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   Understanding the Times
   Matthew 24:1-14
Sunday Morning Service,  October 1, 2017
 
Many of the things going on in society that trouble us today were predicted by Jesus Himself. Rather than being overly anxious, or, on the other hand, lulled to sleep by this present age, we need to pay attention to what Jesus has to say about understanding the signs of the times.

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   Build My House
   Haggai
Sunday Morning Service,  March 10, 2013
 
The people of Israel had recently returned from the Exile to rebuild God's temple. However, because of opposition and discouragement, they stopped working on the house of God and focused on their own prosperity. God used Haggai to encourage them to make His house the priority. In the same way, we need to seek first God's kingdom by building up God's house. In these N.T. times, we need to pour our energies into the local church, which is God's temple.

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   1 Thessalonians 3:1-5
   1 Thessalonians 3:1-5
Sunday School,  January 6, 2013
Paul, under the Holy Spirit's guidance sees fit to include much personal correspondence in the letter of 1 Thessalonians. This material gives us a window into authentic Christian ministry. In chapter 3:1-5 we see Paul's heart for the Thessalonians and his concern for their spiritual well being in the midst of persecution. Paul reminds them that suffering affliction for Christ is a Christian norm. We as American Christians would do well to think on that truth.

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   Authentic Ministry
   1 Thessalonians 2:9-12
Sunday School,  November 25, 2012
Paul had only three weeks to plant the church at Thessalonica. After his departure due to persecution, Paul feared that the believers would turn away. Evidently, some opponents of the gospel were trying to slander Paul and undermine his reputation in order to lure the believers away. Therefore, Paul takes great pains to remind them of the authenticity of his ministry among them. In the section, we gain valuable insight into what authentic ministry looks like.

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   Psalm Two
   Psalm 2
Sunday Morning Service,  October 28, 2012
 
We Christians living in America are growing increasingly discouraged with the overall downward spiral of the moral values of our country. We need to understand what is going on from a biblical viewpoint. Psalm 2 provides God's perspective on what's going on and where things are heading.

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   Dealing with Temptation
   Various Texts
Sunday School,  September 9, 2012
A new Christian can easily approach the Christian life with unrealistic expectations. We must be careful to teach young believers about the reality of the life-long battle against temptation that every believer will face. We must equip believers to understand and resist temptation.

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   Overflowing Love
   Philippians 1:9-11
Sunday Morning Service,  August 19, 2012
 
We have many choices and paths that present themselves to us on a regular basis. Paul shows us that our primary need in order to make right decisions is an overflowing love for God, His kingdom, and others.

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   The Apologetic Significance of the Resurrection
   Acts 17
Sunday Afternoon Service,  July 29, 2012
 
Christianity rises or falls on the historical fact of the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ. If He did not rise, we should pay no attention to Jesus. If He did, then we had better take every thing He said seriously. It was the stark, literal truth of the resurrection that the apostles continually affirmed in their preaching. They constantly testified as eye-witnesses to this event. Should we not follow their example and emphasize in our evangelism the resurrection of Jesus Christ?

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   Not Ashamed of the Gospel
   Romans 1:16-17
Special Service,  April 20, 2012
 
Paul was not ashamed to preach the gospel and make it central to his missionary activity. His confidence was due to his understanding that the gospel is God's powerful way of saving sinners. He realized that the good news of the person and work of Christ delivers guilty sinners from condemnation, providing them with a standing of perfect righteousness before God. He also realized that the gospel works transformation in the lives of formerly enslaved sinners making their practical lives look more and more like their perfect standing.

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   Zephaniah
   Zephaniah
Sunday School,  April 1, 2012
Three times in Zephaniah, the prophet predicts the complete destruction of the world, an event called the "Day of the Lord." Throughout the book, other manifestations of the day of the Lord are described that foreshadow the ultimate day. Though not all of the details of the prophecy can be sorted out, the overall message of the book is clear. The day of the Lord is coming in which He will destroy the proud and deliver the humble. Therefore, humble yourself before the Lord.

