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Gain insight into what it means to love others, and to trust God Part 13

Just like those who lived in Old Testament times, we live in a fallen world. Study the book of Ruth for insight into what it means to love others, and to trust God in the twenty-first century.

Looking at the cost of integrity; is it worth the effort? Part 12

Choosing to follow God isn’t always easy. Sometimes there’s a price tag for doing the right thing.

A fascinating look at the unlikely love story in the book of Ruth Part 11

When you’re planning your wedding, the last thing you want is for your fiancé to have second thoughts! Join in another thought-provoking discussion.

When we study the biblical text in its cultural context we get a very different view Part 10

We’re tempted to look at the story of Ruth and Boaz through twenty-first-century eyes. And as a result, we see a story filled with romance.

What it means to love others without using that love for your own gain Part 9

The love a parent has for his or her child is just one example of the sacrificial, loyal love known in the Bible as hesed.

Loyal, selfless love and what it looks like in our own lives Part 8

Do you know someone who reflects a loyal love in his or her interactions with others? The biblical term "hesed," is a dynamic word for loyal, selfless love.

An unconventional marriage proposal and how God works in unexpected ways Part 7

Some of the messages in the Bible seem counter-intuitive to us in the twenty-first century, but God’s prescription always works!

Look at an Old Testament marriage proposal with a twist! Part 6

He gets down on one knee, she says yes, and they live happily ever after. While every proposal is unique, they typically follow a common pattern.

Find powerful lessons for today, as we continue an in-depth look at the life of Ruth Part 5

Character greatly influences the choices we make. And when faced with the option to do the right thing, or go another way, integrity makes all the difference!

Discover why it’s important to understand the culture in which a Bible passage is written Part 4

It’s important to understand the culture in which a Bible passage is written, so we can accurately interpret, and apply, that passage to our lives today. Let's study the historical context of Ruth chapter three, to understand a risky choice Ruth made.

Examine one passage in Ruth chapter three, and discover that things aren’t always as they seem Part 3

There are passages in the Bible that appear pretty risqué at first glance. When we understand the culture, we find that things aren’t always as they seem!

Is it ever right to do something wrong? Part 2

Is it ever right to do something wrong—with good motives and for a good end result? Let's tackle the difficult question: Do the ends justify the means?

Finding the balance between waiting patiently on the Lord, and taking action Part 1

Every follower of God knows the tug-of-war between waiting patiently on Him, and taking action. Let's discuss this sensitive balance as we study the book of Ruth, and learn practical tools for our life.

How we can share God’s loving-kindness with those around us Part 44

If you’ve received help from a friend or family member, you know the impact kindness can have on life. Let's reflect on the ways God shows loving-kindness to those who follow Him.

A thought-provoking conversation on God’s provision Part 43

God uses ordinary people like you and me to bless others in need. Perhaps, for instance, you’ve been the recipient of financial help from a friend, just when you needed it most.