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Lessons From March 29, 2015

“What Will You Reap?"-[We Reap What We Sow] -(Luke 8:5-15; 2 Cor 9:6; Gal 6:7-9)-We Are All Sowing – but to what end? The principle of reaping according to what we have sown is as old as creation & applies in both the material & spiritual realm. This lesson examines three areas in which we are all sowing - (Sowing The Seed /Use of Material Things /Thoughts & Deeds) What will you reap in these three areas? –MP3 /PPT/KEYNOTE/PDF- 3/29/2015

“The Crucifixion of Jesus”-[John 19:17-30] - What was crucifixion? What did Jesus see & experience on the cross? What is our reaction & response to the cross? - MP3/PPT/KEYNOTE/PDF- 3/29/2015

Other Recent Lessons

“Knowing God’s Will"-[How Can I Know Which Choice Is The Right Choice?] - We are often presented with difficult choices.The godly person seeks to please God in the choices he/she makes, thus the godly person desires to know God’s will in the matter.God is aware of our struggles & needs -God does indeed lead His people today [the question is NOT if, but HOW!] -How can we be confident in the choices we make being God’s will?MP3/PPT/KEYNOTE/PDF- 3/22/2015

“Will You Be Led To Jesus?”-[Rufus Thrower] - MP3- 3/22/2015

“The Futility of Rejecting God’s Word"-[Jeremiah 36:1-32] -Unbelief doesn’t change the fact that God’s word is true!God’s Word IS:Indestructible, Everlasting &Unalterable. - God’s word will last forever as originally given-and to reject God’s word is to do so at our own peril. Let us also realize that to attempt to alter God’s word, to change it in any way is to reject it. Let us believe & obey God’s word as it IS! - MP3/PPT/KEYNOTE/PDF- 3/15/2015

“The Trial of Jesus”-[John 18:12-19:16] -Jesus taken to Annas, -Then to Caiaphas and SOME of the elders –Jesus sent to Pilate –Jesus sent to Herod “tetrarch of Galilee” -Herod sends Jesus back to Pilate – (What will you do with Jesus?) - MP3/PPT/KEYNOTE/PDF- 3/15/2015

“When Jesus Is My All In All"-[Colossians 3:1-17] - What is Jesus Christ to you?Does Jesus Christ “REALLY” have pre-eminence in your life - (Actions speak louder than words!) - When Jesus is TRULY our ALL in ALL - we will be focussed on Him, willput off the old man with his sin & put on the new man according to the image of Christ! - We willworship in spirit & truth & submit every word & deed to Christ’s authority? -MP3/PPT/KEYNOTE/PDF- 3/8/2015

“The Betrayal & Arrest of Jesus”-[John 18:1-12] -Jesus does NOT appear in this narrative as a mere victim - nor is he overcome by an external superior power! - MP3/PPT/KEYNOTE/PDF- 3/8/2015

“A False Sense of Security"-[Being Aware of the Danger] - [Amos 6:1-8] -To feel secure is to be free from anxiety, doubt and fear - To feel SAFE! -It is not pleasant to live in this world without feeling secure - so we put a lot of effort into “feeling” secure - even if there is no substance in what makes us “FEEL” secure.Feeling secure does not mean we are! Many Today “FEEL” Secure BUT ARE LOST! -Feeling secure can lead to overconfidence and carelessness -God wants us to BE SECURE! (the first seven minutes of the audio file has a buz, but much better quality after that) -MP3/PPT/KEYNOTE/PDF- 3/1/2015

“Let God Be True, But Every Man A Liar"-[Romans 3:1-8] -God is always true, right, and justified in His actions -When I AGREE with God I am in the right! -If I DISAGREE with Him I am always wrong! - There are many who disregard God’s word, reject it and seek things that are directly opposed to its clear teaching. (Origins?Morality? Worship? Salvation?) - We MUST return to, and hold steadfastly to God’s word, which is THE TRUTH -MP3/PPT/KEYNOTE/PDF- 2/22/2015

“The Glory of God In Zion"-[Psalm 48:1-14] - The Psalmist is praising and magnifying God for the beauty, glory & preservation of Zion, due to the presence of God -God’s presence was dependent upon their obedience to Him! -The church of Christ is the spiritual Zion (cf Heb.12:22) & the plea made in this text by the Psalmist almost 3000 years ago is as badly needed today as it was then.-PPT/KEYNOTE/PDF- 2/15/2015

