1-2 Kings records the tumultuous history of Israel from the end of David's reign to the traumatic exiles by Assyria and Babylon. More than just a dry record of events, these books carry serious theological lessons.
For both the original audience and for us, these lessons are given so we can avoid repeating their tragic mistakes. We can learn from this history about how to be faithul to God whether in times of success or times of distress. It doesn't have to be "all downhill from here" if we are willing to pay close attention to the truths underlined in these stories.
Everyone loves a good story. Something within us is wired to connect to a well-crafted narrative.
Jesus understood this and often used parables to explain what it means to be part of God's Kingdom people. Parables have long been described as "earthly stories with heavenly meaning", which is certainly true. Jesus parables aren't all nice, neat, formulaic fables however.
In this series, we'll explore the nuances and depth of these spiritual stories. Specifically we'll concentrate on the parables found in Luke and discover how they still impact our lives today.
There are many commonly-known and oft-quoted Bible verses that for one reason or another, have been misunderstood and misused by many Christians.
In this series, we will try to get to the truth of what's really going on in some of the more misquoted passages of Scripture. We're sorry, but not really sorry if this spoils things for you. But we promise it will be better in the long run if we can uncover what's really being said.
Isaiah's book of prophecy that bears his name is an incredible compilation of messages spanning the last decades and even centuries of the Kingdom of Israel. Even for a prophetic book, it is complex, confusing, and astonishingly convicting.
While it is easy to read it and have trouble making sense of the various parts, when in-depth study is attempted, the beauty of the book shines through. The diligent reader and student of Isaiah will ultimately discover that Isaiah's messages are about revealing the Lord as King. His Kingship is multi-faceted and awe-inspiring when one is able to see how all the specific pictures fit into the overall picture.
Join us on our journey as we explore who God is as our King and what is plans are for His people and His Kingdom.
This Christmas season, we learn about the birth of Christ from some of the surrounding characters in the story.
The Scribe in Herod's Court, the Innkeeper who found some space for Joseph and Mary, and the Angel who announced the birth of the Messiah.
James is a fascinating book that covers a variety of topics. From playing favorites to faith healing, James has words of wisdom for a plethora of situations. Some have seen a lack of unified thought but a careful review finds that James is exhorting the people of God to display their genuine faith. His instructions ultimately paint a picture of what working faith looks like in the mess and chaos of everyday life.
One of the most common themes in the New Testament is the command to "One Another". Regardless of the book or author, the New Testament places a priority on how we interact as the body of Christ.
This series investigates the major One Another commands as we seek to be the kind of community God wants us to be.
Esther is one of the most complicated stories in all of Scripture. It has been disparaged, praised, ignored, and sanitized.
A straightforward reading of this book brings up a lot of moral questions, including "Where is God and why isn't He mentioned?" As we work through this book, we'll discover God's fingerprints are all over this story as He works behind the scenes to accomplish His will.
In the end, the book reminds us that nothing can stop God from keeping His promises. It's a glorious truth repeated from Genesis all the way to Revelation. And here in Esther, we see it play out despite the participants including unwitting world leaders and unfaithful people.
We live in a very developed and technological age. Many problems of the past are no longer issues. We read of ancient cultures and peoples sometimes believing we'd never make the same mistakes.
Idolatry seems like one of those struggles the ancients had to deal with that we no longer worry about. If we buy into that, we're seriously deceiving ourselves. Our idols may look different and our idolatry may take different forms, but we are still guilty of it.
In this series, each week we'll expose a different American Idol that we need to be wary of.