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Lesson 9 – The Main Story, Part 1 of 4

This lesson decodes the symbolic language used in John’s visions to tell his story. 09-daniel-revelation-notes Revelation is the vision that John the Apostle has concerning the church’s struggle with Rome in the 1st century. The theme of the book is the revelation of Christ, a more perfect vision of the Lord in His glorified state. So far we have: Seen the glorious vision of Christ as He speaks to John, 1:1-8. Heard Christ’s instructions to the church to be faithful and to…

Pro-Life or Pro Death – Part 2

In this concluding lesson, Mike finishes examining the main arguments Pro-Choice groups use to defend abortion and brings forth key Scriptures that address this issue. (N.B. No graphic pictures or photos of abortion procedures will be used in this presentation). 07-forbidden-topics-notes

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…

Lesson 8 – John’s Visions

We continue the review of the Apostle’s visions which tell the basic story contained in Revelation. 08-daniel-revelation-notes So far we have been able to put Revelation into context despite its symbolism and style: written by John the Apostle to early churches with the goal of encouraging them to persevere under Roman persecution, provide ongoing encouragement to every generation concerning the ever-present power of evil and Christ’s ultimate victory. We began with John’s vision of Jesus and His warning to the church…

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…

Lesson 7 – Interpretations of Revelation

This lesson reviews the 4 major interpretations given by scholars as to the meaning of the book of Revelation. 07-daniel-revelation-notes In the last chapter we reviewed the introductory material concerning the book of Revelation: Written by John the Apostle Used apocalyptic style to disguise meaning Addressed to 7 churches in Asia Minor Describes the struggle in the 1st century between Rome and the church Encourages church to persevere in suffering because Rome will be defeated Also describes the ongoing cycle of…

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…

Lesson 6 – Introduction to the Book of Revelation

Background information as to the setting, conditions, and purpose for the writing of the book of Revelation by John the Apostle. 06-daniel-revelation-notes We have completed a quick review of the book of Daniel and discussed the main interpretation of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream and the subsequent visions that Daniel had that gave more detail concerning the meaning of the dream. Daniel’s interpretation of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream and the other visions revealed that beginning with the world power that ruled while he was alive,…

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…

Lesson 5 – Vision Within a Vision

Aside from the four main visions recorded in Daniel’s book, he makes additional prophecies that give more detailed accounts of what took place between the major events mentioned in the four initial visions. 05-daniel-revelation-notes One idea that we have learned about Daniel’s book is that the central or recurring idea is the rise and fall of four great earthly kingdoms which are permanently replaced by God’s kingdom. The original vision of this is contained in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream of the great…

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…

Lesson 4 – 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…

In Defense Of Martha

I believe Martha’s gotten a bad rap as far as Bible characters go. The most quoted reference about Martha is where Jesus gently admonishes her concerning this good woman’s frustration at not receiving help from her sister, Mary, in serving their guests. This story recorded in Luke 10:40-41 has become, for many, the defining image of this woman, a worrier, a person consumed with tasks, and a disciple not attuned to spiritual things like her sister, Mary. Martha was probably…

Mercy Killing or Selective Killing?

Lessons that will get you Criticized, Called-out or Cancelled In this series, Mike tackles topics that are sensitive in nature and often have strongly differing opinions. Nevertheless, he presents a balanced view keeping in mind that the teaching goal in all BibleTalk material is to seek out what the Bible has to say on these and other subjects that we all are aware of and sometimes have to deal with personally. In this lesson, Mike examines the differences between natural…

Plane Thinking

It’s amazing how being thirty thousand feet in the air can give you a whole new perspective on life. Recently, I flew out to California and, as the plane cruised far above the desert and mountains, I realized how different life seemed from this precarious angle. For example, I could actually see how insignificant human beings really are. Mountains look like wrinkles, rivers are ribbons, and great cities are not more than dots of light. From this height, people are…