Stick With the Plan – Deut. Chpt. 3

God was very clear with Moses when he laid out his plan for conquering the Promised Land. As Israel crosses into the land of the Amorites to launch what would become a series of military campaigns, God expects them to stick with the plan – even though the plan might…

You’ve Wandered Long Enough – Deut. Chpt. 2

Last week we began the journey through Deuteronomy with a look at how Israel ended up wandering around in the wilderness for 40 years. They did not believe God and chose to rebel against him. As such, he promised that they would wander until everyone 20 years old and older…

One Last Thing Before I Go – Deut. Chpt. 1

Deuteronomy is the 5th book of the Bible and the final book of the Pentateuch. It was written just prior to Moses' death. The word 'Deuteronomy' comes from the Greek 'deuteronomion' which means 'second law'. Essentially, Deuteronomy is a second record of Exodus and Leviticus, combined in abbreviated form. But…

Do You Love Me? – John Chpt. 21

Do you remember the song 'Do You Love Me?' from 1962? It's kind of a fun song from a musical standpoint. Lyrically, it's kind if dumb: "Do you love me now that I can dance?" But think about it. We human beings have this bad habit of trying to impress…

Another Chance to Believe – John Chpt. 20

In the 2004 film 'The Polar Express', the main character is on a train headed for the North Pole. He and all his traveling companions are kids who are beginning to doubt the existence of Santa Clause. The train ride represents an opportunity to see for themselves. One of the…

The Prophesies Fulfilled – Jn. 19:23-42

As Christians, how do we know that what we believe is the truth? We know because of what the Bible says. Of course, critics claim that the Bible was written by men and is no more reliable than any other religious book. We know better. The Old Testament contains hundreds…

Pilate the Politician – Jn. 19:1-22

There was a time when I admired politicians. I was a young adult when Ronald Reagan was first elected. In fact, he was the first president I voted for. Back then, I considered 'good' politicians honorable people who were honestly trying to do the right thing. My views have changed…

Jesus the Humble King – Jn. 18:19-40

I normally like to introduce a Bible study with a practical illustration or an example that points us in the direction of the study's main lesson. We'll do things differently for this study. Instead of coming up with my own introduction, I will let Scripture speak for itself. I will…

Now It’s REAL – Jn. 18:1-18

Have you ever had one of those moments when something you had previously only heard about suddenly became reality? The experience could be good or bad. I remember when the first Gulf War started. I remember explicitly where I was when I heard the news. I remember discussing the draft…

A Prayer for the Gang (Part 2) – Jn. 17:13-26

Last week we started looking at the prayer Jesus prayed just before he and the disciples crossed Kidron and entered the garden of Gethsemane. Prior to the prayer, he had spent time teaching them some final lessons in preparation for his impending departure. In light of that, I believe this…