Archive for the ‘Prayer’ Category
By Stan Cox
A few days ago I came across the written thoughts of a young Christian who took issue with the idea of making New Year’s resolutions, at least with regard to a person’s efforts to serve his Lord.
He made some good points, emphasizing that we should resolve today and every day to serve God acceptably. This, of course, is true. I certainly would not suggest that anyone wait until January 1st before beginning an effort to serve God. (If you do that today, you would be waiting for 360 days!)
However, the first month of the year remains as good a time as any to take stock of your spiritual standing, and to determine to do better than you have in the past. With that… Continue reading
During the time Hannah lived, the people were morally bankrupt, the priests were corrupt, people hated to go to worship, and the word of the Lord was rarely heard.
Hannah’s prayer to God and God’s answer to her prayer helped to change the course of history of God’s people in her generation.
Samuel was the answer to Hannah’s prayer and he became a great prophet, priest, and judge in Israel (Acts 13:20; Heb. 11:32).
This is a two-part lesson- Sunday morning and evening. Many have been frustrated with their cell phone because they don’t hear the other person talking back to them, so they ask, “Can you hear me now?” We wonder if our message is getting through and sometimes we are cut off. Our prayers can be like that at times. Do we ever doubt that our message is getting through or is cut off? In this study, let us examine what the Bible says about what hinders your prayers.
by Joe R. Price
As 2010 draws to a close God’s people know “our salvation is nearer than when we first believed” (Rom. 13:11). Both the brevity of life and the uncertainty of the future compel Christians to always live for heaven by doing the will of God (Jas. 4:13-17; Phil. 3:12-14). Let us live for heaven in 2011…
1) By following God’s pattern. In this “post-modern” world the idea of definite, absolute truth is rejected. Nevertheless, God’s word is the “pattern of sound words” we must hold fast; it is apostolic teaching (2 Tim. 1:13; Acts 2:42). The NT of Christ is as relevant today as when it was first revealed 2,000 years ago. God’s truth makes demands on us. God’s word of grace teaches us to… Continue reading
by Darrel E. Beard
Teaching is the means by which man is instructed in righteousness for the salvation of his soul (Matt. 28:20; Acts 5:42; Col. 1:28). Such a vital task demands careful preparation. Ezra is an example of one who prepared himself to teach: “For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the Law of the Lord, and to do it, and to teach statutes and ordinances in Israel” (Ezra 7:10). Consider some things that are essential in preparing to teach.
Preparing the Heart
One cannot teach what he has not prepared himself to teach, and such preparation begins in the heart. Effective teachers love what they teach, and the Bible teacher should love the word of God… Continue reading