Thursday: Nehemiah
avatar

build man jerusalem

The story of Nehemiah also comes at a time when the nation of Israel no longer existed as a political entity but as a remnant scattered across foreign lands. God, though, as always, would be faithful to His covenant promises, even when the people failed to live up to their end of the covenant. Read … [Click to read more …]

The Controversy Continues – Hit the Mark
avatar

Done in a contemporary style

This week we look at how some monumental Bible characters played important roles during times of crisis. The author of this lesson week’s lesson pointed out how each of the persons in the lesson was instrumental in a period of deliverance needed for God’s people.  But what was it about these characters that led to their … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: Death Decree
avatar

Queen Esther

It’s so hard for us today (as no doubt it has been for people from various cultures through the centuries) to understand the customs and tradition of the ancient Persian Empire, where the story of Esther unfolds. One thing is certain, though: the Lord had used that empire in the process of fulfilling the covenant … [Click to read more …]

The Controversy Continues – Teaching Plan
Michael Fracker

Image © Lars Justinen Goosalt.com

Key Thought : We will all meet opposition in our service to Christ, but we can overcome in His strength. The Controversy Continues January 23-29, 2016 1. Have a volunteer read I Kings 18:21,30,37-39. a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text is. b. How is worship … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: Words of Defiance
avatar

Sword

Hezekiah was king of Judah when the new superpower, Assyria, conquered the northern kingdom of Israel and scattered its inhabitants across Mesopotamia (2 Kings 18:9-12) . “That which He could no longer do through them in the land of their fathers He would seek to accomplish by scattering them among the heathen. His plan for … [Click to read more …]

Monday: To Turn Their Hearts
avatar

Elijah's Victory over Prophets of Baal

Elijah the Tishbite has to be one of the most colorful characters in Scripture. We first meet him standing before a startled king and telling him there will be no rain for the next three years (1 Kings 17:1) . It was not easy either to approach a king or to escape from him, but … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: David, Goliath and Bathsheba
avatar

Remorse and Empathy

Life is complicated, and that’s because, as humans, we are complicated. Imagine-creatures made in the image of God, the Creator of the universe, who then corrupt themselves. No wonder that our potential both for good and for evil can reach remarkable levels. And it isn’t just that some people attain great levels of “goodness” while … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: The Controversy Continues
avatar

Image © Lars Justinen Goosalt.com

Read for This Week’s Study: 1 Sam. 17:43-51, 2 Sam. 11:1-17, 1 Kings 18:21-39, 2 Kings 19:21-34, Esther 3:8-11, Nehemiah 1. Memory Text: “And I told them of the hand of my God which had been good upon me, and also of the king’s words that he had spoken to me. So they said, ‘Let … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Further Thought – Conflict and Crisis: The Judges
avatar

Dragon & Lamb

The Bible is known for not glossing over human sin, human evil. If it did, how could it, and portray accurately the state of humanity? An especially sharp depiction of human evil is found in 1 Samuel 2:12-25, when the sons of Eli are presented in contrast to the young Samuel. 1 Samuel 2:12 reads, … [Click to read more …]

Conflict and Crisis: The Judges (Life Lessons) – Hit the Mark
avatar

Scribe and Apprentice

We have a full cast of characters to study this week. Deborah, Gideon, Sampson, Ruth and Samuel. Each found themselves in pivotal positions at times of conflict and crisis. God used them to do extraordinary things. These are heroes of the Bible, but all heroes are first ordinary people just like you and I. Let’s look at … [Click to read more …]