Michael Lane
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The grace of God trains us to renounce sin
Titus 2:11-12
God communicates in words proclaimed, received, accepted, and now at work among believers
1 Thessalonians 2:13
Satan may be powerful, but God is sovereign!
1 Thessalonians 2:17-3:13
1 Peter 5:12-14
An exhortation from a fellow elder.
1 Peter 5:1-11
1 Peter 4:12-19
...therefore live so as to magnify Christ.
1 Peter 4:7-11
A knotty passage indeed!
1 Peter 3:18-22
1 Peter 3:13-17
1 Peter 3:1-7
1 Peter 2:18-25
1 Peter 2:11-17
An Exhortation to Gospel-Rooted Love
1 Peter 1:22-2:3
1 Peter 1:13-21
A Greeting Packed Full with Theological Truth
1 Peter 1:1-5
Christ fulfills Psalm 8 on our behalf
Hebrews 2:5-18
Jesus: the exact and perfect revelation of God
Hebrews 1:1-14
Romans 7:13-25
The Hour has Come.
John 12:20-26
Light From the Father.
John 12:44-50
The Nature of Unbelief.
John 12:37-43
Sons of Light.
John 12:27-36
Sons of Light.
John 12:27-36
Philippians 3:12-16
Philippians 3:7-11
Philippians 3:17-4:1
2 Timothy 3:10-17
Philippians 1:3-11
Destroying Strongholds
2 Corinthians 10:1-6
Central Idea: Paul declares that he is going to defend himself so that the accusation of inconsisten...
2 Corinthians 10:7-11
Central Idea: Paul declares he would not dare to join the fray of 'ministry comparisons.
2 Corinthians 10:12-18
Central Idea: Paul asks the Corinthians to bear with him as he enters into the foolishness of boasti...
2 Corinthians 11:1-6
Central Idea:   All praise to God for the treasure of blessings we have in Christ, namely: He c...
Ephesians 1:3-14
Central Idea: Paul will not give an inch in this matter of preaching free of charge.
2 Corinthians 11:7-15
Central Idea: Paul, finally ready to meet boasting with boasting, makes an ironical appeal: "You've ...
2 Corinthians 11:16-21
Central Idea: Having unraveled all his opponents' categories of boasting (v.
2 Corinthians 11:30-33
Central Idea: Paul will go on to speak of his visions, however to boast of such things is a worthless exercise in self-promotion.
2 Corinthians 12:1-10
Central Idea: None of this has been for Paul's sake (in self-defense) but for their sake; His fear i...
2 Corinthians 12:19-21
Central Idea: Paul sighs, "Ugh! It's done.
2 Corinthians 12:11-18
Central Idea: Paul addresses a supposed implication of 5:20, ".
Romans 6:1-14
Central Idea: Paul's prayers of thanksgiving for the Colossian believers are in response to Epaphras...
Colossians 1:3-8
Central Idea: Paul relates the substance of his prayers on behalf of the Colossian believers: that t...
Colossians 1:9-14
Central Idea: Paul's prayer for the Colossians overflows into a hymn of praise declaring the glories...
Colossians 1:15-20
Central Idea: Paul calls the Colossians to not allow the intruders to either pass judgment on them o...
Colossians 2:16-23
Central Idea: In contrast to those that would steer them away from Christ, Paul calls the Colossians...
Colossians 3:1-4
Central Idea: The direct inference from setting one's mind on heavenly things is the command, "put to death what is earthly in you.
Colossians 3:5-11
Central Idea: Here is the practical culmination of all that Paul has been driving toward: Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly.
Colossians 3:12-17
Central Idea: Paul details what it looks like to obey v.
Colossians 3:18-4:1
I'm curious to see how others arc v.
Mark 2:18-20
Central Idea: God has graciously and abundantly provided all that we need to live in godliness.
2 Peter 1:3-11
Central Idea: Because growth in Christian maturity is not automatic, Peter will confidently remind h...
2 Peter 1:12-15
Central Idea: Paul exhorts his readers to walk in sacrificial love which stands in sharp contrast to...
Ephesians 5:1-14
This a simplified alternate to my arc "Walk as Children of Light.
Ephesians 5:1-14
Apposition = two words or phrases side by side performing the same grammatical role in a sentence.
Titus 2:11-14
Summary:   In the fear of God, Paul persuades others because he is controlled by the love of Christ.
2 Corinthians 5:11-21
Summary: It is not to angels that God has subjected the world to come; It is subjected to The Man, (...
Hebrews 2:5-9
What 10,000 ways might we live out the truth that Christ has killed the hostility between us?
Ephesians 2:11-22
I found this to be a very difficult passage to arc but, as always, worth the effort of pressing on u...
Ephesians 3:1-13
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A River That Makes Glad the City of God
Psalms 46
There is a river flowing right through the middle of God's eternal city. We may indeed be refreshed by its waters even now.
