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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Bible Classes: Are You Learning Anything?

Often we may hear someone say, "I'm not getting anything out of my Bible class." When this happens what is the cause? There may be many causes. One could obviously be that the teacher is not prepared and that he is not doing a good job in presenting the material. However, even if this is the case, still as a Bible student, I can learn much in the class IF I do the proper kind of preparation and study for the class at home.

I believe that probably more often than not, the problem lies more in the other direction. The person who makes this statement may, in fact, be putting little or nothing into the class. They come without studying and expect the teacher to suddenly excite them about this subject and fill them with knowledge. This will not happen if we do not show enough interest at home to prepare for the class.

Also, how many parents are concerned enough about their children's soul that they make sure they are getting their lessons and bringing their books? Are we wasting time and losing our children in our indifference?

- by Steve Hardin

 

The light of Jesus

Have you ever met one of those people who as they say, "lights up the room when they come in"? I hope you have, because I have and it gives hope to life.

 

Where I work I have a friend named Anthony, he is one of those people. It may not be a coincidence, but I find it interesting that he works in the Lighting/ Electrical department. He helps bring light into people's lives physically, but also spiritually. Anthony is a lover of God and is not afraid to share his relationship with the father with others. He is one of those folks I look for when I'm at work, because he makes work seem… well, less like work, he brings a little light into my life, a little hope when I see God working in him.

 

Of course the example for us all is Jesus Christ, our God; our Brother; our friend and our support. I love the description that the Apostle John gives of Jesus in the book of John. In John 1:1-5 we read, "In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. He existed in the beginning with God. God created everything through Him, and nothing was created except through Him. The Word gave life to everything that was created, and His life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it." (NLT)

 

There is our example, the true bringer of the light! We sometimes sing a hymn that says, "Oh to be like thee, blessed redeemer," but I wonder if we really understand the full impact of those words, of what he was and what he did. John goes on and says, "The One who is the true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.  He came into the very world He created, but the world didn't recognize Him. He came to His own people, and even they rejected Him." (John 1: 9-11)

 

You see what this says is that if you try to live as a Christian and bring light to others; don't expect them to always thank you. They rejected Jesus, they will often reject you.

 

I don't know about you, but I pray that I can be a little more like Anthony to those around me, but even more I pray that I can let the light of Christ be seen in me. There is no such thing as a secret Christian, you either are or you aren’t. Jesus himself said in Matthew 5:14, "You are the light of the world… like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden."

 

When is the last time someone was glad to see you coming? Could it be you need to let the light of Jesus be seen more in your life?

 

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Sermons about natural disasters

Lessons from a hurricane

 

1)    Job 1:22 – Job did not “charge God foolishly.” Good lesson for modern disasters!

2)    Be careful about “foolishly charging God” under any set of circumstances.

3)    There are some parallels between Hurricane Harvey and the end of time.

a)     God has given warnings – many, many warnings about a “future storm” (sentencing of all men).

4)    This storm will not be limited to one area of the world.  Neither will it be limited to one era of time.

5)    From 2 Thess. 1 we heard about “flaming fire.”

6)    2 Thess. 1:8 speaks about “rendering vengeance” on the unprepared.

7)    Verse 9 refers to “punishment” and “eternal destruction.”

8)    In the spiritual realm, there are no second chances when it comes to meeting up with God.

9)    Rev. 6:14-17 – READ

10) When faced with God’s final judgment, a hurricane will look like a couple of raindrops.

11) Jesus once said:  What will a man give in exchange for his life (eternal spirit), Mk. 8:37?

12) If we gain the entire world but forfeit our eternal spirit (Mk. 8:36), how will we be benefitted?

 

PEOPLE HAVE NOT CHANGED THROUGHOUT TIME.

 

1)    Gen. 19:14 – READ

2)    Verses 15-16 – READ

3)    For the unsaved, a disaster like a hurricane may seem like an almost fatal blow --

4)    Especially for those who are in the later years of their life.

5)    Disasters should help remind us this life is temporary and only the eternal truly matters

6)    All too often we can be almost totally consumed with the physical consequences of things like storms.

 

DO WE HAVE ANY OBLIGATION TO VICTIMS?

 

7)    As things currently stand, there may be opportunities to help for months to come.

8)    No person can do it all, but helping some is much better than not helping at all.

 

9)    We can pray for the victims.  Some assistance can also be sent.

10) This storm was bad, but it will surely not be the last.  In fact, there is already talk of another one.

11) Storms are a part of life. 

12)  Experiences like storm should make us cry out for something better – is there no relief from such things?

13) It is good to help others with food, clothing and shelter. 

14) Man’s ultimate need is Jesus Christ; “food and shelter” from the Lord is our greatest need.

 

 

Lecciones de un huracán 
1) Job 1:22 - Job no "cargó a Dios con insensatez". ¡Buena lección para los desastrosos modernos!
2) Tenga cuidado con la "carga absurda de Dios" bajo cualquier conjunto de circunstancias.
3) Hay algunos paralelos entre el huracán Harvey y el fin de los tiempos.
a) Dios ha dado advertencias - muchas, muchas advertencias sobre una "tormenta futura" (sentencia de todos los hombres).
4) Esta tormenta no se limitará a una zona del mundo. Tampoco se limitará a una era de tiempo.
5) Desde 2 Tes. 1 oímos hablar de "fuego ardiente".
6) 2 Tes. 1: 8 habla de "hacer venganza" sobre los despreparados.
7) El versículo 9 se refiere al "castigo" y la "destrucción eterna".
8) En el reino espiritual, no hay segundas oportunidades cuando se trata de encontrarnos con Dios.
9) Rev. 6: 14-17 - LEER
10) Cuando se enfrenta con el juicio final de Dios, un huracán se verá como un par de gotas de lluvia.
11) Jesús dijo una vez: ¿Qué dará un hombre a cambio de su vida (espíritu eterno), Mk. 8:37?
12) Si ganamos el mundo entero pero perdemos nuestro espíritu eterno (Mc 8:36), ¿cómo seremos beneficiados?

LA GENTE NO HA CAMBIADO A TRAVÉS DEL TIEMPO.

1) Génesis 19:14 - LEER
2) Versículos 15-16 - LEER
3) Para los no salvos, un desastre como un huracán puede parecer un golpe casi fatal -
4) Especialmente para aquellos que están en los últimos años de su vida.
5) Los desastres deberían ayudar a recordarnos que esta vida es temporal y sólo lo eterno realmente importa
6) Con demasiada frecuencia podemos estar casi totalmente consumidos por las consecuencias físicas de cosas como tormentas.

¿TENEMOS CUALQUIER OBLIGACIÓN PARA LAS VÍCTIMAS?

7) En la actualidad, puede haber oportunidades de ayudar durante los próximos meses.
8) Nadie puede hacerlo todo, pero ayudar a algunos es mucho mejor que no ayudar en absoluto.

9) Podemos orar por las víctimas. También se puede enviar alguna ayuda.
10) Esta tormenta fue mala, pero seguramente no será la última. De hecho, ya se habla de otro.
11) Las tormentas son una parte de la vida.
12) Experiencias como la tormenta deben hacernos gritar por algo mejor - ¿no hay alivio de tales cosas?
13) Es bueno ayudar a otros con comida, ropa y refugio.
14) La necesidad última del hombre es Jesucristo; "Alimento y refugio" del Señor es nuestra mayor necesidad.

 

 

 

 

 

  

  

  

 

  

  

  

 

    

 

 

  

                      

 

 

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