Exodus 17:1-7: The Rock is Christ

The hymn writer, Augustus Toplady, best-known for “Rock of Ages,” grew up in a religious English family.  Contrary to his upbringing, he later left the Church as a young man.  The Lord, however, guides in mysterious ways, using his brother, who decided to visit friends in Ireland.  So, Augustus went along.  At a religious gathering, the Gospel… [more]

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Romans, Lesson 20: The True Israel includes Gentiles

When we take in the macro structure of Romans, we find: Romans 1-8: God’s inclusion of the Gentiles Romans 9-11: God’s inclusion of Israel Romans 12-15: Gentiles and Jews getting along Within this section focusing on Israel, we find a chronological arc:  Israel’s past (9:1-29): God’s fidelity to Israel revealed itself through… [more]

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David, Lesson 4: Sinner and Repentant

David unites both north and south.  The capital is now Jerusalem, but Israel is still not without rancor.  The former king, Saul, is dead; yet, some of his sons still survive.  How will David deal with their threat to his rule?  2 Samuel 21 reveals further information, which took place earlier in the chronology of David’s life.  Of Saul’s… [more]

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Mathew 8:23-27: Jesus Saves Amid Our Storms of Life

The story is your story, soaked into the fabric of your being.  The sun warms your face, but the sound of distant thunder echoes in your ears.  At once, gray skies banish the blue, and the gloominess of clouds sends away the brightness of the sun. A howling wind drives away the calm, and smooth water now lashes out in turbulence.  Cold sweat forms… [more]

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Romans, Lesson 19: Jesus Comes to You in the Word and Does the Doing

When we take in the macro structure of Romans, we find: Romans 1-8: God’s inclusion of the Gentiles Romans 9-11: God’s inclusion of Israel Romans 12-15: Gentiles and Jews getting along Paul still deals with the question, “How do we understand the role of Israel in the New Covenant?”  Today’s lesson delves into Paul’s second… [more]

Romans, Lesson 19: Jesus Comes to You in the Word and Does the Doing Romans, Lesson 19: Jesus Comes to You in the Word and Does the Doing