Discipling the Nations or Being Discipled by the Nations?
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In the Old Testament God wanted to be Israel’s king, but in 1 Samuel 8:5-7 Israel rejected God as their king and said they wanted to have a king like all the other nations have. Centuries later, Pilate asks the Israelites, Shall I crucify your King? The chief priests answered, We have no king but Caesar.  … [Click to read more …]

10: The Willingness to Grow and Change – Thought Starters
Joyce Griffith

“But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: ‘God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.’ Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you” (James 4:6, 7, NKJV). [Thought questions for Reformation: The Willingness to Grow and Change September 4, 2013] 1. The gift of grace. Without grace, … [Click to read more …]

09: The Outgrowth of Revival – Thought Starters
Joyce Griffith

For both He who sanctifies and those who are being sanctified are all of one, for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren.” (Hebrews 2:11, NKJV). [Thought questions for Reformation: The Outgrowth of Revival August 28, 2013] 1. What a promise! Look at the Memory Text for this week’s lesson, above. God the Almighty, God … [Click to read more …]

06: The Conditions of Revival – Thought Starters
Joyce Griffith

“He who covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy”(Proverbs 28:13, NKJV) [Thought questions for The Conditions of Revival August 9, 2013] 1. The gift of repentance. If repenting of our sins means feeling sorrow for committing them, how can repentance be a gift? What are the benefits … [Click to read more …]

01: Revival: Our Great Need – Thought Starters
Joyce Griffith

“‘Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him and he with Me’” (Revelation 3:20, NKJV). [Thought questions for Revival: Our Great Need July 3, 2013] 1. Lukewarm. Do you remember how you felt the first time … [Click to read more …]

Who Will Stand True Against the Majority?
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I recently finished a biography of John Wycliffe, 14th century herald of the reformation. I learned some fascinating info I had not previously known. Like the prophet Daniel, Wycliffe left home as a teen, never to return. John Wycliffe was not merely the first to provide, with his assistants, the entire Scriptures in English, but … [Click to read more …]