I am teaching a class for OCU right now, on Church History (Part II). It highlights the events in the church from 1054 to current times and even looks at future trends. It is interesting that the way the scheduled topics fall, that we discussed the pre-reformation last week and this week (Thursday), we will look at the Reformation. Sunday evening, I shared a little … Continue reading The Reformation (500 Years Since)!
One of the most familiar stories of the Bible is that of David and Goliath. This is a story of a young teen facing impossible odds and through the grace of God was victorious. The stance that David made is admirable. The faith that he displayed is inspirational. The commitment he had to God is challenging us to us. Read 1 Samuel 16:1-18:16 The Spirit … Continue reading Scripture Reading Challenge (#33)
Did you know that Israel was tempted in keeping up with the Joneses. They were still on the roller coaster of morality and obedience that we found in the book of Judges. Even Samuel, who was a great person, could not keep his children in the fear of the Lord. The people who had not given themselves over to other forms of worship asked Samuel … Continue reading Scripture Reading Challenge (#32)
The story of Samuel is one of my favorites. Here is a man who both began and finished well. That is a rare feat among today’s leaders and even many of the leaders in the Bible (of course not all the leaders in the Bible are trying to be good). However, Samuel is one whose life is thoroughly committed to God and even more, during … Continue reading Scripture Reading Challenge (#31)
This short book in the Old Testament is the first of two books named after women in the entire Bible. One may wonder why she is included in the Scripture. After all, she is not of Hebrew descent but was brought in through marriage. However, through her story, we see the faithfulness to God and God’s grace. We also learn that everyone is welcome to … Continue reading Scripture Reading Challenge (#30)
The story of Samson is one of the incredible feats he performed by God’s Spirit. However, at times, it is difficult to understand what we can gain from these passages in Scripture that apply to us today. After reading about Samson’s life, we will be able to take away a better understanding of God’s work in time, and the frailty of even the best leaders. … Continue reading Scripture Reading Challenge (#29)
First John 4:1 reads, “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” John continues with a litmus test for professing believers. Discernment is an essential part of the Christian life. Not everything that seems like it is from God is actually from Him. We must be hyper-vigilant to be on … Continue reading Scripture Reading Challenge (#28)