Wednesday, Nov 30: The Master’s Provision

“And when he had taken the five loaves and the two fishes, he looked up to heaven, and blessed, and brake the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before them; and the two fishes divided he among them all” (v. 41).


All four gospel writers gave an account of this occasion when Jesus fed the multitude with a lunch the disciples felt was too small to even offer to the Master. After a busy day, the disciples’ solution was to dismiss the crowd to send them home, but Jesus said, “Give ye them to eat.” A quick survey of possible resources revealed only a lad’s lunch: five loaves and two small fish (John 6:9). Jesus blessed this offering, the disciples distributed it, and it proved to be more than enough to meet the present need.

How often does what we have to offer seem too small and insufficient? The need looks overwhelming, and our resources appear way too limited. However, the Master does not turn down the most minor offer but rather blesses it and uses it beyond what we would ever imagine. The key is to surrender what we have so the Master can bless it; the results will certainly be sufficient for the need. When we surrender what we have, the Master takes our “little” and makes it “lots”! (Rodney Stearns)

“All to Jesus I surrender;

All to Him I freely give;

I will ever love and trust Him,

In His presence daily live.”

--- Robin Mark

Our needs are never greater

Than what the Master can provide!

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February 16, 2020: Touched by Jesus (Jairus’s Daughter and Sick Woman)

Focus Text: Luke 8:41-55

CENTRAL TRUTH: The touch of Jesus upon our lives can enable us to have faith in His provision for our need.

OBJECTIVE: By the end of this lesson my students should be able to identify needs which they should trust God to supply.


I. A Faith That Calls for Help (Luke 8:41, 42)

II. A Faith That Acts (Luke 8:43-48)

III. A Faith That Is Rewarded (Luke 8:49-55)

2020-02-10T14:39:10+00:00February 10th, 2020|Categories: Front Page, Weekly Lesson Summaries|Tags: , |0 Comments

Lesson Highlight: "compassion"

"And Jesus, when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and he began to teach them many things." (Mark 6:34)
In "Word Focus" William Sillings writes:

It is interesting to note that Jesus was as interested in the physical needs of His followers as He was in their spiritual needs. Not only did He want His disciples to have a time to rest and recuperate, but He also wanted to take care of the multitude’s need for food. And He did. In fact, when they handed out the multiplied thousands of pieces of fish, everybody ate. And the Bible says they were filled (echortasth san, v. 42). This word means not merely that they were full, but that they were satisfied with food. This demonstrates that before you can satisfy people with spiritual food, you sometimes have to satisfy their physical needs. Satisfying physical needs will not always definitely lead to satisfaction spiritually, but it sometimes helps. Later on, after this passage, Jesus chided this same crowd for the fact that they followed Him for the loaves and the fish, but were not truly seeking the spiritual food they so desperately needed. (See John 6:26, 27.)

Source: Miracles of Jesus, Adult Teacher's Insights, page 4.

2015-12-03T09:00:49+00:00December 3rd, 2015|Categories: Lesson Highlights|Tags: , |0 Comments

Devotional: Provision in Time of Need

Read 1 Kings 19:1-8
“And the angel of the LORD came again the second time, and touched him, and said, Arise and eat; because the journey is too great for thee” (v. 7).

When my father died in December 1947, my mother was left a widow. She had me, a boy of three-and-a-half years, my older brother of seven-and a-half years, and my younger brother of one-and-a-half years. She had no profession or trade by which she could earn a living, and farmers were not yet covered by Social Security. She was left with two small farms; one an eighty-acre tract with a house and out buildings, and a forty-acre tract with no improvements. She could not cultivate the farms and had only a small welfare check on which to try to feed her three boys and herself. She leaned heavily on the Lord for provisions.
Elijah found provisions for his need from an unexpected source, and it was sufficient for his long journey. The threat from Jezebel brought great fear to him, such that he asked God to take his life. The death of my father left my mother in a perplexing condition. For her to ask God to take her life would have left three boys as orphans. Therefore, she could only look to God for “provision in time of need.” Just as God provided for Elijah, so He provided for my mother and her boys. (Larry DeOrnellis)

It is possible that God permits us to pass through times of need to enable us to experience His provisions.

This devotional is the Monday, November 30, 2015 entry of Opening the Word. Buy your copy today!

2015-12-01T09:00:43+00:00December 1st, 2015|Categories: Opening the Word|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Lesson 1: The Hungry Fed

Lesson 1 - December 6, 2015
Focus Text: Mark 6:30-44
Central Truth: Christ provides for all our needs.

Objective: By the end of this lesson my students should be able to list at least three needs that they can turn over to God and state some different ways in which God meets our needs.
Lesson Outline:

  1. The Need for Rest (Mark 6:30-33)
  2. The Need for Ministry (Mark 6:34-37)
  3. The Need for Food (Mark 6:38-44)

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2015-11-30T15:20:42+00:00November 30th, 2015|Categories: Weekly Lesson Summaries|Tags: , |0 Comments


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