Another week means another Sunday is coming and I get another opportunity to invest the message of the Gospel in the lives of my 2nd grade Sunday School class. I love these kiddos and it is neat to see how God is working in their lives through His Word and how He is using them to get the message of the Gospel out to their generation.
So far, we have learned the following lessons since the beginning of the new year.
As I was teaching John 15 last night to one of my Bible study groups, one of the subjects that we covered was “how do we abide in Christ in a practical manner?”. The answer is found in the passage itself, “abide in the Word of God and have the Word of God abide in us”. Our discussion was, “as I focus on making disciples, how to I connect them with the vine, as I am connected to the vine?” In other words, “how do we teach people to interact with God?” according to John 15. The group answer was, teach them to come face to face with God through His Word. If I am a disciple-maker, am I teaching people to interact with God through His Word or I am “telling them what the Word of God says” keeping them from coming face to face with God unfiltered? Continue reading →
I taught at our youth meeting last night, the first one of the new school year. I preached a message on the importance of impacting your classmates with the Gospel. I would like to share the message with you here, especially if you are a student.
For the history buffs, I began the message with a motivational quote from the great General Grant,
I began writing these posts back in the Fall of last year while I was in St. Louis awaiting the birth of our 3rd child. I was invited to lead a small group Bible study with a group of Romanians living in the Metro area. They were studying “Lord give me a heart for You“. As I was preparing to teach, I was motivated to share these principles with my readers. I hope that they have been helpful to many.
At the moment, I am leading a session in Poland and we are also studying this same devotional series based on II Corinthians. God has motivated me to continue developing this theme. The previous articles can be seen here. Continue reading →
The other day I had the privilege of attending our monthly Precept meeting at our leader, Vasile Filat’s home. It was a pleasure to hear all of the testimonies from the different workers in the Gospel, ordinary people who serve the Lord with all of their hearts. Some are teachers, others are coaches, still others are business people yet all of us has the same thing in common, our relationship with God through the Lord Jesus Christ which gives us a passion for the people around us. Continue reading →
As you go through the daily activities of life, do you have your eyes (your heart, your focus, your perspective) fixed on the things of God or on the quickly fading things of this earth? What are you living for, to eat, drink, and be merry because you never know how much longer you have or are you living with eternity as your perspective setter? What do you spend the majority of your time focusing on, the things that are here today and gone tomorrow or the things that will last all throughout eternity. The things of this world are fading away so if you are focused on them, you and your perspective on eternity will fade away along with them.
For some, this may seem like a silly question but in many churches, the women do not have the right to teach the Bible to anyone other than children or other ladies. Does Paul teach women that they cannot teach the Bible to men? This is an accusation that many skeptics of the Bible use to explain their reasons for not believing that the Bible is the Word of God or for their total denial of God. I would like to examine this subject as a whole instead of a small list of cherry picked verses taken out of context.
The Bible does teach that there are certain women who are not allowed to teach in the church, this is true. The Bible also teaches that there are certain men who cannot teach in the church either. I want to examine which women are able to teach, which ones are not able to teach, and then specific examples in the Bible of women who taught in the church. Continue reading →
I had the privilege of attending Good News yesterday (after being away last week preaching at a different church) and was blessed to hear another sermon in the series based on the book of Ephesians. Pastor Vasile was home for a day or two before leaving on another trip and he was able to preach on Sunday morning. I would like to share the truths of the message with you here. Continue reading →
Once a person gets “saved” everything does not turn to champagne and caviar. Life is still hard. In fact, life gets even harder once you start living for the Lord because now people will watch you more closely to see how you handle difficulties since you claim to trust God in all things.
How do you handle things once you get sick and suffer through tough times? How do you handle the sickness of a child? How do you react when you see injustice or if it happens to you? These are all very real situations. What about when good friends suffer because of their kids’ mistakes and hardheadedness, how do you respond? Your response is very important and like in anything in life, the better prepared you are the better you will do.
I would like to write about God, family, and serving the Lord. The Bible sets an example before us in Priscilla and Aquila. God uses this example to teach us about serving Him in the midst of our daily lives, especially when we are preoccupied with the cares of daily life. Many people serve the Lord while they are young and single yet once they get married, they seem to lose their zeal and their direction. They get busy with taking care of themselves, their homes, their kids etc. In order to know what to do and how to serve the Lord as a family, I would like to walk through the Scriptures and see what God teaches about this wonderful family.