Posts by Josh Moody

Hebrews 4:1-11: Enter That Rest

Isaiah 14-16, Proverbs 12:1-16, Luke 22:1-13, Hebrews 4:1-11 Hebrews 4:1-11: When we think of rest, we tend to think of a nice relaxed Sunday afternoon lying on the couch taking things easy. Perhaps there is a game on the television, Sunday lunch has been eaten, and mercifully – for once that week – there is not much to…

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Hebrews 3: Listen

Isaiah 11-13, Proverbs 20:16-30, Luke 21:29-38, Hebrews 3 Hebrews 3: The Book of Hebrews is making the argument to Hebrew Christians facing persecution for following Christ that to go back to Judaism was unacceptable. Why? Because Christ is better than the great Old Testament heroes, even greater than angels. Going back to Judaism was not a safe option,…

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Hebrews 2:10-18: The God with the Scars on His Hands

Isaiah 9-10, Proverbs 20:1-15, Luke 21:20-28, Hebrews 2:10-18 Hebrews 2:10-18: There is indubitably no greater trial for most mortals than the trial of suffering. By its very nature, suffering not only causes us physical (or mental or emotional) pain, but it also seems to raise profound philosophical and theological questions at the same time. Why am I suffering…

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Hebrews 2:1-9: Do Not Ignore Such a Great Salvation

Isaiah 6-8, Proverbs 19:15-29, Luke 21:1-19, Hebrews 2:1-9 Hebrews 2:1-9: It is easy sometimes – given our exposure to “Christianese” and kitsch Christian giveaways, or what I even once heard someone in the gift trade call “Jesus junk” – to think of Jesus in less highly exalted terms than we should. Because we are exposed from an early age,…

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August 26-31, 2019

In keeping with the Bible reading plan we are using, the last days of each month are designated as “free days.” August 26-31 then are intended to allow you to catch up on reading you may have missed or to study passages more in depth that intrigued you during the first 25 days of the month.…

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Philemon 12-25: What Grace Does

Esther 9-10, Proverbs 17:15-28, Luke 20:20-26, Philemon 12-25 Philemon 12-25: Paul is appealing to Philemon to accept Onesimus – a runaway slave – as now no longer a slave but as a Christian brother. As we observe how Paul appeals to Philemon, we learn about the power of Christ to set us free, and the responsibility we have…

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Philemon 1-11: An Appeal Based on Love

Esther 7-8, Proverbs 17:1-14, Luke 20:9-19, Philemon 1-11 Philemon 1-11: Philemon is a particularly important book for us today because of its witness to Paul’s desire that a runaway slave be no longer treated as a slave but as a brother. He must bring Philemon around to this point of view and persuade him to see that the gospel…

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Titus 3:9-15: Devoted to Doing What Is Good

Esther 5-6, Proverbs 16:17-33, Luke 20:1-8, Titus 3:9-15 Titus 3:9-15: As Paul comes to the end of this letter to Titus, he guards against taking his counsel to the other extreme, and also then underlines once more his main message. First, in verses 9-11, he guards against taking his counsel to extreme. He has been saying that Titus…

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Titus 3:1-8: Doing What Is Good

Esther 3-4, Proverbs 16:1-16, Luke 19:39-48, Titus 3:1-8 Titus 3:1-8: We have seen that Titus has been left in Crete by Paul. Titus’ task is to set in order the church in Crete. To do that, he must commission a team of elders. And then he must teach what is in accord with sound doctrine – he must…

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Titus 2:11-15: Grace, Applied and Taught

Esther 2, Proverbs 15:18-33, Luke 19:28-38, Titus 2:11-15 Titus 2:11-15: We have mentioned several times that this section in Titus contains the key controlling theological principle that reverberates throughout the rest of the letter. Paul has left Titus in Crete to straighten out what was left unfinished. To that end, he is to appoint elders to help encourage…

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