LESSON: From the beginning, man was given the ability to make choices. Man is held responsible for the choices he makes. It is in our interest that we consider the choices we make. Pray, trust, and make decisions that are consistent with the Word of God. Choose wisely!
PRAYER: Father, thank you for another year You have given me. Thank you for the past year and the blessings thereof. Amen!
Then He who sat upon the throne said, "Behold, I make all things new."
READ GENESIS 4 - 7 HERE Cain was a tiller of the ground (farmer). Abel was a keeper of? ____________________ Methuselah lived how many years?
Who did God tell to build an Ark?
LESSON: The ark is a type of Christ. By that we mean that the ark was a picture of what was to come in Christ. For example, those in the ark were saved. They were spared from condemnation. Inside the ark there was safety. Al this is true of Christ.
PRAYER: Father, thank you for the ark of safety in Christ. Keep me safe in the security of your love. Amen!
What would Jesus Do?
A man was being tailgated by an angry woman on a busy boulevard. Suddenly, the light turned yellow. He decided to stop, though he could have beaten the red light. The woman had to slam on her brakes and began to honk her horn, cursing furiously at the man. In the process, she dropped her cell phone and her make up. While in mid-rant, she heard a tap on the window and looked up to see the face of a very serious police officer. The officer ordered her to exit her car with her hands up. He took her to the police station where she was finger printed, photographed and placed in a holding cell. After several hours passed, she was escorted back to the booking desk where her personal belongings were returned to her. The officer said, "I'm very sorry for the mistake. You see, I pulled up behind you while you were honking and cursing the guy in front of you. When I noticed the What Would Jesus Do bumper stick, the Choose Life license plate holder, the Follow Me to Sunday School sticker, and the chrome-plated Christian Fish emblem on your trunk, I naturally assumed you had stolen the car!"
Are we truly a reflection of Jesus Christ, the One who saved us?
LESSON: Abram was promised that through his seed would all the children of the earth be blessed. This was fufilled through Christ. Abraham was the beginning of the Hebrew race.
PRAYER: Father, help me to be a peacemaker as well as a peacekeeper. Amen!
"No Bible, No Breakfast!"
Three things have greatly helped my daily Bible reading: First, carrying a Bible or New Testament in my pocket wherever I go. Verses can be read in spare moments. I always have the Word of God whin eacy reach. Second, establishing my motto. I have lived by "No Bible, No Breakfast" for forty-four years; not as a law to bind me, but as a motto to remind me. For "man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God." Third, having a plan. I read ten chapters daily: two each in the Old and New Testaments, plus five in Psalms and one in Proverbs. This way one can finish the Old Testament once a year, the New Testament three times a year, and Psalms and Proverbs once a month. This is MY plan of daily Bible reading. Everyone should develop some sort of systematized study plan. Matthew 6:33 says, "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." Dr. Leland and Ada Wang
Abram's name was changed to? _____________________
True/False Sarah knew that she would have a child?
LESSON: Sarah thought it was impossible to bare a child at her age. This teaches us that all things are possible with God. There are times and things we cannot explain - we just have to trust.
PRAYER: Father, help me to walk faithfully in the pathway you direct. Amen! Forks in the Road of Life There is only one thing worse than waiting upon the Lord - that is, wishing that we had. Charles Stanley
LESSON: Lot lived an immoral lifestyle. As a result, his children became immoral. As parents and as Christians, we have the responsibility to set the right example for our children.
PRAYER: Father, help me to be moral and upright in all my ways and to be an example to others. Amen!
Sin Saps our Energy Sin saps us of our God-given strength. When we allow sin to come into our lives, we slowly begin to drift away from the Lord. We lose our desire to spend time in His Word, to pray, and even attend church services. The Bible tells of a man named Samson who possessed physical strength like no other man on earth. Yet, he let sin enter his heart and soon he was drained of God-given strength. We must deliberately take time daily to ask the Lord to reveal our faults and sins to us., When we repent, God is gracious and will set us free from sin's control Through the Holy Spirit, the Lord will arm us to stronger and help us to keep from falling again.
