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Deuteronomy 8 and The Rich Fool

This morning we are in Deuteronomy 7 and 8.  Again, the people are poised on the edge of entering the Promised Land after wandering for forty years in the wilderness.  This is the farewell speech that lasts for 34 chapters. At the end there is nothing left unsaid that was meant to be said.  There is nothing left undone. As Paul said to the believers in Ephesus, “For I have not hesitated to proclai ...[Read More]

Deuteronomy 4

First, I have often wondered why Moses even bothered to take one last opportunity at the end of his life to instruct the Israelites.  After all, for forty years they had been rebellious and stiff-necked. They had repeatedly disobeyed, complained, grumbled, and gone their own way.  Not only that but as he says in verse 21, “The Lord was angry with me because of you and he solemnly swore that I woul ...[Read More]

Galatians 6:10

Preface:  This is a shortened lesson to help us think about a class project we are going to do with the rest of the church – a day of service in the community.  For the shortened lesson this morning I want to focus on Galatians 6:10.  “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good t ...[Read More]

Deuteronomy: Forgetting and Remembering

1.  Some of us are getting to the age where we have trouble remembering and an easy time forgetting. I like the stories of Einstein forgetting where he lived. He would get lost in thought and have to call the campus guard to find out where he lived or he would lose his ticket on the train and not know where to get off. That reminded me of an old story. A couple had dinner at another couple’s house ...[Read More]

Numbers 27: Leadership Transition

Leadership Transition   Then the LORD said to Moses, “Go up this mountain in the Abarim Range and see the land I have given the Israelites. After you have seen it, you too will be gathered to your people, as your brother Aaron was, for when the community rebelled at the waters in the Desert of Zin, both of you disobeyed my command to honor me as holy before their eyes.” Moses said to the LORD ...[Read More]

Numbers 11: The Rabble

The Rabble Numbers 11 Carol and I were at a reception this week for a ministry working in the Middle East.  One of the questions was about the Bibles the new believers were given. Did they give them the whole Bible or just the New Testament?  Just the New Testament until they had become stronger in their faith because there is too much in the Old Testament that might confuse them about God or enco ...[Read More]

Numbers 9:15-23

Our assignment for the next several weeks is the book of Numbers.  It is called Numbers because the Greek translation of the Old Testament known as the Septuagint called it “Arithmoi” after the lists recorded in the first few chapters.  The Latin Vulgate translation picked up on the Greek title and named the book Numeri from which the English translations derived the title of Numbers for the book. ...[Read More]

Ephesians 6:10-17

The Armor of God One of the downsides of Bible study is we get in the habit of making personal applications for what Paul intended for the Church as a whole.  That’s certainly the case here. Paul is not writing for personal devotions but for the entire Church. If we are not clear on that then we reduce what he is saying to purely individual applications.  We will be a mob of armored up individuals ...[Read More]

Ephesians 6:1-4

We’ve come to the fifth commandment this morning. First, God gives the four commandments that focus on the nature of God and our relationship with him. Now we see the fifth commandment that comes directly after that. What is the nature of our relationship with our family? It’s almost as important as our relationship with God.  After the fifth commandment will be the description of our behavior wit ...[Read More]

Ephesians 5:21-33

Ephesians 5:21-33 There are a few times when it helps to start at the end and read back to the beginning.  Did you know that copy editors are trained to read a page backwards? Otherwise, they get caught in the flow of a thought and their mind skips over the errors and fills in the blanks.  This is a good example of starting at the end and working backwards. Paul writes in verse 32 that “this is a ...[Read More]