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Dale Lewis – Mark 13:1-4 “The expectant life”

      Mark 13:1-4 “The expectant life” Introduction Vs. 1-4 When will these things be? Introduction We know in chapter 13 very quickly in the text that the scene has changed, as Mark tells us that Jesus went out of the Temple, (prior to this they had been in the temple as Jesus was…

Dale Lewis – Mark 12:35-44 “Loving God, not counting coins”

    Mark 12:35-44 “Loving God, not counting coins” Introduction Vs. 35-37 The destination of our devotion Vs. 38-40 What can happen Vs. 41-44 How we give Introduction I purposely left last Sundays study with an unanswered question. We were looking at Jesus’ answer to the question from a scribe who wanted to know which…

“Trouble in the Vineyard”

      Joshua 7:1-9 “Trouble in the Vineyard” Joshua chapter 7 records the only defeat and casualties listed in the book of Joshua that records conquests for the nation of Israel and it was brought about by in the little area of Ai and by the compromise of a man named Achan. And the…

Dale Lewis – Mark 12:28-34 “What the world needs now”

    Mark 12:28-34 “What the world needs now” Introduction Vs. 28-31 Four dimensions of our devotion Vs. 32-34 Not far from the Kingdom Introduction If you have been following our study through the Gospel of Mark than you know that we have chronologically come to the final week of Jesus earthly life known as…

Jul.27 Exodus Study

  Exodus 7:14-8:19 “Who’s in Control?” Outline: I.) Intro. II.) Vs. 7:14-25 Who is the Sustainer of life? III.) Vs. 8:1-15 Who is the Creator of life? IV.) Vs. 8:16-19 Who is in control of your life? Intro. We now come to the ten plagues that God brought upon Egypt. A careful look at them…

“Mounts or Monuments?”

    Joshua 4:1-9 “Mounts or Monuments?” In Exodus 15 Moses wrote a song of victory with the opening stanza as “I will sing to the Lord, for He has triumphed gloriously! The horse and its rider He has thrown into the sea!” This song of redemption of how the Lord delivered His people led…

Dale Lewis – Mark 12:18-27 “No microscopes in heaven”

  Mark 12:18-27 “No microscopes in heaven” Introduction Vs. 18-23 The case of the unlucky widow Vs. 24-27 Ignorance of the Word and power of God Introduction This is the only place in Mark’s account that the Sadducees appear, and their questioning of Jesus is very reminiscent of the other accounts of them. To understand…

Jul.20 Exodus Study

    Exodus 6:28-7:13 “A Word For Moses a Sign For Pharaoh” Outline: I.) Intro. II.) Vs. 6:28-7:2 Can I have a word with you? III.) Vs. 3-7 Actions speak louder then words IV.) Vs. 8-13 A sign of things To Come Intro. Things are about to change in the book of Exodus. Moses will…

Dale Lewis – Mark 12:13-17 “Whose image?”

  Mark 12:13-17 “Whose image?” Introduction Vs. 13-15a Lawful to pay taxes? Vs. 15b-17 Giving where it belongs Introduction In verses 13-27 the examination of Jesus continues but from three different groups. Last week we saw that the Jesus was questioned by the delegation that held the power in the temple area: Annas and his…

“A prayer for more of Jesus”

  Ephesians 3:16-19 “A prayer for more of Jesus” In Ephesians chapter 3 verses 16-19 Paul offers up a fourfold prayer of revelation to get what we know in our minds about Jesus into our heart and lives. Before we look at these four things we need to realize two things: That they are progressive…

Dale Lewis – Mark 11:27 – 12:12 “Who’s in charge”

  Mark 11:27 – 12:12 “Who’s in charge” Introduction Vs. 27-33 Who’s on trial? Vs. 1-12 The answer to your questions Introduction Having just finished the statements with regards to the fallen fig tree and how to avoid the same fate as the fig tree. The remainder of chapter 11 and on through chapter 12…