LESSON: God promised Abraham and Sarah that they would have a son born unto them, even though they were old. God kept His promise. Let us not doubt, but trust. Let us honor our Lord by being true to our word. PRAYER: Father, you have made many promises and I thank you that you keep your promises. Amen! For with God nothing will be impossible. - Luke 1:37
LESSON: When Isaac sought a wife, he also sought the Will of God for his life. The principle here is that in all areas of our life, we should see His Will for our life. This ensures that we stay in His Will, at home or at work.
PRAYER: Father, help me to seek your Will in all areas of my life throughout the coming year. Amen!
Making the Right Decision! God looks over the millions of people and says, "Welcome to Heaven. I want the women to go with Saint Peter, and the men to form two lines. Make one line of the men that dominated their women on earth, and the other of men who were dominated by their women."
There's much movement, but eventually the women are gone and there are two lines. The line of men that were dominated is 100 miles long. the line of men that dominated women has only one man.
God gets angry and says, "You men should be ashamed of yourselves. I created you in my image and you were all dominated by your mates. Look at the only one of my sons that stood up and made me prous. Learn from him!"
He turns to the man and says, "Tell them, my son. How did you manage to be the only one on that line?" The man says, "I don't know, my wife told me to stand here." It's always better when we involve God in every decision!
Esau sought to ________ his brother, Jacob, because he stole his birthright?
What was the name Jacob gave to the place called Luz?
LESSON: In our recent Bible readings, we see that man is being his old self. We see mankind not getting along with others. This is really sad when families cannot get along. Let's mend hard feelings. PRAYER: Father, help me to love and respect others, especially those in my family. Amen!
Two Little Boys A couple had two little boys, ages 8 and 10, who were excessively mischievous. The two were always getting into trouble and their parents could be assured that if any mischief occurred in their town their two young sons were in some way involved. The parents were at their wits end as to what to do about their sons' behavior. The mother had heard that a pastor in town had been successful in disciplining children in the past, so she asked her husband if he thought they should send the boys to speak with the Pastor. The husband said, "We might as well. We need to do something before I really lose my temper!" The Pastor agreed to speak with the boys, but asked to see them individually. The 8 year old went to meet with him first. The Pastor sat the boy down and asked him sternly, "Where is God?" The boy made no response, so the Pastor repeated the question in an even sterner tone, "Where is God?" Again the boy made no attempt to answer. So the Pastor raised his voice even more and shook his finger in the boy's face, "WHERE IS GOD?" At that the boy bolted from the room and ran directly home, slamming himself in the closet. Hid older brother followed him into the closet and asked what had happened. The younger brother replied, "we are in BIG trouble this time. God is missing and they think we did it!"
LESSON: Often times, things do not turn out the way we would like, but if we seek God's Will, He will work all things together for good. When discouraged, hold the course, and it will work out. PRAYER: Father, help me to love You with a love that is real and true. Amen!
The Master's Way Not ours to know the reason why Unanswered is our prayer; But ours to wait for God's own time To lift the cross to bear. Not ours to know the reason why From loved ones we must part; But ours to live in faith and hope, Though bleeding in our heart. Not ours to know the reason why This anguish, strife, and pain; But ours to know a crown of thorns Sweet grace for us to gain. A cross, a bleeding heart, and crown- What greater gifts are given? Be still, my heart, and murmur not - These are the keys to heaven. Author Unknown
True/False - Jacob wrestled with an angel all night? What new name did Jacob receive?
LESSON: Even though Jacob did not always do the right thing, God still blessed him and had a job for him to do. Likewise, we do not always do the right thing, but God loves us and will bless us. Do a good deed today. PRAYER - Father, help me to do the right thing in all my relationships. Amen! Do you wrestle with God?
LESSON: It is good to see family members get back together after they have had disagreements. It is important that both sides seek reconciliation. It is better when both sides work at it. Take the first step toward peace.
PRAYER: Father, help me to be a peacemaker. Let me be an instrument of unit. Amen!
