“I Get Lost When I Read the Old Testament…Can You Show Me the Divine Tapestry, the Amazing Love Story?”
Discover God’s Passion for Your Life as Revealed in the Old Testament
Do you need someone to walk through the Old Testament with you? Well, Dr. Andrew Hardy is your man. He is a biblical scholar who hungers to hear God’s voice through every single event recorded in the Old Testament. He will convey to you God’s purposes as the story unfolds, showing you the passion of God as He seeks to restore mankind to the “Original Intent.”
God desires companionship and friendship with you. That is why He instituted relaxing walks with Adam and Eve in the Garden in the cool of the day. Dr. Hardy will unveil to you the most amazing love story ever told.
Watch Mark Virkler's 60-second introduction to this message.
Let’s transform the Old Testament from a dusty, dry book into a spiritual roadmap for your life
So many laws, so many genealogies, so totally ancient; what does any of it have to do with my life today? I live in the 21st century, with automobiles, internet, and smartphones. What could ever be the benefit of reading all those years of drudgery which the Israelites went through? After all, I am part of the New Israel, the Church of Jesus Christ. I am saved, baptized and born from above. I live and walk by the Spirit. What could I possibly find interesting in all those many cycles of failure, defeat, repentance, and restoration. Does God really want to speak to me through them? And if so, what does He want to say?
What was God’s Original Intent for your life? “In the beginning…”
There was a Garden, where God walked and talked with man. It was relaxing. It was during the cool of the day (Gen. 3:8). I suspect it was every day. It met God’s desire for friendship and fellowship with mankind whom He had created and whom He loved. God anticipated Adam and Eve would choose fellowship, relationship and friendship with Him. God enjoyed imparting His thoughts and sharing His heart with them on a daily basis. Life was perfect.
What was the original sin?
Satan offered the suggestion that we could figure things out on our own, apart from God. Maybe God didn’t really have our best interests in mind (Gen. 3:5). Adam and Eve succumbed to this temptation. They embraced this sin, which resulted in destroying fellowship with their loving Heavenly Father.
Living independent from God quickly brought forth jealously, envy, hatred, strife and murder. Rather than love ruling, anger ruled. Darkness ruled. Satan set up his rule in the hearts of men. Man’s heart became dark. The world became dark.
An Old Testament model for miracle-working faith
Abraham is righteous, and becomes a pattern of faith for us all (Gen. 12-22). God speaks to Abraham, giving him promises, visions, and blessings. Abraham holds to these promises from God, in the midst of all odds, and becomes the Father of Faith (Rom. 4:11). Abraham models for us what a life of faith looks like. Faith pleases God (Heb. 11:6). We get to follow in Abraham’s footsteps, becoming children of faith.
God creates “a people for Himself,” but they don't want to return to His original intent
The Israelites become the people of God, His chosen race to carry forth His purposes. However they choose not to hear His voice (Deut. 5:23-26), so are offered laws instead (Deut. 5:30, 31), which God knows they will never keep (Deut. 5:29; Gal. 6:13).
The law becomes our tutor to lead us to Christ (Gal. 3:24). Jesus, of course, became the end of our efforts to establish our righteousness by keeping God’s laws, as our sins are dealt with through His cleansing blood which was shed at Calvary (Isa. 53:5). We once again are offered the opportunity to live by the Spirit, out of fellowship, friendship and companionship with our loving Heavenly Father (Rom. 10:4; Rom. 8:2-4; Gal. 5:18; 25)
Not hearing and obeying God’s voice brings judgment into the Israelites’ lives (Deut. 28:1,15 NKJV). They repent, cry out for God’s mercy, receive it, and then once again experience His blessing. This blessing, in turn, makes them proud, and in their arrogance, they sin again, are judged, cry out for mercy, and are once again restored to a place of blessing. This pattern is repeated over and over and over again.
