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God Wants ALL of ME: My SERVICE (Romans 12:3-8)

Thursday, December 13th, 2018

God Wants ALL of ME:  My SERVICE (Romans 12:3-8)

God saves us to live for Him. He commands us to yield our bodies to Him, and to be renewing our minds for Him. He does so that we might fully live for Him, serving Him by serving others. God desires for us to serve Him with our time, effort, energy, and abilities. As God is the Lord of our bodies and our minds, He becomes the Lord of all that we do. A major part of that is serving other believers with one or more spiritual abilities that God gives for that very reason.  (This is the third of a four-part series on Romans 12.)

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God Wants ALL of ME: My MIND (Romans 12:2)

Wednesday, December 12th, 2018

Lord of My MIND

God Wants ALL of ME:  My MIND (Romans 12:2)

God saves us to make us completely new. True Christianity involves giving God our body as a living sacrifice (the first lesson in this series) and allowing God to renew our MIND as well. God is to be the Lord of our thoughts as well as our bodies. He desires to prevent us from being programmed by the world, and instead to fill our minds with what is good, acceptable, and perfect. That is God’s will for us. (This is the second of a four-part series on Romans 12.)

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Jesus Schools a Rich Man on His True Sinfulness (Luke 18:18-27)

Tuesday, June 12th, 2018

Jesus Schools a Rich Man on His True Sinfulness (Luke 18:18-27)

Riches cannot buy heaven, but they can keep you from it. Jesus is approached by a young ruler who is very rich, and very concerned about his eternal destiny.  He asks Jesus what he can do to inherit eternal life. Jesus answers the rich man based upon the man’s question, listing 5 of the 10 commandments. The rich man affirms his lifelong compliance with these 5 commandments. Jesus then instructs him to sell all that he has and give the proceeds to the poor. Do we have to give everything away to gain eternity? No. Jesus was seeking to help this young man see that nothing he was, he had, or could do would work to secure his eternal future. The law was given to show us our helpless, sinful state. Regardless of our status – rich or poor, educated or not, tall or short, talented or accomplish or having nothing to show – anything – is useless to us. Our only hope is God’s salvation, and nothing we are, we have, or that we can do can save us. We can only believe in God’s loving Sin Bearer – Jesus. What are you trusting in to get yourself into the kingdom of God? There is only one way, and that is Jesus’ payment for your sins.

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Jesus Corrects the Disciples’ View of Children (Luke 18:15-17)

Wednesday, June 6th, 2018

Jesus Corrects the Disciples’ View of Children (Luke 18:15-17)

Much of the world now sees children as a bother – a distraction from our passions and pursuits.  Even the Church is deeply immersed in this viewpoint. The disciples acted on the basis of this view. Jesus – greatly troubled by this – indicates that this anti-child view is 180 degrees off from what is true. Children are to be allowed and encouraged participate, and all people can only enter the kingdom if they become as little children. Children are not a distraction from the Gospel – they are the very illustration of what is required to embrace the Gospel. This has clear implications regarding the need for salvation and the simplicity of salvation. Have you become as a little child, simply believing the truth of our Sin-bearer, Jesus?

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Jesus Confirms Our Need to Humbly Admit Our Sinfulness (Luke 18:9-14)

Tuesday, May 29th, 2018

Jesus Confirms Our Need to Humbly Admit Our Sinfulness (Luke 18:9-14)

Jesus addresses those who had come to trust in their own righteousness by telling the parable of a Pharisee and a tax collector praying at the temple.  The Pharisee prays, listing his righteous resume’. In stark contrast, the tax collector can only ask for mercy and acknowledge his sinfulness. Only one went away pronounced righteous, and it was not the self-righteous Pharisee. How can this be? What must we learn?

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Jesus Encourages Continual Prayer to Counter Giving Up (Luke 18:1-8)

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018

Jesus Encourages Continual Prayer to Counter Giving Up (Luke 18:1-8)

Jesus the danger of giving of, of “losing heart,” and encourages one practice that can serve to counter this danger – ongoing prayer.  Jesus gives His exhortation for ongoing prayer, and then shares a parable to illustrate and contrast. In the parable, Jesus describes a widow who is effective in “praying” or appealing to a judge that neither fears God nor cares what man thinks. But even with this type of man, the widow succeeds. If prayer can work on a human level with someone that has no care for God or people, think how praying to God can work! God, who is holy and just and caring and loving, invites our prayers, and desires to hear and to answer! Unlike the unrighteous judge, we do not have to pester God, as He is ready to listen and to help.

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Jesus Helps Us See True Lordship and Eager Service (Luke 17:7-10)

Tuesday, April 24th, 2018


Jesus Helps Us See True Lordship and Eager Service (Luke 17:7-10)

Jesus explains how priority and quantity both relate to true Lordship. Jesus asks two hard-hitting rhetorical questions. The first question reveals one’s true lord based on the priority given the Lord. The second question reveals our true or false view of Lordship based upon our attitude towards our service, and how we measure it. Do we serve eagerly or perform the minimum?

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Timeline of Truth: Joshua Makes a Treaty with the Gibeonites (Joshua 9:1-27)

Tuesday, April 10th, 2018

Timeline of Truth: Joshua Makes a Treaty with the Gibeonites (Joshua 9:1-27)
Israel is approached with an offer of a treaty, but all is not what it seems.  Joshua has the opportunity to ask the Lord what they should do, but he did not.  A rash decision by Israel’s leaders led to the people not being able to do what God commanded.  God wants us to seek out His will through His word, that we may make the right decisions.

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MONEY MATTERS: Jesus Commands Us to Use Our Money for Eternal Impact (Luke 16:1-9)

Monday, March 12th, 2018

MONEY MATTERS: Jesus Commands Us to Use Our Money for Eternal Impact (Luke 16:1-9)

Jesus tells a rather strange story of a man who worked for a rich guy as a manager. He was a “steward” who was in charge of the financial affairs of this rich man. However, he had loosely handled the finances of his boss and was “called in on the carpet.” His boss basically told him to tie things up because he was going to terminate his employment. He was no longer trustworthy. The soon-to-be-unemployed steward worried for a bit, and then set out on a plan to make friends on the outside with the authority he still held with his boss’s money. It worked, and his boss was impressed at his strategy. Jesus then compares that steward with us. Our money really belongs to God. And we are to use “our” money to make friends in eternity. How can that happen? Our study will answer that question.

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Timeline of Truth: God Promises to Be With Joshua (Joshua 1:1-9)

Thursday, February 1st, 2018

Joshua is now in charge of leading Israel.  God gives him a special message, commanding him to be strong and to be of good courage.  He is to remember and meditate on God’s word, and through his obedience to the law, God promises him good success.  It is a lesson for us that we cannot be successful in the Christian life without knowing and leaning on the Bible.

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