Worship in the Wilderness

What do you do when your world starts crumbling around you? Perhaps an enemy is out to get you, sickness or death has invaded your family or, even worse, sin has entered your life bringing terrible guilt and consequences. During these times we need to learn the language of lament like David. Psalm 63 is David's lament when Absalom has revolted. In this Psalm, not only does David show us to seek God during difficult times, but he also gives compelling reasons why.

By |2019-03-19T12:17:56-05:00March 17th, 2019|Psalm, The Glory of the Gathering|


The events of the book of Ruth happened during the days of the Judges. In a time of lawlessness, the book of Ruth shows us how love prevailed. This lesson highlights the relationship of Naomi and Ruth, Boaz and his fidelity to the Law of Moses and eventually the "kinsman redeemer" relationship he would have with Naomi and Ruth.

By |2019-03-12T11:20:01-05:00March 12th, 2019|One Book, Ruth|

A Place of Praise

The book of Psalms, which literally means "Praise songs," was Israel's songbook of worship. Overall, the content and context of the Psalms remind us their assembly was "A Place of Praise." The same is true today in the Christian assembly. But Psalms also shows us the benefits of gathering with God's people. Beyond the worship given to God, we are blessed by being in the assembly. This lesson explores some of those benefits.

By |2019-03-12T11:19:32-05:00March 10th, 2019|Psalm, The Glory of the Gathering|


Our "One Book" series continues with a look at the book of Judges. In this lesson, we consider three concepts that were present in the days of the judges which also are relevant today.

By |2019-03-11T20:12:41-05:00March 3rd, 2019|Judges, One Book|

Idolatry for Dummies

At first glance, Israel’s penchant for idol worship seems far removed from us today, both in time and concept. A closer look at the nature of idolatry, however, reveals just how much it is still a snare for us today, even within our own Christian faith.

By |2019-03-11T20:09:56-05:00February 24th, 2019|Judges, One Book|


In our "One Book" series, the story of Joshua builds off of the transition of power from Moses to Joshua and the people finally accomplishing what their forefathers wouldn't: possession of the Canaan land. In this lesson, we offer some background information, a breakdown of events of the book and some lessons to learn from a study of Joshua.

By |2019-02-24T11:26:48-05:00February 17th, 2019|Joshua, One Book|

The Rhythm of the Redeemed

Life without worship gets a person out of rhythm with God. The history of God's people suggests we need to bring ourselves into the divine presence of God on a regular, rhythmical basis. Leviticus 23 provides the backdrop of Israel's religious calendar. The weekly sabbath plus five annual feasts brought the rhythm they needed for their times. After a review of their worship, in this lesson, we draw some practical reminders for us today about our Christian worship.

By |2019-02-24T11:26:06-05:00February 17th, 2019|Leviticus, The Glory of the Gathering|