Posts from February 2020

Men and Women of the Bible: Judah

Lesson Twenty-six: Judah, He Whom Thy Brethren Shall Praise Lesson Text: Genesis 38:1-30 Lesson Aim: Learn important lessons for life from the experiences of Judah. Memory Verse: Genesis 49:10 Lesson Readings: Genesis 29:31-35 Genesis 37:23-28 Genesis 38:1-30 Genesis 43:1-14 Genesis 44:1-34 Genesis 46:1-7, 28 Fact Questions: Who is Judah? What does his name mean? Genesis 29:35 What was Judah’s part in the plan to kill Joseph? Genesis 37:26, 27 What were the names of Judah’s sons? Genesis 38:3-5 Who was…

Top Ten Reasons Why Christianity is # 1

#10 – Don’t need special clothing or haircut to be a member. #9 – No killing of others necessary. #8 – Men and women equal. #7 – No special perks for clergy. #6 – Founder is always alive. #5 – Teaching is always relevant. #4 – Lifestyle is always adaptable. #3 – Converts receive new life, not just new religion. #2 – Salvation is by faith, not human effort. #1 – NO MORE DEATH!

Men and Women of the Bible: Simeon & Levi

Lesson Twenty-five: Simeon & Levi, Two Angry Brothers Lesson Text: Genesis 34:1-30 Lesson Aim: Learn important lessons for life from the experiences of Simeon & Levi. Memory Verse: Genesis 49:6 Lesson Readings: Genesis 29:31-35 Genesis 34:1-30 Genesis 42:1-24, 36 Genesis 49:5-7 Fact Questions: Who is Simeon? What does his name mean? Who is Levi? What does his name mean? What sinful character trait does Jacob attribute to them? Genesis 49:6 What was the occasion when Simeon and Levi manifest this…

Things That Change

She’s lived in the same house for over forty years. I suppose that’s why it is so difficult for my wife to lose her mother to illness and advanced age. The picture of her parents in that big old house with the comfortable chairs on the wide porch has remained constant for over four decades. It’s not simply the final struggle that ended her mother’s life that hurts so much. It’s that with her passing so too will go the…

While the World Perishes

I was going through my pictures from the trip to Israel. Sorting, identifying – you know, the type of thing necessary to keep the memory of that wonderful experience alive. During this time it dawned on me that despite my efforts of the day and week, people were still dying without Christ. I realized that as I leisurely reviewed each photograph, more souls slipped into eternity not knowing the good “News.” I was struck by the thought that no matter…

Men and Women of the Bible: Reuben

Lesson Twenty-four: Reuben, Unstable /As Water Lesson Aim: Learn important lessons for life from the experiences of Reuben. Lesson Text: Genesis 37:18-35 Memory Verse: Genesis 49:3-4 NKJV “Reuben, you are my firstborn, My might and the beginning of my strength, The excellency of dignity and the excellency of power. 4 Unstable as water, you shall not excel, Because you went up to your father’s bed; Then you defiled it – He went up to my couch.” Lesson Readings: Genesis 29:32…

The Advantage of Adult Conversion

As a Christian parent, my prayer has always been that my children come to Christ as soon as possible. This they have all done and I am thankful, but as I review my own journey of faith, I recognize that there are certain advantages for those (such as myself) who were converted as adults: 1. Adults know the difference between conversion and indoctrination. When a grown up person comes to Christ, the doctrine serves to change the heart not just…

Men and Women of the Bible: Joseph

Lesson Twenty-three: Joseph, God Was With Him Lesson Text: Genesis 37:1-36 Lesson Aim: Learn important lessons for life from the experiences of Joseph. Memory Verse: Acts 7:9 NKJV “And the patriarchs, becoming envious, sold Joseph into Egypt. But God was with him” Acts 7:9 HCSB “The patriarchs became jealous of Joseph and sold him into Egypt, but God was with him” Acts 7:9 ESV “And the patriarchs, jealous of Joseph, sold him into Egypt; but God was with him” Lesson…