Saturday, April 25, 2009

I just had to share this.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Silly me

I got tangled up in the power cord of hubby's laptop last night and started to fall. I tried really hard to stop myself, but couldn't so I went sliding down the hall on one knee. When i stopped sliding I hit the other knee, a shoulder and both wrists. Sigh. I have almost no skin on the knee I slid on. Hubby's laptop hit the floor also. But amazingly enough it is working fine. And other then sore, I am ok also. Such is a day in my world.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Lesson 7 Miriam, an unrestrained tongue

Numbers 12:1-15

1. How did Miriam want others to see herself and Aaron?

The same as they saw Moses.

2. What lay at the root of Miriam's sin?

3. What statement in verse 2 is so often forgotten by those who gossip?

that God hears when they do

4. How did God view Moses? (v 3-9)

as a faithful servant

5. How did God view the sin of Miriam (v 9-14, pr 6:16-19, 1 tim 5:19-20)?

6. Why does God consider gossiping such a sin?

7. Comment on:
pr 11:9
pr 16:28
pr 17:9
pr 17:20
pr 26:20-23

8. Can you think of a situation where you have been personally hurt by gossip?

9. Can you think of a situation where you have hurt another with gossip?

10. Did you learn anything from the two experiences? explain.

11. What effect did Miriams sin have on the others? (v15)

12. How can you help stop gossip according to:
pr 14:15
pr 15:28
pr 17:27-28
pr 18:13
james 3:2-18

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Lesson 6 Mary and Martha, cumbered and contented

Look over Luke 10:38-42

1. In the passage at hand two sisters desire to please Jesus. Why is Mary praised?
Because she chose to sit and listen to what Jesus had to say before doing anything else. This is strictly my opinion but I believe she discerned how short a time she would have to learn from Him.

2. Why is Martha rebuked? I think (again my opinion) that it was her attitude He was rebuking. She received Him into her home and felt responsible for the preparations for Him and whoever was with Him. But she didn't have a good attitude about working while everyone else, including Mary, were listening to Him. She should have listened and then done the preparations.

3. How might Martha have been different if she had taken the time to listen to Jesus before she served?

Well her attitude would have definitely been different.

4. What charge did Martha make against Jesus in verse 40?
That He didn't care

5. Have you ever felt this way under the pressures of daily work? explain.

yes unfortunately i have. I think all of us can relate to how Martha felt.

6. What charge did Martha make against Mary in verse 40?
Pretty much that Mary was lazy and selfish.

7. Discuss how our self-love leads us into bad attitudes toward others.

We think due to our self-love that others should want to help us, do for us, etc. When they don't, if we aren't careful, we can fall into a bad attitude toward them. The door can be opened to resentment, anger, bitterness.

8. What does verse 40 teach about the prayers of one whose perspective is faulty?
That our prayers will be self centered.

9. Define cumbered.
over occupied with cares, burdens, distracted, to weigh down.

10. Are you ever in this condition? why?

yes and it is always when I am trying to do something without the Lord's help or that is not in His will for me at the time.

11. How can you serve more like Mary?

I can pray and seek the Lord and His help before serving.

12. How does Jesus describe true servitude in Mark 10:42-45?

That true servitude means you serve with everything you have. Jesus laid down His life for us as an act of servitude.

13. Relate this description to the passages in Titus and Proverbs 31 from earlier lessons.

We must joyfully serve others after seeking the Lord's will.

14. Can you think of a situation in your life where effective service came after spiritual worship?

yes, many times and many situations.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Lesson 5 Hannah the Fear of the Lord

Sorry it has been awhile, but things have been busy.
I don't really have time to post my answers to all of the questions but will post what a couple.

1 Read ps 31:19; ps 111:10, ps 112:1, ps 147:11, and pr 8:13 and then write a paragrah defining the fear of the Lord.

Fear of God begins with trusting Him above all else. If we have wisdom we will have a reverent fear of God. Not fear as we would have of a bully. That is totally different. God is not a bully. He is our loving Father who desires only the best for us. It is when we make bad choices that He can't bless us. When we have reverent fear we want to do His will. And we hate the things He hates. The word promises many blessings to us if we have a reverent fear of the Lord, but we shouldn't fear Him to receive the blessings, but because we love Him.

2. Next to the following life situations write p if you have battled them in the past, or c if you are battling them currently. For those in the past, how did God grant the victory?

age health
physical appearance children or lack of them
relatives or in-laws lack of ability
spouse or lack of one station in life
death of loved one finances

3. How did Job, the righteous man who suffered innocently, respond to his trials (Job 23:1-12)? What result came out of his suffering (Job 42:12)?

4. Sometimes God uses suffering to deal with His children who are not following Him or fearing Him. Why does He allow trial in the case of disobedient believers (Jer 24:5-7; 29:11-14; 31:10-14)?

5. In each of the following situations, explain how trials can result in God's glory, our benefit and the benefit of others:

grief 2 cor 1:3-4
trials James 1:2-4
troubles 2 cor 4:16-18
illness 2 cor 12:7-10
persecutions 1 Pet 4:12-14

6. Write of an incident in your life where personal difficulty brought about special glory to the Lord.