David takes a stand for the Lord

David-Vs-GoliathWe live in a world where people are afraid to take a stand for the Lord because of political correctness. People have been trained to keep their heads down when it comes to social issues, like gay marriage, because if you take a stand and speak out, you get noticed and being noticed causes problems to your daily life. This is not something new. The Bible teaches us that there is nothing new under the sun. Almost 2,000 years ago, during the lifetime of Jesus, the dilemma of taking a stand for the Lord was just as complex as today. Continue reading

Rahab experiences salvation

cph_30120959831As we have been walking through the Old Testament, focusing on the fact that God has promised to send a Savior to rescue mankind from his greatest enemy, himself, we have seen many different people trust in God’s plan of salvation. Adam and Eve trusted in God’s salvation. Able trusted in God’s salvation. Noah trusted in God’s salvation and he shared the message of salvation with everyone who would listen. Only his family chose to believe him. Abraham trusted in God’s salvation. Isaac trusted in God’s salvation. Jacob trusted in God’s salvation. Joseph trusted in God’s salvation. Moses trusted in God’s salvation. Joshua trusted in God’s salvation. We saw that both Jews and Gentiles experienced God’s salvation.  In this lesson, we are going to see how a lying prostitute named Rahab comes to trust in God’s salvation. This story reveals that God’s salvation is not based on merit. God’s salvation is based on His character, the revelation of His mercy and grace to a world that is far from His presence. Rahab was far from the presence of God yet, in His mercy and grace, He sent out His message to her. Continue reading

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

The Gospel Restores Ruined Relationships

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Relationships are hard. Everyone can agree on that. They are hard because relationships involve being selfless. That does not come naturally to us as humans because of our sin nature. By nature, we are selfish. I do not like it but, it is the truth. All of us have suffered at some point or another from ruined relationships. It does not really matter if we are the victim or the aggressor. In either case, God wants to restore relationships. In fact, He is in the business of restoring relationships. God has always been in a perfect relationship as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. When God created mankind, He created us to be in a right relationship with Him and to manifest that right relationship with Him in our relationships with one another. We see this theme run all throughout the Bible. Continue reading

God’s Mercy and Grace extended to Leah

extending-mercy-graceIt has been neat to see the common theme of the mercy and grace of God run through each chapter of the book of Genesis. God is weaving a story together throughout His Word and it threads together beautifully with human history. Mankind, from Genesis 3 to Genesis 29, our current chapter for consideration, has been looking for a Rescuer. God promised Adam and Eve that they would be saved by a Male Child, born of a virgin. Every generation that has followed has learned about this Male Child who would Rescue people from sin’s penalty and power. God’s mercy is manifested in the fact that He does not punish people immediately for their sins. God’s grace is manifested in the fact that He gives people multiple opportunities to get right with Him through faith in the Messiah, the Promised Rescuer. Continue reading

Jehovah Sabaoth – The Lord of Hosts

I am going to teach on the Names of God tonight at our church. I really enjoy these lessons because they teach to know our God specifically, by name. The Name of God is the same as the character of God. The previous lesson was about peace, Jehovah-Shalom, the Lord is peace. Peace is one of the most talked about subject today. Everyone wants “peace” but few know the key to attaining it successfully. God is the source of real peace and if we want it, we must bow our knee to His Lordship. This lesson ties in with the idea of peace. Continue reading

Elisha, God, and the Shunammite family

I am so excited to study and teach about Elisha and the Shunammite family this coming weekend during the ROC (children’s church). Last week, we took a look at the life of Samson. He was called by God with a holy calling, yet, because of his lack of total obedience to God in all things, Samson never accomplished his calling.

We have been covering a series of people who were weak and fearful, who encountered God and as a result, were transformed into mighty warriors of faith. Continue reading

Jehovah-shammah: The Lord is here

As I prepared to teach this lesson, I decided to share some of the truths that I learned with you here in this article, and, as always, thinking through the points of the lesson helps me prepare to teach it better. I really do love the entire Names of God study. God becomes so much more real when you know Him by His Name and character. The previous lesson was about righteousness, specifically, the Lord is righteousness, Jehovah-tsidkenu. It is amazing to see how God makes us righteous, right with Him, when we take Him at His Word. He does something that no other religion can do, He deals with our sin nature. He removes our sinful hearts and gives us new hearts. He places His Holy Spirit in us and not only requires that we walk in His ways but make us able to do so. Continue reading

Jehovah-raah: The Lord is my Shepherd

As we continue to work through the Names of God from the Bible study manual, “Lord I want to know You“, we come to the Name, Jehovah-raah, the Lord is my Shepherd. If asked which is my favorite lesson from this course, I would reply, “the one I am currently studying” because they are all so powerful and relevant to daily life on planet earth. I love the way that all the Names tie together to show us just how dependent upon God we really are and since He created us and knows us better than we know ourselves, He can guide us through the struggles of day to day living. Continue reading

Jehovah-nissi, Our victory over the flesh

Last night I had the privilege of leading a Bible study on the Name Jehovah-nissi. In fact, this lesson is a two-part lesson, one of which I have already written about in the article Jesus is the Rock. During the first lesson, we learned that our #1 enemy as believers is not Satan. Our #1 enemy is our own sinful flesh. The only way that  we are able to have victory over our flesh is to have an encounter with Jesus Christ, accepting Him as Lord and Savior, receiving the Holy Spirit to guide us moment by moment. Once that happens, we finally have the ability to overcome sin and temptation. We are no longer slaves to our sinful flesh. In this article, I would like to write some practical advice on how to overcome our #1 enemy day by day, moment by moment. Continue reading