Solomon examines one final area of life (the pursuit of wealth and power) in order to find contentment apart from God. (Ecclesiastes 4:1-8)
In Solomon's experiment with wealth and power, he concludes that life at the "top" is filled with grief (oppression, envy, disillusionment). (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12)
Jesus heals 10 lepers and makes a prophecy concerning the coming judgment on the city of Jerusalem for having rejected it's divine Messiah. (Luke 17:11-18:30)
Have you ever wondered why God required the Jews to give 10% of their wealth as an offering or "tithe" in the Old Testament (Lev. 27:30-32)?
Mike demonstrates the many ways this command can be violated, and how we can build a defense against dishonest tendencies.
Prime 17m Class
This lesson looks at the dangers of materialism and the need to establish spiritual priorities in order to guard against the influence of the world. (Luke 12:16-21;15:11-24;16:3)
This sermon examines Jesus' dialogue with the "rich young ruler" in Mark 10:17. The great spiritual challenge of earthly wealth and the rewards of discipleship are reviewed. (Mark 10:17-31)
The Real Enemy
The new millennium has reminded us of the many ways we are vulnerable. It began with the New Year's Eve meltdown scare in 2000 and has continued with successive onslaughts like the 9/11 attack, financial scandals, a wave of child abductions across the country, and an imminent war with Iraq. Each one of these reminds us that our nation, our wealth, even our children are not safe in their own beds!
Being Rich in a World of Poverty
Have you ever wondered why you feel so uncomfortable when a homeless person or a panhandler comes up to you asking for money on the street? Oh sure, their clothes and appearance as well as smell may push you back, but do you know what really causes the "gut" reaction you feel -- a little fear, a little guilt mixed together?
In this first lesson, Mike reviews some of the basic information about this book. The class will review the life of the author, Solomon, and the circumstances surrounding the writing of this text. (Ecclesiastes 1:1-18)
In this lesson we review the five main topics discussed by Jesus in His Sermon on the Mount. (Matthew 5:1-7:29)
In this sermon Mike reviews the broader implications of stewardship beyond the simple giving of money. (Matthew 25:14-30)
A background look at the person (Daniel) and the circumstances surrounding his exile from Jerusalem to Babylon as well as a first description of the dream that forms the basis for Daniel's prophecies.
James explains the radically different way Christians deal with trouble in life, and why they do so. (James 1:2-12)
Prime 39m Class
Solomon begins his search for happiness and contentment with the exploration of sensory pleasures and reports on his findings. (Ecclesiastes 2:1-11)
Prime 30m Class
Paul transitions to a discussion concerning the preeminent position of Jesus' doctrine. (Colossians 2:1-14)
Paul begins to explore another area where Christ is first or preeminent and that is in the determination of what is ultimately right or wrong. (Colossians 3:1-11)
Prime 26m Class
This sermon compares the various ideas that exist about heaven with the Bible's description of this dimension.
In this section the Hebrew writer lists the many passages in the Old Testament that demonstrate Jesus' exalted position above the angels. (Hebrews 1:4-14)
This lesson will examine the reasons why Jesus used parables in His teaching ministry and what rules we need to follow in order to understand their original meaning and how to draw applications from them today. (Matthew 13:1-52)
Prime 36m Class
Solomon now explores the context in which a person's life and work is carried out - the framework of time. (Ecclesiastes 2:12-26)
In this lesson Paul establishes the main argument of his letter to the Galatians, that spiritual blessings have always been obtained through a system of faith and not through a system of merit. (Galatians 3:6-22)
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.
In this two part lesson Mike will discuss the Biblical profile of the man who is qualified to serve as Deacon and the nature of his work as well as the limit of his authority.
Prime 33m Class
This class will examine the three types of psalms that make up the "Wisdom" category of psalms.
This lesson reviews the relationship between Abraham and his nephew Lot as well as the godly wisdom the family leader used to resolve a serious dispute. (Genesis 13:1-18)
After the death of Abraham, the promise is passed on to one of his sons but not without difficulty and division in his family. (Genesis 25:1-26:35)
In this brief epistle, the Apostle Paul provides faith's solution to the problem of reconciling a Christian slave to his Christian master. (Philemon 1)
Prime 39m Class
Saul, the first King of Israel, provides a lesson on what not to do when given blessings and privileges by God. (I Samuel 9)
Prime 42m 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 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)
Michael Jackson's old song, "Black or White" reflects the attitude that James says Christians should have towards other people. (James 2)
The book of Genesis records the extent of the damage caused by the worldwide flood and the changes that resulted from this cataclysmic event. (Genesis 8:1-9:6)
With the beginning of chapter twelve, the book of Genesis focuses once again on one specific individual. This time the writers will detail the life of Abraham who was to become the father of the Jewish nation and how the Seed of Promise was kept alive through him. (Genesis 12:1-20)
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)
In this lesson, James reviews both the qualifications and results that Christian teachers should aspire to. (James 3:1-8)