A True Apology:
1. I am sorry! 2. It is my fault! 3. What can I do to make it right?
MOST OF US MISS THE THIRD PART!
Pride sure keeps us from saying, "I'm sorry, please forgive me."
What did Joseph do for the butler and baker while he was in prison with them?
What did the seven bad ears of corn represent?
LESSON: It took a person of great faith and character to stand for God in the time of temptation. Had he already been out of God's Will, he probably would have yielded. Remember your profession!
PRAYER: Father, give me faith and character to stand for you during temptation. Amen!
Full Armor God has provided wonderful protection for His children because He is aware of the continuous battle that Satan wages against us. His armor is tailor made for each of us, but we must put it on in order for it to be effective. Listen to Paul's warning to the Ephesians, "Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil." One of the most unusual creatures in the sea is the lobster. It runs backwards; it hears with its legs and tastes with its feet. It chews its food with teeth in its stomach. Because the lobster is delicious food for other sea creatures, the Lord gave it a full suit of armor. As Children of God, we have also been blessed with a full suit of armor. A helmet of salvation, a breastplate of righteousness, and a shield of faith. When we forget any part of our armor, we are inviting spiritual injury. Let's take full advantage of our armor!
What did the brothers find in their sacks besides corn?
What three things were in Benjamin's sack on the trip back?
LESSON: The story of Joseph and his brothers is a beautiful example of how God will take the bad that comes our way and work it together for good. All things work together for good. Remember this when things go wrong.
PRAYER: Father, in the good and in the bad, help me to trust you in all things. Amen!
A Simple Gift Salvation is a gift from God. He provided the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus Christ, the Lamb that was slaughtered for the salvation of man, to His creation, mankind. We don't deserve it. Those who have accepted Christ are sinners saved by grace. One only has to say, "Yes, Come into my heart, Lord Jesus, and believe." (...I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes to the Father, but by me." John 14:6, John 3:16, Romans 10:9) Through Christ's death, God offers you forgiveness for your sins, and through His resurrection, the promise of everlasting life. Confess that you are a sinner (For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23, Romans 6:23) and ask to be forgiven. Say a simple prayer, something like, "Dear Jesus, come into my heart. I am a sinner. Forgive me and make me clean. I love you, Lord, make me your own." That's it! It's that simple and a gift from the Father through His Son! Find a Bible-believing church like Fairhope Avenue Baptist Church and begin to learn God's Word and fellowship with God's people!
LESSON: Isn't it wonderful that God never gives up on us even when we do wrong. We see the gread leader Moses doing wrong, but God still used him. God wants to use you also.
PRAYER: Father, remind me that good or bad, right or wrong, You are with me. Amen!
Sustained by Prayer Prayer sustains God's people. The follower of Christ receives courage and confidence in the most difficult situations when he cries out to the Lord from the depth of his heart in prayer. Luke records in the book of Acts the peace Stephen received as he was being stoned. This faithful servant of God was praying, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit" in the closing moments of his life. Reports are still being received through missionaries of the terrible experiences Christians are undergoing in foreign countries such as China and the Middle East. We are beginning to experience persecution in our own country as more and more of our freedoms are being removed and silenced. Our hearts have peace because of prayer in difficult times. A Christian writer wrote, "Above all, I am a Christian. I felt at ease in prison and when I was set free, and strange as it may seem, I was stronger, through I had been subjected to very bad conditions." He went on to attribute his victory to prayer. When trouble surrounds you and you feel overwhelmed, think of Stephen and Joseph. Call out to God in faith. You will learn what it means to be sustained by prayer!
What did Aaron's rod do that Pharaoh's magician's rod did not do?
What was the first plague that was put on the Egyptians?
LESSON: These were some real bad plagues that came upon Egypt. We need to remember that during this time, God took care of His Children. Even so today God takes care of us.
PRAYER: Father, help me not to fear what man can throw at me. As I live this day, keep me safe. Amen!
