Peter and John testifying about Christ

peter-and-john-continue-preaching-the-gospel-2015-01-01At Hoffmantown kids, we have been walking through the New Testament in detail in 2017. We began with the book of Acts and we are going to go through each book until we finish the book of Revelation. Let’s take a look at the commands given to the disciples by Jesus before He ascended into heaven in order to set the stage for Peter and John’s testimony. Continue reading

Persecution: The fuel that furthers the Gospel

philip-eunuchWe are in Acts 8 as we continue to walk through the New Testament this year in our Children’s Department at Hoffmantown Church. To get us caught up in what we have learned, we need to take a look at the commands given to the disciples by Jesus before He ascended into heaven.

  • you will receive power
  • the power will be the Holy Spirit
  • the Holy Spirit will allow you to be a witness for Christ to all
  • you are to live a life of missions, seeking to make disciples of all nations and ethnic groups
  • evangelize and equip/train those who believe
  • teach/preach/proclaim/share the Word of God with all who will listen
  • you are to make disciples starting in Jerusalem and moving out to the ends of the earth

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Why is a prophet without honor?

jesus-portraits-001-03If you have ever read Mark 6 or Luke 4, you have come across the story of Jesus preaching in the synagogue that He grew up attending. Jesus spoke well and the people were impressed with his oratory skills. They agreed with Him for a time but, something happened that caused them to attack Him and try to throw Him off the side of a cliff. They chased His out of town. I have always wondered why. I knew about this story even before I became a born again Christian. Have you ever wondered what Jesus said that upset them so much? Let’s turn to the Scriptures and discover why the people were so angry, even though He was an eloquent speaker. Continue reading

The need for communication

communicateI am teaching II Thessalonians this semester for my Monday night study. We met last week and began to do the overview lesson. During the lesson, we wrote down what we learned about Paul from II Thessalonians. In fact, we wrote down what Paul reveals about himself in II Thessalonians. One of the things that we noticed was the importance of communication and how Paul was a master at communicating. Continue reading

Paul in Thessalonica and Berea

screen-shot-2017-01-03-at-7-35-31-pmI spent a large part of today preparing to teach my second grade Sunday School class this coming Sunday. It is the first meeting of the new year. It is hard to believe that it is already 2017. I am excited to teach the New Testament this semester. We are starting midway through Acts. Last year, we went through the entire Bible in one year. It was a neat 3,000 foot view of the Bible, learning that it is all about Jesus. This week, we are going to examine Acts 17:1-15. Continue reading

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Working in your planner daily

In the previous two posts, we have covered the subjects of the importance of planning your time and the value of getting a personal planning notebook. We learned about identifying our values and then setting goals based on those values. Then, there was a practical assignment to help you determine what your values are. I really hope that you were able to do this. Continue reading

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Personal Planning Notebook

Happy New Year 2017!!! In the previous article, we learned about the importance of being a planner because God is a planner. He calls those who plan and act according to their plans wise. He calls those who fail to plan and who do not work according to a plan foolish. God then places the ball in our court and allows us to choose if we want to be wise or foolish. I do not know about you but, I want to be a wise person and have chosen to plan 2017 with God’s goals in mind and then working according to those plans so that I can reap the spiritual benefits. Continue reading

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Planning for 2017

Well, it’s hard to believe that we have arrived at the final day of 2016. Just when I got used to writing 2016 on documents, now, I have to change to 2017 😀

As 2017 approaches, I was thinking about New Year’s Resolutions and planning. Did you know that the Bible teaches about those who plan their time vs. those who do not plan their time? Are you a planner? Have you planned what you want to accomplish in 2017, or, are you one who just goes with the flow? Let’s take a look at the Scriptures and see what we can learn about planning our time. Continue reading

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Genuine faith honors Scripture over Religious Traditions

I am working through the Gospel of Mark during my time off from work over the Christmas holiday season. I have been teaching through Mark with my preschool teachers. It has been amazing to experience Christ’s loving touch through His mighty Word. After Christmas break, we will jump in and study Mark 6. After that, we will dive in and study Mark 7, the source of this article. If you have not been following the teaching series, you can access the previous teachings by clicking on the article titles that follow:

  1. Jesus: Experiencing His Life and Ministry
  2. Jesus the Rescuing Teacher
  3. The unpardonable sin
  4. The parable of the sower and the seed
  5. Failing Faith needs a Faithful Friend
  6. Jesus serves individuals
  7. Discipleship according to Jesus

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Discipleship according to Jesus

It is the day after Christmas. The gifts have been opened and the kids are playing with them. The final days of the year are winding down. We begin to think about the New Year, making our resolutions and planning out all that we want to accomplish over the next 52 weeks. While meditating on Mark 6, I saw a clear connection between making my New Year plans and including making disciples the way that Jesus did during His lifetime. Here is a quick list of the lessons that we have already covered from the Gospel of Mark.

  1. Jesus: Experiencing His Life and Ministry
  2. Jesus the Rescuing Teacher
  3. The unpardonable sin
  4. The parable of the sower and the seed
  5. Failing Faith needs a Faithful Friend
  6. Jesus serves individuals

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