Philippians, The Letter of Joy
Every relationship has a beginning... and it has its own story. Every church you or I have had the joy and privilege of being a part, has its own unique memories, special relationships, and has made markings and imprints on who we are and what we’ve become... When I read the New Testament, I can see and feel the differences and nuances of those churches through the writings and descriptions of Paul. Philippi was special! If I can call it this, it was the joy of Paul’s heart. It was the crowning Jewel of his ministry. It’s the church I want us to model after. Paul’s letter to the Philippians is also my personal favorite Pauline letter. As I’ve researched, I’ve found many others share my passion for it. I hope you will understand why even in the first chapter or two.
- Pastor Russ Hurst
In the past nearly 34 years, Wednesday night Bible study has become my favorite night of the week. During that time, I have taught 37 series on the Bible, primarily presenting them on the basis of expository teaching, verse by verse. This will be my 38th, and last, series, once again revisiting the Apostle John’s incredible book of Revelation. This series will be completed near the end of January when I retire from pastoring.
It was on the Isle of Patmos that John was exiled by Roman emperor Domitian, about 94 or 95 AD, and it was here that Jesus Christ appeared to him, giving him the “revelation.” Let’s begin this remarkable journey together.
- Rev. Dan Betzer
History of the Monarchy of Israel
"The event that effectively ended the time of the judges was THE BIRTH OF THE PROPHET SAMUEL (who was the last of the Judges as well as being a prophet). Samuel was the connecting link between Judges and the Kingdom. The story here begins about 1100 BC. In 1 Samuel we will learn of the beginning of the Israeli Monarchy, first headed by King Saul. It was not God's "Plan A" to allow this. His desire was a theocracy (God rule) but the people demanded a king so they could "be like everyone else."
The book of 1 Samuel begins with the birth of the remarkable Samuel... and ends on such a sad note with the death of Saul and his sons..."
- Rev. Dan Betzer
The Beginning of the End
Watch this timely study series, "The Beginning of the End," which was live-streamed from an empty Sanctuary during the period of Coronavirus social distance protocols.
Who is God?
There are so many misconceptions about God in the world today. One can accurately place the blame for mankind's ills on ouR misconceptions about Him. An incorrect view of the Creator "is the cause of a hundred lesser evils everywhere among us. A whole new philosophy of the Christian life has resulted from this one basic error in our religious thinking" (Tozer, The Knowledge of God.) What was once a lofty and majestic view of God has been replaced by a divine "buddy," concept conceived on the basis of ignoble thoughts of Him. This may come as a shock: God does not primarily exist to make us happy; we exist to make Him happy! God is not the "man upstairs." He is known as Jehovah (Yahweh). God is the One "who is and who was and who is to come." He is a Person, not an "it." We will study His traits of personality. - Rev. Dan Betzer
Who is Jesus?
"It is generally accepted that Jesus actually existed. He lived for a short 33 years in Israel 2,000 years ago. That is not usually debatable. The famous historian H. G. Wells, who was not a Christian believer, remarked, "I must confess as a historian that this penniless preacher from Nazareth is irrevocably the very center of history. Jesus Christ is easily the most dominant figure in all history." Well's observation about Jesus has general acceptance by many; the debate starts when Jesus' real identity is the subject: Who was He really? Was He a mere man? Was He a notable prophet? Was He an outstanding teacher? Was He a healer? Or was He much more than that? Was He divine? Was He "the only begotten Son of God?" And what meaning should His life have to anyone? Does He truly matter today? The proposed question, "Who is Jesus?" strongly suggests that He is still living, that He exists now in our own lifetimes, that His life still influences multiplied millions of people. Is that possible? Or is this proposal merely the hope of unintelligent, under-educated religionists? Does this question, "Who is Jesus?" have any relevance in today's society? If so, to what extent?" - Rev. Dan Betzer
The Rise & Fall of the Golden Kingdom
"The Books of I and I Kings, from the Old Testament in the Bible, yield some of the most phenomenal stories in human history. They are not only true historical sagas, but they also serve as warning signs for any society that has begun to decay morally and spiritually. In this study, we will delve into the lives of such prophets as Elijah and Elisha, Jeremiah, attacks on the nation of Israel from within and without, wicked monarchs such as Ahab and Jezebel, youngsters being anointed king, mighty kings such as Hezekiah and the Babylonian uprising that led to the collapse of Jerusalem and Judah. All these events took place between 931 and 587 B.C. The cast of characters is amazing and each one offers lessons for us today." - Rev. Dan Betzer
Daniel: Statesman for the Ages
"Once upon a time, there was an amazing man... this man of whom I speak was so amazing that over a long period of time, maybe 70 to 75 years, he served in the courts of nine of those kings during some of the great shifts of civilization. He was by any standard, if not the greatest, one of the greatest counselors who ever lived, and he was a Godly man. His name was Daniel. He gives us a book in the Old Testament that bears his name. The Book of Daniel is an adventure into the future, into the ramifications of secular history that are unequaled... I hope you'll join me." - Rev. Dan Betzer
The Holy Spirit
"The Holy Spirit is not an "it." He is a Person. He is part of the Trinity, God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. He is prominently discussed in the Bible from Genesis through Revelation. He is the only One who can bring a person to God. He is vital to every follower of Jesus Christ. This is a short series, but one that is absolutely necessary." - Rev. Dan Betzer
Exodus: The Great Escape
"Over 65 years ago, 6 million Jews were killed; it is a story of genocide, a saga that began almost 3500 years earlier in ancient Egypt. In the royal throne room of Pharaoh Seti I, a major law was enacted: "Every Jewish male baby born shall be taken to the Nile River and there thrown into the waters to drown." We read of hatred against the Jews in the very first chapter of Exodus. In this marvelous book we will consider four main themes: 1. The Life of Moses, 2. The Nation of Israel, 3. The Tabernacle in the Wilderness, and 4. God Himself." - Rev. Dan Betzer
The Thrill of Victory and the Agony of Defeat (The book of Judges)
"When the great Israeli General Joshua died around 1400 B.C., his passing ushered in nearly four centuries of horror on the people of Israel. One can only guess what would have happened to the Jews had not God chosen fourteen men and women to lead their nation in their darkest hour. Those chosen were known as "Judges." Among them were such famous names as Gideon, Samson, Deborah, Ehud and others. They will all "come alive" to you in this incredible book of Judges. This is an exploration into the Jews of the Old Testament that you will never forget." - Rev. Dan Betzer
Additional Study Guides
What You Absolutely Need to Know
About Your Salvation
Apocalypse - Revelation Revisited
What the Bible Says About:
The Middle East in Prophecy
The Church That Changed A Continent
Rebuilding The Broken Walls
The Old Testament for Dummies
The New Testament for Dummies