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    Hebrews is about persevering in the faith. Written concerning the Jewish Christians, this letter serves as a reminder that Christ is superior to priests, angels, and the old covenant laws. His sacrifice is once for all unlike the sacrificial system. While Jewish Christians have been less focused on growing in godliness, this letter encourages them to “…lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely… run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus…” (Heb. 12:1-2) Listen to the hope this book offers and the encouragement it gives about times of...read more

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    Like many of us, the Thessalonians need to be reminded of the reality of Christ’s second coming. In this book, Paul encourages believers to look forward to the second coming as the final accomplishment of God’s promise to save his people. In light of the Thessalonians’ false sense of security, Paul only addresses the timing of the second coming by saying, “…the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.” (1 Thes. 5:2) With this in mind, we must all live in a way that is pleasing to the Lord, keeping Christ as the center of our lives as we await his...read more

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    While there is suffering, evil, sickness, and death in this world, the book of Joel reminds us that we have an everlasting hope through it all. Joel warns the people of Judah as a horrifying locust plague has come upon them.  He urges the people to repent and return to God, predicting that this is just the beginning of their judgment. Thankfully, Joel’s prophecies do not end there. He continues to teach the people about the promise of hope that lies ahead in the kingdom of the Messiah. Listen as this prophet describes the day of salvation which we are privileged to live in...read more

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    After Jesus rose from the dead, he gave his Spirit to dwell within all who believe in him. The Holy Spirit is our Counselor, leading, instructing, and equipping us. A sequel to the Gospel of Luke, this book gives a history of the early church and provides a heavy emphasis on the work of the Holy Spirit. In many ways, Acts serves as a transition from law-keeping to grace and faith in Christ. Listen to Acts and learn about how God uses the Holy Spirit to transform the hearts of believers and then uses them to fulfill his plan of...read more

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    As Christians, we have a hope that withstands all trouble. In fact, while many strive to avoid suffering, believers can actually rejoice in it. Why? Because God will vindicate his people. We can rest in God’s salvation now and look forward to the day he will bring full redemption. This letter, written by the apostle Peter points us to Christ in times of tribulation and encourages us to persevere in the midst of suffering.  Listen to Peter as he illustrates the hope that comes with remembering the death and resurrection of...read more

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    After finding out that the Corinthian church was filled with pride and committing sexual immorality, Paul teaches believers about the dangers of abusing freedom.  The real problem is that the believers have a misunderstanding of grace. The Corinthian church was basing its faith on cheap grace. Cheap grace is grace without the cross, grace without repentance, and grace without cost. Listen to Paul as he tells believers about Christ who has given us grace as forgiveness for our sins but also as power to flee from our old...read more

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    Do you ever feel like evil is prevailing in your life and that God is silent? The life of Daniel proves that God is more powerful than we often assume He is. While under the Babylonian rulers, Daniel and his three fellow Judeans are being challenged for their faith. In the middle of every trial, however, God always comes through. In the final chapters of this book, Daniel prophecies about the end times, including the “seventy weeks prophecy”.  Follow Daniel and be encouraged by the continuous triumphs of good over...read more

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    In light of Jesus’ second coming, we should not be compelled to hide out until his return, rather, we should be actively participating in his restoration plan for the world as we wait in anticipation. Paul teaches the Thessalonians that the second coming should not paralyze believers from doing work for the kingdom. Instead, it should motivate them to live in a way that is pleasing to God. We all have duties to complete before Jesus’ return so we should “…not grow weary in doing good.” (2 Thes....read more

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    The last book of the Bible portrays God’s total redemption. Heaven will come down to earth and the power of sin will finally be overcome. Revelation makes it clear that the material world will be restored completely and God’s people will live in a new world based on love, justice, and peace. Believers will reign forever in perfect communion and fellowship with the Lord himself. Listen to John’s revelation and receive a foretaste of the day when God will “wipe away all tears” (Rev....read more