Three Keys to Happiness The psalmist wrote in Psalm 144:15 "...happy are the people whose God is the Lord." Fear hinders our faith but, but trust always kindles confidence. An elderly gentleman was asked what had robbed him of joy the most in his lifetime. His answer was surprising as he said, "Things that never happened!" All of us can recall needless burdens that we have carried and worried over expecting the worse. Certainly the Lord does not lay such burdens on us. Someone has cited these three keys to happiness:
FRET NOT - Jesus loves you (John 13:1) FAINT NOT - Jesus holds you (Psalm 13:10) FEAR NOT - Jesus keeps you (Psalm 121:5)
As we rest in the love and keeping power of Christ, the Lord will give us strength and the ability to move forward without being afraid. If you want more joy today, use the three keys to happiness!
True/False: God parted the Red Sea for the Children of Israel
What was used to make the bitter waters of Marah sweet?
LESSON: In the midst of darkness, God gave light to those who followed Him. This is true today. If we follow Him, He will give us direction. Even as we confront the dark side of society, let us follow God. PRAYER: Father, guide my steps, direct my ways, control my thoughts. Amen!
How many days a week were they allowed to collect the manna?
Who was the father-in-law of Moses?
LESSON: The Children of Israel wandered in the wilderness for 40 years because of disbelief. However, God still met their needs and took care of them. God does the same today.
PRAYER: Father, meet my needs and help me to know the difference between needs and wants. Amen!
Something to think about: Then the LORD said to Moses, "Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you. And the people shall go out and gather a certain quota ever day, that I may test them, whether they will walk in My law or not. Exodus 16:4 Are you trusting the Lord during difficult circumstances?
On what mountain did Moses receive the 10 commandments? List the four Commandments that deal with our relationship with God. LESSON: God gave the 10 Commandments to remind us of right and wrong. Laws are provided in society to provide for an orderly society. As we enforce those laws, it provides for a better community.
PRAYER: Father, as I live in society, help me live in a manner that will help make society better. Amen!
The 10 Commandments (Short Form) 1. You shall have no other gods before Me. 2. You shall not make idols. 3. You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain. 4. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. 5. Honor your father and your mother. 6. You shall not murder. 7. You shall not commit adultery. 8. You shall not steal. 9. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. 10. You shall not covet. "...Which is the greatest commandment in the law?" Jesus said to him, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first great commandment. And the second is like it: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." On these two commandments hand all the Law and the Prophets."
What were the Israelites to do with their fields in the seventh year?
What three feasts are mentioned?
LESSON: Sometimes God required some unusual laws. However, there was always a reason for it. Sometimes we may question God and wonder why. But there is always a reason. Let us obey, not question the law. PRAYER: Father help me not to question your actions, but to trust you faithfully. Amen!
Just as we have man-made laws to keep us safe, so God has His laws to keep us safe.
LESSON: From the very beginning, God has required worship. As Christians it is sometimes difficult to get to the services. However, when we can, we should take advantage of it. We need to be found faithful.
PRAYER: Father, as time provides, help me to seek you in worship. Amen!
Our Attendance of Worship By Ron Boatwright Worship is a privilege only children of God have. There are many blessings we receive from faithful attendance in worship. God has commanded us to assemble regularly to worship Him in spirit and in truth (John 4:24). Hebrews 10:25 - 27 says "Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the day approaching." When people fall away from the Lord, it is usually not a sudden thing. They usually start by forsaking the assembly of Wednesday night Bible study. Then they start missing Sunday evening worship. Next they stop to Sunday morning Bible study; and then finally they stop coming to Sunday morning worship. This is the usual path of apostasy for most people who fall away. Let's not lose our souls by unfaithfulness. God has given us His Son and blessings on a daily basis. Why is it so hard to give Him the worship that is due Him
How many stones were to be placed in the breastplate?
What was the name of Moses' brother who was chosen to be a priest?
LESSON: God put a lot of emphasis on worship and all the activity related to worship. Worship is not just for those who are better, rather it helps us to be better. Seek and worship God regularly. PRAYER: Father, remind me that I and my family need to meet you in worship. Amen!
Do you have a heart of Worship? After all, we were created for the worship of God
Who made the golden calf the people were worshipping?
