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Sunday, January 13, 2019

Stereotypes

In this corner: Harold, church warden, board member, businessman. Grey suit and tie , starched shirt, thick glasses.

In that corner ; Josh , would -be radical , always off on some wild project to save the world, usually involving loud music. Out of the date Mohican haircut , ripped jeans, T-shirt, earring.

Mohican sizes up Suit: “He ‘ll turn me down before I even ask. Old people are like that. Narrow-minded, afraid of anything new,”

Suit sizes up Mohican: “ Oh dear. Here we go. Another daft idea. And if I say no, he'll call me old-fashioned.”

“ Hello, Josh. What ‘s up?”

“ We want to fix up the old scout hut for a place to have a weekly Bible Study.” Suit frowns.

So does Mohican. “I knew it,” he thinks. “ You think we can't be trusted.”

“Hmmm,” Suit muses. These kids’ clothes are certainly peculiar, but their hearts are in the right place.”  

“Sounds like an exceent idea to me,” Suit finally says. “What's your first topic?”

Mohican is down for the count . “Er , the importance of the prayer,” he manages to get out.

“Now that's a subject I always need help with , Suit says.

“ Well,” Mohican grins, “why don't you join us some time?”

Though people may be different on the outside , they ate the same in Jesus Christ . Read this truth in Galatians 3:23-29.

Bible Text
Galatians 3:23-29.

23NIV:Before the coming of this faith, we were held in custody under the law, locked up until the faith that was to come would be revealed.
24NIV:So the law was our guardian until Christ came that we might be justified by faith.
25NIV:Now that this faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian.
26NIV:So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith,
27NIV:for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.
28NIV:There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
29NIV:If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

Questions to Consider
  • How are Suit and Mohican - or as it says in this passage, a Jew and a Greek - no different in different in Christ?
  • What criteria have you used to judge another Christian?

Motion Points
  • Tearing out pictures of five different types of people from magazine. On each picture , write five ideas that you have about people like that person. Check your ideas by getting to know people in each category.
  • Visiting a church with a different culture. For example , if you are from an Anglican church , visit a Pentecostal church.

Hymn for Today
I Have Decided To Follow Jesus

I have decided to follow Jesus;
I have decided to follow Jesus;
I have decided to follow Jesus;
No turning back, no turning back.

Though I may wonder, I still will follow;
Though I may wonder, I still will follow;
Though I may wonder, I still will follow;
No turning back, no turning back.

The world behind me, the cross before me;
The world behind me, the cross before me;
The world behind me, the cross before me;
No turning back, no turning back.

Though none go with me, still I will follow;
Though none go with me, still I will follow;
Though none go with me, still I will follow;
No turning back, no turning back.

Will you decide now to follow Jesus?
Will you decide now to follow Jesus?
Will you decide now to follow Jesus?
No turning back, no turning back.
Further Reading
  • Romans 2:28-29
  • 2 Corinthians 5:11-12
  • 1 Samuel 16:1-13

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Hope Breakers & Hope Makers


Have you ever had a day when everything went wrong? Sometimes the day seems to consist of the one disappointing event after another. These disappointments can be called “hope breakers”. Hope breakers can lead to outright discouragement if they persist. Which of these hope breakers seem familiar to you?


  • threats of war in the world
  • fights with your parents
  • an accident in the family
  • breaking up with a girlfriend or boyfriend
  • getting poor result in exam
  • doubting your christian beliefs
  • too much homework
  • criticism from others
  • feeling lonely
  • seeing subtraction of earnings on AdSense dashboard
  • delay in salary payment
  • retarded promotion at office
  • received sack letter

Hope can be overcome discouragement. Hope reminds you of a brighter future. Which of the events below “areas hope” makers to you?

  • feeling good about your life
  • getting good marks in a difficult exam
  • giving and receiving Christian love from others
  • getting into the team
  • knowing that God loves you
  • enjoying a beautiful day
  • having a great time with friends
  • renewing a broker friendship
  • receiving good earning on your blog
  • increased salary structured

John offered reassurance and hope to Christians who had experienced too many hope breakers. Read John's hope -making ideas in 1 John 5:1-15.

