The Call of Wisdom. Sunday School, June 7, 2020. Proverbs 1:1-10, 22-23, 32-33.

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We are bombarded by many contradictory voices every day. What should we believe? How should we live? We have never had greater need of the divine Wisdom found in the Book of Proverbs. Today’s Sunday School lesson introduce us to that Wisdom. That Wisdom begins by acknowledging God as God and by humbly recognizing our need of instruction from Him. If you would like to grow in Wisdom, listen to the recorded exposition of Proverbs 1:1-10, 22-23, 32-33 below:

 

The Prophets in a Nutshell. Sunday School, May 31, 2020. Hosea 11:1-2, 7-10; 12:1-2,6-14.

Today’s lesson from Hosea11:1-2, 7-10 NS 2:1-2, 6-14 contains the message of the prophets’ in a nutshell. In this passage we hear the themes of God’s past goodness to His people, their persistent rebellion, God’s punishment on their sin, and finally His great love that provides a way of redemption. God’s love underscores the utter seriousness of sin. For an audio exposition of this passage, click below:

 

“Because they have forsaken the covenant of the Lord their God” (Her 22:8) Jeremiah 22:1-10. Sunday school, May 24, 2020.

Jeremiah 22:1-10 makes it clear that we cannot know and worship God without living a life of justice and mercy. The lives of those who truly know and worship God will reflect His character. For an audio exposition of this passage, click below.

Judgment That Can No Longer Be Avoided. Jeremiah 21:1-14 Sunday school, May 17, 2020

“Judgment That Can No Longer Be Avoided” is not an attractive title. This passage from Jeremiah has a sobering but important message. It reminds us of how important it is to live humbly before God and with concern for the well-being of the people and society around us. I hope you find the recorded exposition of this passage uploaded below helpful in your walk with Christ.

The Lord’s Promise of Restoration: “I will return to Zion .” Zechariah 8:1-17. Sunday school, May 10, 2020

Everyone is welcome to listen to this exposition of Zechariah 8:1-17, prepared especially for a Sunday school class at Olde Towne Community Church, Ridgeland, Mississippi. The title given to this lesson in the recording is simply “The Lord Promises to Bless His People.” That title, however, seemed so bland and inadequate.

The passage from Zechariah is about “the Lord Almighty’s” promise of blessing to His discouraged people. Although they had returned from Exile in Babylon, they were not enjoying the blessings that the prophets had foretold. The most important thing, however is God’s renewal of the greatest promise of all–the promise of His permanent presence among them: “they will be my people, and I will be faithful and righteous to them as their God.” (Zechariah 8:8). He then calls on them to reflect the holy character of the God who dwells with them. They are to radiate His likeness by making Him the center of their lives and their community and by living in integrity, justice, and concern for one another.

Be sure to open your Bible (or your device) to Zechariah 8 while you listen. Zechariah is the next to last book in the Old Testament!

A Vision of Restoration.Zephaniah 3:14-20 Sunday School Lesson for May 3, 2020

Hi, everyone. Here is the recorded version of the May 3, 2020 Sunday school lesson prepared especially for Olde Towne Community Church in Ridgeland, Mississippi. However, we welcome all of you to listen. The lesson will mean more to you if you open your Bible to Zephaniah before you begin. You know, Zephaniah is back there in that part of your Bible where the pages stick together: “Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakuk, ZEPHANIAH, . . . (One advantage to reading your Bible on a “device” is that the pages don’t stick!) In all seriousness, my prayer is that God will bless you richly as you listen.

“You will be called by a new name that the mouth of the Lord will bestow” (Isaiah 62:2).Isaiah 61:1-3, 8-11; 62:2-5. Sunday School Lesson for April 26, 2020

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According to Luke 4:18-20 Jesus announced that He was the fulfillment of Isaiah 61:1-3 on the sabbath in the Synagogue at Nazareth.  The above picture representing this event is from www.LumoProject.com. The Lumo Project permits usage for non-commercial educational purposes.

Please find a video exposition of the Sunday school lesson for April 26, 2020 by clicking here. I’ve entitled this lesson, “You will be called by a new name that the mouth of the Lord will bestow” (Isaiah 62:2). The chosen passage comes from Isaiah 61:8-11; 62:2-4a. I have added Isaiah 61:1-3 as a foundation and expanded 62:2-4a to 62:2-5 for completeness. I hope you find this exposition a blessing.

Thomas’ Story: “Be Not Faithless, but Believing.” A Meditation on John 20:19-31.

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Last week we explored Jesus’ appearance to Mary Magdalene as recorded in John 20:1-18. I hope you enjoy this second meditation on Jesus’ resurrection appearances in John’s Gospel. Today’s Scripture, John 20:19-31, records Jesus’ appearance to the disciples and to Thomas. Thomas’ transformation from doubt to faith underscores the validity of the Apostles’ witness to the risen Christ. We are invited to imitate Thomas by confessing Jesus as “My Lord and my God.” Click here to access this meditation.