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   Hosea – Part 3
   Hosea 1-14
Sunday School,  January 29, 2012
The book of Hosea is known for its display of the unfailing love of God for His harlotrous people. Tracing the theme of loving restoration throughout the book, we will understand God's love better and God's sovereign plan for pouring out His love on His people Israel and on the world.

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   Hosea – Part 2
   Hosea 4-14
Sunday School,  January 22, 2012
Hosea presents God's relationship to His people in terms of a marriage covenant. With that analogy in view, the book treats the broad themes of sin, judgment, repentance, and restoration. This week's lesson will deal with the first three of those themes.

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   Hosea – Part 1
   Hosea 1-3
Sunday School,  January 15, 2012
Marriage, the most intimate of human relationships serves in both the Old and New Testaments to picture God's covenant relationship with His people. The book of Hosea employs this picture to demonstrate God's faithful, loyal love to His unfaithful, disobedient people.

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   Church Government
   Various Texts
Sunday School,  October 9, 2011
Church government is not a topic that usually captures our interest. Yet, as we will see from today's lesson, the topic of church government is one that has had a significant impact on church history and that abounds in significance for each one of us today.

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   Praise Him All Nations
   Psalm 117
Sunday Morning Service,  August 7, 2011
 
Psalm 117 commands the nations to praise God. What has God done for the nations that could cause them to exalt His name. Tracing this theme of praise through several passages, we come to see that the reason for praise is found in God's salvation manifested through the Person and work of Jesus Christ.

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   Justification and Union with Christ
   Romans 1-3
Sunday School,  July 17, 2011
Martin Luther said that justification by faith is the doctrine that determines whether the church is standing or falling. Justification deals with the heart of the gospel, for it answers the question, "How can I be declared righteous in the sight of God. A right understanding of this doctrine is essential to a right understanding of the gospel.

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   The Church and the Coming of Christ
   Matthew 24; 1 Thessalonians 4-5; 2 Thessalonians 1-2
Wednesday Evening Service,  July 6, 2011
Many believe that the Lord will rapture the church before the Tribulation, and that the Rapture and Second Coming are two separate events. However, a look at the Olivet Discourse, especially in light of Paul's application of it to the church in the Thessalonian Epistles seems to indicate that the church will go through the Tribulation. At the very least, it is wise to be prepared for such a possibility.

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   The Christian Minister's Suffering
   2 Timothy 2:1-10
Sunday Morning Service,  January 30, 2011
 
As Christians, we are all part of the cause of Christ. In pursuit of the interests of that cause, we cannot avoid suffering. We must focus on the task, discipline ourselves, and toil in the work of the Lord. However, most importanly, we must rembember the reason for which we suffer. We must not forget the cause - Christ crucified, risen, coming again to reign.

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   Rehoboam
   2 Chronicles 10 - 12
Sunday School,  February 14, 2010
Chronicles presents Rehoboam as a man who established his kingdom through shrewd choices. However, he did evil because he did not establish his heart to seek the Lord

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   An Introduction to Chronicles
   1 - 2 Chronicles
Sunday School,  January 10, 2010
Many people feel that Chronicles is a difficult book to read. After all, why read more of the same history after having read Samuel and Kings. Is Chronicles simply a repeat of those other books or an attempt to fill in the gaps? Or, is Chronicles a distinct book with a distinct message? We will find that the book of Chronicles is indeed a relevant book both to its original audience and to the N.T. church. This book is God's word to us.

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   Praying Ourselves from Despair to Faith
   Psalm 13
Sunday Morning Service,  October 18, 2009
 
Much to our surprise, we go through times as Christians in which we feel that God has abandoned us and will not listen to us. David teaches us in this psalm how to anchor our souls on God's loyal love and move from despair to faith.

