Godly Jealosy

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.

Beginning with Judges

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.

Cities of Refuge

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.

Division Of The Land

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.

The God Of Surprises

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.

Dealing With Failure

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.

The Conquest of Ai

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.

The Fall Of Jericho

Today in Understanding God's Word, we look at one of the most famous and exciting stories of the Old Testament: the fall of Jericho

The Preparation of Joshua

Today in Understanding God's Word, Dr. John Akers invites us to look at an interesting problem that faced Joshua, leader of the Israelites. It seemed to him (as it would to any reasonable person) that God had asked him to do something impossible. Is this something that has only happened to Biblical figures of old? Or does it still happen today? If so, what are we to do in the face of insurmountable odds?

Looking Back At The Old Testament

In this lesson we take an important moment to contemplate the Old Testament, a section of the scriptures that is often overlooked. It is sometimes difficult to understand the relationship between the Old Testament and modern Christianity, given the total change in our covenant with God brought about by Jesus Christ. But these older books are still scripture, still holy, and still vital to our world.

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