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  • Eugene Adkins 10:13 am on 2016-07-09 Permalink | Reply
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    Wake up, get up and show up at Bible-study tomorrow 

    When you hold a Bible in your hands, do you know how much it cost?

    I’m not looking for a fiscal answer. The Bible cost more than any financial total that can be tallied.

    Long before any red-letter edition was published, pages of the Bible were colored red . That’s because the book we can hold in our hands cost men and women their lives. Some died at the hands of false-Christians and others at the hands of violent unbelievers. Regardless of who took their life, men and women of the past gave their life because they had faith, a desire for the common man to read the word of God, and a love for God’s message.

    Consider that, and then consider how the church has a hard time getting Christians to show up and study the Bible today. Some congregations don’t even have Bible-study classes. Brothers and sisters – that’s a problem!

    The Bible is the best-seller that most Christians aren’t sold on studying. Do you see the irony?

    Wake up, get up and show up at Bible-study tomorrow.

    I will meditate on Your precepts, and contemplate Your ways. I will delight myself in Your statutes; I will not forget Your word. Deal bountifully with Your servant, that I may live and keep Your word. Open my eyes, that I may see wondrous things from Your law.” (Psalm 119:15-18)

  • J. Randal Matheny 5:42 am on 2016-03-12 Permalink | Reply
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    New site for sermon and class outlines 

    You might be interested in a new website for outlines, ideas, and seeds for sermons and Bible classes, with a different twist, called Sermon Lines. So far, an introduction and an outline have been posted.

    Disclosure: I am, er, involved in this particular site.

  • Eugene Adkins 10:35 am on 2013-08-31 Permalink | Reply
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    Bible Chart on Examples of Conversions 

    Here’s a good and basic chart describing what people did according to the scriptures to become a Christian during the first years of the gospel. Multiple lessons could be taught with it, one of which is that it’s good for people to compare what they have been taught in the religious world to what the Bible teaches when it comes to salvation and what must be done in our response to the invitation of the gospel of Jesus.Bible Chart - Examples of Conversion

  • J. Randal Matheny 7:10 pm on 2013-01-21 Permalink | Reply
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    Tot’s Bible class answer 

    Jay Nordlinger of National Review says it really happened in a four- and five-year-old Bible school class yesterday.

    Teacher: “Elliott, what is a hymn?”

    Elliott: “A boy?”

  • J. Randal Matheny 6:37 am on 2012-02-13 Permalink | Reply
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    Anybody talk about Whitney Houston yesterday in a sermon or Bible class? I did, since the sad note fit into a sermon point quite well. See my outline, through Google Translate’s bad rendering: http://is.gd/whitneyhouston

    • Ron Thomas 6:40 am on 2012-02-13 Permalink | Reply

      I did not talk about her, but I did give much thought to the brevity of life to such a one as young as she.

    • Paula Harrington 6:41 am on 2012-02-13 Permalink | Reply

      She wasn’t mentioned here. Did pray for her daughter though.

    • Richard Hill 7:52 am on 2012-02-13 Permalink | Reply

      Oddly enough, we didn’t. The topics we covered in the Galatians class didn’t fit with the incident and the sermon didn’t either. One of the members suffering from severe depression for decades had gone to yet another doctor, this time up in Chicago. He prescribed a new medication, actually more like a supplement, that has kept her depression free for over 2 weeks. We are all pretty excited/emotional over this and it eclipsed anything else. We’re thanking God for answered prayer.

    • Weylan Deaver 4:10 pm on 2012-02-13 Permalink | Reply

      I did mention her death, but not her name, since I was commenting on John’s statement that, at the Judgment scene, he saw “the small and great.” On earth, some are greater than others in fame and influence. The passing of most of us will draw little attention down here.

    • Eugene Adkins 6:18 pm on 2012-02-13 Permalink | Reply

      I didn’t hear about it until after we got home from evening worship.

