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"The Bible Study Hour" with "Dr. James Boice"

To the Church in Pergamum

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Dr. James BoiceIt was a good church in a bad place, and it was in danger. The third letter in Revelation is to the church in Pergamum—the hottest city for emperor worship in all of Asia. The believers had been true to their faith even under persecution, but they were in danger of blending into secular culture.


To the Church in Smyrna - Tuesday, June 27, 2017
It’s short, sweet, and all about life and death. It’s the second letter in Revelation, to the church in Smyrna. It’s sympathetic and supportive, without a hint of criticism. But it faces the fact that some of the believers who read this letter will die for their faith. Dr. Boice talks about their suffering and about the crown of life they can look forward to.
To the Church in Ephesus - Monday, June 26, 2017
Who wouldn’t like the right to eat from the tree of life in the paradise of God? That’s what Jesus promises to the believers in Ephesus after they’ve overcome the challenges of this life. In fact, that promise is for all believers everywhere. Dr. James Boice looks at the first of the seven letters to the churches in the challenging and exciting book of Revelation.
The Big Book and the Little Book: Part 2 - Sunday, June 25, 2017
David describes the Word of God as being perfect, trustworthy, sufficient, enduring and pure. God’s Word is sweeter than honey, and more precious than gold. In the second half of Psalm 19, David shows us how we can know God through the gift of His Holy Word.
The Revelation of Jesus Christ - Friday, June 23, 2017
Angels, trumpets, thrones, thunder, scrolls, seals, stars, crowns, plagues, dragons, lions, and a lamb. These are just some of the actors and props in the book of Revelation - a book you’re either a bit crazy about, or think is a bit crazy. Listen next time to The Bible Study Hour, as Dr. James Boice introduces this important and sometimes mystifying book that completes the New Testament.
The Rich Man and Lazarus - Thursday, June 22, 2017
A poor, sick man lies on the ground in front of a rich man’s house, day after day, begging for food. The rich man comes and goes, ignoring him. The contrast between the two could hardly be greater. Eventually both men die. But death is not the great leveler. The contrast between them is even greater in death than it was in life.
Unprofitable Servants and Goats - Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Whenever Jesus tells a story about two different kinds of people, it’s always a little unnerving. The story seems simple enough, and you quickly see who the good guys and bad guys are. The unnerving part comes at the end, where he applies the story and says: “So, then...”!
The Wicked Trustees - Tuesday, June 20, 2017
When a parable ends with people having the kingdom of God taken away from them, and being crushed by rocks, you probably want to make sure the parable isn’t about you. The chief priests and Pharisees who heard this particular story suddenly realized it was about them, and they didn’t take it well.
A Wretched Man's Wretched End - Monday, June 19, 2017
There are nice stories, and there are not-so-nice stories. Some of Jesus’ stories leave us feeling thoughtful and calm. But others leave us feeling confused and upset. This story—about a man who won’t forgive a small debt, even after his own huge debt has been forgiven—is one of those stories we dread to hear.
The Big Book and the Little Book: Part 1 - Sunday, June 18, 2017
In Psalm 19 David exclaims “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the works of his hands.” David can see God’s handiwork in the heavens above, and his poetry in this psalm reveals the splendor of both the creation and the Creator.

Lectionary Calendar
Wednesday, June 28th, 2017
the Week of Proper 7 / Ordinary 12
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