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What to Know and Learn from the Betrayer of Jesus #2 (Acts 1:16-26+)

Wednesday, November 20th, 2019

We continue to look at what God records in His Word about Judas Iscariot. In this study, we review the timeline of betrayal, showing the real character of Judas (a thief and a devil) and his collaborators (the religious leaders). We also highlight the fact that Judas was directly influenced by Satan himself. What questions should we ask ourselves from these truths, and how can we know we are not like him?

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What to Know and Learn from the Betrayer of Jesus #1 (Acts 1:16-26+)

Monday, November 11th, 2019

If all Scripture is inspired and profitable (and it is, 2 Tim 3:16), there are even things we can learn from the life of Judas Iscariot. God records details about Judas that require us to ask questions and search for Biblical answers to those questions. What truths can we learn studying Judas Iscariot?

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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: The Horrific Loss of Doing What Is Right in One’s Own Eyes (Judges 21:1-25) – Part 3: Rash Decisions

Tuesday, April 9th, 2019

Israel attempts to repair the damage of their sin rather than to repent of their sin. They ignore what God has revealed and continue to do what is right in their own eyes. What results is further carnage: murder, kidnapping, and rape. The weak lose when sin wins, and all in the name of “doing what is right.” We cannot fix what disobedience breaks with more disobedience.

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Timeline of Truth: The Horrific Loss of Doing What Is Right in One’s Own Eyes (Judges 19:29-20:48) – Part 2: Ruthless Violence

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019

Very dark days continue in Israel. We are taken from a display of rampant immorality to civil war and ruthless violence. Man’s ideas do not lead to God’s results. The Levite whose concubine is ravaged (to which he was an accomplice, having offered her in his stead) takes his now dead wife and dismembers her into 12 parts, and sends these parts to the 12 tribes of Israel. The horrified tribes assemble to find out the nature of this gruesome message. The Levite misrepresents the account to eliminate his own guilt, and in the process initiates what turns out to be a civil war. The 11 tribes seek to bring justice, and many die on both sides. God often allows great pain and death to bring us to our senses. The 11 tribes go beyond justice and ruthlessly destroy the tribe of Benjamin. Our revenge will not deal with offenses in a godly, just way, and it will only cause greater damage.

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Timeline of Truth: The Horrific Loss of Doing What Is Right in One’s Own Eyes (Judges 19:1-28) – Part 1: Rampant Immorality

Thursday, March 28th, 2019

In Judges, God shares some of the worst of what men can become when they reject His Word and do what is right in their own eyes. Judges 19 is very likely one of the darkest chapters in all of the Bible. Like Sodom, perverted men seek to sexually violate a visitor passing through town. What may be even worse, this visitor sends out his wife in his place! She is violated by the mob through the night, to the point of death. Rejecting God’s Word leads to selfishness, sexual perversion, and harm to everyone around us.

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Timeline of Truth: Jonathan, the Compromising Levite: Danites and Jonathan (Judges 18:1-31)

Tuesday, March 19th, 2019

Judges 18 continues the story of the Levite and Micah. This situation illustrates how, once you make sinful choices, it becomes easier and easier to continue to disobey.  We also find out the identity of the mysterious Levite: Jonathan, the grandson of Moses.  Spirituality is not inherited. It must be taught, and embraced. We are taught in this lesson that we must be diligent and committed to doing what is right.  It is too easy to abandon the things of God and to do what is right in our own eyes. 

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Timeline of Truth: Jonathan, the Compromising Levite: Micah and Jonathan (Judges 17)

Monday, March 11th, 2019

The mindset of the children of Israel during the time of the Judges was “everyone did what was right in his own eyes.”  Though the story of Micah and a certain Levite we see the dangers of ignoring God’s word and choosing to live by one’s own “wisdom.”  We need to learn that God’s ways are the way a Christian ought to live and ignoring His instructions only bring trouble and confusion.

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Timeline of Truth: Samson, the Selfish Judge – The Downfall of Samson (Judges 16:1-31)

Monday, March 4th, 2019

Samson’s life reaches an end that reflects his entire life. He lives his life for himself. Even in death, Samson dies to avenge his own eyes, not to vindicate God or to liberate God’s people. What can we learn from one who lived (and died) for himself?

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Timeline of Truth: Samson, the Selfish Judge – The Weakness of Samson (Judges 14:1-20)

Monday, February 4th, 2019

The Book of Judges shows that God accomplishes His work through both the faithful and unfaithful. God begins to use Samson begins as a rescuer of Israel all while Samson pursues sinful and selfish pleasures which violate the commands of God and the restrictions of the Nazirite vow. Samson’s biggest weakness is himself, and he allows his desires and lusts to dictate his choices. Samson begins his downward trek of sinful, self-destruction while God leverages this behavior to keep His promises. Bad choices may ruin our lives but not God’s plan or control.

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