LUKE

For generations there was a great expectancy about the coming Messiah. The grand anticipation was that the King of Kings would come on a stallion with purple robes fit for royalty. The imaginations of what the Messiah would look like, and behave like, just simply did not match what God delivered. The profound impact on…

MATTHEW

There are four Gospels in the New Testament. Within this collection of inspired words, we can see Jesus as the King in the book of Matthew; as the Servant in the brief words of Mark; and as the Son of Man in the recordings by doctor Luke. Then the book of John crowns the good news as he confirms that Jesus is…

Malachi

When the word of the Lord came to Malachi, the Lord was affirming His love for His people. Think how you would feel if after proclaiming your love for your child, or your family and they curtly ask you; “how have you loved me?”  God reminds us in this book that “A son honors his…

Zechariah

The young prophet Zechariah offered words to encourage the children of Israel as they labored to rebuild the Temple.  His words painted a bright picture of the perpetual blessing that was coming to Israel. As Haggai was aging, God sent Zechariah to reinforce His remnant that returned to Jerusalem after 70 years of captivity in…

Haggai

Haggai is the first messenger that God sent after the exile. His name means “feast.”  While Zechariah prophesied for three years, Haggai only prophesied for four months. The king of Persia allowed 50,000 broken yet hopeful Jews to return to Jerusalem to rebuild the Temple.  Rebuilding Solomon’s Temple was a giant task. After laying the…

Zephaniah

People in the world are known for the way they look for a religion that gives them access to God, but without too many restrictions.  Most people only cry out to God when they are suffering, or when they are fed up with the way their world is not working. The truth is that God’s…

Habakkuk

This is the prophet who asked questions and got answers!  Just like many people today, this bewildered man could not reconcile his faith in a righteous God with the troubling things he personally witnessed 700 years before Jesus. Living by faith is a challenge for all of us. The prophet Habakkuk articulates humanities frustration with…