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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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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: 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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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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What Does the Bible Say About Hell? (Part 1): Hades – Luke 16:19-31

Sunday, August 24th, 2014

What happens to someone who rejects God? Jesus tells of a specific example in Luke 16:19-31. He shares about a rich man and a man named Lazarus. The former was an unbeliever, and Lazarus a believer. The rich man woke up in incredible suffering.

Our Future Resurrection Changes Our Now (1 Corinthians 15:50-58)

Sunday, April 27th, 2014

The resurrection changes our lives, our outlooks, our focuses. Life is completely different because of our future. Our study ends with the 3 commands in the passage: Be careful, be alert, and be holy.

Timeline of Truth – Jacob Is Buried; Joseph Dies (Genesis 50)

Monday, October 21st, 2013

Genesis ends with the deaths of Jacob and Joseph. It also ends with the confidence of the descendents of Jacob returning to the Promised Land one day.

Timeline of Truth – Joseph Serves God in Prison (Genesis 39:21-40:23)

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

Wrongly accused, Joseph continues to serve God faithfully in prison.