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OT19 | NT Connection (November 16)

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NT Connect: Luke 11:29-32 Weekly Reading: 1 Kings 10-12, 2 Kings 16-18 One Greater Than Solomon When you hear the name “Solomon,” what comes to mind? “Wisdom” is probably among the first few words that entered into your thought process. Many people today recognize the name Solomon, but surely his name recognition today pales in … Continued

OT19 | NT Connection (November 9)

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NT Connect: 1 Corinthians 3:10-17; Ephesians 2:1-22 Weekly Reading: 1 Kings 5-9 The New Temple One of the marvelous things about our God is his desire to be with his people. Before the foundations of the world, his intention has been to dwell among us. Here is the most powerful being in all the world, … Continued

OT19 | NT Connection (November 2)

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NT Connect: Hebrews 4:1-4 Weekly Reading: 2 Samuel 23-24; 1 Kings 1-4 A Better David David’s reign as king over God’s people began on such a high note. He was a man after God’s own heart, and the Lord promised that one of his descendants would reign forever on his throne (2 Samuel 7). Yet, … Continued

OT19 | NT Connection (October 26)

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NT Connect: Luke 15:11-32 Weekly Reading: 2 Samuel 18-22 The Rebellious Son Have you ever been rebellious? If you answered honestly, you most likely answered emphatically: yes! This week we’ve read in 2 Samuel 18 about the tragic ending of David’s son Absalom. Absalom disgraced his father, rebelled against him, and attempted to dethrone him. … Continued

OT19 | NT Connection (October 19)

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NT Connect: 1 John 1:5-10 Weekly Reading: 2 Samuel 13-17 Forgiveness How far we’ve fallen since God’s covenant with David in 2 Samuel 7! Since that promise, David seduced Bathsheba and murdered her husband. Then, sin rushes through David’s family like a raging infection. One of his sons raped his own sister, and then another … Continued

OT19 | NT Connection (October 12)

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NT Connect: Luke 1:26-33 Weekly Reading: 2 Samuel 7-12 Covenant with David This week began with David feeling pretty good about life. God had brought him from being a lowly shepherd boy to the king of the nation of Israel. With God’s help, David had defeated his enemies. Last week, we read that David brought … Continued

OT19 | NT Connection (October 5)

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NT Connect: Matthew 22:41-46 Weekly Reading: 2 Samuel 2-6 The Anointed King This week in 2 Samuel 2-6, we saw David anointed at Hebron as King over all Israel. At this point, David has been anointed three times. First, he was anointed with the Spirit of the Lord (1 Samuel 16:13). Then, he was anointed … Continued

OT19 | NT Connection (September 28)

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NT Connect: Matthew 5:43-4 Weekly Reading: 1 Samuel 28-31; 2 Samuel 1 Love Your Enemies This week we read about the final days of Saul’s life, which culminates with a passionate (and maybe a little surprising) lament written by David. “Saul and Jonathan, beloved and pleasant in their life, and in their death they were … Continued

OT19 | NT Connection (September 21)

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NT Connect: John 5:30 Weekly Reading: 1 Samuel 23-27 Christ is the Righteous Judge We stand in judgment over ourselves and others on a daily basis. “You’re wrong,” you might protest, “I don’t judge other people. They can do whatever is best for them. I don’t judge them, and neither should you.” Such a claim … Continued

OT19 | NT Connection (September 14)

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NT Connect: Philippians 4:4-20 Weekly Reading: 1 Samuel 18-22 Rejoice in the Lord Always? Let’s take a stroll down memory lane for just a moment. Humor me, please. . . What was one of the best seasons of your life? What was a season in your life that you wouldn’t like to repeat? It may … Continued

OT19 | NT Connection (September 7)

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NT Connect: Mark 12:28-34 Weekly Reading: 1 Samuel 13-17 A Pleasing Sacrifice “Has the Lord as much delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as in obeying the voice of the Lord?  Behold to obey is better than sacrifice” (1 Samuel 15:22-23, NASB). “To love Him will all the heart and with all the understanding and … Continued

OT19 | NT Connection (August 31)

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NT Connect: Ephesians 1:15-23 Weekly Reading: 1 Samuel 8-12 Jesus is King As Israel’s prophet Samuel approached death, the Israelites grew insecure about God’s ability to protect them from the perpetual threat posed by the surrounding nations. They complained to Samuel that they wanted to “be like all the other nations, with a king to … Continued

OT19 | NT Connection (August 24)

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NT Connect: Matthew 1:23 Weekly Reading: 1 Samuel 3-7 God With Us In 1 Samuel 4, the Israelites were defeated by the Philistines, so they took the Ark of the Covenant with them to Ebenezer, hoping to win the next battle. However, they were defeated again, and the Ark was captured by the Philistines. In … Continued

OT19 | NT Connection (August 17)

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NT Connect: Matthew 1:5 Weekly Reading: Ruth 2-4; 1 Samuel 1-2 An Unexpected Lineage Recently, my brother revealed the results of a genealogy test he had taken. My sister and I sat in anticipation of some crazy ancestry news that would change the way we view our family forever. He announced dramatically, “Well, we are … Continued

OT19 | NT Connection (August 10)

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NT Connect: Romans 1:16-32 Weekly Reading: Judges 18-21; Ruth 1 When God Is Not Our King The book of Judges is the book of “no king.” We see this expressed in (17:6; 19:1; and 21:25). God was their King, but the nation refused to obey Him. Their disobedience led them to a lot of consequence … Continued

OT19 | NT Connection (August 3)

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NT Connect: Galatians 5:22-25 Weekly Reading: Judges 13-17 The Spirit of the Lord As we read this week the story of Samson, it’s easy to see why this makes it into all the storybook Bibles: this is a great story. But what does it have to do how the gospel of Jesus?  Perhaps, even more … Continued

OT19 | NT Connection (July 27)

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NT Connect: Hebrews 11:32-34 Weekly Reading: Judges 6-12 Heroes of Faith!? It might be a challenge to look at those considered heroes of the faith in our readings this week and see them as just that. Faithful. Often, what we see from those who were judges, prophets and kings is a long list of faults … Continued

OT19 | NT Connection (July 20)

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NT Connect: Ephesians 4:17-24 Weekly Reading: Judges 1-5 Hardness of Heart These first few chapters of Judges take us from the Lord delivering his people into the Promised Land to his people hardening their hearts and turning their back in him. After the death of Joshua and his contemporaries, “there arose a generation after them … Continued

OT19 | NT Connection (July 13)

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NT Connect: Hebrews 4:1-13 Weekly Reading: Joshua 10-12, 23-24 Rest in Christ Rest. We a part of a culture that strives for rest. We seem always to be looking for our next break, our next chance to rest. We start the day thinking about when the day will end, or at least when we’ll get … Continued

OT19 | NT Connection (July 6)

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NT Connect: Hebrews 11:10; Revelation 21:1-27 Weekly Reading: Joshua 5-9 The Promised Land Land features prominently at key points in the stories of Genesis and Exodus. Adam and Eve were placed in a garden. When the Ark came to rest on dry land. Noah and his family were given the start to a cleansed world. … Continued