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ESV on the iPhone

If you have an iPhone or an iPod Touch, I strongly recommend the new ESV App.  I’m a huge fan of the ESV translation (I preach from it weekly, and I use it for personal study and devotional reading), and it’s nice to have an easily-searchable, offline-accessible version on my PDA.  You can find it here.

If you haven’t joined the dark side (by purchasing an Apple product), then you can find a mobile version of the ESV here.  In either case, the world has been transformed by the free availability of the Bible, and it’s nice that Crossway Publishers further that by making this excellent translation available at no charge.

Grace & Peace,
Dan J.

Isaac: Good Start, Poor Finish

"Isaac Blessing Jacob" by Govert Flink
"Isaac Blessing Jacob" by Govert Flink (Wikipedia)

In my devotional reading this morning, I was going over the stories of Isaac’s life, from Genesis 24-26.  This period covers what happened to this patriarch between the death of Sarah and the marriages of Esau.

Now, going into my devotional reading, I was less than expectant.  I have read Genesis dozens and dozens of times, and it was the first book I preached through as a pastor.  In every case, Isaac has been the lull in the action, the dip in the road, the “why is this here?” for me.  And I say that self-critically.  But why is Isaac here?

Does God Have Short Arms?

1QIsa(b)
1QIsa(b) - A Dead Sea Scroll Containing Isaiah 57:17 - 59:9 (Wikipedia)

I’m teaching on Isaiah 59:1-15 this Sunday as the second part of a four part series on the Gospel.  Last week, we looked at Genesis 1:26-31 to discuss what it was that God created us for–I argued that he created us to glorify Him as His image bearers, in harmonious relationships to creation, to each other, and to Him.  This week, we’re looking at what the problem is–why we aren’t enjoying harmony with each other and intimacy with God.  I think Isaiah 59:1-2 makes it pretty clear that it’s not God’s fault.

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Grace & Peace,
Dan & Anna Julian