Archive for November, 2009

Discount Religion

Sunday, November 29th, 2009

Black Friday.  Closeout.  Clearance. It motivates people to shop because they can get huge discounts on popular merchandise without having to pay full price for it. Sadly, this mindset creeps into religious matters.

In this lesson, we will discuss three things that discount religion (DR) does that leads to stumbling blocks so that people don’t obey the truth.



The New Testament

Sunday, November 29th, 2009

This little book, which you hold in your hand, is a precious book for it is God’s New Covenant or Testament for all humanity. It tells the story of God’s love for all, whether a person is rich or poor, male or female, Jew or Gentile, black, brown, white, red or yellow or from whatever caste or station in life he or she may come. Continue reading

Jesus Loves Me

Sunday, November 29th, 2009

We often sing a song “Count your blessings” then fail to do so as often as we should. Maybe this “thanksgiving season” will remind us to become more attentive and thankful for the greatest blessing of all, the unparalleled love of God and His Son for sinful humanity which we learn about in His revealed word we call the Bible. Continue reading

Fingerprinting is the “mark of the beast”?

Sunday, November 29th, 2009

I would like to comment on the idea of the “mark of the beast.” The first reference (and probably the most well-known) is in Revelation 13:17-18: Continue reading

Where 100% Believe in Hell

Sunday, November 22nd, 2009

Survey says: Only 59% of Americans believe in the biblical doctrine of Hell. A growing number of people think that if they simply refuse to believe in the existence of Hell, it will just go away. It is not an afterlife they want to abandon, for 74 percent of Americans still believe in Heaven; it’s just that many people cannot fathom the concept of eternal punishment. Continue reading

American Manners on the Decline

Sunday, November 22nd, 2009

The above title is taken from the Times Record News Paper dated Saturday, October 15, 2005. The article was a report on a recent Associated Press-Ipsos poll over rude behavior. “Nearly 70 percent questioned said that people are ruder than they were 20 or 30 years ago…” Continue reading

Worldy Reasons to Worship

Sunday, November 8th, 2009

Canines at Covenant is a worship service at the Covenant Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles that invites people to bring their pets to the pews. “The concept is the entire family; two footed and four footed. There’s love, there’s God in some form or fashion. And when we love a dog or a dog loves us, that’s a part of God and God is a part of that”, said Rev. Tom Eggebeen (LA Church Putting Pets in Pews, AOL News). The purpose is to bring in new members and boost the church’s connection with the community. [Well, so much for the drawing power of the gospel (Jno 6:44‑45; Rom 1:15‑16).] Continue reading

Yes, You Can

Sunday, November 8th, 2009

At critical moments in a child’s life, parents will offer the encouraging words, “Yes, you can.” It might be at the moment when the child is afraid to place their head in the water and swim to opened arms. The encouraging words can occur when the child is overwhelmed with new material and they do not believe they can pass a critical test. As the child grows and contemplates a challenging career their natural feeling of insecurity can be calmed with the exhortation, “Yes, you can; Yes, you can!” Continue reading

The “Failures” of Jesus

Sunday, November 8th, 2009

If we use the standards of success put forth by many today, Jesus “failed” miserably in a number of ways. Consider the following:

1) Jesus failed to please everyone.
2) Jesus failed to climb the ladder of worldly success.
3) Jesus failed to deliver a non‑offensive message. Continue reading

Interest in the Lord’s Work

Sunday, November 1st, 2009

We are interested in what appeals to our desires and we pursue it. (Matthew 6:21)  Christians have varying interests: Continue reading