Jesus’ 7 I am sayings

Screen Shot 2016-07-23 at 8.37.27 AMI want to write on the 7 I am sayings of Jesus Christ. In the New Testament, when Jesus claimed “I am” He was making connection to the Old Testament name “Jehovah“, the name that God revealed to Moses when he asked God, “who is sending me”? God stated that this is His name for all generations. The Jews knew what Jesus meant when He called Himself “Jehovah”, that He was and is God. As Jehovah, He is also El Shaddai, the God who has life in Himself and imparts that life in the lives of His followers. In the Gospels, Jesus tells us what He imparts to us as His followers. Do you know what all Christ has to pour into you as His follower? I would say that many “followers” are unaware of what is at their disposal as disciples of Jesus Christ. This has been my experience over the past 17 years of ministry, literally all over the world. Continue reading

Jairus learns to have faith

003-jairus-daughterHi everyone, it has been a while since I last wrote a post. I have been busy with summer ministry. In June we had VBS where we learned about the life of Noah and the Great Flood. Then, I left with a team from our church to travel to Romania where we served at 2 day camps with children and teens. Upon returning home, we had our own Day camp at church. Now, I am getting back into the swing of things for a few days until a much needed vacation.

This week, I am teaching at our preschool age children’s worship service. The kids are 2-5 years old, depending on when they are able to start kinder and move up to the elementry age children’s worship service. Our topic is a miracle performed by Jesus in the Gospel of Luke. The story is close to the end of chapter 8. The story falls in line with the main teaching of Chapter 8. People hear the message of the Gospel proclaimed by Jesus, understand the Gospel, believe the Gospel, see your life changed by the Gospel, follow Jesus, and proclaim that Gospel to all who are around. This is seen with the parable of the sower and the seed, the healing of the demon possessed man, the healing of the woman, and other teachings in the long passage of Luke 8. Continue reading

Nehemiah: Servant, Leader, Restorer of society

Nehemiah_SusaThis coming Sunday, during children’s church, I am going to teach on Nehemiah. This lesson will close out the teaching of the Old Testament, a task that we began in January. I excited about all that the kids have learned. After this Sunday, we are going to begin our journey through the New Testament, focusing on the teachings of Christ to His disciples and then to His Church.

So, we finish out the Old Testament with Nehemiah’s story and how he led the people out of the Babylonia captivity. Before we get into this message, let’s see if we can review what we have learned so far, over the past couple of months: Continue reading

Are you connected to the source? (Rev. 3)

This lessons comes from the book of Revelation, the revelation of Jesus Christ to His bride, the church. This is the last book of the Bible because it is the final inspired revelation to mankind from the throne of heaven. Jesus Christ gave this messages to the church through His servant, Saint John, on the isle of Patmos.

I want to take a look at the letter to the church in Laodicea. The book of Revelation is divided into three parts, according to chapter 1. In verse 19, Jesus tells John to write down the things which he has seen, and the things which are, and the things that will take place after these things. In chapter 1, John sees Jesus Christ. In chapter 2 and 3, the things that are means the 7 churches to whom he writes. Chapters 4 through the end of the book, John writes about the things that are to come, after the church period. The churches begin with the “hub” church planted in Asia Minor, the Ephesian church. Then the order of the following churches is the along the mail route in Asia Minor. Continue reading

Noah respects God

Screen Shot 2016-05-26 at 8.02.52 PMDear friends, this is it, the last lesson, lesson 5 on the life of Noah. I hope that you have enjoyed the ride. I cannot wait to teach this in a couple of weeks. In case you have missed the previous lessons, here they are so that you can catch up.

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Lean to be grateful like Noah

Screen Shot 2016-05-26 at 8.02.52 PMHere it is, lesson 4 from the life of Noah. We have learned a lot from this man of faith. We still have much to learn. Here is what we have learned so far:

In this article, we are going to learn about more of the results of genuine faith in the message that God has given to us, a message of judgment, mercy, and grace. Gratefulness is another manifestation of genuine faith. Gratefulness does not come natural to us because of our selfish, sin nature that dominates us. Gratefulness is something that we learn. The Apostle Paul wrote it this way: Continue reading

Noah trusts God in difficult times

Screen Shot 2016-05-26 at 8.02.52 PMThis is our third installment of the life of Noah, a life that we are going to study this summer at our annual VBS. Here are the previous two lessons that we have covered:

Noah heard the message of God’s judgment, mercy, and grace. He believed God’s message and his faith was genuine because it produced obedience. Noah shared that message with his immediate family and then with the people in his sphere of influence.

This lesson will focus on how Noah trusted God during the difficult moments of the universal flood. Psalm 31:14 teaches us: Continue reading

Trust and Obey God like Noah

Screen Shot 2016-05-26 at 8.02.52 PMIn the previous article, we were introduced to Noah, learning about his stand for God when no one else wanted to do it. God sent a message of judgment of sin. Within that message, He introduces a message of mercy and grace. Noah finds favor with God because he chooses to believe God’s message and walks with God. Noah begins to reflect God’s character correctly. He teaches his family how to walk with God. Their family is different from all of the other families of the earth. They are no longer dominated by their sin nature. They are now subservient to God. They do not act out in wickedness and violence anymore.

This lesson is day 2 or lesson 2 from our VBS Bible study. The theme of this study is trusting and obeying God the way that Noah did. Noah’s “faith” is not just an abstract idea. Faith is concrete. It produces the action of obedience. Faith that does not produce the good works of obedience is not genuine faith. Noah had genuine faith. In our world today, there are 1,000s of different faiths. In God’s economy, there are only two types of faith, genuine faith that produces obedience and useless faith that does not produce obedience. We want to learn about Noah’s genuine faith because it produced obedience in Noah and his family. Continue reading

Noah stands for the Lord

Screen Shot 2016-05-26 at 8.02.52 PMI am preparing to teach about Noah during our annual Vacation Bible School (VBS). This year, we are using Answers in Genesis’ Curriculum. I am excited about teaching this. I have been preparing the lessons and I want to share them here in article form so that I can think through the lessons before actually teaching them.

Our first lesson is about Noah and how he took a stand for the Lord when the rest of the world lived as it pleased. Continue reading

Daniel’s Faithfulness

I am getting ready to teach this Sunday to my Sunday School class. This has been a neat month walking through the Old Testament. Here are the previous lessons that we have covered:

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