Samson is a Biblical character that we are all probably familiar with. He is a person with an interesting story, and even more interesting character traits: not just his physical strength, but his strength of will. But at a certain point, that willpower became stubbornness and that stubbornness became his downfall. Dr. John Akers examines the story of Samson in today’s 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.
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.
The Bible is full of stories about godly men and women who stand as a good example to Christ's followers. But that is not all the Bible holds. It also has many examples of people who went down the wrong path entirely, and who serve as a warning to us. In today's episode of Understanding God's Word, Dr. John Akers shows us an example of this in the person of Abimelek, in the book of Judges.
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.
When we start a project, it's pretty important to follow all the way through. This is doubly important when the task is assigned to us by God. Dr. John Akers gives an example of this from the book of Joshua in today's Understanding God's Word.
We are all subject to the laws of the country in which we live. But we have also chosen to follow the law of God. What do we do when those laws conflict? In today's Understanding God's Word, Dr. John Akers examines this question.
We have been told that we are saved by faith alone, and not by actions. But there sure is a lot of scripture that tells us how and how not to act. So what is the truth? Do we only need to believe? Or is it our actions that save us? Dr. John Akers looks at this question in today's installment of Understanding God's Word.
Today we start a new series in the Old Testament in which we study three of the most important kings of Israel: Saul, David, and Solomon.
Now that we have been saved, what's the next step? Presumably we should be moving forward in our Christian faith, but what does that look like? What are we striving towards? In today's episode of Understanding God's Word, Dr. John Akers discusses these questions.
God calls for us to become fully committed to our discipleship. But what does that look like in action? Dr. John Akers talks us through this concept in today's Understanding God's Word.