 Bible Text
1John 5:1-15

1NIV:Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well.
2
NIV:This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands.
3
NIV:In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome,
4
NIV:for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.
5
NIV:Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.
6
NIV:This is the one who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ. He did not come by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth.
7
NIV:For there are three that testify:
8
NIV:the Spirit, the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement.
9
NIV:We accept human testimony, but God’s testimony is greater because it is the testimony of God, which he has given about his Son.
NIV:Whoever believes in the Son of God accepts this testimony. Whoever does not believe God has made him out to be a liar, because they have not believed the testimony God has given about his Son.
NIV:And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
NIV:Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.
NIV:I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.
NIV:This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.
NIV:And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him

Question to Consider
  • How do the breakers and makers above compare with the passage?
  • What phrases in this passage offer you the most hope?

Motion Points
  • Writing out the promises and assurance in this passage. Stick the list up on your door.
  • Acting as a hope make to a discouraged friend by offering encouragement time or help.

Hymn for Today
Zion, Founded on The Mountain [ Johann Heermann ]


Zion mourns in fear and anguish,

Zion, city of our God.
“Ah,” she says, “how sore I languish,
Bowed beneath the chast’ning rod!
For my God forsook me quite
And forgot my sorry plight
Mid these troubles now distressing,
Countless woes my soul oppressing.

“Once,” she mourns, “He promised plainly
That His help should e’er be near;
Yet I now must seek Him vainly
In my days of woe and fear.
Will His anger never cease?
Will He not renew His peace?
Will He not show forth compassion
And again forgive transgression?”

“Zion, surely I do love thee,”
Thus to her the Savior saith,
“Tho’ with many woes I prove thee
And thy soul is sad to death.
For My troth is pledged to thee;
Zion, thou art dear to Me.
Deep within My heart I’ve set thee,
That I never can forget thee.

“Let not Satan make thee craven;
He can threaten but not harm.
On My hands thy name is graven,
And thy shield is My strong arm.
How, then, could it ever be
I should not remember thee,
Fail to build thy walls, My city,
And look down on thee with pity?

“Ever shall Mine eyes behold thee;
On My bosom thou art laid.
Ever shall My love enfold thee;
Never shalt thou lack Mine aid.
Neither Satan, war, nor stress
Then shall mar thy happiness:
With this bless├Ęd consolation
Be thou firm in tribulation.”


Further Study

  • Psalm 42
  • Romans 8:35-39
  • John 15:18-27

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

No Matter What


On Wednesday evening , Kerrie and Sam went for a meal to catch up on each other's news. Sam was really enjoying uni life, doing whatever she wanted -sleeping with loads of guys, getting drunk , smoking and having a good time. Kerrie was listening to all of her stories thinking what a change had taken place. The girls used to pay for their school and pray for people who were making the kind of choices Sam was making.

Confused by what she heard , Kerrie asked Sam how her walk with God was going. Sam's reply was simple: “ Look I've done so much stuff in my life that's wrong , how can I worship God or even talk  to him? I've sinned so many times that I can't get my life back to what it was before.”

Kerrie explained to Sam that we don't need to come to God with our lives totally sorted. We need to go to him and be in his presence and asked him about our lives, ask him to forgive us. Running away from God and looking to things that don't give us true joy and even harm us is not the answer.

As time went on , Sam got back into a real relationship with God and worked through the habits of her daily life. She discovered that God doesn't want perfect people , he wants people with broken hearts, She discovered that God doesn't want perfect people, he wants people with broken hearts, confused lives and with imperfections to come to him and to worship him through the hard times as well as the good.

Read Hebrews 12:18-25. It talks of the complete forgiveness Jesus has to offer and that we don't have to come to him perfect, but with a heart lifts him up to no matter what.

