What Keeps Us from Going to Battle?

Text: Deuteronomy 20:1-9 In the Old Testament, the Israelites were called to fight. These physical battles teach us lessons for our spiritual war. In our text, Moses encouraged the people to not fear the enemies they would face and also gave certain exemptions that would excuse certain men from their responsibilities to go to war. As Christians involved […]

“Consider Your Ways!”

Text: Haggai 1:5 Haggai prophesied about the need to rebuild the temple. As the people were instructed to do this, they were also told to consider their ways. It is important for us to consider the lessons revealed by the prophet Haggai. Do Not Make Excuses The people were saying, “The time has not come…for […]

Justice for King Agag

Text: 1 Samuel 15:32-33 Saul was sent on a mission to destroy the Amalekites, yet spared their king – Agag (1 Samuel 15:2-3,8). Saul was condemned and punished for his sin (1 Samuel 15:14-15, 18-20, 22-23), yet Samuel did not forget to deal with Agag. Even though Agag thought he would be spared, justice was […]

Moses Struck the Rock

Text: Numbers 20:7-12 As usual, the people were complaining about the conditions in the wilderness. God provided for them, as He had before (Exodus 17:1-6). It is important to note that the instructions to Moses were different – strike the rock (Exodus 17:6); speak to the rock (Numbers 20:8). Moses sinned in this instance. His […]

Correcting the Over-Zealous

Sometimes we’re guilty of speaking or acting before knowing what God expects. A Woman’s Praise of Mary (Luke 11:27-28)] She directed praise & attention to Mary Jesus directed the focus on hearing & obeying the word of God A Dinner Guest’s Statement about the Kingdom (Luke 14:15) Stated how wonderful it would be to be […]

Why God’s Commands Are Disregarded

Text: John 2:1-11 Excuses the servants could have given for not obeying Jesus: We Think It Won’t Work – God’s ways are wiser than ours (1 Corinthians 1:25) We Think It Isn’t Necessary – It is not up to us to determine what is or is not necessary (Matthew 28:18) It Is Not What We Are Used […]

Excuses for Sin

Excuses for not knowing what is sin: Ignorance – Hosea 4:6 Human Reasoning – Proverbs 14:12 Trusting Others – Matthew 7:15 Excuses for choosing to sin: Only Human – Ecclesiastes 7:29; 1 Corinthians 10:13 Background – Ezekiel 18:14; 1 Timothy 1:15 Peer Pressure – 1 Corinthians 15:33