Posts by Mike Mazzalongo

Humble Beginning

It is interesting to note that Judah, the man from whose human lineage Jesus would eventually come, was born under questionable circumstances. His mother, Leah, was given by trickery in marriage as a substitute for her sister, Rachel. She conceived, but not in love, and struggled with her sister for the affections of their common husband. Aside from the issue of polygamy which was allowed in those days. Judah was not born into the greatest of circumstances. However, in God’s…

Pro-Life or Pro Death – Part 1

In this two-part lesson, Mike will describe the various methods used to abort babies, and compare the main arguments used by both Pro-Choice and Pro-Life groups to support their positions on this highly controversial issue. (N.B. No graphic pictures or photos of aborted children will be shown). 06-forbidden-topics-notes

Roadside Shrines

The cross and the plastic flowers along the side of the highway usually appear unexpectedly. You’re rounding a curve or cruising along and suddenly someone’s marked a spot where a life tragically ended in some terrible crash that is all but forgotten save for this roadside shrine. I’ve been to many cemeteries but am never so aware of death as when I see these homemade memorials. I suppose it’s because of the proximity of this unfortunate person’s death as I…

Little Pumpkin

I made my mother laugh. Not just a quiet smile or chuckle, but a stomach cramping, bent over, a shriek of laughter that came in waves of delirious joy that caused her to smile and laugh all over again long after the initial surge was gone. This was quite a feat for an 82-year-old woman with stage-one Alzheimer’s disease! The cause of this spontaneous happiness was a little picture of me that I sent her as a part of a…

Living on Less

Cross-country moves sure have a way of getting certain things into perspective. Take creature comfort for example. By the last days before we left Oklahoma, every lamp, comfortable chair, toothbrush holder and coffee cup had been packed away. We lived like gypsies; eating out of paper plates, sleeping on mattresses stripped of box springs and comforters, sitting on those chairs and boxes we felt could be stowed away at the last minute. Our menu was reduced to chocolate milk and…

The Inspiration of the Bible

Nobody just reads the Bible and says, “I think this book is inspired.” It’s not just a logical deduction. The Bible actually says this about itself in different places. Doesn’t it seem natural that an inspired book would claim this about itself? The Old Testament takes this idea for granted since it continually describes a dialogue between God and man. The New Testament states the idea in different ways: 19 But when they hand you over, do not worry about how…

Four Visions of Daniel’s Prophecies

This study begins to examine the visions Daniel has about future kingdoms and relates them to actual historical facts. 04-daniel-revelation-notes In the final part of his book, Daniel will describe dreams and visions that he had concerning events that were mentioned in the original dream of Nebuchadnezzar. In that dream, he saw the overview of history for the next 600 years and beyond. The visions he has now will give more details concerning the events he foresaw in Nebuchadnezzar’s original…