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Lessons from November 9 & 16, 2014

“The Tact of Abigail"-[1 Samuel 25:2-42] -Christians need “TACT” in teaching the lost, restoring the erring, and dealing with one another!We should learn from Abigail the need to act with understanding, haste, humility & wisdom!It is also TRUE that many WILL NOT LISTEN -regardless of the manner one speaks the truth!-MP3/PPT/KEYNOTE/PDF- 11/9/2014

“The Value of The Widows Two Mites”-[Mark 12:41-44] - Jesus concludes His public ministry with a scathing rebuke of the Jewish leaders because of their hypocrisy - (12:38–40; Mat 23:1–39; Lk 20:45–47).In stark contrast - Jesus commends a widow’s sacrificial giving, (Mark 12:41–44; Luke 21:1–4). Would He commend you for what you give to Him & His cause? -MP3/PPT/KEYNOTE/PDF- 11/16/2014

“Comforting Words For Troubled Hearts”-[John 14:1-6]Jesus tells His disciples,“Let NOT your heart be troubled, (14:1,27). He assures them heaven is REAL & it’s accessible, (14:2,3), & the way to heaven has been revealed - it is in & through Jesus Christ - (John 14:5,6; Mark 16:16)--MP3/PPT/KEYNOTE/PDF-11/9/2014

“The True Vine, The Vinedresser & The Branches”-[John 15:1-11]Jesus addresses His apostles as men chosen by Him to bear fruit - this message had special relevance to them & their apostolic mission (cf 15:16; 17:20).There are also some extremley important lessons we NEED to learn.-MP3/PPT/KEYNOTE/PDF- 11/16/2014

Other Recent Lessons

“Are We Setting Ourselves Up To Fall?"-[Mark 14:27-31, 53,54, 66-72] -Every sin we commit is a result of our failure to implement the wisdom & strength of God, which He provides us through His word. After Peter is told he will deny Jesus three times, he assures Jesus he would never do that - then he denies Jesus three times. How did Peter get from confessing Christ & defending Christ to denying Christ?-MP3/PPT/KEYNOTE/PDF- 11/2/2014

“The Way, The Truth & The Life”-[John 14:1-6] -Jesus had said He was going away (7:34; 8:21; 12:8, 35; 13:33), i.e., He would die (12:32–33),One of the Twelve was a traitor (13:21),Peter would disown Him three times (13:38), so Jesus encourages them - "Let NOT your heart be troubled" (14:1) - He tells them heaven is REAL & accessible - (14:2,3). The way to heaven has been revealed - it is ONLY in & through Jesus Christ - (John 14:5,6; Mark 16:16; Rom 6:3-6; Gal 3:26,27). Are you in the Way, the Truth & the Life? -MP3/PPT/KEYNOTE/PDF- 10/26/2014

“Prayer Changes Things”-[Wilton Wesley] -MP3- 10/26/2014

“Abounding In God’s Service"-[2 Corinthians 8:1-9] -Some want to just SQUEAK by in their service to God! God does NOT accept our minimal effort and service. The New Testament stresses and enjoins the need for us to be spiritually ambitious - (1 Cor 9:24–27; 15:58; Tit 2:14) -MP3/PPT/KEYNOTE/PDF- 10/19/2014

“Betrayal, Love & Denial”-[John 13:18-38] -The traitor is unmasked & dismissed / Love is enjoined upon the apostles / Peter is told he will deny the Lord - Jesus told them things that would happen before they happened so they would believe He is the Son of God. -MP3/PPT/KEYNOTE/PDF- 10/19/2014

“The Peace of God"-[Philippians 4:6-13] - Who does not desires to have peace? This world can be a cruel, harsh, troublesome place - a place of worry, anxiety, Stress, fear and terror . . .WE ALL WANT IT - BUT - Most are searching for it in all the wrong places and all the wrong ways. This study examines what the peace of God is, (real, lasting peace), in contrast with the pseudo peace offered by the world & how we can find & have this true peace. -MP3/PPT/KEYNOTE/PDF- 10/12/2014

