2 Corinthians 5:7

Thoughts from Brian Cook Dive Deeper “for we walk by faith, not by sight.”  2 Corinthians 5:7 Behind the Scenes In 2 Corinthians 4, just prior to today’s passage, Paul describes the afflictions faced by those spreading the gospel. He then shares why he has such hope for the future, even amidst his current suffering: […]

Jeremiah 10:23

Thoughts from Brian Cook Dive Deeper “I know, O Lord, that the way of man is not in himself, that it is not in man who walks to direct his steps.”  Jeremiah 10:23 Behind the Scenes The sentiment from today’s verse is found several times throughout the Bible. Here are just a few examples:  Proverbs […]

Romans 2:4

Thoughts from Brian Cook Dive Deeper “Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?”  Romans 2:4  Behind the Scenes Have you ever found yourself sitting in church thinking, “I wish my neighbor was here right now. She […]

James 1:5

Thoughts from Brian Cook Dive Deeper If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.  James 1:5 Behind the Scenes Author and teacher Jen Wilkin says this about our requests for wisdom versus our desire for knowledge: “Often, we pray for […]

Galatians 6:2

Thoughts from Brian Cook Dive Deeper “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.”  Galatians 6:2 Behind the Scenes When Paul says that bearing one another’s burdens fulfills the law of Christ, he is referring to Jesus’ teaching of the greatest commandment. Jesus said all the laws of the Old Testament rested […]

Hebrews 4:14-16

Thoughts from Brian Cook Dive Deeper “Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been […]

Romans 6:16-18

Thoughts from Brian Cook Dive Deeper “Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of […]

James 4:4

Thoughts from Brian Cook Dive Deeper “You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore, whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.”  James 4:4 Behind the Scenes “You shall not commit adultery” is the sixth commandment God gave the […]