted with the gospe...  Read More...

  • 1 Thessalonians 1

    Author Joel King Scripture 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 Observation · This letter is from Paul, Silas, and Timothy · It is written to the Christian gathering (aka Church) in the city of Thessalonica · It is written in the name of God the Father and the Lord Jesus who is the Christ · He first wishes them grace and peace · Paul and his companions regularly pray for this church · They commend the Thessalonians for their     o Work – which is a product of their faith     o Labor – whic...  Read More...

  • Acts 28

    Author Joel King Scripture Acts 28:1-31 Observation · Paul and the others on the ship ended up on the island of Malta · The islanders were kind and showed great hospitality · As it was still raining and cold they built a fire. · Paul was helping by gathering wood · One of the venomous vipers on the island bit Paul · The islanders observed this and felt that Paul was being punished because even though he escaped drowning at sea he would be killed by the viper bite · However, Paul showed no sympto...  Read More...

  • Acts 27

    Author Joel King Scripture Acts 27:1-44 Observation · Paul is sent with a guard to Italy to stand trial before Caesar · Julius, the guard in charge of Paul, allowed him to spend time with friends · Luke describes the many places they went and the bad weather they faced along the way · The delays were so much they ended up sailing at the beginning of the storm season · Paul warned them not to continue, but they ignored his advice and ended up amidst a hurricane · Luke describes the long battle wi...  Read More...

  • Acts 26

    Author Joel King Scripture Acts 26:1-32 Observation · Continuing from chapter 25, King Agrippa says Paul may present his case · Paul gives Agrippa due respect and is encouraged that Agrippa knows Jewish law and customs · Paul says that he has lived his life as a strict Jew and Pharisee, as others have seen (this most likely continued after his coming to faith in Jesus as well) · He says that he is on trial because of his belief in the hope that the fathers of the Hebrew scriptures wrote of · It ...  Read More...

  • Acts 25

    Author Joel King Scripture Acts 25:1-27 Observation · The new governor after Felix was Festus who went to Jerusalem after 3 days of arriving in the region he was to govern · The Jewish leaders request of the new governor was that Paul be transferred back to Jerusalem for trial, but secretly they were planning on having him killed · Festus insisted they come to Caesarea where he would be and present charges there. · Ten days later the court convened in Caesarea and many unprovable charges were wa...  Read More...

  • Acts 24

    Author Joel King Scripture Acts 24:1-27 Observation · With Paul safely in the governor’s hands in Caesarea, the high priest, Ananias, is forced to appear and make a case against Paul · Ananias shows with some of the elders of the council and a lawyer name Tertullus · Tertullus starts by appealing to Felix’s pride, thanking him for the peace and reforms that he has implemented · He accuses Paul of being a troublemaker, who has stirred up riots among the Jews (civil unrest) · He identifies him of ...  Read More...

  • Acts 23

    Author Joel King Scripture Acts 23:1-35 Observation · Paul declared that he believed he had fulfilled his duty to God with a clear conscience · The high priest found the statement to be false and had Paul hit in response · Paul responded that Ananias was a hypocrite as he stood in judgment using the law while breaking the law by having him struck · Those standing by rebuked Paul for speaking to the High Priest with such contempt · Paul apologized because he didn’t know that Ananias was the high ...  Read More...

  • Acts 22

    Author Joel King Scripture Acts 22:1-30 Observation · Paul is addressing the crowd who has accused him of defiling the Temple by bringing Gentiles into the inner courts. · He respectfully addresses the crowds in the preferred language of the Jews at the time and tells them he was raised in Jerusalem · He tells them that he was trained under one of the most respected Rabbi’s at the time, Gamaliel · He lets them know that he was a zealous Jew who even persecuted Christians even to death and that h...  Read More...

  • Acts 21

    Author Joel King Scripture Acts 21:1-40 Observation · From Miletus the sailed to Tyre where they stayed with the disciples for seven days. The disciples begged Paul not to go to Jerusalem as the Spirit led them to what would happen. · They prayed for Paul and his companions who continued on to Caesarea · They stayed with the evangelist Philip who was one of the seven deacons chosen to care for the widows.   Read More...

  • Acts 20

    Author Joel King Scripture Acts 20:1-38 Observation · Paul traveled with his companions through Macedonia to Greece and back through Macedonia to Troas. · Paul celebrated the Passover (feast of unleavened bread) · Paul taught on a Sunday evening a long time because he was leaving the next day. · He taught so long that a young man fell asleep and fell out a third story window and died, but by God’s power Paul raised him from the dead and then finished speaking at daylight.   Read More...

