Category Archives: Old Testament

Biblical Nuggets: Day of the Lord


Day of the Lord. A biblical phrase prevalent among OT prophets who pointed to a future event or era (not necessarily a single twenty-four-hour day) during which God would visit *judgment on Israel or the world. The NT authors interpreted the phrase in a futuristic sense but saw in Jesus Christ the beginning of the fulfillment of the Day of the Lord. For believers in Christ the Day of the Lord is an anticipation of hope; for unbelievers it holds only judgment leading to *damnation.[1]

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[1] Stanley J. Grenz;David Guretzki;Cherith Fee Nordling. Pocket Dictionary of Theological Terms (Kindle Locations 350-353). Kindle Edition.

One Year Bible Plans


Last year, we posted on One Year Bible Plan little earlier than the new year. This year, time has slipped; however, it is not too late to plan your Bible Study for a year. The One Year Bible Plan helps you to study the entire Bible in a year. If you have not owned one, you may go online and download one of your favorite plans in YouVersion or buy one from online or local Christian bookstores.

One Year Bible Plan is very helpful for several reasons:

  • It is planned to help you finish reading the entire Bible in a year
  • You are not going to miss or read random chapter or book as you go with the planned date
  • It helps you to develop habit of reading the Bible every day.
  • It will take only 15-20 minutes of your day but still you can take so much out of it after reading the Word of God.

Some of them are listed below.

NIV One Year Bible

NIV Chronological One Year Bible

ESV One Year Bible

KJV One Year Bible

NKJV One Year Bible

MacArthur Daily Bible

Isaiah, the Prophet – The Centrifugal Force for Mission


Early on in the times of ancient Hebrews, the Jews divided the Old Testament into three components: Laws, Prophets, and the holy writings.  Later on, the Prophets were sorted out into The Former Prophets and The Later Prophets which comprised the book of Isaiah in “The Latter Prophets” (Martin, 9). Among The Latter Prophets, Isaiah is assigned uniformly in the first place and rank among other major and minor prophetic books because of its account of length, values, and coverage. Since the Savior Jesus also referred to this threefold division in his discourse with his disciples after the resurrection in Luke 24:44, the division of the Old Testament is as old as Jesus. The Jews credited the canonization and division of the Old Testament to Ezra; however, there is not any concrete evidence to support this theory.

The book of Isaiah bears the name of the writer itself. Isaiah was the son of Amoz (1:1). His name “Isaiah” which literally means “the salvation of Yahweh” or “Yahweh saves” also delivers a specific message to his original readers (Orelli, 1). He had two sons namely: Shear-Jashub which means “a remnant shall return” and Maher-shalal-hash-baz “swift is the booty and speedy is the prey” symbolically Assyria’s unrestrained yearning for conquest (Arnold & Bayer, 355). Those names were the living embodiment of Isaiah’s message to Israelites. Continue reading Isaiah, the Prophet – The Centrifugal Force for Mission

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Nouthetic Counseling – Scripture as a Standard guideline for Directional Counsel


By Prasha Maharjan

Counseling means giving advice to a person having practical problems (McLemore, 5).  In the Christian world, the word ‘counsel’ is seen both in the Old Testament and the New Testament. The Scripture refers God to be the perfect counselor and when Christ ascended to Heaven, God gave believers the Holy Spirit as their Guide or Advisor. People in the past generations might have very well used the Old Testament, especially the wisdom literature for guidance. It was a basis for morality and justice. Even Jesus counseled using the Old Testament during His time.  Certainly, counseling simply meant advising, and perhaps it was a guide to live a problem-free life as well.

Dr. Jay Adams in the year 1970 developed a model of counseling derived from biblical principles. Nonetheless, Biblical counseling, of the kind represented by the Nouthetic school of counseling, is unbiblical, not because it does not use the Bible (which it does, and often effectively), but because it is not biblical enough. That is, it leaves out certain aspects of human life and function that are essential to having a holistic Biblical perspective. Continue reading Nouthetic Counseling – Scripture as a Standard guideline for Directional Counsel