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Timeline of Truth: Samson, the Selfish Judge – The Birth of Samson (Judges 13:1-25)

Monday, January 28th, 2019
Timeline of Truth: Judges

Samson is the last in the cycles of Judges, and the lowest judge with regard to his conduct. Samson’s account starts out with his supernaturally announced birth to his then barren mother. Though Samson ends up living for himself through his life and even his death (as we will see in future lessons), God still works through this rescuer to keep the nation of Israel on course to fulfill God’s promises. God reigns, and works even through imperfect and immoral leaders.

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Timeline of Truth: The Wars of Jephthah, the Negotiating Judge (Judges 11:30-12:7)

Sunday, December 2nd, 2018

Timeline of Truth:  The Wars of Jephthah, the Negotiating Judge (Judges 11:30-12:7)
Jephthah becomes the victim of his own words. Jephthah has negotiated with the elders of Gilead, and he has negotiated with the Ammonite king who leads forces oppressing Israel. Jephthah depends upon God to give him victory over the Ammonites, but seeks to unnecessarily manipulate God’s favor by vowing like a Canaanite. Jephthah promises to offer as a burnt sacrifice the first thing that comes out to meet him. God gives Jephthah victory, and who comes out to meet him but his only child – his daughter. We examine the different views of what happened, and what Jephthah could have done and should have done. Then we look at Jephthah’s merciless killing of his own Ephraimite brethren. Rejecting of God’s ways can lead to us making foolish choices and committing horrible actions. 

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Timeline of Truth: Spiritual Failure: God Sends Trouble on God-Forsakers (Judges 2:6 – 3:6)

Sunday, September 23rd, 2018

Timeline of Truth:  Spiritual Failure: God Sends Trouble on God-Forsakers  (Judges 2:6 – 3:6)
Chapter 2 of Judges looks deeper into the actions (or inactions) of Israel’s military failures of Chapter 1. We see the full-blown impact of disobedience and the eternity-impacting downward spiral that sin brings. Because Israel forsakes God and His covenant and plunges themselves deep into worshipping the gods of the nations they are around, God brings oppressors that make the lives of the nation of Israel miserable. Do they come back to God? No. They run further into sin and away from God. Does God wholly abandon them? No. In the midst of their discipline and punishment, God continues to show grace by raising up judges – limited and often very broken leaders – to free them from their oppressors for a time, and to keep Israel on course for His future promises.

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Jesus Corrects the Disciples’ View of Children (Luke 18:15-17)

Wednesday, June 6th, 2018

Jesus Corrects the Disciples’ View of Children (Luke 18:15-17)

Much of the world now sees children as a bother – a distraction from our passions and pursuits.  Even the Church is deeply immersed in this viewpoint. The disciples acted on the basis of this view. Jesus – greatly troubled by this – indicates that this anti-child view is 180 degrees off from what is true. Children are to be allowed and encouraged participate, and all people can only enter the kingdom if they become as little children. Children are not a distraction from the Gospel – they are the very illustration of what is required to embrace the Gospel. This has clear implications regarding the need for salvation and the simplicity of salvation. Have you become as a little child, simply believing the truth of our Sin-bearer, Jesus?

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God Addresses a Woman’s Honor and Her Focus (1 Timothy 5:1-16)

Wednesday, May 16th, 2018

God Addresses a Woman’s Honor and Her Focus (1 Timothy 5:1-16)

Womanhood is something very special to God. 1 Timothy 5:1-16 could be said to the “Proverbs 31” of the New Testament. God gives instructions on how women are to be honored as mothers. He gives almost rapid-fire commands on caring for aged women, both who have family and those who do not. Some are to be taken “into the number” as supported staff by the church. Paul gives a list of qualifiers that a woman is to meet which includes age and activity. Those too young are to marry, bear children, and manage the home. God’s most eternal plans for a woman center around her home-based ministry.

