“Though We Tremble” based on Psalm 4

Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness!
You have given me relief when I was in distress.
Be gracious to me and hear my prayer!

That’s the first verse of Psalm 4— an evening prayer, written by David. Jeffrey’s written a melody, and I created an arrangement of the song. It’s free for the church to use in worship services, retreats, and more.

Sheet music, lyric sheets, and chord charts are coming soon. You can take a listen to the recording here:

Get lyrics and more on Psalm 4 at AnthemBible.com.

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Guide to the Pentateuch

The origins of God’s people and God’s law

Pentateuch free bible iconThe first five books of the Bible are known as the Pentateuch, or the Law of Moses. Moses is traditionally recognized as the author of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.

These books convey three main kinds of information: story, records, and law. Continue reading “Guide to the Pentateuch”

NIV Cultural Background Study Bible: Why I Really Like It

TL;DR: Zondervan sent me a copy of the NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible to check out, and I liked it enough to write about it. =) 

You know what I think my biggest obstacle is when it comes to studying the Bible?

It’s not the cryptic language in the prophets.

It’s not the boring genealogies.

It’s the fact that the Bible was written by people who lived thousands of years ago and thousands of miles away . . . to more people who lived thousands of years ago and thousands of miles away.

I have almost nothing in common with these people when it comes to culture. We’re not reading the same stories. We’re not weathering the same international political climates. And as far as I can tell, Jeremiah isn’t binge-watching the same Netflix shows I am. Continue reading “NIV Cultural Background Study Bible: Why I Really Like It”

Galatians: our new freedom in Christ

Overview of the book of Galatians

Paul is angry.

Some false teacher has pressured the churches in Galatia (a region in the Roman Empire) to follow the Jewish Law. They’re teaching that salvation comes through the Law of Moses, and not through Christ—the exact opposite of what Paul had taught them. So Paul writes a letter to bring them back to the truth.

This letter isn’t about Paul’s ego or preferences: it’s about understanding why Jesus had to die and how it affects us. Continue reading “Galatians: our new freedom in Christ”

Deuteronomy: love God, obey God

Overview of Deuteronomy

Deuteronomy free bible iconFinally: Israel is just across the Jordan River from the promised land of Canaan. Moses has led the young nation out of Egypt and on a 40-year journey through the wilderness, and they have just defeated several enemies before setting up camp here. Three of the 12 tribes are already settling the land east of the Jordan, and the whole nation is almost ready to enter the land God promised to their ancestor Abraham (back in the book of Genesis). Continue reading “Deuteronomy: love God, obey God”

Old Testament books

Here you can find quick, 3-minute guides to every book of the Old Testament. They’re listed in the order they show up in Protestant Bibles. Just click any book’s name, and get a high-level idea of what it’s about.

But don’t ever stop at these guides. You’ll miss the best part: reading through the books yourself!

There are 39 total books in the Old Testament, divided into five groups. Continue reading “Old Testament books”

Song of Solomon: delighting in love, sex, and marriage

 

About Song of Solomon

In the book of Genesis, when God made Adam and Eve, He brought them together as husband and wife. Adam recognized Eve as bone of his bone and flesh of his flesh.

For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh. (Gn 2:23–24)

Continue reading “Song of Solomon: delighting in love, sex, and marriage”

Melchizedek: 8 facts every Christian should know

Melchizedek is one of the most intriguing characters the Bible says almost nothing about. He’s only mentioned in three books of the Bible, but the conversation surrounding Melchizedek is expansive.

You’ve heard some people say Melchizedek is Jesus. You’ve heard some people say he’s just a guy who worshiped God. You’ve probably heard all kinds of ways Melchizedek’s life applies to yours.

He’s a mysterious figure, and I’ve found that mysterious Bible figures (like Michael the archangel) attract a lot of speculation, which ends up spreading some extra-biblical ideas. This means that when we sit down to study someone like Melchizedek (or a passage that mentions him), we’re often looking through folklore-tinted lenses.

Continue reading “Melchizedek: 8 facts every Christian should know”