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Published March 23rd, 2016; Updated March 23rd, 2016
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Wars and Rumors of Wars
Arc, Psalm 46
Wars and Rumors of Wars
We were supposed to advance in knowledge and make such progress in philosophy and wisdom that the age of peace was to have dawned by now. So much for the Enlightenment! It may not be accurate to say ours is the most tumultuous time in history, but it certainly isn't the least. Global turmoil continues to increase, nations posture for war, and every public gathering must secure against violence whether by a common criminal or by organized terrorism. In every age, believers have put their hope in God in the midst of hardships such as famine, wars and natural disasters as well as the persecution aimed specifically at Christ's followers. Their testimony is for our benefit today, reassuring us that God is a safe and ever present refuge in trouble. As it is written, "There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God." This river flows from the very throne of God and of the Lamb, who is Christ, our Savior. It is he who said, "I am with you always, even to the end of the age." He is the source of our life... unshakeable, glad-hearted eternal life. What shall we do when all the world seems falling apart? In the midst of both personal tragedy as well as global conflict and turmoil, we put our hope and rest in God, for his life-giving, life-sustaining presence gladdens the hearts of his people with whom he dwells. As we see his sovereign hand at work, his word to us is simply, "Be still and know that I am God." What shall we say but, "Our God is with us!"
Arc, Psalm 46
Psalms 46:1-12
God is our c refuge
God is a safe shelter for us,
and strength,
and it is his power that upholds us,
a very d present 2 help
in that he is right at our side, sustaining us
in e trouble.
in the midst of troublesome circumstances.
Therefore we will not fear
Therefore we will not tremble in fear
f though the earth gives way,
even though all the earth were to tremble and collapse,
though the mountains be moved into g the heart of the sea,
that is, though the mountains were to slide right off their foundations and fall into the depths of the oceans,
though h its waters roar and foam,
or though the oceans were to rise in fierce and devastating waves,
though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah
causing the mountains to shudder as the waves reach their slopes. Meditate on this.
There is i a river whose streams make glad j the city of God,
How can we be so sure? First, there is a river that flows right through the middle of God's city, its life-giving streams gladden the hearts of all God's people dwelling there.
the holy k habitation of the Most High.
to make clear, this is the holy, sacred place where God himself dwells.
l God is in the midst of her;
That is, God's presence is everywhere in that holy city;
she shall not be moved;
therefore she cannot be touched by opposition.
God will help her
God will guard and protect her
when morning dawns.
all through the dark of night, until morning dawns.
m The nations rage,
Yes, the nations are in turmoil,
the kingdoms totter;
and the kingdoms of men rise and fall;
he n utters his voice,
still, all it takes is for God to simply speak the word,
the earth o melts.
and as a result , the earth succumbs to his will.
p The Lord of hosts is with us;
Oh, what shall we say in response but that the Lord of heavens armies is the God who is present at our side;
the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah
again, the God of Jacob is all our safety. Meditate on this.
q Come, behold the works of the Lord,
And second, Come, see for yourself all that God is doing - don't miss his hand in these matters,
how he has brought desolations on the earth.
That is... how he has brought the nations of the earth to nothing,
r He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
In that... he has brought all wars- in every corner of the earth- to a final end,
he s breaks the bow
by destroying their weapons: he shatters their bows at full draw,
and shatters the spear;
he snaps their spears in two,
t he burns the chariots with fire.
he makes a burn pile of their chariots [or shields] .
Tricolon Restatment
u “Be still,
Therefore, he says to us, "Be still - do not fret and join the fray,
and know that I am God.
and be assured that I am God- sovereign over all the universe.
v I will be exalted among the nations,
Moreover, know that I will be honored as Lord of the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!”
that is, I will be honored in every corner of the earth!"
p The Lord of hosts is with us;
Oh, what shall we say in response but that the Lord of heavens armies is the God who is present at our side;
the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah
again, the God of Jacob is all our safety. Meditate on this.
Cross-References: Psalm 48 Psalm 87 Daniel 9:17-19 Hebrews 11:8-10, 13-16 Hebrews 12:18-24 Revelation 3:12-13 Revelation 21:1-5, 9-11, 22-27 Revelation 22:1-5
Brian Burchell
that's helpful, Michael, thanks for responding.
Brian Burchell
Michael, I really love this! I attempted arcing Ps 46 so your work here was insightful. I particularly like how you added a column "mine" to explain the connection between propositions. Thank you.
Michael Lane
Thanks for the encouragement, Brian. I had landed on this Psalm because v.4 seemed such a rich metaphor, worth digging into. As for the "mine" column, I have found that paraphrasing the text, especially with the aim, as you say, of explaining the connections is one of the hardest yet most rewarding tasks.
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