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Topical Studies

  • Strange Fire

    The Good Book Blog
    Strange Fire What was the sin of Nadab and Abihu? The text of Leviticus 10:1-7 is ultimately unclear about this. Nevertheless, many people have contemplated this question, and there are many suggestions out there.
  • The Dangerous Job of Being a Cupbearer

    Jacob P. Massine
    The Dangerous Job of Being a Cupbearer Imagine a job where having a bad attitude doesn’t just get you reprimanded—it gets you executed.
  • Beyond Sunday: The Human Drift

    Beyond Sunday: The Human Drift If the path of accommodation and compromise continues unabated, eventually the church reaches a point of friendship with the world. This is an extremely dangerous place for the believer.
  • God and the Ideas of Man, Part 1

    Martyn Lloyd-Jones
    God and the Ideas of Man, Part 1 There is no doubt at all that judged from almost any angle you like, Genesis 3 is one of the most important chapters in the entire Bible.
  • Build in Layers

    Rick Whitter
    Build in Layers It helps to consider your life with God as a wall that is being built. Good materials, the right tools, and sound construction principles are required, if your wall is to stand.
  • A Deeper Look at Healing

    Andrew T. and Phyllis J. Le Peau
    A Deeper Look at Healing God designed us to be whole people—body, soul, and spirit. And God cares about the totality of who we are, not just our spiritual side. The health of our bodies matters to him; he knows and cares when we’re sick.
  • A Deeper Look at the Sermon on the Mount

    John Stott
    A Deeper Look at the Sermon on the Mount There are three general questions about Jesus’ Beatitudes which need to be asked. These concern the people described, the qualities commended and the blessings promised.
  • Jesus Wept

    Jon Bloom
    Jesus Wept The shortest verse in the English Bible is John 11:35: “Jesus wept.” But for all its grammatical simplicity, it’s packed with unfathomable complexity.
  • Beyond Sunday: Coming to an End

    Beyond Sunday: Coming to an End In many ways, the sudden end of Acts reminds us that the story of the church has only just begun.
  • Studying Mark's Gospel: Review

    Thomas Klock
    Studying Mark's Gospel: Review As we have discovered over this season, Mark isn’t the comic book/Reader’s Digest Gospel it appeared on the surface. Here's an overview to help in your studies.
  • Self-Deception

    Founders Ministries Blog
    Self-Deception Have you ever met a person who admitted to being self-deceived? The very nature of self-deception is that there is no conscious awareness of believing lies. Self-deception emerges from living on a self-referential basis.
  • The Sands of Galilee: The Parable of the Two Builders

    Associates for Biblical Research
    The Sands of Galilee: The Parable of the Two Builders When Jesus preached a sermon, told a parable, or gave a discourse, He always used object lessons that were familiar to His hearers in order to illustrate His point. The archaeology and geography of Bethsaida provides the background for two of His parables.
  • Blessed Are Those Who Are Gentle

    Mark Altrogge
    Blessed Are Those Who Are Gentle God gives the meek everything they need. Those who are meek find deep contentment and joy.
  • Beyond Sunday: A Better Rest

    Beyond Sunday: A Better Rest In time there are many Sabbaths, but someday there shall be the enjoyment and keeping of a Sabbath-rest that is perfect and eternal.
  • Studying Mark's Gospel: The Son of Man Resurrected!

    Thomas Klock
    Studying Mark's Gospel: The Son of Man Resurrected! We’ll see that more than just atonement was accomplished—we will see a glorious new beginning as we witness the Son of Man resurrected!
  • Who Authorized David's Census? God or Satan?

    Michael S. Heiser
    Who Authorized David's Census? God or Satan? In 1 Chronicles 21, Satan instigates David to take a census, but 2 Samuel 24 says it was God who did so. Is this a contradiction? Or are we missing something?
  • Living in Light of Death: Ecclesiastes 9:7–10

    Theologically Driven
    Living in Light of Death: Ecclesiastes 9:7–10 We all face the reality of death many times in our lives. We see our loved ones die, people in our community, those we work with, and fellow believers. This is the type of context where Solomon commands his audience to joyfully make the most of God’s basic gifts.
  • 5 Principles of Making Disciples and Enabling Spiritual Growth

    Ron Edmondson
    5 Principles of Making Disciples and Enabling Spiritual Growth How can we know we are growing people spiritually? I don’t know that we can ever know as clearly numerically as we do with attendance or contributions. But I think there are principles that can help us know we are on the right track to building disciples.
  • Beyond Sunday: Beyond All Reach

    Beyond Sunday: Beyond All Reach These verses mark, perhaps more comprehensively than any other similar passage, the covenant relationship of the believer to his God.
  • Studying Mark's Gospel: The Son of Man Crucified

    Thomas Klock
    Studying Mark's Gospel: The Son of Man Crucified The hour for which Jesus was incarnated into our world had come. This week we will see another person crumble and make the wrong decision about Jesus.