But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Saturday, 15 June 2019 21:58

Discover the Old Testament: Deuteronomy

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Background Sometimes we believe the mistaken idea that generations just gradually decline, that the next generation will automatically be less spiritual or godly that the last. The book of Deuteronomy gives us…

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Wednesday, 12 June 2019 10:31

Episode 188: Good Lessons from a Bad Prophet

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The Old Testament book of Numbers gives noticeable attention to a man named Balaam, and he is mentioned elsewhere throughout the Bible. Who is this unusual man and why is he important…

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Wednesday, 12 June 2019 10:30

Good Lessons from a Bad Prophet

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The book of Numbers gives noticeable attention to an unusual man named Balaam. He is the main character of Numbers 22-24 and receives additional mention in Numbers 31:8 and 16. References to…

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Scripture tells us about a successive line of places where God both has and will place his presence among people on the Earth. Yet most importantly, where does God dwell today and…

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Sunday, 09 June 2019 02:00

Discover the Old Testament: Numbers

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Two Names for the Book Two names describe this fourth book of Moses. The Hebrew name is “In the Wilderness.” This name fits because the book describes the experiences of Israel as…

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Wednesday, 05 June 2019 11:29

The Dwelling Place of God

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The Dwelling Places of God in Scripture Scripture tells us about a successive line of places where God both has and will place his presence among people on the Earth. The Tabernacle…

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Sunday, 02 June 2019 02:00

Discover the Old Testament: Leviticus

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Introduction Can you guess which Old Testament (OT) book Jewish children studied first in the synagogue? The answer is Leviticus. Unfortunately this is not the case for believers today. If anything, we…

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Tuesday, 21 May 2019 02:00

What Does Deuteronomy Teach about Covenants?

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In the second half of the twentieth century, archeologists discovered Hittite treaty documents dating back to the period of Moses. Investigation of these records revealed that Deuteronomy featured elements similar to the…

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Monday, 20 May 2019 02:00

What Does Numbers Teach about Obedience?

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That God delivered Israel from Egypt did not absolve their need to obey him. Instead, their newfound freedom from enslavement and their increased exposure and closeness to him heightened their need to…

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Our family usually takes one long road trip each summer. Between keeping the nausea-prone kids distracted from their stomachs and preserving peace between parties in the backseat, we listen to a lot…

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Saturday, 18 May 2019 02:00

5 Books to Enjoy as a Family This Summer

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You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read. Charlie “Tremendous” Jones) Summer is a great time…

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The practice of ritual sacrifice predates the wilderness wanderings and the writing of Leviticus. We read first about Abel, son of Adam, offering a sacrifice to God (Gen 4:4). Nine generations later,…

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Diligence and responsibility are very biblical goals to have for our children (just read Proverbs), but every parent knows how difficult it is to teach kids to work. Children Who Do Too Little (by…

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Friday, 17 May 2019 02:00

What Does Exodus Teach about Israel?

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Exodus means “to go out” and serves as a fitting title for this second book of the Pentateuch. This book is first and foremost a continuing revelation about God, the one who…

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Thursday, 16 May 2019 04:06

What Does Genesis Teach about God?

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Genesis means “beginnings,” which serves as an appropriate title for the first book of the Pentateuch. Though this book traces the beginnings of many things, it is first and foremost the beginning…

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Sunday, 12 May 2019 02:00

The Two Mothers of Moses

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Gen 49:5-7; Exo 2:1-10; 6:20; Acts 7:20-22; Heb 11:23-26 In an ideal world filled with sunshine and buttercups, rainbows and butterflies, lemonade and candy, one nice, happy, cookie-cutter family raises children who…

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Wednesday, 08 May 2019 12:45

Episode 186: Patient Faith in a Faithful God

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Psalm 105 provides an overview (or a review) of major highlights from Israel’s history, previously recorded at length in the Pentateuch. It also teaches us how we should allow God’s might works in…

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Wednesday, 08 May 2019 12:08

Patient Faith in a Faithful God

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Psalm 105 provides an overview (or a review) of major highlights from Israel’s history, previously recorded at length in the Pentateuch. An Overview of Israel’s Early History Verses 7-15 review his covenant…

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Sunday, 05 May 2019 02:00

Discover the Old Testament: Exodus

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Exodus means exit or escape. The Old Testament (OT) book by this title gives the record of how God caused Israel to escape from oppression in Egypt. This book is more than history though because…

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Sunday, 28 April 2019 02:00

Discover the Old Testament: Genesis

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For whatever reason, we like to learn about our ancestors, our history and our family tree. We like to show our kids the places we lived and did things when we were…

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Wednesday, 24 April 2019 10:00

Why Study the Old Testament?

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The New Testament (NT) speaks directly to those who will become and who already are followers of Christ in the church. Christ launched the church following his resurrection to earth and return…

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Wednesday, 10 April 2019 10:31

Episode 184: Misjudging Gideon’s Fleece

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Does the story of Gideon “putting out a fleece” provide us with a pattern for finding God’s will and making difficult decision today? Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller in discovering that really was going…

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Wednesday, 10 April 2019 10:30

Misjudging Gideon’s Fleece

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If You Really Want Me To … What Christian hasn’t followed Gideon’s example at some point in his or her life? Who hasn’t “put out a fleece” to determine God’s will and…

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Sunday, 07 April 2019 02:00

An Invitation to Return to the Lord (Part 3)

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Introduction God made you to experience a close relationship with him and to show the world his goodness through your life. But like Adam and Eve, the first man and woman made…

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Monday, 01 April 2019 05:16

The Unity of God’s People

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Background Information Psalm 133 begins with this title: “A Song of Ascents [written] by David.” In total, there are fifteen Psalms called “A Song of Ascents” (Psa 120-134). They have also been…

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