Dec. 4, 2022: The Hungry Fed – Powerpoint Link

Herald and Banner Press produces a PowerPoint presentation as a teaching tool. You can get the link for all the lessons in this quarter for only $9.95 by contacting the Herald and Banner office. Here is a complimentary link for this week's lesson.

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December 4, 2022: The Hungry Fed

FOCUS TEXT: Mark 6:30-44

DEVOTIONAL READING: John 6:26-35

KEY VERSE: I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst (John 6:35).

CENTRAL TRUTH: Christ provides for all our needs.

LESSON OUTLINE:

I. The Need for Rest (Mark 6:30-33)

II. The Need for Ministry (Mark 6:34-37)

III. The Need for Food (Mark 6:38-44)

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Nov. 23, 2022: There Is a Way!

                                                                          "And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press,
they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay" (v. 4).

    A labyrinth of cardboard boxes zigged and zagged through the fellowship hall of the church. There was one way in and one way out. Dark passages with bewildering dead ends and unexpected surprises awaited the excited youth group poised at the entrance. They strained forward, waiting for their youth pastor to sound the signal.
    Some ran into the maze entrance, darting this way and that in excitement. Some were more cautious. They studiously considered the options. They were excited but wanted to be the first to find the only way to the exit. Then there were the timid ones. It was as if they were afraid even to enter the maze. What if they got lost in there? How would they get out? What if there was no exit?
    For many, this is a picture of life. Some are ambitious, skeptical, and timid, but all want to make it safely through life. We all need someone who knows the answers to the puzzle of our lives. We need One who has made the journey successfully and can lead us safely through to the end. At times, it may seem that there is no way, but once you have met the Waymaker, the One who IS the Way, the apprehension and uncertainty about the journey are dispelled. (LGW)
                                                                        The One who is the Way can lead us safely through the maze of life.

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Thanksgiving Meditation

Motivations of a Thankful Heart

Psalm 147:1

Thankful people can be found in every walk of life; in every economic level. Thankful people can be found on almost any job, and in almost any set of circumstances. The difference between a thankful person and an unthankful person is not so much what life has done to them, as what they have done with life.

Unfortunately, human nature, left to its own devices, finds its way to the lowest and easiest ground. And it is certainly much easier to find fault and complain than it is to compliment and give thanks. But the Bible repeatedly urges the Christian to a higher plane of living. Christians are people who are marked by a spirit of praise and thanksgiving.

In Psalm 147:1 the psalmist supplies three motivations for this spirit of praise.

MOTIVATION #1    Praise is GOOD.

  1. Because it is the fulfillment of our duty.
  2. Because it transforms our spirit, granting us an opportunity to practice doing the work of angels.
  3. Because it is a means of paying our debt to God.
  4. Because it is a means of keeping an open line of communication between ourselves and God.

MOTIVATION #2    Praise brings PLEASURE.

  1. Because praise springs from the heart.
  2. Because praise gives us an opportunity to do what we were created to do.
  3. Because by so doing we please the One who loves us most.
  4. Because praise has a way of calming pain.

MOTIVATION #3    Praise is beautifying.

  1. Nothing tarnishes beauty like a bitter, haughty, ungrateful spirit.
  2. On the other hand, a spirit of thankfulness adds charm and grace to any character.
  3. It gradually replaces the lines of worry.
  4. It relaxes the mind to concentrate upon other, more worthwhile, pursuits.
  5. Jesus taught us to pray, “Lord, forgive the debt my neighbor owes me, just as you forgive the debt I owe you.”
  6. That prayer flows from a spirit of thankfulness and praise. It surely helps to create a more beautiful person.

CONCLUSION

There are many ways to express praise and thanksgiving. But however it is expressed, thankfulness and praise is a choice.People know you by the light and cheer you radiate, or by the gloom and despair you spread. Thanksgiving is the time of year when we assess which kind of person we are.

Praise is good, pleasant, and beautifying. I urge you to choose it as the trademark of your life.

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Nov. 27, 2022: Cultivating a Positive Attitude

FOCUS TEXT: Philippians 4:4-13

BACKGROUND SCRIPTURES: Isaiah 41:8-10; Romans 5:1-5; Ephesians 5:19, 20; Hebrews 10:32 – 11:2

DEVOTIONAL READING: 1 Timothy 6:6-8

KEY VERSE: Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true . . . honest . . . just . . . pure . . . lovely . . . of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things (Philippians 4:8).

