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Finding Jesus in Judges

Posted by Matthea Haecker on

As with Leviticus, Judges is often a neglected book in the Old Testament.  While the narrative genre of the book lends to easy reading, the violent content contained in the book does not.  Most of us find it easier to comprehend the love shown in John 3:16 and 1 Corinthians 13 than we...

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Finding Jesus in Joshua

Posted by Matthea Haecker on

  Where do we find the strength and courage we need to life for Jesus?  Many of us are aware the living for the Lord is often difficult.  As we seek to do so, we encounter challenges such as overcoming the Enemy in regards to habitual sin, risking isolation by not participating...

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Finding Jesus in Deuteronomy

Posted by Matthea Haecker on

Are you ever haunted by a particular failure, so much so that you fear that your life will ultimately be by defined it?  Maybe you are struggling with an addiction.  Maybe you had a marriage that ended in divorce.  Maybe one of your kids made poor choices and you feel you are to...

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Finding Jesus in Numbers

Posted by Matthea Haecker on

  Are you a promise doubter?  Although most of us would claim to be people who believe God’s promises are true, in reality many of us doubt His promises on a daily basis.  Will God really provide for my needs?  Does God really love me even though I sin...

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Finding Jesus in Leviticus

Posted by Matthea Haecker on

Let’s be honest.  Most of us either dread reading Leviticus in our Bible reading plans or skip over it altogether.  The book comes across as legalistic or out of touch with our reality, given that we have never had to obey kosher or purification laws.  Many Christians...

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Finding Jesus in Exodus

Posted by Matthea Haecker on

All of us have endured times of suffering.  We have experienced seasons of financial hardship, lack of acceptance from others, medical hardship, loss of loved ones, and worry over what additional stresses tomorrow will bring.  Moses found himself in season of suffering while pleading...

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Genesis

Posted by Matthea Haecker on

Happy New Year, First Baptist!  Last year we read through the New Testament together, and this year we will be reading through the first half of the Old Testament: one chapter a day Monday-Friday and then two chapters each on Saturday and Sunday.  I understand this will be an added...

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Revelation

Posted by Matthea Haecker on

This month we are finishing up our journey through the New Testament. I pray it has been a year of incredible growth for you in the Lord as you have spent time in His Word, and I pray you will continue to read with us in 2018 as we work our way through the first half of the Old...

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The "milk" and "meat" in Hebrews 5 -- unlocking the rest of the book of Hebrews

Posted by Dave Hoffman on

I was reading ahead a bit in Hebrews, and came across the passage in 5:11-14 where the writer talks about those who need still need "milk" and not ready for "solid food", obviously a metaphor for those who are undeveloped in their faith vs those who have matured.  But what exactly is he...

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Jesus is Better

Posted by Matthea Haecker on

We will be reading through several books in the month of October, but one I want us to pay extra attention to is the book of Hebrews. There are some complicated passages in the book, which Christian scholars have wrestled with throughout the centuries. However, almost all agree as to the overall...

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