It says to us that when you listen to God’s voice and obey it, you will receive His blessing. Do not let this blessing make you arrogant and proud and sin, because if you do, you step from His blessing into His judgment. Stay humble and meek (Matt. 5:5) so you can continue to live in God’s blessing.
Wow! We've seen enough already to make the Old Testament practical reading material. But we're just getting started!
The Poetry books offer us SO MUCH more…
Psalms – a pattern of how to have real, open, honest daily devotions where you encounter God (i.e. in the Selah times), and then respond in worship to what God is speaking. Selah is a pause and musical crescendo, where we quiet ourselves in the presence of God, connect with God (Ps. 73:17), and then write what God was speaking to us (Ps. 73:18-20) in light of the petition we have just presented (Ps. 73:1-16).
Proverbs – Solomon, the wisest king in the history of the world, gives golden nuggets of truth which can guide us into effective daily habits and strengthen interpersonal relationships.
Ecclesiastes – explores the futility of trying to live life separate from God, and concludes this vain search with the summary that the only alternative to futility is to fear God and keep His commands (Eccl. 12:13).
Song of Solomon – expresses the wonder and beauty of sexual love within the context of marriage, giving us God’s view of sex and physical intimacy as well as an incredible picture of our King’s love for us.
Now let me ask you, “How valuable are the Poetry books to your life?”
Would you like to know where the prophets fit into the reign of the kings?
Dr. Andrew Hardy will paint the story from beginning to end, showing where the prophets fit in and what was happening in the land with the kings and with the people as they were prophesying. You will see the writings as an integrated unit, perhaps for the first time.
Each book is depicted on a single page, employing a remarkable chart
We provide a one-page pictorial overview of each of the 39 books of the Old Testament, allowing you to see in a glance the key themes, events and content of each book. These pictures help you quickly master the overall material. In addition, you will be asked content-rich, revelation-based questions, helping you explore the major themes of Scripture and allowing you to watch God build these themes a piece at a time.
You then get to compare your answers to these questions with our answers to the identical questions by referring to our book Handbook of Answers.
So you begin by gaining your own first-hand revelation from the Word of God, and then you get to complement your revelation with the revelation we have received. This constitutes an excellent learning experience.
What you discover through illumination of the Holy Spirit yourself provides, by far, the richest learning experience available!
Journaling, revelation and memorization happen weekly…
You will find one or two verses leap off the pages of the assigned chapters of Scripture reading each week. You are asked to memorize these verses as they are God speaking directly to you. By hiding these words in your heart, the Holy Spirit can bring these Scriptures to remembrance in time of need (Jn. 14:26).
We also ask you to journal and record what God is speaking to you from the chapters you are reading.
So now the Old Testament is no longer a dusty, dry book! It is life-changing revelation straight from the heart of Almighty God!
Lives Transformed as People
Explore the Old Testament
Stephen D. Gunnaway Hears God Through Scripture
The most exhilarating result [of taking these courses] has been learning to read Scripture using vision. Before, I would ‘study’ the Word, searching for the meaning of a passage or read a commentary to find the principle being taught. Now I read Scripture with my journal open and ready to receive whatever God has to say because I now understand that God wants to speak specifically to me about the things He wants for my life - not some dry theological platitude.
Using vision to read God’s Word is relaxing because you learn to anticipate hearing Him speak into your heart. Imagining pictures of the events in your mind as you read provokes the vision which I find especially true for the Old Testament. You learn to read slowly, without deadlines or goals because now you are receiving information straight from the Heart of the Father and you bask in His presence as you read. The Scripture truly becomes a living Book as found in the following example.
Journal Entry: May 28, 2010 / Exodus 17:8-13
Lord, I see Your power flowing through the rod in Moses’ hand. May I accept You as the “rod” of my life in all circumstances.
I love to see you learning this way. It gives Me pleasure. Keep on trusting for I have plans for you. Do not turn to the right or the left, but see Me ahead of you. You are special to Me and My Father loves you as I stand before Him interceding for you.
