American Christianity

Reading Time: 6 minutes The majority of Americans are not Christian, but rather subscribe to a religion that is a sum of self-help speeches with enough Jesus sprinkled in to pass as Christianity.

The Genesis of Tragedy

Reading Time: 6 minutes Adam and Eve have broken God’s single command, and instead of immediately judging them, He seeks them out, asking, “Where are you?”

Can Christians be unrepentant? – A Bible Study

Reading Time: 3 minutes Psalms 23 – Proverbs 2 “4 Against you, only you, I have sinned and have done this evil in your eyes, so that you are correct when you speak, you are blameless when you judge.” Psalms 51 Introduction There are several ideas on what it means to be saved, it’s […]

90 Day Challenge Update

Reading Time: 2 minutes “Excellence comes when we balance quality with quantity.” Amit Ray You may or may not have noticed I haven’t posted a blog in the last few days. This is not because I’ve stopped my daily reading because I have not; it’s because I realized something while posting every day about […]

Why is God ‘hidden’? – Bible Study Day 37

Reading Time: < 1 minute Psalms 10 – 22 1 “Why, O Yahweh, do you stand far off? Why do you hide during times of distress?” Psalms 10 When we are going through something difficult in our lives, we notice how it feels that God is distant. When things are going fine we don’t need […]

Job Condensed – Bible Study Day 36

Reading Time: 2 minutes Job 39 – Psalms 9 4 “Where were you at my laying the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you possess understanding. 5 Who determined its measurement? Yes, you do know. Or who stretched the measuring line upon it? 6 On what were its bases sunk?” Job 38 My […]

Does God need us? – Bible Study Day 35

Reading Time: 2 minutes Job 26 – 38 “6 If you have sinned, what do you accomplish against Him? And if your transgressions are multiplied, what do you do to Him? 7 If you are righteous, what do you give to Him, or what does He receive from your hand? 8 Your wickedness affects […]

Arguing with God – Bible Study Day 34

Reading Time: 2 minutes Job 13 – 25 23 “How many are my iniquities and sins? Make known to me my transgression and my sin. 24 Why do you hide your face and count me as your enemy?” Job 13 Introduction In most stories we read in the Bible when it comes to the […]

Who is Satan? – Bible Study Day 33

Reading Time: 2 minutes Esther 10 – Job 12 “6 And it happened one day that the sons of God came to present themselves before Yahweh, and Satan also came into their midst. 7 So Yahweh said to Satan, “From where have you come?” Then Satan answered Yahweh and said, “From roaming on the […]

Esther Condensed – Bible Study Day 32

Reading Time: < 1 minute Nehemiah 10 – Esther 9 17 “And the king loved Esther more than all the women, and she won his favor and loyalty more than all the virgins, so he put a royal crown on her head and made her queen…” Esther 2 One of the biggest heroes not only […]

Ezra Condensed – Bible Study Day 31

Reading Time: < 1 minute Ezra 7 – Nehemiah 9 13 “ After all that has come upon us for our evil practices and for our great guilt—you, our God, have held back less than our guilt deserved and you have given us a remainder such as this.” Ezra 9 We are now approaching more […]

Can Christians Apostatize? – Bible Study Day 30

Reading Time: 2 minutes II Chronicles 30 – Ezra 6 25 “…Hezekiah did not reciprocate according to the benefit placed upon him, because his heart became proud. So wrath was upon him and upon Judah and Jerusalem.” II Chronicles Introduction This question is probably set in stone for most people, and not so much […]

Politics in Israel – Bible Study Day 29

Reading Time: < 1 minute II Chronicles 17 – 29 “Ahaz was twenty years old when he became king, and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem. And he did not do what is right in the eyes of Yahweh like David his ancestor. 2 But he walked in the ways of the kings of Israel […]

Do we actually believe in God? – Bible Study Day 28

Reading Time: 3 minutes II Chronicles 4 – 16 17 “…If you will walk before me as David your father walked and do according to all that I have commanded you and will keep my ordinances and judgments, 18 then I will establish the throne of your kingdom as I promised to David your […]

Why does God love us? – Bible Study Day 27

Reading Time: 3 minutes I Chronicles 20 – II Chronicles 3 “13 I myself will be a father to him, and he himself will be a son to me. And I will not remove my steadfast love from him as I took it away from whoever was before you.” I Chronicles 17 Introduction Sometimes […]

