The Enemy’s Tactics Revealed

Breakthrough-Exposing-the-Enemys-TacticsI am getting ready to teach a lesson from the Bible study, “Lord, teach me to pray, for kids” produced by Precept Ministries International. I highly recommend this study for all ages, especially for kids. It is based on the Lord’s Model Prayer found in the Sermon on the Mount. This particular lesson is about trusting in the character of God. Jeremiah tells us that a man who trusts in himself (or others) is like a bush, planted in the desert, on top of a rock, covered in salt. What a great picture of doom. A man who trusts in himself has no hope. In contrast, a man who trusts in the character of God is like a tree planted next to a river. He will prosper. This is a situation that King Hezekiah faces in Isaiah 36. The Assyrians have attacked and defeated the Northern Kingdom in Israel. Now, they have their eyes set on the Southern Kingdom where Hezekiah reigns as king. The Assyrians send out leaders to persuade the people of the Southern Kingdom not to resist. King Hezekiah has to make a choice. Is he going to trust in himself, in others kingdoms as allies, or, is he going to trust in the Lord. His life is on the line. The lives of his people are on the line. What is he going to do? Let’s find out. Continue reading

Jesus’ Prayer for His disciples

DM8i9C7XcAASxbjI spent a good portion of the day today preparing to teach tonight at Southern Calvert Baptist Church. I am teaching the Journey kids during our AWANA program. I am excited about teaching John 17:1-21. This is the Lord’s prayer. No, not the Lord’s model prayer, you know, “our Father”. This is Jesus’ High Priestly prayer, the prayer that He prayed for His disciples (all of them throughout the ages).

This is a powerful prayer and we have much to learn from it about ministry, especially in the form of making disciples. I want to divide this lesson into two parts; what we learn about Jesus and what we learn about His disciples. As we look at these two characters, we will also discover truths about ministry that are vital for all followers of Christ, especially since we are all called to make disciples. Continue reading

Praying for your Disciples

is4086rf-00038636-001Over the past month, I have been teaching through II Thessalonians with one of my many Bible study groups. It is so neat to study the Scriptures with others and discover the Truth of the Word of God for ourselves. II Thessalonians teaches us how to plan our time knowing the the Lord will one day return. Here are a few of the things that we have been learning as we have walked through II Thessalonians together.  Continue reading

Effective Prayer: Petition and Intercession

I am getting ready to teach on prayer once again and I am excited to share these ideas with you here in this post. If you have not been following this theme, I have linked the previous lessons below.

Prayer is about a relationship with God. He communicates with us through His Word, we communicate with Him through prayer. This is how a relationship works. Both communicate with each other. Both listen to each other. There is an idea of friendship here. God wants a personal relationship with man. Man can have a personal relationship with God. Continue reading

Effective Prayer: Allegiance, Submission, and Gratitude

Yesterday I met with my teachers to continue our study on the “Essentials for Effective Prayer”. We have already covered several lessons and you can read them in the following links:

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Effective Prayer Lesson 2 part 2: Jehoshaphat’s Prayer

In the previous article, I began to outline the subjects mentioned in the Lord’s Model Prayer as found in Matthew 6. I hope that you found it helpful and have begun applying it to your daily prayer life. Jesus did not invent the subjects of this Model Prayer on the spot. Most of Jesus’ teachings in the Gospels comes directly from the Old Testament. Some people believe that Jesus was just making up His teachings as He went about His public ministry. This could not be further from the Truth. Jesus taught much directly from the Old Testament or made allusions to It while He ministered to the public. The subjects of the Model Prayer are not different. We can actually see these subjects in many prayers offered in the Old Testament. I would like to focus on one of those prayers in this article, King Jehoshaphat’s prayer which is found in II Chronicles 20. Continue reading

Effective Prayer Lesson 2 part 1: The model prayer

Next week, I am going to meet with some of my preK teachers and do a lesson with them on prayer. We meet a couple of times a month to build our team by studying God’s Word together. If we want to be a genuine team that works together to impact the lives of others for the Gospel, we must spend time in God’s Word together. This is how we fellowship.

Our previous lesson was very eye opening on the power of an effective prayer life. If you missed that lesson, you can read it here. Continue reading

Pateintly await the coming of the Lord

This is the final lesson on James. This has been an exciting and challenging study for all of us. We have constantly been challenged to examine ourselves and the way we live on a daily basis. Living faith is evident, just like dead faith is evident.

  1. Living faith vs. Dead faith
  2. Living faith vs. Dead faith part II
  3. Trials and Temptations; what’s the difference?
  4. Genuine faith in action
  5. Two spiritual births; death and life
  6. Living faith in action
  7. Living faith revealed
  8. Living faith produces good works
  9. Living faith tames the tongue with wisdom from above
  10. Teach heavenly wisdom
  11. Living faith resolves conflict
  12. James 4, worldliness, enmity, and judging
  13. James 4, living faith and how you invest your time

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Effective Prayer

I am excited to begin a new Bible study today in the essentials of effective prayer. This class is for my preschool teachers who work for Kids’ Express, our weekly preK school that serves our church and our community.

This is our first lesson and we are going to lay the foundation for effective prayer. Have you ever met someone who prayed powerful prayers that moved God to answer time and time again? Are you one of those people? Would you like to become one of those people? This 6 week study will help with this.

I. Elijah’s effective prayer

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