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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Face to Face | Week 3 | Rest

We will continue this week to seek to better recognize the Spirit of Christ among us as we study the women of the gospels who encountered the man of Christ and watch how He moved among them. We will also consider the role of the discipline of rest and how we might incorporate it into our lives as we position ourselves to encounter our Lord.

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