Lessons from the Shortest Psalm

Text: Psalm 117 This psalm is the shortest chapter in the Bible (two verses). Yet it contains some important lessons for us. God is Worthy of Praise This psalm begins and ends with a call to praise the Lord – glorify, honor, and worship Him What are we declaring when we worship and praise God? […]

Testing God

Text: Hebrews 3:7-11 This lesson briefly considers three examples of those who tested God so that we might see the consequences of such actions and learn from their mistakes. What Does It Mean to Test God? To disobey His word (Hebrews 3:7-11, 15-19) – what is in our hearts leads to action (v. 10); disobedience is […]

Talking Back to God

Text: Malachi 3:13 Talking back is a phrase used to describe one who verbally challenges a parent, elder, or superior. When Malachi prophesied, the people were guilty of talking back to God (ex: Malachi 3:13). Several times in this short book, the people openly challenged God’s statements/rebukes. In this lesson, we will briefly consider the […]

Does God Want Us to be Happy?

People often try to excuse sin by saying, “I just think God would want me to be happy.” The reasoning is that is a certain behavior makes one happy, God must accept it, no matter what the Bible says, so we should accept the behavior too. We must ask the question: Does God want us […]

God Helps Those Who Help Themselves

Text: 2 Chronicles 32:1-8 We sometimes hear the phrase: ‘God helps those who help themselves.’ This phrase is not in the Bible, but the principle exists. In order to take full advantage of what God offers, we must do what we are able to do. Example: Hezekiah Defending Jerusalem Against the Assyrians (2 Chronicles 32:1-8) […]

Our Provider and Deliverer

Text: Psalm 34:8-14 The Lord is Good (Psalm 34:8,10) This psalm opens with David praising God (v. 1-3) – Why? … The Lord delivered him (v. 4-7) The Lord, by His very nature, is good (1 Chronicles 16:34) The Lord desires our good (Jeremiah 29:11) The Lord has the power to do good (Hebrews 7:25) […]

A Body Prepared by God

Text: Hebrews 10:5 God prepared a body for Jesus so that He could fulfill His mission. Yet this is not the only body which God has prepared. While each is different, there are several things which they have in common. God Prepared Man’s Physical Body (Genesis 2:7) Man had no part in the preparation of […]