They Did Not Lay Their Hands on the Plunder

Text: Esther 9:5-10 When the king issued a decree which would allow the Jews to plunder their enemies, they did not take advantage of that permission. Their example provides us with a lesson showing that what is legal is not always right. Background Haman plotted to kill the Jews (Esther 3:6) Instead, he was killed (Esther 7:10) […]

Bible Lessons for Times of Civil Unrest

Text: Acts 21:30-36 During times of civil unrest, while specific details may vary in each situation, there are certain Biblical principles that we need to remember. Luke records a brief episode of civil unrest in Jerusalem (Acts 21:30-36) that was marked by violence, confusion, an increased military presence, and protests. Let us consider some Bible […]

“Remember Me For This”

Text: Nehemiah 13:14 Four times, Nehemiah asked that God remember him for something. What were they? And what lessons can we learn from them? He Did Not Take the Governor’s Food Allowance (Nehemiah 5:14-19) Nehemiah served as governor of the land, but he was different that former governors – they burdened the people with excessive […]

Parents As Role Models

Text: Proverbs 20:7 We often think of instruction and discipline when it comes to raising children. This lesson lays the foundation for that. Parents must also teach by example. If parents fail to do this, children will come to see them as hypocrites, thus making any instruction and discipline seem to be irrelevant. We must […]

A Tax Collector and a Zealot

Text: Matthew 10:2-4 When Jesus sent out the twelve apostles on the “limited commission,” Matthew recorded their names. Aside from Judas who would betray Him, this record only provides us with information about previous activities for two men – Matthew the tax collector and Simon the Zealot. As we examine the differences between these two […]

The Fall of Babylon

Text: Revelation 18 The U.S. is becoming more of an immoral & godless country. Some have speculated that we are moving closer to the time when God will bring about this nation’s downfall. While we may be moving toward a downfall (Proverbs 14:34), we need to be careful about speculating too much about what God […]

Capital Punishment

Text: Romans 13:3-4 This lesson is a response to a letter that was received in which the author argued that churches should not teach about capital punishment. It addresses his objections and explains what the Bible teaches about capital punishment. Objections to Teaching About Capital Punishment #1 – It Unnecessarily Drives People Away The fact […]