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Communion Concepts in the Book of Revelation

Monday, January 6th, 2020
Communion Concepts in the Book of Revelation

Communion, or the Lord’s Table, can be a dry and even boring exercise. It should not be. The concepts relating to communion – the selfless, sacrificial death of Jesus, His resurrection, and His return – are all found throughout the Book of Revelation. We find the Lamb – the title used most often for Jesus in Revelation – revealed in four major themes in Revelation.

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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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What to Know and Learn from the Betrayer of Jesus #3 (Acts 1:16-26+)

Sunday, November 24th, 2019

In this study, we complete our look at Judas Iscariot, the betrayer of Jesus, by examining the possibility of falsehood in salvation and in sanctification. As Judas could be a fake follower of Jesus, doing so for his own selfish reasons rather than being a true believer, so others can fake salvation for their own reasons. Others can be believers who fake or fail in truly following Jesus obediently. we look at five types of fakes or failures in sanctification (faking their walk with God). When then briefly look at 8 lessons to consider, including both warnings and realities, in this 3-part series. Not everyone who claims to follow Christ is truly a believer or an obedient believer.

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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: Boaz Goes to the Gate to Secure Ruth’s Future (Ruth 4:1-6)

Monday, November 11th, 2019

Boaz promptly keeps his promise to pursue a Biblical solution for Ruth. He gets to the city gate early to be able to meet the closer relative. He gathers the necessary witnesses and gets down to business. He truly works to bring the uncertain future of Ruth to a certain end. Like Boaz, when we know what God wants us to do, we need to do it promptly.

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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 Returns from Gleaning, and Naomi Responds (Ruth 2:18-23)

Monday, October 21st, 2019

When Naomi sees the amount of grain Ruth brings home, she is amazed. When Ruth informs her who the owner of the field is that Ruth has been gleaning in, she is elated. Naomi instructs her 20-something daughter-in-law to follow the directions of Boaz for her protection and maximum provision, and possibly has other, longer-term ideas in mind. Naomi begins to see the work of God amid her sufferings as He acts through the loyal, loving efforts of Ruth.

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Timeline of Truth: Boaz Rewards Ruth’s Choices (Ruth 2:4-17)

Sunday, October 13th, 2019

Ruth has hit the ground running, seeking to glean after the harvesters as allowed by the Law in order to provide for her mother-in-law and herself. God providentially brings her to the field of Boaz. Boaz, a righteous man in a very ungodly time, takes steps to protect and provide for her while she gleans. God rewards Ruth for her obedience and sacrifice through this righteous man in the midst of her very hard work. God teaches us eight lessons of righteous conduct from both Boaz and Ruth.

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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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