Christ’s Resurrection; Sin’s death blow

As I prepare to teach on the Resurrection of Christ, an even that we are going to celebrate this coming Sunday, I am pondering on how to present this truth to children, ages 6-11 years old. I want to present the importance of the Resurrection and not just the fact that it happened. There were many reasons for the resurrection but the main one was to give sin a death blow. In order to present these concepts, I would like to examine two different passages of Scripture that lead us the conclusion that the resurrection actually took place and the daily importance of it. The first passage that would like to consider is I Corinthians 15:1-8. Continue reading

The daily importance of Christ’s resurrection

I have been invited to speak to a MOPS group at our church this week. The theme is Easter, so, instead of just going over the Easter story again, I decided to add a twist to the lesson and ask “what is the significance of Christ’s resurrection for me on a daily basis?”. Can you answer that question? You see, the resurrection of Christ is something that we commemorate once a year yet celebrate daily. What is the daily importance of Christ’s resurrection? The apostle Paul explains this to us in Romans 6. Now that you have had a chance to read the text, I would like to walk through the points of why the resurrection of Christ has daily significance for me as a believer. Continue reading

Jesus loves children

The month of March was all about godly families at Big City Clubhouse. We learned a lot about why God created the family. Here is a recap of what we covered.

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Marriage without Regrets L1

I am excited to be able to teach the PUP (Precept upon Precept) Bible study, Marriage without Regrets. We met 2 weeks ago and began filling out the first lesson. After a 2 week pause for our Missions Conference, we will meet tonight to discuss lesson 1. We have a great class of people who want to learn how to serve God with their marriages. God has blessed us so far and we pray for his blessings to continue as we diligently study His Word and seek to apply what He teaches us. Continue reading

Matthew 5; the Character of a Righteous man

In the last post, we examined the righteousness of God that opens up the kingdom of heaven to a person. We discovered lots of interesting truths about ourselves, the righteousness of God, and the kingdom of heaven. You can read the article here as a way of review. The kingdom belongs to you when you have the righteousness of God. I would now like to take a look at the character, or lifestyle of a person who belongs to the kingdom of God because he lives by the righteousness of God. Continue reading

The Righteousness of God and the Kingdom of Heaven

I have begun teaching the “Sermon on the Mount” to my staff. Last week we covered the overview, who the author of the sermon is, what the social, political, and religious context of the message is, as well as the main idea of the sermon. In chapter 1 of the Gospel of Matthew, we find the miraculous birth of the long awaiting, and foretold Messiah. Matthew explains how Jesus is the long awaited Messiah from the lineage of king David. In chapter 2, we see that the politics of the day were not pro life. People were scared, hurting, and living under a tyrannical government. Continue reading

Interview with Naghmeh Abedini

photo_naghmehI had the honor and privilege of meeting Naghmeh Abedini, the wife of Pastor Saeed Abedini, the Iran born, American pastor who has been in prison in Iran for almost two years. He was captured and taken to prison because of his faith in Jesus Christ and the fact that he was sharing the hope he found in Christ with others. I had heard a little about his case from the ACLJ’s Jay Sekulow but I was not very familiar with the details. Naghmeh came to Hoffmantown church in Albuquerque, New Mexico last week to speak at our annual Missions Conference. I was blessed to hear her share her story two different times during the conference. Before the second meeting time, I spoke with her privately and asked if I could do an interview with her. She conceded and immediately after speaking, she joined me in my office and shared with me. I would like to share what I learned here with you via this article. Continue reading

Missions and Loving your neighbor

I have been attending our church’s annual missions conference over the past couple of days and have been truly blessed to hear some awesome messages from God’s Word, as well as some awesome testimonies from the field. Tonight, I was blessed to hear a message from Dr. Larry Waters, a man of God who spent 27 years on the mission field in the Philippines. His message tonight was from the Gospel of Luke, principles of missions from the example of the Good Samaritan. I would like to share the insights that I gained and pray that they will bless you as much as they blessed me. Continue reading

God cares for widows and orphans

One of the biggest fears that we have in this life is being left alone to fend for ourselves. God ordained the family as a place of protection for children, a place of community so that we would not be alone. One of the worst things that can happen to a family, other than divorce, is when the leader of the family, the man, dies and a wife and children are left to fend for themselves. In our modern society, this scenario is not as devastating as it was throughout most of human history, especially during Bible times. At a time when there seemed to be no hope, God intervened and made a promise to orphans and widows. This idea is both in the Old and New Testaments. Continue reading