Who are God’s people? – Bible Study Day 26

Reading Time: 2 minutes I Chronicles 7 – 19 “21 And who is like your people Israel, the one nation upon earth whom God went to redeem for himself, to establish for you a reputation for great and awesome things” I Chronicles 17 The best blessing in the entire known and unknown universe is […]

What is God’s time? – Bible Study Day 25

Reading Time: 2 minutes II Kings 19 – I Chronicles 6 25 “Have you not heard? From long ago I have determined it, from the days of old I have planned it, and now I am bringing it to pass…” II Kings 19 When we think about our past or look forward to our […]

When does God give up? – Bible Study Day 24

Reading Time: 3 minutes II Kings 6 – 18 16 “They abandoned all the commands of Yahweh their God and made for themselves two molten calf-shaped idols[…] 17 They made their sons and their daughters pass through the fire, they practiced divination and read omens, and they sold themselves to do evil in the […]

Where is God? – Bible Study Day 23

Reading Time: 3 minutes I Kings 15 – II Kings 5 11 “…Suddenly Yahweh was passing by, with a great and strong wind ripping the mountains and crushing rocks before Yahweh; but Yahweh was not in the wind. After the wind, there was an earthquake; but Yahweh was not in the earthquake. 12 After […]

Bible Study Day 22: Was King Solomon actually wise?

Reading Time: 2 minutes I Kings 2 – 14 10 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of Wisdom.” Proverbs 9 Introduction The son of King David born to Bathsheba is famous for one of two things. Either building the first Temple of Jerusalem or asking God for a very noble trait, wisdom. […]

Bible Study Day 21: A Humbled King

Reading Time: 3 minutes II Samuel 13 – I Kings 1 “The stone that sits up on the very top of the mountain’s mighty face doesn’t think it’s more important than the stones that forms the base” The Prince of Egypt, Through Heaven’s Eyes Introduction There is a sect of Christians that lean on […]

Bible Study Day 20: King Saul

Reading Time: 3 minutes I Samuel 31 – II Samuel 12 17 “…Although you were once small in your own eyes, did you not become the head of the tribes of Israel? The Lord anointed you king over Israel…” I Samuel 15 Introduction The first king of Israel chosen by God Himself. A man […]

Bible Study Day 19: Jonathan

Reading Time: 2 minutes I Samuel 17 – 30 41 The boy left, and then David got up from the south side, and he fell on his face to the ground and bowed three times. And they kissed each other and wept together, but David wept the most. I Samuel 20 A supporting cast […]

Bible Study Day 18: Better Than Sacrifice

Reading Time: 3 minutes I Samuel 3 – 16 22 “…Is there as much delight for Yahweh in burnt offerings and sacrifices as there is in obeying Yahweh? Look! To obey is better than sacrifice…” I Samuel 15 Introduction Far too often as we cherry pick through the Bible, we come across things we […]

Bible Study Day 17: The Flawed Judge

Reading Time: 3 minutes Judges 14 – I Samuel 2 28 And Samson called to Yahweh and said, “My Lord Yahweh, remember me! Please give me strength this one time, O God, so that I can repay with one act of revenge to the Philistines for my eyes. Judges 16 Introduction One of the […]

Bible Study Day 16: Thornbush Rulers

Reading Time: 4 minutes Joshua 24 – Judges 13 8 “The trees went certainly, to anoint a king over themselves. And they said to the olive tree, ‘Rule over us.’ 9 And the olive tree replied, ‘Should I stop producing my oil, which by me gods and men are honored, to go sway over […]

Bible Study Day 15: God Listens to a Man

Reading Time: 3 minutes Joshua 10 -23 “13 …the sun stood still in the middle of the heaven and was not in haste to set for about a full day. 14 There has not been a day like this before it or after, that Yahweh listened to the voice of a man; for Yahweh […]

Bible Study Day 14: Moses in a Snapshot

Reading Time: 3 minutes Deuteronomy 30 – Joshua 9 The last man to ‘see God and live’ is introduced in Exodus. Moses grew up in a life of luxury before he was forced to run away after murdering an Egyptian slave driver. God then tells Moses that he will be the one to deliver […]

