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. 

 

 

2021-03-09T16:48:57+00:00March 10th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

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)

2021-02-03T15:14:09+00:00February 8th, 2021|Categories: Front Page, Uncategorized, Weekly Lesson Summaries|0 Comments

February 7, 2021: Justice in Judgment

FOCUS TEXT: Matthew 13:24-30, 36-40

CENTRAL TRUTH: Christ the righteous Judge will reward us according to our works.

OBJECTIVE: By the end of this lesson my students should be able to explain why God allows the wheat and tares to grow together, and to tell what will happen to people who are not ready to meet God.

LESSON OUTLINE:

I. An Evil Deed (Matthew 13:24-26)

II. A Wise Decision (Matthew 13:27-30)

III. A Certain Destiny (Matthew 13:36-43)

2021-02-03T15:50:42+00:00February 3rd, 2021|Categories: Lesson Highlights, Uncategorized, Weekly Lesson Summaries|0 Comments

The Sin of Hypocrisy

PRINTED TEXT: Matthew 23:25 - 37

CENTRAL TRUTH: Christ is deeply grieved when men reject Him.

OBJECTIVE: By the end of this lesson my students should be able to list reasons why hypocrisy is a sin.

LESSON OUTLINE:

I. Majoring on Minors (Matthew 23:16 22)
II. Emphasizing Externals (Matthew 23:23 28)
III. Condemned by Deity (Matthew 23:29 39)

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April 19, 2020: Faith When Facing the Impossible

Focus Text: Luke 24:13-29

Central Truth: Christ is the complete fulfillment of the prophetic scriptures.

Objective: By the end of this lesson my students should be able to explain the historical evidence concerning the resurrection of Christ.

Lesson Outline:

I. Revealed Through the Word (Luke 24:13-27)

II. Revealed Through Communion (Luke 24:28-45)

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“Be Still and Know That I Am God!”

          I suppose every Christian, in this time of unprecedented social upheaval (Unprecedented in our lifetimes!), has a verse to which they turn for comfort and strength. For some of us, the place is Psalm 46:8-11. The keynote of the passage is v. 10: "Be still and know that I am God."

          When I was a fifth grader (Please note – the year was 1962!), each school day began with a time of "opening exercises." My teacher had a little book of poems from which we read each morning. Although 1962 was long ago, one of those poems still is sealed to my mind.

The world today is going so fast,

I can't keep up; I am traveling half-masked.

I think I will go east, and I find I have gone west.

I am hurrying so fast to keep up with the rest.

They're hurrying here, and hurrying there;

Not sure where they are going, and they don't much care!

 

          In the rural world, where I find my greatest delight, we call it "chasing our tail" – creating lots of activity, for little or no purpose. And if that was the case in 1962, how much more has been true in more recent times! Sports, music, school activities, church activities, political activism, professional activities, texting, social media, electronic communication – that is life! Or is it? Evidently God does not think so! For on the seventh day, God rested (Gen 2:1). The Creator God found it necessary to hit the "pause button" – to take time to reflect.

          The world has defied God in many ways, and the church has rightfully decried many of them. Sadly, however, the church has joined the world in defying God's call to rest – to "be still and know that I am God." And I cannot help but wonder if the current change of pace isn't, in part, God's way of getting His people to do by decree what they refused to do by choice – "be still."

          Please do not misunderstand. I do not know whether God sent this virus, or, like with Job, allowed it. I also do not know what God's purpose is in this current crisis. I just know He has one! And I am quite sure that His purpose involves His people as well as the world. And it doesn't seem His people are taking very kindly to what He is doing! One dear brother mentioned that his wife is not taking very well to this idea of cooking at home! I hear others decry this loss of freedom. Yes, change is difficult to accept, especially when we seem to have little choice!

          In commenting on Psalm 46:10, Charles Spurgeon makes this interesting observation. "Either by terror or by love God will subdue all hearts to himself." The cross showed His love. And in a smaller way, COVID-19 shows His terror. He is the Sovereign God, so COVID-19 did not take Him by surprise.

          Let's go back to Psalm 46:8, where the psalmist talks about a part of the work of God being "what desolations he hath made in the earth." Verse 9 talks about God's ability to stop war by bringing desolation. It is in that context that God, through the psalmist, calls upon his people to "be still and know that I am God."

          Job too faced desolation, and, to be sure, that desolation did not cause him to be still! In fact, Job became quite vocal – maybe like us – in his protesting the desolation in his life. Until, that is, God appeared in chapter 38. And when God gets done with dealing with Job's faulty theology, Job finally acknowledges that he should have not talked so much.

Therefore, have I uttered that I understood not;

things too wonderful for me, which I knew not (Job 42:3).

          As stated earlier, none of us know for sure what God is doing through this pandemic. And we should learn from Job that, when God brings desolation, whether by decree or permission, we need to learn silence. Spurgeon refers to it as "expressive silence."

          The modern church world is not very good at "silent praise." Maybe God is trying to teach us something new! Psalm 46 is an excellent place to learn what that "something new" might be!

2020-04-08T14:57:59+00:00April 8th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , |0 Comments

God’s Word for Today

What is the significance of God having spoken through Jesus Christ “in these last days”?

Almost everyone understands that our world is in the midst of an authority crisis. Two related questions keep being asked. Who can I believe? Who should I obey?

These questions are not so different from the questions the writer of Hebrews is seeking to answer. In the early New Testament era there were many voices seeking to be heard, both within Judaism and in paganism. The writer of Hebrews seeks to show that, among all the voices clamoring for attention, Jesus is the only truly authoritative voice. As a teacher you might want to start today's lesson making a list of all the voices in our day clamoring for attention: psychics, new agers, politicians, economists, entertainers might be a good start. What evidence can a Christian give to the world that Jesus should be believed over any of these voices?

2020-02-25T20:11:55+00:00February 28th, 2020|Categories: God's Word for Today, Uncategorized|Tags: , |0 Comments

March 1, 2020: God’s Great Son

Focus Texr: Hebrews 1:1-14

Central Trust: Jesus Christ is God's Son and our Savior.

Objective: By the end of this lesson my students should be able to relate basic information concerning the Book of Hebrews.

LESSON OUTLINE:

I. Expressing the Father (Hebrews 1:1-3)

II. Exalted Above Angels (Hebrews 1:4-8)

III. Enduring Forever (Hebrews 1:9-14)

2020-02-25T20:14:03+00:00February 25th, 2020|Categories: Front Page, Uncategorized, Weekly Lesson Summaries|Tags: , |0 Comments

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