Archive for the ‘Pride’ Category

Timeline of Truth: The Six Minor Judges (Judges 3, 10, 12)

Thursday, January 24th, 2019

Timeline of Truth:  The Six Minor Judges (Judges 3:31; 10:1-5; 12:8-15)   Most have heard of Gideon, Samson, Barak, and Jepthah. Some have heard of Othniel and Ehud. Most have never heard of Shamgar, Tola, Jair, Ibzan, Elon, and Abdon, the six minor judges reported in the Book of Judges in just 14 verses. What can we learn from these “hardly mentioned” rescuers?

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Timeline of Truth: The Fallout of Gideon, the Faulty Judge (Judges 8:31-9:57)

Monday, November 19th, 2018

Timeline of Truth:  The Fallout of Gideon, the Faulty Judge (Judges 8:31–9:57)
Gideon’s negative impact does not end with his death. Gideon’s choices and sins produce an environment of death and destruction. Gideon’s son, Abimelech, makes a pact with the leaders of his pagan city and murders all of his many brothers (except the one that hid and escaped) and then sets himself up as king (a position Gideon lived, though maybe without the title). Abimelech follows in his father’s footsteps but with magnified violence and vengeance. God addresses the sin of Abimelech and the men of his city and allows each to destroy the other. Our choices and actions create lasting impact beyond our lifetimes. What impact are you creating? 

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Timeline of Truth: The Downfall of Gideon, the Faulty Judge (Judges 8:13-34)

Monday, November 12th, 2018

Timeline of Truth:  The Downfall of Gideon, the Faulty Judge (Judges 8:13-34)
God miraculously secures victory for Gideon. Gideon allows the credit to go to himself rather than to God and reflects a prideful embrace in an unofficial kingship. In just a brief number of verses (8:13-34), we trace the many evidences that Gideon glories in himself and his newly found (but God-given) success. His actions and his influence lead Israel away from God, encourage idolatry, and set the stage for worse things to come. The truth Gideon did not embrace: Spiritual success requires humble recognition of God and the accurate assessment of oneself.

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Jesus Confirms Our Need to Humbly Admit Our Sinfulness (Luke 18:9-14)

Tuesday, May 29th, 2018

Jesus Confirms Our Need to Humbly Admit Our Sinfulness (Luke 18:9-14)

Jesus addresses those who had come to trust in their own righteousness by telling the parable of a Pharisee and a tax collector praying at the temple.  The Pharisee prays, listing his righteous resume’. In stark contrast, the tax collector can only ask for mercy and acknowledge his sinfulness. Only one went away pronounced righteous, and it was not the self-righteous Pharisee. How can this be? What must we learn?

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Jesus Tells the Parable of a Father and His Two Sons #3 (Luke 15:25-32) – Lessons from a Self-Righteous Son

Monday, March 12th, 2018


Nothing quite sets us off like someone living wrongly and then getting by with it while we having been doing the right thing all along and seem to get nothing for our efforts. Though you might relate to this attitude, Jesus actually finishes this “prodigal son” story showing how sinful this attitude can really be. The younger, wasteful son returns home to a forgiving father. This father throws a big party to celebrate the repentance of his “lost” son. Then the older son comes home from working in the field to discover this. He is steaming! He has “always” done right and has “never” gone against his father, and he has not gotten even the smallest recognition. The father in the story is used by Jesus to illustrate how this attitude is not righteous at all. We can learn to see repentant sinners from God’s eyes. Maybe we are able to learn from all three in the story: the prodigal younger son, the forgiving father, and the self-righteous older son.

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Jesus Will Turn Your Social Life Upside Down (Luke 14:1-14)

Thursday, January 11th, 2018

Jesus helps us see the right way to live out humility and selflessness toward others. Learn to take the last place, and to be a blessing to those who cannot return your kindness.

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9 Reasons You Need to Read the Word of God Every Day

Sunday, December 31st, 2017

Though not an exhaustive list, this study challenges us to read the Bible every day because we need to read it every day. Here are nine outstanding reasons for every believer to be reading God’s Word every day. Further, be encouraged to read through the entire Bible each year by means of the three benefits we receive by reading through the Bible every year.

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Timeline of Truth – God Sends Frogs, Lice, & Flies (Exodus 8:1-32)

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

God proceeds to show Pharaoh and all of Egypt that the false gods of the land are nothing, and that HE is the TRUE God.

Do Not Love the World (1 John 2:15-17)

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

Another passage for our Key Christian Passages series is 1 John 2:15-17.

God commands us not to love the world, nor the things in the world, then He gives us 4 reasons why.