I know, looking forward in this study, that our attention is about to turn from the earthly life of Christ. And I have to say that, like Mary Magdalene at the end of John’s gospel, I’m tempted to cling to Jesus and refuse to let Him go (John 20:17). I’ve loved watching Him walk among His people and reveal for us the Father’s heart.Read More
All hanging their hope on the One who had come.
They thought He would deliver them.
Until He was delivered into the hands of His betrayers.
Until their hope hung lifeless on the cursed cross.Read More
We are a culture obsessed with “the new.” We’ve hardly begun one thing before we move on to the next. We can be stubborn in our refusal to do the tested and tried—desiring instead to find our own new way of doing things, to blaze our own trails and chart our own course.Read More
In Lesson One, we explored the fact that Jesus was fully Man. Here, we will explore the reality that He was also, simultaneously and eternally, fully God.Read More
I approach this lesson with a holy reverence because this is the way I knew Him first—as the newborn son of Mary wrapped in swaddling clothes and laying in a manger.Read More
With the coming of Christ, we see God unveiling Himself in a new way. Let’s remind ourselves that God does not change from the Old Testament to the New Testament. Something changes in the New Testament, but it isn’t the heart of God! The heart of the Father has always been to draw His wayward people to Himself.Read More
The faithfulness of God is uncomfortable at times. He sets His hand heavy on areas in our lives that are outside of the fullness that He has for us, and we whine and squirm under the weight of it. When we finally surrender, receiving God’s forgiveness, turning our steps back to Him, we are revived and relieved. Until the whole cycle begins again. Will it ever end?Read More
On Good Friday a few years ago, I sat on my couch and I mumbled a confession that I didn’t want to make. I didn’t want to confess my sin. I didn’t want to uncover my failure. Over the course of a few weeks, I had given God approximately 15 other options: how about I do this? Or this? Surely this will work?Read More
Last week, we saw that the Israelites rejected God as their king when they asked for an earthly king in order to be like the surrounding nations. They were seeking a king who could lead them in military exploits and protect them from foreign oppression, but what they failed to realize was that the peace and security they sought would only be found in submission to God and His covenant.Read More
This week, we’re going to check back in on the lineage of the Seed of Woman, the Son of God.Read More
I enjoy rules. I appreciate order. I thrive with clear expectations and the ability to meet them. Give me a recipe, and I’ll measure out to the eighth of a teaspoon. I love a deadline. I will read the entire staff handbook. IKEA furniture, with its step-by-step instructions, is my dream. (I also regularly break the speed limit and am not real fond of unsolicited advice, so let’s not go overboard here with the portrayal of my rule-following tendencies.)Read More
God’s promise to bless all nations through the seed of Abraham comes to ultimate fulfillment in the Man of Christ. But until the time of Jesus, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob still purposed to use the people He’d set aside for Himself in order to bring blessing and provision to the surrounding nations.Read More
I’ve become increasingly convinced that we have confused faith with the ability to explain. We’ve mistaken trust for understanding. And so when we don’t understand, we think we aren’t trusting. When we can’t explain the reason for something, we worry that we don’t have faith.Read More
There is one thing that has built my faith in our God more than anything else: I have seen God remain faithful when my own faith has failed.Read More
The book of Genesis opens with all the power and splendor we might expect of the Word of God. Into a dark void, a magnificent God speaks and a world swirls together. Surely nothing could thwart the intention of the Creator. And yet, just a few pages into this hefty, holy Book, we find a creature gone astray.Read More
Of this I am sure, if God allows old wounds to resurface, it is always for the purpose of restoring us. Ours is a Father who is relentless in His pursuit of His daughters' wholeness. He wants hearts wholly devoted to Him. He also wants those hearts to be truly whole. May we have the courage required to allow Him to do the work of restoration in our hearts.Read More
In Ruth chapter 4, we watch Boaz move to redeem Ruth. In this lesson, we take a pause from Ruth’s story to consider our own redemption at the hand of Christ.Read More
Rest. We think of it as mindless. Something to do when everything else is done. But rest (that position of vulnerable trust in another to do the working) is foundational in our relationship with the God who has, thus far, proven Himself so trustworthy.Read More
This week we talked about the relief that we so often find as we return from our wandering. Ironically, it’s not always in the form of the answers we thought we needed.Read More