Faith and perseverance

February 19, 2017

FAITH AND perseverance are at the heart of today’s New Testament study. We conclude the remarkable Book of Hebrews with a discussion of the Old Testament patriarchs who were accounted righteous because of their faith. Then we move to Paul’s second letter to Timothy, in which he exhorts the young man to keep fighting the good fight.

The divine council in action

February 12, 2017

GOD HAS a council that carries out His commands, and this week we get one of the few glimpses into its workings recorded in the Bible. It’s the story of Ahab’s demise in battle against the Syrians at Ramoth-Gilead, where the king of Israel is enticed by lying spirits to go to his doom.

A change in the priesthood

February 12, 2017

AGAIN WE find it impossible to get through more than a few chapters of the incredible Book of Hebrews. These chapters systematically make the case for the superiority of Jesus and the new covenant in his blood to the old covenant under the Law given to Moses.

Smackdown on Mount Carmel!

February 5, 2017

THE MOST famous confrontation between a prophet of the Lord and prophets of a fallen lesser elohim is at the center of today’s study. Of course we’re referring to the showdown between Elijah and the prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel.

“I will tell of your name to my brothers…”

February 5, 2017

THE SUPREMACY of Jesus is the theme of the Book of Hebrews. This week, we discuss his mission to restore humanity to the divine council, which will culminate in a wonderful scene on the mount of assembly.

War between them all their days

January 22, 2017

THE TALE of two kingdoms continues in our Old Testament study this week. We get the stories of the northern kings of Israel Nadab, Baasha, Elah, Zimri, and Omri, and the southern kings of Judah Abijah, Asa, and Jehoshaphat.

Gentleness and respect

January 22, 2017

ENDURANCE THROUGH suffering. That’s the overarching message of the epistle of 1 Peter. But there’s a lot more in there that we had forgotten.

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.

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