Who was the baby in the manger? What is so special about the baby Jesus? The angel gave the answer.
Christmas is a great time of year.
There is a great Christmas hymn that asked the question, “What Child Is This?” The words were written by William Chatterton Dix in 1865.
Consider these lyrics.
Biblical manhood is a virtue necessary for humanity to excel. Unfortunately, it is in short supply these days. Learn the three necessities of manhood.
In the beginning, God made humans male and female. Each gender must accept their role and strive to fulfill God’s original intent if they hope to find joy and fulfillment.
The unisex and feminist movements have worked tirelessly to blur the lines between men and women.
Gender confusion is not an evolutionary step for mankind, but an act of rebellion against God.
Every culture that has defied God’s plan for the sexes has failed.
We must return to God’s original intent for men and women.
Today, we will look at the Bible concept of manhood. As we study the first chapters of the book of Genesis, we learn that God gave Adam three things as soon as he was created.
These three gifts God gave Adam reveal the three necessities for Biblical manhood.
If a man is to find God’s will and reach his potential, he must learn and excel in these areas.
Everyone has a supernatural potential to be extraordinary. These lessons from David’s Mighty Men in the Bible will show you how.
2 Samuel 23:8 “These be the names of the mighty men whom David had: The Tachmonite that sat in the seat, chief among the captains; the same was Adino the Eznite: he lift up his spear against eight hundred, whom he slew at one time.”
David’s mighty men were the elite of his warriors. They were the Special Operations group of his armed forces.
Some of their legendary accomplishments are recorded in the Bible.
As you study these men, you will see confidence, faithfulness, determination, courage, faith, loyalty, dependability and more!
Mighty Men Don’t Start That Way.
Where did David find these mighty men? Did he go to a Warriors-R-Us store to hire them? No. Did he recruit them from a storied officer school like West Point? Nope.
In fact, they weren’t very “mighty” at the beginning.
No one is born mighty. We all begin this life as frail children born into a broken world. We are born naive and dependent.
While each of us have had different experiences, challenges, and opportunities, it is our individual choices that determine our greatness.
Do you get discouraged by the craziness in the world? These simple but powerful truths will help you rise above it all and live for God.
Micah was a Judean prophet from the Southwest of Israel. He prophesied during the reigns of three kings – Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah.
Jotham was a good king, but did not remove the idolatrous high places.
Ahaz was a wicked king with a pro-Assyrian foreign policy. The Northern Kingdom was taken captive during his reign.
Hezekiah was a good king for most of his reign. His anti-Assyrian policies led to the siege of Jerusalem by Sennacherib.
Those were difficult days for the common people in Judea. They were harassed by the enemy, exploited by the rich (2:1-13), taken advantage of by their rulers (3:1-4), and distracted by the message of false prophets (3:5-8).
The key verse in this book is Micah 6:8.
Micah 6:8 “He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; And what doth the Lord require of thee, But to do justly, and to love mercy, And to walk humbly with thy God?”
There were many reasons for the people of God to be discouraged, angry, depressed. Micah was encouraging the people to rise above the drama of the day.
Every Christian should have a close working relationship with his Bible. These tools will help unlock God’s Word as you study it.
2 Timothy 2:15 “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
I heard an aged preacher remark, “Today, preachers talk about reading the Bible. In the old days, we were taught to study it. We need to get back to Bible study.”
How many times have you heard someone say, “I tried to read the Bible, but couldn’t understand it?” Reading the Bible is profitable, but it is meant to be studied.
You have to read your Bible in order to study it. Perhaps we aim to low when we ask people to simply read the Bible. Let’s get back to encouraging people to study the Bible!
Once you decide to study God’s Word, you must choose some tools to help you.
A growing church is a clean church! These pointers will help you get your church ready for guests. Get your free Spring Cleaning checklist today.
My mom did a good job of keeping the house clean when I was growing up. I’m thankful we didn’t grow up in a filthy home. Although she may have called my bedroom a pig sty (more than once), and I was occasionally asked if I grew up in a barn, mom taught us the virtue of cleanliness.
Even though our house was clean, there were times that we would have to go the extra mile because company was coming over. Apparently, our normal level of clean was not good enough for guests!
Cleanliness is an attitude.
A pastor and church that expect visitors to come look differently at cleaning and maintenance. They realize that they must go the extra mile to ensure the buildings look clean, maintained, and organized to the fresh eyes of guests.