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  • A Study on the book of Genesis Chapter 19

    GENESIS 19 Bible Study Notes Rev. Betsy Perkins The Sin of Sodom, Exposed and Destroyed The sin of Sodom is indeed as great as the outcry against it. Though Lot is saved out of God’s love and commitment to Abraham, he and his family were deeply affected by the evil that surrounded them. The Sin […]

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  • A Study on the book of Genesis Chapter 18 part 2

    GENESIS 18:16–33 Bible Study Notes Rev. Betsy Perkins The Sin of Sodom With Abraham now a full, participating member of the Covenant with God, he is encouraged to exercise all the privileges and responsibilities of that role. God shares with Abraham the cry that has gone up from Sodom and Gomorrah, and invites him to […]

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  • A Study on the book of Genesis Chapters 17, 18

    GENESIS 17 – 18:15 Bible Study Notes Rev. Betsy Perkins Covenant Confirmed and Another Covenant! Another 13 years pass by. Ishmael is growing up and STILL no other children. It is unclear if Abram and Sarai are STILL waiting or if they have come to believe that God’s promise has been fulfilled through Ishmael. But […]

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  • A study on the book of Genesis Chapter 16

    GENESIS 16 Bible Study Notes Rev. Betsy Perkins Abram and Sarai are still waiting! God had made Abram promises and sealed them with a covenant agreement, yet 10 years later Abram is still waiting to see the promises fulfilled. It no longer is just his personal fulfillment and security that is at stake, it now […]

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  • A study on the book of Genesis Chapter 15

    GENESIS 15 Bible Study Notes Rev. Betsy Perkins God’s Covenant with Abram God had made Abram promises in chapter 12 as He commanded Abram to travel to the land that God would show him. So far, Abram’s response to God has been obedience and building altars to call on the name of the LORD. But […]

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  • A study on the book of Genesis Chapter 14

    GENESIS 14 Bible Study Notes Rev. Betsy Perkins The Costs and Benefits of War Lot gets caught up in the larger powers around him. Abram comes to his rescue. This involvement in the regional conflicts provides opportunities to demonstration and teach about Yahweh, the One True God. A Time for War (14:1-12): Four kings of […]

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  • A Study on the book of Genesis Chapters 12-13

    GENESIS 12 – 13 Bible Study Notes Rev. Betsy Perkins The Call of Abram So far in Genesis, God has struggled with the repeated rebellion, violence and disobedience of humanity. Genesis 12 marks a turning point as God’s plan and purposes will now be focused on one particular person, family and tribe. God does not […]

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  • A Study on the book of Genesis Chapters 10-11

    GENESIS 10 – 11 Bible Study Notes Rev. Betsy Perkins The Account of Nations and Languages God’s commission for humanity to multiply and fill the earth is rekindled through Noah’s family and the fulfillment is demonstrated as the Genesis story traces the expanding tribes and people groups that result from the family saved out of […]

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  • A Study on the book of Genesis Chapters 5-9

    GENESIS 5 – 9 Bible Study Notes Rev. Betsy Perkins The Line of Seth: Signs of Hope, Signs of Grace Adam and Eve’s son Seth is introduced with the statement, “At that time people began to call on the name of the LORD.” The story continues to follow that glimmer of hope, even as the […]

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  • A Study on the book of Genesis Chapter 4

    GENESIS 4 Bible Study Notes Rev. Betsy Perkins The First Family Adam and Eve start to fulfill their commission to be fruitful and fill the earth, yet the affect of sin grows even as the family of Adam and Eve grows. Humans struggle to understand their relationship with God and how that is to shape […]

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  • A Study on the book of Genesis Chapter 3

    GENESIS 3 Bible Study Notes Rev. Betsy Perkins Disobedience and its Consequences The story of the Fall speaks to us of the sin which entered God’s good creation and teaches us about the consequences of sin. Again, it is helpful to think of this story as a parable which speaks Truth, without entering into arguments […]

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  • A Study on the book of Genesis Chapters 1-2

    GENESIS 1-2 Bible Study Notes Rev. Betsy Perkins Two Creation Stories The creation stories of Genesis are historical parables. They were not intended to be read as a science or history textbook. The author was more concerned about helping his audience understand the God of creation and the implications of being in a covenant relationship […]

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  • A Study on the book of Psalms Chapters 86,88

    PSALM 86 and 88 Bible Study Notes Rev. Betsy Perkins Psalm 86 A psalm of David. A prayer for God’s help in a day of trouble. The prayer moves back and forth between plea and praise. Stanza 1 (vs.1-4, four lines): A prayer for God’s mercy and protection. Stanza 2 (vs.5-7, three lines): Reasons to […]

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  • A Study on the book of Psalms Chapters 80, 84

    PSALM 80 and 84 Bible Study Notes Rev. Betsy Perkins Psalm 80 A psalm of Asaph. For the director of music – to the tune of “The Lilies of the Covenant” This psalm is a communal lament and a prayer for restoration. It was likely written after the nation, or at least the northern portion […]

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  • A Study on the book of Psalms Chapters 73,77

    PSALM 73 and 77 Bible Study Notes Rev. Betsy Perkins Book III (Psalms 73-89) Psalm 72 ends with 2 verses of doxology/praise, and a final statement that is almost certainly added by whoever edited the collection of Davidic psalms: “This concludes the prayers of David, son of Jesse.” Psalms 73 begins the collection of psalms […]

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  • A Study on the book of Revelation Chapters 21-22

    REVELATION 21 – 22 Bible Study Notes Rev. Betsy Perkins The New Jerusalem God continues to show John a vision of the future and of things that lie beyond our human understanding. To do this, God yet again uses echoes of images drawn from throughout scripture, from Genesis forward. God has been revealing his plans […]

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  • A Study on the book of Revelation Chapter 20

    REVELATION 20 Bible Study Notes Rev. Betsy Perkins Two Resurrections This chapter of Revelation contains events puzzled over and debated by many theologians and students of the bible over many years. It has resulted in varying views of the Millennium, the thousand-year reign. We must first considerif the thousand years is symbolic rather than literal, […]

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  • A Study on the book of Revelation Chapter 19

    REVELATION 19 Bible Study Notes Rev. Betsy Perkins The Lamb’s Victory! As the world is mourning the fall of Babylon, God calls His people to celebrate. “Rejoice over her, O heaven! Rejoice, saints and apostles and prophets! God has judged her for the way she treated you.”(18:20) The celebration begins over the fall of the […]

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  • A Study on the book of Revelation Chapters 17-18

    REVELATION 17 – 18 Bible Study Notes Rev. Betsy Perkins Babylon the Great: The Prostitute God remembers Babylon the Great and gives her the cup of His wrath (16:19). Chapters 17 and 18 describe this great prostitute of the world, along with her punishment and fall. John’s use of a prostitute as a metaphor is […]

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  • A Study on the book of Revelation Chapters 16

    REVELATION 16 Bible Study Notes Rev. Betsy Perkins The first 4 Plagues (16:1-9): God calls the natural elements of creation (earth, sea, rivers, sun) to pass judgment on human beings who have abused their position as God’s image bearers within creation. o In the Trumpet judgments the destruction was partial, one third of earth, sea, […]

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  • A Study on the book of Revelation Chapters 14-15

    REVELATION 14 – 15 Bible Study Notes Rev. Betsy Perkins The Harvest Is Coming! John continues to make the contrast between the view from heaven and the view from earth. The Lamb and the 144,000 (14:1-5): “They follow the Lamb wherever he goes.” 144,000 = literal or symbolic? 3 (#for God) X 4 (#for Creation) […]

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