May 12th, 2015
Last week Penny had mentioned that we should study the Psalm that corresponds with our age. It was a fun statement because she knew that I would be turning 40 later this month. Here I am studying Psalms 40 in depth. Don’t you love the timing of the Lord?
I can’t seem to get away from this number 40 this week. In between my time of preparing this bible lesson, I have been working on our churches 40 Days of Prayer, prayer chain. In my morning devotional time, I have read about how Noah opened his ark window on the 40th day to see if the waters receded and how Jesus was tempted 40 days and 40 nights. This brings to memory, that there the Israelites were tested for 40 years in the wilderness wanderings, the Israelite spies searched the promise land 40 days before they brought back fruit, Moses was on the mountain 40 days with God a couple of times, Goliath strutted before the Israelites for 40 days, twice a day before being killed by David’s stone. Read the rest of this entry »
May 5th, 2015
April 28th, 2015
There are some things you just can’t throw away in the garbage. They have to be disposed of properly because they contain hazardous materials such as chemicals that harm the environment when buried. Aerosol containers, paint thinners, old paint cans, chemical bottles, medications, batteries. These are things we can’t just throw in the garbage. They can’t be buried. There is a proper way to dispose of them. Usually you have to take them specifically to a hazardous waste drop off facility in your area. Since this is so cumbersome and because sometimes these facilities are only open certain times of the year, these hazardous waste materials often accumulate in our garage.
Dealing with sin in our lives is very much like dealing with hazardous waste. We can’t just cover up and bury our sins to dispose of them as we would like to. They require special handling, special disposal and there is only one place we can get rid of them and that is through giving them to Jesus, confessing them to God and receiving forgiveness and his special covering over our sins that seals them away forever from us and others so they have no future hazardous effects on our lives and the lives of others. Read the rest of this entry »
April 21st, 2015
April 18th, 2015
Psalm 23 is so beloved and familiar that you probably don’t even need to open our Bibles to it in order to study it because you know it by heart. It is a popular reading at funerals, during crisis and in times of depression.
When we started the book of Psalms, we talked about how the book of Psalms itself is the place where we love to turn to in the Bible in order to find comfort for our hearts. We referred to it as a sanctuary, a hiding place of refuge, the consecrated place where we always seem to find God and were or heart is called from all its afflictions and fears. The book of Psalms soothes us.
Psalm 23 itself is like a favored secluded sitting spot within the book of Psalms. It’s a place where we all love to go. Despite its popularity, we always find ourselves alone there, yet not alone for the Lord’s presence is great in Psalms 23. That is the theme of this Psalm. Assurance of the Lord’s abiding presence with us during dark times, assurance that He is leading us to a place of rest, along the paths of righteousness, by the best route available. It is reminding ourselves of these truths which calm the anxiety, grief and fear that unsettles our hearts during dark times. Read the rest of this entry »
April 4th, 2015
March 31st, 2015
March 24th, 2015
The book of Psalms is one of the most beloved books of the bible. This is one book you do not need to give people directions to locate in the bible. Everyone knows how to get there by simply opening their bibles, they naturally open up to the book of Psalms being at the center of the bible. And in similar response, we naturally open up in the book of Psalms, pouring out our hearts to God and finding that His word is indeed a refuge for us. In this book we find much comfort and hope in our time of need. It calms our heart. It centers our thoughts. It realigns our wills. It lifts our spirit. It captivates our imagination. The book of Psalms speaks to every part of our being, mind, spirit, heart, imagination and will. Deep truly calls out to deep in the book of Psalms. The depths of God call out to us in our time of need from the book of Psalms, exhorting us to Seek his face! And the depths of our hearts cry back to Him for comfort and understanding stating “Your face I will seek!”
Why do we love the book of Psalms so much. There are many reasons but I will list three. Read the rest of this entry »
July 29th, 2014
Tonight we start a new letter written by John to a Christian lady. In it we will have many of the truths we learned in 1 John repeated and demonstrated.
“This epistle is more remarkable for the spirit of Christian love which it breathes than for anything else. It contains scarcely anything that is not found in the preceding; and out of the thirteen verses there are at least eight which are found, either in so many words or in sentiment, precisely the same with those of the first epistle.” (Adam Clarke)
When Tim and I attended Providence Church, we went through a counseling course called Equipped to Counsel. At the end of these weekly lessons we would have different real life case studies to read about and review and to discuss that had to deal with that week’s lesson so that we could see how these truths we had learned played out in real life. I think these two small letters 2nd and 3rd John act as case studies for us to apply what we have learned. They demonstrate very well the truths that John would teach us. Read the rest of this entry »
July 21st, 2014
Last week we talked about four birthmarks identifying the children of God. The children of God are marked by:
- A belief that Jesus is the Christ. (John 5:1)
- A love for God the Father. (John 5:1)
- A love for all those born of God. (John 5:1)
- A love for God the Father (1 John 5:2)
- Obedience to the commandments of God (1 John 5:3)
- A love for all those born of God. (John 5:1)
- A faith which overcomes the world. (1 John 5:4)
- A belief that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. (1 John 5:1:5)
Once again we are brought back to the foundation of our faith which is centered around the identity of Jesus. Our identity as children of God, is united to Christ’s identity as the Son of God. Those who deny the deity of Jesus as being Christ, the Son of God are called antichrists and are not the children of God. Read the rest of this entry »