Tuesday Morning Recap

Gentlemen,

Tuesday we continued our series on the difficult sayings of Jesus with a discussion of Mark 3:31-35.

“And a crowed was sitting around him, and they said to him, ‘Your mother and your brothers are outside, seeking you.’ And he answered them, ‘Who are my mother and my brothers?’ And looking about at those who sat around him, he said, ‘Here are my mother and my brothers! For whoever does the will of God, he is my brother and sister and mother.'”

Jesus mother was worried about her son. Jesus was saying and doing things that would get him into trouble. She wanted him to come home where he would be safe.

1) Why didn’t Jesus soften his words? (more…)

 

10 Alive Recap

Friends,

Sunday we began our advent series with a discussion of Shepherds and angels. Our text was Luke 2:8-20.

“And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear. And the angel said to them, ‘Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all people. For to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.'”

1) Why were the shepherds the first to receive the news of Christ’s birth?

Laurie said that Christ is a gift for all people — the powerful and the lowly. It no longer mattered how smart or strong you were. Your race was irrelevant as was your sex. For the first time in history salvation was available to all who believed. (more…)

 

Tuesday Morning Recap

Gentlemen,

Tuesday we continued our discussion of the difficult sayings of Jesus with some harsh words for the scribes and Pharisees.

“Woe to you scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of dead peoples bones and all uncleanness.”

1) Why does Jesus condemn the scribes and Pharisees?

Sam said because they are hypocrites. They want people to see them as righteous yet they do what is evil in the sight of God. They claim that they would not be like their ancestors who killed the prophets yet they are plotting to kill the Son of Man. (more…)

 

10 Alive Recap

Friends,

Sunday we concluded our series based on the book ‘Enough.’

Two illustrations by the author, Adam Hamilton, formed the basis of our discussion. The first involved nine red and one golden apple.

Adam explained that God gives us all the apples and allows us to keep nine. He asks that we give back the one golden apple as a sign of our love and devotion for Him. However, Adam demonstrated, by cutting pieces from the golden apple, how difficult it is for us to give to God. It is so easy to put our wants ahead of God’s command  and nibble away at God’s ‘apple.’ Jim said he was struck by the image of the cut up golden apple sitting on the altar next to the communion cup. (more…)

 

Wednesday Night Recap

Friends,

Wednesday nights class was cancelled due to the weather. We will not be meeting on the 23rd.  We will finish our David and Bathsheba series on Wednesday November 30.

See you then.

John

 

Tuesday Morning Recap

Gentlemen,

Tuesday we continued our series on the difficult sayings of Jesus with a discussion of casting out demons. Our text was Mark 3:22-30.

1) What did the scribes accuse Jesus of doing?

“He is possessed by Beelzebul, and by the prince of demons he casts out the demons.”

Aubie said that Jesus is being accused of being demon possessed. They claim that he is able to cast out demons  because He is in league with Satan. They are witnessing the highest evidence that Jesus is the Christ and rather than acknowledging Him they claim He is in league with the devil.

We discussed why we don’t see demon possessed people today. (more…)

 

Wednesday Night Recap

Friends,

Wednesday we continued our series on David’s sin with a discussion of Psalm 51.

“Against thee, and thee only, have I sinned, and done that which is evil in thy sight…”

1) Why does David feel that God is the only one David sinned against?

Chris noted that sin is a crime against God. He is the sovereign who has been offended. That is not to say that others haven’t been harmed by David’s actions. Uriah, Bathsheba, the unborn child and the Jewish people all suffered but David’s sin is an offence against God alone. (more…)

 

10 Alive recap

Friends,

Special thanks to my brother for leading class.

I spoke with Jim today to find out how class went and what was discussed.  Jim said he informed the class that the “Enough”  book should have been titled ‘Getting Rich.’ (At this point I’m wondering if it was wise to have left him in charge) However, he explained that a proper attitude toward our finances comes only when we realize we are rich in Christ. (I begin to relax —  a little) (more…)

 

Tuesday Morning Recap

Gentlemen,

Tuesday we began our series on the difficult sayings of Jesus. Our text was Luke 10:10-15.

“But whenever you enter a town and they do not receive you, go into its streets and say, ‘Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet, we wipe off against you; nevertheless know this, that the kingdom of God has come near.’ I tell you, it shall be more tolerable on that day for Sodom than for that town.”

1) Why were these towns condemed?

Bob noted that the people of these towns had not heard the Gospel, therefore, they were not condemned for rejecting Christ. They were condemned for failing to have hearts open to the Gospel. (more…)

 

10 Alive Recap

Friends,

Sunday we discussed ‘Wisdom and Finance’ Chapter two of ‘Enough”

We began with a discussion of how financial decisions we make effect others.

We all agreed that we  could spend less, however, our economy is driven by consumer spending.  The actual unemployment rate at 16.2% , when you include people who are underemployed and those who have given up looking for work. When we don’t go out to eat or shop someone loses a job. What obligation to we owe to our fellow citizens? (more…)