A Promise Kept | Lesson 9 | A New Heart and a New Spirit

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?

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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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