No one has a perfect faith. We are all plagued by doubt and distrust from time to time. But God is willing to be patient and work with us even then. Dr. John Akers shows us this truth through the story of Gideon in today's Understanding God's Word.
What does it take for God to get our attention? Who was Gideon? Why was he so important? Dr. John Akers answers these questions and more in today's edition of "Understanding God's Word".
At times in the Bible God is called a "Jealous God," but what does that mean? Does the God of creation become envious, just like us humans? Dr. John Akers explores that question in today's episode of Understanding God's Word.
Today we begin the next step in our study of the Old Testament by moving on to the book of Judges. Dr. John Akers sets the scene for our upcoming lessons in today's episode of Understanding God's Word.
Joshua of the Old Testament served God from his youth as a strong and vital warrior all the way through his final years as a elder of the tribes of Israel. Dr. John Akers sets up Joshua as an example for us in today's Understanding God's Word.
Today in Understanding God's Word, we get to look at a moment of great relief that some of us only get to experience a few times in our lives: the completion of a great project that God has assigned.
A lot of the Bible feels personal. It speaks to our hearts to convict or sooth us. Other parts, especially in the Old Testament, feel more like reading a history textbook. In today's lesson in Understanding God's Word, Dr. John Akers reminds us that in Biblical study, as in all other areas, history matters.
One definitive fact of life is that we are limited, and God is infinite. That means that God knows what's going on and we almost always do not. In the face of that fact, we just have to be okay when God's actions surprise us.
One theme that shows up throughout the Bible is that of repeated, devastating failure. Sometimes we see this theme in our own lives. Luckily, failure does not remove us from the love of God. Rather, it creates an opportunity for us to rise, improve, and overcome. In today's lesson in Understanding God's Word, Dr. John Akers talks with us about facing up to our failures.
Today in Understanding God's Word we take a look at Joshua's conquest of the city of Ai. His first attempt on the city failed, even under the direction of God himself. This failure was due to sinful behavior within the ranks of the Israelites. In this lesson, Dr. John Akers talks us through the redemtion and ultimate success of the children of God.
What happens when someone rejects God? What happens when a nation deliberately goes against God and His will? Does God care? Dr. John Akers answers these questions and more in today's edition of "Understanding God's Word".
What would it take to get us to put God's will ahead of our own? What would it take to get us to be more concerned about others than about ourselves? Dr. John Akers leads a study in Isaiah and shares on these questions in today's edition of "Understanding God's Word".
Is the whole Bible the word of God, or only part of it? What about the parts that are boring? As Dr. John Akers continues his study of Isaiah on "Understanding God's Word", be prepared to see how relevant the Bible is to life today.
How good does a person have to be before God can use that person for great things? Alternatively, how flawed can a person be before God can’t use them anymore? Dr. John Akers explores these questions in the Old Testament story of Jephthah and his daughter in today’s episode of Understanding God’s Word.
It is possible for both individual people and whole societies to completely lose all sense of direction in this world. In those moments life can become very dark indeed. We see the ancients Hebrews experience this repeatedly in the Bible, and in today’s Understanding God’s Word Dr. John Akers describes one of their darkest moments, which takes place in the very last chapters of Judges.