Burning Sacrifices to the Queen of Heaven

Text: Jeremiah 44:15-18 Jeremiah repeatedly condemned the people of Judah for their sin – idolatry in particular. This particular false god was identified as the “queen of heaven.” They did not refute the charge of idolatry; they just refused to listen or acknowledge the negative consequences of their behavior. Those who are caught up in […]

Five Woes

Text: Habakkuk 2:6-19 God told Habakkuk that He would use the Babylonians to punish His people. However, God also said that He would hold the Babylonians accountable for their sins. In our text, He pronounced five woes upon them. We live in a different time and do not have the same position, yet we can still learn from […]

Why Israel Fell

Text: 2 Kings 17:7-18 A little more than 200 years after the kingdom was divided, the northern tribes were taken into captivity. In our text, we have an explanation as to why this happened. Just as they fell, we can fall away from God today – and for the same reasons. So let us consider the […]

Do Not Be Like Ephraim

Text: Hosea 6:4 Hosea warned the people of Israel (Ephraim) about God’s judgment that was coming against them for their sin. In the passages we will consider, he compared the people to different things – dew, a dove, and a donkey. The warning we are to take from these passages is this: Do not be like […]

A Letter to Little Children

Text: 1 John 2:1 In John’s first epistle, he referred to his audience as “little children” seven times. These were not literal “little children,” but he was referring to Christians. This lesson considers the seven instructions John gives to the “little children” to see what we should do today. Do Not Sin (1 John 2:1) […]

Joshua’s Challenge to the People

Text: Joshua 24:14 We remember Joshua’s famous statement: “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” But what did serving the Lord include? What was he challenging the people to do? This lesson examines Joshua’s challenge to the people and see how it applies to us. Fear the Lord Reverence for God […]

New Year’s Resolutions: Start, Stop, Improve

When people make New Year’s resolutions, they often start with these words – start exercising, stop smoking, improve spending habits, etc. It is good to improve all areas of our lives. But it is particularly important to improve our spiritual lives. In that regard, let us consider some resolutions for the new year. Start… Start Your Life in […]