“A Lesson of Humility & Service”-[John 13:1-17] - Jesus’ last hours with His disciples begin with their most needed lesson - Jesus takes the role of a humble servant & washes their feet. We need the same lesson today! -MP3/PPT/KEYNOTE/PDF- 10/12/2014

“David’s Oxcart & Uzzah’s Error"-[2 Samuel 6:1-11; 1 Chronicles 13:1-14] -David’s attempt to move the ark to Jerusalem was unsuccessful - Uzzah loses his life - David is afraid of the Lord . . .What did David do wrong?What did David learn?How could David accomplish his desire & please God? What are some crucial lessons we NEED to learn from this tragic event? -MP3/PPT/KEYNOTE/PDF- 10/5/2014

“The Folly of Worldliness"-[1 John 2:15-17] -A person who drinks alcohol socially, uses drugs, Curses, goes clubbing, wears immodest clothing, etc. is worldly …but we need to realize a person can be worldly & not do ANY of these things! In fact, a person can be moral, sober, conservative, benevolent, dependable, & even religious & yet be very worldly. Materialism is worldly - but even further - if one is NOT IN Christ - that one is WORLDLY - NOT Spiritual! -MP3/PPT/KEYNOTE/PDF- 9/28/2014

“Reactions To The Cross”-[Luke 23] - Mentioning the cross instantly produces a reaction - The cross demands & receives a response!People today react to the crucifixion in the same ways people did on the day Jesus died on the cross.-MP3/PPT/KEYNOTE/PDF- 9/21/2014

“Lord, who has believed our report?”-[Jewish National Unbelief] -John 12:37-50 - from at the beginning sounded the theme of national unbelief - (1:11; 15:24; cf. Mat 11:20; Luke 16:31). In spite of all Jesus’ miraculous signs, they would not believe in Him.“Lord, who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?” - though the message was preached everywhere - only a few believed (Isa 53:1; Rom 10:16-21). This unbelief did not at all set aside the purpose of God - (Rom 9-11)-MP3/PPT/KEYNOTE/PDF- 9/21/2014

“How Can I Be An Encouragement To Others?”-[Acts 11:19-26] - Join us as we examine the example of Barnabas. We can encourage others by: 1) helping those in need –2) extending support – 3) building them up - 4) providing opportunities – 5)giving them second chances. -MP3/PPT/KEYNOTE/PDF- 9/14/2014

“The Hour Has Come”-[Conclusion of Jesus’ Public Ministry]” - John 12:1-36 - Mar Anoints Jesus / The plot to kill Lazarus / The triumphal entry / The fruitful grain of wheat / Jesus speaks of His death -MP3/PPT/KEYNOTE/PDF- 9/14/2014

“Keep Your Heart With All Diligence”-[Proverbs 4:23] - This lesson seeks to answer the questions: What does the term“heart” reference in the Bible? Can we“keep” /“guard” our heart? How can we“keep” /“ rotect”our heart? . . . If we fail to obey this exhortaion, the end result will be eternal seperation from God. -MP3/PPT/KEYNOTE/PDF- 9/7/2014

Can We Trust The Text of The New Testament?”- [The Reliability of The New Testament Text] -Has The NT Text Been Corrupted?Can we know that the NT we have is the same as it was when written?Historically there have been MANY enemies of the scriptures. The onslaught has escalated in our day. With the aid of technology,skeptics have saturated academia & the internet with false & skewed information. With the growing militance of the modern skeptic, and the rise of atheism & agnosticism, this kind of study is crucial - especially for younger people who have yet to develop a strong faith in God & His word.-MP3/PPT/KEYNOTE/PDF- 8/31/2014

“I AM The Resurrection & The Life”-[John 11:1-57] -Death is the great horror which sin has produced (1 Cor. 15:20-22).Physical death is the divine object lesson of what sin does in the spiritual realm. By faith in Jesus, what is lost by our sin can be regained in Jesus! The resuscitation of Lazarus contains a lesson that goes far beyond the fact that Jesus raised a man from physical death. -MP3/PPT/KEYNOTE/PDF- 8/31/2014

“Does God’s Word Scare You?” -Warnings Are Necessary & Ought To Be Appreciated!Many believe & heed God & the warnings He has given us in His word! Many more ignore God & His warnings!MANY Have Everything To Fear!! What is your attitude toward God’s word? -MP3/PPT/KEYNOTE/PDF- 8/24/2014

