Last Sunday, we covered the prophecies of Isaiah about the life and ministry of Jesus Christ. Isaiah revealed the “Good News” of the coming Messiah. Jesus was coming to reconcile people with God. Not only that, He was going to teach people how to walk with God once they reconnected with Him. Upon learning this good news, we were challenged to share this with at least 1 person this week. Continue reading →
This week, we are going to study some of Isaiah’s prophecies about the first coming of Jesus Christ. In the Old Testament, there are over 300 prophecies about the first coming of Jesus Christ. These prophecies are given over a 4,000 year period. The prophet Isaiah lived and wrote about 700 years before the birth of Jesus. He reveals some great truths about Jesus, in his inspired writings. Let’s see what we can learn about Christ and ourselves from the prophecies that Isaiah wrote almost 3,000 years ago. Continue reading →
I am preparing to speak at our annual Kids’ Express graduation this coming Thursday evening. I am excited to see the little ones who have gone through our program showcase what they have learned over the past 3 or 4 years. The best testimony of their hard work is when they enter kindergarten far ahead of their piers who did not attend Kids’ Express. I am so thankful for our teachers and leaders in Kids’ Express, as well as the parents who are working hard to invest in their little gifts from the Lord.
In the past, I have spoken about the importance of investing in the spiritual lives of our kids, just as much as we invest in their physical needs, education, and hobbies. Continue reading →
I am preparing to teach the Word of God to my Sunday School class this coming Sunday. Over the past 2 weeks, we have looked at the humble shepherd boy David and then the mighty King David. It was neat to see how God gives grace to the humble and opposes the proud. David received God’s grace. Along the way, David got proud. God had to humble him. We saw King David humble himself and repent before God and before all of humanity. God forgave David and restored him, but, the consequences remained with David for the rest of his life. Continue reading →
What are you supposed to do with your life once you accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and are born again? Are you just to put your feet up and wait for the glories of heaven or, does God invite you to something more? In the Protestant world, good works are almost frowned upon, as if they are a bad thing. We have catch phrases (that do not come from the Bible) like, “Christianity is all about being and not about doing”. Is that a Biblical attitude? Let’s turn to the Word of God and find out. Continue reading →
I am getting ready to teach a Sunday school class this coming Sunday. Last week, we learned about David’s humbleness vs. Goliath’s pride. This week, we are going to learn that David, although a man after God’s own heart, also had a sin nature like the rest of us. David needed repentance just like all of us. Psalm 51 was written after David was confronted by Nathaniel. David could have reacted to the confrontation our of pride. He was the king. No one but God was above him. He could have acted like Goliath. He did not. To set the back story for this lesson, we have to understand what brought David to this point. David walked with God. David was a man of God. David had written his own copy of the first 5 books of the Bible. He read from that hand written copy every day, according to Deuteronomy 17: Continue reading →
First of all, we have to establish that the punishment for all who do not confess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior will be punished by God with what the Bible describes as the second death. It is in the lake of fire that will last for eternity. All of it is torture yet, for some, the torture will be worse than for others. Continue reading →
Contrary to popular belief, heaven will not be equal for all. Heaven will not be a communistic dream where everyone receives the same, no matter what they did on this earth. I would like to examine a couple of Jesus’ teachings on the kingdom of heaven. After that, we will take a look at what Paul teaches about the rewards that await us after this life is over.
If you will take a look with me at Paul’s writing to the church in Ephesus. Continue reading →
In the children’s department at Hoffmantown church, we are walking through the entire Bible in 1 year. This week, we are focusing on the story of David and Goliath. I do not know when the last time you read this story was. I am sure you are familiar with it from your childhood. I purposefully went back and studied I Samuel 17, verse by verse in order to familiarize myself with the specifics of the text and not just the overall story. I would like to examine the two main characters of this story. Goliath is the first of the main characters mentioned in the text. Following him is the young man David. As we examine these two main characters, we will also discover much about God and His attributes. Continue reading →
Here I am again, getting ready to teach about Jesus being the focal point of every story of the Bible. We are walking through the Bible this year. We have arrived to the time when Moses leads the people of Israel through the wilderness, to the Promised Land. On the way, God makes a Covenant with Israel, and, within that Covenant we see the 10 Commandments. Let’s take a look at the 10 Commandments and see how they reveal Christ and what they reveal to us about ourselves.