September 6, 2020. Sunday School. Series Title: “God Redeems a Dysfunctional Family.” Lesson Title: “Faithfulness in Suffering,” Genesis 37-39.

This Sunday we begin four lessons on the life of Joseph from Genesis 37-45. These lessons show us how God uses the faithfulness of Joseph to redeem and reconcile his very dysfunctional family. Joseph provides us with a sterling example of a life of faithfulness rooted in God. His faithfulness also foreshadows and prefigures the faithfulness of Jesus through whom we can live a life of integrity before God. For a concise podcast exposition of this Sunday’s lesson, click below.

Listen to, “God’s Covenant Law.” Fourth in the Podcast Series “An Issue for Our Time: the Bible and Same-Sex Practice.”

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We have seen how important this issue is (podcast one). We have examined the fallacies in the way those who deny the Bible’s teaching on this subject approach Scripture (podcast two). We have looked at the foundational teaching on this subject in the Genesis creation account (podcast three). Now it is time to look at the prohibitions of same-sex practice in God’s covenant law. These prohibitions are part of the detailed teaching about sexuality found in Leviticus 18 and 20. This fourth podcast is entitled “God’s Covenant Law,” To access these podcasts, click here.

August 30, 2020. Sunday School. “Two Kinds of Wisdom,” James 3:13-18; 5:7-12.

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.

Listen to “The Creation Account: Created ‘Male and Female.'” Third in the podcast series, “An Issue for Our Time: The Bible and Same-Sex Practice.”

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Podcast #3 in the series “An Issue for Our Time: The Bible and Same-Sex Practice,” is now available. In this podcast, entitled “The Creation Account: Created ‘Male and Female’ (Genesis 1:1–2:25),” we begin our study of what the Bible says about this issue. The opening chapters of Genesis are crucial because they lay a solid foundation for all that the Bible has to say about sexuality.

These podcasts are located on the page entitled “An Issue for Our Time: the Bible and Same-Sex Practice. A Series of Podcasts” under the main menu. You can access them by clicking here.

August 23, Sunday School. “Untamable Tongue,” James 3:1-12.

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?

SS Aug 23 2020 Untamable Tongue James 3 – 8:17:20, 9.16 PM

Check Out the Second Podcast in the series “An Issue for Our Time: the Bible and Same-Sex Practice.”

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The first podcast in this series was entitled, “An Issue for Our Time.” This second podcast is entitled “A Wrong Path and a Tragic Destination.” It exposes the major ways in which supporters of same-sex practice often misinterpret scripture. This “wrong path” of interpretation leads to a false and “tragic destination.” These podcasts are located on the page entitled “An Issue for Our Time: the Bible and Same-Sex Practice. A Series of Podcasts” under the main menu. You can access them by clicking here.

Listening, Speaking, and the Religion that God Our Father Accepts. Sunday School, Aug 9, 2020. James 1:19-27.

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:

Things of Time and Things of Eternity. Sunday School, Aug 2, 2020. James 1:1-12.

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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!

For a brief exposition of this passage click below: