The Faith of Daniel’s Friends

Text: Daniel 3 Setting: Nebuchadnezzar made a golden image (v. 1), commanded all to worship it (v. 4-6). The people obeyed (v. 7), except for some Jews — Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego (v. 12). Nebuchadnezzar became angry and called the men before him to answer (v. 13-15). They Knew What Was Right These men did […]

Plundered Egyptian Gold

Text: Exodus 12:35-36 Gold Was Taken from Egypt (Exodus 12:35-36) — God provides (James 1:17) Gold Used in the Tabernacle (Exodus 25:1-3, 8-9) — God expects us to return some of our blessings to Him (1 Corinthians 16:1-2) Gold Used to Make the Golden Calf (Exodus 32:1-4) — Must not turn our blessings into idols […]

Evil Ahab

Text: 1 Kings 16:29-33 “Ahab… did evil in the sight of the Lord more than all who were before him” (v. 30) — What did Ahab do to earn this infamous recognition? He Failed to Learn from His Father’s Sins (v. 30; Ezekiel 18:14-17) Sin Was a Trivial Thing to Him (v. 31; Isaiah 59:2; […]

The Ever Expanding Civil Government

The Role of Government Punish evildoers (Romans 13:3-4) Protect the innocent (Romans 13:3) Provide & maintain a secure environment (1 Timothy 2:2-3) Civil governments have expanded far beyond this God-ordained role The Danger of Putting Our Trust in Government Trusting in something that will fail (Ecclesiastes 5:8; Matthew 26:11) Failing to do what we are […]

The Gods That Men Serve

Text: 1 John 5:21 Man-Made Idols – Acts 19:26 Political Leaders – Acts 12:22 Material Things – Colossians 3:5 Their Own Appetite – Philippians 3:19

Lessons from the Golden Calf

Text: Exodus 32 Do not think too highly of men (v. 1) – without Moses, they thought they could no longer serve God Sacrificing for a thing does not mean that thing is good (v. 2-4) Be willing to stand against what is popular (v. 1,4-5) Take responsibility for your own actions (v. 22) Religion […]