Old Testament Series 2

The Psalms are a very beloved collection of poems and songs in the Bible, and in this series you will learn all about them! Half of this 8 course series explores the poetical books, and then you will dive into a fascinating overview of God's prophecies, many of which were fulfilled when Jesus came to earth. Other prophecies have yet to be fulfilled and will shed light on issues unfolding right before your eyes in this present generation.


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Old Testament: Poetry & Prophecy

Suffering, loneliness, anger, sorrow and stress touch all of our lives. They are part of the human experience and always have been, even in the ancient world. The Poetry and Prophecy books of the Bible show us that these feelings are not unfamiliar even to biblical authors. These books can encourage us through the highs and lows of life, as well as call us to repentance when we stray from God. This course is designed to help you understand two types of biblical literature, Poetry and Prophecy, and how they can offer encouragement and understanding of God’s desire for your life.

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Discovering Christ in the Psalms

Jesus Christ is the dominant theme of Scripture. He Himself said that when we search the Scriptures, we discover that they testify of Him (John 5:39). A messianic psalm is one of the psalms in the book of Psalms that contains one or more references to God’s Messiah in connection with His ministry as Prophet, His suffering as Priest, or His glory as King.

The psalms covered in this study course are limited to the ones that are quoted directly in the New Testament. May you be richly rewarded in your quest to discover Christ in the Psalms!

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My God & I: Selected Psalms

The book of Psalms, a collection of 150 Hebrew poems, has been the devotional favorite of God’s people down through the centuries. In the Psalms, believers expressed their hearts to God. And even though their circumstances differed so much from ours today, we can readily identify with their writings because they express man’s inmost feelings.The thirteen psalms selected for this ECS study course cover the believer’s relationship to God amid the circumstances of life. May your study of these psalms open your eyes to the character of God in relation to your own heart and life.

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Proverbs for Life

As we live our lives in this complex world, we all need wisdom and guidance. Where can we turn? In the Bible, we can turn to the book of Proverbs. In it we find principles for living that will help us as we try to live out our Christian life. This study, while useful to any Christian, is specifically designed for men and women in prison or on parole. In each of the chapters there are real life illustrations of the principles taught in Proverbs. Read this study and find wisdom for life.

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Ecclesiastes: Is There Meaning to Life?

The phrase under the sun forms the single most important key to understanding the book of Ecclesiastes. The fact that it occurs twenty-nine times indicates the general perspective of the author. His search is confined to this earth. He ransacks the world to solve the riddle of life. And his whole quest is carried on by his own mind, unaided by God. This study will help you to understand this fascinating book.

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Jonah: Meeting the God of Second Chance

Jonah is not only one of the most popular books in the Bible—it is also one of the most controversial. Its historical validity is questioned by skeptics and scholars alike.It is the actual account of a man who rebelled and was swallowed by a great fish. But it is so much more.

It is the story about someone like you and me. It is the story of Jonah's struggles, calling, disobedience, problems, and prayer life. It is the story of his encounter with God and of God's gracious dealings with him. It is the story of a man, and of an entire city, that got a second chance.

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The Life and Prophecies of Daniel

Daniel is perhaps the most fascinating yet frustrating book of the Old Testament. Here it comes alive, both in its historical beauty as well as in its prophetic revelation. The book is both biographic and prophetic in describing the events of Daniel's life as well as the visions of future world empires and the end of the age.

This course will help you discern the problems of interpretation that can often cause confusion. A faithful study of the 12 chapters will reward you with an increased understanding and love for God's Word and the coming glorious King.

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The Minor Prophets

The prophets of the Old Testament addressed the current needs of their day.They spoke out against false prophets, social injustices, rebellion toward God, and meaningless profession.Because these problems still exist in our 21st century society, the messages of the Minor Prophets continue to have important application for us today.

In this course, each of the books that make up the Minor Prophets will be carefully studied and their prophecies placed into accurate historical setting.Among the prophets discussed are Obadiah, Jonah, Hosea, Micah, Haggai, and Malachi.

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