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How to Read and Understand Ruth

Uncategorized Apr 05, 2020

Ruth is a wonderful little love story tucked into the Old Testament, but maybe not in the way you might think. It does have your standard guy meets girl, girl uncovers guy’s feet, guy marries girl love story in it. However, that’s not the only focus. 

The book of Ruth opens up in Israel during the time of the judges. If you have read that book, you know that time period was cringeworthy in Israel’s history. The book of Ruth chronicles the story of Naomi, Ruth’s mother in law. 

Naomi’s husband and two sons had passed away in a foreign land, Moab, where Ruth was from. Legally, it was okay for Ruth to leave her mother in law and find a new husband. In her kindness, Ruth stayed with Naomi and made the trek with her back to Judah, Naomi’s homeland. 

The book of Ruth is the story of how both Ruth and Boaz take care of and ultimately bring hope back to Naomi by following the guidelines and provisions of the Law. Naomi, who was unable to...

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How to Read and Understand Judges

Uncategorized Mar 29, 2020

Prior to the book of Judges, the Bible talks of a covenant between God and Abraham. God promises Abraham that his descendants, the Israelites, will inhabit the land of Canaan, and God will do all the heavy lifting. All the Israelites had to do was drive out the people living there. As we enter the book of Judges, the Israelites are now living in the promised land, but we will see that they don’t uphold their end of the promise. 

If the Bible was a movie, Judges would be the kid that goes into the basement to find out what that noise is while the whole audience screams, “don’t do it!” On our end, we can clearly see that the Israelites are breaking the covenant that they have with God, but they do it anyway. In fact, most of the book follows the same sequence. The Israelites do something God told them not to do, so God disciplines. They repent and ask God to save them, and He does by way of a judge (hence, the name). After that judge dies, the land goes...

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How to Read and Understand Joshua

Uncategorized Mar 20, 2020

In Genesis, God promised Abraham that the land in Canaan was going to be his. Because God is the Creator of the heavens and the earth, He can make promises like that. All the land belongs to Him in the first place. So by the time Joshua is the leader of Israel, it is now time to take over this promised land.

Joshua is a hard book to get a grasp on. The hang-up for people comes in when they see that Joshua and the Israelites are told to kill the people living on the land. At the root, God doesn’t want those people to die. He wants them to worship Him. However, if the people refuse to do that, then the punishment is death. 

There are two core stories in Joshua that I want to look at a little closer so we can see God’s heart in this. The first one is Rahab. Rahab was an outsider, one of the people already living in the land of Canaan. She had heard about their God and decided she wanted to follow Him. God welcomed her and her family with outstretched arms and protected...

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How to Read and Understand Deuteronomy

books of the bible Mar 08, 2020

I remember a while back the hashtag #famouslastwords grew in popularity. There were some funny ones like, “Hey guys, watch this!” Or, “hold my beer.”

Deuteronomy is a much more serious lesson for the people of Israel and the last words of Moses. He had one last chance to tell this new generation of Israelites something before he died and the book of Deuteronomy is his recorded words.

The word Deuteronomy actually means “second law” but it is the same law given in Exodus and Leviticus, just recapped by Moses. Moses repeats some of the highlights from the previous 4 books of the Bible, in order to make sure this new generation follows God. These are his final instructions after leading the people for over 40 years. He is passing the torch and lighting the fire in them to follow God with everything they’ve got. 

Deuteronomy is quoted in the New Testament more than any other Old Testament book and is quoted often by Jesus. One of those...

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How to Read and Understand Numbers

Uncategorized Mar 03, 2020

I am writing this post in the middle of the flu season. If there is the possibility of you having the flu, I will see you in 7-10 business days. When it comes to the flu, I don’t want it, I don’t want to mess with it, and I do not want you near me if you have it. 

Why is that, you ask? Well, because the flu is contagious. The book of Numbers teaches us that it is not just the flu that is contagious. Belief and unbelief share that same contagiousness. 

When you open up the book of Numbers, you can see all that God is doing, and all that God has done to provide for the Israelites. Unfortunately, there begin some complaints and some doubts about that provision and it starts to spread throughout the camp. 

God’s people, once wholly devoted are now struggling to be obedient and faithful, and it is because they let that bug of unbelief in their midst and didn’t wipe it out. 

Numbers is about God coming in and waiting for the old generation - the...

