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1. There will be distractions. Life can be full of distractions, on any given day, but yet this week in particular, the enemy would love nothing more than to pull us away from the most important. He is a deceiver and twister of truth, and if we’re not careful, we may step right into his plans. Here’s a few ways he may try to lure us: Through busyness – If he can’t tempt us to fall, he would be happy to just keep us busy. So busy that we forget about God. It’s easy to get caught up in...

by bote brian on 17 August 2018

1. An Opening Prayer for a Meeting Father, Thank You for every seat that has been filled here, today. For each mind and heart that fills the presence of this room, we thank You. Only You truly know what we are setting out to accomplish today. We have an idea, a vision, hints, and daily instructions. We have talents, abilities, and time to work. However, only You can see in perfect detail the end of every beginning. Every project, every season, every life. Nothing is ever in vain, for even mistakes...

by bote brian on 17 August 2018

1. Palm Sunday (Matthew 21:1-11, Mark 11:1-11, Luke 19:28-44, John 12:9-19) Many churches celebrate Palm Sunday, which is the Sunday before Easter. Maybe your church had children waving palm branches to help them connect to the story. But while this is a triumphal entry, it is Jesus’ first step toward His death. Matthew 21:4 tells us: “This took place to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet, saying, “Say to the daughter of Zion, ‘Behold, your king is coming to you, humble, and mounted...

by bote brian on 17 August 2018

1. The Easter story is 100 percent true. The evidence for the resurrection is overwhelming. Overwhelming! We don’t have space here to go into all the fulfilled prophecies and logic-based arguments for the Resurrection. Books like Cold-Case Christianity for Kids and The Case for Christ for Kids do an excellent job of explaining that. It’s critical that our kids understand that Jesus really was God in human form, that He really died, and that He was miraculously raised to life again. They need...

by bote brian on 17 August 2018

1. The Resurrection Means Jesus is Alive This may sound like I’m stating the obvious but think deeply about this for a moment. Paul said that if the resurrection didn’t happen, we are most to be pitied. Everything we’ve believed and built our lives upon is a horrendous trick, a lie of demonic proportions. But the resurrection of Jesus IS true, which means that Jesus is alive, which means that everything he promised will happen. It’s not a myth, fairy tale, or children’s tale. Christ...

by bote brian on 17 August 2018

Search for “spiritual disciplines” and you will come up with lists ranging from a few practices to giant, enormous, book-length lists. You’ll hear people talk about prayer, Bible reading, silence, fasting, solitude, fellowship, and a bunch of others. It can be kind of overwhelming, right? I’m not sure where the phrase “spiritual disciplines” originated. The Greek word in the New Testament usually translated “discipline” is paideia, which is used for “the rearing of a child, training,...

by bote brian on 17 August 2018

Search for “spiritual disciplines” and you will come up with lists ranging from a few practices to giant, enormous, book-length lists. You’ll hear people talk about prayer, Bible reading, silence, fasting, solitude, fellowship, and a bunch of others. It can be kind of overwhelming, right? I’m not sure where the phrase “spiritual disciplines” originated. The Greek word in the New Testament usually translated “discipline” is paideia, which is used for “the rearing of a child, training,...

by bote brian on 17 August 2018

I’ve come to the end of a list of tips about having successful Bible study. Today I wanna talk about the last one in this series, number 12. And what I’m talking about in this one is, after we study my topics, we read the entire Bible through in a reading program. We take notes. We pray. We seek counsel. We think deeply about the Word of God. We live it and we even prove it. Hold fast. Hold on to what you learned in the truth. Hold fast or hold strong, tight, and sure to what God says, to...

by bote brian on 16 August 2018

Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, let not the mighty man glory in his might, nor let the rich man glory in his riches; but let him who glories glory in this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord, exercising loving kindness, judgment and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight” (Jeremiah 9:23-24). A famous British judge, known for his strong belief in God, sometimes encountered people who said they didn’t believe in God. He always asked them to describe...

by bote brian on 16 August 2018