Posts from October 2020

Lessons on Leadership

With some much attention focused on the administration in Washington, I think it would be a good time to draw a few lessons on leadership from the Word. In I Chronicles 14:12 we read about David’s military leaders waging a successful battle against the Philistines and taking some of the spoils including foreign idols. David forced them to destroy these objects because they violated God’s commands. They abandoned their gods there; so David gave the order and they were burned…

My Election Prayer

Dear Heavenly Father, I praise you and thank you for the blessing of living in a nation that is so prosperous and at relative peace with its neighbors and itself. It is a testimony to your greatness that such a large population can live so freely and comfortably in your care and though there are problems and inequalities that remain, they are easily traced to our failures and not your lack of kindness to us. I pray, Lord, that as…

Peak of the Week: Attentive to Anxiety, Part 4 of 4

Let’s take the proactive look and learn how to stay “attentive to anxiety.” We will learn how to do this from two of the more complete teachings in the Bible (one from Jesus, the other from the Apostle Paul) on handling the worries and anxieties that come from life. Matthew 6:19-34 Many worries start with A__________________________. “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth… But store up treasures in heaven…For where your treasure is, there your heart will be…

A Time for Everything

In this lesson, we talk about Ecclesiastes 3:1 where Solomon describes there is a time for everything. When we realize there is a time for everything it will add so much to our lives. There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven— 2 A time to give birth and a time to die; A time to plant and a time to uproot what is planted. 3 A time to kill and a time…

Hebrews: The Glorious Jesus – Greater than the Jewish Religion, Part 1

In this lesson, the author will review Jesus’ work as High Priest, not only His credentials to server in this role. In the previous chapter we finished the section in the letter to the Hebrews that explained Jesus’ superiority as high priest over Aaron. Aaron and descendants as high priests – appointed by the Law, temporary and serviced by sinful men. Jesus as high priest – appointed by God, eternal in nature (Melchizedek type), serviced by a perfectly righteous divine…

Peak of the Week: Answers for Anxiety, Part 3 of 4

I must avoid anxiety like the plague that it is! In dealing with the Evil One, the Bible says we are to “resist” Satan and “he will flee from us.” That’s the attitude we need for anxiety as well – one of resistance and avoidance! Here are some steps to take. STEP ONE: ACKNOWLEDGE ANXIETY’S A______________________________ EFFECTS. From the writings of Charles Stanley, a well-known Preacher, comes these 7 harmful effects: Anxiety B_________________________ the mind. Anxiety slows your C__________________________________________________. Anxiety…

Hebrews: The Glorious Jesus – Greater than Aaron, Part 3

In this final section on Melchizedek, the writer explains the relationship between Aaron, Melchizedek and Jesus. In the last three chapters of the book of Hebrews the author has demonstrated how Jesus, as High Priest, was superior to the Aaronic line of high priests in Judaism. The idea was that formerly, under the Mosaic system, the hope of the Jewish people was based on the fact that their priests could go before God and intervene on their behalf (give thanks,…

Peak of the Week: Avenues of Anxiety, Part 2 of 4

Where does my anxiety come from? Where did something this frightening get its start? How has it had such control over my mind? If I could just get some understanding as to its causes, maybe I could start to get a handle on how it is affecting me mentally, physically & spiritually. Important Distinction: Anxiety is not a A_______________________, but a B_______________________________! There’s something deeper inside you that is causing the anxiety, the restless nights, the confused mind, the shakiness…

4 rules for a Happy Life

I believe that the most sincere thing we can desire for someone else is their happiness. We believe, and rightly so, that whether rich or poor, healthy or sick – happiness is the most important commodity that we possess. I’d like to share with you four basic rules that will contribute to your lifetime happiness if you put them into practice on a regular basis. 1. Live the “Spiritual” Life Keep your priorities in order understanding that living according to…

Hebrews: The Glorious Jesus – Greater than Aaron, Part 2

In this lesson, Mike examines the passages that demonstrate that Christianity’s priesthood is superior to the Aaronic priesthood. The author of the book of Hebrews is comparing Jesus to various aspects of the Jewish religion in order to encourage his readers not to abandon their new faith in Christ for their old faith of Judaism. The notion that the Jewish religion is superior because it boasts of the ancient priesthood of Aaron is dealt with by showing that, in Christ,…

Will He find you faithful

When speaking of His eventual return to judge the world and transport the church to heaven, Jesus had only one question expressed in Luke 8:8, “…when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?” When applied in personal terms this question becomes, “When Jesus returns, will He find you faithful?” The Bible teaches us that the return of Christ and the end of the world will come suddenly and without any warning (Luke 12:40; Rev. 3:3).…

Peak of the Week: Answers for Anxiety, Part 1 of 4

We begin this study with seven foundational passages from the Bible to fortify our spirit until we can delve deeper into the causes, effects, and answers to living with an anxious spirit. There are many more scriptures than these seven and even more specific ones, but here are some to help your mind find peace, with 1 Peter 5:7 being our theme verse for this series. 7 Verses to Sustain Your Peace of Mind: “Give your A_____________________ to the Lord…

What to do while you wait for Jesus

“I have sworn by Myself, The word has gone forth from My mouth in righteousness And will not turn back, That to Me every knee will bow, every tongue will swear allegiance.” – Isaiah 45:23 (NASB) In this passage God is speaking through Isaiah and He mocks the utter uselessness of idols while declaring His glory and His power. He also warns His people of that day, the Jews, that this ignorance and this idolatry will one day come to an…

Hebrews: The Glorious Jesus – Greater than Aaron, Part 1

This lesson examines what the writer of Hebrews says about the 4th element of the Jewish religion, the priesthood, and especially the High Priest. In his argument encouraging Jewish Christians to remain faithful to Christ, the author of the book of Hebrews divides his letter into two sections: He shows that the glory of Christ is greater than the glory of the Jewish religion and all of its parts. In the last several chapters we have covered three of these…

Carrying the Cross of Jesus Christ

“Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple.” – Luke 14:27 The cross has always been a powerful reminder of the suffering of Christ and a symbol of true discipleship for those who would follow Jesus. It is also a reference point for the things that Christians must suffer in order to continue faithfully serving the Lord. But “carrying our cross” refers not only to the trials and hardships we experience as believers,…