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The Danger of Being a Spiritual Detriment to Others (Luke 17:1-2)

Tuesday, April 10th, 2018

The Danger of Being a Spiritual Detriment to Others (Luke 17:1-2)

Jesus speaks of scandal: Those that scandilize and the act of scandalizing. In this study, we examine two verses and the meaning of the word used in both verses: skandalon. Jesus says that temptations will come that will attempt to set back, deceive, and trap the “little ones.” Jesus assures His disciples that God knows and God tracks those that wrongly impede children through their influence and power. Drowning by means of having a millstone around one’s neck is preferred over the judgment that those who scandalize children will receive. We will also examine five ways we might scandalize others. Beware, set your mind to help not hurt, and be comforted.

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Jesus Addresses the Damage of Divorce (Luke 16:18)

Monday, March 26th, 2018

Jesus Addresses the Damage of Divorce (Luke 16:18)

Jesus is in the middle of teaching on money, and then brings up – divorce? His point is that if one is not faithful in the realm of money, one will certainly not be faithful in the realm of moralityIn this study, we take a brief and precise look at what Jesus said in Luke 16:18 about divorce. We first review what the Bible teaches on marriage, as one cannot understand what the Bible says about divorce without first understanding marriage. We then look at the impact of divorce on marriage, and then we examine the two situations where the Bible appears to allow for divorce. To understand God’s hatred of divorce, understand God’s design for marriage.

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MONEY MATTERS: Jesus Confronts the Money-Loving Pharisees (Luke 16:14-18)

Tuesday, March 20th, 2018

MONEY MATTERS: Jesus Confronts the Money-Loving Pharisees (Luke 16:14-18)

Jesus confronts the money-loving religious leaders that have been hearing Him speak and sneering at His teaching. Jesus points out their ungodly habit of trying to justify their ungodly money-loving attitudes and actions. He lets them know that what man considers important actually repulses God. Money often replaces God in people’s lives. Jesus also illustrates that when one refuses to follow God in one area, that person is likely to refuse to follow God in all areas, including morality and marriage. Are you like the money-loving Pharisees that put money first?

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Jesus Tells the Parable of a Father and His Two Sons #1 (Luke 15:11-16)

Tuesday, February 13th, 2018

Sin is like gravity. You can ignore what God says about it, but it has the same effects, consequences, and result on you anyway, no matter where you go. In this study, we look at the first key individual mentioned in this story or account. He is often called “The Prodigal Son.” We see this younger son’s poor choices and his progressive spiral downward while living the wild, wasteful life when he eventually hits bottom. We look at his 8 downward steps and then draw 9 helpful lessons from his life. Does his life in any way reflect your life? If so, what would God have you do to make corrections?

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Bible Quiz #4: 17 Questions from Genesis 3:14-24

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018

Here are the 17 questions we will answer from Genesis 3:14-24 for this quiz:

1. In what ways did God curse the serpent? (3:14)
2. What was the spiritual curse upon the serpent, and what was the
prophetic outcome given for it? (3:15)
3. What indirect statement can be said about the Seed of the woman
and the importance of motherhood? (3:15)
4. What reason(s) does God give for cursing the woman? (3:16)
5. What possible reason or reasons would there be for this?
6. In what ways did God curse the woman? (v.16) [Find at least 4.]
7. How is God’s curse of the woman significant in light of God’s design &
purpose for her?

8. What TWO reasons does God give for cursing Adam? (v.17)
9. In what way is the first reason significant regarding Adam’s God-assigned
role and about the woman’s assigned role?
10. In what ways did God curse the man? (v. 17-19)
11. How do the curses on Adam and the woman reflect their roles as
assigned by God?
12. What significance would there be of Adam naming his wife after the
fall?
13. What significance would there be regarding what Adam named his
wife after the fall? (think about the curse upon> Adam).
14. What were God’s actions after cursing Adam & Eve? (v.21-24)
15. What was the significance of the clothing?
16. How could God’s driving Adam and Eve out of the Garden of Eden
actually be for their own protection? (3:22)
17. What was Adam’s continued realm of responsibility? (v.23) What
might this suggest about Eve’s continued responsibility as well?

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