Introduction To Ruth

In today's lesson Dr. John Akers takes a look at the first half of the book of Ruth, in which we find not only the story of a Godly woman, but an interesting look into the culture and practices of the era.

I Did It My Way

We’ve been studying a rough time in the history of the people of Israel during this series of Understanding God’s Word, full of chaos, violence, and misdirection. Today Dr. John Akers puts a button on this story by investigating the last few chapters of Ruth, a person who exemplifies steadfastness and faith even in the worst of times.

Introduction To Ruth

Sometimes the bad things that happen to us are really the seeds of something good. The book of Ruth documents such a situation, as Dr. John Akers shows us in today’s episode of Understanding God’s Word.

The Stubbornness of Samson

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.

Losing Direction

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.

Jephthah And His Daughter

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.

Bad Examples in the Bible

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.

Vulnerable Faith

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.

A Mighty Warrior?

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".

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.

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