Bible Study Day 13: Deuteronomy Condensed

Reading Time: 2 minutes Deuteronomy 16 – 29 After Israel’s exodus from Egypt they wander through the desert and several lands for over forty years. In Leviticus, we read God giving His people the rule of law and what customs they need to live by; in Deuteronomy, we read about God preparing His people […]

Bible Study Day 12: Mother’s Day

Reading Time: 2 minutes Deuteronomy 2 – 15 For Patricia and Alex, two of the greatest moms to ever grace the earth. Their value can only be matched by the love their children have for them. For this post I’m going to take out an excerpt from the Bible to describe the most honorable […]

Bible Study Day 11: “Old Testament” God

Reading Time: 3 minutes Numbers 24 – Deuteronomy 1 As we wrap up Numbers and having already finished Genesis and Exodus, I want to talk about “Old Testament” God. Richard Dawkins, a renowned atheist, wrote in his book The God Delusion, “The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in […]

Bible Study Day 10: Banned from the Promised Land

Reading Time: 2 minutes Numbers 10 – 23 Moses and the Israelites have left Mt. Sinai and resumed their journey to the land of milk and honey. They see the land, so Moses sends a man from each tribe to scout and report back what they see in terms of area, produce, and the […]

Bible Study Day 9: Confession

Reading Time: 2 minutes Leviticus 23 – Numbers 9 Honestly, there isn’t much to say about these chapters. If you think the book of Leviticus is repetitive and lengthy, meet its cousin Numbers. I don’t have much to say about today’s passage. So far in Numbers God has asked Moses to take a census […]

Bible Study Day 8: Leviticus; Why?

Reading Time: 3 minutes Leviticus 9 – 22 This will probably be the only post I make as it relates to Leviticus, this book was written “for the Levites” hence the name. Leviticus is one of the dreaded books to read when you’re attempting to read the entire Bible because it centers around sacrifices, […]

Bible Study Day 7: Genesis and Exodus Condensed

Reading Time: 2 minutes Exodus 35 – Leviticus 8 We started with the creation of the world and left off with God’s chosen people wandering in the desert. We’ve traveled through the fall of man, to the flood of the earth, to the annihilation of Sodom and Gomorrah, and meeting the father of the […]

Bible Study Day 6: Aaron’s Calf

Reading Time: 2 minutes Exodus 21 – 34 After the Israelites somewhat begin to settle in the desert God starts to give out the rules and regulations for them to follow. He talks about dealing with one another in regards to livestock, property, and interestingly enough slaves. I have a theory on Hebrew slavery […]

Bible Study Day 5: Must I Remind You

Reading Time: < 1 minute Exodus 7 – 20 God has freed the Hebrew slaves from Pharaoh through Moses and Aaron and are now wandering the desert. Here is where we began the long journey to the land of ‘milk and honey’ that God has promised the Israelites. As they wander, every so often the […]

Bible Study Day 4: Honorable Sin

Reading Time: 3 minutes Genesis 43 – Exodus 6 Exodus 1:15 The king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, whose names were Shiphrah and Puah, 16 “When you are helping the Hebrew women during childbirth on the delivery stool, if you see that the baby is a boy, kill him; but if it […]

Bible Study Day 3: Silence

Reading Time: 2 minutes Genesis 29 – 42 Perhaps it was a random occurrence of events or perhaps I’m forcing a narrative into a story, but after watching the movie Silence the story of Joseph was next in my reading. Silence is a movie about a couple priests who travel to 17th century Japan […]

Bible Study Day 2: Ten Good Men

Reading Time: 3 minutes Genesis 15 – 28 Genesis 25:32 Finally, Abraham said, “Lord, please don’t be angry with me if I speak one more time. Suppose only ten are found there?” And the Lord replied, “Then I will not destroy it for the sake of the ten.” God had appeared to Abraham and […]

Bible Study Day 1: From Dust to Dust

Reading Time: 2 minutes Genesis 1 – 14 These are probably some of the most popular stories not only in the bible but in Western culture. From the creation of the world, to the fall of man, Cain murdering Abel, Noah’s ark, and then a sneak peak into Sodom and Gomorrah. I’m not going […]

Embarking on a Challenge

Reading Time: 3 minutes There is almost a challenge for everything. A challenge used to be known as accomplishing a difficult feat or achieving a strict level of discipline for a set amount of time. Now a challenge has been diminished from a test of someone’s abilities to an invitation to engage in an […]