If you have ever visited a church or, if you have ever hung around church people, then I know that you have had or heard a discussion on the subject of FAITH. If you were to ask ten different people what “faith” means, you are likely to get fifteen different answers. The best thing to do in order to discover what God has in mind when He uses the idea of “faith” is to go to the Scriptures. I want to examine a passage of Scripture that reveals what “faith” looks like in every day life and how the lack of faith in God is manifested. Would you like to discover what faith really is and how it is manifested practically? The passage that we are going to examine is Luke 18:9-23. This passage is broken up into three separate teachings linked together by the manifestation of faith. Continue reading
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
I am preparing to teach this evening from Paul’s epistle to the Philippian church. We are covering the first 11 verses of chapter 3. The previous lesson was from chapter 2 about working out your salvation with fear and trembling. Paul teaches us how to do this in our daily lives.
In chapter 3, Paul’s desire is that we know Christ specifically, above all else. The reason that he motivates us to focus on Christ is because of our sin nature, we have a tendency to turn to idols. Idols are anything that take the #1 place of Christ in your life. Even noble things can become idols and when they do, they become negative. Idolatry is a sin that enslaves us before we come to Christ and a sin that tries to take our focus off of Christ once we have accepted Christ as Lord and Savior. That is why 1 John ends the way that it does. The entire epistle is about the love of God, how it is manifested to us, in us, and through us. Continue reading
In the first article, we looked at the background and overview of the “Sermon on the Mount”. We saw that this sermon teaches about the righteousness/character of God. Without this righteousness, it is impossible to please God or enter into the Kingdom of heaven. As said, there are two types of righteousness in this world, the righteousness of man (found in all the different religions invented by mankind) and the righteousness of God. Continue reading
Tonight I will begin teaching my English class once again (a class that I started at the end of last year and taught through the end of winter). We will continue our study on the “Sermon on the Mount” which was preached by Jesus Christ almost 2,000 years ago and is still extremely relevant even for our modern society.
Our study is on the book “Lord, only You can change me” written by Kay Arthur. It is a study of character. I want to write some articles based on the truths that we have been and will continue to learn throughout this wonderful study. Continue reading
With this article I would like to continue our look at Psalm 1. Up until this point we have covered the righteous man, what he is like, what he does, what he does not do etc. He is different from the unrighteous man because he delights in the Word of God and meditates on God’s Word night and day. Because of this attitude toward the Word of God, the righteous man is wise and avoids the ways (lifestyle) of the wicked. Continue reading
As I stated yesterday, I would like to continue to look at Psalm 1 and now gather information about the results of being a righteous man (right with God). Before we move to the next truths I would like to see if we can remember some things from the last article. Continue reading
In this article I would like to take a look at the differences between the righteous (right with God) man and the unrighteous (not right with God) man. They are totally different people with totally different outcomes in life even though they may occupy the same space on this earth (they may work at the same job, partake of some of the same recreational activities, even attend the same church). Continue reading