Posts from 2020 (Page 2)

Teachers’ Remembered

I don’t recall much of the material we studied in High School an eon ago when I was at that point of my life but I do remember some of my teachers. I can still see Mr. Blanchard trying to teach me the intricacies of Algebra, long after the last bell had rung for the day. We would be at the blackboard just he and I. He would valiantly try to explain some theorem (as animated as if there were…

Hebrews: The Glorious Jesus – Introduction to Hebrews

This first lesson in the series establishes the historical and religious context for the writing of this book. The first Christians were Jewish. The first congregation of the Lord’s church was made up of Jewish people. The first Scriptures used to prove Christ as the Messiah were the Jewish Scriptures which we refer to as the Old Testament. It took approximately ten years for the Apostles to preach the gospel to non-Jews (Cornelius and his household – Acts 10). In the…

The 3 R’s in Labor Day

The last thing we want to do on the Labor Day weekend is think about “work.” But before we leave for the lake or start on the Labor Day project, let’s spend a moment reviewing a few main ideas that the Bible has about our work that might be helpful when we get back to the job after the holiday is over. 1. There Is Time For Work Solomon reminds us that there is a time for everything, including work.…

Peak of the Week: Train Yourself – Godly Desires

Train Yourself “I desire to do your will, my God.” Psalm 40:8 Train yourself to be godly – to pursue godly desires. Do you want to be godly? If so, to what degree? To what lengths would you go to be godly? How strong are your desires in this area? If you do, follow closely with the truths in this lesson. Desires are immensely POWERFUL! They come from deep within you, your ____________________________ – the birthplace of decisions and actions…

Enough hiding out and social distancing from getting things done because of the virus!

Enough cowering! Enough hiding out and social distancing from getting things done because of the virus! Paul said that there would be “in season” and “out of season” times for preaching the gospel (II Timothy 4:2) and for growing the kingdom. He did not mean that sometimes we work and serve, and at other times we should stop because it is inconvenient or dangerous. I believe he was exhorting the church to stay busy even when it was inconvenient and/or…

Bible Warfare: How To Defend Your Faith – How can God die if Jesus is God?

In this last lesson in the series, Mike will be answering more miscellaneous questions posed in the survey. This includes questions about lent, various church rituals and our state of mind in heaven. So last week I said that the remaining question in our series didn’t fit into any particular category, so I divided them up into two sections, those that could be answered from the Old Testament and those that could be answered from the New Testament. Last week…

The Origin of The Bible

This article looks at the history of writing and examines how the Bible originated and closes with information on how the Old Testament was organized. In a given year the faithful Christian will hear approximately 250 to 300 Bible lessons when you count regular attendance, devotionals, weddings, funerals and other occasions where the Bible is preached or taught. That’s a lot of attention to one source, a lot of time spent learning about a single book. Of course we think…

Peak of the Week: Why Pray – To grow wise in face of trials, Part 5

To Grow Wise In Face Of Trials We should pray because we are spiritually stronger for praying. We should pray because it brings peace and security as we entrust our self to God and pour out our anxious thoughts. We should pray to stand firm in the face of temptation. And today, we need to pray, because, through prayer, we grow wise in the face of trials. And perhaps this is among the most significant reasons. The immense value of…

Random Blessings

Sometimes God surprises us. Not just with big things but with random blessings that sprinkle our day with evidence of His constant love and incredible kindness towards us. Here are a few random blessings that immediately come to mind. The sweet smell of newly mowed grass floating into your car as you drive by on a cloudless summer day. An unexpected apology from an estranged friend. A magnificent rainbow after an afternoon rain. Fresh linen on a comfortable bed. The…