The Most Interesting Man (John 5:19-29)

John 5:19-29 (ESV) The Authority of the Son 19 So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise. 20 For the Father loves the Son and shows him all that he himself is doing. And greater…

We Begin and End with the Lord (Genesis 39)

Genesis 39 (ESV) Joseph and Potiphar’s Wife 39 Now Joseph had been brought down to Egypt, and Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, the captain of the guard, an Egyptian, had bought him from the Ishmaelites who had brought him down there. 2 The Lord was with Joseph, and he became a successful man, and he was in the house of his Egyptian master. 3 His master…

The Curious Case of the Man at the Pool (John 5:1-18)

John 5:1-18 (ESV) The Healing at the Pool on the Sabbath 5 After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 2 Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, in Aramaic called Bethesda, which has five roofed colonnades. 3 In these lay a multitude of invalids—blind, lame, and paralyzed. 5 One man was there who had been…

Failure and the Sovereignty of God (Isaiah 45:1-8)

Isaiah 45:1-8 (ESV) Cyrus, God’s Instrument 45 Thus says the Lord to his anointed, to Cyrus,     whose right hand I have grasped, to subdue nations before him     and to loose the belts of kings, to open doors before him     that gates may not be closed: 2 “I will go before you     and level the exalted places, I will break in pieces the doors…

The Servant’s Suffering (Isaiah 53:4-9)

Isaiah 53:4-9 (ESV) 4 Surely he has borne our griefs     and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken,     smitten by God, and afflicted. 5 But he was pierced for our transgressions;     he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,     and with his wounds we are healed. 6 All we like sheep…