  • Acts 19

    Author Joel King Scripture Acts 19:1-41 Observation · Paul traveled to Ephesus · There he found some believers who knew of Jesus, but had not heard of the Holy Sprit · They had heard of Jesus but the power of God’s presence, the Holy Spirit was not taught · They had baptized the same way John had been baptizing · Paul explained that John’s baptism was to for repentance to prepare people for Jesus · But that the true object of their hope was in Jesus · They were then baptized in the name of Jesus...  Read More...

  • Acts 18

    Author Rick Olson Scripture Acts 18 Observation This chapter documents the end of Paul’s 2nd missionary journey (v 1-22) and the beginning of his 3rd missionary journey (v 23 – 28). Luke has chosen to emphasize different aspects of these two journeys in ch 18. For journey 2, Luke emphasizes Paul’s evangelism, but in journey 3, he emphasizes the one-on-one discipleship that resulted from Paul’s labors.   Read More...

  • Acts 17

    Author: Annette McClure Scripture: Acts 17 Observation: Paul introduces to different audiences our God, the one who rose from the dead who is no longer an unknown God. He emphasized these 4 main points. 1.   Read More...

  • Acts 16

    Author Kim Castro Scripture Acts 16 Observation Acts 16 starts with the continuation of Acts 15 – so I couldn’t just take the one chapter and make observations. There are at least three main stories in this chapter. · Paul finds Timothy and circumcises him – they go out together · Vision to go to Macedonia · Paul’s and Silas’s imprisonment The writer also changes from third person to first person in this chapter… so confusing.   Read More...

  • Acts 15

    Author Dave Bruechert Scripture Acts 15:1 - 40 Observations - People were teaching that in addition to believing, Gentiles needed to be circumcised, according to the Jewish law, in order to be saved. - Paul and Barnabas sharply disagreed and went to Jerusalem with others so the apostles and elders could make a decision. - The news that Gentiles had been converted made believers glad.   Read More...

  • Acts 14

    Author: Ernie Morales Scripture ACTS 14 Observation - Paul and Barnabas speak in the Synagogue as they normally do - A great number of Jews and Greeks believed - The Jews who didn’t poisoned the minds of the Gentiles against the brothers - Paul and Barnabas kept speaking boldly and some sided with them and some with the Jews - There was a plan to stone them but they found out about it and fled to Lystra and Derbe - In Lystra there was a man who couldn’t from birth. Paul saw that he had the faith...  Read More...

  • Acts 13

    Author: Becky Pannunzio Scripture: Acts 13:1-52 Observation: This passage chronicles the beginning (of what we now refer to as) Paul's first missionary journey. The journey is initiated by the Holy Spirit. While prophets and teachers at the church of Antioch are worshiping The Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, "Set apart for Me Saul(Paul) and Barnabas for the work to which I have called them." The response: more fasting and praying, laying hands on them and sending them away.   Read More...

  • Acts 12

    Author: Rob Schultz Scripture: Acts 12:1-25 Initial Observations (1st read) Key figures – King Herod, James, Peter, angel of the Lord Minor figures – soldiers/guards, servant Rhoda, Mary, John, also called Mark, Barnabus, Saul · King Herod arrests some believers with the intent to persecute them · He then kills James, brother of John (and son of Zebedee), by sword which gives hi political approval with the Jews · As a result he arrests Peter yet decides to give him a public trial after the Passo...  Read More...

  • Acts 11

    Author Joel King Scripture Acts 11:1-30   Observation · Word spread throughout the Jewish region that the non-Jews had responded to the good news · When Peter arrived back in Jerusalem, the Jewish Christians criticized him, not for sharing the gospel with Gentile, but breaking the Jewish law by going into a Gentile home and eating with them. · Peter told what happened from the time he got the vision until the time the Gentiles received the Holy Spirit · Peter remembered that Jesus said that...  Read More...

  • Acts 10

    Author Joel King Scripture Acts 10:1-48 Observation · A few things stick out about Cornelius. He was a gentile (non-jewish), he feared and pursued God, he prayed, and - like Dorcas in the story before – he gave generously to help the poor · An angel spoke to Cornelius and commended him for both his prayers and his gifts to the poor · As a result of these two things, he was to send for Peter (who was still in Joppa with Simon – specific address) · As soon as the angel was gone, Cornelius charged ...  Read More...

  • Acts 9

    Author Joel King Scripture Acts 9:1-43 Observation · As the Christians leave Jerusalem, Saul is so motivated to bring them to “justice” that he gets the high priest to allow him to travel to Damascus with the authority to round up Christians and drag them back to jail in Jerusalem. · On his way to Jerusalem Paul encounters a light from above that only he can see. · There was a voice, that everyone heard, that asked Saul while he is persecuting him.   Read More...

