Living faith revealed!

Well ladies and gentlemen, it is Wednesday once again and I am preparing to teach my staff James. We are in chapter 2, learning about the differences between living faith and dead faith. It is hard to believe that we are already on lesson 7 of 16. It is amazing how time seems to fly by as we busily serve the Lord. Here are links to the previous lessons.

  1. Living faith vs. Dead faith
  2. Living faith vs. Dead faith part II
  3. Trials and Temptations; what’s the difference?
  4. Genuine faith in action
  5. Two spiritual births; death and life
  6. Living faith in action

James has shown us real life situations that reveal of our faith is genuine or not. How are you doing with your daily exam? Are you learning to run to God and ask for wisdom, the One who gives liberally without reproach? How do we do it? Run to His Word, the fount of all wisdom! Continue reading

VBS 2015 Journey off the map

10502079_824937847572154_7960450473661032607_nI am getting ready to teach during #VBS2015 next week. All the action begins on Monday, June 1. I am working with the pastors of our church to teach through this VBS. I get to kick off the festivities with the first lesson. VBS this year is called Journey off the map. The focus of this week’s study is going to be the life of Daniel. The first lesson introduces us to the only person who can enable us to be like Daniel. That person is Jesus Christ.

In order to understand who Jesus is and what He is able to do to us and for us, we need to read the following passages.

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Living faith in action

Since tomorrow is Wednesday, I am getting ready to teach my staff on the book of James. This lesson is the 6th lesson of 16. We still have a long ways to go and for that, I am very excited. We have already learned so much, yet God has so much more to teach us. Here is a review of the previous lessons:

This lesson is powerful because of what it teaches us about living faith. We are turning the corner from chapter 1 to chapter 2. Take a moment to read over James 2 and then we will see what we can discover about living faith. Continue reading

An ungodly person does not submit to authority

Another Monday evening is upon us and I am getting ready to teach Jude. We have arrived at lesson 4, a crucial lesson in this study of the book of Jude. So far, we have seen Jude describe the way of life of the ungodly who have crept in to the church and are stirring up all kinds of problems. In direct contrast to the ungodly, Jude also describes the way of life of the godly, those who had answered God’s call and been transformed by God. In the last lesson, we learned more about what genuine faith looks like and what genuine salvation does to us. Here are some links to those previous lessons.

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Spiritual mentors needed!

I am getting ready to speak at my son’s pre-k graduation tonight. I am very proud of him for all of his hard work over the past two years. He has learned so much. I am really excited about the number of Bible verses that he has learned and still remembers them. I want to challenge the parents tonight to continue what was begun in the classrooms. Many of these kids will head off to public school where they will not receive positive spiritual teaching and I want the parents to step up and fill in that gap. Many parents see the church as the place where their kids are to receive the majority of their spiritual training. From the Bible’s perspective, this is not true. They majority of a child’s spiritual teaching is to take place in the home. The job of the church is to come along side the parents and disciple them in such a way that they, in turn, disciple their own kids. We see this principle in both the Old and New Testaments. Moses was taught by God, he taught the people, and they were to teach their children the Scriptures, day and night. In the New Testament, I want to take a look at Timothy and his family. Continue reading

Two spiritual births; Death and Life

I am preparing to teach my staff the next lesson on James. This has been an eye opening experience for all of us as we examine ourselves and the faith that we claim to have in the light of the Word of God. James was written to people who claimed to have faith. James does not try to convince people to have faith. He wants the people who claim to have faith to examine their faith in the light of God’s Word. In our modern world, just like in the ancient world, there were many different faiths. As a result, people were confused about which one was correct. Like today, the motto was, “well, there must be nuggets of truth in all faiths so let’s just take what we like from each one and make up our own”. James, on the other hand, reveals that although we divide the world up into many different faiths, God’s economy is a little different. God teaches us that there only only two kinds of faith, living faith that transforms from the inside out and dead faith, which is useless or worthless. Upon studying James, you will know if your faith is living or dead because he uses real, life examples of how the two kinds of faith manifest themselves. Here are some of the previous articles. Continue reading

Evidence of genuine salvation

I want to share with you what I taught last night during a Bible study on Jude. This short little letter has so many deep truths that are so relevant to the 21st Century man, even though it was written almost 2,000 years ago. I want to link to a couple of the previous lessons that we covered in our class so that you can review what was taught and be up to speed with this article.

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Mother’s Day Baby Dedication 2015

Here is an audio version of the challenge that I gave to the parents and the congregation of ‪#‎HoffmantownChurch‬ on ‪#‎MothersDay2015‬

The main passage is Deuteronomy 6:1-7. I have an article based on the same message here.

Contend earnestly for the faith (II)

I previously wrote an article on this same subject a couple of weeks ago as I was preparing to teach a seminar on how to study the Bible inductively. I am now teaching Jude, Precept Upon Precept. Last week we met and covered lesson 1, the overview. I am preparing to teach lesson 2 this coming Monday night. I would like to share some of the truths that I have discovered. I pray that they will be as encouraging to you as they are to me.

As we have seen from our previous study of Jude, there are two types of people described in this letter and they are both members of the church. I would like to examine the two different groups to see what we learn about contending earnestly for the faith. Continue reading

Genuine faith in action

Well, it’s Tuesday afternoon once again and I am preparing to teach James during my staff meeting tomorrow. It has been neat to see how God explains so clearly through His Word what genuine faith is and how it is manifested in daily life.

Here are a few articles that explain genuine faith from James’ perspective:

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