Introduction to Deuteronomy

Historical BackgroundWhen Moses led Israel out of Egypt after the Passover, the nation traveled for roughly three months before coming to Sinai.  There God gave Moses the Law, the tabernacle was built, and many events transpired (golden calf, miracles of water provision, etc.) over approximately a year’s time.  From Sinai they traveled to Kadesh-barnea on […]

Galatians 6:11-18

Paul reaches the end of the letter.  He has argued against the false gospel of the legalists and their insistence on following the Law for salvation.  He has warned believers not to overreact to the false gospel by pursuing the deeds of the flesh.  He has advocated for righteous living through walking by the Spirit.  […]

Galatians 6:6-10

One of the ways believers can bear one another’s burdens – as Paul commanded in verse 2 – is to financially support those who teach the word.  Paul uses this command in verse 6 as a starting point to further apply his teaching on the importance of living by the Spirit.  How a believer walks […]

Galatians 5:26-6:5

Paul launches into the first practical implications of walking by the Spirit.  The Spirit-led man will interact with others differently than the man who walks on his own.  The one who walks by the Spirit will not think much of himself – he will not be boastful or challenging or envious.  Even more, he will […]

Conversation with the Holy Spirit

Me:   I know I’m not supposed to worry, but it’s really hard not to right now.  The whole world seems to be losing its collective mind.  Everything is changing; everything seems to be getting worse.  And the coming months could turn my whole life upside down. HS:    Yes they could. Me:   I’m not normally a […]

Fruit of the Spirit – Gentleness, Self-Control

See the study on Love and Joy for a full introduction to our continuing study of the Fruit of the Spirit.  One paragraph from that introduction bears repeating here: The intent of this study is not to send us out to work hard at bearing fruit.  It is impossible to simply decide to be gentle […]

Fruit of the Spirit – Peace & Patience

See the study on Love and Joy for a full introduction to our continuing study of the Fruit of the Spirit.  One paragraph from that introduction bears repeating here: The intent of this study is not to send us out to work hard at bearing fruit.  It is impossible to simply decide to be peaceful […]

Fruit of the Spirit – Love & Joy

Paul said in 5:16 that if we walk by the Spirit we will not carry out the desire of the flesh.  It follows then that if we walk by the Spirit we WILL bear its fruit.  The Christian life is not just a matter of what we avoid or what we are not.  It is […]

Galatians 5:16-25 Part 2

In Part 1 of our study of this text we discussed that verse 16 is the key to life.  Getting to a place where we WILL NOT carry out the desire of the flesh solves most problems in life.  We went through the rest of the text to find out how to walk by the […]