Restoring the Soul (Psalm 19)

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I am preparing to teach a Sunday School class tomorrow on Psalm 19. I want to think through the lesson in written form with this article. Continue reading

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Getting Connected with God through Christ

connect-with-godI have spent the better part of this school year teaching through the Gospel of Mark with my preschool teachers. We have all learned so much about our Lord and Savior, how He interacted with people to share the message of the Gospel with them in order to help them connect with God. All throughout the history of Israel, God had established spiritual leaders to help the common people connect with Him. For the most part, the spiritual leaders used their position and authority to lord over the people instead of help them connect with God. In Mark 10, Jesus reveals what people who are not connected with God are like. Most of the examples are the spiritual leaders. This is yet another opportunity for the spiritual leaders to admit their failure, repent of their mindset and actions, and connect with God through Jesus Christ. Unfortunately, most of them were so caught up in themselves that they could not admit their wrong doing and therefore continued to live disconnected from their Creator. This same problem exists to this very day in all churches, no matter the denomination or creed. I would like to examine this idea of getting connected with God through the Lord Jesus Christ as presented by Jesus in the Gospel of Mark, chapter 10.  Continue reading

Learn to honor your parents

Dear friends, I have been listening to a sermon preached by my mentor, Vasile Filat, based on I Timothy 5. I want to share some of the thoughts from the sermon with you here in this article. I will not link to the sermon because it is in Romanian. Before we begin, take a moment to read the following verses: 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

Conncecting with God and dealing with loneliness

Alright everyone, we have had some great weeks studying the life and ministry of Joseph. We have had two lessons on Joseph so far:

This week during the ROC, we are going to focus on Joseph and his reaction to being put in prison. He kept his integrity while he was being tempted by Potiphar’s wife. Joseph was a young man enslaved by Potiphar. He was a stranger in a strange land. He was far from home and had no one to cause him to be accountable to his moral convictions. He did not have much of a future and probably no chance of ever getting married. I am sure he was tempted to enjoy some of the pleasures of life since they had all been taken away from him. He did not give in because he did not want to sin against God. He knew that God was with him and saw everything that he did or would ever do. He knew that God would see his sin. This is what motivated him to run away from sin. Mrs. Potiphar was mad because Joseph did not give in to her worldly ways. She retaliated by lying and having Joseph thrown in prison. This is where our story picks up this week. Continue reading

Connecting with others

Last week during the ROC pictures (reaching others for Christ) we learned how to connect with God. God has done everything to connect with us and then motivates us to connect with others by loving and serving them so that they can connect with God too. We saw how the mid-wives in Egypt had connected with God and as a result, they could not murder the innocent Hebrew boys just after they were born. Moses’ parents had connected with God and they did all that they could to protect the life of their new born son. They also taught their daughter Miriam to connect with God and as a result, she loved her brother and did all that she could do to protect him. They all put their lives on the line to help others because they had connected with God. Moses grows up and learns to connect with God. Continue reading