Craig Ogard

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Setting Out

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Setting Out

Numbers 8-10 “We are setting out for the place of which the Lord said ‘I will give it to you.’…” – Numbers 10:29 The nation of Israel is camped in the desert of Sinai preparing to “set out” for the place about which the Lord said, “I will give to you” (the promised land). If … Read More

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Where God Dwells

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Where God Dwells

Mark 13-14 Psalm 38 As one who has been involved in construction all my adult life, the lights on my dashboard come on when I read the words spoken by Jesus in our reading today: Do you see these great buildings? There will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be … Read More

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Seized and Saved

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Seized and Saved

Genesis 19-21 On a recent Sunday I sat in on Canon Gibbes’s Sunday school class on Colossians, during which he showed a clip from the movie Toy Story 3. The scene shows Woody, Buzz, and the rest of the gang sliding down a vast chute of old discarded toys to meet their final end in … Read More

Advent Bible Blog: The Wrath of God

Advent Bible Blog: The Wrath of God

Revelation 15-16 Proverbs 28 The Wrath of God When I look up wrath on my phone’s dictionary app, it is defined as “strong, or fierce     anger: deeply resentful indignation, ire, vengeance or punishment as the consequence of anger.” Anger is defined as “a strong feeling of displeasure and belligerence aroused by a wrong.” What it … Read More

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: An Object of Reproach

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: An Object of Reproach

Ezekiel 4-6 The Nation of Israel, God’s chosen people, the people upon whom God had set his affection because he loved them has now become the object of his wrath:  This is Jerusalem. I have set her in the center of the nations, with countries all around her. And she has rebelled against my rules … Read More

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Is There Any Word from the Lord?

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Is There Any Word from the Lord?

Jeremiah 37-39 Let me go back for a moment to the beginning of the book of Jeremiah to chapter 1, the calling of Jeremiah by God: “… I formed you … I knew you … I consecrated you … I appointed you a prophet … I have put my words in your mouth.” It’s pretty … Read More

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Finishing the Race

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Finishing the Race

2 Timothy 3-4 Psalm 140 “Better is the end of a thing than its beginning.” (Eccles. 7:8) A group of people in California decided there should be a great ceremony to celebrate the driving of the first spike for the building of the transcontinental railroad. A host of dignitaries was invited to gather at the … Read More

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: The Lion Roars

Amos 1-3 “Surely the Sovereign Lord does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets” (Amos 3:7, NIV). This is what the book of Amos is: God, the Sovereign Lord revealing his plan for the people of Israel, his chosen and adopted people, his family that he redeemed out of slavery and bondage … Read More

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: A Prodigal Nation and a Door of Hope

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: A Prodigal Nation and a Door of Hope

Hosea 1-4 The book of Hosea begins with a stunning command from God to Hosea:  “Go, take to yourself an adulterous wife” (Hos. 1:2, NIV), . . . a whore, a prostitute. The language in this book is graphic and raw. The words whore, whoredom, prostitute, and adultery appear more than two dozen times. It … Read More

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: God’s Great Faithfulness

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: God’s Great Faithfulness

2 Kings 14-16 Before the nation of Israel entered the Promised Land Moses writes this instruction for the future kings of Israel: And when he sits on the throne of his kingdom, he shall write for himself in a book a copy of this law, (the law of God) approved by the Levitical priests. And … Read More