If you love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength, what will be the impact on your family? If I extend myself in serving the Lord, will it hurt my children?
If you have the idea that the Old Testament is all about external rites and rules, then take this in: Love God with all your heart (6:5), These commands are to be on your hearts (6:6). We are talking about a personal, spiritual relationship with Almighty God, formed by faith and characterized by love—and it is right here in the Old Testament.
Children have an amazing capacity of memory. As a child many of us were encouraged and taught a good number of verses from the Bible, as well as a fair chunk of the hymn book. What you learn when you are young stays with you all your life. If you are learning verses of the Bible in church or at home, you will never regret that you did.
The book of Deuteronomy begins with a flashback: God’s people are on the cusp of entering the Promised Land, and Moses says, “Let me remind you how we got here…” Moses goes back 40 years: “The Lord our God said to us at Horeb, ‘You have stayed long enough at this mountain…’” (Deuteronomy 1:6), and he tells the story of how the people rebelled against God.
The book of Deuteronomy will significantly shape your life. If you want to feel the weight of this book you can’t read it right through at one time. You’ll never get the impact of the book if you do not break it up. It’s thirty-four chapters, so that’s a fairly long read. It will give you the overwhelming impression you never realized that there is so much of the love of God in the Old Testament.
Have you ever been discouraged, disappointed, or frustrated with the Church? Then this teaching is for you.
If you want to emphasize something, you put it in the middle, you put it in the centre of your life. “Salvation comes from the Lord” (Jonah 2:9)
Compassion is more than a feeling – it is love in action. What is the scope of your compassion?
The place to begin to know how a godly marriage looks like, is the relationship between Christ and His bride. Who then is the bride?
All of us are on a journey leading into one of two directions, moving along one of two lines. What do you live for?