Jul.06 Exodus Study

    Exodus 5:22-6:27 “Not Why, But Who” Outline: I.) Intro. II.) Vs. 22-8 I Am and I Will III.) Vs. 9-13 Stick to My Plan IV.) Vs. 14-27 Called by Grace not Giftedness Intro. Moses greatest fears of chapters 3-4 have become the reality of chapter 5. Now God had told Moses that this…

Dale Lewis – Mark 11:20-26 “Have faith in God”

  Mark 11:20-26 “Have faith in God” Introduction Vs. 20-21 Dried figs Vs. 22-24 How to avoid withered roots Vs. 25-26 Our greatest obstacle Introduction Last week started looking at the cursing of the fig tree, the strangest miracle done by Jesus. Not only is it the only miracle he did that has a negative…

“The Greatest Gift”

  1 Corinthians 13:1-3 “The Greatest Gift” In 1st Corinthians chapter 13 verses 1-3 Paul speaks on the preeminence of love over every other spiritual gift. By doing so he elevates the “fruit of the Spirit” above that of the “Gifts of the Spirit”. And the reason for this is that “love” is the motive…

Jun.29 Exodus Study

    Exodus 5: 1-21 “Who Do You Belong Too?” Outline: I.) Intro. II.) Vs. 1-9 The Battle Begins III.) Vs. 10-14 Get Back Too Work IV.) Vs. 15-21 Can’t Things Just Stay the Same? I.) Intro. Much of the land of Israel is in dispute as to which it belongs to. God had told…

Dale Lewis – Mark 11:12-19 “Cursing and cleansing”

  Mark 11:12-19 “Cursing and cleansing” Introduction Vs. 12-14 Fruitless fig trees Vs. 15-19 Corrupt commercialism and religious rituals Introduction We come now to verses 12-26 of Mark chapter 11 and two incidents that took place on the 2nd day (Monday) of the passion week: The cursing of the fig tree: This is divided into…

Jun.22 Exodus Study

  Exodus 4: 18-31 “Returning to Egypt” Outline: I.) Intro. II.) Vs. 18-20 A Future, Not A Failure III.) Vs. 21-23 They Belong to Me IV.) Vs. 24-26 You Belong to Me V.) Vs. 27-31 You’re Not Alone I.) Intro. God has always been into people and what is more amazing is that He uses…

Dale Lewis – Mark 11:1-11 “The Triumphal entry”

  Mark 11:1-11 “The Triumphal entry” Introduction Vs. 1-6 The timing of the event Vs. 7 The behavior of a colt Vs. 8-10 The response of the crowd Vs. 11 The response of the religious leaders Introduction We move forward in the time line of Jesus earthly life, as we enter the 11th chapter of…

Jun.15 Exodus Study

  Exodus 4: 1-17 “Here I Am, Send Him” Outline: I.) Intro. II.) Vs. 1-9 Signs for Unbelief III.) Vs. 10-12 Help I’m Broken IV.) Vs. 13-17 I Don’t Want to Go I.) Intro. In chapter 3 Moses had a close encounter with God. From verse 4 through verse 10 God personally reveals His character…

Dale Lewis – Mark 10:41-52 “The unasked question”

  Mark 10:41-52 “The unasked question” Introduction Vs. 41-45 Worldly ambition verses godly ambition Vs. 46-52 That I might receive my sight Introduction This morning we come to the conclusion of chapter 10 and two stories that again seem to be disconnected. The first story in verses 41-45 is the aftermath of the request made…

Jun.08 Exodus Study

Exodus 3: 11-22 “Wanted! Deliver, No Qualifications Necessary” Outline: I.) Intro. II.) Vs. 11-14 Who am I and what is Your Name? III.) Vs. 15-22 I Am with You! I.) Intro. It is wonderful to see God reveal who He is before He ever tells Moses that, he has a plan for His life. Every…

Dale Lewis – Mark 10:32-40 “The price of Christian ambition”

  Mark 10:32-40 “The price of Christian ambition” Introduction Vs. 32-34 Same desire different goal Vs. 35-40 The way to the throne Introduction There is a change in the narrative as Mark draws our attention towards Jesus third prediction of His death, burial and resurrection. This time Jesus makes this prediction while on the way…

