Connecting the Dots

Our Sins Separate Us From God

“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23 (NLT) Sin means literally “to miss the mark”, like an archer. Sin is not necessarily defined by moral wrongness, by transgressing some set of rules, but instead it is doing anything that…

God Created Us to Be With Him

“Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.”…

A Prophecy of Safety in Jesus

“He will keep you safe. But to Israel and Judah he will be the stone that makes people stumble, a rock that makes them fall. And for the people of Jerusalem he will be a trap and a snare.” Isaiah 8:14 (NLT) In the time of Isaiah, the kingdoms of Israel and Judah were not…

A Prophecy of Freedom

“The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me, for the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted and to proclaim that captives will be released and prisoners will be freed.” Isaiah 61:1 (NLT) Isaiah was a very important prophet. He had special…

The Bible Points Us to Jesus

“But when the right time came, God sent his Son who was born of a woman and lived under the law. God did this so he could buy freedom for those who were under the law and so we could become his children.” Galatians 4:4-5 (NCV) The Bible is the basis of our faith and…

Access

“And the curtain in the sanctuary of the Temple was torn in two, from top to bottom.” Mark 15:38 (NLT) During the lifetime of Jesus, the holy temple in Jerusalem was the center of Jewish religious life. The temple was the place where animal sacrifices were carried out and worship according to the Law of…

New High Priest

So Christ has now become the High Priest over all the good things that have come. He has entered that greater, more perfect Tabernacle in heaven, which was not made by human hands and is not part of this created world. With his own blood—not the blood of goats and calves—he entered the Most Holy…

Permanent Solution

“The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” John 1:29 (NIV) The Passover lamb was the animal God directed the Israelites to use as a sacrifice in Egypt on the night the firstborn sons of every household were struck…

Temporary Solution

“For the life of a creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the altar; it is the blood that makes atonement for one’s life.” Leviticus 17:11 (NIV) God established for the children of Israel an annual event to deal with the sin in their…

Debt Comes Due

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23 (NLT) Adam and Eve opened the door to sin when they ate from the forbidden tree. As a result of their choices, we are all born of a sin nature and headed…

Permanent Change

When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned. . .Now Adam is a symbol, a representation of Christ, who was yet to come. . .Yes, Adam’s one sin brings condemnation for everyone, but Christ’s one act of righteousness brings a right relationship with God…

Innocent Blood

The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them. Gen. 3:21 (NIV) When Adam and Eve sinned, there needed to be something done to cover their sin. God killed an animal and shed innocent blood to cover their nakedness. This continued on a regular basis to cover the sins…

Broken Creation

We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Rom. 8:22 (NIV) When Adam and Eve made the choice to go their own way, they had personal consequences. Men would have hard work and women would have pain in childbirth. But the effects…

Treason

Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did…

Choices

The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil,…

He is Patient

…He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9 (NIV) Today we will focus on just a portion of the verse above. It tells us that God is patient with us. Sometimes we think that God must be angry with us or frustrated at us…

Be Thankful

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever. Psalm 107:1 (NLT) Take a moment today to pause and be thankful for everything that God has done for you. Let your focus remain on how God has transformed your life instead of on the things you don’t have. The verse…

God Saw That It Was Good

God saw all that he had made, and it was very good… Genesis 1:31 (NIV) It’s very easy to look at other people and compare ourselves to them.  We begin to criticize ourselves as we analyze whether we measure up to them.  We will typically look at their material possessions (car, house, etc.) or their…

God Has a Plan

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:1 (NIV) At the very beginning of the Bible it can be difficult to uncover God’s specific plan for humanity.  As you continue to read, you begin to see an amazing plan unfold and God’s love for mankind is obvious as He meticulously prepares…

Pointing the Way

“You search the Scriptures because you think they give you eternal life. But the Scriptures point to Me!” John 5:39 (NLT) We can learn a lot from reading the Bible. We can learn about how God chose the Israelites and their history. We can read about the wisdom God laid out for us. We can…

Documented History

“Many people have set out to write accounts about the events that have been fulfilled among us. They used the eyewitness reports circulating among us from the early disciples. Having carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I also decided to write an accurate account for you, most honorable Theophilus, so you can be certain of…

Prophetically Accurate

Then He said, “When I was with you before, I told you that everything written about Me in the law of Moses and the prophets and in the Psalms must be fulfilled.” Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures. And He said, “Yes, it was written long ago that the Messiah would suffer…