Our generation’s cynicism, even skepticism, about truth has become so much a part of the spirit of the times that we give but little thought to the damage this can wreak on society and culture.
We live in a world of lies, half-truths, and outright deceit concerning some of the most important matters people can consider. Even in the Church, the tendency to try to “improve” on God’s truth, or to force God’s truth into the frail glass slipper of our preferred ways of thinking, is in many ways gaining ground.
Only those who stand firm under the truth of God will have the discernment, wisdom, and grace needed to help our world find its way out of darkness and unbelief into light and life in Jesus Christ. But this will only be the case as we resolve to let God be true with respect to all matters on which He speaks, and to regard alternative opinions as unreliable.
The Truth that Makes Us Free looks at the big questions that every human being needs to confront, and it urges us to do so from under the cope of divine revelation in Scripture. Only as we stand under the Word of God will be able to rise above the lies of our day and live fully and fruitfully within the light of truth.
Light is a powerful image for representing Jesus Christ and His Kingdom. Jesus identified Himself as the Light of the world. In His Kingdom, all who believe in Him walk in the light as He is in the light.
But what does this mean? What are the effects of it? How does this happen? And what does it mean for us to refract rather than merely reflect the light of Christ into our world?
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.
Besides being the longest chapter in the Bible, Psalm 119 is distinct in other ways. Except for the first three verses, Psalm 119 is entirely a prayer. In it the anonymous psalmist pours out his heart in longing to know God’s Word and to gain the benefits it affords. Psalm 119 is an abecedarian psalm, as we will explain, and this makes it a long and beautiful poem as well.
- Psalm 119 - Intro
- Psalm 119:1-8
- Psalm 119:9-16
- Psalm 119: 17-24
- Psalm 119: 24-32
- Psalm 119:41-48
- Psalm 119:33-40
- Psalm 119:41-48
- Psalm 119:49-56
- Psalm 119:57-64
- Psalm 119:65-72
- Psalm 119:73-80
- Psalm 119:81-88
- Psalm 119:89-96
- Psalm 119:97-104
- Psalm 119:105-112
- Psalm 119:113-120
- Psalm 119:121-128
- Psalm 119:129-136
- Psalm 119:137-144
- Psalm 119:145-152
- Psalm 119:153-160
- Psalm 119:161-168
- Psalm 119:169-176
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 book of Acts is one of the most important books in the New Testament. It bridges the Old Testament into the New, the Gospels into the Apostolic Age, and the whole of Scripture into the time/space continuum in which we live and move and have our being.
- Acts 1: The Beginning of the Ongoing
- Acts 2: The Beginning of the Last Days
- Acts 3: The Kingdom Among Us
- Acts 4: No Other Name
- Acts 5: Sin, Surge, Suffering, Rejoicing
- Acts 6-7: Kingdom Sign and Outpost
- Acts 8: Scattered Seeds
- Acts 9: What's In a Name?
- Acts 10: The Gospel to the Gentiles
- Acts 11: Mission to the Gentiles
- Acts 12: The Right and Only King
- Acts 13: On a Roll
- Acts 14-15: The Gentile Question
- Acts 16: The Gospel to Europe
- Acts 17: Savior and King
- Acts 18: Corinth to Antioch
- Acts 19: Ephesus
- Acts 20: Paul's Legacy
- Acts 21: Paul's Legacy (2)
- Acts 22-23: Paul's Trials (1)
- Acts 24-26: Paul's Trials (2)
- Acts 27-28: Paul's Trials (3)
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.