Influenced by God to influence others

David-and-Saul-in-CaveKing Saul and future King David are a study in contrasts. Both of these men are born to the same nation, during the same period in history, influenced by the same culture etc. yet, they could not be more different in their paths in life. One of these men trusted in himself while the other trusted in the Lord. This trust manifests itself in all kinds of different ways. The prophet Jeremiah uses a great illustration to explain the differences between people who trust in themselves vs. people who trust in the Lord. Continue reading

Balaam: A Prophet seeking a Profit

1485591109322Balak was a pagan king who took preventative measures (in his own mind) by trying to harm the children of Israel. God had done some amazing things in the lives of the children of Israel. His Name became famous among the pagan nations of the Near East. Egypt, the world powerhouse of the time was brought to its knees by the power of God. They never made a recovery. The pagan nations of the Near East were afraid of the Lord because of His power and might. They also hated the Jewish people because they were sided with the eternal enemy of God, since they were pagans and idol worshipers and God had promised to bring mankind’s Rescuer through the Jewish nation. The people of Moab were terrified because they assumed that the children of Israel would attack them. They stirred up their king, Balak, to take preventative Continue reading

The Day of Atonement

atonementIn our walk through the Old Testament, we have arrived at the Day of Atonement. This was an important event in the yearly calendar for the children of Israel. It is also a foreshadowing of the eternal sacrifice for sin. The Day of Atonement is described in the book of Leviticus, chapter 16. Continue reading

The Law of God

surrenderI am so excited to prepare for our Connect Group teacher training meeting on Sunday evening. In our Connect Groups this Sunday, we are going to learn how discipleship is the process of empowering others for ministry. The lesson that follows is about the Law of God given to the children of Israel. In this lesson, we are going to discover the purpose of the Law, but, before we dig into what the Law was for, we have to discuss what the Law is not for. Continue reading

Covenant, Lesson 11: Living in the light of the New Covenant

Well, it is hard for me to believe that we are on lesson 11 of Covenant, the final lesson of the manual. This has been such a rewarding study for me and for all of those who have taken the class. I am a little sad that it is almost over, but, at the same time, I am excited to begin Titus in January. If you have been with us from the beginning, here is a little reminder of our previous lessons.

  1. Covenant Lesson 1
  2. Covenant Lesson 2
  3. Covenant Lesson 3
  4. Covenant Lesson 4
  5. Covenant Lesson 5
  6. Covenant Lesson 6
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  8. Covenant Lesson 8
  9. Covenant Lesson 9
  10. Covenant Lesson 10

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Covenant, Lesson 9: The Old vs.The New

I am getting ready to lead the next lesson in our series on the topical Bible study of covenant. I love this course because of its life-changing ability. Many people have had their eyes opened to our covenant God via this awesome inductive Bible study. Here is a quick recap of the previous 8 lessons:

  1. Covenant Lesson 1
  2. Covenant Lesson 2
  3. Covenant Lesson 3
  4. Covenant Lesson 4
  5. Covenant Lesson 5
  6. Covenant Lesson 6
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  8. Covenant Lesson 8

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Worship: the Word, the Light,the prayers

I am getting ready to teach my staff another lesson on genuine worship. This is our 4th one in the series of 6. I am excited to see what we are learning, practical teachings on how God defines genuine worship. Here are some of the previous articles on this subject:

  1. Genuine Worship
  2. Genuine Worship: Entering the presence of God
  3. Genuine Worship: Jesus’ Role

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Covenant , Lesson 8: Christ is the center of Covenant

I have been away for a while on a mission trip so I have not been teaching my Monday night study on the topic of Covenant. My awesome wife stepped in for me and did a great job. I am back now and this coming Monday, I am going to teach lesson 8 from our study on Covenant. I would love to share some insights with you here in this article. By way of review, here are some of our previous lessons:

  1. Covenant Lesson 1
  2. Covenant Lesson 2
  3. Covenant Lesson 3
  4. Covenant Lesson 4
  5. Covenant Lesson 5
  6. Covenant Lesson 6

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Covenant Lesson 5: Passing between the pieces of flesh

I am preparing to teach the next lesson on Covenant to my Monday night Bible study. So far, we have covered 4 lessons from this great study, a study much needed in our modern churches. If you have not been following from the beginning, the previous 4 lessons are here:

  1. Covenant Lesson 1
  2. Covenant Lesson 2
  3. Covenant Lesson 3
  4. Covenant Lesson 4

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True Worship: Entering the presence of God

As my staff and I study through the idea of worship, from a Biblical perspective, I am amazed to see (yet again) just how clear the Word of God is and just how far away we are from in many areas of our modern Christian life. This is our second lesson on the subject. You can find the first lesson here. This is lesson 2 of 6.

In the previous lesson, we learned that the first time worship and love are mentioned in the Bible are in Genesis 22. These two words both revolve around Abraham’s obedience. Worship is an act of obedience to God. Worship must be done God’s way, not just any way that we feel is correct. Worship is more of a lifestyle than an event. Worship involves having God be number 1 in your daily life, choosing not to have any idols. Continue reading