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The apostle John tells us that the Word became flesh. Jesus was the God-Man, the Human God - a true mystery. It is something which we have difficulty understanding, and probably never fully will. But the life which Jesus lived on the earth does show us two important things. His life reveals God to us. And His life reveals to us what we humans shoul…
 
Our look at God's qualifications and qualities required for elders/bishops continues. In this lesson we consider how this brother relates to others, his family situation, his reputation and his heart to serve. We are to remember that we are judging these brothers in comparison with the word of God and should do so with objectivity and with kindness…
 
The Holy Spirit provides two descriptions of the Christian man who qualifies as an elder/overseer/pastor in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:1-9. We will look at those concerning his faith and his character & conduct in this lesson. With a couple of exceptions, we could say that these would identify any person who was a mature Christian.…
 
Being an elder in a congregation is not a position to be held but a work to be accomplished. There is the work of shepherding the flock, equipping the members for the work of service, teaching the word, encouraging the congregation and more. Their leadership is vital to the spiritual well-being of the church and to the accomplishing of its mission.…
 
We have leaders in every organization, from the national government and the military down to the local mayor and the head of the Band Patrons. Leadership was God's idea, and throughout the Bible we see leaders functioning in every group. The leader of God's people today holds a unique position at the center of the leadership triangle.…
 
Scripture teaches us that in various situations God's people need revival. This was true of Israel, but the New Testament has words of revival for the church of God as well. In coming out of the situation with COVID-19, we have opportunity to refocus on doing the will of God. Let us make honest evaluation and be guided by His word in what we should…
 
Jesus faced off with the devil in the wilderness. Satan tempted Him through His human weaknesses and even tried to separate the Son from His Father. But Jesus would have none of it. He beat the devil. We can learn from Jesus about how to beat the devil when we are in a spiritual wilderness.Jeffrey Kent による
 
It has been said that it is difficult for some men to say "I love you." Now he might say that to his dog or his truck, but he has trouble saying it to his wife! Some words are difficult for us to say because they reveal our hearts and bind on us some action we must take. However, if we want our relationships to improve and if we want to be pleasing…
 
Many people want a Jesus of their own making to fit their already held beliefs and preconceived ideas. Jesus doesn't allow for that. If you truly believe in Jesus, you have to believe all that He taught and said - even creation, Noah and the flood, Jonah and the big fish, and more.Jeffrey Kent による
 
The woman had an incurable bleeding which the world's doctors had only made worse. Upon hearing about Jesus, she saw Him as her only hope. Even a large crowd was not enough to keep her from reaching out and touching His garment. We all have an incurable "bleeding" which the world cannot cure - sin. Only Jesus can remove the guilt and provide the po…
 
In talking with the woman at the well in Samaria, Jesus put a new perspective on worship. The current "worship war" was about whether to worship at Mt Gerizim or in Jerusalem. Jesus said that worship was not to be about a place but about an inner attitude and approach to God - "in spirit and truth." Not only does worship not involve a particular pl…
 
Jesus of Nazareth was the Word of God who became flesh. As such, He was a perfect human being living without sin. John tells us that both grace and truth came by Him. Too many people, even in the church, want the grace He brought but not the truth. The fact of the matter is that you can't have the one without the other. Jesus brought them both.…
 
Many Christians are upset that the gay community has adopted the rainbow as their symbol. Have they stolen the rainbow from God? Is that possible? What should be the Christian response? No surprise that we find our answers in scripture, and also discover that God is so far ahead of any of us as to make our heads spin!…
 
In the New Testament, the Greek word for "worthy" also supports the word for "weighty." What makes a person a worthy person or of substantial standing in people's eyes? Why are some people rightly seen as "light weights?" Is there potential for all of us to be worthy individuals? The answer to this last question may surprise you.…
 
Christians are engaged in the greatest war and the longest war ever fought. It is also the war with the most at stake - ETERNITY! It should be our pledge to one another, as it is with our armed forces, that no one should be left behind. Do we have this kind of love and concern for one another? Are we fighting to win?!…
 
John teaches that if we want to say that we know Jesus, then we need to keep His commandments and walk as He walked. This is more than just lifestyle choice and doing good deeds. This is also about purpose for living and the blessedness which comes from being a part of something bigger than yourself - namely doing the will of God on earth.…
 
Most people acknowledge that freedom isn't license to to whatever we want. In spiritual matters, Jesus provides freedom from the guilt of sin and the power of the devil. But that freedom is not to be in self-serving pursuits but in lives of loving service to the Lord and to others. Free to become the people He intended us to be.…
 
Most Christians can easily provide a definition of grace as unmerited favor, but do they grasp its full meaning? Do they try to comprehend the richness of God's mercy and the depth of His love which moved Him to make His offer of salvation through His Son? Do they adopt this same graciousness into their own interaction with others? Some serious que…
 
