Living as Children of Light

As we move into chapter 5, we find that Paul is continuing his discourse on Christian holiness as a reflection and product of God’s saving work in our lives. We must no longer live as we did before we were saved. We must live in a way that is visibly different from the world, shining... Continue Reading →

Off With the Old, On With the New

Our lesson this week begins in Ephesians 4:17-19 with Paul’s admonition to the Ephesian believers that they must no longer walk as “the Gentiles” do. I find this to be an interesting change in the way he has been addressing them, since up to this point he has been referring to them as “you Gentiles”... Continue Reading →

Covenant Renewal

(Originally published March 3, 2017) We have come, at last, to the final chapter of the book of Joshua.  What a journey it has been!  We have walked alongside Joshua as he has followed the Lord in leading the people of Israel into their promised inheritance.  There have been many battles along the way, most... Continue Reading →

Joshua Exhorts the Israelites

(Originally published February 22, 2017) Joshua chapter 23 is Joshua’s “farewell address” to Israel. By some estimates there has been a twenty to twenty-three-year interval between the end of the previous chapter and this speech by Joshua. The conquest is long over and the people of Israel have settled into their new homes and lands.... Continue Reading →

Going Home

(Originally published February 17, 2017) Chapter 22 of Joshua opens with an air of solemnity. The conquest is won, the allotment of lands is complete, and now the time is come for the warriors from the tribes of Reuben, Gad, and the half-tribe of Manasseh to return to their families and possessions on the East... Continue Reading →

Division of the Rest of the Land

(Originally published February 2, 2017) In last week’s study, we followed along as Joshua and the Israelites began dividing the promised land between the tribes of Israel. This week we will see them finish the process. As we re-join them in chapter 18, it seems that the seven remaining tribes have lost their momentum and... Continue Reading →

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