Fathers and Sons
When I was fifty two years old I learned that my father was not my real father. The man I had known as "dad" was long dead by the time this revelation came so it did not change anything between him and me.
In the story of the prodigal son, we see the intimate, human ways that God, our Father, loves us. Ways that we as humans can understand and relate to ─ ways that a father loves a son. (Luke 15:11-32)
This sermon examines the character and faith of Joseph, the earthly father of Jesus. (Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 2:21-24;39-41)
In this sermon, Mike draws a picture of the ideal father with the references to fatherhood in both the Old and New Testaments.
Things my Mother Taught me
The Bible teaches us to honor our fathers and mothers. One way to do this is to live in such a way that they receive honor from what we say and do. I'd like to honor my own mother, Jane Rose Mazzalongo, by sharing three important lessons she has taught me.
Some think that the only thing that concerns men are sports and ties for Father's day. This lesson examines God's special requirements of men in this and every century.
Concerning fathers Solomon says, "Grandchildren are the crown of old men, and the glory of sons is their fathers." Proverbs 17:6
When I review the qualities in men who are fathers the one that I find most appealing and helpful for the well-being of the family is a man's ability and willingness to be a "servant - leader".
Why I Love my Father – God
On Father' Day while we are thinking about fathers in general, I want to share with you some reasons why I love my father. Not my earthly father, who I love and still miss more than 50 years after he died, no, my heavenly Father, who is alive and with whom I have a daily relationship.
This first lesson in the series establishes the historical and religious context for the writing of this book. (Hebrews 1:1-3)
In this introductory lesson, Mike looks at a key passage in the first chapter that summarizes the entire epistle.
Prime 32m Class
Paul recounts his own personal history of faith and early work as a missionary establishing churches throughout the Roman Empire. He also describes an important confrontation with another Apostle over the very issues that existed in the Galatian church.
In this lesson Mike reviews 5 things that every Christian must do in order to develop this virtue.
Solomon now explores the context in which a person's life and work is carried out - the framework of time. (Ecclesiastes 2:12-26)
Prime 34m Class
Mike traces out the beginning and completion of Paul's first missionary journey with the many interesting and challenging stops along the way. (Acts 13:1-15:35)
In this lesson we examine 3 strategies Satan uses to steal your soul. We'll also give you 3 strategies to combat his attach and teach you how to fight back. (I Peter 5:8-11)
Hezekiah has long been used as a model for revival and restoration. In this lesson, we look at the basic principles of revival that we learn from Hezekiah's life and times.
Prime 38m Class
The world's solutions to stress involve things like drugs, vacations or some type of therapy. As Christians, however, we believe that even if these methods might be helpful, the most satisfying and permanent solution to the problems of worry and stress can only be found through faith, and specifically through faith in Christ. (I Kings 19:1-18)
Mike begins to develop the Hebrew writer's next argument for Christianity's superiority over Judaism - Jesus' greater authority than Moses. (Hebrews 3:1-4:13)
This class will examine the three types of psalms that make up the "Wisdom" category of psalms.
John lists the first of four ways an individual can be assured of personal salvation. (I John 1:1-2:29)
Prime 38m Class
In this lesson Mike examines Jesus' response to those who rejected Him. A response that will pronounce a judgement on the religious leaders of that time as well as a long prophetic discourse about the destruction of Jerusalem and His return at the end of the world. (Matthew 23:1-25:46)
Prime 45m Class
Luke turns his attention to Jesus' preparation for His journey south to Jerusalem and the opposition that awaits Him there. (Luke 9:51-12:12)
Prime 39m Class
The amazing success of Peter's Pentecost sermon is quickly followed by another miracle, a subsequent arrest and Peter's defense of the Gospel. (Acts 3:1-4:37)
In this last lesson Mike will wrap up this long study by sharing three key lessons taught to us by Genesis.
Prime 36m Class
Lesson #26 looks at two fascinating source events that explain the origins of all the different nations and languages in the world today. (Genesis 10:1-11:32)
Jesus uses an encounter with the woman at the well in Samaria to reveal His true identity. (John 4:1-42)
Prime 33m Class
In this lesson Paul will add the two final elements included in the Christian standard/ethic established by Jesus. (Colossians 3:18-21)
In this section, Paul lays out both the problem and Timothy's proper response to resolve the trouble being caused by the false teachers at Ephesus. (I Timothy 1:1-11)
Prime 31m Class
In this section of Genesis God reveals the core principle of the Gospel to Abraham, salvation by a process of faith. (Genesis 15:1-21)
Prime 39m Class
In chapter five there is an abrupt change as Solomon comments on the attitude necessary for proper worship and then goes on to talk about the enemy of spirituality - materialism. (Ecclesiastes 5:1-6:12)
Luke describes the amazing case of Ananias and Sapphira's sudden death and the continued persecution of the Apostles by the Jewish leadership. (Acts 5:1-42)
After 20 years of service, Jacob prepares for his departure from Laban by offering him a potentially lucrative proposal. (Genesis 30:25-31:55)
Prime 34m Class
At the end of his life Jacob gives each of his sons a prophecy concerning their future. This event along with the death of both Jacob and Joseph will close out the Genesis record. (Genesis 49:11-50:26)
In chapter 6 of John, Jesus performs mighty miracles to prove His divine nature and makes two important promises to His followers. (John 6:1-40)
Luke's excellent historical and nautical record of Paul's voyage to Rome and final scene preaching and teaching while awaiting trial. (Acts 27:1-28:31)
In this lesson, the author will review Jesus' work as High Priest, not only His credentials to server in this role. (Hebrews 8:1-13)
Luke describes the events taking place and the people who were part of the first congregation of the church in Jerusalem. (Acts 6:1-7:60)
Prime 36m Class