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    In the Beginning of all beginnings, the Artist of all artists simply spoke and all of Creation unfolded before Him.  Satisfied with His work, God said, "It is good." Not long after, the first human beings faced a serious choice when tempted to shake off their Creator’s leadership so as to be His equal. Out of great love, God then chose the Israelites as a nation to be witnesses of His existence. Listen to Genesis and experience the hope that remains in the midst of creation, fall, and...read more

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    The book of Psalms is filled with sad songs of lamentation, raw prayers pleading for mercy, poetry about the work and nature of God, and beautiful hymns of praise. Many believers have found these prayers of Israel to be a source of comfort and hope and especially helpful in their own prayer life. Although this is Israel’s book of prayers it is also an enduring prayer book for God’s people forever. Listen to the Psalms and be astounded by each poem’s relevancy to your own...read more

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    The prophet Hosea has much to say about the sinfulness of Israel but he also has much to say about the faithfulness of God. As the Israelites worship other gods and move farther away from their Creator, God’s judgment comes upon them. After judgment, however, God displays acts of mercy as he acts tenderly to his people like a loving parent would. Listen to this Hosea as he reminds Israel of God’s faithfulness and speaks prophesies concerning the redemption to come in latter...read more

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    Just like in Galatians, Paul teaches the church in Colossae to beware of men who add unnecessary elements to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Anything added to the gospel results in “no gospel at all” (Gal. 1:7) The main reminder given in this book is that Jesus is king over all. This means that we must trust in him alone and not in “the tradition of men” (Col.2:8) Listen to Paul’s letter to Colossae and be reminded of the superiority of Jesus, who is our only...read more

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     “I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— which is really no gospel at all.” (Galatians 1:6-7) Paul protests against the perversion of the gospel. Many are teaching the Galatians that they can be justified by works and, as a result, they’ve abandoned the truth. Listen to the book of Galatians and rest in the fact that we are justified by grace through...read more

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    This letter was written by Paul while he was imprisoned Rome. The apostle is experiencing persecution for his faith but this is no surprise to him, nor is it stealing his hope. “Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.” (2 Tim. 3:12) He is writing this letter to encourage Timothy, his co-worker, to be strong in the Lord in spite of suffering. He calls on him to be a good soldier of Jesus Christ, as we should all strive to be...read more

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    This letter was written by Paul while he was imprisoned Rome. The apostle is experiencing persecution for his faith but this is no surprise to him, nor is it stealing his hope. “Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.” (2 Tim. 3:12) He is writing this letter to encourage Timothy, his co-worker, to be strong in the Lord in spite of suffering. He calls on him to be a good soldier of Jesus Christ, as we should all strive to be...read more

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    Much like the wisdom literature in the OT, James offers snippets of wisdom to Christians. The practical instruction he gives serves to motivate believers to be doers not just hearers of the word. His audience, Jewish Christians, is in the midst of social conflict in which they are seeking worldly advice instead of pursuing God’s way. James’ letter should inspire Christians today to seek divine wisdom in all situations while translating one’s faith into practice....read more

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    After admonishing believers in Corinth for their sinful ways and abuse of grace, Paul writes a second letter, commending them for their positive response to his first letter. He expresses his joy in hearing that they’ve repented and embraced his teachings. Paul then goes on to encourage believers to “...take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ." (2 Corinthians 10:5) Listen as he reminds the church at Corinth that God has made them a new creation in...read more

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    God tells Jonah to preach repentance to Nineveh, a ruthless and idolatrous nation. Jonah, a prophet who does not like the Assyrians, wants Nineveh to be destroyed. Instead of following God’s call, Jonah rebels and sails the opposite direction, deliberately fleeing from God. Stubborn Jonah ends up in the belly of a fish. Listen to the story of this prophet as God disciplines him for his disobedience and teaches him that He loves all people, even the enemies of his chosen...read more

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    “God is light.” (1 John 1:5) This means we can always count on him to overcome evil with good. Having assurance of our salvation in Christ equips us to stand firm in the face of evil. This letter points Christians back to the gospel. “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life.” (1 John 5:13) It encourages believers to live obedient lives in light of the salvation they have in...read more