“Lessons From Daniel” -Karl VanDevender -MP3- 8/24/2014

Arise And Build”- [Lessons from the book of Nehemiah] - We need to be busy: Building Up Ourselves Spiritually /Building Up One Another Lovingly / Building Up The Church Collectively! What are the needed qualities for real growth? -MP3/PPT/KEYNOTE/PDF- 8/17/2014

“Actions Speak Louder Than Words” -(John 10:31-42) -The hostile crowd picked up stones to stone Jesus (10:31, cf. 8:59) because they understood the implications of His claims, (cf. 10:33; 5:18).-They understood Him - they just didn’t believe Him - (cf. 5:18; 8:57-59).Jesus’ responds using a method of argumentation common in Rabbinic discussions - He argues from the lesser to the greater using the scripture to defend His claim to be the Son of God. This text clearly confirms Jesus’ claim to deity -MP3/PPT/KEYNOTE/PDF- 8/17/2014

Some Things Every New Christian Should Know”- We have been blessed with four new babes in Christ within the last two weeks –There are some things they need to know! - There are some things we need to know as well so we can help them grow to maturity in Christ. -MP3/PPT/KEYNOTE/PDF- 8/10/2014

“I AM The Good Shepherd” -(John 10:1-30) - Some implications of this claim made by Jesus - Lessons from the text -Will we listen to or reject the Shepherd?Will we follow His voice or refuse? Will we receive His loving protection & care or reject it and be destroyed?-MP3/PPT/KEYNOTE/PDF- 8/10/2014

The Challenge of Personal Evangelism”-[The Example of Philip The Evangelist] Persoanl evangelism should not be viewed with negativity, dread & skepticism. It is true that many challenges & obstacles exist for those of us trying to actively teach the gospel, but nothing should deter us from sharing our faith with others. If Jesus means everything to me - I will try to make Him mean something to someone else-MP3/PPT/KEYNOTE/PDF- 7/27/2014

Praying Like Paul”-[What Can We Learn From The Prayers of Paul?]In most of Paul’s letters, he includes a prayer for his readers.Paul’s prayers are instructional, inspirational, & powerful.Paul’s heart was fixed on the essential things, things true, important & indispensable.Paul’s prayers, then, become a mirror in which we can examine ourselves. - - - Are we concerned about the same things as Paul?-MP3/PPT/KEYNOTE/PDF- 7/20/2014

Is It REALLY ARROGANT To Say -’This Is The Truth?’"- The popular attitude that I will call 'Skeptical humility’says no one should be, or even can becertain or dogmatic about anything.This “mindset” is NOT REAL humility - but rank unbelief!It's not arrogant to have firm, immovable biblical convictions.In fact, it is our duty to come to strong, mature, biblically-informed convictions, & hold firmly to the truth-MP3/PPT/KEYNOTE/PDF- 7/13/2014

“Conduct Becoming A Christian”[Walking In Holiness]- (1 Peter 1:13-21) -Certain Standards of Ethical Conduct Demanded & Expected In Government, Business’, Education, Organizations, etc. . . .Implies Recognized Importance of Example & Influence Needed. If we desire toFortify The Focus Of Our Hope (1:13), we must believe & trust in God enoughLive an Obedient, Transformed & Holy Life (1:13-16) -Conduct Ourselves In Reverence & Godly Fear - (1:17) -Respond To The Price of Our Redemption With Humility, Trusting Obedience & Gratitude - (1:18-21)-MP3/PPT/ KEYNOTE/PDF - 6/15/2014

The Christian’s LIVING HOPE"- (1 Peter 1:1-9) -An understanding of this“Living Hope” can help us as Christians who are "pilgrims" be more joyful during our sojourn in this life, even in the midst trials, sorrows, hardships & Pain.-MP3/PPT/KEYNOTE/PDF- 6/8/2014

