In today’s lesson Joseph confronts his brothers. This is a story of tough love and godly sorrow that lead to redemption and reconciliation. For a concise exposition of this lesson click below:
Today’s Scripture lesson continues the themes begun in Genesis 37-39. By meditating on Genesis 40-41 we begin to see how even the things Joseph suffered were the result of God’s faithfulness. God’s bringing salvation through Joseph’s suffering foreshadows Christ and assures us that we can trust God. For a concise exposition of this passage, click below.
In James 3:13-18, James entices us to desire the “wisdom from above.” He describes the beauty of this God-given wisdom by contrasting it with false “wisdom” that is “earthly, unspiritual, and demonic.” Then, in James 5:7-12, James encourages us to remain faithful in this chaotic world by assuring us of Christ’s return and the mercy of the Lord. Click below for an explanation and application of these passages.
James exposes the terrible destruction caused by the untamable human tongue. But he also offers a solution. For a concise exposition of this Sunday’s lesson from James 3:1-12, check out the podcast below. Maybe you will discover James’ (and the Bible’s) answer to this problem?
What does James mean when he says that faith without deeds is as dead and useless as a corpse? What kind of “deeds” is he talking about? Click below for an audio exposition of James 2:14-26 that answers these questions.
Today we have the second of five lessons from the book of James. In todays lesson James tells us to listen, not only to one another, but to the Word of God. Listening to God’ word, however, will be useless unless we obey. Listening with obedience is the foundation of “the religion that God our Father accepts.” Such religion expresses itself in love for neighbor, especially concern for the needed, and by keeping ourselves untainted by the lust and greed of the world. False religion is characterized by anger and an “unbridled” tongue. For a brief exposition of this passage, James 1:19-27, click below:
Icon of James the Just, Brother of Jesus.
This Sunday we begin a series of five lessons from the book of James. In today’s lesson James urges us to a single-minded pursuit of the Wisdom that comes from God so that we can joyfully persevere amid trials. God uses those trials to produce the type of person who will love Him and receive the “Crown of Life.” James warns us against the distraction of riches that would lure us from this single-minded pursuit. He urges us to pass through the things of time so that we will gain the things of eternity!
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As a small boy I went with my grandfather to visit his aged mother, my great grandmother. She was probably around ninety. Indeed, she looked very old to me, lying there in the bed with big, thick cataract glasses. Every time Grandfather went to see her, he asked her what scripture she wanted him to read. The answer was always the same. John 14. She wanted to hear these words of assurance from Jesus. For an explanation and application of John 14:1-14, today’s Sunday school lesson, click below:
Mark 3:13 through 6:6, the section of Mark’s Gospel that began with Jesus choosing the twelve disciples, concludes in today’s passage, Mark 6:1-6, with Jesus and the disciples coming to His hometown. Jesus teaches in His hometown synagogue. Those who should have believed in Jesus–the Teachers of the Law, His family, and the people of His hometown, reject Him. They don’t want to acknowledge His authority or endure the embarrassment of following Him. The hometown folk think they are as good as He is. And yet the disciples have seen His power over creation, evil spirits, and even death itself. The woman healed of minstral flow exhibits true faith and becomes His “daughter” and disciple.
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Up until now, Jesus has been a baby. It is only in the closing verses of Luke chapter two that we see Him face to face and hear Him speak–as a twelve-year old in the Temple. Yet His entire ministry is anticipated by this incident. If you would like too see an interesting video clip from The Young Messiah of a Rabbi questioning Jesus, click here.
Then click below for an explanation of Luke 2:39-52, the boy Jesus in the Temple.