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Want to learn more about Deuteronomy? Use these Bible Studies for personal devotion, group Bible studies, or teaching a church class. Below are links to the lessons in this 5-part series.

Lesson 1: Preamble to Deuteronomy (Deuteronomy 1, Numbers 14, 1 John 4, Genesis 2,3,6,9, 11 & 12)
We start a new series of studies on the Old Testament book of Deuteronomy. Deuteronomy is the last of the five books (the Pentateuch) written by Moses. In Hebrew the name means “Words,” and Moses wrote it as his last words before God’s people entered into the promised land of Canaan without him. In Greek the name means “Second Law” or “copy of this law.” Moses knew that he would not be realizing the goal of his life. Someone else would lead God’s people into Canaan. Moses dealt with this rebellious people for a very long time. Deuteronomy is his last effort to remind the people to be loyal to God. Let’s dive into this book to see what we can learn as we potentially stand at the edge of entering into our promised land - Heaven!

Lesson 2: Moses’ History Lesson (Deuteronomy 1-3)
Are you a student of history? If the answer is, “no,” you need to start studying! We have a new pastor at my church and he was born in Cuba. His father was also a pastor and he was tortured by the government of Cuba for doing God’s will and sharing the gospel with others. Our new pastor knows this history very well. When he sees threats to our freedom from people who think like the leaders in Cuba, he gets very worried. Part of the history that we need to know is the history of God’s people. Moses believed that history was vital and he begins with it this week. Let’s dive into our study of Biblical history!

Lesson 3: The Everlasting Covenant (Deuteronomy 4-5 & 26)
As a short review, recall that we learned in the first two lessons that Moses was making his farewell address to a people who had a history of not trusting God. How could that be fixed? What could Moses say to help God’s people trust Him more? In light of that goal, let’s continue our journey through the book of Deuteronomy!

Lesson 4: To Love the Lord Your God (Deuteronomy 6, Ephesians 2)
Do you easily fall in love with another person? How would you react to a command to love someone? Love is a complicated thing that generally requires time on task! The title of our lesson this week comes from Deuteronomy 6:5 that instructs us to love God with “all your heart and with all your soul and all your might.” You might reasonably ask, “How can we possibly do that?” Let’s dive into our study of the Bible and see how that is possible.

Lesson 5: The Stranger in Your Gates (Deuteronomy 10, Mark 12, Deuteronomy 24)
“NIMBY” is an acronym that casts light on insufficient thinking, hypocrisy, and in some cases our failure to treat others in a way consistent with the teachings of the Bible. So what is NIMBY? It stands for “Not in my backyard.” A NIMBY would say “I fully support low-cost housing for the poor, I fully support generating electricity from windmills, but I completely oppose the low-cost housing and the windmills being located in my neighborhood! Let’s dive into our Bibles and see what it teaches us about the weakest members of society, and then let’s test our hearts and our minds with a logical application of that teaching!

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