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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…

Dale Lewis – Mark 9:1-8 “Glory through the veil of humanity”

  Mark 9:1-8 “Glory through the veil of humanity” Introduction Vs. 1 A preview Vs. 2-8 Fourfold impact of the transfiguration Introduction One Greek scholar listed the first rule of scripture interpretation as: “Ignoring all chapter divisions”. All chapters and verse numbering were added at a much later date: (Chapter’s were added in the 13th…

“What’s wrong with the Church”

  1 Timothy 1:4-5 “What’s wrong with the Church” In 1 Timothy chapter 1 verses 4-5 Paul defines biblical maturity for us by revealing to us two important things: What biblical teaching is and What biblical teaching produces: Vs. 4 Biblical teaching: Is that which builds up the individual believer into more and more the…

Dale Lewis – Mark 8:35-38 “Living by losing”

  Mark 8:35-38 “Living by losing” Introduction Vs. 35 Getting the most out of life Vs. 36-37 The cost of compromise Vs. 38 No “Closet Christians” Introduction Having examined in detail the threefold process of discipleship we move on to the motivation and expectation behind making such a decision. As I said last week I…

“THE IN HIM’S”

  Ephesians 2:14-17 “THE IN HIM’S” Have you ever noticed, as far as people are concerned, that there are really only two races of people? It does not seem to mater where on the globe people reside, what language they speak, their income bracket, education or age, there are only two nationalities, US an THEM!…

Feb.03 Genesis Study

Genesis 45:1-28 “Forgiven” I. Intro. II. Vs. 1-8 You sold me, God sent me III. Vs. 9-20 Seeking relationship and not revenge IV. Vs. 21-28 From unbelief to enough I. Intro. The focus of the last chapter was pointing out difference between “regret” and “repentance”. Repentance may very well have real regret which is seen…

Dale Lewis – Mark 8:34 “What do you want from life”

  Mark 8:34 “What do you want from life” Introduction Vs. 34 The threefold process of discipleship Introduction Before I start I wish to offer a sincere apology with regards to this message only having one verse in the study. I had every intention to finish this chapter and worked diligently to accomplish this task…

“The Race”

  1 Samuel 23:1-13 “The Race” There seems to be at times in my mind a formula to success in life that says, “If I seek the Lord and obey His leading in my life then the events of my life will follow my expectations”. David experienced this very dilemma not just once but over…

Jan.27 Genesis Study

Genesis 44:1-34 “Regret or repentance?” I. Intro. II. Vs. 1-15 Searching out the heart III. Vs. 16-34 How shall I go to my father I. Intro. The most difficult thing to weigh in all eternity is the “human heart”, fortunately that will not be something that you or I will have to do. 1 Chron…

Dale Lewis – Mark 8:31-33 “From rock to stumbling block”

  Mark 8:31-33 “From rock to stumbling block” Introduction Vs. 31-32 The message of the cross Vs. 33 Three truths about the cross Introduction Nothing could illustrate the point I made last week with regards to; having a true vision as to who Jesus is but not a clear vision, then the section we are…

“What the church ought to be doing”

  Acts 2:42 “What the church ought to be doing” Acts is the continuation of what Jesus began to do and to teach as seen through His disciples. It began with Peter’s preaching concerning the person and work of Jesus, as 3000 wanted to know what they must do to be saved. In response to…

Jan.20 Genesis Study

Genesis 43:1-34 “Unexpected grace” I. Intro. II. Vs. 1-15 Not Egypt again III. Vs. 16-25 Suspicious of grace IV. Vs. 26-34 Righteous reunion I. Intro. Samuel Johnson once said, “Shame arises from fear of men but conscience from the fear of God!” Last week we saw that Joseph’s brothers finally had gained a conscience but…

Dale Lewis – Mark 8:22-30 “The Hinge”

  Mark 8:22-30 “The Hinge” Introduction Vs. 22-23 Bread crumbs Vs. 24-25, 27-29 Two stage process Vs. 26, 30 Prohibition Introduction Having left the section on Jesus warnings against seeking a sign and how such things can dull our comprehension towards seeing our Lord, we come to a perfect illustration of this in the strange…

Jan.13 Genesis Study

Genesis 42:1-38 “Revenge or restoration” I. Intro. II. Vs. 1-5 The need to go to Egypt III. Vs. 6-25 The testing of brothers IV. Vs. 26-38 The gift of truth I. Intro. We left off looking at Joseph’s two son’s names “forgetful” and “fruitful”. I believe that those names hold a secret to personal peace,…

1 Corinthians Chapters 8-10

  1 Corinthians Chapters 8-10 In Paul’s 1st letter to the Corinthians it is apparent that the major reason for writing was to address seven questions the church wanted answers for. The gist of their 2nd question had to do with eating meat that had been sacrificed to idols, but the root of their question…

Dale Lewis – Mark 8:10-21 “Earth crammed with heaven”

