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Topic: Old Testament

Paul David Tripp

Key Connections (June 29, 2017)

Why Didn’t God Send Jesus Right After Adam and Eve Sinned? (Randy Alcorn, Eternal Perspective Ministries) It’s an amazing and wonderful thing to realize that God devised His plan, created us, and is perfectly executing the plan, so that we could enjoy Him. He was infinitely satisfied within Himself, the Godhead, before […]

Does God Just Tolerate me

Does God Just Tolerate Me?

I have some close friends at church who are grandparents. For them, the cliché is true—they are over the moon about their grandchildren! My friends would move mountains to spend time with their grandchildren. They soak up every moment of each visit and anticipate the next. They delight in their […]

When God Says No

When God Says No

Do you ever feel like God has abandoned you? Perhaps in your head you know he hasn’t, but deep down your heart questions his presence. You wonder why God has put you in such troubled and persistently difficult circumstances. You’re lonely, needy, confused. You want God to provide for you, […]

not under law but under grace

Not Under Law But Under Grace

“I don’t have to do that since I’m not under law but under grace.” Christians have often used this verse from Romans to justify many things, including refusal to tithe or offer money to the Lord, reluctance to pray or read the Bible, adultery and fornication, gluttony, and refusal to […]

Paul David Tripp

Key Connections (November 30, 2016)

How Can Expository Sermons Avoid Being Wooden and Uncreative? (Colin Smith, The Gospel Coalition) There is a kind of preaching that reflects the disciples’ spirit: dutiful, disciplined, and faithful, but also wooden, joyless, and predictable. What we need is more preaching that reflects the spirit of Mary. Walking with our children […]

minor prophets

Why Modern-Day Christians Need the Minor Prophets

For some reason, many Christians today are scared of the Minor Prophets. Maybe it’s the complex prophecies, or the chaotic violence, or perhaps the puzzling historical context. Whatever it is, we have a cultural tendency to camp in the cozy familiarity of the Psalms and the Gospels—and leave the doom-and-gloom […]

figs

A Tale of Two Figs

Once upon a time, there were two baskets of figs. One basket was full of ripe, plump figs. The other basket had rotten ones. The first basket of figs looked so good that it promised a whole summer of fresh fruit, more than you could eat, bursting with sweetness and […]

keep yourselves from idols

Little Children, Keep Yourselves from Idols

With the re-release of The 10 Greatest Struggles of Your Life next month, our writing team continues with a series of articles on each of the Ten Commandments in July and August! Helicopter parents are everywhere. Their children are never allowed to fail, make mistakes, or be anything less than perfect. That is, not […]

God's calling

The Mysterious Nature of God’s Calling

It had to happen in a classroom filled with students. The difficult question was asked: “What should I look for in a personal call?” This question is important because we often are attracted to profound stories of God calling people. In that moment, I honestly stuttered. The question was real, […]

the law

Three Benefits of the Law for Those Under Grace

As Christians, we champion grace. Rightly so. We read, “For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace” (Romans 6:14), responding with an emphatic, Amen! The law is a great burden, one that you and I could not fulfill. Praise God […]

women in the bible

10 Examples of Feminine Courage from Women in the Bible

A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver. (Proverbs 25:11) Have you ever wondered what a word fitly spoken looks like? The Old Testament has many examples of women who spoke words of courage and help and displayed a kind of God-confidence that is […]

blood of Jesus

Brought Near by the Blood of Jesus

As for you, tower of the flock, hill of the daughter of Zion, to you it will come — Even the former dominion will come, the kingdom of the daughter of Jerusalem. (Micah 4:8) The prophet Micah ministered to the people of God approximately 740 years before the birth of […]

A Mephibosheth Dinner Invitation

The air was a balmy 75 degrees, hardly autumn weather. Our dinner guests enjoyed the beautiful day sharing a meal around folding tables pushed together on our covered patio. The dinner table didn’t look like a magazine picture of Thanksgiving, but we were celebrating this favorite family holiday surrounded by […]

The Musical Legacy of Martin Luther

“Music,” wrote Martin Luther, “is to be praised as second only to the Word of God because by her are all the emotions are swayed…This precious gift has been bestowed on [humans] alone to remind them that they are created to praise and magnify the Lord.”[1] Every October 31, Protestants […]

The Goat of Your Guilt Is Gone

Sometimes I need a goat. Not just any goat. A scapegoat — like the one described in Leviticus 16. On Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, Israel’s high priest, Aaron, brought two goats into the tabernacle courtyard and presented them to the Lord at the entrance of the tabernacle (v7). […]

Pastor Colin Smith talks with Jerry Rose on Significant Insights about violence in the Bible, why God sends people to hell, and more.

How Do We Understand Violence in the Bible?

“The Old Testament gives us the story of God’s judgment when sins had reached their fullness.” Pastor Colin recently joined Jerry Rose on Significant Insights, a TLN program that seeks to answer peoples’ hardest questions about Christianity. In this episode, Pastor Colin addresses these five questions: How do we understand violence […]

By-the-Brook Experiences and Mount Carmel Moments

God can do anything he wants to do. He is all-powerful, almighty.He created all that is, and he holds it all together. He has the power to take away your most troublesome problem or to bless you beyond your wildest dreams. However, God does not choose to do either of […]

the psalms

Eight Ways to Use the Psalms

The Psalms are a unique treasure of Scripture that connect a believer’s head and heart in a rich and vivid way. While most of Scripture delivers words from God to man, the Psalms provide man with Spirit-inspired words to pray and sing to God. The format and diversity of the […]

bible characters

10 Obscure (Yet Interesting) Bible Characters and Their Stories

With over 66 books of Scripture covering thousands of years of history, the Bible makes mention of hundreds of people either in great detail (biblical heroes Abraham, David, Paul, Jesus) and gives others just a passing mention. We encourage you to read the associated passages in the Bible to dig […]