Jesus calms the storm

Over the past couple of weeks, we have been studying the life of Christ. We are walking through the life of Christ in a different manner. It is not a chronological look at His life. We began our walk with the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. Then we moved to the ascension of Christ. Last week, our topic was the birth of Christ, specifically focusing on His family. This week, we are going to take a look at one of His miracles, when He calmed the storm for His disciples. This lesson is going to teach us about the divine power of Christ as well as about ourselves.

Do you ever struggle with fear? What do you do when you are afraid? Does fear ever control you or are you able to overcome it every time that it attacks you? Continue reading

The birth of Christ

Today during children’s church, we are going to cover the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Over the past 2 weeks, we covered the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Last week, we covered the ascension of Christ. Christ is our example of serving others, connecting with them and then teaching them how to connect with God. He did it during His life and after His resurrection, up until the moment that He ascended into heaven. After His ascension, He sent the Holy Spirit to empower His followers to be living testimonies for Him, connecting with others and discipling them, teaching them how to connect with God.

This week, we are taking a step back and looking at the birth of Christ, specifically focusing on the characters involved, namely, Joseph and Mary, and of course, their Son, Jesus Christ. Continue reading

Trials and Temptation, what is the difference?

During our previous staff Bible study, we covered chapter 1 of James. The title of the article was Living faith vs. Dead faith, part 2. The entire book of James is all about distinguishing between living and dead faith. James wrote to people of faith, not wanting them to examine themselves to see if they have faith or not, but, instead, they were to examine their “faith” and discover if it is living or dead. Continue reading

The Ascension of Christ

I am preparing to teach this coming Sunday at our children’s worship service and the theme for the service is Jesus’ ascension. Since last Sunday was about Christ’s resurrection, this theme flows perfectly from what we just celebrated. Our text for the message comes form Acts 1:1-11.  As we examine this passage, I would like take a look at the work of Christ and what He left for His disciples to do after His ascension.

Before we jump into the text, I would like to consider what we just celebrated, the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

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Daniel and Biblical Prophecy VII

This is the last article on the book of Daniel and end times prophecy. I started writing these posts a couple of years ago and wrote all of them but the last one. I am teaching this last lesson tonight and decided to write about it before teaching it.

As we have seen over and over again in the previous articles on Daniel, the future of the world has already been written. God has explained in very specific details what is going to happen in the future. He wrote this around 550 B.C. and laid out what the future held for the Jews, up until the first coming of Christ, all the way until the second coming of Christ. All has happened just like God explained. There is just a little bit left and it will happen.

From our previous article, we learned about the 70 weeks that have been decreed for the nation of Israel in Daniel 9. According to the text, the 70 weeks, or 490 years are divided like the diagram shows.Untitled Continue reading

Living faith vs. Dead faith partII

Last week, we started our journey through the book of James. It is neat that this short letter written close to 2,000 years ago could be so relevant to 21 Century mankind. In the previous article, living faith vs. dead faith, we saw that James is an example of a person who has living faith by the fact that he is a bondservant of God and that Jesus Christ is his Lord. He takes advantage every opportunity to use his spiritual gift of teaching to teach those around him. We saw that the trials that come our way actually reveal to us if our faith is living or dead.

This lesson is a continuation of what we began learning last time. We are not born with living faith. We are not born with any kind of faith. We have to learn faith from an outside source. Most people learn faith from their parents. Again, we will even learn to have either living faith or dead faith. If the faith that we have comes from any other source other than the Word of God, the Bible, then that faith is dead. Living faith comes from the Lord. Continue reading

Living Faith vs. Dead Faith

As a staff, we began studying James last week and it is neat to see how clearly God speaks to us through His Word about relevant things to our lives. While doing the overview of James, we discovered why James wrote what he wrote and what we need to learn from this epistle and how we should apply what we learned to our lives.

Based on the evidence that James puts forth, there are two kinds of faiths according to God. People have many different kinds of faith and there is great confusion about whose faith is correct. Some say that all faiths are correct, as long as they help people try to do what is right. Others claim that only their faith is the real one. There is much confusion in the world today. God is not the author of confusion and therefore, he clarifies things for us. There are just two faiths in the world today; living faith that changes lives and dead faith that is useless. As we look into James’ epistle, we discover what living faith looks like and we discover which faith we have, of the two mentioned. Continue reading

Cain and Abel; one education two different results

Our next character study in the ROC is about Cain and Abel. The last study that we did was a couple of weeks ago on Elisha, God, and the Shunammite family. The whole idea behind this year’s study in the ROC is about God connecting with us, then we connect with others through love and service, and finally, we help others connect with God the way we did. This pattern pops up all throughout the Bible. We saw it in the Old Testament with the 10 commandments and in the New Testament with the Greatest Commandment. Both deal with connecting with God, connecting with others, and then connecting them with God.

We are staying in the Old Testament with this lesson, focusing on how God connected with Adam and Eve, blessed them with children to connect with, and then getting connected with the future generations. Continue reading

Contend earnestly for the faith

In the last article, I wrote about how to study the Scriptures in such a way that you understand the original intent of the author, who ultimately is God. I would like to apply these principles to Jude’s principles. This article will be more like a study than an actual article but I hope that it will be helpful in future studies. Continue reading

Reading and Understanding the Scriptures

I am teaching two classes over the next two Wednesday nights where we will cover the topic of how to study a Biblical passage inductively and then how to make a lesson plan and teach accordingly. I am super excited to be able to lead this. For our text, I have chosen Jude’s epistle because it is short yet very powerful.

In order to understand the Scriptures, they must be interpreted in the light of the original intent of the author, God.

20 But know this first of all, that no * prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation,
21 for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God. (II Peter 1)

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