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SUNDAY MORNING BIBLE LESSONS
THIS IS YOUR GOD... Audio
“It’s a golden calf from the Bible, a false idol, the Bull of Wall Street...The piece hints at the Capital system as an idol that we have worshiped for decades and is unfortunately proving to be false," said the artist Errazuriz at the unveiling of his Golden Calf piñata in NYC last year.
Filled with $1000 in single bills, the glittering, 15ft high and 24ft long beast was whacked with "Communist red" sticks until dollar bills rained down on participants. Watch the feeding frenzy at http://nydn.us/1k3u1tS.
Not far away is another popular "idol" concept. The 700 pound sculpture of the Charging Bull of Wall Street is the most photographed spot in all of New York City. The artist Arturo DiModica chose the bull as a symbol of the “power of the American people". More...
06/21 ROOTS BY THE STREAM Audio
“But blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year ...of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” Jeremiah 19:7-8.
06/14 ASHAMED AND CONFOUNDED Audio
But that's exactly what we need today. Paul said it so well in 1 Corinthians 1:27. "But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty."
06/07 THE BRICKS HAVE FALLEN… Audio
God’s blessing had been upon Israel since the days of Abraham. “I will build a great nation from you. I will bless you and make your name famous. People will use your name to bless other people. I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse those who curse you. I will use you to bless all the people on earth.” Genesis 12:2-3.
05/31 WE ARE SURROUNDED... Audio
This is a picture of the Great Smoky Mountains smokin'! Thick clouds hang over the mountains after a bit of thunder and lightning. This is the perfect picture illustration for today's lesson on faith. On God’s timeline for mankind, today is the 12th day of the third biblical month of Sivan. Here's what happened 3500 years ago around this time.
Exodus 19:1,13-19: “On the third month after the Israelites left Egypt-on the very day-they came to the Desert of Sinai...In the morning of the third day there was thunder and lightning, with a thick cloud over the mountain, and a very loud trumpet blast. Everyone in the camp trembled. Then Moses led the people out of the camp to meet with God, and they stood at the foot of the mountain. " More...
05/24 A FREEWILL OFFERING IN PROPORTION TO THE BLESSINGS... Audio
Today we stand in an awesome place and time on God’s calendar for mankind. This is the Almighty’s appointed season for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon His people.
Before leaving them, Jesus had instructed the disciples to tarry in Jerusalem until they had received the promise of the Father. “I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.” Luke 24:49.
The disciples had been waiting in Jerusalem for 9-10 days since the ascension of Jesus into heaven. Acts 2:1-4 describes the setting: “When the Day of Pentecost came, the disciples were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. ...” More...
05/17 THIS SAME JESUS Audio
This week marks the anniversary of Jesus’ ascension into heaven. On the 40th day of His resurrection, Jesus was lifted up and "received" into a cloud and physically disappeared.
This pivotal event occured during the second month on God’ calendar. Appointed over 3500 years ago, this month, called Ziv, is all about counting the days. Even the disciples were closely watching the passage of time, having learned God’s calendar in Leviticus 23. More...
05/10 GRAVES OF CRAVING Audio
“Now the rabble that was among them had a strong craving...They buried the people who had the craving” Numbers 11:4, 34.
An appropriate translation of the Hebrew phrase “strong craving” is “lusted a lust”. Of course, all of us Christians will protest that we don’t lust. But that certainly isn’t true, and we all know it. Even if we don’t get mired knee-deep in sexual desires, we don’t think a thing in the world about salivating over a mouth-watering steak or making the statement that a sensual chocolate dessert is “to die for”. Yes, if we are really honest, we can envision it, even covet the taste of it, long before we sink our teeth into the first decadent bite. And when we’ve finally fulfilled our desire, we sit back and bask in the sheer “heaven” of it all! More...
05/03 THE DESERT OF SIN Audio
3500 years ago, millions of Israelites entered the Desert of Sin, only 1½ months after being set free from captivity in Egypt. According to God’s biblical calendar in the Old Testament, this evening, May 3, 2015 ushers in the 15th day of the second month, the anniversary of the very day God’s chosen people arrived in Sin.
04/26 ON MOUNT MORIAH Audio
Easily the most hotly contested and desired real estate on the entire planet, Mount Moriah’s history is literally, out of this world. In God’s perfect timing and at His hallowed location, the ultimate sacrifice for all time was appointed to die.
Mount Moriah is not actually a single mountain top, but an elongated ridge that rises on the southern end of current day Jerusalem and continues past the current Muslim Temple Mount. More...
04/19 EVERY MAN BY NAME Audio
04/12 ON THE 24TH DAY OF THE FIRST MONTH (Tigris River photo by Wikipedia, Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license)
“On the twenty-fourth day of the first month, as I was standing on the bank of the great river, the Tigris…” Daniel 10:4.
This date was significant enough to be recorded in God’s word, in exactly the book of the Bible that speaks of the end times of the world as we know it. Audio and more...
