After years of fighting in the Promised Land, the people of Israel ask God again and again for a king to help them in battle. God answers, giving them three kings in a row – Saul, David, and Solomon. In Israel Gets a King! [1 & 2 Samuel], Saul is chosen first first. He is big and strong, but he doesn’t always listen to God, so it’s time to pick a new king – a boy named David, who defeats the Philistine giant Goliath. Even though David messes up sometimes – like when he makes someone else’s wife his own – God loves David and makes him a special promise, the Davidic Covenant. When David dies, it’s time to welcome another new king. This time, David’s son Solomon takes the throne and, in a smart move, asks God for wisdom. Solomon’s wisdom becomes known throughout the world, and he builds an amazing temple for the Lord. But when he builds a palace for himself that’s even bigger, it turns out to be an unwise move, and Israel is in trouble again.
It’s never fun to have to take sides, but after Solomon dies, a series of good and bad kings in Israel lead the country to split into two – Israel and Judah. In A Nation Divided, 39 kings take turns ruling the Israelites, and most of them do more harm than good. In fact, some of them even try to get rid of God’s people forever! But that can’t happen, so God sends good prophets like Elijah and Isaiah to remind the Israelites that the Lord is always with them. Still, hard times are ahead when foreign kings from Assyria and Babylon conquer Israel and Judah, burn the temple in Jerusalem, and take the Israelites away from their home.
The books of the Writings are some of the most famous in the whole Bible. They give us the story of faithful Job, the praise-filled Psalms, the wise Proverbs, the truths of Ecclesiastes and then there’s Song of Solomon, a book all about romantic love! In Words to Make Us Wise [Psalms, Proverbs & the Writings], we dive into these books and discover they each have an important story to tell and something to teach us about our lives today. Job reminds us that God is always faithful, even when we feel like we’ve lost everything. The Psalms are a perfect picture of our whole relationship with our Heavenly Father, from disappointment and fear to praise, hope, and eternal joy! Proverbs and Ecclesiastes have a lot to teach, too, in a style all their own, and Song of Solomon is a poetic “ode” to the power of love.
Get ready for some big-time adventure as we look at the books of the Prophets, the home of famous stories like Daniel in the lion’s den, Jonah’s fish tale and a fiery furnace that is no match for three godly guys named Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego! In God Speaks! [Isaiah, Jeremiah & the Prophets], take a whirlwind trip through the 17 major and minor prophets, and learn all about their messages for God’s people. Isaiah kicks it off with his hopeful prophecies and promises, while prophets like Jeremiah issue dire warnings, reminding the Israelites not to stray from God. Other prophets, like Ezekiel, go to crazy lengths to communicate God’s messages to his people, and Jonah learns that trying to run from God can land you in the belly of a big fish. Meanwhile, God protects Daniel from some hungry lions and helps Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego keep their cool when things heat up.
In the Gospels, we get up close and personal with the life, ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus, learning about our place in the kingdom of God along the way. Jesus is the Good News! [Matthew, Mark, Luke & John] covers the 400 years between the Old Testament and the New Testament before digging in to the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. We walk with Jesus and his closest friends as he delivers the Sermon on the Mount, feeds 5,000, breaks bread at the Last Supper, and gives His life for our sins before God raises Him from the dead. Jesus shows us firsthand what life in the kingdom of God is like – and invites us all to be a part of it!
After Jesus’ resurrection, His followers are left wondering what to do – until the Holy Spirit shows up! His arrival at Pentecost gives them the power to share the Good News about Jesus with the whole world, and they don’t waste any time. In Spreading the Good News! [Acts], follow the apostles as they take Jesus’ message from Judea and Samaria to the ends of the earth. Peter spends his time preaching mostly to the Jews, until God shows up and gives the word that the Good News is for everyone (Gentiles included)! It looks like there’s danger ahead when someone named Saul makes it his mission to kill the new Christians, but God has another type of mission in mind for this man. Saul gets an extreme makeover on the road to Damascus when he meets Jesus, becomes a Christian, changes his name to Paul, and spends the rest of his life telling everyone he meets about God’s transforming love!
John Denver's Christmas in Aspen starring among others The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Volume 13: God's Kingdom Comes! will take your family through the final books of the Bible - the General Epistles and Revelation! Learn more about what it means to be a follower of Jesus from the books of Hebrews and James, and then watch Buck Denver and friends learn about John's visions in Revelation and the coming kingdom of God!
Buck Denver and friends journey through 17 major and minor prophets! From Jonah and the whale to Daniel in the lion's den to the hope-filled prophecies of Isaiah, the next installment of What's in the Bible? will have your family laughing and learning more than ever about the Israelites' journey and their need for God's Great Rescue Plan! Memorable songs and great entertainment from VeggieTales creator Phil Vischer.
Buck Denver and his friends kick off their adventure through the whole Bible with In the Beginning [Genesis] – and you’re invited to come along! Travel back to where it all started, in the Bible’s first book. You’ll experience Creation, walk through the Garden of Eden and meet the world’s first humans – Adam and Eve. When they choose to go their way instead of God’s, sin enters the world. As we continue on, we see sin’s devastating effects in the stories of Cain and Abel, Noah and the ark, and the Tower of Babel. But this is only the beginning. Come along as we learn all about the world’s most important book – what it is, who wrote it, and why can we trust it.
The Pentateuch – a fancy name for the first five books of the Bible – ends on a cliffhanger. The Israelites are left to spend many years wandering in the desert, wondering if they’ll ever get to enter the Promised Land. Through the hard times, God is still faithful, even though the Israelites keep messing up as they try to follow the rules. In Wanderin’ in the Desert [Leviticus, Numbers & Deuteronomy], Buck Denver and friends explore Leviticus and all its rules, learning what they mean and why we still follow some of them today. Next up, Numbers tells about the Israelites in the desert, and Deuteronomy is actually one big speech from Moses, delivered right before the Israelites are finally allowed into the Promised Land!
In the book of Joshua, the Israelites finally make it to the land God promised to them, but their excitement is short lived. It turns out that making themselves at home in Canaan isn’t as easy as just crossing the Jordan River. There are people already living in the Promised Land, and the Israelites have to fight for what’s theirs, including the famous battle of Jericho. Battle for the Promised Land [Joshua, Judges & Ruth] tells the stories of the Israelites after they get what they’ve wanted for so long. Sure, they’re settled in the Promised Land now, but God’s people keep turning away from the One who gave them this new home. To point the people back to Him, God sends 12 judges, including Deborah and Samson. And there are other key players, too. The book of Ruth highlights a very special love story about a brave woman who keeps her word, following her mother-in-law to a new land where she finds a new life that will make her the future great-grandmother of King David.