Archive for September, 2019

Timeline of Truth: Naomi Seeks a Better Future for Her Daughters-in-Law (Ruth 1:8-18)

Sunday, September 22nd, 2019

Naomi displays her loving care for her daughters-in-law, even in the aftermath of terrible circumstances and at the cost of her own personal provision and her only remaining loving relationships. She attempts to send Orpah and Ruth back to their own families. Orpah heads for home. Ruth selflessly commits herself to Naomi. God uses Ruth in profound ways God wants us to make significant, permanent, often costly life choices for Him.

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Jesus Gives His Final Words to His Apostles: NOT YOURS (Acts 1:6-7)

Sunday, September 22nd, 2019

God has not given us access to all information. He has given us the information we need for life and godliness. In Acts 1:6, the apostles ask if Jesus is going to restore the kingdom to Israel. Jesus replies by saying that information regarding times and seasons is something God has not given to us. Jesus’ response also teaches us about the kingdom that will certainly be restored to Israel.

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Timeline of Truth: Naomi Makes Difficult Decisions (Ruth 1:5-7)

Sunday, September 15th, 2019

Naomi is required to make wise decisions. Having experienced the death of her husband and then the death of her sons, Naomi is left without provision and without protection. We trace the process of Naomi’s decision, and learn the importance of making godly decisions, and following through on those decisions.

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Jesus Gives His Final Words to His Apostles: STAY & WAIT (Acts 1:4-5)

Sunday, September 15th, 2019

Luke starts where he left off in his gospel by focusing on Jesus’ last day and last words. Luke records two commands that Jesus gives – stay in Jerusalem, and wait for the Promise of the Father (the Holy Spirit). We take time to consider whom Jesus was addressing, and why it matters a great deal.

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Timeline of Truth: Tragedy, Added to Adversity, Added to Apostasy (Ruth 1:1-5)

Sunday, September 8th, 2019

The Book of Ruth begins with a very poor scenario. Those highlighted in this book find themselves in a country that is driven by apostasy, having departed from God, and thus, truth and righteousness. Added to that, the country is suffering from a widespread famine, which impacts its inhabitants. On top of these difficulties, the key family suffers the personal tragedy of multiple deaths of loved ones. Life is full of troubles, but God is always sin control.

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The Book of Acts: Luke Continued

Sunday, September 8th, 2019

Luke introduces his second volume, the Book of Acts, by looking back at his first volume, the Gospel of Luke. Luke affirms the certainty of the evidence of his first volume as he beings his second volume.

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Acts: The Empowered Church in Action – Introduction

Monday, September 2nd, 2019

With this message, we launch into the Book of Acts! Having finished our study of the Book of Luke, we continue forward in history in this book known as “The Acts of the Apostles.” As we get started, we examine why the Book of Acts is so critical. We look briefly at 17 reasons why Acts is so important.

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Timeline of Truth: Introduction to the Book of Ruth

Monday, September 2nd, 2019

We’re off and running! We have recommenced our Timeline of Truth with the next chronological book – the Book of Ruth. In this introductory lesson, we discuss who might have written the book, the timing of the writing of the book, and the timing of the events of the book. Additionally, we review the key theme of Ruth, other key purposes of Ruth, and, with help from Dr. Thomas Constable’s notes, highly four revelations, three values, and three major lessons found in Ruth. We end with 20 questions that we will seek to answer throughout our study of Ruth. You can be righteous and pure in evil times!

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