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Week Twenty-six Overview

A principle surfaces throughout the Bible’s story: God uses what He hates to accomplish the good that He loves. Evil doesn't originate with God, but He uses the existing evil for His own purposes. When God’s people walk with Him by faith, He generally hedges them about with His hedge of protection (Job 1:10; Dt. 28:7). Often that hedge is simply the restraining of evil nations and rulers around His people. When He does lift the hedge, He shows His power to deliver them. Prior to... Read More
Posted by Iva May at Sunday, June 30, 2019
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Week Twenty-five Overview

God chose Israel to be a blessing to all the families of the earth (Gen. 12:1-2). He describes Israel as a vineyard in which He has highly invested (Isaiah 5:1-2). They have instead, ruined themselves for any usefulness, “What more could have been done to My vineyard that I have not done in it? Why then, when I expected it to bring forth good grapes, did it bring forth wild grapes?” (5:4); “He looked for justice, but behold, oppression; for righteousness, but behold a cry for... Read More
Posted by Iva May at Sunday, June 23, 2019
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Week Twenty-four Overview

Speaking the truth to a wayward loved one is risky business.  Those who harden their hearts against the truth often execute retaliation of varying degrees against the truth-teller (silence, shunning, shaming, slander, and even murder). Jesus singles out the role of prophets (Truth-tellers) when He rebukes the scribes and Pharisees for their rejection of truth-tellers and the truth that they tell, “That on you may come all the righteous blood shed on the earth, from the blood of... Read More
Posted by Iva May at Sunday, June 16, 2019
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Divided Kingdom Era Chart

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Posted by Iva May at Sunday, June 9, 2019
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Week Twenty-three Overview

Both Jeroboam and Rehoboam seek the counsel of others as they face a decision regarding their kingdoms.   When Rehoboam’s followers request tax relief, Rehoboam seeks advice from two groups of people. The elders who advised his father counsel Rehoboam to heed the people and lighten their tax load, while the young men who had grown up with him advise him to add to their yoke. Rehoboam listens to the pride of his peers rather than the wisdom of the elders and creates a situation... Read More
Posted by Iva May at Sunday, June 9, 2019
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CBT on the Mission Field

  This Spring I had the privilege of traveling to Cambodia to take part in teaching a women’s conference. While this was not a CBT sanctioned event, the training I received through CBT enabled me to effectively teach my assigned lessons within the context of the metanarrative of the Bible. When teaching abroad, I believe it is crucial to incorporate the storyline of the Bible. Often in these situations, the Biblical foundation of participants attending is unknown, and the opportunity... Read More
Posted by Joel Strahan at Saturday, June 1, 2019
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A Testimony of CBT used in Church

The emphasis has been absolutely incredible!! Our people (in large measure) are staying with the readings. Weekly we find people discussing it, posting about their readings on social media, and engaging in Sunday school.  They have definitely struggled with Leviticus and Numbers… but we have tried to keep them on track through the sermons and Sunday School. We are emphasizing the redemptive thread on Wednesday nights and we have slowed down for the past 4 weeks and... Read More
Posted by Joel Strahan at Saturday, June 1, 2019
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