04/05 IT IS FINISHED Audio
As we gaze into the heavens today, we see exactly the same sky the Israelites would have seen 3500 years ago when they were rousted in the middle of the night and ordered to leave Egypt. With clockwork precision, as the earth hurtles through space at 66,700 miles per hour, the sun moon and stars appear to us in the very same cycles year after year. And it is precisely because of the combination of the Exodus of the Israelites and God’s perfect, orderly timing of the heavens that we gather together today in the shadow of the Cross.
03/29 EAT IT WITH YOUR CLOAK TUCKED INTO YOUR BELT (Fields of the Wood Bible Park in Murphy, NC. Photo by Karen Crump) Audio
3500 years ago, in the ancient land of Egypt, God gave detailed instructions for all those who trusted Him. Following His instructions would bring life. Ignoring them would guarantee death. More...
03/22 IN THE BEGINNING GOD… (Public Domain photo) Audio
When the first manned mission to the moon, Apollo 8, carried mankind into lunar orbit for the very first time on December 24, 1968, they sent a live message back to Planet Earth.
Lunar Module Pilot William Anders began the landmark broadcast with these words: "We are now approaching lunar sunrise. For all the people back on earth, the crew of Apollo 8... has a message we would like to send to you. 'In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth...'"
03/15 LIKE A BRIDEGROOM... Audio
03/08 THEY SHALL KNOW THAT I AM THE LORD Audio
03/01 WHO KNOWS... Audio
Billowing fire as ancient Jerusalem is laid waste and burnt to the ground by marauding enemies. Ominous plumes of smoke just minutes before the 220 floors of the Twin Towers implode following a terrorist attack. What could they possibly have in common?
More than you think!
02/22 ONE GREATER THAN THE TEMPLE IS HERE Audio
“I tell you that one greater than the temple is here.” Matthew 12:6.
When Jesus said this in reply to the Pharisees who were accusing Him of doing something unlawful on the Sabbath, His reply rocked their religious world. He blew apart every worship concept they had of their temple and their Sabbath, what we call today our “church” and our “Sunday”.
And He wasn’t even standing in a pulpit when He nailed Israel for their “religiousness”. He and his disciples were walking through a field of grain, on their way to the temple in Jerusalem. The disciples were hungry, so they began plucking some of the grains of wheat and eating them. More...
2/15 ESCAPE, YOU WHO LIVE IN THE DAUGHTER OF BABYLON! Audio
2/8 INSTEAD HE WITHDREW… TO A VILLAGE CALLED EPHRAIM Audio
2/1 DO YOU BELIEVE THIS? Audio
Jesus Christ spent the last winter of His life comforting those He loved by speaking eternal words of promise and hope. “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” John 11:25-26.
We can trace the footsteps of Jesus during the winter months by referring back to John 10:22. “Then came the Feast of Dedication in Jerusalem. It was winter and Jesus was in the temple area…” More...
1/25 BREAK CAMP AND ADVANCE… Audio
Moses proceeded to deliver a stern, yet impassioned accounting of the Israelite journey of the last 40 years. He pointed out that if the nation had followed God’s perfect roadmap instead of their own, and set aside their fears, needs and wants, they could have avoided generations of heartache and struggle. More...
01/18 $3 WORTH OF GOD: I AM THE LORD Audio
"I would like to buy three dollars' worth of God, please. Not enough to explode my soul or disturb my sleep, but just enough to equal a cup of warm milk, or a snooze in the sunshine...I want ecstasy, not transformation. I want the warmth of the womb, not a new birth. I want a pound of the eternal in a paper sack. I would like to buy three dollars’ worth of God, please" by Wilbur Reese.
1/11 Then They Will Know That I Am The Lord Audio
01/04 PUT THE POT ON THE FIRE Audio
God begins our nation's calendar year perfectly with a parable given to another mighty nation over 2600 years ago. Appointed on God’s calendar for the 10th day of the 10th month, it falls exactly on New Year’s Day, 2015, on our Gregorian calendar. And it all has to do with a pot and a bunch of comfortable religious folks. This image is an ancient cooking pot from Megidd...o, from around 600 BC, about the time of today’s lesson. (Photo by Ferrell Jenkins, used with permission.) More...
12/28 WITH THEIR MOUTHS THEY EXPRESS DEVOTION, BUT THEIR HEARTS ARE GREEDY… Audio
12/21 IT WAS WINTER... Audio
12/07 YOU HAVE BEEN UNFAITHFUL Audio
11/23-30 FEASTING FOR YOURSELVES Audio
Our designated national holiday of Thanksgiving is undeniably THE Feast day of the entire year! This monumental mealtime will feature 46 million turkeys. That’s about 736 million pounds of bird: roasted, grilled or deep-fried.
But hey, one of those turkeys just might get a Presidential pardon! Isn't it all great fun! But turkey-day smiles don't last long. Pictured here is Present John F. Kennedy on November 19, 1963, just 3 days before he was assassinated. (Photo is public domain from Wikipedia Commons) More...