Archive for the ‘Family’ Category

Timeline of Truth: God’s Control: Evidenced by David’s Genealogy (Ruth 4:18-22)

Monday, December 9th, 2019

What do 10 generations of genealogy tell us regarding God and His plan and His control? As we study those listed in this genealogy and the times in which they lived, we can see God at work in the big picture and in the small details of life. God is in control. Do you trust Him?

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Timeline of Truth: The LORD Accomplishes (a Step in) His Plan (Ruth 4:14-17)

Sunday, December 1st, 2019

In these final verses of narrative, we see God bringing His plan to completion. God continuously controls the details of life to bring about His ultimate will and to bless His obedient followers.

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Timeline of Truth: God’s Blessing of Children Spoken and Illustrated (Ruth 4:11b-13)

Sunday, November 24th, 2019

God is involved in conception, and that conflicts with much of what is believed and practiced today by the church and the world. Ruth 4:11-13 give one of the clearest illustrations and explanations of God’s direct involvement in the conceiving of children. We study this passage, and ask 8 important questions that need to be asked regarding God and conception.

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Timeline of Truth: Boaz Redeems Ruth (Ruth 4:7-11a)

Wednesday, November 20th, 2019

In keeping his promise to Ruth, when the closest relative cannot redeem her, Boaz fulfills his duty as the closest relative redeems Ruth. Why was this done this way? How is this reflected in Christ’s actions towards us?

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Timeline of Truth: Ruth Approaches Boaz as Naomi Instructed (Ruth 3:6-18)

Sunday, November 3rd, 2019

Ruth acts on Naomi’s detailed instructions as to where, when, and how to approach Boaz regarding marriage. Boaz, surprised, replies with good, but complicated news. We review why Boaz may not have taken action on his own. We also review why this was appropriate to do, and why this was a righteous act toward a righteous man. God works through the godly guidance, initiative, and obedience of His people.

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Timeline of Truth: Naomi Guides Ruth to Approach Boaz (Ruth 3:1-5)

Monday, October 28th, 2019

Harvest season is over. Boaz had continued to provide for and protect Ruth. Boaz takes no further action as a potential kinsman-redeemer (and we give several suggestions as to why both Boaz and Naomi hesitate). We look at how Naomi takes action, directing Ruth to approach Boaz with a marriage proposal based upon his kinsman-redeemer relationship. We also discuss five key responsibilities of a kinsman-redeemer.

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Timeline of Truth: Ruth Seeks to Provide, and God Works Out the Details (Ruth 2:1-3)

Sunday, October 6th, 2019

As the widowed daughter-in-law who committed herself to her widowed mother-in-law, Ruth takes the initiative to provide. She seeks and receives Naomi’s approval to go and glean in the fields, as the Law provided for the poor and stranger. Ruth’s righteous choices are aided by God’s working in the background long before.

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Timeline of Truth: Naomi Seeks a Better Future for Her Daughters-in-Law (Ruth 1:8-18)

Sunday, September 22nd, 2019

Naomi displays her loving care for her daughters-in-law, even in the aftermath of terrible circumstances and at the cost of her own personal provision and her only remaining loving relationships. She attempts to send Orpah and Ruth back to their own families. Orpah heads for home. Ruth selflessly commits herself to Naomi. God uses Ruth in profound ways God wants us to make significant, permanent, often costly life choices for Him.

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Timeline of Truth: Tragedy, Added to Adversity, Added to Apostasy (Ruth 1:1-5)

Sunday, September 8th, 2019

The Book of Ruth begins with a very poor scenario. Those highlighted in this book find themselves in a country that is driven by apostasy, having departed from God, and thus, truth and righteousness. Added to that, the country is suffering from a widespread famine, which impacts its inhabitants. On top of these difficulties, the key family suffers the personal tragedy of multiple deaths of loved ones. Life is full of troubles, but God is always sin control.

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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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