Strength for the Spirit

Read Philemon 1:17-25

“The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen” (v. 25).
As a child, I was in awe at wax museums.
There, standing or sitting in lifelike poses and settings were real-looking replicas of famous people! They were perfectly fashioned according to their historical dimensions. Their glassy eyes gleamed and their coiffed hair was meticulously styled. Some of them even “talked” when you pushed a button.
I have to say; I still enjoy museums. And wax creations still intrigue me. It takes a lot of skill to create those plastic people. But there is one thing missing from these forms. They have no spirit. They are not living.
It is said that a servant named Onesimus penned the epistle of Philemon for Paul while he sat in prison. Under the direction of the Holy Spirit, the apostle ends his letter with a prayer for the grace of God to be with “your spirit.” Commentator Matthew Poole says this is the same thing as saying be “with you.” As living souls, humans are not like wax figures, but rather imbued with life because we have a God-given spirit.
Today, may the strength that comes from the grace of our Lord empower you to glorify Him in all you do and say. That was the prayer of Paul for Philemon and us! (Valorie A. Quesenberry)
You are alive in Him from the inside out!
2018-11-21T09:00:51+00:00November 21st, 2018|Categories: Opening the Word|Tags: , , |0 Comments

A Prayer for God's Family

Focus Text: Ephesians 3:7-21
Central Truth: God’s empowerment is available for all who seek it.
Objective: By the end of this lesson my students should be able to identify several ways the Spirit strengthens Christians.
Lesson Outline:
I.   Appointed by God's Grace (Eph. 3:7-13)
II. Prayer for Strength (Eph. 3:14-19)
III. Prayer for Power (Eph. 3:20, 21)

2018-11-05T09:00:04+00:00November 5th, 2018|Categories: Front Page, Weekly Lesson Summaries|Tags: , , |0 Comments

A Prayer for God’s Family

Focus Text: Ephesians 3:7-21

Central Truth: God’s empowerment is available for all who seek it.

Objective: By the end of this lesson my students should be able to identify several ways the Spirit strengthens Christians.

Lesson Outline:

I.   Appointed by God's Grace (Eph. 3:7-13)

II. Prayer for Strength (Eph. 3:14-19)

III. Prayer for Power (Eph. 3:20, 21)

2018-11-05T09:00:04+00:00November 5th, 2018|Categories: Front Page, Weekly Lesson Summaries|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Power Through Prayer

Focus Text: 1 Kings 18:25-39
Central Truth: Faith in God’s power can accomplish great things.
Objective: By the end of this lesson my students should be able to identify qualities a person must possess in order to have power through prayer.
Lesson Outline:
I.   The Test (1 Kings 18:25-29)
II.  The Challenge (1 Kings 18:30-35)
III. The Prayer (1 Kings 18:36, 37)
IV. The Answer (1 Kings 18:38, 39)

2018-09-10T09:00:07+00:00September 10th, 2018|Categories: Weekly Lesson Summaries|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Lesson Highlight: "shepherds"

"And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night." (Luke 2:8)
In "God's Word for Today", David Fry writes:

The shepherds’ first reaction was fear but it ended with rejoicing. What happened between the moment of fear and their time of rejoicing was their obedience. Of course, one can hardly imagine disobeying such a magnificent manifestation of God’s will. It was not merely hearing the message from the angelic host that persuaded them to seek the Messiah, but also witnessing the great rejoicing of the angels. Soon they too would rejoice. It wasn’t what was happening in the heavens that caused the shepherds to rejoice, but what God was doing on earth, in a manger in Bethlehem. Unlike Mary who kept quiet, the shepherds loudly praised
God for His coming.
The grandeur of Luke 2 is that Caesar Augustus, emperor of one of the greatest empires in history, gave way to a baby in a manger and a moment around which all of history revolves. Caesar had his earthly glory, but Christ received heavenly glory. Ancient rulers sought to be viewed as divine by their subjects, yet the true God became man to be subject to human suffering. Human emperors sought power over humanity; God sought humility among men. The difference is love. The miracle of love is a God who has all power and superiority, yet humbles Himself to become one of us.

Source: Miracles of Jesus, Adult Teacher's Insights, page 18.

2015-12-16T09:00:39+00:00December 16th, 2015|Categories: Lesson Highlights|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

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