As the second lesson in a series on Memory, we look at the biblical perspective on memories of my own failures. Among others, we examine Paul - a man who says he is forgetting what lies behind and yet still talks about his past a great deal. Is it possible to forget my mistakes of the past? And if it isn't, what does Paul mean? If memories are not forgotten, how can they be redeemed?
As part of our series of looking at how each Bible book prepares us for Jesus, we look at the books of Ezra and Nehemiah. A return story of reconstruction which begins in hope does not give us full resolution in the end. So how is it pointing us to Jesus?
Everything within us objects to the reality of death. And yet it is still here, at least for now. We explore Death as an Intruder, as an Executioner, and ultimately as One who has been defeated.
Responding to 3 of the questions which have been submitted, covering these topics:
1. Children's worship/church
2. How we should handle Christmas
3. Why some of the churches in Revelation appear elsewhere in Scripture but most do not
We tend to read Romans 1 as a condemnation of the Gentiles of Paul's time as immoralists and Romans 2 as a condemnation of the Jews of Paul's time as moralists...and to see ourselves as immune from looking like either group. But we all have been on either the Romans 1 path or the Romans 2 path, most likely on both at different points in our lives. But the Gospel presents a third path.
In the first of a 4-part series on how Christians should handle Memory, we raise some questions about why God asked Israel to remember both moments of triumph and moments of hardship and pain. How can memories, whether from our own experience or through studying history, teach us about our present and future? If they are painful, why are they worth consulting?
We tackle the meaning of "work out your salvation" by looking at the surrounding context of Philippians 2.
In the first of a series of lessons which will explore Heaven, Hell, and the Final Resurrection, we first establish what is going on right now in the heavenly realm and its intersection with what is happening on earth. Are there points of contact? What are they? And how am I already a participant in the business of heaven?