Solomon tells us that death and life are in the power of the tongue, and this is especially true for the Christian who has the gospel to share. Surprisingly, in one particular place, the apostle Paul was afraid to speak the good news - not unlike us at times. What was going on then, and what can we learn from him?…
 
When Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego were faced with bowing down to Nebuchadnezzar's gold image or going into his furnace, it was a "no brainer" for them. They chose the furnace! What do we choose today when faced with bowing down before and caving in to the gods of this world or being ridiculed, ostracized or cancelled?…
 
Finding true joy or blessedness is an on-going search for most people. They look for it in various things such as good health, a secure job, money, college degrees, entertainment, etc. However, Jesus teaches us that deep, soul-satisfying joy does not come via externals but in the spiritual things of the heart. As usual, His ways are true and very o…
 
From its early days, members of the church have suffered for the name of Christ. In some countries even today, Christians experience kidnappings, imprisonment and death for their faith. Others of us have encountered milder forms of suffering including ridicule, ostracism, loss of jobs or businesses, broken families, etc. But whatever the suffering,…
 
The Christian life is one of growing in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ. The gospel draws us in to the lovely and powerful person of Jesus, and we seek His truth and ways as we journey on, making changes and adjustments as we learn. Apollos and the disciples at Ephesus are excellent examples of those who were following Jesus, but needed to …
 
Life is filled with choices. Some are mundane and others are matters of life and death. Leading up to His crucifixion, Pilate and the assembled Jews made several choices regarding Jesus of Nazareth. Those choices were very similar to the ones which we make on a regular basis, and especially about those we must make about following Jesus as we navig…
 
Too many Christians flounder and get discouraged because they try to face the world on their own. Paul admonishes to "pray without ceasing." That can be difficult at times in our fast-paced world. And although we should make time for quiet prayer, we offer some "two-word" prayers which can help us in some of those frantic and tense moments we often…
 
Why do some people obey the gospel and some do not? We will never have all the answers to that question? But we do know that God went to great lengths to save Lydia. By the word of the Holy Spirit and a vision, Paul came into Macedonia, and he found her among a company of praying women on a riverbank near Philippi. But she still needed help in unde…
 
God has fixed a day in the future when Jesus will return and judge the world in righteousness. The dead will be resurrected. Every eye will see Him, and all will bow and confess Jesus as Lord. Justice will be served. The faithful of all ages will fly off to ever be with the Lord Jesus and receive their eternal reward. What a day that will be!…
 
2020 was a year many want to forget or throw away. In truth, many of us were tested. A good thing or a bad thing? Are we still finding joy in our lives in such difficult circumstances. Jonathan, the king's son. His life was engulfed in adversity. Yet, he always looked for the good in every situation and was always quick to praise the Lord for every…
 
Melchizedek appears as a lesser figure in scripture, but as one digs deeper, he takes on real significance. Abraham interacted with him in what might seem an odd way, but what happened actually shows Melchizedek as prefiguring Christ. In fact, God made Jesus a priest after the order of Melchizedek. We can get much hope from this rather puzzling per…
 
It was prophesied He would be called the Prince of Peace, and angels proclaimed peace on earth when Jesus was born. But peace seems to be far out of reach for this world. Nations still go to war. People still hate and kill one another. Families break apart. Individuals worry and fret and seek solace in drugs and booze. Just how is it that Jesus bri…
 
Jesus assures us that His words are spirit and life. Sometimes the "flesh" gets in the way, and the world pressures us so we do not recall exactly what Jesus said. Maybe we never knew in the first place! Maybe we just want to ignore a particularly "hard" saying. This is dangerous. We need to consult the scriptures to know what Jesus said, and to kn…
 
Beginning in the Old Testament, God indicates there are but two ways to live. One way leads to death, and one to life. Jesus affirmed this in His sermon on the mount. In fact, in the book of Acts we find in six places that the church was actually called "the Way." We're not sure of the origin of this designation, but it could be that they knew for …
 
What with the emphasis on faith and baptism, repentance is often overlooked in teaching about salvation, but it is every bit as needful. The call to repent is the call to turn back to God. Jesus' teaching included exhortations to repent. The apostles echoed His words. Without repentance, a person will perish. It is a beautiful thing!…
 
With the help of the devil, mankind has opposed the word of God from the beginning. This is the same as opposing God Himself because you cannot separate God from His Word. On Paul's first missionary journey, a man was called out for opposing the word of God. It didn't go well for him. What do we need to learn from this incident so we are not found …
 
Witnesses are important for establishing first hand accounts of what they have seen and heard. John wrote that he saw blood and water come from Jesus' side when the soldier pierced Him while on the cross. Later in his first letter, he wrote of blood and water giving testimony about Jesus along with the Spirit of God. What is John talking about? Why…
 
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