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12/02/22 (Lesson 336)

Hebrews 12:14  [W]ithout holiness no one will see the Lord. In a survey given to college students, eighty-nine percent wanted to be rich, eleven percent wanted to be famous, and no one wanted to be holy. In truth, no one wants to be holy unless God gives them that...

12/01/22 (Lesson 335)

Hebrews 11:13  All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance. When people come to faith in Jesus Christ, they often have an idea of how their lives should go,...

11/30/22 (Lesson 334)

Hebrews 10:31  It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.  A young man was waiting for his trial to begin when he asked permission to go to the bathroom. He stood on top of the toilet, pulled himself into the ceiling, and tried to get away. The...

11/29/22 (Lesson 333)

Hebrews 9:27  [P]eople are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment.  The eternal destiny of every person is sealed the moment they die. There is no opportunity to repent once this life is over. The moment someone passes from this life to the next, they...

11/28/22 (Lesson 332)

Hebrews 8:12  I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more. A young man drove his car while drunk, and killed a young lady. Her parents were so distraught that they sued him for a dollar a week, for the next several years. Every week, as he...

11/27/22 (Lesson 331)

Hebrews 5:9  [Jesus] became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him.  A ball rolled into the street and a little boy chased after it. His Father yelled stop and the little boy obeyed. A garbage truck ran over the ball, but thankfully, the little boy was...

11/26/22 (Lesson 330)

Hebrews 4:9-10  There remains, then, a Sabbath rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his. The problem with working your way to heaven is that you never know when you have done enough. How many...

11/25/22 (Lesson 329)

Hebrews 2:11  Jesus is not ashamed to call [us] brothers and sisters. This was helpful to those who were rejected by their family because of Jesus Christ. Perhaps they were the favorite son or daughter before they believed, but then their family was ashamed of them....

11/24/22 (Lesson 328)

Hebrews 1:1  In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways. This letter was written around AD 67, to Jewish Christians who were suffering persecution. It was a difficult time for them, and some were falling away from the...

11/22/22 (Lesson 326)

Titus 1:1  Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ.  Paul wrote this letter to his coworker, Titus, around the year AD 64. Titus was working on the Island of Crete, and Paul sent instructions regarding his ministry. Crete was known for its immorality,...

11/20/22 (Lesson 324)

2 Timothy 1:1-2  Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, in keeping with the promise of life that is in Christ Jesus, To Timothy, my dear son. Paul wrote his second letter to Timothy around AD 67, while imprisoned in a cold Roman dungeon, near the end of...

11/19/22 (Lesson 323)

1 Timothy 4:1  The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.  Much of the New Testament was written to combat false teaching, and the Bible remains our best defense. Believers should...

11/18/22 (Lesson 322)

1 Timothy 1:1-2  Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the command of God our Savior and of Christ Jesus our hope, To Timothy my true son in the faith: Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.  Paul wrote this letter to his younger...

11/17/22 (Lesson 321)

2 Thessalonians 3:5  May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love.  Believing in God’s love does not come easily for a number of reasons. First, we are all sinners, and God hates sin, so how can he love sinners like us? Second, we seldom feel God’s love, and it is...

11/16/22 (Lesson 320)

2 Thessalonians 1:1  Paul, Silas and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.  Paul wrote his second letter to the church in Thessalonica around AD 52, while he was staying in the city of Corinth. He wanted to encourage...

11/15/22 (Lesson 319)

1 Thessalonians 4:11-12  [M]ake it your ambition to lead a quiet life . . . so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders.  In their passion to advance the gospel, the Thessalonians were apparently too vocal, and were neglecting other duties. They may have...

11/14/22 (Lesson 318)

1 Thessalonians 1:1  Paul, Silas and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Paul wrote this letter to the church in Thessalonica, around AD 51, to encourage them to grow in their faith as they waited for Christ’s...

11/13/22 (Lesson 317)

Colossians 3:23  Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord.  This is the opportunity of a lifetime. If you raise children, raise them for the Lord. If you build houses, build them for the Lord. If you fix teeth, fix them for the Lord. If...