  • Acts 8

    Author Joel King Scripture Acts 8:1-40 Observation · Saul watched Stephen death and approved of the action · This incident sparked a persecution of Christians, and they all left Jerusalem except for the twelve. · Saul is a main leader of the persecution, diligently looking for Christians and having them jailed · Those that left Jerusalem shared about Jesus wherever they went. · Luke’s account shifts to Philip, The second main person that God works through and does miracles that is not one of the...  Read More...

  • Acts 7

    Author Joel King Scripture Acts 7:1-60 Observation · The high priest asked Stephen if the charges were true that he was saying Jesus was going to destroy the Temple and change the customs of Moses (from chapter 6) · Stephen replied by giving a short review of Jewish history from Abraham to Solomon. He treats the Old Testament as if it was true history and not just as allegory or story. · He addresses the men respectably as his Jewish brothers and fathers (or teachers) · He speaks of Abraham &nbs...  Read More...

  • Acts 6

    Author Joel King  Scripture Acts 6:1-15 Observation · As the church grew it experienced some challenges · Those widows of Grecian Jewish background were getting less in the daily distribution of food than those widows of Hebrew Jewish background; and the Grecian Jews began to complain. · The Twelve saw it needed to be managed better, but also acknowledged that their own ministry was to teach the Word of God. · They decided it best to turn it over to others, and had them select seven men who...  Read More...

  • Acts 5

    Author Joel King Scripture Acts 5:1-42 Observation · Ananias and his wife Sapphira, sold property like Barnabas did, but decided to give only half to the apostles though claimed it was all. · Peter affirmed the money was his and his wife’s and that they were under no compulsion to give it all, but that their scheme wasn’t about lying to men but to the Holy Spirit. · Both Ananias and his wife died as judgment - for they both had seen the great power of the Holy Spirit displayed, but didn’t really...  Read More...

  • Acts 4

    Author Joel King Scripture Acts 4:1-37 Observations · The Sadducees had Peter and John arrested because they were preaching about Jesus and that there is a resurrection · They were put into jail for a trial the next day · The message that they had preached before being arrested saw the number of followers of Jesus grow to about 5,000 · The next day Peter and John were questioned before the entire council in Jerusalem · The primary question was by what power or in whose name had they performed th...  Read More...

  • Acts 3

    Author Jessica Fragoso Scripture: Acts 3: 1-26 Observation: *Luke is telling the story of Peter and John at the temple where they were going to pray *the beggar asked for money, they didn't have any but had something greater *through Peter's faith in Jesus,the beggar was healed *everyone saw this *Peter tells the Israelites to repent and turn to God, their sins will then be wiped out, Jesus suffered for their sins *God chose the Jewish nation to teach the world about Him and His Son Ap...  Read More...

  • Acts 2

    AUTHOR John Darrow SCRIPTURE Acts 2 OBSERVATIONS "Hey, did you see what God did there?" I think that's a fitting title for chapter 2, for it's cool to me what God set in motion long ago for time like the 60-100 days of chapters 1 and 2. (Hey, this section is called Observations, and here are the things I learned about and considered.) In chapter one, Jesus taught his disciples a more things before he ascended. He told them to wait in Jerusalem until they were sent a gift from Father God, the Hol...  Read More...

  • Acts 1

    Author: Rob Schultz Scripture: Acts 1:1-26 Observations: Luke is writing a 2nd book to Theophilus Luke references his former book's purpose of describing to Theophilus what Jesus did and taught before being taken up to heaven Luke starts his Book capturing Jesus last days with the Apostles after his "suffering" (crucifixion) & resurrection until Jesus' ascension 40 days later. The day Jesus ascends he commands the Apostles not to leave Jerusalem because in a few days they would receive the H...  Read More...

  • Luke 24

    Scripture Luke 24  Observation: · The morning after Jesus’ burial, some women went to his tomb and saw that the tomb was opened and empty. They wondered what had happened… · Two angels appeared suddenly and the women were frightened. The angels asked why they looked for Jesus among the dead, that Jesus is alive – he is risen!   Read More...

  • Luke 23

    Scripture Luke 23:1-56 Observation A little background--We learned at the end of chapter 22 that the high priests and Elders asked Jesus if he was the Son of God, to which Jesus replied, "You say that I am." Because of this statement, they determined that there was no more evidence of blasphemy they needed to bring him before Pilate to have him Killed. So when Pilate asks Jesus in Chapter 23 if he is “King of the Jews” Jesus says, "You have said so." Jesus uses other peoples' words to show himse...  Read More...