May God bless the work of Christian Leadership University as they free other Christians from the shackles of religion while teaching them that God just wants to be their Friend.
by Jack Evans
“Harry And Joe (Or Joseph) Met Near the Zoo... He Had Zebra Mania.”
When you read those words, you just might wonder if you’re still on the right website! Actually, these words form an acronym to remember the Minor Prophets (Hosea, Amos, Joel, etc). They’re written on a note along with many others taped to the wall over my desk.
I just completed the courses for CLU’s Doctor of Biblical Studies. For the past 2½ years, I’ve been taping notes like this to the wall for quick reference, and I now have quite a collection. For instance, there are scriptural quotes I just never want to forget, like: “You drew near when I called upon You; You said, ‘Do not fear.’” (Lamentation 3:57), written at perhaps the lowest point of history for God’s people, yet full of hope even as Jeremiah walked through the smoldering ruins of Jerusalem.
And then there’s Dr. Virkler’s excellent article on Mark 11:22, clear, informative, uplifting; that’s a keeper. Another powerful quotation which seems to apply particularly to our world today is from Isaiah 5:20, “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness”. Come to think of it, these words probably have applied to every age in history.
I found that studying Scripture at CLU, while hard work academically, was spiritually rewarding. We all know about the Lamad method (revelation-based learning); I read all about it when I was beginning my studies. But experiencing its effect is something quite different – it’s essentially a matter of the heart and the soul. I found the Lamad approach was marvelously ‘stealthy’ in creating a personal transformation in me. It’s subtle and gradual, but also continuous and efficient. I can testify to its positive effect in my own life and am grateful for it.
My entire experience in these studies was a happy one. My Instructor and Director, Dr Karen King, helped me every step of the way. The staff at CLU could not have been any more helpful or pleasant, including Charity who patiently put up with my mountain of emails. And, imagine, an institution where you can call up and often speak to the actual University President (Mark Virkler) or to your Department Head (Patti Virkler). While the courses could be demanding, I felt I had lots of friendly support.
Most of all, I found the greatest benefit of my CLU studies was a more intimate immersion in God’s Word. As many of you have probably already felt, God’s words and teachings to His people throughout Scripture are personal letters from Him to each of us and a daily source of strength: “In pointing out these things to the brethren, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, constantly nourished on the words of the faith and of the sound doctrine which you have been following” (1 Timothy 4:6).
You know, 2½ years ago I thought I was getting old and was ready for the scrap heap. But now, I’m convinced I’m getting younger. Studying and meditating on God’s Word will do that for a person.
“O come, let us sing for joy to the Lord, Let us shout joyfully to the rock of our salvation”. (Psalm 95:1)
Seeing, Hearing and Feeling
by Nora Flavin
Seven of us will continue in our final semesters in Through the Bible.
How freeing and powerful to read through the Bible seeing Jesus and hearing and feeling by the Holy Spirit!!!!
How much time should we invest in receiving revelation from Scripture?
O how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day. Your commandments make me wiser than my enemies, for they are ever mine. I have more insight than all my teachers for Your testimonies are my meditation. I understand more than the aged because I have observed Your precepts. I have restrained my feet from every evil way that I may keep Your word. I have not turned aside from Your ordinances, for You Yourself have taught me. How sweet are Your words to my taste! Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth! From Your precepts I get understanding; Therefore I hate every false way. Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path (Ps. 119:97-105).
As we pray over Scriptures, allowing the Lord to speak to us personally, we experience God ministering prophetically to us, as verses leap off the pages directly into our hearts. The following verses describe this experience:
"So we have the prophetic word made more sure, to which you do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star arises in your hearts" (2 Pet. 1:19).
"Were not our hearts burning within us while He was speaking to us on the road, while He was opening the Scriptures to us?" (Lk. 24:32)
I guarantee you will learn a lot, as well as be reminded of things you know and once again need to put into practice. The Holy Spirit always reveals new, relevant insights every time you prayerfully approach His Word with an open, hungry, teachable heart.