11/12/22 (Lesson 316)

Colossians 3:13  Forgive as the Lord forgave you. This is one of the highest and most difficult of all moral lessons. Everyone believes in forgiveness until they have been deeply hurt; then they want justice.  An elderly woman was delightful in her youth but she...

11/11/22 (Lesson 315)

Colossians 3:2  Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.  Paul’s feet were always on the ground, but his heart was in heaven. This allowed him to live above his circumstances, and to do a great work for Christ. This is what he wanted for the...

11/10/22 (Lesson 314)

Colossians 2:15  And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.  Christ’s death and resurrection had a three-fold effect on Satan and his demons. First, they were disarmed. Satan can no longer...

11/09/22 (Lesson 313)

Colossians 2:8  See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy. Philosophy and Christianity are both concerned with truth, so they often overlap. But for many philosophical arguments, there is an equal and opposite philosophical...

11/08/22 (Lesson 312)

Colossians 1:23 . . . if you continue in your faith, established and firm, and do not move from the hope held out in the gospel.  The promise of final salvation is only given to those remaining in the faith. [T]he one who stands firm to the end will be...

11/07/22 (Lesson 311)

Colossians 1:14 . . . in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.  If your son was sold into slavery, and you wanted to buy him back, you could purchase his redemption. Depending on his age, productivity, and the going rate, his price could be high...

11/06/22 (Lesson 310)

Colossians 1:1  Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God.  The book of Colossians was written by the Apostle Paul around AD 60, while under house arrest in Rome. He wrote to a correct a false teaching which we now call the Colossian heresy. It had...

11/05/22 (Lesson 309)

Philippians 4:5  Let your gentleness be evident to all.  Gentleness is such an important virtue that Paul wanted it to be evident to everyone. It should not be a hidden virtue, like prayer or generosity, but an open virtue for everyone to see.  I am gentle and...

11/04/22 (Lesson 308)

Philippians 3:13-14  Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.  Two things were important to Paul as he raced toward heaven: forgetting about the...

11/03/22 (Lesson 307)

Philippians 2:13  [I]t is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.  The desire to do God’s will does not come from ourselves, but from God. We choose to respond, not because we are noble, but because God is working in us. This is a...

11/02/22 (Lesson 306)

Philippians 1:25  I will continue with all of you for your progress and joy in the faith.  Notice the connection between progress and joy. If you are making progress at a sport, you will enjoy it a little more. And if you are making progress at work, you will enjoy it...

11/01/22 (Lesson 305)

Philippians 1:1   Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, To all God’s holy people in Christ Jesus at Philippi, together with the overseers and deacons.  Paul started the church in Philippi during his second missionary journey, around AD 51. Ten years later, he...

10/31/22 (Lesson 304)

Ephesians 5:1  Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children.  Not all children are equally loved by their parents, even if they ought to be. Those who are bright, beautiful and talented are often preferred above their siblings. Similar personalities might...

10/30/22 (Lesson 303)

Ephesians 4:15 . . . speaking the truth in love.  Truth is such a precious thing that it must be spoken in love. This is especially important whenever correction is needed. The more lovingly something is said, the easier it is to receive.  Many years...

10/29/22 (Lesson 302)

Ephesians 2:13   But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.  Our emotions are not the best indicator of our relationship with God. They might tell us we are near to God when, in fact, we are far away from him. Or...

10/28/22 (Lesson 301)

Ephesians 1:17  I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.  Many come to a point in their relationship with God where they wonder, Is this all there...

10/27/22 (Lesson 300)

Ephesians 1:1  Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To God’s holy people in Ephesus, the faithful in Christ Jesus.  Paul wrote to believers in Ephesus around AD 62, while under house arrest in Rome (Acts 28). Ephesus was a leading city in the region of...

10/26/22 (Lesson 299)

Galatians 6:1  Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently.  The Bible contains many examples of God’s people doing ungodly things. Noah got drunk (Genesis 9:1), Abraham lied (Genesis 12:19), Jacob...