  • Luke 22

    Scripture: Luke 22:1-71   Observations: Judas Agrees to Betray Jesus · The setting is just before the Festival of Unleavened Bread (aka Passover). · The chief priests and teachers of the law were looking for some way to get rid of Jesus, because they were afraid of the people. This is also depicted in the way the officials do not arrest Jesus in public and have to arrest Him at night with weapons.   Read More...

  • Luke 21

    Scripture Luke 21: 1 – 37   Observations: - Jesus was in the temple with his disciples and others as they offering gifts to the temple treasury. - Jesus noticed a poor widow placing two coins as her offering. - Jesus points out the widow’s small offering was greater than that of the rich’s offering - Just as Jesus is teaching disciples about what is of true value, the disciples are commenting on the beauty of the temple that was covered with beautiful stones and gifts.   Read More...

  • Luke 20

    Scripture: Luke 20:1-47   Observations: · Jesus was teaching in the temple courts and proclaiming the Good News · The Chief Priests, teachers of the law, and Elders approached Jesus · Authority appears to matter to the Jewish Leaders · Jesus responds with a question to them about John’s baptism · The Jewish leaders choose not to answer the question, nor do they press the point of their initial question · Jesus teaches using a parable · The people recognized the seriousness of the parable, b...  Read More...

  • Luke 19

    Scripture: Luke 19:1-48 Observations: · Jesus was walking through Jericho · Made a point to mention Zacchaeus was a wealthy (successful) tax collector, which also means despised by his community. · Z new of Jesus (perhaps his fame) was which is why he wanted to see him and likely why he let him stay at his house. · Z was very obedient to Jesus’ commands.   Read More...

  • Luke 18

    Scripture: Luke 18:1-43   Observations: · Jesus is teaching his disciples · Through a story (parable) illustrating why they should persevere in prayer · There are two persons in the story – an unjust judge and a widow · The judge does not fear God · The judge does not care what people think · The widow comes to him again and again with her plea for justice against her adversary · “For some time” the judge is unwilling to act on her behalf · Over time he realizes the widow will persist in pl...  Read More...

  • Luke 17

    Scripture Luke 17:1-37 Observation - Things that cause people to stumble will come. Hopefully, not through us - If someone sins against me, talk to them about it - If they repent, forgive then. Forgive them no matter how many times they come to repent - A small amount of faith can do great things - Whenever we do what is expected of us, remain humble as we have only done what we were supposed to do - Jesus healed 10 men with leprosy.   Read More...

  • Luke 16

    SCRIPTURE Luke 16:1-31 OBSERVATIONS · Jesus tells a parable to the disciples about a rich man and his manager who was accused of wasting the rich man's possessions. · The rich man tells his manager that he will no longer work for him. · The manager is in a quandary over what to do since he is not strong enough to work hard labor and to ashamed to beg.   Read More...

  • Luke 15

    Scripture Luke 15- The scripture that stood out to me was Luke 15:25-32 “Now his older son was in the field. And as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. So he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant.   Read More...

  • Luke 14

    Scripture: Luke 14:1-35 Observations: · Jesus asks specific questions, but the Pharisees and experts did not answer. · Jesus Heals a man with swollen legs, on the sabbath. · Jesus talks about Humility.   Read More...

  • Luke 13

    Scripture: Luke 13:1-35 Observations: · Jesus asked whether the murdered Galileans were worse sinners than other Galileans, which is absurd. Sin is sin, and it will condemn us if we refuse to repent of it. · He asked the same question regarding those slain by the falling of the Siloam Tower vs.   Read More...

  • Luke 12

    Scripture: Luke 12:1-59 Observations: · Amidst a crowd of many thousands Jesus first spoke to his disciples and provided clear warning/guidance · Jesus warns his disciples to be on guard against “The yeast of the Pharisees”. Matthew 16:12 tells of the disciples finally coming to the realization that Jesus was not telling them to guard against the yeast used in bread but against the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees (The false doctrine of the religious leaders). · Jesus states a similar mes...  Read More...

  • Luke 11

    Scripture Luke 11:1-54 Observations · Christ gave the prayer that is an excellent beginning to every day. GOD, may your name be honored may your Kingdom of come this world come soon Give us day by day Forgive our sins, just as we forgive those that sin against us Don't let us yield to temptation · In times of need, ask God of all our needs, he listens and cares always. Patience and trust provides us our comfort close to him.   Read More...