    • J. Randal Matheny 2:43 am on 2012-02-14 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for chiming in, y’all! Her death seems to be getting lots of attention in the media. Perhaps a teachable moment there?

  • Richard Mansel 8:40 am on 2012-01-19 Permalink | Reply
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    Clever Way to Handle Revelation 

    I am currently teaching Revelation on Wednesday night. We finished our last lesson midway through chapter 16. The study is challenging but empowering as we see the clear gospel and the power of God.

    One of our men found an old Adult Bible Quarterly from 2000 on Revelation. We recently spent a good bit of time working through chapter 13 because it is such a difficult chapter. He was curious to see what this book said about that chapter.

    He soon discovered that this Quarterly had a clever way of handling Revelation — you skip all the hard chapters. Chapter 13 wasn’t even covered. They also skipped chapters 16-18 and 20-21. hmmm

    This may make it easier on the writer but it doesn’t do anything for the teacher or the student. While these chapters are difficult to understand, they are also very powerful testaments to the glory and plan of God.

    Ignoring them is an insult to the Holy Spirit’s efforts to give them to us and leaves us without the full message of judgment. How can that benefit anyone?

    • Will 9:08 am on 2012-01-19 Permalink | Reply

      hUM…I’m doing a Monday Night Bible study with those interested in studying the book of Revelation, and I’m using the material gathered by James M. Booth, from the web site http://www.padfield.com. I find James material refreshing and rather easy to teach and understand.

    • Eugene Adkins 9:59 pm on 2012-01-19 Permalink | Reply

      I used the pdf class outline for Revelation from Padfield and it was very useful along with a commentary by Donald R. Taylor called “The Apocalypse: A Revelation of Jesus Christ”. I found them both to be useful when I taught through the book of Revelation in our teenage class (by request). I don’t think they thought it was as “exciting” as they “thought” is was going to be. No doubt though, there are some wonderful lessons to learn from Revelation about the work/will of God that go along with the “small” glimpses of heavenly glory that can comfort us greatly when understood properly.

      Good article Richard.

  • paulaharington 4:45 pm on 2011-05-17 Permalink | Reply
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    Bible Class Teachers 

    If you’ve ever been a Bible class teacher or had one, than I need you for my next project.

    For information, please head over to my blog and see how you can participate. See you there 🙂


  • paulaharington 10:53 am on 2010-04-01 Permalink | Reply
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    “God don’t make mistakes!” 

    One of my greatest joys is teaching the Wednesday night Kindergarten Bible class. These five and six year olds keep me on my toes and help me sleep very well on Wednesday nights.

    Our recent lesson was about King Joash (2 Kings 11). He was only seven years old when he became King of Judah and out of love for God, this young man, restored the temple.

    I made a big deal out of Joash only being seven and even said, “Did you know that seven year olds could be king?” I was quickly informed by a cute little boy, “That doesn’t happen anymore ‘cause my sister turned seven and she didn’t become King!”

    Some of the students thought that maybe having a 7 year old king wasn’t a good idea (apparently, there are some 7 years old, known to people in my class, that are mean to dogs). Right when I thought I had lost control, one boy set the class straight when he said, “God don’t make bad decisions.”

    I couldn’t have said it better myself.

    Near the end of the class, one boy declared that when he grew up, he was going to be a preacher! I was so proud and then he added, “Only if the monster-truck driving thing doesn’t work out.”

    I hope you’re teaching a Bible class and I especially want to encourage you to get involved in a children’s Bible class. These kids need to see faithful men and women, besides their parents, who love God and His Word.

    They need you and, trust me, you need them.

    • Mike Riley 12:18 pm on 2010-04-01 Permalink | Reply

      Paula, since you enjoy teaching children, I thought this article might be interesting to you:


      Ramnath Subramanian is a 6th grade science teacher that writes a once-a-week article for our local newspaper regarding some aspect of teaching.

