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
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
I am meeting with my preschool teachers for the last time in 2016 to continue our study on the life and ministry of Jesus Christ as revealed to us in the Gospel of Mark. This time, we will cover Mark 5. Our first meeting after the New Year will finish up the study with Mark 6. I have learned a lot from seeing Jesus’ teaching style and His compassion on the people who surrounded Him. He was so popular that He could not enter the cities and towns because of the crowds, yet, at the same time, He always took time to meet the needs of the individual. We see this clearly in chapter 5. In chapter 4, Jesus spent most of the chapter teaching the large crowds about faith. Most of the crowd missed the essence of His message. The disciples asked for clarification so they clearly understood the teachings in chapter 4 about faith. In the end, their failing faith needed a faithful friend and that faithful friend was Jesus Christ. Chapter 5 changes the focus to the individuals in the crowd. Jesus never got so caught up in numbers and crowds that He forgot about the individuals who made up the crowds. This is something that all disciple makers must remember. Crowds come and go. The individual is who is important to the Lord. Continue reading
I had the privilege of teaching this lesson earlier this week to my preschool teachers. I usually write before I teach but, this week has been quite busy. We are going on our annual Father-Son camp out. I am so excited for it. Anyway, with the preschool teachers, we are walking through the Gospel of Mark, the 40 Minute Precept study Jesus: Experiencing His Life and Ministry. You can read the previous lesson here. In the previous lesson, we learned about the beginning of Christ’s public ministry, how He began and continued to preach the Gospel message: Continue reading
It has been a pleasure to teach through the entire Bible in 2016. It has been a whirlwind course from Genesis to Revelation. We are not finished yet. Our focus over the past couple of months has been on the ministry and teachings of Jesus Christ. We have covered such topics as: Continue reading
Dear readers, I know that it has been a while since I have been able to write. It has been a busy summer and I am only now getting back into the swing of things for the school year. This Sunday, we are continuing our walk through the Bible in 2016. Our studies have centered on the ministry of Jesus over the past few weeks. This week, we are going to cover Jesus’ miracle of the calming of the sea. This is a crucial lesson for Jesus’ disciples both then and now. I have learned much from this lesson and I want to share it with you, as I think through the lesson in prep for teaching it. Our main text is Mark 4:35-41. Continue reading
This 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
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
Dear 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.
- Noah stands for the Lord
- Trust and Obey God like Noah
- Noah trusts God during difficult times
- Learn to be grateful like Noah
Here 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