Who Was Jehoshaphat Anyway?

8 minute read

We’ve spent a lot of time talking about King Jehoshaphat’s Prayer, but we haven’t really asked who he is until now.

Revelation by the Numbers: 1,600+

11 minute read

John’s vision of the end of the world involves an awful lot of math. Putting some structure on all those numbers will help you make sense of it all. (Part 5)

Revelation by the Numbers: 30–1,260

21 minute read

John’s vision of the end of the world involves an awful lot of math. Putting some structure on all those numbers will help you make sense of it all. (Part 4)

How Many Tribes of Israel Are There?

2 minute read

Jacob had twelve sons, but the number of tribes of Israel is much harder to pin down. This handy chart shows you every time it changes.

Revelation by the Numbers: 5–24

20 minute read

John’s vision of the end of the world involves an awful lot of math. Putting some structure on all those numbers will help you make sense of it all. (Part 3)

Revelation by the Numbers: 2–4

19 minute read

John’s vision of the end of the world involves an awful lot of math. Putting some structure on all those numbers will help you make sense of it all. (Part 2)

Revelation by the Numbers: 0–1

18 minute read

John’s vision of the end of the world involves an awful lot of math. Putting some structure on all those numbers will help you make sense of it all. (Part 1)

The Seventh Sunday of Advent

4 minute read

Jesus tells us how to avoid losing the preparation of Advent and the hope of Christmas in the messiness of January. And February. And March…

Four Hymns of Christmas: Nunc Dimittis

5 minute read

Simeon sings the Nunc Dimittis, the fourth and final song of Advent, a joyous farewell after a lifetime of waiting for the Savior of Israel, Jesus the Christ.

Four Hymns of Christmas: Gloria In Excelsis Deo

8 minute read

Angels sing the Gloria In Excelsis Deo, the third hymn of Christmas, to shepherds near Bethlehem. A glorious response to the announcement of the birth of the Savior, Jesus Christ.

Four Hymns of Christmas: Benedictus

6 minute read

Zechariah sings the Benedictus, the second hymn of Christmas. His first words after nine months of silence are, “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel.”

Four Hymns of Christmas: Magnificat

5 minute read

Mary sings the Magnificat, the first hymn of Christmas, an amazing display of hope and humility, along with a fair bit of knowledge.

Like Lightning From Heaven

9 minute read

You’re part of the invasion force of Heaven, and every work you do for the Kingdom of God is part of the assured fall of Satan at the word of Jesus.

Praise the Name

8 minute read

Sometimes I forget that God has a name. This psalmist is happy to remind me, over and over again.

It Happened In the Spring

12 minute read

Why does the author of Chronicles leave out the story of David and Bathsheba? That seems like a major oversight.

She Was Not Hidden

12 minute read

A lived example of Jesus’s proclamation about not hiding a lamp—or a woman—under a basket.

The Duty of Watching

11 minute read

Bringing the men who guard the gates of the tabernacle into the modern church.

She Loved Much

7 minute read

Exploring the relationship of sin, repentance, and forgiveness with the help of a Pharisee and a prostitute.

NaVerNoWriMo

less than 1 minute read

In which I challenge myself to participate in NaNoWriMo here at VerseNotes by writing every day for the month of November.

About Three Months

15 minute read

Three months? Mary stayed with Elizabeth for a long time! Think with me for a few minutes about that visit.

Six Views of God

7 minute read

Close your eyes. Imagine God. What image appears? How does this image of God impact your prayers? your worship? your witness?

The Boy Jesus

7 minute read

How did Luke hear the story of Jesus staying behind in the Temple as a little boy?

Read Your Bible Sideways

5 minute read

I do my daily devotionals on my phone pretty much all the time. Unfortunately, my phone is pretty dumb. Let’s make it a bit smarter.

Nothing Left Over

3 minute read

Paul reaches back into history and into Scripture to write an old law in a new way for the Corinthians.

Read Your Bible Out Loud

3 minute read

Have you ever been reading a book, and suddenly looked up and realized you have no idea what you just read? Here’s what to do about it.

More Some, Some More

11 minute read

All the details about graded numerical sequences that didn’t fit in the last post.

Some, Some More

6 minute read

This little Hebrew idiom never fails to bring me joy when I encounter it.

Chapter By Chapter: Mark

A chapter-by-chapter breakdown of the Gospel of Mark, with a summary, explanation, and representative verse from each chapter.

How to Read the Bible

16 minute read

Part 3 of how to start reading the Bible. In which we actually start reading the Bible.

Understanding the I.O.U.S. Prayer

11 minute read

Part 2 of how to start reading the Bible. What is the I.O.U.S. prayer, and why should you pray it before opening your Bible?