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Timeline of Truth: The Horrific Loss of Doing What Is Right in One’s Own Eyes (Judges 25:1-25) – 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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A Walk-Through Christmas: Key Events Surrounding Jesus’ Birth

Tuesday, December 25th, 2018

Christmas is much more than a single moment of time. The Old Testament prophesies of Jesus’ birth in Genesis! In this “walk-through” Christmas, we focus on the earthly timeline of events as revealed in the Gospels. As we read the texts of Scripture, several from our congregation do a “walk-through,” representing the various individuals identified in the Biblical account. We begin when the angel appears to Mary, and we end when Jesus is a young man. Get a better picture of the entire account of Jesus’ Christmas coming!

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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 Victory of Gideon, the Faulty Judge (Judges 7:1-8:12)

Monday, November 5th, 2018

Timeline of Truth:  The Victory of Gideon, the Faulty Judge (Judges 7:1-8:12)
God continues to work through a fearful Gideon. God whittles down the responding army of 32,000 to only 300. He then orders Gideon to attack the Midianites. God does allow Gideon to go listen in on an enemy outpost, which fortifies Gideon’s faith. Then these 300 surround the enemy camp of 135,000 troops with trumpets and torch-containing pitchers as “weapons.” On signal, this tiny army of men break the pitchers (revealing the torches), shout, and blow their trumpets. God does the rest. God has the power to do much with little. 

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Jesus Seeks a Sinful Man that Seeks After Him (Luke 19:1-10)

Monday, September 17th, 2018

Jesus Seeks a Sinful Man that Seeks After Him (Luke 19-10)

You may have heard of the account of Zacchaeus as a child. This man was hated by his countrymen for at least two reasons. First, he collected taxes for the occupying Roman government. He was a traitor in the eyes of those around him. Second, the way he gained his great wealth was by overcharging his countrymen when collecting taxes. They hated him as a thief. This man, short in stature, knew of his great sinfulness and sought to catch a glimpse of Jesus by climbing a tree. Jesus not only saw this man but went to his house. Zacchaeus believed and was changed forever. He made it right with everyone he cheated and gave his remaining money to the poor. God can save the worst of sinners, and thereby change worst of sinners.

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Jesus Takes Time for a Blind Man (Luke 18:35-43)

Monday, September 17th, 2018

Jesus Takes Time for a Blind Man (Luke 18:35-43)

Luke records the account of a blind man who heard Jesus coming. The blind man began crying out to Jesus for mercy, believing He was the prophesied Son of David. The crowd tried to quiet the blind man, but he cried out all the more. Jesus indeed took note of this sightless man who understood more than the rest. Jesus healed this blind man because the blind man believed who Jesus truly was and thus, what He could do. Do you believe in Jesus?

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Timeline of Truth: God Deals with Disobedience (Joshua 7:1-26)

Tuesday, March 20th, 2018

Timeline of Truth: God Deals with Disobedience (Joshua 7:1-26)
God takes sin very seriously. When Israel disobeys God’s command, the consequences are severe. Joshua leads the people to make thing right and to sanctify themselves before God. As His children, we need to understand how serious sin is and we need to forsake it and obey God.

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Timeline of Truth: God Defeats Jericho (Joshua 6:1-27)

Monday, March 12th, 2018

God orchestrates the miraculous destruction of Jericho through the simple obedience of Israel. The first step in the conquest of Canaan has begun.  God has planned a miracle to give the city of Jericho over to the Israelites.  The people only need to obey God’s instruction and the victory is theirs.  Through strong leadership and faith, Jericho becomes the first victory for Israel.

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Timeline of Truth: God Does Wonders and Exalts Joshua (Joshua 3:1-17)

Wednesday, February 21st, 2018

God had a plan for Israel to cross the Jordan River, one of the largest natural barriers the nation had to face.  God gave the instructions and created the miracle for their passing, but it was up to Israel to obey.  God wants us to follow His plans and instructions in our lives.  When we do, we see God work.

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Timeline of Truth: Rahab Hides the Spies (Joshua 2:1-24)

Tuesday, February 13th, 2018

In this chapter, we encounter Rahab, a gentile harlot, who sees who God is and what He is doing.  By faith she chooses to forsake her people and to follow the Lord.  Rahab is an example to us of what it means to believe in God and to do what He wants us to do.

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