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Lamentations and Jesus

Lamentations and Jesus

As part of our series of looking at how each Bible book finds resolution in Jesus, we examine Lamentations and its themes of godly repentance and the hope which is tied to God’s faithfulness.

War Against the Darkness 2: Angels, Giants and Conquest (Genesis 6:1-4)

War Against the Darkness 2: Angels, Giants and Conquest (Genesis 6:1-4)

In the second lesson in our series exploring spiritual warfare, we take a look at a passage which has been problematic or at least strange for biblical interpreters - the origin of some unusually large people called the Nephilim in Genesis 6. And they actually show up again in and around the land of Canaan when it’s time for the Conquest of the land. So where did these giant people come from? Why are they targeted in the Conquest of Canaan? And what does all this have to do with war in the heavenly realm?

The Wounds of the World, The Wounds of the Christ (John 19:1-34)

The Wounds of the World, The Wounds of the Christ (John 19:1-34)

Each of the instruments used to inflict wounds into the flesh of Jesus - the scourge, the thorns, the nails, and the spear - demonstrate the brokenness of the world. We reflect on how Jesus is carrying the wounds of the world in His wounds.

Hell: Final Judgment (John 12:44-50)

Hell: Final Judgment (John 12:44-50)

In our followup to a previous lesson on the biblical presentation of Hell, we explore some tough questions about Final Judgment, Degrees of Accountability, and the Justice of God when it comes to Hell.

Hell: Darkness and Fire (2 Thessalonians 1:3-12)

Hell: Darkness and Fire (2 Thessalonians 1:3-12)

In the first of 2 sermons on Hell, we explore the images the Bible uses to describe Hell and Hell’s relationship with the choices we are making now.

Hacking at the Branches (John 15:18-27)

Hacking at the Branches (John 15:18-27)

As the followup to "Life on the Vine," we now turn to the rest of John 15, where Jesus warns His disciples that there will be opposition to God's Vine Project. Many who are of the world will try to contain the Vine's spread by hacking at the branches. Why do they see the Vine as an invasive, unwanted plant? What is their strategy to deal with its presence in their backyard? And what role does the fruit play in how they perceive Christian influence?

Memory: When I Have Been Wronged (Matthew 18:21-35)

Memory: When I Have Been Wronged (Matthew 18:21-35)

In our 3rd lesson exploring how Christians should handle Memory, we consider the memories of the times we have been wronged by others. We first consider 6 possible responses to sin against us, all of them chaining us to the memory. So we then consider another way - the way of forgiveness. If this is God's intention for my handling of these memories, what makes forgiveness possible? What is my strategy?   

Memory: My Failures (1 Timothy 1:12-16)

Memory: My Failures (1 Timothy 1:12-16)

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?

Death, the Intruder (Isaiah 25:6-8)

Death, the Intruder (Isaiah 25:6-8)

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.

Eating Meat Until You Hate It (Numbers 11:1-20)

Eating Meat Until You Hate It (Numbers 11:1-20)

A complaint from Israel 3 days into their departure from Sinai reveals the addictive patterns which come with all sin. So God gives them what they think they want, although they end up hating it in the end.