Worship God correctly

I am getting ready to teach this Bible study to my staff today. The reason that I am doing it instead of James is because this is practice for the Sunday School class that I am teaching this Sunday. The topic is worship and our passage is Revelation 4.

In order to understand this lesson, we need to do a little overview work on the book of Revelation. This is important because it will help us understand the context of chapter 4.

Key verse:

  • Revelation 1:19
    • The things you see
    • The things that are
    • The things that are to come

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James 4; Worldliness, Enmity, and Judging

It is Wednesday once again. I am excited to get ready to teach during our staff meeting. I love studying God’s Word, even though, many times, it is a time of discipline for me, feeling the loving hand of God touch the sore spots in my life. He does it because He loves me and wants to work in me before He uses me to teach His message. Sometimes, it is painful, yet it is always rejuvenating for me, especially for my relationship with God. I am excited to teach on James 4 today.

If you have been following along with us in this study of the book of James, then this next part will be a good review. If you are new to the study, these articles will help you “catch up” and see the context of what we are about to study.

  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
  7. Living faith revealed
  8. Living faith produces good works
  9. Living faith tames the tongue with wisdom from above
  10. Teach heavenly wisdom
  11. Living faith resolves conflict

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The right to life

As US citizens, we are all guaranteed the right to life, unless you are the most vulnerable of humans, babies developing in the womb. Unless you have been living under a rock over the last month, you know the criticism addressed to Planned Parenthood based on the fact that they perform legal abortions and then sell the harvested body parts that come as a result of that abortion. There are several controversial thoughts here. One, the law protects legal abortion because it claims that a human fetus is just a clump of living tissue that is no different than a liver or kidney. It (the fetus) does not have the right to life because it is not yet human. On the other hand, once that fetus is aborted, the organs are now part of a human cadaver. How did it change from being a clump of tissue to a human cadaver? As a born again believer, disciple of Christ, and pastor, I am very interested in knowing what God has to teach us on hot topics in our society. For example: Continue reading

Living faith resolves conflicts

Wednesday is almost here again. As a children’s department staff, we are continuing our examination of James’ epistle which deals with the theme of living faith vs. dead faith. James uses real life situations to demonstrate if our faith is living or dead. Here are some of the previous lessons that cover James chapters 1-3.

  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
  7. Living faith revealed
  8. Living faith produces good works
  9. Living faith tames the tongue with wisdom from above
  10. Teach heavenly wisdom

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The Fruit of the Spirit: Self-control

Well, this is the last message on the Fruit of the Spirit. It has been a great summer and a great study series. I have learned a lot and I pray that those who have followed along with these messages have been blessed to learn more about living a Spirit led life. I am a bit sad to see this series end. It reminds me of the armor of God series of last summer. If you have been following along, these links will be a review for you. If you have not been following along, these links will be a way to catch up and get into the flow of the series.

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Lear HOW to think instead of WHAT to think

I am worried about my generation and the generations that have followed me. The reason that I am worried is because we have a couple of generations that have been trained by our State run schools in the art of “belief” instead in the art of “thinking”. Our public schools no longer offer a classical education, an education that includes logic, reasoning skills, and debate. Instead, our kids are taught WHAT to think instead of HOW to think. This is very dangerous because people who do not know how to think are easily subjugated and controlled. I would like to demonstrate this with a hot topic that is being discussed all over our society.

I am a minister of the Gospel and have served people from all kinds of different races, languages, cultures, socioeconomic backgrounds etc. Each one has its uniqueness yet each one is basically the same. Sin nature is dominate in all cultures and manifests itself in many of the same ways, over and over again. I would like to show you a snippet of a conversation that I recently had with some people of my generation and younger. It frightens me because of the deceptiveness of the people. They are deceptive because they have been deceived. They do not know how to think and when challenged, their responses sound more like 5 year old kids on the playground than mature adults. I don’t think that this is by accident. This is the process of being taught what to think instead of how to think. I want to help but from the responses, HOW? The really scary part is that as they have kids, they are going to pass this process on to them and it will get worse with each new generation. I have addressed this problem before with voting. Continue reading

The Pharisee and Tax collector

It has been such a fun summer walking through the parables of Jesus at #FishermensClub at #Htownkids . I pray that the kids are learning half as much as I am in preparing these lessons. Here are the parables that we have covered so far.

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Lazarus and the rich man

Well, Wednesday is coming upon us. That means that Fishermen’s club is taking place at Hoffmantown Kids. We have been walking through the parables of Jesus this summer. It has been neat to see what Jesus has to teach His disciples about being fishers of men. I have learned a lot and it is neat to see the kids learning so much about Christ and His ways. A couple of weeks ago, we looked at the parable of the wheat and the tares. This week, we are going to learn about Lazarus and the rich man. God has much to teach us here about how we live our daily lives. I pray that this teaching will be as helpful to you as it is to me.

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The Fruit of the Spirit: Gentleness

It has been a lot of fun teaching through the Fruit of the Spirit series this summer during children’s church. Here are some of the previous lessons.

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Counting the Cost of Discipleship L6

It has been neat walking through these lessons on Discipleship. I hope that these articles have been as helpful to you as you read them, as they have been as helpful to me as I think through them and write out what I have been learning.

In the previous lesson, we saw that Christ commissioned His committed followers and equipped them with the power of the Holy Spirit. Now, they are ready to go out and work with the Lord to accomplish this great calling.

In order to get caught up to speed with this lesson, please take a moment to read the previous articles on this study.

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