Bible Text
Hebrews 12:18-25

18NIV:You have not come to a mountain that can be touched and that is burning with fire; to darkness, gloom and storm;
19NIV:to a trumpet blast or to such a voice speaking words that those who heard it begged that no further word be spoken to them,
20NIV:because they could not bear what was commanded: “If even an animal touches the mountain, it must be stoned to death.”
21NIV:The sight was so terrifying that Moses said, “I am trembling with fear.”
22NIV:But you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly,
23NIV:to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the Judge of all, to the spirits of the righteous made perfect,
24NIV:to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.
25NIV:See to it that you do not refuse him who speaks. If they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, how much less will we, if we turn away from him who warns us from heaven?
26NIV:At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.”
27NIV:The words “once more” indicate the removing of what can be shaken—that is, created things—so that what cannot be shaken may remain.
28NIV:Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe,

Questions to Consider
  • Have you felt that it's too hard or that you are unworthy to worship God?
  • Worship is so much more than just singing. What ways other than singing can we worship God?

Motion Points
  • Whether you are feeling that you've sin beyond repair? It is not uncommon. Remember that God loves you and forgives everything that you've done if just ask him. You have been saved from your sins by Jesus death on the cross.
  • Whether you know anyone who is trying to run away from God. Rather than telling them what they're doing wrong , remind them of his never-ending love and forgiveness.

Hymn for Today
Almost Persuaded [ Philip P. Bliss]

"Almost persuaded" now to believe;
"Almost persuaded" Christ to receive;
Seems now some soul to say,
"Go, Spirit, go Thy way,
Some more convenient day
On Thee I'll call."

"Almost persuaded," come, come today;
"Almost persuaded," turn not away;
Jesus invites you here,
Angels are ling'ring near,
Prayers rise from hearts so dear;
O wand'rer, come!

Oh, be persuaded! Christ never fails--
Oh, be persuaded! His blood avails--
Can save from every sin,
Cleanse you without, within--
Will you not let Him in?
Open the door!

"Almost persuaded," harvest is past!
"Almost persuaded," doom comes at last;
"Almost" cannot avail;
"Almost" is but to fail!
Sad, sad that bitter wail--
"Almost--but lost!"

Be now persuaded, oh, sinner, hear!
Be now persuaded, Jesus is near;
His voice is pleading still,
Turn now with heart and will,
Peace will your spirit fill--
Oh, turn today!

Further Study
  • Psalm 51:10-17
  • Luke 15:11-32
  • Psalm 24:3-5

Friday, January 04, 2019

Stronger Than Hatred


Andrew was lived. He had come to pick up his son Rob from church camp. While awaiting for the last season to end, he had overheard his son telling other campers how he hatred his dad because of abuse. But Christ had changed Rob's life that week. “ And I know Christ can change my dad, too,” he had concluded.

Andrew stormed to camp director Ivor's office and verbally abused the director for what he had overheard. Ivor calmed Andrew down and responded, “If your son is worst because of his camp experience, call me. I'll personally apologise. But, if your son is better , write to thank me.”

Andrew picked up his son, still steaming with anger. The two drove silently in car listening to radio. About a hundred miles from camp, Rob's dad pulled into a service area. As they looked at the view , Rob awkwardly put his arms around his dad and said, “Dad, I've hated you ever since I can remember. Will you forgive me?”

“Two hours later, Ivor found Rob's dad back at the camp. “ Christ made my son better,” he told Ivor. “Can he do it in my life too?.”

That day, Rob's father began the long process of healing and recovery.

