Emily Menendez

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: O Zion, That Bringest Good Tidings!

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: O Zion, That Bringest Good Tidings!

Luke 11-12 Psalm 48-49 Psalm 48 is a song by the Sons of Korah. We know from accounts in Chronicles that these sons of Korah were the ministers of music established by King David (1 Chronicles 6:31,32). Psalm 48 is a song of praise to God that he has made himself known in Jerusalem, on … Read More

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Teach and Remember

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Teach and Remember

Deuteronomy 4-6 “Acknowledge and take heart this day that the Lord is God in heaven above and on the earth below. There is no other.”(Deut. 4:39) Often times a simple prayer can characterize my week or even my month. Lately, I’ve found myself praying this phrase daily, “order my thoughts.” This is a prayer of … Read More

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Though He Wist It Not

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Though He Wist It Not

Leviticus 4-6 “If a person sins and does what is forbidden in any of the Lord’s commands, even though he does not know it, he is guilty and will be held responsible” (Lev. 5:17). “It was an accident!” My boys are smart; they know accidental sin will be treated differently than deliberate sin, and any … Read More

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Ultimate Empathy

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Ultimate Empathy

Matthew 8-9 Psalm 8 “…and he drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick. This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah:  ‘He took up our infirmities and carried our diseases.’ ” (Matt. 8:16-17, NIV) When I was in the sixth grade, I discovered the words empathy and … Read More

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Not. Come. Down.

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Not. Come. Down.

Nehemiah 5-7 “I am doing a great work and I cannot come down” (Neh. 6:3). Nehemiah’s narrative continues as he faces schemes and opposition from nearby leaders. His opponents try to distract him from his work on the wall and bait him to give into fear. They try to thwart his efforts four times by … Read More

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: “Son of man, stand on your feet”

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: “Son of man, stand on your feet”

Ezekiel 1-3 Just when I think I can get my head around the Bible, I encounter a book like Ezekiel. I am instantly humbled when I come to this text and behold the mysterious, extraordinary God we find there. The first three chapters detail Ezekiel’s inaugural vision. He was thirty years old, and it was … Read More

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Amazing Grace

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Amazing Grace

Titus 1-3 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself … Read More

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Jumpin’ Jehoshaphat!

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Jumpin’ Jehoshaphat!

2 Chronicles 19-21 Jehoshaphat has gone down in history as a “good” king of Judah, in spite of the fact that he made some serious mistakes. He made multiple alliances with the evil kings of Israel, and his son’s marriage to the evil daughter of Ahab wreaked havoc on the southern kingdom of Judah. With … Read More

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: A Broken and Contrite Heart

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: A Broken and Contrite Heart

Isaiah 64-66 Thus says the Lord, “Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool; what is the house that you would build for me, and what is the place of my rest? All these things my hand has made, and so all these things came to be, declares the Lord. But this is … Read More

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: All Our Egypts

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: All Our Egypts

Isaiah 28-30 “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength” (Isa. 30:15, NIV) The long-suffering character of God never ceases to amaze me.  As we continue in Isaiah, these chapters show the devastation that comes to those who choose to turn away from the Lord. Yet, as much as … Read More