Contributed on Mar 19, 2007
Sometimes it is hard to distinguish failure from ultimate success.
That Special Week: Sunday and Monday (Matthew 21:1-22, 23:37-39) 1. Hundreds of sages or rabbis in the first century had disciples who would follow them and receive instruction in the Torah, the written Law of Moses and the oral interpretations of that Law by the famous rabbis. 2. It was not ...read more
Contributed on Apr 2, 2007
Behind every question is an agenda or attitude of heart.
Tuesday: That Special Week (Matthew 21:23-22:40) 1. A couple was strolling along an ocean side beach and noticed a bottle floating in the water. They waded out toward it and saw it contained a note. They eagerly opened the bottle and read the note. It said: "I’m marooned on a tropical ...read more
Contributed on Mar 15, 2021
Although we wonder why God allows evil people to prevail, it is sometimes His plan to use such individuals to accomplish a greater purpose.
The Betrayers: Ahithophel and Judas (2 Samuel 11-17, passim, with John 12:4-6) 1. A family was watching a movie of the life of Jesus on television. Their six-year-old daughter was deeply moved as the film realistically portrayed Jesus’ crucifixion and death. Tears ran down the little girl’s face ...read more
Contributed on Mar 22, 2021
God was especially gracious to Hezekiah, but, by offering only limited grace to Jesus, He opened a floodgate of grace for those who believe in Him.
The Prayer to Be Spared: Hezekiah in His Palace and Jesus in Gethsemane (2 Kings 20:1-11, Luke 22:39-46) 1. You can learn a lot about human nature by reading complaint blogs. One blogger wrote, “Today, I got pulled over for a traffic violation. Thinking I could get away with it, I spoke with a ...read more
Contributed on Mar 29, 2021
By comparing and contrasting Jesus and Solomon, Jesus’ glory shines more brightly.
Palm Sunday and Two Kings: Jesus and Solomon (Matthew 21:1-11; Psalm 2:1-12) 1. It was Palm Sunday but because of a sore throat, 5 year old Sammy stayed home from church with a babysitter. When the family returned home, they were carrying several palm fronds. Sammy inquired as to what they were ...read more
Contributed on Apr 12, 2021
Jonah’s experienced in the belly of the great fish foreshadows the pattern of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus.
Jesus, Jonah, and the Resurrection Jonah 1-4 and Matthew 12: 38-40 1. Strange things can happen on Easter Sunday [relevantmagazine.com]: 2. One year, a bunch of friends and I decided to go to a sunrise service at a super fancy church. This church looks like a European cathedral and we were all ...read more