  • Luke 10

    SCRIPTURE: Luke 10:1-42   OBSERVATIONS: · After sending out the twelve 12 disciples, Jesus sends out another 7 · They are to go in pairs ahead of Jesus to every city where He was going to come. · Jesus told them to pray for more laborers for the harvest. · They would be lambs in the midst of wolves · Jesus instructed them to carry no money, bag or shoes and greet no one on the way · They were to go and stay at houses of peace, eating their food · Once there, they were to heal the sick and p...  Read More...

  • Luke 9

    Scripture: Luke 9:51-62 Observations: · Jesus teaches his disciples about the cost of following him · Jesus was on a mission as he “resolutely” set out of Jerusalem · Jesus tried to reach out to the Samaritans but they wanted nothing to do with him · One person said he would follow Jesus while Jesus asked another to follow him · The man that Jesus asked had a reason not to go at that time. Whether it was an excuse or not we do not know · Someone else said they would follow Jesus but also wanted ...  Read More...

  • Luke 8

    Scripture: Luke 8:1-56 Observations: · Jesus spent time traveling from town to town · His message was about the kingdom of God · His companions were the twelve, some women who had been cured, and some influential women who helped support his ministry · Jesus taught the crowd using a story about a farmer who spreads seeds on four different soils with only one yielding a good crop · At the end Jesus challenges the crowd not just to hear but truly listen · Jesus’ close followers asked him the meani...  Read More...

  • Luke 7

    Scripture: Luke 7:1-50   Observations: · Jesus went from the plains to the city of Capernaum (Right on the northern tip of the Sea of Galilea). · A centurion who had a sick servant sent some of his Jewish friends to ask Jesus for help · These Jewish elders pleaded on behalf of the centurion because he was a good man who supported the Jews and helped them get their synagogue built · Jesus decided to help · When the centurion heard that Jesus was coming he sent other friends to communicate o...  Read More...

  • Luke 6

    Scripture: Luke 6:1-49   Observations: · Jesus’ disciples harvested grain for personal consumption. · The problem was that the religious leaders had interpreted this action as “work” and therefore it was unlawful on the Sabbath · The Pharisees accused them of breaking God’s law · Jesus reminds them of the scriptures which teach that David broke the technicality of God’s law and yet God was still pleased with him · Then Jesus claims to have direct authority over the Sabbath law (a role only ...  Read More...

  • Luke 5

    Scripture: Luke 5:1-39 Observations: · Jesus was teaching a crowd of people the Word of God by the Sea of Galilee · The crowd was so big that he moved from the shore to a boat to teach the people · Jesus asked for the fishermen to let the nets down not to try and catch fish, but specifically for a catch he knew would occur · Simon and his companions had caught no fish during the prime fishing opportunity, and let the nets down out of respect not belief · The catch was so big it just about sunk t...  Read More...

  • Luke 4

    Scripture: Luke 4:1-44   Observations: · Jesus was full of the Holy Spirit · Jesus was led into the desert by the Holy Spirit where he was tempted by the adversary · Jesus went without food for forty days and was hungry · The devil tempted him three times and each time Jesus rebuked him with Scripture · The first was his physical appetite, bread · Jesus quotes Deuteronomy 8:3 in resistance · The second was his pride, the honor of being the supreme earthly ruler · The devil claimed the kingd...  Read More...

  • Luke 3

    Scripture: Luke 3:1-38   Observations: · Luke is very specific about the setting and time that John began preaching. · John’s message was focused on repentance and forgiveness of sins · Luke quotes Isaiah 40:3-5 · The prophecy seems to focus on preparing the way for the coming of the Messiah · The prophecy also seems to focus on the salvation of mankind. · People were coming out to the desert to be baptized · John warns them that to just go through the motions is not enough.   Read More...

  • Luke 2

    Scripture: Luke 2:1-52 Observations: · Joseph and Mary were distant relatives of King David · Jesus’ first bed was an animal feeding trough · The royal announcement of the Messiah’s birth was given to shepherd’s (the bottom of the economic ladder) · Originally only one angel appeared, but the glory of the Lord was all around them · The angel was terrifying, but he brought good news · The good news was that the Messiah had arrived, and he was born in the town of David (the one whom it had been pr...  Read More...

  • Luke 1

    Scripture: Luke 1:1-80   Observations: · Luke wrote this letter so that we might have “certainty concerning the things you have been taught.” · Zechariah & Elizabeth had been faithful followers of God, but still had no children well into their advanced years. · The angel brought news of hope, not only for Israel, but specifically to Zechariah and his wife. · John was filled with the Holy Spirit from birth and his mission was to prepare the way for the Lord, Israel’s Messiah.   Read More...

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