The Response of Nehemiah

In Nehemiah 1, we read about a report that Nehemiah receives from Jerusalem. When he hears about what is happening to God’s people and to the state of Jerusalem, he weeps. Not only does he mourn for days, but he fasts and prays continuously. He is more than a little upset. He is unsettled. He […]

Ephesians Study: Love of Christ

[Ephesians 3:14-19] “And I ask Him that with both feet planted firmly on love, you’ll be able to take in with all followers of Jesus the extravagant dimensions of Christ’s love. Reach out and experience the breadth! Test its length! Plumb the depths! Rise to the heights! Live full lives, full in the fullness of […]

Ephesians Study: Immeasurable Greatness

[Ephesians 1:15-23] The Power of God – Omnipotence (all-powerful) Parted the Red Sea & the Jordan River Reattached the ear of the soldier Raised the dead – Resurrection Power! God’s power is GREAT – God’s power is UNABLE TO BE MEASURED 19 “And what is the immeasurable greatness of His power toward us who believe, […]

Colossians Study: Worship Works

[Colossians 3:22-25] “What you think about you care about What you care about you chase” “Servants, do what you’re told by your earthly masters. And don’t just do the minimum that will get you by. Do your best. Work from the heart for your real Master, for God, confident that you’ll get paid in full […]

More Than a Story: Kingdom-Focused

[Matthew 13] Contains EIGHT parables!! All of these parables speak about the kingdom of heaven. Parable of the Sower Readiness to hear and receive the Message of the kingdom of heaven. Three parables about growth: Weeds, Mustard Seed, Yeast/Leaven Parable of the Weeds – weeds among good seed, test between true disciples and others. Parable […]

More Than a Story: Faithfulness

[The Loaned Money: Matthew 25:14-30] Also known as the Parable of the Talents A talent is a monetary unit worth about 20 years’ worth of wages. Talent is useless if it is not used. No one is without talent. Talents given according to ability – 5, 2, 1 Responsibility – Faithful over little, set you […]

More Than a Story: Compassion

[The Good Samaritan: Luke 10:25-37] Compassion – Deep awareness of the sufferings or misfortunes of another with a desire to relieve it. Verse 37 – And he said, “The one who showed mercy toward him.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do the same.” [NASB] Mercy – eleos (el’-eh-os) – pity, mercy, compassion, tender […]

More Than A Story: Obedience

[The Vineyard Workers: Matthew 20:1-16] Isaiah 1:19 – “If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the good things of the land.” [HCSB] God uses EVERYONE obedient to Him – Peter asks “WHAT’S IN IT FOR ME”? “Then Peter chimed in, ‘We left everything and followed you. What do we get out of it?’ […]

More Than a Story: Forgiveness

More Than a Story is a 12 week study of the parables of Jesus. This is the second week: FORGIVENESS. [The Unforgiving Debtor: Matthew 18:21-35] Unforgiveness is the POISON we drink hoping another will die When you hold tight to an unforgiving spirit you slowly die to TRUTH and RIGHTEOUSNESS – PRISONER Peter came and […]

Feeding the Five Thousand Lesson

Feeding the Five Thousand [Matthew 14:15-21, Mark 6:35-44, Luke 9:12-17, John 6:4-13] Beyond the Text What fish did Jesus feed to the people? The Bible doesn’t say and scholars don’t know. Legend has it that the fish was Tilapia, also known as “St. Peter’s Fish.” What about the Feeding of Four Thousand? Is it the […]