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Let No Root of Bitterness Spring Up, Pt. 3 of 3 (Paul and Jesus)

Paul is able to write that he takes “pleasure” in his infirmities, needs, persecutions, and distresses. How can this be? In this third lesson on dealing with bitterness in our hearts, we focus on Paul’s example in the face of extreme suffering, and the unexpected ways God used Paul’s afflictions (and Christ-like spirit) to His glory.

The World Will Hate You (John 15:18-16:04)

In John 15, Jesus promises that the world will hate His followers. In this lesson we look at what Jesus had to say about persecution, including why the world will hate His disciples. We also look at examples of martyrdom and accounts of Christian persecution in the early Church. May Jesus' teaching on persecution and the faithful witness of the Church through history strengthen those Christians suffering around the world today. May it also prepare us in the West for persecution that may await us in the coming years.

The World Hates Me (John 7:1-13)

If Jesus came into the world to demonstrate God’s love and grace, why would He be hated? Jesus says He was hated by the world, “Because I testify of it that its works are evil.”  If we grasp this aspect of Jesus’ character and ministry, it will have profound implications for our own lives and our churches. When you follow in His steps and do not cave in to modern culture, be ready to be hated by the world.

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)

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....