A Promise Kept | Lesson 7 | The Son of David

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.

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A Promise Kept | Lesson 5 | The God Who Sanctifies

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.)

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Ruth | Lesson 6 | Restoration

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.

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Ruth | Lesson 1 | Wandering

In this week of Bible study, we’ll talk about our propensity to wander. Like Naomi and her family wandered away from the land of God’s promised provision, we tend to wander not from God Himself (who has promised never to leave or forsake us) but from that place where we get to enjoy His presence. Most wandering doesn’t start with all-out rebellion but with an almost innocent wondering: “Is God good to me?” “What if He is holding out on me?”

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Ruth | Introduction | Welcome

In this Introduction to Bible study and book of Ruth, we set the historical context of the book. The story of Ruth, Naomi and their families occurred during “the time when the Judges ruled Israel” (Ruth 1:1). We explore a brief history of Israel to that point and discuss the importance of the Promised Land. So often, when we understand the broader story of Scripture, we are able to better understand the smaller stories that we encounter and their significance in God’s grand plan of history.

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Face to Face | Week 8 | Worship

In this lesson, we consider the woman with the alabaster jar (Luke 7), who pours out her treasure on the feet of Christ, and the bentover woman (Luke 13), whom the Lord sees and calls to Himself in the synagogue. In each episode, we find an invitation to worship, to bring our time and our resources and our very lives, to the feet of Jesus. We approach to find Him worthy, and when we do, we worship in response.

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Face to Face | Week 6 | Confession

This week we are talking about confession. We will look at the heart of Jesus as we see it in His encounters with the bleeding woman and with the woman at the well. We will consider His invitation not only to confess our sins but also to confess our doubts and our hurts and our hesitations--to "tell Him the whole truth" (Mark 5:33).

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Face to Face | Week 5 | Community

This week, we are talking about the gift and discipline of engaging with and living in the kind of community that God intends. We will look into the lives and friendships of Mary and Elizabeth and of Mary and Martha and consider the way that the Lord met them in the midst of their community.

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Face to Face | Week 4 | Solitude

This week we consider our invitation to solitude--not just during seasons when we find ourselves alone, but during every season. We are invited into an intimate relationship with the Lord, invited, as Mary the Mother of Jesus did, to ponder and to treasure moments and monuments with Him. We are invited to run to Him first and to position ourselves to encounter more intimately a God who invites us into a very personal relationship with Him.

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