Archive for September, 2018

Timeline of Truth: Othniel, Faithful Foreigner (Judges 3:7-11)

Sunday, September 30th, 2018

Timeline of Truth:  Othniel, Faithful Foreigner  (Judges 3:7-11)
Israel continues in “the evil” in departing from God’s covenant and serving other, false gods. God acts in holy indignation, and “sells” Israel into the hands of an outside invader for eight years. The oppression is real, and Israel cries out to God in anguish. God, in His mercy, sends the first deliverer (in the book of Judges) – Othniel – to defeat the invaders. sending an outside conqueror to oppress Israel. We examine this “best” of deliverers (judges) found in this book, make some interesting observations about his connection to Israel, and draw two key lessons.

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Jesus Reinforces the Purpose of the Temple (Luke 19:45-48)

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

Jesus Reinforces the Purpose of the Temple (Luke 19:45-48)

As Jesus approaches His time of betrayal and crucifixion in Jerusalem, He does not sit idly by or hide in the shadows. Jesus continues on His mission to relay the truth of God as the Son of God. For a second time, Jesus purges the temple of those playing the game of religion. Why? First, by selling in the temple area, these sellers and buyers are violating the purpose of the temple – to be a house of prayer to all nations. The temple was intended by God as a place where people from any background could come and meet with the true God. Instead, those that should be encouraging the evangelism of the nations had actually displaced that purpose altogether. Second, these sellers and buyers had made it a “den of thieves.” Now no doubt the trading of money and sacrificial items was a means to cheat those arriving. But the quote from the Old Testament indicates more. The buyers and sellers were going through the motions of religion while rejecting the purpose of it. They were indeed fakers all. Jesus clearly tells them that their fake religion is not at all what God demands. What of your life? Are you, as a believer, using God’s temple (your body – 1 Cor 6:19-20) to reach out to unbelievers? Further, are you truly worshiping God and allowing Him to make you holy, or are you just going through the motions?

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Jesus Weeps Over Israel’s Coming Destruction (Luke 19:41-44)

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

Jesus Weeps Over Israel’s Coming Destruction (Luke 19:41-44)

In one of the most emotional moments of His entire earthly ministry, Jesus weeps for Jerusalem. Israel as a nation has rejected their Savior and Messiah, and their destruction is certain, including their leading city. Their refusal to acknowledge Jesus as the Promised One from God as foretold in the Old Testament has crossed a line of no return. Their time to respond has passed. They will be destroyed. Our own opportunity to respond to God’s mercy and salvation is limited. Will you respond to Jesus before it is too late for you?

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Jesus Is Presented as Messiah King (Luke 19:29-40)

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

Jesus Is Presented as Messiah King (Luke 19:29-40)

An event which in our day is called “Palm Sunday,” Jesus instructs a couple of His followers to do something rather strange: “Gotoo a village and get a colt that is tied up there.” In a fairly brief account, the details given are clear. Jesus presents Himself as the Messiah, the One promised of God throughout the Old Testament. How do Jesus’ followers react? How do religious leaders react? We find the answer to both questions. We also find seven lessons we ourselves can learn from this account. Have YOU acknowledged Jesus as the One God promised?

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Timeline of Truth: Spiritual Failure: God Sends Trouble on God-Forsakers (Judges 2:6 – 3:6)

Sunday, September 23rd, 2018

Timeline of Truth:  Spiritual Failure: God Sends Trouble on God-Forsakers  (Judges 2:6 – 3:6)
Chapter 2 of Judges looks deeper into the actions (or inactions) of Israel’s military failures of Chapter 1. We see the full-blown impact of disobedience and the eternity-impacting downward spiral that sin brings. Because Israel forsakes God and His covenant and plunges themselves deep into worshipping the gods of the nations they are around, God brings oppressors that make the lives of the nation of Israel miserable. Do they come back to God? No. They run further into sin and away from God. Does God wholly abandon them? No. In the midst of their discipline and punishment, God continues to show grace by raising up judges – limited and often very broken leaders – to free them from their oppressors for a time, and to keep Israel on course for His future promises.

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How Do I Stay Calm in Life’s Storms? (Philippians 4:4)

Wednesday, September 19th, 2018

“Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say, Rejoice!” Paul commands us, twice, to REJOICE. How can this be? We see in this study that we can rejoice, in any circumstance, by understanding the truth about God, identifying ineffective “anchors” to hold onto, and by focusing on eternal unmovables – anchors that hold. Life’s storms require God’s anchors.

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Jesus Shares a Parable of Response and Responsibility (Luke 19:11-28)

Monday, September 17th, 2018

Jesus Shares a Parable of Response and Responsibility (Luke 19:11-28)

Jesus tells what we call “The Parable of the Nobleman.” The nobleman needs to go away for an unspecified time to receive a kingdom. Before he leaves, he gives 10 of his servants each a sum of money to invest for him. Somewhere along the process, subjects of his kingdom send notice to him that they will not receive him as their king. The nobleman leaves, and after some time returns. He calls his servants and has them each give a report of what they had accomplished with his money. Some servants excel and report very high earnings, for which the nobleman rewards them with significant promotions. Another servant simply hid the money in lazy fashion and returned the same amount back to his master. The nobleman scolds the servant and gives the existing money to one of the obedient high-achievers. Once the nobleman deals with the servants, he brings the rebellious citizens before him and has them executed.

As the parable suggests, you are in one of two groups regarding your relationship with God: You are either (1) an inside servant (a believer), or (2) an outside rejector.  God will judge both. If you are an inside servant, you are either (1) obeying God by doing what He has assigned you to do, or you are (2) disobediently ignoring what your Master has assigned (and either way, you will give an account). Which group are you in? Which focus do you have?

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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: Military Failure: Partial Obedience Is Disobedience (Judges 1:1-2:5)

Sunday, September 16th, 2018

Timeline of Truth: Military Failure: Partial Obedience Is Disobedience (Judges 1:1 – 2:5)
With this lesson, we jump right into the first part of the two-part introduction. Chapter 1 of Judges records the failure of the tribes of Israel to conquer the land as commanded by God. They fail to drive out the enemy, dwell with the enemy, and some are even driven out by the enemy. God addresses this disobedience in 2:1-5, and indicates that He is withdrawing His special support of them. The remaining enemy among the children of Israel will be a thorn in their sides, and the false gods of these people will become a snare to them. Thus begins the Book of Judges and the fast decline of a nation who refuses to obey God.

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