Posts from December 2020

What 60+ Years Has Taught Me

My birthday was in April and with each celebration I see more clearly some of the basic realities of my life. For example: 1. I’M NOT GETTING BETTER, I’M GETTING OLDER. Wine gets better with age but people tend to break down. Good food, exercise, positive attitude are helpful but the sad truth is that nothing works like it used to. It helps when we stop fooling ourselves and just act our age. 2. FAMILY AND FRIENDS ARE THE MOST…

Peak of the Week: Life Is A Growth Adventure – Part 4 of 4

5 STAGES OF Spiritual Growth Stage 1: THEA _____________________________________________ CHRISTIAN 1 Peter 2:1-3 • The needs of the baby Christian • The challenges of the weak Christian Stage 2: THE B____________________________________________ CHRISTIAN Luke 8:4-15 • The Hard Path people • The Rocky Ground people We are to “grow up into Christ” Ephesians 4:15, and to “grow up in your salvation” 1 Peter 2:2. Have you reached your full potential for spiritual growth? Are there some areas of spirituality where you…

Polite Conversation

One of the more subtle mistakes we make in our spiritual lives is to substitute polite conversation for heartfelt prayer with God. Polite conversation tends to review the things we know God likes to hear; praise for His kindness, petition for our needs, a reference to others and their needs. It’s neat and orderly, all the bases covered and when it’s over you feel that a duty has been done and you can go on with the rest of your…

James: Beyond the Trouble

James explains the radically different way Christians deal with trouble in life, and why they do so. The author of this epistle is James, the earthly brother of Jesus, not the Apostle James. then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles; – I Corinthians 15:7 He was a leader in the church at Jerusalem and was writing to Christian Jews living outside of Jerusalem who were growing weak in their faith. In this letter he explains that Christians…

Seniors and Sin

In Genesis 27 we read the story of how Isaac’s attempt to bless Esau (against God’s will) was foiled by Rebekah’s devious intervention. Isaac’s disobedience and Rebekah’s scheming demonstrate that even in old age, as they were, it is possible to fall into serious sin. This being so, it would do well for senior saints to remember the following ideas concerning their own struggle with sinfulness; 1. GOD IS YOUR SENIOR. It is easy to get into the habit of…

Peak of the Week: Life Is A Growth Adventure – Part 3 of 4

5 Critical Areas for Spiritual Growth “We will in all things grow up into him…” Ephesians 4:15 Where do I begin…without feeling overwhelmed? As the scripture above says, our desire should be to grow “in all things” pertaining to God and our spiritual walk with him. But to focus on the “all” would be overwhelming to most of us. We have to take life a step at a time. In this lesson, we are focusing on five critical areas where…

The Use of Media in Ministry

In this lesson we’ll talk about the use of computers in ministry later but first I’d like to put these types of ministry tools into the larger context of the proper use of the media. Media is the big picture and computers are a part of that overall scheme. So let’s first talk about media in ministry. Media is the vehicle for communication and you as Bible/Mission/Preaching/Education majors are really in the business of communication. In your particular case it…

James: Christianity – More Than Ceremony

This introductory lesson reviews the author, date written and general purpose for this practical book on Christian living. If you were to ask people to define or explain the word “religion” they would probably describe the organizations and ceremonies carried out by various church groups. This is probably why younger people say that they are spiritual but not religious, because they no longer relate to the various rituals and observances practiced by the large denominations in this country. By spiritual…

Power of Love

I saw Mohammed Ali making an appearance on TV the other day. He was frail and shaky, a victim of Parkinson’s disease. His spokesperson said the former champ was here to promote love and unity and Ali’s eyes lit up when the kids approached to hug him and shake his hand – a response of love. What a difference from the brash kid who shouted, “I am the greatest” nearly 30 years ago. Now he was gently urging the crowd…

The Passion As Witness

In the book of Acts we read repeatedly about the power of the Holy Spirit being displayed in mighty ways. Men spoke unknown languages by His power (Acts 2:1-4) and others were struck dead for daring to lie to the Holy One without fear (Acts 5:1-11). In our teaching on the topic of spiritual gifts, we also speak of the end of the age of miracles at the close of the apostolic era and in so doing deprive ourselves of…

Soft Rebellion

There are no new arguments in the effort to expand women’s role in the church to include those tasks that have traditionally been given to men. Some women want to lead prayer as well as teach and preach in public assemblies, and find support for their aspirations by disregarding Paul’s instructions on these matters as first century cultural bias against women. Others argue that Jesus did not specifically forbid women from doing this, so it must be acceptable. They point…

Peak of the Week: Life Is A Growth Adventure – Part 2 of 4

7 Exciting Discoveries of Spiritual Growth To underscore the never-ending aspect of spiritual growth, let’s look at 7 Exciting Discoveries of Spiritual Growth: Fact 1: There is a __________________________________________________ in that all of us are to grow and continue in growth. Paul said he put all his energy into presenting “everyone perfect in Christ”. In 2 Peter 1:5-7 take note of all the “adds” connecting the spiritual qualities, indicating the forward progress of life in Christ. Fact 2: There is…

FAQs on Prayer

Here are a few commonly asked questions regarding the act of praying. 1. Do only Christians have access to God in prayer? “We know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is God-fearing and does His will, He hears him.” John 9:31 “And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6 God created all things, knows and…

Hebrews: The Glorious Jesus – The Glory of the Church of Christ, The Church of Christ is Holy, Part 2

The writer completes this great homage to Christ with some final thoughts on holy living and a final word of encouragement and greeting. After showing how the Lord Jesus glorified His church through His ministry, death, resurrection and ascension to the right hand of God, the author goes on to encourage his readers to respond in kind by glorifying Jesus as His church. He tells them that they can do this by living holy lives and remaining faithful to Him,…

Do People Become More Religious With Age?

It seems that older people are the ones who are interested in religion and younger ones have little time for spiritual things. Two doctors at Duke University studied this phenomenon by surveying a group of older people over a twenty year period to see if they had become more religious with time. What they found out was that for these older people, their faith remained the same as they grew older. Some activities dropped off because of illness, etc., but…

Peak of the Week: Don’t Just Go Thru, But Grow Thru Life – Part 1 of 4

Life Is A Growth Adventure  This “adventure” called life begins with the very first words in the Bible. Genesis 1:1 In the Creation, as God created the different elements of our world, there’s a recurring statement in Genesis chapter 1: “And God saw that it was A_____________________…” Genesis 1:4, 9, 12, 18, 21, 25, 31 The beginning of each plant and animal was done by a miracle as God designed and spoke the world into existence. But after the days…

Why are there so many churches?

Contemporary religious scholars and historians estimate that there are approximately 38,000 denominations in the world today. Have you ever wondered if the true church still exists today? Does it really matter to which church I belong? If the true church does exist, how can I find it? Learn about the fascinating history of the first century church of the Bible and how it still exists today! Learn about God’s true church, the origins of denominationalism and God’s scheme of redemption…

Too busy?

In our fast paced society it is often difficult to determine the difference between busy and too busy. The following 7 statements should help busy people (especially Christians) draw the line between busy and too busy. Statement #1 – If you are too busy to pray each day, you are too busy. Statement #2 – If you are too busy to help someone with a personal problem, you are too busy. Statement #3 – If you are too busy to…