“Overcoming Life’s Challenges” [Lessons From The Life of Joseph]- (Genesis 37-50) - We face challenges in this life on a daily basis! This study of the life of Joseph identifies seven challenges he faced and overcame. We face the same challenges today. Let us learn from the life of Joseph how we too can be victorious & overcome. -[The Challenge of Hatred & Envy;The Challenge of Betrayal; The Challenge of Persistent Temptation; The Challenge of False Accusations; The Challenge of Ingratitude; The Challenge of Power & Wealth;The Challenge of Forgiveness] -MP3/PPT/ KEYNOTE/PDF - 6/1/2014

David’s Greatest Victory"- (1 Samuel 24 & 26)-We must learn to rule ourselves – Prov 16:32; 25:28; 1 Cor 9:27.We will not be over the things God has placed under us until we get under the things God has placed over us!-MP3/PPT/KEYNOTE/PDF- 5/25/2014

THE CHALLENGE OF SELF EXAMINATION"- (2 Corinthians 13:5; 1 Corinthians 11:27-29)-Do You Recognize The Need?Are You Willing To Have The Necessary Qualities?Are You In Christ?Are You Growing In Christ?-MP3/PPT/KEYNOTE/PDF- 5/18/2014

”Our Common Salvation”- [And Our Duty To Defend It]-(Book of Jude)- False teachers seem to be everywhere these days. What should our respense be as partakers of the“common salvation” found only in Christ? MP3/PPT/ KEYNOTE/PDF -/5/11/2014

”Judging Righteous Judgment”- (John 7:1-24) - Every impenitent sinner knows Jesus’ prohibition against Judging in Mat 7:1 and quote it often. How ironic that those who do such are the ones who are actally guilty of violating the Lord’s teaching. -MP3/PPT/ KEYNOTE/PDF -/5/11/2014

“Noah"- Rejecting The Truth Does Not Change The Truth” - (Genesis 6:5-7:1; Hebrews 11:7; 2 Peter 2:5; 3:1-12; 1 Peter 3:18-22; Matthew 24:36-39)-Noah was A Preacher of Righteousness but most rejected his preaching & thus destroyed by the flood.Sadly, the same is true today when Christ is preached . . . -MP3/PPT/KEYNOTE/PDF- 5/4/2014

”It Is Well”- (Psalm 46:1-11)In good times or bad, when peace like a river attendeth my soul, or when sorrows like sea billows roll - the faithful child of God can proclaim -“It Is Well With My Soul!"-MP3/PPT/ KEYNOTE/PDF-4/27/2014

“Identifying A Scriptural Local Church"- (Selected Scriptures)- Far too many fail to make this their primary criteria when looking for a congregation to worship & work with. A scriptural local church can be identified because it follows the New Testament pattern. In order to identify a scriptural church, we MUSTsearch the scriptures that we may know what the NT church looks like. - What was it called? What did it teach? How was it organized? How did it worship? What did it practice?-MP3/PPT/KEYNOTE/PDF- 4/13/2014

“Rationalizing Sinful Behavior"- (1 Samuel 13:1-15; 15:1-35)-The belief in sin, and the idea that someone could be referred to as a “sinner,” have all but disappeared from our permissive society.Sinful behavior has been explained away, excused, tolerated, defended, and now accepted by most people.When confronted with sin, king David simply said, “I have sinned against the Lord” (2 Sam 12:13).However, when some Christians are confronted with sin in their life, they become defensive and seek to excuse the behavior that is under question.-MP3/PPT/KEYNOTE/PDF- 3/30/2014

“A Portrait of Redemption"- (A Study of the Book of Ruth)-There are many valuable lessons to be gleaned from this beautiful book. This book is verypractical,beneficial and encouraging. This lesson examines many of these lessons and then focusses on the concept of redemption.Boaz “the kinsman redeemer” is a fitting “type” of Christ.Ruth, a Gentile believer redeemed by Boaz, is a fitting “type” of the church.-MP3/PPT/KEYNOTE/PDF- 3/16/2014

“Divine Providence In The Life of Todays Christian"- (Selected Scriptures)-Problems are a part of life and how one handles these problems is related to his view of God. Believing in divine providence helps one to cope with the vicissitudes of life.The word itself never appears in Holy Scripture in reference to God, (Acts 24:1), but the concept is found Throughout the Bible. This lesson examines what the Bible teaches about this important subject. -MP3/PPT/KEYNOTE/PDF- 3/9/2014