I encourage you to take three months to a year and explore the Bible in-depth. Can you think of anything that would be better?
Our no risk guarantee – experience a sample lesson absolutely FREE, right now!
We provide Lesson One of our foundational course How to Hear God’s Voice, plus a sample lesson from the Through the Bible series, free of charge so you can discover for yourself if we are offering some stuffy armchair theology or real, down-to-earth, practical, engaging, life-transforming truth.
Didn’t the free sample convince you this is better training than anything you could have imagined?
I guarantee that in the training module Pentateuch, you will discover the keys to living a successful Christian life! You will need to put into practice what you are learning to make this effective and life-giving. With Dr. Hardy and the Holy Spirit at your side, and guiding questions to help you catch the key themes and apply them personally, you will quickly discern the purposes and revelation God has for your life.
My daughter and I even co-host a members-only online chat room where you can come and post your questions and get answers. As you get started, you can share your revelations and questions and issues so we can confirm if you are on the right track and help you along the path of living in God's revealed knowledge. We will become personal coaches to you during this three month training experience.
Look at ALL you will receive in this interactive Spirit Life Training Module!
All of these electronic resources are instantly downloaded to your computer or smartphone, available for immediate access. You will also receive a coupon code after you enroll which allows you to order hard copies of all these materials at 40% off.
- Through the Bible e-workbook which guides you in exploring and applying each of the five books of the Pentateuch to your life.
- Pentateuch MP3s – 10 sessions, each approximately 15 minutes long, where Dr. Andrew Hardy shares the unfolding story of God's redemptive plan. This allows you to listen to the training over and over in your car, while exercising, or anywhere you'd like!
- Pentateuch Videos – These can be accessed streaming online or downloaded for offline viewing. Identical to the MP3s and ideal for evenings watching the sessions together with your family or small group.
- Pentateuch - Handbook of Answers – Mark and Patti's answers to the questions you have answered, allowing you to compare your insights with theirs.
- How to Receive Revelation Knowledge MP3 – Mark explains the steps he uses to receive revelation knowledge every time he opens the Scriptures. You can too!
- A comprehensive online lesson plan which takes you by the hand and guides you step-by-step through the whole process, integrating all your learning materials into a cohesive and well-rounded experience. This Learning Management System also leverages interactive self-scoring quizzes to reinforce all of the key takeaways from each section, making sure that you “own” them before moving on.
- Printable Certificate of Completion as you finalize the course, awarding you five CEUs.
- Option to apply credits toward an undergraduate or graduate degree from Christian Leadership University.
- Coaching – Access to a members-only online chatroom where my daughter and I will answer your questions and be a sounding board for your journaling. Wow! Now this is a personal touch to speed you on your way!
You will also need a good translation of the Bible with marginal references. While they may have their place, you should not use a paraphrase of the Bible for this module.
Team up and focus with a coach at your side — experience your Promised Land!
There is no easier way to grow than to get into a group of like-minded people, and focus intently, under the direction of the Holy Spirit and a coach who is ahead of you in the area you are pursuing. A cord of three is not quickly broken. You support one another through the training process and by “focusing intently,” you become a doer of the Word and not a hearer only (Jas. 1:25). No one wants to die in their wilderness, so make sure you are taking the proper steps which will allow you to occupy your Promised Land!
This is your opportunity to experience Dr. Andrew Hardy unfold for you the story of the Pentateuch. Let God speak directly into your heart as our guided self-discovery questions allow you to "see" insights you have never seen before. Confirm these with Mark and Patti's recorded revelations to the identical questions. Grasp biblical content with extremely clear charts of each book. Celebrate your progress with online, self-scoring quizzes. Own it for life at the unbelievably low price of $99 for the Pentateuch module, or only $450 for the entire Old Testament!