CENTRAL TRUTH: The Christian family should be marked by its positivity.

LESSON OUTLINE:

I. The Expression of Positivity (Philippians 4:4-7)

II. The Encouragement of Positivity (Philippians 4:8, 9)

III. The Example of Positivity (Philippians 4:10-13)

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Nov. 13, 2022: Demonstrating Fairness

FOCUS TEXT: Leviticus 19:9-15; Exodus 23:1-9

KEY VERSE: It is not good to have respect of persons in judgment (Proverbs 24:23).

CENTRAL TRUTH: The Christian family treats everyone fairly in light of God's justice.

OBJECTIVE: By the end of this lesson my students should be able to list several principles that should guide their interactions with others.

LESSON OUTLINE:

I. Fairness With the Poor (Leviticus 19:9, 10)

II. Fairness With Neighbors (Leviticus 19:11-14)

III. Fairness in Judgment (Leviticus 19:15)

IV. Fairness in the Community (Exodus 23:1-9)

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July 7, 2021: Love in Action

Read John 12:1-9.

"Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odor of the ointment" (v. 3).

Over the years of pastoring, our family has entertained many people. It was such a delight to have so many wonderful and godly people in our home. But what would it be like to entertain Jesus? That Saturday night, Jesus joined some of his closest friends for dinner. Lazarus was very much alive after being dead. Martha wanted the food to be just right for the Master. But it was Mary who does something that will be remembered throughout history. She anoints Jesus with perfume that represented as much as a year’s wages. In today’s economy, it is worth $45,000! It is not the amount that is impressive, but the sacrifice of her most valuable possession. She not only speaks her love but shows her love.

Mary's act is a reflection of Jesus’ love for us. The next day will be Palm Sunday. In days, Jesus will show His love in Gethsemane, Calvary, and the Garden Tomb. We can put our love for Christ in action by our acts of praise, worship, service, and love for others. (Jack Hooker)

"Heavenly Father, may I sit at Your feet and worship You with all
that I am and all that I have - and may the beauty of Jesus become
a life-giving fragrance of His love to all with whom I come
in contact today, in Jesus name I pray, AMEN." — Knowing-Jesus.com

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March 10, 2021: The Message to Carry

Read Acts 10:34–43.

"Him God raised up the third day, and showed Him openly"(v. 40).

  This is an amazing passage of scripture, showing the Apostle to the Jews (Peter)being endowed with power to preach Jesus to the Gentiles. Peter had to overcome obstacles to get to that point, but he did conquer his reluctance and preached to these devout people. God was pleased with the message; the people listening had some scriptural background about the gospel (note: vs. 36–38) and were anxious for more truth.

From our key verse, we understand that the crucial message Peter preached, and that we are to convey, centers in the resurrection of Christ. This is still the power of the gospel message today. (Leonard L. Sankey)

"Death in vain forbids Him rise. Christ has opened paradise."(Charles Wesley)

The resurrection of Christ is the standard miracle of the New Testament. 

 

 

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February 22, 2021: Anticipating Christ’s Return

FOCUS TEXT: Matthew 25:1-13

CENTRAL TRUTH: The possibility that the Lord may return at any time should determine the priorities of our daily living.

OBJECTIVE: By the end of this lesson my pupils will be able to tell others how they can be ready for Christ's return.

LESSON OUTLINE:

I. The Waiting Virgins (Matthew 25:1-5)

II. The Coming King (Matthew 25:6-9)

III. The Just Reward (Matthew 25:10-13)

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February 14, 2021: Wickedness Punished

TITLE: The Folly of Opposing Christ

FOCUS TEXT:  Matthew 21:28-42

CENTRAL TRUTH: The work of the Lord may suffer reverses at the hands of opposers, but His  cause will ultimately triumph.

OBJECTIVE: By the end of this lesson my pupils will be able to list at least three results of opposing Christ.

LESSON OUTLINE:

    I. Opposition Illustrated (Matthew 21:28-32)

  II. Opposition Exposed (Matthew 21:33-39)

  III. Opposition Punished (Matthew 21:40-46)

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