Jun.01 Exodus Study

Exodus 3: 1-10 “University of Fire Bush” Outline: I.) Intro. II.) Vs. 1-4a A Burning Question III.) Vs. 4b-10 A Holy Answer I.) Intro. The stories of people’s lives are always incredible. How do people become who and what they are? What are the events in their lives that motivated them to become the persons…

“Christian Leadership”

Judges 4:1-4 “Christian Leadership” Harry Truman, the 33rd president defined leadership as, “The ability to get men to do what they don’t want to do and like doing it!” Christian leadership is dependent upon: Godly character Submission to biblical truth A servant’s heart The empowerment of the Holy Spirit Without the church fulfilling this role,…

Dale Lewis – Mark 10:23-31 “The prison of prosperity”

  Mark 10:23-31 “The prison of prosperity” Introduction Vs. 23-27 A chainsaw, a blender and a syringe Vs. 28-31 The advantage of adversity Introduction We conclude this section with the aftermath of the temporary decision of the rich young ruler, whom I believe is none other than are very own gospel writer Mark. Jesus’ words…

Apr.27 Exodus Study

Exodus 2: 11-25 “Taken From The Water” (Part 2) Outline: I.) Intro. II.) Vs. 11-15 Without Water III.) Vs. 16-25 Drawing Water I.) Intro. We now come to the second and third events in the early life of Moses. It was not Moses up bringing or characteristics that set him apart to be a deliver,…

Dale Lewis – Mark 10:17-22 “Un-complicating the complicated life

  Mark 10:17-22 “Un-complicating the complicated life” Introduction Vs. 17 The rich, young, ruler Vs. 18-20 The definition of “Good” Vs. 21-22 Possessed by possessions Introduction Two weeks ago I spent only a brief amount of time demonstrating the correlation between two stories that are side by side in the text but appear to be…

“Crime and Punishment”

  Revelation 16:1-21 “Crime and Punishment” There is no greater area that God is falsely demeaned than when we read of Hs righteous judgment. In the 16th chapter of the book of Revelation John witnesses God’s righteous judgment upon the earth. There are two equally wrong perspectives with regards to God’s judgment: First, those that…

Dale Lewis – Mark 10:13-16 “God’s workshop, the playground”

  Mark 10:13-16 “God’s workshop, the playground” Introduction Vs. 13-14a Becoming child like Vs. 14b-16 The religion of a child Introduction Our last two times together we looked at marriage and divorce and today our initial focus will be on children. It’s not surprising that the family is very important to the Lord after all…

“The Art of Restoration”

  Philemon 1:1-10 “The Art of Restoration” The little letter of Philemon is a marvelous example of Christian diplomacy, which someone once described as “The art of getting someone to do something willingly that they wouldn’t normally do by force”. It serves as a great blueprint of how to negotiate change in the most difficult…

Dale Lewis – Mark 10:6-12 “Caution! Marriage Construction Zone!”

  Mark 10:6-12 “Caution! Marriage Construction Zone!” Introduction Vs. 6-12 The purpose, plan and problem of marriage Introduction Two weeks ago we began the passage looking at the question imposed by the Pharisees to entrap Jesus. In answering the question of “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?” This week we see…

Apr.20 Exodus Study

Exodus 1: 1-22 “Stuck in Egypt” Outline: I.) Intro. II.) Vs. 1-7 Keeping His Promise III.) Vs. 8-14 Another brick in the wall IV.) Vs. 15-22 Enmity between Gods people, and the devil I.) Intro. It has been said that history is nothing more then His —- story! We saw this when we went through…

“The Exit”

  Exodus “The Exit” This Wednesday we we will be starting the book of Exodus. The name Exodus was given to the book at the time of it’s translation into Greek and means “exit or way out”. The Hebrew title follows the pattern of naming a book off of the first few words of the…

