Introduction to the Gospel of John (John 1:1-18)

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The opening lines of the gospel of John are some of the deepest, most profound lines ever written. They introduce us to the divinity of the Son of God, His involvement in Creation, and His relation to the Father. In this lesson we begin our journey through this gospel, the favorite of many, and touch on its importance in our spiritual foundation.

Does God Play Favorites?

James A. Harding

James A. Harding

Does God treat everyone the same, or does He play favorites? James A. Harding, an inspiring Christian teacher and preacher, tackled this question in the early 1900's and provided a startling and unforgettable answer. That answer takes us to Scripture that teaches us much about the character of God, as well as what can be expected by those devoted to and treasured by Him. 

 

(To learn more about Harding's inspiring life and convictions, see James A.  Harding, Evangelist and Teacher by John Mark Hicks)

On Christmas and the Birth of Christ (Matthew 1 & 2)

What should Christians do with Christmas? Some desire to embrace the season, some focus on Jesus, some ignore the season completely.  How do we maintain unity in the church with different opinions regarding Christmas? This lesson tackles these questions and provides insights for us related to the events surrounding the birth of Christ, including the significance of Jesus' name, the background of the magi, the role of Herod, and a prophecy about the star.   

The Importance of Meditating on the Word of God Daily

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The Word of God is referred to as the sword of the Spirit and is to be our offensive weapon to overcome temptation and to understand the very heart and nature of God. Can it be said of each of us, that we are known for our diligent study of (and obedience to) the entire Bible?  Can it be said of us, that our love for God's Word is so infectious that others are inspired to become serious students of the Scriptures as well?  This lesson provides us several surprising images that have the potential of transforming our grasp and motivation to read and know the Word of God. The lesson also offers practical advice and inspiration to read through the Bible in a year.  

 

Additional Resources

Read the Bible in a Year Plan

This plan allows you to pick a start date and it will provide a customized plan to read through the Old the New Testaments in one year.  (To work, you must  download the file to your local drive.) 

Tamar's Story; Joseph Sent to Prison (Genesis 38-39a)

With Joseph sold into slavery by his brothers and bound for Egypt, the story of Genesis takes a strange detour as we are introduced to Tamar, who, facing a terrible situation, deceives her father-in-law Judah and bears twins. We see how God works through her story to produce a line of kings, from which the Christ would come....

The Goodness of God

Many wrestle with the goodness of God. If God is good, why does He allow evil things to happen? This might lead one to conclude that God is not all powerful, otherwise he certainly would stop evil from happening. In fact, it often seems good people experience much bad, while people who engage in evil seem blessed. This lesson explores the nature of God, what the Scriptures teach about His goodness, and how He works to bring about both justice and mercy in His timing. 

Elisha, Pt. 7: The Blind See (2 Kings 6:8-23)

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In this story, the Syrian army surrounds the city to take Elisha. There with his servant, Elisha works a tremendous miracle with an unexpected twist. This lesson looks at the theme of spiritual blindness and the love God has for his enemies.  

(For further study, see Those Who Are With Us from 2 Kings 6)

Elisha, Pt. 6: Naaman, Gehazi, and the Floating Ax Head (2 Kings 5:17-6:7)

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We pick up where we left off with the story of Naaman's healing, which some Christians through the centuries have viewed as a foreshadowing of baptism.  We discuss one aspect of baptism, the power over death and the hope of eternal life.  We then look at the story of Gehazi, who falls into the sins of greed and deceit, and provides a warning to us to embrace a Godly view of wealth and possessions.  Finally, we look at the story of the lost ax head.