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Week Ten Overview

Good government sounds like an oxymoron.  Since the Fall men have sought unsuccessfully to govern themselves. Everything created by fallen man, including systems of government, is tainted with sin (pride, selfishness, greed, prejudices, etc.). Human governments promise lift without redemption, justice without covenant, and end up exploiting the masses while enriching those who govern. Power always attracts exploitation.  Therefore, good governance must come from outside of... Read More
Posted by Iva May at Friday, March 8, 2019
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Week Nine Overview

The land of Canaan provides the womb in which the patriarchs of Israel were born while Egypt provides an incubator, physically, morally, and racially, for the newborn nation to grow. Noted theologian Paul Benware describes this Egyptian incubator: “First, it protected Israel physically . Although the Egyptian army was unaware of it, they were guarding Israel against countless kings and robber bands that could have wiped out this young nation in a matter of hours. Second, Egypt... Read More
Posted by Iva May at Thursday, February 28, 2019
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Week Eight Overview

God is for women. Period. Throughout Leviticus God gives Moses rules that reveal His care for and protection of women.  Chapter twelve, verses 1-8 highlight the regulations regarding childbirth. If a woman has a son, she must undergo a time of purification that lasts forty days. If a woman has a daughter, that time is doubled. The days of purification permit physical healing and require sexual abstinence; therefore, the husband must practice self-control during this time. Certainly,... Read More
Posted by Iva May at Friday, February 22, 2019
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Week Seven Overview

God embeds Himself within the community of Israel through the Tent of Meeting. And, like the hub of a wheel, the Tent of Meeting is located at the very center of Hebrew life. God with us.  The Tent of Meeting accomplishes four tasks:  The design for the Tent of Meeting is revealed to Moses from heaven and dispenses a link to the eternal counsel of God. All religions are man’s futile attempts to ascend to God. The God of the Hebrews, however, crosses the eternal divide... Read More
Posted by Iva May at Friday, February 15, 2019
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Week Six Overview

  Most introductions demonstrate this truth: “I am mother of . . . spouse of . . . sibling of . . . member of (PETA, AA, Democrat or Republican party, GLAAD, religious institution, sport team affiliation, etc.).” Since the Fall, every person is born with a need to belong to a community and will find that need met somewhere. No greater community exists (except the church) than that group who has the Living God as its originator and sustainer—Israel. The Ten... Read More
Posted by Iva May at Friday, February 8, 2019
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Week Five Overview

Three primary promises given by God in Genesis drive His activity in Exodus: Genesis 3:15 - “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel.” Genesis12:3 - “I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”  Genesis 15:13-14 - “Then He said to Abram: “Know certainly... Read More
Posted by Iva May at Friday, February 1, 2019
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Week Four Overview

God’s promise to Abraham in Genesis 15:13-14 provides the context for the trajectory of Joseph’s suffering, “Know certainly that your descendants will be strangers in a land that is not theirs, and will serve them, and they will afflict them for four hundred years. And also the nation whom they serve I will judge; afterward they shall come out with great possessions.” The rest of the story answers the question, “How will that promise come to pass?” God works... Read More
Posted by Iva May at Wednesday, January 23, 2019
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Week Three Overview

God walks with Adam and Eve in the “cool of the day” in Eden. He gives them an instruction to follow which requires faith in Him. After they eat the forbidden fruit He comes to the couple, confronts them regarding their insurrection, slays an animal to cover their nakedness, and promises redemption. His presence in Eden is conspicuous. His presence outside of Eden , however, is less conspicuous (though quite real) and appropriated by faith.  Though the sun lights the... Read More
Posted by Iva May at Saturday, January 19, 2019
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Week Two Overview

God’s activity during the six days of creation differs from His divine providence or under the radar work outside of Eden. Nahum M. Sarna wrote, “One of the most characteristic qualities of biblical man was a profound and pervasive conviction about the role of divine providence in human affairs.” God is always active outside of Eden, even if His working is unseen—and that’s a good thing, since life outside of Eden is populated with spiritually blind and broken... Read More
Posted by Iva May at Saturday, January 12, 2019
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Week One Overview