How did Aaron say they got the calf?
LESSON: When confronted with his sin, Aaron sought to blame others. When we fall, we should admit it, and not blame others.
PRAYER: Father, I admit my sin and seek thy forgiveness. Amen!
Dirty Windows How often we overlook our own failures and sins while criticizing the faults of others. A woman named Ruth told how she came to see the truth. The building across the alley from where she lived was only a few feet away, and she could easily look into her neighbor's apartment. Ruth had never met the woman who lived there, but every day she could see her as she sewed and read. After several months, she noticed that she could not see her clearly any more. Ruth couldn't understand why the woman didn't wash her windows. One sunny afternoon, Ruth decided to do some house cleaning, which included washing her windows. Later that day, she sat down to rest by her window, and to her amazement, she could clearly see her neighbor sitting in her apartment. Ruth thought, "Well finally, she washed her windows!" By now you have probably guessed what happened. Ruth's own windows were the ones that needed to be washed. Are looking through smudges in your life and criticizing others? In Luke 6:41 Jesus said, "Why do you look at the speck in your brother's eye, but do not perceive that plank in your own?" We must ask God to forgive us for our own flaws before we try to help others with theirs.
READ EXODUS 33 - 35 HERE Who received the Ten Commandments from God? Moses was permitted to see what part of God? What was different about Moses' face when he came down from the mountain after getting the new tablets of law? LESSON: After Moses communicated with God, his countenance was changed. Communicate often with God, it will help us as we work. PRAYER: Father, remind me to communicate with You. Amen!
LET US BE AS LITTLE CHILDREN WHEN WE SPEAK TO THE FATHER
Why were the people told to stop bringing offerings?
What was the total amount of gold that went into the tabernacle?
What was the total amount of silver that went into the tabernacle?
LESSON: When the people worked together, there was enough material to build the Tabernacle. Let us do our part for God and society.
PRAYER: Father, help me to be cooperative. Amen!
They walked in tandem, each of the ninety-two students filing into the already crowded auditorium. With their rich maroon gowns flowing and the traditional caps waiting to be tossed, they looked almost as grown up as they felt. Dads swallowed hard behind broad smiles, and Moms freely brushed tears away. This class would NOT pray during this commencement. Not by choice, but because of a recent law prohibiting it.
The principal and several students were careful to stay within the guidelines allowed by the ruling. They gave inspirational and challenging speeches, but no one mentioned divine guidance and no one asked for God's blessings on the graduates or their families.
The speeches were nice, but they were routine until the final speech received a standing ovation. A solitary student walked proudly to the microphone. He stood silent for jsut a moment and then it happened! All 92 students, every one of them suddenly SNEEZED! The student at the microphone simply looked at the audience and said, GOD BLESS YOU! He quietly walked off the stage.
The audience exploded in thunderous applause. This graduating class had found a unique way to invoke God's blessing on their future with or without the court's approval. God bless you, and pass it on!
LESSON: God gave the Children of Israel directions when they were willing to listen. Let's listen!
PRAYER: Father, guide me, direct me, lead me. Amen! Through Christ's death, God offers you forgiveness for your sins, and through His resurrection, the promise of everlasting life. Jesus died and rose again for the whole world, but for you to become a Christian is an individual matter of choice. The ONLY way to establish a personal relationship with Jesus Christ is to accept His gift of forgiveness and eternal life. Salvation is as simple as ABC. Admit that you are a sinner ("For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." Romans 3:23, Romans 6:23); Believe that Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior to you (...I am the way, the truth, and the life: No man comes to the Father, but by me." John 14:6, John 3:16, Romans 10:9); Confess in a simple prayer from the heart something along the lines of, "Dear Jesus, I know that I am a sinner deserving of death. Jesus, I believe you died for my sin and rose again. Come into my life and make it your own. I love you Lord and thank you for your gift of salvation." It's a gift from the Father through His Son, and it's that simple! Find a Bible-believing church like Fairhope Avenue Baptist Church and begin to learn God's Word and fellowship with God's people.