“Jonah, The Reluctant Preacher"- (Book of Jonah)- Several lessons can be learned from the Book of Jonah. Could we be more like Jonah than we think?-MP3/PPT/KEYNOTE/PDF- 2/16/2014

“The Rich Man & Lazarus”- (Luke 16:19-31)- There are several vital lessons we can gain from this text. What do you have, what are you seeking or what are you doing in this life that is worth forfeiting heaven for? How valuable will any of those things be to you the second after you die? -MP3/PPT/KEYNOTE/PDF- 2/9/2014

“Why We Do NOT Use Mechanical Musical Instruments In Our Worship To God”- (Hebrews 13:15)- This lesson attempts to answer one of the most commonly asked questions members of the church of Christ are asked. The principles established in a previous lesson, (Worshipping God In Spirit & In Truth), are built upon and applied to this subject. Hope that all will benefit from this important study, whether you are a member of the church of Christ or not.-MP3/PPT/KEYNOTE/PDF- 2/2/2014

“Worshipping God In Spirit & In Truth”- (John 4:19-26)- What does Jesus mean when he says,“those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth?”Most suggest that it means,“with the right attitude and proper form.” Whie this is true - I want to suggest that there is more involved in the meaning than this.-MP3/PPT/KEYNOTE/PDF- 1/26/2014

“What Will You Do With Jesus"- (Matthew 27:15-26)-No GREATER QUESTION confronts you than this one.There are but two answers to the question - “Belief” (conviction, trust & obedience), or “Unbelief” - Mt 7:13,14. Unbelief is manifested in many ways, from denial to indifference. The opportunity to believe & obey the gospel is now. The day is coming when the question is,“What will Jesus do with you?-MP3/PPT/KEYNOTE/PDF- 1/19/2014

“Godly Living In Perilous Times"- (2 Timothy 1:3-4:18)-Can any Bible believer doubt that we are living in perilous times? Atheism, Agnosticism, Postmodernism, Pragmatism, Worldliness, False Doctrine & Division are all on the rise! Let us consider seven exhortations from Paul which will help and encourage us to be faithful! -MP3/PPT/KEYNOTE/PDF- 1/12/2014

“Don’t Give Satan ANY Advantage” -Satan is difficult enough to overcome without us helping him out! (Eph 6:10,11; 2 Cor 11:14). What are some things we may do or not do – that gives Satan the advantage he needs to destroy us?-/KEYNOTE/PPT/PDF-(12/15/2013)

“The New Birth”- (John 3:1-21) -In order for one to enter into the kingdom of heaven one must be born again, i.e., born from above. What is the new birth? How can one be born again? Does“born of water” have reference to water baptism? -AUDIO/KEYNOTE/PPT/PDF-(12/1/2013)

"Amazing Unbelief"-Why So Many Reject The Truth In Spite of Overwhelming Evidence? -One does NOT have to be an atheist to be classified by the Lord as an unbeliever. This lesson 1) defines unbelief, 2) Givesreasons for unbelief 3) Instructs as to the cure for unbelief -MP3/KEYNOTE/PPT/PDF-(9/29/2013)

"The Lost Bible"- (2 Chronicles 34:1-35:19; 2 Kings 21:24-23:30) -Knowledge of TRUTH is essential for True worship and acceptable service to God. Proper respect for TRUTH brings hearing, repentance and reform – but unconcern & indifference brings ignorance, compromise, & DESTRUCTION! – 2 Tim. 4:2-4; Hos. 4:6.There is an epidemic of Biblical illiteracy today! -MP3/KEYNOTE/PPT/PDF-(9/8/2013)

"The Importance of Using Our Time Wisely"- Ephesians 5:15-17; Psalm 90:9-12; Ecclesiastes 3:1-13 -Many live over-committed, out of balance, & out of control lives! We need to realize the value of time and how easy it is to waste the time God has blessed us with. What are some steps we can take to make better use of our time?-MP3/KEYNOTE/PPT/PDF-(9/1/2013)

