Archive for the ‘Fatherhood’ Category

Timeline of Truth: Samson, the Selfish Judge – The Weakness of Samson (Judges 14:1-20)

Monday, February 4th, 2019

The Book of Judges shows that God accomplishes His work through both the faithful and unfaithful. God begins to use Samson begins as a rescuer of Israel all while Samson pursues sinful and selfish pleasures which violate the commands of God and the restrictions of the Nazirite vow. Samson’s biggest weakness is himself, and he allows his desires and lusts to dictate his choices. Samson begins his downward trek of sinful, self-destruction while God leverages this behavior to keep His promises. Bad choices may ruin our lives but not God’s plan or control.

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Timeline of Truth: The Wars of Jephthah, the Negotiating Judge (Judges 11:30-12:7)

Sunday, December 2nd, 2018

Timeline of Truth:  The Wars of Jephthah, the Negotiating Judge (Judges 11:30-12:7)
Jephthah becomes the victim of his own words. Jephthah has negotiated with the elders of Gilead, and he has negotiated with the Ammonite king who leads forces oppressing Israel. Jephthah depends upon God to give him victory over the Ammonites, but seeks to unnecessarily manipulate God’s favor by vowing like a Canaanite. Jephthah promises to offer as a burnt sacrifice the first thing that comes out to meet him. God gives Jephthah victory, and who comes out to meet him but his only child – his daughter. We examine the different views of what happened, and what Jephthah could have done and should have done. Then we look at Jephthah’s merciless killing of his own Ephraimite brethren. Rejecting of God’s ways can lead to us making foolish choices and committing horrible actions. 

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Jesus Tells the Parable of a Father and His Two Sons #3 (Luke 15:25-32) – Lessons from a Self-Righteous Son

Monday, March 12th, 2018

LESSONS FROM A SELF-RIGHTEOUS SON (Luke 15:25-32)

Nothing quite sets us off like someone living wrongly and then getting by with it while we having been doing the right thing all along and seem to get nothing for our efforts. Though you might relate to this attitude, Jesus actually finishes this “prodigal son” story showing how sinful this attitude can really be. The younger, wasteful son returns home to a forgiving father. This father throws a big party to celebrate the repentance of his “lost” son. Then the older son comes home from working in the field to discover this. He is steaming! He has “always” done right and has “never” gone against his father, and he has not gotten even the smallest recognition. The father in the story is used by Jesus to illustrate how this attitude is not righteous at all. We can learn to see repentant sinners from God’s eyes. Maybe we are able to learn from all three in the story: the prodigal younger son, the forgiving father, and the self-righteous older son.

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Jesus Tells the Parable of a Father and His Two Sons #1 (Luke 15:11-16)

Tuesday, February 13th, 2018

Sin is like gravity. You can ignore what God says about it, but it has the same effects, consequences, and result on you anyway, no matter where you go. In this study, we look at the first key individual mentioned in this story or account. He is often called “The Prodigal Son.” We see this younger son’s poor choices and his progressive spiral downward while living the wild, wasteful life when he eventually hits bottom. We look at his 8 downward steps and then draw 9 helpful lessons from his life. Does his life in any way reflect your life? If so, what would God have you do to make corrections?

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Key Characteristics of Northridge Baptist Church

Monday, June 9th, 2014

Want a 10,000 foot 1-hour overview of what we believe as a church? Here it is.

You can describe Northridge Baptist Church as: fundamental, evangelical, dispensational, cessationist, baptistic, family-focused, and Christ-ruled/pastor-led.

Timeline of Truth – Jacob Blesses His Twelve Sons (Genesis 49)

Monday, October 21st, 2013

Oldest to youngest, Jacob blesses his sons. Some in the form of rebuke for past sins. Others with promised blessings. Still others with interesting forecasts.

Home Leadership Requirements (1 Timothy 3:4-5)

Monday, October 21st, 2013

The home is a small scale example of what a church is on a larger scale. A man has to succeed in his home before he can attempt something larger.

What a Father Should Teach His Children (Part 4) – Proverbs

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

#9 – Using words wisely.

What a Father Should Teach His Children (Part 3) – Proverbs

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

The Book of Proverbs gives us great insight into what we are to be teaching our children. We don’t have to “fly blind” as fathers. God has given us instruction about instructing! This message addresses the next two topics to teach our children about: finding a godly spouse, and using one’s words wisely:

  1. Fear the Lord
  2. Pursue True Wisdom
  3. Honor Your Parents
  4. Choose Good Companions
  5. Seek Moral Purity
  6. Practice Thoughtful Discernment
  7. Apply Yourself Diligently
  8. Find a Godly Spouse
  9. Use Words Wisely

Timeline of Truth – Joseph Dreams Dreams (Genesis 37:1-11)

Monday, June 24th, 2013

Enter Joseph on the scene, the fourth “patriarch” of Genesis. From Genesis 37 through the end of Genesis 50, Joseph becomes the focal point and tool for God’s working. There are amazingly helpful things we will learn as we look at his life and God’s work in and through it.

This lesson, we look at the dreams that God gave to Joseph about the future, and the problems that Joseph encountered from his brothers and even his own father.