Joe Gibbes

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Who Do You Say That I Am?

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Who Do You Say That I Am?

Luke 9-10 Psalm 46-47 Twice a year I lead a group of men from the church on a four day backpacking excursion.  It is the single greatest format for a men’s retreat that I have encountered, and it is my favorite thing I get to be a part of in ministry.  The pages of Scripture … Read More

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Samson

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Samson

Judges 13-16 [Above: Victor Mature and Hedy Lamarr in Samson and Delilah (1949) – click picture for larger image] I don’t know about you, but I think the story of Samson is the most bizarre story in the Bible.  Balaam’s talking donkey and Jonah’s nauseous whale have nothing on Samson.  Twice we are told that Samson judged … Read More

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Who’d You Get?

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Who’d You Get?

Joshua 19-21 There is a great tradition at my daughter’s former school.  On the Thursday afternoon in August prior to the first day of school, the list of teachers and their classes is posted in the school window.  The Ice Cream Man comes, and all the families come, and kids crowd around the windows, straining … Read More

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: A Quaint Little B&B in Jericho

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: A Quaint Little B&B in Jericho

Joshua 1-3 When we read the book of Exodus, we read Part 1 of God’s great Old Testament redemption narrative: the rescue of the people of Israel from bondage in Egypt.  The central figure God uses in that stage of the rescue is Moses.  Now we enter the book of Joshua, which tells Part 2 … Read More

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: But the Lord Keeps Coming Back

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: But the Lord Keeps Coming Back

Deuteronomy 29-31 In Deuteronomy, we’re standing with the people of Israel on the far side of the Jordan, listening to sermons from Moses.  He’s speaking to the second generation out of Egypt, the children of those who were delivered out of Egypt but who fearfully and faithlessly refused to enter the Promised Land.  Moses has … Read More

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Some Love Letter!

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Some Love Letter!

Numbers 30-32 It was chilly outside—of course it was.  It was late November in the mountains of North Carolina.  However, crammed inside the meeting space of a Young Life camp, circa 1991, we were a sweaty mess of high school hysteria, 250 strong.  We sang at the top of our lungs, we laughed at hilarious … Read More

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: You’re Free

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: You’re Free

Mark 15-16 Psalm 39 I sat huddled on the floor of that dank little room. The angry shouts and jeers of the crowd were muffled by the stone walls around me, but fearsome nonetheless. Dread washed over me.  I knew that my immediate future would be the bitter consequence of my reckless past. I also … Read More

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: His Messianic Nature

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: His Messianic Nature

Mark 5-6 Psalm 34 Mark 5 and 6 are about the nature of Jesus as Messiah.  He has power over demons; he has power over sickness; he has power over death; he has the authority to send out disciples as his ambassadors; he even has power over the natural physical order, providing his people with … Read More

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Holidays Tell Our Stories

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Holidays Tell Our Stories

Leviticus 22-24 What comes to mind when you close your eyes and think the word ‘HOLIDAY’?  Stockings hung by the chimney with care? Hot dogs and hamburgers grilling out before fireworks? A turkey cooked to perfection, trimmed by traditional family favorites? A day off and time at the lake? It’s not even Thanksgiving and already … Read More

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: A Bloody Mess?

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: A Bloody Mess?

Leviticus 1-3 Millions of people have attempted to read the Bible straight through, but the percentage who gave up in Leviticus is surely astronomical! Stick with it! Like the rest of Scripture, Leviticus is the inspired word of God, but it is tough, no doubt.  You slogged through three chapters today wondering “Why do I … Read More