FOOD FOR DISCERNMENT

Whoso keepeth the commandment shall feel no evil thing: and a wise man's heart discerneth both time and judgment. Ecclesiastes 8:5

The Voice of God vs. the “Big Bang”

Was there a “big bang” or did God speak the world into existence? Look what some people HEARD when God SPOKE AUDIBLY from heaven: John 12:28-29 (28) Father, glorify thy name. Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again. (29)...

Studies in the Book of Ruth #10 (Ruth 4:13-22)

The incredible love story in the book of Ruth does not end with the purchase of Boaz so that Ruth can be his bride.  Think about this – the incredible love story in the New Testament does not end with the purchase that Jesus Christ made so that He can...

HBC Live on Youtube

We are in the process of implementing our live video stream to YouTube. This will give our viewers another choice in viewing our services live. The live video stream will be sent to two server providers (DaCast, our current provider, and Youtube). When you view the services, you are connected...

My Mother’s Bible

by George P. Morris (1802–1864) This book is all that’s left me now, Tears will unbidden start— With faltering lip and throbbing brow I press it to my heart. For many generations past, Here is our family tree; My mother’s hand this Bible clasped; She, dying, gave it me. Ah!...

Questions to Ask When Studying Scripture

Who is speaking? To whom is this Scripture directed? Does this concern individuals or nations? What is the context? Does this concern spiritual or physical matters? Is this passage literal or figurative? Does this Scripture deal with temporal or eternal matters? Is this passage conditional or unconditional? Does this concern...

Studies in the Book of Ruth #9 (4:1-12)

Everything is “set up” now as we embark on Ruth 4.  Ruth is WILLING to become Boaz’s wife, Boaz is WILLING to make the purchase for her to be his wife, and Naomi is in the background anxiously anticipating the continuation of her genealogical line.  Christian, are you, like Ruth,...

Studies in the Book of Ruth #8 (3:1-18)

In Ruth 2 we looked at Ruth’s REWARD, Ruth 3 covers Ruth’s REST.  Aren’t you glad that spiritual REST is available today through the Lord Jesus Christ (cf. Matthew 11:28-30)!  Remember that Boaz is a type or picture of the Lord Jesus Christ, Ruth pictures the predominantly Gentile bride of...

Studies in the Book of Ruth #7 (Ruth 2:14-23)

So far, we have seen Boaz as a type of Jesus Christ, Ruth as a type of the church of Jesus Christ, and Naomi a type of Israel.  While Ruth is a historical book, it also provides us with a glimpse into the future. I. PROVISION (v. 14-15) Notice how...

Studies in the Book of Ruth #6 (2:11-13)

I. RUTH’S REPUTATION (v. 11) Boaz KNEW about Ruth.  Have you considered that people who watch you KNOW about you!  Your WORK ETHIC speaks volumes about your character.  Ruth had an outstanding reputation because of her work ethic and Boaz took notice.  Does your work ethic make the Lord take...

Christian, Stir Up The Gift Of God, Which Is In Thee

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in...

Studies in the Book of Ruth #5 (2:2-10)

In Ruth 2:2-8, Boaz and Ruth meet for the first time.  Keeping in line with the spiritual pictures, what a day it will be when we meet Jesus Christ face to face for the first time! Since Ruth is a picture of the church and Boaz is a picture of...

The Bittersweet Of Life

Is there no other way, Oh God, Except through sorrow, pain and loss? To stamp Christ’s likeness on my soul, No other way except the cross? And then a voice stills all my soul, That stilled the waves of Galilee, “Cans’t thou not bear the furnace If midst the flames...

Studies in the Book of Ruth #4 (2:1)

Keep in mind… Boaz is a PICTURE of Jesus Christ as he is a wealthy Jewish kinsman of Naomi’s Ruth is a PICTURE of the church of Jesus Christ (His BRIDE) – a poor, Gentile widow I. HIS RELATION (“Naomi had a kinsman of her husband’s”) Boaz – see 1...

Studies in the Book of Ruth #3 (1:19-22)

Naomi and Ruth RETURN to Bethlehem.  So much has transpired since Naomi left Bethlehem.  She left with a husband and two sons.  She returned with no husband, no sons, and one daughter-in-law. I. BITTERNESS (v. 19-20) Naomi  is UNRECOGNIZABLE!  The years had not been kind to Naomi Application: Sin affects...

Studies in the Book of Ruth #2 (1.1-18)

During this present time of distress in our world, may this study be a comfort to you as there is no GREATER COMFORT than the words of Almighty God (cf. Isaiah 40:1)! I. TRIALS (v. 1-2) “there was a famine in the land” (v. 1) – this is the 4th...

Studies in the Book of Ruth #1 (Introduction and 1:1)

Ruth is the 8th book in the Old Testament.  The books of the Bible are arranged BY GOD in a SPECIFIC ORDER to show us what HAS HAPPENED (past/history) and what WILL HAPPEN (future/prophecy). Genesis – the book of BEGINNINGS (beginning of time, earth, man, nations, etc.) Exodus – the...