Submitted by Dan T. Lioy on Sat, 06/08/2019 - 03:00
Which of Paul’s letters did he write? In a 2018 OnScript podcast, that question was addressed by Scott McKnight, professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary. The context for the question was McKnight’s recent NICNT commentary on Colossians and Philemon (Eerdmans, 2018).
Submitted by Dan T. Lioy on Thu, 06/06/2019 - 03:00
The Lord’s mission of reaching the lost through Paul (Saul) began with his conversion from Christian-hater to devout disciple. The account, which forms a significant part of the apostle’s life and legacy, is described in three places in Acts (9:1–19; 22:2–21; 26:9–18). The basic narrative is the same in each case, but there are slight differences in the details in each telling of the account.
Submitted by Dan T. Lioy on Sun, 05/05/2019 - 03:00
Title: Moses, a gifted but flawed leader of God’s people Aim: To recognize that living for the Lord requires unwavering commitment, self-control, and humility. Scripture: Numbers 20:1–13
Discord among the Israelites, Numbers 20:1–5
Most likely, the reference to the “first month” (Num. 20:1) is in relation to the spring of the fortieth year of the Israelites’ wanderings in the wilderness. It was at that time that Aaron died (20:22-29; 33:38).
Submitted by Dan T. Lioy on Sat, 04/20/2019 - 03:00
Why Jesus’ Resurrection and Ascension?
Christians around the world and throughout church history have affirmed Jesus’ resurrection and ascension (especially on Easter Sunday). Concerning Jesus’ resurrection, His appearances to His followers were real, taking place in various locales, under a variety of circumstances, and to diverse numbers of people (from one to more than five hundred at a time; 1 Cor. 15:3–7).
Submitted by Dan T. Lioy on Sun, 03/24/2019 - 03:00
Title: Joseph, used by God to preserve a remnant Aim: To recognize that God’s purposes exceed our plans. Scripture: Genesis 45:1–15
Joseph’s disclosure, Genesis 45:1–7
Genesis 41:53-57 leaves the impression that life was busy and absorbing for Joseph, both personally and professionally. It became even more so as the seven years of drought and hunger began, for Pharaoh directed his starving population to go to Joseph for the food they needed to survive.
Submitted by Dan T. Lioy on Mon, 03/11/2019 - 03:00
Title: Joseph, a dream come true Aim: To note that God’s wisdom can enable us to help others. Scripture: Genesis 41:25–40
Joseph’s interpretation of Pharaoh’s dreams, Genesis 41:25–32
Most of the narrative in the last 14 chapters of Genesis concerns the life of Joseph. The faith this favored son of Jacob showed amid distressing circumstances has encouraged believers down through the centuries.
Submitted by Dan T. Lioy on Fri, 02/22/2019 - 03:00
Title: Jacob and Esau as rivals
Aim: To highlight the importance of making the things of God, not the things of the world, our highest priority.
Scripture: Genesis 25:19–34
The Birth of Esau and Jacob, Genesis 25:19-26
As Genesis 25:19 and 20 state, Abraham was the father of Isaac, who was 40 years old when he married Rebekah. Genesis 24 (the longest chapter in the book) records how Abraham’s chief servant found Rebekah as a wife for Isaac.