Biases Exposed

John 4:39 “Many of the Samaritans … believed in Him because of the woman’s testimony” (NIV). Observation: This passage follows the lengthy description of Christ’s meeting the Samaritan woman at the well. In the end she became a trumpet of good news, encouraging others...

A Personal Shaking

Hebrews 12:27 “And this expression, ‘Yet once more,’ denotes the removing of those things which can be shaken, as of created things, so that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.” Observation: Paul filled this chapter with good advice for living, and he...

Emotional Widows

1 Timothy 5:3 “Honor widows who are widows indeed.” Observation: Paul here counsels regarding widows within the church. He draws a distinction between younger widows whom he advises to remarry if possible, and widows above the age of sixty. Each widow, he says, should...

Deep Mining

1 Timothy 4:4 “For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with gratitude.” Observation: Paul wrote his letter to Timothy more as a coach than an evangelist. Still, in this passage I see his devotion to consistent themes that...

The Circumcision Fairy

Colossians 2:11–12 “And in Him you were circumcised by a circumcision made without hands, in the removal of the body of flesh by the circumcision of Christ; having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working...