"Why Does God Allow Christians To Suffer?"-The unbelieving critic often asks this question as an argument against God: “Why would a God who is all-good & loving, all-knowing, and all-powerful allow bad things to happen to good people?” However, the question may also be asked in sincerity: “How could God let this happen to me and to mine, why would God not stop this pain and help me?” This lesson examines the question and gives scriptural answers -MP3/KEYNOTE/PPT/PDF-(8/18/2013)

"Preaching Jesus Christ And Him Crucified" -(1 Cor. 1:23; 2:2) -Many say: "We Ought To Preach the Man, (Jesus), and NOT the plan." True enough - Jesus IS at the center of ALL TRUE GOSPEL PREACHING! But preaching that ignores HIS teaching is NOT gospel preaching, (Mt 28:18,19; 2 Tim 4:2; Acts 20:27) -Our preaching must include both the man and the plan! –MP3/KEYNOTE/PPT/PDF(8/4/2013)

"God's Silence Does Not Mean He Is Absent" - Lessons From The Book of Esther-An amazing true story filled with both good and bad examples. We learn of courage, faith and sacrifice, as well as the evils of hatred, pride and greed. Even though God is not directly mentioned, we can clearly see in the book of Esther God working providentially to protect His people that His will be accomplished.MP3/KEYNOTE/PPT/PDF-(4/14/2013)

"Members One of Another" - Should Christians Be Members of A Local Church?-The Christian, while added to the universal church by the Lord, (Acts 2:47), should seek to join himself to a local church.(Acts 9:26ff).Every Christian should seek out a faithful group of the Lord's people and identify with them in order to fulfill their share of the collective responsibilities.MP3/KEYNOTE/PPT/PDF-(4/7/2013)

"Losing It All To Gain Christ" - The Deal of A Lifetime!-What is MOST important to us? What do we value MOST? It is obvious what was important to Paul i.e., JESUS - all He is, all He has, & all He has promised! With regard to profit and loss, we, as the apostle Paul, should view everything as loss that we may gain the Lord. Our only gain (profit) is in knowing the Lord, being in the Lord, living for the Lord & living with the Lord! – (Philippians 3:1-16) –KEYNOTE/PPT/PDF-(3/31/2013)

"Church Discipline - Dealing With The Disorderly" - (That Their Souls Might Be Saved) -Withdrawing fellowship from those who walk disorderly is a command of the Lord, but what does that mean? How should the faithful view and treat those who have been withdrawn from? These are not easy questions, but they are important questions – and the Bible gives us the answers.(Text examined: Matthew 18:15-17; 1 Corinthians 5:1-13; 2 Thessalonians 3:6-15; Galatians 6:1,2).-MP3/PPT/KEYNOTE/PDF/VIDEO- 3/17/2013

"The Agony of The Cup" -One of the most moving experiences recorded concerning the life of Christ took place in the garden of Gethsemane. No one who is serious about being a Christian can remain unmoved as they think of Jesus’ agony in the Garden. But why did he “drink the bitter cup”? Because he loved us so! It was our sin, indeed it was my sin (!) that took him there.(Matthew 26:30-56; Mark 14:26-50; Luke 22:33-46)-MP3/PPT/KEYNOTE/PDF/VIDEO- 3/10/2013

"What Must I Do To Be Saved?"- When you ask the majority of religious leaders this question you will get several different answers and most of the time the wrong answer. This is the MOST important question anyone could ever ask? So isn't it REALLY important to get the right answer? The right answer can ONLY be found in the Bible - so what answer does the Bible give? -MP3/PPT/KEYNOTE/PDF/VIDEO- 2/17/2013

"I Would Be Happy If . . ."- (Upon What Does Your Happiness Depend?)- Happiness is something we all desire - but too many are looking for it in all the wrong places! What is happiness? What brings about unhappiness? How can we achieve true happiness? -MP3/PPT/KEYNOTE/PDF- 1/20/2013

"Politics of Pilgrims"- What role, if any should Christians play in ourgovernment? Do we understand the the implications & obligations of being citizens of heaven? (Phili 3:17-4:1) -MP3/PPT/KEYNOTE/PDF- 11/11/2012


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