It was not easy for either Rob or his father to let go of the feelings of anger and hatred. But, in the process , they discovered God's power in the world and in their own lives. Read a deception of God's power in Deuteronomy 32:36-3

Bible Text
Deuteronomy 32:36-33:4

36NIV:The Lord will vindicate his people and relent concerning his servants when he sees their strength is gone and no one is left, slave or free.
37NIV:He will say: “Now where are their gods, the rock they took refuge in,
38NIV:the gods who ate the fat of their sacrifices and drank the wine of their drink offerings? Let them rise up to help you! Let them give you shelter!
39NIV:“See now that I myself am he! There is no god besides me. I put to death and I bring to life, I have wounded and I will heal, and no one can deliver out of my hand.
40NIV:I lift my hand to heaven and solemnly swear: As surely as I live forever,
41NIV:when I sharpen my flashing sword and my hand grasps it in judgment, I will take vengeance on my adversaries and repay those who hate me.
42NIV:I will make my arrows drunk with blood, while my sword devours flesh: the blood of the slain and the captives, the heads of the enemy leaders.”
43NIV:Rejoice, you nations, with his people,[f] for he will avenge the blood of his servants; he will take vengeance on his enemies and make atonement for his land and people.
44NIV:Moses came with Joshua son of Nun and spoke all the words of this song in the hearing of the people.
45NIV:When Moses finished reciting all these words to all Israel,
46NIV:he said to them, “Take to heart all the words I have solemnly declared to you this day, so that you may command your children to obey carefully all the words of this law.
47NIV:They are not just idle words for you—they are your life. By them you will live long in the land you are crossing the Jordan to possess.”
48NIV:On that same day the Lord told Moses,
49NIV:“Go up into the Abarim Range to Mount Nebo in Moab, across from Jericho, and view Canaan, the land I am giving the Israelites as their own possession.
50NIV:There on the mountain that you have climbed you will die and be gathered to your people, just as your brother Aaron died on Mount Hor and was gathered to his people.
51NIV:This is because both of you broke faith with me in the presence of the Israelites at the waters of Meribah Kadesh in the Desert of Zin and because you did not uphold my holiness among the Israelites.
52NIV:Therefore, you will see the land only from a distance; you will not enter the land I am giving to the people of Israel.”

1NIV:This is the blessing that Moses the man of God pronounced on the Israelites before his death.
2NIV:He said: “The Lord came from Sinai and dawned over them from Seir; he shone forth from Mount Paran. He came with myriads of holy ones from the south, from his mountain slopes.
3NIV:Surely it is you who love the people; all the holy ones are in your hand. At your feet they all bow down, and from you receive instruction,
4NIV:the law that Moses gave us, the possession of the assembly of Jacob.

Question to Consider
  • How might Rob's father have responded to this passage in the first part of the story? How might he have responded at the end?
  • What characteristic of God in the passage helps you to understand God's power the most? What comfort do you gain from knowing that power?

Motion Points
  • Confessing a way in which you've tried to escape from God (such as making decisions for selfish reasons), then letting God's power work in that area of your life.
  • Sharing your faith in God's power with someone who had no hope.

Hymn for Today
Lead Me to Calvary [ Jennie Hussey ]

King of my life, I crown Thee now,
Thine shall the glory be;
Lest I forget Thy thorn crowned brow,
Lead me to Calvary.

Refrain:
Lest I forget Gethsemane,
Lest I forget Thine agony;
Lest I forget Thy love for me,
Lead me to Calvary.

Show me the tomb where Thou wast laid,
Tenderly mourned and wept;
Angels in robes of light arrayed
Guarded Thee whilst Thou slept.

Let me like Mary, through the gloom,
Come with a gift to Thee;
Show to me now the empty tomb,
Lead me to Calvary.

May I be willing, Lord, to bear
Daily my cross for Thee;
Even Thy cup of grief to share,
Thou hast borne all for me.
Amazing Fact
Have you ever found that an important book is out of print ? Bible scholars often have that problem. The Bible mentions several books that no longer exist. Deuteronomy 41:26 mentions the “ Book of the Teaching.” Others include: the “ Book of the Wars of the Teaching”, ( Numbers 21:14-15) and the “Book of Jashar” ( Joshua 10:13). Fortunately, they don't affect the content s of our Bible.

Further Reading
  • Isaiah 46:8-12
  • Ephesians 1:19-22
  • Job 9:4-10

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