“The Lord’s Prayer”-[Part 3][John 17:20-26] - In connectionwith our Lord’s teaching, which began in chapter 13, Jesus prays for Himself, His chosen apostles, and for all who become believers through the apostles teaching.This third lesson focuses on Jesus’ prayer for all those who would believe on Him through the apostles teaching -PPT/KEYNOTE/PDF- 2/15/2015

“Lessons From Paul’s Appearance Before Felix"-(Acts 24:22-27) -Gospel is universal … All need it /Gospel is rational … Reason with it / Courageously speak what people need / Truth should terrify the lost /Do not delay … Obey now!- MP3/PPT/KEYNOTE/PDF-2/8/2015

“The Lord’s Prayer”-[Part 2][John 17:6-19] - In connectionwith our Lord’s teaching, which began in chapter 13, Jesus prays for Himself, His chosen apostles, and for all who become believers through the apostles teaching.This second lesson focuses on Jesus’ prayer for His apostles -MP3/PPT/KEYNOTE/PDF- 2/8/2015

“Profanity - It Is A Big Deal!”-Disrespecting That Which Is Holy Is A Serious Matter - Profanity involes more than the things we may say - We can be guilty of profane speech - profane worship & profane behavior. -- God demands we respect His person, His word, & His institutions!We can ONLY honor God by faithfully serving & obeying Him!-MP3/PPT/KEYNOTE/PDF- 2/1/2015

“Fellowship In Matters of Judgment"-(Romans 14:1-15:7) - [The Realm of Liberty Should Not Be A Warzone] -Romans 14 has been grossly abused by those teaching or defending error . . . Romans 14 teaches the need for tolerance & Forbearance with brethren who differ in matters of indifference to God . . .Attempts to put sinful practices & false doctrine in Romans 14 violates Text & Context. - MP3/PPT/KEYNOTE/PDF-1/25/2015

“Would You Give It Back?”-Ashton Wilson -MP3-1/25/2015

“Not A Hoof Left Behind-(Exodus 8:25-10:26)One of the devil’s favorite tools is compromise -There are times when compromise is good & necessary - but there are also times when it is forbidden & destructive!- In areas of doctrine & sin - we must hold rigidly to God's demands. We cannot allow Satan to control ANY area of our lives. - MP3/PPT/KEYNOTE/PDF-1/18/2015

“The Lord’s Prayer (part 1)"-[John 17:1-5] - In connectionwith our Lord’s teaching, which began in chapter 13, Jesus prays for Himself, His chosen apostles, and for all who become believers through the apostles teaching,This first lesson focuses on the first part of the Lord’s prayer recorded in John 17. -MP3/PPT/KEYNOTE/PDF-1/18/2015

“Fellowship - Basis, Nature & Limit"-[1 John 1:1-10] -The basis for“Fellowship”is the “TRUTH.” When we depart from the truth – we set in motion that which will destroy our fellowship with God & each other -MP3/PPT/KEYNOTE/PDF-1/11/2015

“The Contasting Fruit of Belief & Unbelief-[Numbers 13:26-14:10] - This lesson compares the unbelief of the ten spies with the faith of Joshua & Caleb with some practicle applications for us today. -MP3/PPT/KEYNOTE/PDF- 12/14/2014

“Nothing But Leaves"-Jesus sought fruit on a fig tree but found none - the tree was cursed & died. Jesus seeks fruit from us - what would He find in us if He returned today? What will He do if He finds no fruit? -Mark 11:11–26 -MP3/PPT/KEYNOTE/PDF- 12/7/2014

“The Need For Complete Dependence Upon God”- (1 Peter5:5-11) - We MUST:—[1] Willingly & totally surrender in service & obedience to God - 5:5-7 --- [2] Be serious & on alert against the devil - 5:8 -—[3] Resist the devil with a steadfast faith in Christ - 5:9 -— [4] Persevere through suffering & Receive God's blessings which He desires to pour out upon you abundantly! - 5:10 - MP3/PPT/KEYNOTE/PDF- 11/30/2014

“What God Has Joined Together, Let Not Man Separate”- (Mat. 19:6) - / Scripturally Married Husband & Wife /Christ & His Church & His Teaching / Faith & Works of Obedience / Grace & Law of Christ / Spirit / Love & Obedience To God / Christ / Scriptural Baptism & Salvation / Spirit & Truth In Worship & Service / Faithfulness & Eternal Life /Unbelief (Disobedience) & Condemnation -MP3/PPT/KEYNOTE/PDF- 11/23/2014

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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

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

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

”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

“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

“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

“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)

"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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