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Entries from May 2010

Judgment Speeches in Amos 1:3-2:16

May 30th, 2010 · No Comments

In this study we look at the 8 judgment speeches that appear in Amos 1:3-2:16. Dr. Hartmann opens by elaborating on the idea that a nation’s sin over time “piles up” and becomes ripe for judgment. Amos in each judgment speech follows a four-part pattern: 1) The opening messenger formula: “thus says the Lord” 2) [...]

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An Introduction to the Book of Amos – Historical Backgrounds in 2 Kings

May 23rd, 2010 · No Comments

In this stimulating study Dr. Hartmann surveys some of the history of the Northern Kingdom in 1-2 Kings, with a particular focus on the Dynasty of Jehu and events during this period (841-750 BC) that illustrated God’s fatherly discipline and covenant faithfulness toward Israel. This provides a useful background for understanding the judgment oracles that [...]

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Romans 7 – Paul’s Defense of the Law

May 16th, 2010 · No Comments

Peter long ago commented that there are many things in Paul’s letters that are hard to understand. Romans 7 may indeed be included in this category. In this invigorating study, Dr. Hartmann first lays out three prevailing views of Romans 7:7-25: 1) The view that this text describes the believer’s ongoing struggle with indwelling sin, [...]

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Power Perfected in Weakness

May 9th, 2010 · No Comments

In this refreshing exhortation we look at some Biblical passages that underline the basic idea that God chooses humble, insignificant things (in the eyes of the world) as His means of demonstrating the folly and vanity of human wisdom, might, and self-sufficient pride. God thus chooses and works through “the things that are not” (not [...]

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Jesus the Sin-Offering – Drawing Near to God

May 2nd, 2010 · No Comments

In this study Dr. Hartmann begins with 2 Corinthians 5:17-21, which deals with God’s work of reconciling the world to Himself through Christ and His Cross. Our teacher then deals with the enigmatic expression in 2 Corinthians 5:21, which states that the sinless Christ, in His death, became “sin” on our behalf, so that we [...]

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