In the beginning, when God creates man and woman, He lives in relationship with them, even walking with them in the cool of the day in the Garden of Eden. He does so, that is, until man doubts God’s goodness, disbelieves His Word, eats the fruit from the forbidden Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, and is deported from the Garden. Instead of walking with God in faith and exercising God’s gift of dominion (see Genesis 1:28) over every creeping thing in Eden (including the... Read More
Posted by Iva May at Saturday, January 5, 2019
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Happy (Maybe, Maybe Not) Holidays!

Annual celebrations or holidays reveal brokenness within families and their need of redemption. Hannah’s story is such a story.  Early in Israel’s forty-year tenure in the wilderness, God instructs the community to set aside a number of days in their annual calendar to commemorate His activity on their behalf. Three of those feasts (holidays) require all of Israel to “appear before the Lord your God in the place which He shall choose” ( Deuteronomy 16:16 ).... Read More
Posted by Iva May at Saturday, December 22, 2018
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The Doctrine of Satan in Job

The Bible doesn’t give us a great deal of information about the devil. He appears in the first book of the Bible (Genesis 3), but we only know that it is he from the last book of the Bible (Rev. 12:9). He is the Serpent, the Tempter of Christ (Matthew 4:1, 3), and the leader of the forces that will marshal against God in the end of time (Rev. 20:8). The book that gives us the most information about the devil in the Old Testament, however, is the book of Job. Job gives us insights into his... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Friday, February 23, 2018
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Reading Leviticus And Dry Toast

  The One Year® Chronological Bible, NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), February 16     Reading Leviticus is like eating dry toast. Boring and seemingly useless to 21st readers. Or not.   Our youngest son is a trend eater. Years ago when he was around eight years old he only wanted four slices of dry toast for breakfast. Without jam. Without butter. For six months. Needless to say, I worried about the quality of his nutritional intake. Until one morning when I... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Friday, February 16, 2018
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CHARTS

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Posted by Blog Archive at Wednesday, December 13, 2017
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Recommended Bible Literacy Resources

Alexander, T. D. From Paradise to the Promised Land . Grand Rapids: Baker, 2002. Beale, G. K. The Temple and the Church's Mission: A biblical theology of the dwelling place of God . Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press,  2004. Benware, Paul N. Survey of the New Testament. Chicago: Moody, 2003. ------. Survey of the Old Testament . Chicago: Moody, 2003. Chatham, James O. Creation to Revelation . Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2006. Chronological Guide to the Bible: Explore... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Wednesday, December 13, 2017
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CHRONOLOGICAL BIBLE REVIEWS

All chronological Bibles are not created equal! Why do publishers produce chronological Bibles that differ in their chronology? Each publisher has its own team of theologians who construct the timeline of the Bible according to their scholarship. The chronology that they develop is considered intellectual property of the publisher. How do I choose which chronological Bible to read? Tyndale offers three translations in their The ONE YEAR® Chronological Bible (NLT, NIV, and NKJV).... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Wednesday, December 13, 2017
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Why Know God's Story

Have you ever bought a new novel, ripped out the chapters, reordered them, and then tried to read the novel as a story? Could you imagine the frustration? Such an approach makes no sense with a novel, but we have adopted this very method when we study the Bible. It is no surprise, then, that many become discouraged when reading the Bible. What if there was a different way to read Scripture—a way that brought order and understanding? What if you could know the storyline of the Bible... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Wednesday, December 13, 2017
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The Three-Year Wonders

The year is 930 BC. Forty years of relative stability have ended with a total collapse of government, as over 500 years of resentment and tribal differences have taken their toll on a fractured people. The nation of Israel has divided across lines of loyalty between Jeroboam in the north, and Rehoboam in the south. After a near miss in which Shemaiah the man of God kept Rehoboam from carrying an army northward to take back his kingdom, both kings have settled down to establish their bases of... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Wednesday, December 13, 2017
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THE BIBLE: GOD’S TRUSTWORTHY BOOK

