Immerse Kingdoms :: 1 Kings

Immerse Kingdoms :: 1 Kings

It was a long-time coming, but finally the Temple got built. Can you imagine Solomon speaking in the voice of Larry the Cable Guy? “Git-r-done” Under Solomon’s wise rule, Israel flourished. Hearing of the glory of God and the splendor of the Temple, people from all around the world, from distant places such as the… Continue Reading

Immerse Kingdoms :: 2 Samuel – 1 Kings

Immerse Kingdoms :: 2 Samuel – 1 Kings

Have you ever done anything really stupid? The truth is, we have all done more stupid things than we’d like to admit. If we ever think about those bad decisions, we wish we could somehow hit the reset button and go back in time to doing things differently…“do-overs.”  Time travel isn’t a reality yet, so… Continue Reading

Immerse Kingdoms :: II Samuel

Immerse Kingdoms :: II Samuel

Cruising through our IMMERSE: Kingdoms series, even having read through the Bible before, I’m amazed at all the wars, violence and brutality. Our impression of our “loving God” gets challenged a bit, especially when he gives commands to wipe out entire cities, leaving no survivors- men, women, children, and all the animals. Where is the… Continue Reading

Immerse Kingdoms :: I Samuel

Immerse Kingdoms :: I Samuel

In our trek through Immerse Kingdoms, we have read through the roller coaster ride of Judges and some hope in God’s blessing of a faithful Ruth. As we continue into the book of 1 Samuel, we hear again if God’s blessing to a faithful woman, Hannah, and her dedication to the Lord. The challenge and… Continue Reading

Immerse Kingdoms :: Judges Ruth

Immerse Kingdoms :: Judges Ruth

We finished week #1 in our IMMERSE: Kingdoms series, reading through the book of Joshua. The Israelites faced many challenges in their Promised Land and the battle isn’t over. We end the book with Joshua’s last command to the people, “choose this day whom you will serve.” (Joshua 24:15) The people commit to follow the… Continue Reading

Immerse :: Kingdoms :: Joshua

Immerse :: Kingdoms :: Joshua

This week we jump into our reading and study of the IMMERSE: Kingdoms series. We start with the Old Testament book of Joshua. It’s quite a story of God’s provision of a Promised Land but also his call for us to obey his commands. No surprise, that’s still God’s M.O. (modus operandi). It’s how He… Continue Reading

Centrality of the Scriptures

Centrality of the Scriptures

We are about to dive into the IMMERSE: Kingdoms series, committing to read through part of the Bible together for the next eight weeks. It might sound challenging, but the plan is very doable, and it is an important part of who we are as Christians, and specifically as Covies (Covenanters). The #1 Affirmation of… Continue Reading

The Case for Small Groups

The Case for Small Groups

Are you connected? Did you have time with family and friends over Thanksgiving and Christmas? Sometimes we’re overwhelmed with too much connection, and sometimes we find that all our connections are long-distance. And for some, sadly, all meaningful connections have disappeared. As we head into this new year, we are going to embark on another… Continue Reading

On The Road Again

On The Road Again

Are you worn out from Christmas? Did you get any toys from Santa? How about any spiritual gifts from God? Was God good to you? It’s the end of the year and it’s a good idea to take inventory and count our blessings of the past year. “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;… Continue Reading

The Forgotten Joseph

The Forgotten Joseph

One character in the Christmas story is Joseph, but we don’t know too much about him. He doesn’t get much attention. We know he was a carpenter who lived in Nazareth and he was ‘of the House of David’ which brought Bethlehem into the story because of the census being taken. But who was he?… Continue Reading