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January 20, 2021: Called to Spiritual Rest

Read Hebrews 4: 1-11.
Called to Spiritual Rest
"And in this place again, if they shall enter into my rest" (v.5).
   God rested after completing all of creation, and we honor that on Sunday after completing our work week.  But this verse speaks to another rest…shared with our Lord and Savior, any time or day of the week.  It is that deep abiding rest that we have as a child of the King!
   I picture my daughters, who cradled in my arms as infants, while I rocked them to sleep.  Or the times they reclined in my arms as we read a children's book together, snuggled up in the corner nook.  Quiet moments, just enjoying each other's companionship.  For the believer, Jesus is always there eager to share his rest with us.  Unfortunately, we are often too busy with living life and miss out on those special times. More's the pity! His gentle rest restores our faith and centers our life on Him.
  During times resting in Him, I hear my Savior's voice - the sweetest of lullabies. (Jan Hamilton)
He makes me lie down in green pastures, leads me
 beside still waters, and restores my soul.
Ps. 23:2 & 3 paraphrased.
January 20th, 2021|Categories: Opening the Word|0 Comments

January 24, 2021: The Call to Service

FOCUS TEXT: Matthew 20:1-16

CENTRAL TRUTH: God's grace calls us to both salvation and service.

OBJECTIVE: By the end of this lesson my students should have a clear knowledge that the Master still needs and is calling laborers into the harvest.

LESSON OUTLINE:

I. The Call (Matthew 20:1-7)

II. The Compensation (Matthew 20:8-10)

III. The Complaint (Matthew 20:11-16)

January 18th, 2021|Categories: Front Page, Weekly Lesson Summaries|0 Comments

January 17, 2021 The Invitation to Christ

FOCUS TEXT: Matthew 22:1-14

CENTRAL TRUTH: Only with the garment of Christ's righteousness, which is offered to all, may we take part in the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.

OBJECTIVE: By the end of this lesson any person in my class who has not accepted Christ should feel His loving call.

LESSON OUTLINE:

I. An Invitation Rejected (Matthew 22:1-7)

II. An Invitation Accepted (Matthew 22:8-10)

III. A Requirement Neglected (Matthew 22:11-14)

January 11th, 2021|Categories: Front Page, Weekly Lesson Summaries|0 Comments

The First Resurrection

Read Luke 14:12 – 14. 

"And thou shalt be blessed: for they cannot recompense thee: for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just" (v. 14).

   The first step in studying "The Parables of Jesus" is to define a parable. I understand a parable to be "an earthly story with a heavenly meaning" or significance. And Jesus was the Master in the use of parables to illustrate truth.

In our reading for today, there is a reference to "the resurrection of the just," sometimes called the first resurrection. One of the beautiful things about this first resurrection is that Jesus promises that the just will be repaid in eternity for the good things done on earth. In the exercise of Christian principles of living, we may do good things on earth that will never be repaid or known until eternity. But there God's children will be richly rewarded.

So set your affections on the rewards of eternity, and never let seeming ingratitude for your good works here rule your spirit.            (Leonard Sankey)

Moses esteemed "the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt, for he had respect unto the recompense of the reward" (Hebrews 11:26).

Don't let our culture's thirst for instant gratification destroy the Christian hope of the resurrection the Bible promises

December 9th, 2020|Categories: Opening the Word|Tags: , |0 Comments

Dec. 13, 2020: Preparing for Eternity

FOCUS TEXT: Luke 16:19-31

CENTRAL TRUTH: We cannot avoid responsibility for our actions.

OBJECTIVE: By the end of this class my pupils will understand that what they do in this life determines what will happen to them in the life to come.

LESSON OUTLINE:

I. A Contrast in Life (Luke 16:19-21)

II. A Contrast in Death (Luke 16:22)

III. A Contrast in Eternity (Luke 16:23-31)

December 9th, 2020|Categories: Front Page, Lesson Highlights, Weekly Lesson Summaries|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Christ’s Example.

Read John 15:9-14.

 

"As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love" (v. 9).

 

     My father was a Christian example, quiet and humble.  He served four years in the US Army during World War II, without the opportunity of returning home on leave, but never complained.  In fact, he considered his military service an honor.  He confidently labored as an automobile mechanic.   He faithfully served and generously gave to his Church.

But the striking example of Christlikeness in his life was his love for my mother.  He would have been in his late teens when they met.  She had an infant son by a man who deserted her, but Father embraced that boy, adopted him, and married my mother.

Though they were often misunderstood and criticized, Dad never responded with anything but gracious love.  Oh, he could be firm for sure, and when needed, he could let you know what he considered right. Through all of his life, his love for mother was evident.  The last nine years of her life she was disabled because of a stroke, but father carefully and patiently cared for her needs.  As Christ loved the Church, father loved his family. (Clair Sams)

 

O Love divine, what hast thou done!

The immortal God hath died for me!

The Father's co-eternal Son

Bore all my sins upon the tree.

Th'immortal God for me hath died:

My Lord, my Love, is crucified!

 

Then let us sit beneath His cross,

And gladly catch the healing stream:

All things for Him account but loss,

And give up all our hearts to Him:

Of nothing think or speak beside,

My Lord, my Love, is crucified!

Charles Wesley

 

Love is the full expression of a heart whose character is pure.

 

 

November 18th, 2020|Categories: Opening the Word|Tags: , |0 Comments
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