  Mark 8:10-21 “Earth crammed with heaven” Introduction Vs. 10-12 Every bush afire with God Vs. 13-21 Plucking blackberries Introduction I’m fascinated at the work of the Holy Spirit as He came upon the writers of the Bible. He always places a thread from one section to another and it is up to the student…

“Graceful in grace”

  As we are at the beginning of a new year with all the uncertainties of life, I find looking at the words of Jesus in the book of Revelation the most comforting and hope filled. The 20th chapter of the book of Revelation deals with life during the 1000-year reign of Christ upon the…

Dale Lewis – Mark 8:1-9 “Food for thought”

  Mark 8:1-9 “Food for thought” Introduction Vs. 1-3 Loving your enemy Vs. 4-9 Show them what they have won Introduction The 8th chapter is a continuation of Jesus’ ministry among the gentiles as the words “In those days” are meant to tell us not a specific date but that they were still in the…

Dale Lewis – Mark 7:31-37 “Can you hear me now?”

  Mark 7:31-37 “Can you hear me now?” Introduction Vs. 31-32 The most difficult person to reach Vs. 33-34 A strange cure Vs. 35-37 The actions of God verse’s the God who acts Introduction It’s been a few weeks since we were in Mark and so I’ll review briefly by saying that the Holy Spirit…

Dale Lewis – Christmas Eve Service

  John 1:14 “The Word Became Flesh” Every time this year we celebrate the mystery that is the birth of Christ. Paul spoke to Timothy in 1 Tim 3:16 saying, “great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifested in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen by angels, preached among the Gentiles, believed on…

Dale Lewis – Matthew 1:18-25 “The Birth of Jesus”

  Matthew 1:18-25 “The Birth of Jesus” I.) Intro. II.) Vs. 18-19 Earthly Situation III.) Vs. 20-23 Heavenly Pronouncement IV.) Vs. 24-25 Loving Obedience I.) Intro. The birth of Christ is a story that most are quite familiar. Matthew who wrote this version was a converted tax collector and uses his pin to give us…

Dale Lewis – Mark 7:24-30 “Mercy to ministry”

Mark 7:24-30 “Mercy to ministry” Introduction Vs. 24-30 He could not be hiddenp Introduction By placing the first 23 verses of chapter 7 next to verses 24-37 Mark wants to show the benefits of Jesus’ administration when compared to the traditions of the religious establishment. Paul the apostle who had once in his own words…

“Graceful in grace”

  Acts 16:1-5 “Graceful in grace” Christian liberty and grace can be a difficult hurdle to jump. While we Christians are under grace and not the law, there have been times when our freedoms have caused us to stumble. In Acts chapter 16 verse 1-5 Paul and his young convert Timothy faced just such a…

Dale Lewis – Mark 7:8-23 “The Heart of the Matter”

  Mark 7:8-23 “The Heart of the Matter” Introduction Vs. 8-9 A poor substitute Vs. 10-13 Side stepping Vs. 14-16 Defied or defiled Vs. 17-23 A difference in what is clean Introduction As we noted this section deals with the religious delegation sent from Jerusalem seeking a charge that they might accuse Jesus of. They…

Dale Lewis – “Lost in the garden of worry”

  Philippians 4:6-9 “Lost in the garden of worry” I. Intro. II. Vs. 6-7 Personality III. Vs. 8-9 Perspective I. Intro. I’m trusting that you all experienced a wonderful time of thanksgiving! I felt led by the Lord to take a week off from our study in Mark and address what most people this time…

“Been Born Again”

  John 3:16 “Been Born Again” The “New Birth” is the theme for the 3rd chapter of John and ought to be the theme of our lives also. Well known British evangelist George Whitefield wrote a letter 1700’s to inventor and statesman Benjamin Franklin with a special request just for old Ben writing, “I find…

Dale Lewis – Mark 7:1-7 “Tradition verses relation”

  Mark 7:1-7 “Tradition verses relation” Introduction Vs. 1-2 Finding fault Vs. 3-5 The fence of the Pharisees Vs. 6-7 The problem with traditions Introduction The only link between the first 23 verse of chapter 7 and what we just read about the feeding of the 5000 in chapter 6 is one that is not…

“The land of the living”

  Revelation 22:1-2 “The land of the living” In the 21st chapter of the book of Revelation John was shown what heaven would be like practically as well as physically. But because heaven is eternal and we dwell in a temporal place John described heaven from what it was not going to be or have….

