Today: [Deuteronomy Chapter Thirty]: Returning to the Lord. What does it mean to return to the Lord? Is it merely a sentiment of regret for wrong choices? What are the pitfalls that keep us from returning to God in some particular area of our lives. What does repentance look like? Is it simply going to church or measuring up to some cultural conditioning or imposed religious expectation? What is God’s response to a return to Him. Is it immediate breakthrough or something more involved. All these questions are addressed in today’s chapter.
Today: [Deuteronomy Chapter Twenty-Nine]: Activating the Language of the Covenant. In this chapter we see that the entirety of the first five books of the bible is actually the verbiage and terms of an elaborate covenant that God makes with His people. Even for New Testament believer’s there is an implied command to respond to the INTENT and PURPOSE of God in giving us the Old Testament as well as the New. Many believer’s either outright or in fact functionally reject the Old Testament as relevant to their lives. Nothing could be further from the truth as this chapter will … (click link or title to continue)
Today: [Deuteronomy Chapter Twenty-Eight]: Blessed Coming in and Going Out. There are consequences of being in relationship with Christ. In this chapter the parameters of God’s blessing in your life is minutely defined around every action and circumstance you may find yourself in. Likewise the description of estrangement from God is given in order to help us find restored fellowship. Things are the way they are because of what we choose – as we allow the scriptures to motivate us to choose life God’s radical blessing will be our portion. Today: [Deuteronomy Chapter Twenty-Eight]: Blessed Coming in and Going Out. … (click link or title to continue)
Today: [Deuteronomy Chapter Twenty-Seven]: Mountains of Blessing and Cursing. In this this chapter the people are instructed once in Canaan to pronounce blessings and cursings from Mt. Ebal and Mt. Gerizim. In a time of grace and mercy from God through Jesus are there consequences for disobedience? What is our accountability before God were moral issues are concerned? Does God still curse today? If God doesn’t curse disobedience does that mean neither does He bless us when we obey? Deuteronomy Chapter Twenty-Seven: Today: [Deuteronomy Chapter Twenty-Seven]: Mountains of Blessing and Cursing. In this this chapter the people are instructed once … (click link or title to continue)
Today: [Deuteronomy Chapter Twenty-Six]: Faithfulness in the First Fruits. Does God still ask for the first fruits in our life? Are the Old Testament requirements regarding giving carried over in the New Testament? Can we find the practice of tithing in the early centuries of the church or in the New Testament record? Does it matter WHERE we give or how much? Do we give only after all our own expenses are met or do we give beforehand trusting God for the remainder to meet the need. What about the tithe? What did Jesus teach about the tithe? In this … (click link or title to continue)
Today: [Deuteronomy Chapter Twenty-Five]: Am I My Brother’s Keeper? To what degree are you responsible for the lives of others? Are there consequences when we ignore the needs other than our own? What about corporal punishment of children? Is it ok to beat a child? When under pressure at what point are we justified to excuse ourselves from the dictates of our faith and act in our own self preservation? These and other issues are all addressed in this chapter.
Today: [Deuteronomy Chapter Twenty-Four]: Breaking the Stigma of Divorce. In this chapter many family issues are addressed. Did you know the divorce rate among Evangelical Christians is higher than that of atheists and agnostics? Unfortunately the church no longer (if it ever did) hold the moral high ground of what it takes to form a successful marriage. Did you know that God Himself openly broke His own law regarding divorce and remarriage? In this chapter we find extremely controversial yet very helpful insights into these troubling subjects that touch very close to home.
Today: [Deuteronomy Chapter Twenty-Three]: Be Circumspect Before the Battle. In this chapter God instructs the people to be contentious in the area of personal holiness when facing a spiritual battle. Many times we are turned back in battle and fail to see breakthrough because of allowances we afford ourselves that ultimately GRIEVE the Holy Ghost and cause our prayers to go unanswered.
Today: [Deuteronomy Chapter Twenty-Two]: Old Testament Standard or New Testament Example? In this chapter we find instructions regarding our obligations toward our neighbor, our brother and even our close relationships such as our spouse. Indifference is never sanctioned by scripture although religious culture even in Christianity often justifies abuse and misuse of those who offend us. We must contrast the Old Testament Standards with the New Testament Example of Christ.