Category: Understanding My Bible

The Day of the Lord: Understanding God's Judgment & Deliverance

By Meredith Lindaman Reading through your Bible plan, you may unexpectedly stumble upon this passage: Behold the day of the Lord comes, Cruel, with wrath and fierce anger, To make the land a desolation And to destroy its sinners from it (Isaiah 13:9). Yikes! This certainly doesn’t show up on refrigerator magnets or in viral…

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A Guide to Understanding the Minor Prophets

By Angela Ekstrum Most of us are familiar with the epic life and legacy of Israel’s most renowned leader, Moses. We know him as the one who turned aside at the burning bush, when he received his divine call from God. He became God’s mouthpiece when he stood before Pharaoh and issued the infamous command…

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Ruth: Uncovering the Power of Vulnerability, Risk, and Story

In this episode, Whit and Lyndsey discuss the power of story, how to make sense of the seemingly risqué actions of Ruth, complete submission and vulnerability, and how it all points to Jesus. Check it Out: We are story-driven creatures. As humans, we have an insatiable appetite for stories. Think about it: how much of…

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Ruth & Naomi: Following God in Hard Times

Life doesn’t always turn out the way we hope or plan. When we face loss and disappointment, we may question if God is who He says He is. We can learn a lot about facing adversity from the story of Ruth and Naomi, who both lose everything they have but continue to move toward God.…

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Reading Ruth: What's Going on In The Old Testament

Getting the most out of reading the book of Ruth requires understanding what's going on in the rest of the Old Testament. Before reading a book like Ruth, it's important to ask some questions: Where does the book fall in the larger story of scripture? What was it like to live during the time this…

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How God Works Through People and Places

To read the story of Ruth as a romantic love story is to miss the full picture of God’s faithfulness in horrific circumstances. It is about love — but the covenantal, sacrificial kind of Ruth to Naomi and God to His people. In the second part of their conversation about Ruth, Whit and Casey explore…

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How to Love Your Bible

A lot of us respect the Bible but if we’re honest with ourselves, we struggle to love it. We haven't learned to "consume" what's spiritually nourishing. Scripture is not just literature; it's spiritual fuel, essential for our growth and vitality. In this episode, Whit and Casey discuss how to learn and grow in our understanding…

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What Did Jesus Say About Anger and Lust?

Jesus pulls no punches in His Sermon on the Mount. He directly addresses the ways we tend to drift from His way of life. In this episode, Whit, Blake, and Casey explore Matthew 5:17-30, what it means for Jesus to fulfill the law, and the pitfalls of anger and lust. Check it Out: We often…

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The Beatitudes: Aligning Your Motives & Actions

In this episode, Casey and Whit talk about the last four beatitudes which urge us to be merciful, pure of heart, a peacemaker, and to expect opposition. What does it look like to live this out in 2024? Check it Out: One of the most important things about Christianity is that it’s more than an…

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Beatitudes: An Invitation to Live Different in 2024

In the first four beatitudes, Jesus invites you to be poor in spirit, to mourn, to be meek, and to hunger and thirst for righteousness, which may leave you thinking, wait, what? But we can explain. In this episode, Whit and Casey explore meme culture, Old Testament references, and the qualities of a Kingdom seeker.…

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