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"...for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day..."

-the Apostle Luke

Studying God's Word

Thomas Westra, Pastor

In the book of Acts, Luke writes:

 
"Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true." (Acts 17:11)

 

It is God's will that you and I spend time studying the scriptures.  We do that privately, and that's important, but what a great privilege it is, as well, to study God's word together with our brothers and sisters to encourage one another in the faith.

 

We just completed our Faith Foundations course, and will begin studying the book of Daniel on January 3.  As the book opens, Daniel is a young man, probably 14 years old. He watches a large, foreign army surround his city Jerusalem. They capture the city and abduct Daniel and his friends.  For the next several weeks they are marched through a barren wasteland in bondage to Babylon.  Here Daniel lives the rest of his days, surrounded by the corruption of heathen Babylon.
 

The book of Daniel begins in defeat in the strongest possible terms.  But in the midst of that defeat, Daniel's message is of victory—victory in the coming Messiah.  Throughout the book, God revealed through Daniel that all earthly kingdoms would, one after another, go down to defeat.  The Messiah’s rule, and only his, is lasting.  And his people will share in his final victory.
 

The message of Daniel is still a comforting message.  Our God is working out his plan for the benefit of his people still today.  Register now to join us for our study of this fascinating, sobering, and comforting book.

Studies & Devotions for the Whole Family

 
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