More than two billion people on planet earth call themselves Christians in some form or another. Evangelicals specifically claim to be followers of Jesus Christ and rest their faith in Him; they believe that He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, died as a substitute for sinners on a Roman cross outside the city of Jerusalem, was buried, and was raised to life the third day. These truths—and faith in them—bring salvation to all who trust in Jesus as their Substitute. He is... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Wednesday, December 13, 2017
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SLOW DOWN, GOD"S NOT IN A HURRY

A common complaint that non-Western cultures voice about Americans is that, if they want to make plans with us, they have to schedule everything two weeks in advance. With pressing work schedules, short vacations, a plethora of extracurricular activities, and the overriding sense of urgency, our lives leave no room for the lingering moment. We value the short, quick, and expedient. Sound-bytes dominate the airwaves, offering less and less while stealing more and more time, and the world moves... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Wednesday, December 13, 2017
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REDEMPTION

Where I live in Mexico, “redeemer” is a common word, and the phrase “Christ the Redeemer” sounds completely familiar. Because of this, when I was teaching through Genesis with a family this past year, I broke one of the cardinal rules of communication: I assumed they knew what “redemption” meant. One of my friends interrupted me as I chattered blithely about God’s redeeming actions in Jacob’s life to say, “Excuse me, but what does it mean,... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Wednesday, December 13, 2017
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LEADERSHIP WORLDVIEW: Should You Change Yours?

Leadership. The word itself conjures up martial and business images of take-charge, no-nonsense people who fight their way to the top even if they have to climb over the littered bodies of friends and co-workers. In fact, this mindset seems to epitomize the "American way." Is it possible, however, that we are wrong about the word? Does it really mean what we think it means? Three stories from the life of Jesus challenge our paradigm of leadership; rejecting the world’s model, he... Read More
Posted by Joel Strahan at Wednesday, December 13, 2017
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Leadership Lessons from a Rejected Leader

One of the great values of reading through the Bible every year is the insight God gives over time. Each year new light shines on the pages of the Word, and each year God exposes some truth—there all along—that He holds in hand for the one who “listens daily to [Him], watching daily at [His] gates, waiting at the posts of [His] doors” (Prov. 8:34). Saul’s life offers lessons on leadership for those who learn by example and precept. Saul had the honor of reigning... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Wednesday, December 13, 2017
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How Do I Change My Worldview?

Simon Peter is a wonderful disciple for many reasons, not least of which is his ordinariness. Peter had neither fame, riches, nor advanced educational opportunities. Peter made his living as a fisherman, an occupation that wasn’t at the bottom of the food chain but at the same time was certainly not at the top. He excelled at what he did, and his livelihood provided a house large enough to care for his extended family (Luke 4:38). He knew his business well and would have stayed with it... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Wednesday, December 13, 2017
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How To Begin, Maintain & Wrap-up 52 Week Discussion Group

This document provides a quick overview of 4 elements to consider when starting a Chronological Bible group based on the materials provided through Chronological Bible Teaching ( W3: Women, Worldview and the Word ; M3: Men, Mindset and Message ; and S3: Story-Shaped Students ) It is not meant to be an exhaustive checklist, but rather a starting point. The best way to know how to begin a group is to see it in action. If someone is doing a CBT small group in your area, ask if you can attend one... Read More
Posted by Kristy at Wednesday, December 13, 2017
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Boundaries Exist For Man’s Good

The world and her people weren’t always broken. Adam and Eve had a “before and after” experience unknown by any other man. They walked with God in the cool of the day, naked and unashamed; they enjoyed the presence of the glory of God. Their environment was perfect, their Father was wholly good, and their knowledge was as extensive as their need. Even with all the positives—environment, heritage, and education—they still failed God’s grace and lost the glory.... Read More
Posted by Iva May at Wednesday, December 13, 2017
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