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A STORY AND A SONG
Judges 4-5
            

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The truth is best expressed in various formats.  The variety of genres used in the Bible witnesses to this fact.  Sometimes the text is written in narrative to tell us the story.  Sometimes it is written in proverbs to pack a punch.  Sometimes it is written in poetry to grab our attention.  All of these and more are used in the Bible to teach us about God and His great story of our redemption.  By using these different genres the Bible gives us a complete picture of truth.  There are times when we need to hear the story and there are times when we need to hear the song.  We continue to use these various means to teach truth even today.  Beginning next week we will celebrate the final week of Jesus.  We will read the different stories of His triumphal entry, prayer in the Garden, death on Golgatha, and victory at the tomb.  We will be amazed again by the familiar words that tell of our salvation.  But we will not just hear the stories, we will sing them as well.  We will lift our voices and proclaim: “There in the ground His body lay, light of the world by darkness slain, then bursting forth in glorious day, up from the grave He rose again!” 1 Through story and through song we will celebrate the great work of our Savior.

 
Last Updated ( Monday, 23 March 2015 )
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Judges 3:7-31: The Gritty Gospel Print E-mail

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There are passages in the Bible that can embarrass us.  We would think twice about reading them in Church or during a small group study.  We secretly hope our lost friends never ask us about them because we are not sure what we would say.  If you think I am overstating it, then go home and read Song of Solomon and get back to me.  The Bible is simply not G-rated at times.  But hear me, these passages are just as much a part of God’s revelation as the ones we memorize.  I imagine it might serve us well to meditate upon them more.  We need to see what they say, even if we do have to look for appropriate times to do it to avoid immodesty.  The people of God need the Word of God, all of it, even the passages that make us uncomfortable.

Last Updated ( Monday, 23 March 2015 )
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Judges 1:1-3:6: The Grace of God Delivers Print E-mail

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Sometimes the moon and the stars shine brightest in the darkest, coldest nights.  I am fairly certain there is a scientific explanation for this, but it is hard not to notice how clear the nights become in the cold days of winter.  And we have had a few cold nights recently (not sure if you noticed).  Did you ever go outside one night and look at the stars?  After we finished up playing basketball on Thursday night, I was walking to my truck and was struck by how bright the moon and the stars were.  Granted, it was too cold to stand around star-gazing for very long, but the beauty was striking.  It drew you in and made you want to endure the cold at least for a moment.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 12 March 2015 )
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Leviticus: The Atonement of Christ Print E-mail

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All of us set aside special days throughout our year.  If you are like me, then when you got your calendar for 2015 you immediately began writing (or typing) in certain days for this year.  We recognize those days to remember or celebrate something significant.  We do this with birthdays to remember when a person was born.  We do this with anniversaries to celebrate another year of marriage.  We do this on Easter and Christmas to remember the birth and death of our Savior.  We even do this with days that apparently Hallmark has created (like say Valentine’s day).  We see it as important to set aside these days to remember and celebrate.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 05 March 2015 )
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Leviticus: The Sinfulness of Man Print E-mail

THE HOLINESS OF GOD
Leviticus 

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If we are going to understand and appreciate the good news, then we have to begin with some bad news.  The Bible teaches that man is a sinner.  We are not good people.  We are not even ‘blank slates.’  We are born in sin, born as rebels against God, and given time we will live that out.  People do not like this news.  No one wants to be told that they are a sinner (even if they cannot deny it).  Some have even tried to remove this offense by reinterpreting what the Bible tells us about man’s sin.  But the truth remains: men sin.  And most people, not all but most, if you really press them to be honest, they will admit that they struggle with sin or with doing things that they know they should not do.  We might try to deny sin philosophically or even biblically, but we cannot deny the truth that looks back at us in the mirror every morning.  Of course, another approach to take is to admit sin while denying that it really matters.  We use this phrase too much: “Oh well, nobody’s perfect.”  We might agree that we are sinners, but since everyone else seems to be struggling as well, we just act like our sin is no big deal (after all, we can probably find someone else who seems to be worse than us).

Last Updated ( Thursday, 05 March 2015 )
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Leviticus: The Holiness of God Print E-mail

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Every book of the Bible is about God.  Every book is about God’s relationship with man: how that relationship has been broken and the story of God redeeming that relationship.  Thus, every book in the Bible points to Jesus as Savior and Lord.  And they all call for us to turn from our sins and believe in Him as such.  These themes are all gospel themes: God as Creator, man as fallen, Christ as Redeemer, and the response of repentance and faith.  This good news is what the Bible is about.  Every book points us to this message.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 05 March 2015 )
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