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   The Fall of Solomon
   1 Kings 9 – 11
Sunday School,  October 18, 2009
Israel goes from the peak of glory to rapid decline under Solomon. His failure points us to the need for a Perfect King.

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   The Rise of Solomon
   1 Kings 1 - 2
Sunday School,  October 4, 2009
To understand the life of Solomon, we must understand the Davidic Covenant. Chapters one and two of First Kings detail Solomon's rise to the throne and the establishment of his kingdom. All of this happens as a fulfillment of the promises of God.

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   Stand Firm
   1 Peter 5:8-14
Sunday School,  September 13, 2009
In the book of Job we find a righteous man who undergoes great suffering and loses almost everything. Job doesn't know what is happening, but the first chapter lets us in on a scene in heaven in which Satan accuses Job and seeks permission to destroy him. Peter reveals to us the same enemy at work seeking to devour us. Against that enemy, however, stands the God of all grace enabling us to stand firm.

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   A Humble Church in a Hostile World
   1 Peter 5:1-7
Sunday School,  September 6, 2009
In times of persecution and hostility, it is especially important that the church function together in unity. Thus, Peter now addresses relationships in the church. The way for the church to stand together in a hostile world is to relate to one another in humility.

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   The Arm of the Lord Triumphant through Suffering
   Isaiah 53:10-12
Sunday Morning Service,  August 2, 2009
 
Up to verse 9 of Isaiah 53, we have seen the Arm of the Lord suffering an undeserved death that somehow is in the place of sinners. However, many questions about the work of God's Servant remain unanswered. Why did He have to die like this? Was He successful in His mission? What happens to Him now? Isaiah 53:10-12 comes along and answers those questions. In an abrupt change of tone from sadness to joy, we learn that the Arm of the Lord is triumphant because of His sufferings.

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   Apologetics and Evangelism
   various texts
Wednesday Evening Service,  July 22, 2009
Peter tells us in 1 Peter 3:15 to always be ready to defend our faith. This session will attempt to help us learn how to do that in a biblical way. What we look at will strengthen our faith as Christians, help us understand why unbelievers reject, and show how best to seek to persuade men.

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   Implementing Evangelism
   various texts
Wednesday Evening Service,  July 15, 2009
The task of evangelism requires both prepared hearts and initiative. We need to pursue devotion to the gospel, an eternal perspective, a heart of self-sacrifice, and commitment to pray if we are to evangelize in a way that glorifies God. Furthermore, we must take action to evangelize our community.

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   The Church's Privilege in a Hostile World
   1 Peter 2:4-10
Sunday School,  June 14, 2009
This passage brings us to the climax of a section that has encouraged us to stand firm in the light of our great salvation. There are no commands in this passage. Peter wants us to focus entirely on our great privilege as God's people as he prepares to get to the main application.

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   Loving by the Word
   1 Peter 1:22-2:3
Sunday School,  June 7, 2009
Up to this point, Peter has exhorted us with respect to our relationship with God. Now he turns to our relationships in the body of Christ. Just as an army cannot face hostility from the enemy when there is disunity within, so we are not prepared to stand firm against the world's hostility when we are fighting among ourselves.

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   Overcoming Hindrances to Sharing the Gospel
   various texts
Wednesday Evening Service,  June 3, 2009
We as believers recognize that we ought to share the gospel. But why is it so hard? What are the things that hinder us from sharing the gospel? More importantly, how can we overcome those obstacles?

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   Grace That Leads to Fear
   1 Peter 1:17-21
Sunday School,  May 31, 2009
The main command in this passage is to conduct our lives in the fear of God. We are to do so because the God we call Father is also the judge of all the earth. But also we fear and reverence God because of the amazing redemption we have received.

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   Living the Blessed Hope
   1 Peter 1:13-16
Sunday School,  May 24, 2009
Duty is always founded on doctrine. Having spoken of our living hope and future inheritance, Peter introduces the practical application with the word therefore. He shows us how to live out the implications of our future hope.