    • Richard Hill 12:25 pm on 2010-04-01 Permalink | Reply

      Loved the post, Paula! I had to read it to my wife. She’s quite familiar with sweet, funny, and the occasional out of control class as she has taught cradle roll for many years. I get to hear lots of stories about these little tykes.

      Keep up the good work!

    • Glenda Williams 12:48 pm on 2010-04-01 Permalink | Reply

      Enjoyed reading this very much.

    • Richard Hill 7:59 pm on 2010-04-01 Permalink | Reply

      Paula, do you mind if we share this post. I’m thinking it will end up in a few bulletins.

  • Laura 11:13 am on 2010-03-28 Permalink | Reply
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    Adult Sunday AM class is studying “The Four-Fold Gospel”. We’ve been in John for the past few weeks. This is a lecture style class with encouraged discussion. No books. Teacher sometimes gives suggested reading for the next class.

    Adult Wed. PM class is studying 1,2,3 John. We have books. Teacher uses Power Point slides to lecture and gives assigned questions to answer in the book.

    What’s next? Teachers usually take suggestions from the class and then work something up.

  • Glenda Williams 6:57 pm on 2010-02-23 Permalink | Reply
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    Unique practice in our congregation 

    One of our ladies has a children’s class during the evening worship service. She did have it during the morning worship until we showed her she needs to be in the worship service herself. Parents were coming at 11:00 instead of 10:00 when our Bible classes are held, and the lady was teaching for two hours. She now teaches during the Bible class hour and at night, and on Wednesday evenings. She loves teaching the children.

  • John Henson 8:21 pm on 2010-02-02 Permalink | Reply
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    What development in the church is encouraging? 

    I am encouraged by the increases in faithfulness I’m seeing locally. There are people attending Bible study now who were formerly just attending worship. There is more participation in the worship from the attendance we’ve had in our weekly training class. More men are responding to lead prayer and to read scripture. Last Sunday, we talked about the Lord’s Supper and when I decided to let the students off a little more easily, one of them suggested we have more time to practice heading the table. That was very encouraging.

    I’m not seeing the numbers I’d like to see, but that comes with time and God’s decision to “give the increase.” But what we are seeing is encouraging. It isn’t like it was for me in the past. Used to be, when I started working with a church, there would always be some kind of discouragement come at least 3-5 months. This time, however, nothing that bad has happened. Cooperation is strong and everyone seems to be drawing closer to God. It continues as a positive experience.

    • Larry Miles 8:30 pm on 2010-02-02 Permalink | Reply

      One thing that I have noticed in our congregation is that we are getting more people involved in both public and private roles. We have added a couple of young men to our “Reading Scripture” time and calling for prayer in the assembly and also have added 2 young men to the “Lord’s table” meditation time. We have also added some teenagers who have becoeme Christians in the last couple of years to help out in the passing of the emblems and taking up offfering.

      It is encourageing to see more involvement in that area. I am told that a few more of the ladies/young women are getting ivolved in the Ladies Meetings.

      We have seen an increase in our attendance over the last month or so– we are having anywhere from 85-100 on Sunday morning. We have had 3 or 4 couples adentify with us in the last 6 months. One couple is especially willing to be used of the Lord; so we give God the glory!

  • Larry Miles 5:24 pm on 2010-02-02 Permalink | Reply
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    I am encouraged, at least locally at Che… 

    I am encouraged, at least locally at Cherry St Church of Christ in New Albany, IN the added emphasis this year on reading the Word of God on a more regular basis. We post on the board for our Bible classes, “Daily Bible readers,” and “Bibles brought.” This year these numbers are up, especially “Bibles Brought.” God is blessing us.

  • Mike Riley 3:56 pm on 2009-12-01 Permalink | Reply
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    Who have I help know God lately?

    I play a small part in our local weekly television broadcast of the gospel, which covers El Paso county and surrounding counties.

    I am one of the Bible class teachers, teaching our adult class on Sunday mornings.

    Since January of this year, my Bible study blog has reached out to almost 24,000 visitors with almost 100,000 pages being viewed as of this date.

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