The change Israel hoped for (2,900 years ago)

January 15, 2017

THE DIVISION of the kingdom of Israel is the focus of our Old Testament study this week. Rehoboam, son of Solomon, gets bad advice from his young friends, not just rejecting the request of the northern tribes for tax relief, but doing so with a rather crude euphemism.

Church leadership according to Paul

January 15, 2017

CHURCH LEADERSHIP and proper behavior for Christians is the focus of Paul’s letters that we study this week. Timothy had been left in charge of the church Ephesus, while Titus had been left on the island of Crete to shepherd the new church there.

Solomon loses his way

January 8, 2017

ENTANGLEMENTS WITH cares of the world, whether it’s business, politics, or personal relationships, can distract us from what we’re called to do by God. This week, we see the fall of Solomon, whose wives draw him into the worship of pagan gods.

The whole armor of God

January 8, 2017

OUR STUDY in the New Testament this week focuses on military formations and tactics, although it might not seem that way at first.

All is vanity

December 4, 2016

ANOTHER BOOK of wisdom attributed to Solomon is our Old Testament study this week. The collected sayings of “the Preacher” are generally gloomy, but only in that they remind us of the folly of pursuing material things apart from God.

Paul from prison

December 4, 2016

LETTERS FROM Paul in Rome are the focus of this week’s New Testament study, and there is a lot of meat here. Paul addressed errant teachings that threatened to undermine the gospel of salvation by grace through faith at Colossae and Ephesus.

Iron sharpens iron

November 20, 2016

PROVERBS OF Solomon copied at the direction of King Hezekiah are the focus of our Old Testament study this week.

Paul’s journey to Rome

November 20, 2016

PAUL TRAVELED to Rome in A.D. 60, but not the way he would have wanted. Getting a ride on an Alexandrian grain ship, Paul and his traveling companions ran aground at Malta where they spent the winter before completing the journey to Rome.

Praise and faithfulness

November 13, 2016

PRAISE THE Lord! That’s the theme of the Psalms in today’s Old Testament study. We examine a half dozen psalms of praise and find divine council language, making it clear that the psalmists knew that other (small-G) gods existed.

Paul and the Pharisees vs. the Sadducees

November 13, 2016

PAUL RETURNS to Jerusalem in this week’s study, in spite of warnings from believers from Asia to Judea that he would be arrested and possibly killed. But Paul already knew that.

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