Archive for March, 2018

Timeline of Truth: God Defeats Ai (Joshua 8:1-35)

Monday, March 26th, 2018

Timeline of Truth: God Defeats Ai (Joshua 8:1-35)
After dealing with Achan’s sin, Israel is again “right” before God.  God is now ready to give the city of Ai into the hands of His people.  Only when everything is right are God’s people able to have victory.  As His children, we need to walk in God’s ways.

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Jesus Addresses the Damage of Divorce (Luke 16:18)

Monday, March 26th, 2018

Jesus Addresses the Damage of Divorce (Luke 16:18)

Jesus is in the middle of teaching on money, and then brings up – divorce? His point is that if one is not faithful in the realm of money, one will certainly not be faithful in the realm of moralityIn this study, we take a brief and precise look at what Jesus said in Luke 16:18 about divorce. We first review what the Bible teaches on marriage, as one cannot understand what the Bible says about divorce without first understanding marriage. We then look at the impact of divorce on marriage, and then we examine the two situations where the Bible appears to allow for divorce. To understand God’s hatred of divorce, understand God’s design for marriage.

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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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MONEY MATTERS: Jesus Confronts the Money-Loving Pharisees (Luke 16:14-18)

Tuesday, March 20th, 2018

MONEY MATTERS: Jesus Confronts the Money-Loving Pharisees (Luke 16:14-18)

Jesus confronts the money-loving religious leaders that have been hearing Him speak and sneering at His teaching. Jesus points out their ungodly habit of trying to justify their ungodly money-loving attitudes and actions. He lets them know that what man considers important actually repulses God. Money often replaces God in people’s lives. Jesus also illustrates that when one refuses to follow God in one area, that person is likely to refuse to follow God in all areas, including morality and marriage. Are you like the money-loving Pharisees that put money first?

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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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MONEY MATTERS: Jesus Presents Two Principles Regarding Possessions (Luke 16:10-13)

Monday, March 12th, 2018

MONEY MATTERS: Jesus Presents Two Principles Regarding Possessions (Luke 16:10-13)

Jesus goes from telling stories to straight talk. He gives two principles that cannot be mistaken or missed. The first principle relates to reliability. Only those who are faithful with what little they already have can be counted on to be faithful with more. Faithfulness is not a matter of quantity. The second principle relates to loyalty. Jesus declares that absolutely no one can serve God and money. You may have the idea in your head that you can, but Jesus clearly says one master wins out. You can easily tell if God is your master by how you handle, pursue, and prize your money and possessions. Who is your master? God, or money? It’s easy to tell.

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Timeline of Truth: Joshua Recommits the People to the Lord (Joshua 5:1-15)

Monday, March 12th, 2018

God reinforces the commitment of the people to Him and His commitment to Joshua. Israel has finally entered the promised land.  God commands Joshua to circumcise the men because they did not obey that command in the wilderness.  God then appears to Joshua and lets him know that He is with him.  As believers, we must choose to be obedient in all things at all times.

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MONEY MATTERS: Jesus Commands Us to Use Our Money for Eternal Impact (Luke 16:1-9)

Monday, March 12th, 2018

MONEY MATTERS: Jesus Commands Us to Use Our Money for Eternal Impact (Luke 16:1-9)

Jesus tells a rather strange story of a man who worked for a rich guy as a manager. He was a “steward” who was in charge of the financial affairs of this rich man. However, he had loosely handled the finances of his boss and was “called in on the carpet.” His boss basically told him to tie things up because he was going to terminate his employment. He was no longer trustworthy. The soon-to-be-unemployed steward worried for a bit, and then set out on a plan to make friends on the outside with the authority he still held with his boss’s money. It worked, and his boss was impressed at his strategy. Jesus then compares that steward with us. Our money really belongs to God. And we are to use “our” money to make friends in eternity. How can that happen? Our study will answer that question.

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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

LESSONS FROM A SELF-RIGHTEOUS SON (Luke 15:25-32)

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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Timeline of Truth: Joshua Sets Up a Memorial of What God Has Done (Joshua 4:1-24)

Friday, March 2nd, 2018

God commands Joshua to set up a memorial in order that Israel would remember what God had done.  The stones which were removed from the Jordan when God stopped the water were set up so that generations to come would ask and learn about God.  We should make it a priority to remember who God is and what He has done for us.

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