God is Always with us

He+is+OmnipresentI have the privilege of teaching this week during our AWANA program. I get to hang out with and invest in our T&T kids. We are going to discover, from the Scriptures, that God is Omnipresent. What in the world does “omnipresent” mean? Omnis, in the Latin language, means, “all” or “every“. The word present comes to the English language from Latin via French. It means, “to be within reach“. When we put all of this together, it means to be within reach at all times, everywhere. The Scriptures teach us that God is everywhere, at all times. This is what we are going to cover in this lesson. Continue reading

The Beauty of the Word of God

71b55509285911ebb35cThis Sunday completes our first unit in our new quarter of curriculum for our Connect Groups. This unit is about how the Lord teaches us His ways through His Word. The depth and wisdom of the Word of God has not end. No matter how deeply we dig into the Word of God, we will never reach the bottom. There is no such thing as “enough Bible study” or “too much Bible study“. Our focus this week is the beauty of the Word of God. I cannot wait to teach this lesson. Continue reading

Jesus: Our Lord and Savior

jesus-teaching-1I have the honor of meeting with our elementary aged kids this week during our AWANA program at Southern Calvert Baptist Church. The kids have been learning about Jesus over this past quarter. Tonight will be a review where we put several passages together and get a clear view of who Jesus is. Many people in the Western world grow up hearing something about Jesus. Some of what they hear comes from the Bible while other aspects come from popular culture. I have ministered to a tribe in Myanmar where the majority of the people had never heard the name Jesus. Continue reading

Advent Sunday 4

4th-Sunday-of-AdventThe fourth Sunday of Advent has some great readings from the Scriptures. Each Sunday of Advent deals with Old and New Testament references to the First and Second Advent. I have really enjoyed writing about the first three Sundays of Advent and you can read those articles by clicking on the following links: Continue reading

Christ’s Crucifixion Prophesied

ArtBook__057_057__TheCrucifixion____I am teaching through the book of Mark and we have arrived at the crucifixion of Christ. We are going to look at Psalm 22, a psalm written 1,000 years before Christ, and about 500 years before the act of crucifixion was known in the Middle East. In other words, the psalmist is written about a torturous device that he knew nothing about. Continue reading

Faith is public not just a private affair (Psalm 40)

keep-calm-and-live-out-loudI was challenged by a friend of mine on Facebook today to take time to read Psalm 40. Boy am I glad that I did. I would like to share some of the truths that I gleaned from Psalm 40 in this article.

A few years ago, while serving on the foreign mission field, I ran into people who had this strange mentality, suggesting that faith and our relationship with God was something that we keep in our hearts. In other words, faith is private and not a public matter. King David had a very different opinion. He boldly proclaimed his faith and relationship with God to anyone who wanted to listen. In the famous “Sermon on the Mount”, Jesus proclaimed that His followers are to be salt and light. Both salt and light have visible effects on the world around them. In other words, Jesus and David both teach the same principle, that faith is to be very public, that we should be ready to share about our relationship with God with anyone who will listen. Continue reading

Your Emotions Will Follow Your Faith

feelings-chart2-1024x786Last Sunday, we had an awesome Sunday School lesson about doing battle with our worst enemy. David reminded us in Psalm 141 that we are our own worst enemies and that we need a Protector to protect us from ourselves. We all need a guard over our mouths so that we do not tear people down with our words and, instead, we build them up. We also need someone to protect us from hearts’ inclination toward evil. Finally, we learned to be grateful for those who help us stay away from evil and do good, even if they have to rebuke and correct us. I know all who were involved in studying the Word were blessed. I pray that we put into practice this week all that we learned last weekend. This coming Sunday, during our Sunday School hour, we are going to examine Psalm 42. Continue reading

God, My Protector (Psalm 141)

in-Jesus-armsI am so glad to be back in writing mode. The past 2 months have been crazy for me and my family. I have changed jobs and, as a family, we have moved across the country. I have not been able to study and write like I normally do. I am getting settled in and I am so glad to be able to study and write on a more regular basis. Last week, our Sunday School lesson was based on Psalm 32. David left some practical advice for us to learn from his mistakes. Another of the Psalms that I have a lesson on is Psalm 19, Restoring the soul.

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David’s Practical Advice to all (Psalm 32)

I can remember my Dad telling me when I was a kid, “son, it’s good to learn from your mistakes, but, it’s better to learn from the mistakes of others”. This was great advice, unfortunately, I was in my late teens when I began to apply that advice. King David wants to encourage us to learn from his mistakes instead of making the same mistake over and over again, generation after generation. That is why he wrote what he did in Psalm 32. In this article, I would like to examine King David’s advice on learning from his mistakes. This is what our church will study this coming Sunday in our Sunday School classes. I am excited that the youngest among us and the most mature among us will all have a chance to hear the fatherly heart of King David and learn from his mistakes so that we do not repeat them. Continue reading