Nov.18 Genesis Study

Genesis 39:1-23 “The Lord was with Joseph” I. Intro. II. Vs. 1-12 The steps of dealing with temptation III. Vs. 13-23 Better not bitter I. Intro. We now move back to the life of Joseph and look at how he compared to Judah in dealing with temptation. Corrie Ten Boom once said; “If God sends…

Dale Lewis – Mark 6:45-56 “The unfavorable winds of obedience”

  Mark 6:45-56 “The unfavorable winds of obedience” Introduction Vs. 45-48 Trouble with a capital T Vs. 49-52 Be of good cheer it is I Vs. 53-56 A touch of Him Introduction This would be a night of miracles when we take into account the other gospel records. Matthew records for us that not only…

Nov.11 Genesis Study

Genesis 38:1-30 “Pleasures pitfalls” I. Intro. II. Vs. 1-19 The pleasure of sin for a season III. Vs. 20-30 Rotten roots to healthy fruit I. Intro. Having just started our look at Joseph this chapter takes a detour into the life of Jacob’s fourth son through Leah Judah. The question ought to come to our…

Dale Lewis – Mark 6:30-44 “True Manna”

  Mark 6:30-44 “True Manna” Introduction Vs. 30-34 Burn on or burn out? Vs. 35-44 Manufacturers or distributors Introduction I am amazed at the training methods and risks Jesus took when entrusting the greatest message and only hope to unlearned and inexperienced people. The fact that He did astounded experts in the book of Acts…

“Jump”

  Philippians 2:5-11 “Jump” Mark Twain once wrote, “Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example.” In Philippians chapter 2 verse 5-11 Paul gives us the best example in the threefold view of Christ. But before he does he tells us that we ought to have the same…

Dale Lewis – Mark 6:14-29 “The terror of goodness”

  Mark 6:14-29 “The terror of goodness” Introduction Vs. 14-15 Three views of Jesus Vs. 16-18 The terror of goodness Vs. 19-29 A sinners conscious Introduction Looking at the gruesome details of this story you would have thought that I planned it to follow the day most in our country celebrate evil, but I didn’t….

“Shaping a heart in a clay pot”

  1 Samuel 23:1-13 “Shaping a heart in a clay pot” One of the great benefits to reading the Bible and examining the lives of people like David is we gain perspective for our lives while looking at their lives. It is easier to see the work that God is doing has a purpose in…

Oct.21 Genesis Study

Genesis 35:5-29 “Doing the first works” I. Intro. II. Vs. 5-15 A journey down memory lane III. Vs. 16-29 So this is living I. Intro. The focus of the first four verses of chapter 35 was upon personal renewal in the life of Jacob. There are five parts to having our relationship with Him restored:…

Dale Lewis – Mark 6:1-6 “The majesty of the Master”

  Mark 6:1-6 “The majesty of the Master” Introduction Vs. 2-3 The mystery of the Master Vs. 4-6 The marvel of faith Introduction While in the 6th chapter of Mark last week we spent the entirety of our time looking at the mystery that was the majesty of the Master in His early earthly life….

Oct.14 Genesis Study

Genesis 35:1-4 “Returning to your first love” I. Intro. II. Vs. 1-4 Five steps in submission I. Intro. By the time we get to this chapter, thirty years have elapsed between when Jacob had first vowed to God to return to Bethel in chapter 28:20; ten of those years had happened since his leaving Laban…

Dale Lewis – Mark 6:1 “A Perfect Person in a sinful world”

  Mark 6:1 “A Perfect Person in a sinful world” Introduction Vs. 1 Familiarity breads contempt? Introduction In the first 6 verses of chapter 6 Mark finishes off this section with the limits of human popularity by showing another hindrance when popularity is coupled with familiarity. These two collided in Jesus’ home town of Nazareth,…

“We have seen Him”

  1 Corinthians 15:1-4 “We have seen Him” In the 15th chapter of 1 Corinthians Paul address a question the Corinthian Church had that most of ask at least once ourselves, “What happens to us after we die?” Corinth was a Greek city and like Paul’s debate in Acts 17 with the philosophers on Mars…

Dale Lewis – Mark 5:35-43 “Hope interrupted”

  Mark 5:35-43 “Hope interrupted” Introduction Vs. 35-38 Fear stilled, faith stirred Vs. 39-43 O death where is your sting Introduction We take up the conclusion of the account of Jairus and we left him hearing the words spoken by Jesus to the women who had the issue of blood. He knew this little girl…

“To big for God to use”

  Judges 7:1-25 “To big for God to use” Judges chapter 7 describes Israel’s victory over the Midianites. But to understand this victory you would have to understand the incredible odds against them in defeating them. To put Israel’s victory in perspective one sports writer put the odds at 450 to 1 and then went…

Sep.30 Genesis Study

Genesis 34:1-31 “The rape of righteousness” I. Intro. II. Vs. 1-12 A deal for Dinah III. Vs. 13-31 From a relationship to religion I. Intro. Last week we left Jacob moving to Shechem from Succoth yet God had called him back to Bethel. Dinah is most likely in her teens and her brothers Ruben, Simeon,…

Sep.23 Genesis Study

Genesis 33:1-20 “One step forward, three back” I. Intro. II. Vs. 1-16 A divided man III. Vs. 17-20 A compromised man I. Intro. In the last chapter Jacob has an encounter with the Lord that left him changed. He had been brought down to only being able to cling to the Lord in his wrestling….