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What Does My Daily Bible Reading Look Like?

bible study Feb 18, 2020

People regularly ask me what my time in the Word looks like. What Bible do I use? What pens? How long do I spend? What do I read? Today, let's answer a few of those questions.

The first essential when I am reading my Bible is coffee. I make my coffee each morning, and while it is brewing I pull out my Bible, Deep Dive Scripture Journal, and pens. Then I pour myself a cup of coffee and sit down to study.

So my reading plan is chronological. I follow the chronological plan by Blue Letter Bible, and I read it in my normal Bible. A chronological plan follows the Bible in the order the events happened, so sometimes it has you jumping around all over the Bible. Reading the Bible in the order that the events happened helps you to see the bigger story in Scripture, and trace God's faithfulness through the history of the Israelites, and see how the principles apply to our lives today.

Okay, so now I have everything I need for my Bible reading time. I will sit down and first I will pray a...

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How to Read and Understand Leviticus

books of the bible Feb 12, 2020

So let’s do a quick recap of where we are at in the story of the Bible once we hit Leviticus. God created man to co-run the earth with Him. This started off great, but then Adam and Eve brought sin into the world. Oops. This put separation between man and God and God started His plan to restore that relationship between Himself and man. He ended up promising that this restoration would come through the family line of Abraham. Abraham had Isaac, Isaac had Jacob, and Jacob had 12 sons, and those 12 sons turned into an entire nation that was enslaved in Egypt. (Seriously, you need to read the whole story sometime!) God delivers this nation, called the Israelites from slavery in Egypt, and while they are in the desert, He gives them some rules to live by to help restore that relationship. This is where we end up in Exodus. 

By the time we get to Leviticus, they already have these rules, and they already have a place to worship God, but there still isn’t a way for the...

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What to do When You Fall Behind on Your Bible Reading Plan

bible reading Feb 07, 2020

I have got a confession to make. The book of the Bible that I have read the most, hands down is Genesis. You want to know why? Because I would start a Bible reading plan, miss 3 weeks on accident (you know this happens) and then feel the need to start all the way over at the beginning each time when picking it back up. So Genesis has been read through a handful of times just because of this! 

What do you do when you fall behind on your reading plan? Do you give up or start over? Do you pick up where you left off? 

Let’s talk about a few options you have when you get behind. 

First, don't stress about it. There is no set plan you HAVE to stick to when reading the Bible, and there are no points off for missing a day. Nowhere in the Bible does it say you have to read the whole thing in a year, so set that expectation aside, and evaluate. Is the plan you are going through too fast? Pick a slower plan. Do you need someone to ask you about it regularly to hold you...

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What To Do When You Fall Behind On Your Bible Reading Plan

bible study Feb 07, 2020

I have got a confession to make. The book of the Bible that I have read the most, hands down is Genesis. You want to know why? Because I would start a Bible reading plan, miss 3 weeks on accident (you know this happens) and then feel the need to start all the way over at the beginning each time when picking it back up. So Genesis has been read through a handful of times just because of this! 

What do you do when you fall behind on your reading plan? Do you give up or start over? Do you pick up where you left off? 

Let’s talk about a few options you have when you get behind. 

First, don't stress about it. There is no set plan you HAVE to stick to when reading the Bible, and there are no points off for missing a day. Nowhere in the Bible does it say you have to read the whole thing in a year, so set that expectation aside, and evaluate. Is the plan you are going through too fast? Pick a slower plan. Do you need someone to ask you about it regularly to hold you...

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How to Read and Understand Matthew

books of the bible Feb 06, 2020

In first grade, I switched schools to go to the same school my best friend was going to. I am sure my parents had other reasons, but all I can remember is being so excited when I found out that I was going to her school! However, when the classroom assignments came through, we weren’t in the same class. My expectations for what an awesome year we were going to have had been shattered. I can look back now though, and see that me not being in her class, was actually a good thing. I loved my 1st-grade teacher! She helped me learn to love reading, and overall, it was a wonderful year for me.

Have you ever had something happen in life that wasn’t what you were expecting? Maybe you expected to be married by now, or maybe you expected to be in a different line of work. Maybe you expected to get into a certain college, or actually use your degree. But the thing about expectations is that sometimes, we have expectations that get crushed but the reality is even better. 

The...

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