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For weeks, the entire world watched and listened for updates on the group of young men who were part of a soccer team that had gone with their coach into a cave in Thailand. The first we heard of them was when it was discovered they were stranded in that dark cave. Then came […]

By |July 18th, 2018|Categories: Directions||0 Comments


2 Samuel 15:10-16, 24-30
Sunday afternoon, June 17th, I was reading the Bible Background material for this lesson.  It is my custom to first read the Bible material before reading any commentary on the material to try to let the Bible itself speak to me first with the Holy Spirit’s guidance.  My college pastor, […]

By |July 18th, 2018|Categories: Explore the Bible||0 Comments


Nehemiah 1:1-11
In a large city, late evening, we drove across an overpass. Sleeping people, many shirtless and shoeless, lined the overpass. The desire to do something overwhelmed me. Many times since, that image fills my mind, and I am overwhelmed.
Following the great tsunami in Thailand, a young woman shared many stories about homeless families, […]

By |July 18th, 2018|Categories: Bible Studies for Life||0 Comments

Know Your Family

Recently I was sitting in an office waiting for an appointment. I picked up a magazine and was flipping through it. I ran across an article encouraging people to research their family history. It was pressing the point that your genealogy is important. If you get to digging around in your history and find […]

By |July 11th, 2018|Categories: Directions||0 Comments


2 Samuel 13:15-20, 31-39
“In the course of time, Amnon son of David fell in love with Tamar, the beautiful sister of Absalom son of David,” 2 Samuel 13:1 (NIV).  In the Middle Eastern Royal Courts with extensive polygamous marriages and large harems, family relationships became very complex.  Amnon and Absalom are half brothers, […]

By |July 11th, 2018|Categories: Explore the Bible||0 Comments

Tithing: An Obedient Response to a Gracious God

Malachi 3:7-12
Tithing is referenced throughout the Old Testament. Tithing was a way of expressing obedience and thankfulness to God. In the beginning of Malachi, God reminds His unfaithful people of His faithful love. The people are offering substandard sacrifices (Malachi 1); the priests are not honoring God (Malachi 2). God is warning that judgment […]

By |July 11th, 2018|Categories: Bible Studies for Life||0 Comments

A Pre-Funeral Fellowship?

Over the past few decades, I have been fascinated with the evolution of all the pre-wedding events. It used to be that you would hear about a couple getting engaged and people would see them and see the ring and congratulate them and wish them well, just in the normal course of life. Soon […]

By |June 26th, 2018|Categories: Directions||0 Comments


2 Samuel 9:1-13
The text for today’s lesson begins with a somewhat unusual question from King David, “is there anyone remaining from the family of Saul I can show kindness to for Jonathan’s sake?” 2 Samuel 9:1 (CSB).  This is an unusual question because of David’s motive.  He said he wanted to show kindness to […]

By |June 26th, 2018|Categories: Explore the Bible||0 Comments

What Should We Do Now?

Acts 2:37-47
As Zechariah prophesied, Luke 1:68-79, Jesus came and redeemed us from defeat and fear and sin. Thus, this week’s question: What should we do now?
On the Day of Pentecost, the Believers witnessed an awesome display of God’s power as He sent the Holy Spirit to indwell each Believer (Acts 2:1-13). Believers and […]

By |June 26th, 2018|Categories: Bible Studies for Life||0 Comments

What Do the Flashing Caution Arrows Mean?

Over the past several years in towns and cities across America, a new traffic help has shown up at stop light corners. When the light changes from red, there may be a green arrow allowing the people in their proper lane to turn left. It stays on for a while and then sometimes will […]

By |June 20th, 2018|Categories: Directions||0 Comments