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Sometimes life is moving just fine, then something happens to throw everything into chaos. Have you ever considered that you might be able to find God's love through that suffering.

A Tale of Two Trees

April 26, 2015
The prophet Jeremiah tells a tale of two trees. One tree is lovely to look at, but actually worthless. It provides no fruit or shade for anyone. The other tree…
We read the summary statement of 4QMMT that insisted that there were "works of the law" that the recipients of this letter had to do to be "reckoned as righteous."…
This week we consider Jesus' parable of the seed that grows by itself, and the parable of the mustard seed. How are these parables similar to each other and how…
When we see God at work, it can leave us shocked and amazed, but why does this surprise us? Or maybe we just don't see God at work enough. Do…
Introduce 4QMMT, the distinction of Law and Gospel and the 4 meanings of the phrase "Righteousness of God" in the Bible. We examined the difference between justice, mercy and grace.…
Note content This week we consider Jesus' parable of the seed that grows by itself, and the parable of the mustard seed. How are these parables similar to each other…
What were the first words Jesus spoke after He rose from the dead? Each Gospel-writer gives a slightly different account. But to the disciples as a group, Jesus' first words…
This class concludes the study of “The Community Rule,” sometimes called the “Constitution of the Yachad.” We have studied a prayer for the instructor written 150 years before Jesus, in…
Today we consider Jesus’ explanation of His parable of the Sower and the Soils. The birds that gobble up the seed that fell on the path represent Satan taking the…

Jesus Is on the Loose

April 5, 2015
The women who went to the tomb very early on Easter Sunday morning were expecting to anoint Jesus' dead body. They saw an angel who said, "fear not!" Jesus was…
Today, we continue examining the "Community Rule," and ask: Did the people of the scrolls believe that God predestined everything to happen, including sin? Did they believe you could make…
Today we consider Jesus' explanation of His parable of the Sower and the Soils. Does Jesus tell you to do something or to try harder? Are you supposed to figure…
The Gospel reading from Mark 11:1-11 tells us that Jesus completed His Palm Sunday ride into Jerusalem by going to the temple and looking around at everything. Why? Because since…

How Can I Know God?

March 22, 2015
Knowing about someone isn't the same as knowing someone. That's true of God as well. So how can we know God instead of just knowing about God? The prophet Jeremiah…
Today we begin reading The Community Rule, often considered the Constitution of the people of the Dead Sea Scrolls. We will examine the "rules of the people of the scrolls"…
Today we consider Jesus' parable of the Sower and the Soils at the beginning of chapter four. How many people heard Jesus tell this parable for the first time? Were…
Nicodemus was a Pharisee. That means he was an expert in the Law of Moses. Before Nicodemus came to see Jesus, if you could have asked him, "What did Moses…
How The Dead Sea Scrolls Help Us Read the New Testament Today, we begin examining the "The Community Rule," sometimes called the "Constitution of the Yachad," the community of Jews…
Today we consider the accusation of the scribes that Jesus is casting out demons by the power of Beelzebub. Jesus says a house divided against itself cannot stand. Is Jesus…

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