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   Introduction to First Peter
   1 Peter
Sunday School,  May 3, 2009
At the end of his book, Peter reveals that he is writing to explain to his suffering brothers that they are experiencing God's true grace. He warns that Satan is trying to devour them through their suffering. He combats Satan's designs by exhorting them to stand firm in the grace of God in the midst of that suffering.

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   Praise Hymns
   Psalm 33
Sunday School,  April 19, 2009
We have noted that the Psalms teach us how to worship God. The climax of worship is praise. It is interesting to note that the further we get in the book of Psalms, the more dominant the category of praise hymns becomes. All the other categories have been moving us in this direction. Thus, it is fitting to end our study looking at praise, which is the ultimate purpose for which we were created.

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   The Righteous Suffering of the Arm of the Lord
   Isaiah 53:7-9
Sunday Morning Service,  April 5, 2009
 
This stanza of Isaiah 53 focuses our attention on the death and burial of Christ. Each verse describes Christ being treated as an evildoer, but each verse also ends with a testimony to Christ's righteousness. Without His righteous suffering, we have no hope of salvation.

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   The Royal Psalms
   Psalm 22
Sunday School,  March 29, 2009
When we studied the imprecatory psalms, we noted that they are difficult to deal with because we tend to be troubled by their content. With the royal psalms, the difficulty comes in understanding their relevance to us as New Testament Christians. After all, we are not kings sitting on thrones. However, we will soon see that these royal psalms have the closest possible relevance to our lives.

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   Imprecatory Psalms
   various texts
Sunday School,  February 22, 2009
Perhaps some of the most disturbing parts of the Old Testament Scripture to read are those places in which the author desires or even prays for God to destroy his enemies. What do we do with such passages? Do they indicate a less developed Old Testament religion corrected by New Testament teaching? As we examine the imprecatory psalms more closely, we will come to understand that they do not contradict the New Testament, but rather, support it.

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   The Unexpected Work of the Arm of the Lord
   Isaiah 53:1-6
Sunday Morning Service,  February 1, 2009
 
God promised to sinful Israel that He would show His mighty arm to bring them and the whole world salvation. As we look into Isaiah 53, we come to realize that God's mighty saving arm is a Person. It is none other than God's Servant, the Messiah. However, the way in which He brings salvation is completely unexpected. He saves the world by humiliation, rejection, and death.

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   The Wisdom Psalms
   various texts
Sunday School,  February 1, 2009
Is the Old Testament wisdom literature just like the wisdom of the ancient world or the popular proverbs of modern times? We come to realize as we study biblical wisdom literature that it is set apart from all other wisdom by this concept: the fear of the Lord. Biblical wisdom is God's wisdom, not the world's and can only be obtained by those who fear Him.

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   Penitential Psalms
   Psalm 32
Sunday School,  January 11, 2009
Some people believe that Old Testament saints were saved by keeping the Law while New Testament believers are saved by faith. Paul uses Psalm 32, however, to prove that justification by faith alone is an Old and New Testament concept. This psalm teaches us about both justification and about the need of believers to continually confess sin.

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   God's Servant Exalted through Suffering
   Isaiah 52:13-15
Sunday Morning Service,  November 2, 2008
 
We have heard the term messiah thrown around a lot recently with regard to the presidential race. The term messiah brings to mind the picture of a charismatic leader who triumphs in all he does and who leads people to new heights of deliverance and success. Interestingly, when Isaiah speaks of God's Messiah (called "My Servant") He does predict that this one will be highly exalted. However, contrary to all normal expectations of such a person, God's Messiah is exalted through excruciating and humiliating suffering.

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   Worshiping God in Times of Distress
   Psalm 55
Sunday School,  October 19, 2008
The book of Psalms teaches us how to worship God. But how do we worship when we are in distress and faced with intense fear, sorrow, or depression? The supplication psalms teach us how to worship in the midst of our deepest struggles.

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