Apr.13 Genesis Study

Genesis 49:33-50:26 “Homeward bound” I. Intro. II. Vs. 49:33-50:14 Jacob’s journey home III. Vs. 15-21 Fearful regrets of life IV. Vs.22-26 A life of hope I. Intro. The end of Genesis is caricaturized by two funerals and it is a fitting end to the book. In the beginning of Genesis, we saw the creation of…

Dale Lewis – Mark 10:1-5 “The need to find the rest person”

  Mark 10:1-5 “The need to find the rest person” Introduction Vs. 1-2 The timing and the test Vs. 3-5 Diagnosing the problem Introduction We come now to a very difficult teaching that will no doubt cause ½ of the people here some level of discomfort. The teaching we shall hear is from Jesus and…

Apr.6 Genesis Study

Genesis 49:13-32 “All in the family (part 2)” I. Intro. II. Vs. 13-21 The future of the son’s of concubines III. Vs. 22-27 The future of the son’s of Rachel IV. Vs.28-32 Final resting place I. Intro. In the first 12 verses of 49th chapter Jacob spoke poetically and prophetically using words to bless his…

Dale Lewis – Mark 9:30-50 “A desire to be first”

  Mark 9:30-50 “A desire to be first” Introduction Vs. 30-32 Afraid of the answer Vs. 33-36 Servant of all verse served by all Vs. 37-50 Three qualities of greatness Introduction As Jesus enters the final 18 months of His life; Mark not only records the events but directed by the Holy Spirit demonstrates the…

Mar.9 Genesis Study

Genesis 49:1-12 “All in the family (part 1)” I. Intro. II. Vs. 1-2 The final words III. Vs. 3-12 The future of the sons of Leah I. Intro. These are the final words of Jacob and they are to his sons. They have particular interest as fulfillment of prophecy and refocus our attention upon future…

“Jig-saw Puzzle”

  Jonah 4:1-11 “Jig-saw Puzzle” When I read the Bible there are books and stories that would have been very different if I would have just stopped at the last chapter. I think we all like happy endings don’t we? We love success stories, where ordinary people do extraordinary things because of the goodness of…

Dale Lewis – Mark 9:14-29 “Miss-focused faith”

  Mark 9:14-29 “Miss-focused faith” Introduction Vs. 14-19 Failure of the followers Vs. 20-27 Source of faith or success of faith? Vs. 28-29 What or Who are you trusting in? Introduction When reading the Bible at times, it appears to have been written abstractly, as random events are placed next to each other without the…

“The Keys to staying together when the world is falling apart”

  Genesis 45-46 “The Keys to staying together when the world is falling apart” In Genesis chapter 45-46 Jacob passed through his “crises of faith” a stronger more peaceful man. In chapters 47-48 we see him at his death. For those of us Jacob types we might want to pay attention so that we can…

Dale Lewis – Mark 9:9-13 “Truth verse theology”

  Mark 9:9-13 “Truth verse theology” Introduction Vs. 9-10 The clarification of the cross Vs. 11-13 Through a glass dimly Introduction Mark ends the account of the transfiguration by telling us that after the voice that came out of the clouds ended, “suddenly they saw no one anymore, but only Jesus with themselves.” This is…

“A treasure hunt”

  Judges 1:2-3 “A treasure hunt” The book of Judges contains the description of the conquest of the promised land and begins in the southern region of the country and is the focus of chapter 1 verses 3-19. As a military report this chapter just states the facts and adds no commentary, it is left…

Feb.24 Genesis Study

Genesis 47:1-31 “The journey of a life time” I. Intro. II. Vs. 1-12 The blessings of a new home III Vs. 13-26 The failure of the Egyptians IV. Vs. 27-31 The prosperity of the Israelites I. Intro. Jacob passed through his “crises of faith” a stronger more peaceful man. Over the next two chapters we…

“A winning hand”

  2 Thessalonians 2:14-15 “A winning hand” In 2 Thessalonians chapter 2 verses 13-14 Paul encourages the Church at Thessalonica that was so persecuted it had begun to believe that it missed the rapture and therefor weren’t really believers. His words were meant to “Comfort their hearts and establish them in every good word and…