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January 6, 2013

Give Me Your Heart: the Message of Deuteronomy

Give Me Your Heart: the Message of Deuteronomy

God’s Law for Israel was never intended to be rote obedience or even a way to earn favor with God. Obedience was always meant to be an overflow of a heart of love for God. This is why Jesus summarized the Law as loving God supremely and loving others selflessly (Matt 22:38). We must avoid the […]

December 9, 2012

Remembering the Rock (part 3)

Remembering the Rock (part 3)
December 2, 2012

Remembering the Rock (part 2)

Remembering the Rock (part 2)

God is altogether faithful (vv. 1–14), but he is also completely aware of our failings (vv. 15–18).

November 18, 2012

Good Start—Bad Finish (part 3)

Good Start—Bad Finish (part 3)

After a faithful and godly beginning, Asa’s reign finished poorly. He responded badly to a threatening situation (vv. 1–6), a prophet who confronted his sin (vv. 7–10), and to a punishing disease (vv. 11–14).

November 18, 2012

The Beginning of the End (part 2)

The Beginning of the End (part 2)

Jesus told his disciples not to have prepared statements, but to trust the Lord to give a solid answer (v. 15). Answering the question, “When will these things be, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the close of the age” (Matt 24:3), the Teacher gave an eschatology lesson. Jesus was clear that […]

November 11, 2012

The Beginning of the End (part 1)

The Beginning of the End (part 1)

These verses form a long answer to a short question (v. 7). In his eschatological address, Jesus moved his listeners from what they saw to what they would be seeing to the One who would be seen. Bible prophecy should thrill us when we realize that it all points to the Messiah ruling in all his […]

October 21, 2012

Good Start—Bad Finish (part 2)

Good Start—Bad Finish (part 2)

The beginning of King Asa’s rule was marked by his seeking the Lord (2 Chron 14:2, 4,7; 15:15) and relying on the Lord (2 Chron 14:7, 11). He set his heart against idol worship (2 Chron 14:3–5), but set his heart on true worship (2 Chron 15:8–15).

October 7, 2012

Good Start—Bad Finish (part 1)

Good Start—Bad Finish (part 1)

The beginning of King Asa’s rule was marked by his seeking the Lord (2 Chron 14:2, 4, 7; 15:15) and relying on the Lord (2 Chron 14:7, 11). He set his heart against idol worship (2 Chron 14:3–5), but set his heart on true worship (2 Chron 15:8–15).

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