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1 Samuel: servants after God’s own heart…and others

Many books of the Bible are commonly associated with a key verse, section, or recurring concept around which everything else seems to revolve. In 1 Samuel, that’s probably God’s call to be a servant after His own heart as we … Continue reading

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The book of Joshua: 3 promises of the Promised Land

Arguably, the most hotly contested land in the world is the little country of Israel. For millenia, Jewish people have claimed a literal God-given right to it; modern Muslims have said it’s theirs; and others believe it has a more … Continue reading

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Leviticus and Numbers: the Qualitative and Quantitative Love of God

Would you believe Leviticus and Numbers are two of my favorite books in the Bible?  I know…they can seem complex, redundant, and even weird.  But I hope to help you see that they are truly incredible expressions of God’s love. … Continue reading

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A Theme of Exodus: “the God of the Impossible, the Insignificant, and the Undeserving”

I am a huge fan of movies about heroes, especially if they’re an underdog.  They see someone in need and save them by risking their own skin, often losing some of it in the process.  It reminds me of what’s most … Continue reading

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Genesis 38, is God sometimes random?

Have you ever wondered if the Lord is sometimes random?  Take Genesis 38, for example.  For the first 11 chapters of Genesis, the Lord revealed how He created everything, why Mankind rebelled against Him, and how our ‘independence’ only gets … Continue reading

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1 & 2 Chronicles (part 1 of 3): the King of Eternity

A chronicle is an historical record, usually of someone very important like a king.  1 and 2 Chronicles are a rich, complex, and long a record of the King.  As is the case with most of God’s living Word, there … Continue reading

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1 & 2 Kings (part 1 of 2): the need for godly leadership

Love in Christ is vertical and horizontal. Godly leadership is the horizontal care for others by equipping and encouraging them to follow the Lord by faith.  It is the Lord Himself dwelling among His people toward that goal, and it … Continue reading

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1 & 2 Kings (part 2 of 2): the need for godly counsel

Last week we looked at 1 and 2 Kings as a graphic record of the need for godly leadership.  These same two books also show the ongoing need for godly counsel, especially to leaders who were wayward or felt stuck. … Continue reading

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2 Samuel: because human kingdoms get muddy

As powerfully as the book of 1 Samuel gave us clear distinctions between servants after God’s own heart versus pretenders after their own profit, 2 Samuel shows us that it’s not always that clear. This record of God’s people is … Continue reading

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1 & 2 Chronicles (part 2 of 3): the King of Joy

Last week we started looking at a three-dimensional view of God’s love in “1 & 2 Chronciles (part 1 of 3):  the King of Eternity“.  You can refer to that article to see that one clear dimension of God’s love … Continue reading

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The book of Ruth: 4 subtle “why’s” that ask for the Answer

Ruth is a favorite among many people.  It grips us by the familiar struggle for security, meaning, and identity.  And we long to know its romance, provision, and eventual overcoming.  Yet, it subtly points to even more good news than … Continue reading

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The book of Judges: …right in our own eyes

The last few chapters of Judges describe professing followers of God committing some of the most horrific acts in the Bible. What happened, and what are we to learn from this?  One thing is clear, the problem didn’t happen overnight. … Continue reading

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What’s different in Deuteronomy?

One of the challenges to reading straight through the Bible is getting through all of the repetition in Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.  It just seems the books could have been a lot shorter if the Lord didn’t repeat Himself so … Continue reading

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Seeing the Consistent Gospel: the 8 “P”s in Jesus’ Teaching

The previous post in this series, “Theology Thursdays”, introduced how to see God’s consistent good news in 8 “P”s of Jesus’ life.  For an even broader introduction, you can view Seeing the Consistent Gospel of Christ in 8 “P”s from Genesis … Continue reading

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Seeing the Consistent Gospel: the 8 “P”s in Jesus’ Life

The last post in this series, “Theology Thursdays”, introduced how to see God’s consistent good news throughout the Bible in 8 “P”s of the Gospel.  If you haven’t seen Seeing the Consistent Gospel of Christ in 8 “P”s from Genesis … Continue reading

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Seeing the Consistent Gospel of Christ in 8 “P”s from Genesis to Revelation

Have you ever struggled to see God’s consistent good news throughout the Bible? Would you like to understand and explain the Scriptures by a few simple themes?   I think I can help you with that. The introductory video below … Continue reading

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The Heart of God

When I think of God’s heart, I think about my Dad.  Kindness, strength, practical wisdom, commitment, forgiveness, and, most of all, compassion for the lost have marked my Dad’s life.  In fact, today is his 80th birthday. I’m sad that … Continue reading

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How joyful is God?

I have to confess, I’m not a naturally joyful person. Probably like you, I’ve seen and experienced a lot of junk in my life.  So each time I open the Bible, I naturally (and I use that word very intentionally) … Continue reading

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Theology Thursdays

Every person has a theology: a system of beliefs about God that drives their actions, emotions, and relationships with others. Even if they can’t articulate it exactly (or believe there is no God), their choices and attitudes reveal what they … Continue reading

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Satisfaction Sundays

How can we find greater and greater satisfaction in God? By knowing that, through the work of Jesus Christ and the Spirit, God the Father finds great satisfaction in all who follow Jesus by faith in Him. In this series … Continue reading

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