One of Satan's strategies is to confuse us on who our real enemy is. If he could just get us to turn on each other, our army would be destroyed with the enemy suffering no real casualties. We discuss some ways this can happen.
In a moment of desperation, Esau makes the worst deal of his life. He trades his father's inheritance -what his father intends for him - for a morsel of food. And we all have a lot of Esau in us. We explore how.
The Bible teaches a two-stage understanding of the afterlife. The final stage is the general resurrection of the just and the unjust. The Bible spends most of its time speaking of this final stage. But what happens in between the time of my death and the time of Jesus' coming? We begin with some of the options of how people ancient and modern have understood this intermediate state and then examine biblical clues on stage one of our existence beyond the grave.
"A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity." What effect do adverse situations have on friendship? If we read Job, we may conclude that crisis just drives friends to turn on each other under stress. But could a crisis actually solidify friendship and reveal its true meaning. We explore David and Jonathan and the principles of their covenant friendship.
Most of us have cooked a custom-made casserole of ingredients picked from various religions and systems of thought. The people of Samaria after an Assyrian resettlement program give us a great illustration of how this can happen with any of us. We also look at 5 examples of syncretized versions of Christianity we may hold today.
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.