Mini Bible Lessons

I have added a new link to my links page today. It is for minibiblelessons.com. This website has a lot of simple Bible studies on books of the Bible, characters and topics.

I have used it before for our youth Bible study at my last church. I found them to be useful and a good discussion starting point for our weekly studies.

Here is some information from the website…

“MiniBibleLessons.com is a compilation of compact, yet comprehensive lessons that include doctrinal studies, practical issues, and biblical exposition. These lessons are intended to increase your understanding of God’s Word, while considering the implications of what God has revealed about us, Himself, and the world around us.

Each lesson is offered in an easy-to-use format making it convenient for a variety of purposes, from personal Bible studies right from your computer screen, to printable copies that will meet the needs of a group. The lessons can be studied independently or used as a starting point for further exploration or group discussion. The foundation and purpose for each lesson is to offer a simple, clear, and concise explanation of the content covered, while thoroughly discussing the significant aspects and most pertinent details of each topic.”

You can find our links page here, or you can visit the minibiblelessons.com website here.

Blessings,
Dave

When the uniform doesn’t fit any more

Now that is a strange title for a blog post – When the uniform doesn’t fit any more – but it is the best way I can describe how I am feeling at the moment.

Over the last six months I have been feeling it is the time for change. Tine to stop and re-evaluate things. I have felt the need to to take some time out and wait on God for what is next.

I have had this feeling every so often. Usually about every ten years or so. It slowly rises up and I realise it is time to stop and look at this afresh. This time there are two main areas.

1. Work – I have been working part time at my local hospital in supply for about 10 years to pay the bills and allow ministry outside of work to be funded by it. I worked on contract for most of that time, had a few breaks in between and then went back. Recently I left this job as it just felt like time. Increasingly I felt the uniform or role I was doing did not fit any more. It felt like it was time to do something else.

2. Preaching – another area which doesn’t feel like the uniform fits any more is preaching. I have been thinking a lot about my time spent preaching over the last six months. I don’t have the same desire to speak up front in church like I was once did. I have found that preparing Podcasts for my website is more fulfilling than actually speaking in church. And the fruit numbers wise 100 times more. It makes sense to shift my focus to online preaching.

For some this could be a worrying time, but for me it is a time of nervous excitement. I know it is time to stop what I have been doing, but it is not time for the next things yet. And these next things could be something completely different!?

As with all things on this journey of faith and life, time will tell. Time will tell if this is just a pitstop or if it is time for something completely different. All I know is for now, the uniform doesn’t fit anymore and it is time to wait on God.

Blessings,
Dave

Bring it back Lord

“O Lord, come back to us! How long will you delay? Take pity on your servants! Satisfy us each morning with your unfailing love, so we may sing for joy to the end of our lives. Give us gladness in proportion to our former misery! Replace the evil years with good. Let us, your servants, see you work again; let our children see your glory. And may the Lord our God show us his approval and make our efforts successful. Yes, make our efforts successful!” ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭90:13-17‬ ‭NLT‬‬

There are times in our walk with the Lord that it seems like things are just not happening. It feels like God is not with us, all our efforts are in vain and we are not seeing Him work in our lives.

If we are honest with ourselves and others, this is true for all of us. We all get in to a spiritual funk at times and we feel like we are just going through the motions.

Today’s passage is a great passage. It is in the form of a prayer. In it it has a number of this we can pray and ask God for.

1. Bring back Your presence – God doesn’t leave us. The Bible tells us this in a number of places. But for some reason at times it seems like He is further away than usual. A good place to start when you feel like this is to pray with David, “O Lord, come back to us”.

2. Bring back the joy – all of us go through times when we lose the joy of the Lord. Our lives become dull and dreary and the joy is gone…or very little remains. Again we can pray, “Saisfy us each morning with Your unfailing love, so we can sing again”.

3. Bring back the good – again there are seasons in our lives where it seems like the good is gone. We may still have many blessings like our faith, our families, our home and provision, but it feels like a lot has been stolen from us. “Replace the evil with good and let us see You work again and Your glory” should echo the cries of our hearts in these times.

4. Bring back Your approval – God’s approval is the ultimate approval in all creation. Knowing that you are loved, forgiven and accepted by God as His child for eternity is the greatest thing we can have. But at times, for whatever reason, we lose sight of His unfailing love and approval. “Lord show us Your approval and bring success” is what we need to ask for.

All of us. Let me say it again, all of us, as Christians go through desert times when it seems like God is far from us. It is in these times that we can pray with the Psalmist the words of Psalm 90:13-17.

We can ask God to bring back His presence, His joy, His goodness, and His approval.

Blessings,

Dave

Read it slowly and break it down

Sometimes to get the most out of Scripture we need to just read it slower and break it down. Take the following passage for example…

“Let all that I am praise the Lord; with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name. Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things he does for me. He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies. He fills my life with good things. My youth is renewed like the eagle’s!” Psalms‬ ‭103:1-5‬ ‭NLT‬‬

It would be easy to speed read this passage and gloss over a lot of it. But if we take our time and break it down, there is so much in it.

  1. It starts with praise and blessing God with all our hearts
  2. Never the forget the good things he has done
  3. Forgives all my sins
  4. Heals all my diseases
  5. Redeems me from death
  6. Crowns me with love
  7. Crowns me with tender mercies
  8. Fills my life with good things
  9. Renews my youth

When we take the time to really read Scripture and meditate on it, we find so much more than we do when we speed read.

Why not take some time to pause and reflect on each of the above points today.

Blessings,
Dave