Contend earnestly for the faith (II)

I previously wrote an article on this same subject a couple of weeks ago as I was preparing to teach a seminar on how to study the Bible inductively. I am now teaching Jude, Precept Upon Precept. Last week we met and covered lesson 1, the overview. I am preparing to teach lesson 2 this coming Monday night. I would like to share some of the truths that I have discovered. I pray that they will be as encouraging to you as they are to me.

As we have seen from our previous study of Jude, there are two types of people described in this letter and they are both members of the church. I would like to examine the two different groups to see what we learn about contending earnestly for the faith. Continue reading

Genuine faith in action

Well, it’s Tuesday afternoon once again and I am preparing to teach James during my staff meeting tomorrow. It has been neat to see how God explains so clearly through His Word what genuine faith is and how it is manifested in daily life.

Here are a few articles that explain genuine faith from James’ perspective:

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Beware that you are not a false believer

I am getting ready to teach Lesson 3 from the Bible study course, “Being a disciple: Counting the Real COST” to my preschool teachers. I love these lessons because they are very challenging to all of us who call ourselves followers of Jesus Christ.

It is always good to examine ourselves and our way of life to make sure that we measure up to the high calling that God has given to us, to follow Christ. This is one reason that the Lord’s Supper exists. We examine our daily lives to see if we are living up to God’s standards. This lesson is a great lesson for self-examination and I pray that God will use it to search your heart the way that He did to search my heart. Continue reading

Jehovah Sabaoth – The Lord of Hosts

I am going to teach on the Names of God tonight at our church. I really enjoy these lessons because they teach to know our God specifically, by name. The Name of God is the same as the character of God. The previous lesson was about peace, Jehovah-Shalom, the Lord is peace. Peace is one of the most talked about subject today. Everyone wants “peace” but few know the key to attaining it successfully. God is the source of real peace and if we want it, we must bow our knee to His Lordship. This lesson ties in with the idea of peace. Continue reading

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