The book of Judges is about failure, and the failures get off to a great start. The tribes of Israel repeatedly fail to finish the job of driving out all the Canaanites. Some failures are worse than others, but there are very few successes. This book will be one long downhill slide.
Paul is upset that the Galatians have been led astray by a group of Judaizers into thinking they need to be circumcised to be Christians. He starts his apologetic case against them by establishing his authority and by pointing out the confirmation he received from Peter, James, and Paul. More logic to come.
With the death of Moses, the task of leading Israel into the promised land is dumped on Joshua. The LORD promises to be with him and tells Joshua to be strong and courageous. So, when the people say the same words to Joshua, even though they couldn’t have heard the LORD say them, it’s a powerful moment.
- Joshua Week 1: Time for Courage
- Joshua Week 2: It's All Supernatural
- Joshua Week 3: Remember
- Joshua Week 4: God's Command
- Joshua Week 5: Winning and Losing
- Joshua Week 6: Change in Perspective
- Joshua Week 7: The Mistake
- Joshua Week 8: Honor and Covenants
- Joshua Week 9: The Record
- Joshua Week 10: Responsibility
- Joshua Week 11: Failure
- Joshua Week 12: Trust
- Joshua Week 13: God's Justice System
- Joshua Week 14: Learning Sabbath Rest
- Joshua Week 15: A Monument to God's Sovereignty
- Joshua Week 16: Keeping the Faith
The foundation of the faith is that it’s true—John saw and touched Jesus. The foundation of the gospel is that Jesus is light and the propitiation for our sins. The foundation of the practice of Christianity is fellowship (koinonia).
The prophet Amos, a sheep breeder, declares that The LORD roars from Zion. God is not happy. Judgement is coming.
This first week in the Gospel of John is logical instead of chronological. Jesus is introduced as the Word. Then John tells us that the Word is the Life and the Life is the Light that gives light to all men. John also brings in John the Baptist to testify to who this Light is. Those who receive this Light are given the right to become children of God!
When Nebuchadnezzar moves the temple treasures into the temple of his God, he makes it all about who is God, instead of about his personal wealth. Good. The battle is now joined. Next, he tries to erase the captives’ culture by changing their names. But their personalities are unchanged. There will be conflict.
- Daniel Week 1: Who Is God?
- Daniel Week 2: God Speaks Through Daniel
- Daniel Week 3: A Test of Faith
- Daniel Week 4: Sinful Fear
- Daniel Week 5: Discipline and Restoration
- Daniel Week 6: Arrogance
- Daniel Week 7: Agendas - God's and Others
- Daniel Week 8: Power
- Daniel Week 9: Worry
- Daniel Week 10: Humble Yourself
- Daniel Week 11: For His Sake
- Daniel Week 12: Big Vision
- Daniel Week 13: The End
We see with more than just our eyes; we see with our minds. Christians have a different mindset. This allows them to see things non-Christians don’t see — God’s hand in things, His purposes, His kingdom. Through the examples of Paul and Silas, Ananias, Simon the sorcerer, and Martha, we explain the difference between regular eyesight and seeing with Christian eyes.
Romans is Paul’s most thorough treatise on systematic theology. Paul’s opens it with his usual salutation, referring to himself as a bondservant (doulos) of Christ. Then he launches into a blistering criticism of hedonistic behavior, which he ascribes to idolatry. Paul doesn’t spare believers either, saying that we who condemn others are guilty of the same things.
- Romans Week 1: The Foundation of the Gospel
- Romans Week 2: Sin and Judgment
- Romans Week 3: The Structure of Grace
- Romans Week 4: The Genesis of Faith
- Romans Week 5: Liberation
- Romans Week 6: Sin's Residue
- Romans Week 7: Life in the Spirit
- Romans Week 8: Justice and Mercy
- Romans Week 9: Spreading the Gospel
- Romans Week 10: Remnant Theology
- Romans Week 11: The Spirit Led Life
- Romans Week 12: Christian Posture
- Romans Week 13: Using Judgment
- Romans Week 14: Accepting What Comes Our Way
- Romans Week 15: Binding Fellowship
The things of God are wonderful, beautiful, and glorifying. We should thank God for His cleverness, creativity, holiness, and mercy every day. But Job said that he spoke of things “too wonderful for me.” Is there something we’re supposed to avoid talking about, or even thinking about?
We investigate that in this series.