Choose Life

Text: Deuteronomy 30:15-20 The book of Deuteronomy is a book of reminders – of God’s law, God’s provisions, and events in the wilderness. This was necessary because it was given to the generation remaining after forty years in the wilderness. They were about to enter the promised land and needed to be reminded of these things. We also […]

God’s Provisions in the Plan of Salvation

Text: Matthew 22:1-4 Salvation is impossible without the Lord (Acts 4:12). He has made everything “ready” (Matthew 22:4). God gave a plan in His word by which we can be saved (hear, believe, repent, confess, be baptized, and be faithful). Every step of the way, God has provided what is necessary for us to do what […]

Prophecy Against the Shepherds of Israel

Text: Ezekiel 34:1-7 This passage contains a prophecy against “the shepherds of Israel.” They failed to fulfill their role in leading the people by taking advantage of them and only looking out for themselves. The most obvious parallel to “shepherds” would be to elders shepherding the Lord’s church. However, there are applications for all of us. We […]

How to Fix Our Broken Nation

Text: Proverbs 14:34 After the recent mass shooting in San Bernardino, CA, the New York Daily News headline – “God Isn’t Fixing This” – mocked God, prayer, and Christians as a whole. Many believe that God does not fix the problems in the world because He does not exist, does not care, or is incapable of […]

The Obedience That Is Required By God

Text: Philippians 2:12-13 The Scriptures are clear – the Lord expects His people to obey Him (Luke 6:46; John 14:15; Hebrews 5:9). Our text is another passage that emphasizes the need for obedience. This lesson will take a closer look at this passage and see how Paul describes the obedience that is required by God. […]

“The Spirit is Willing, But the Flesh is Weak”

Text: Matthew 26:36-41 Shortly before His arrest, Jesus prayed to His Father in the Garden of Gethsemane. Peter, James, and John went with Him and were told to keep watch and pray; but they fell asleep. It is at this point that Jesus said, “The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” This statement […]

Psalm 23 and the Christian

Text: Psalm 23 Psalm 23 is one of the most well-known and well-loved passages in the Bible. Though it was written during the time of the Old Law, there are certainly lessons contained in it that apply to us as Christians. “The Lord is my shepherd” (v. 1) Each one of us, as individuals, must […]