Archive for December, 2011

Read the Bible with me in a year!

Posted: December 29, 2011 in Uncategorized

I am excited to invite you to join me in reading the Bible together next year! Simply reading the Bible straight through is the best way to know the word of God at a deep level and understand his grand plan! Follow the outline below (will be updated with the rest of the year shortly) and I will post daily thoughts on the passages and want your comments and thoughts as well on the passage and post. Let us be unified and mutually encourage one another’s faith!


  1. Gen. 1-2
  2. Gen. 3-5                         
  3. Gen. 6-9
  4. Gen. 10-11
  5. Gen. 12-15
  6. Gen. 16-19
  7. Gen. 20-22
  8. Gen. 23-26
  9. Gen. 27-29
  10. Gen. 30-32
  11. Gen. 33-36
  12. Gen. 37-39
  13. Gen. 40-42
  14. Gen. 43-46
  15. Gen. 47-50
  16. Ex. 1-4
  17. Ex. 5-7
  18. Ex. 8-10
  19. Ex. 11-13
  20. Ex. 14-17
  21. Ex. 18-20
  22. Ex. 21-24
  23. Ex. 25-27
  24. Ex. 28-31
  25. Ex. 32-34
  26. Ex. 35-37
  27. Ex. 38-40
  28. Lev. 1-4
  29. Lev. 5-7
  30. Lev. 8-10
  31. Lev. 11-13

“The Truth” LIFE/Bible Talk

Posted: December 16, 2011 in Bible Talks

Ice Breaker: Pass around your bible and have everyone introduce themselves and guess how many inches the length of the bible is.

Q: How come everyone gave different measurements? (everyone has different perspectives)

Q: How would we find out the right measurement? (use a ruler)

– Pull out ruler and measure it and give candy to the person who was the closest.

READ: John 18:37-38 – WHAT IS TRUTH?

Q:What does everyone on the side of truth do? (Listen to Jesus)

Q: What are different ideas of truth today? (science, religion, experience, feelings, etc.)

Q: Is there an absolute truth in this world? (If they say there is no absolute truth, that statement itself is an absolute truth. Share how life shows us there is, math for example 1 + 1 always = 2.)

Q: What do people base truth off of? (family, tradition, religion, etc.).

– Let’s see what Jesus based truth off of.

John 8:31-32

Q: Did the Jews believe? (Yes)

Q: Just because they believed, did that mean they knew the truth? (No)

Q: How does one find out the truth? (they must hold to the teachings of Jesus)

Q: Where do we find Jesus’ teachings? (The Bible)

John 17:17 – Q: What is truth here? (Jesus word- once again the bible)

Q: What are today’s thoughts on the Bible?

Q: Is the worlds current views of truth we discussed earlier working or making things worse?

– The Bible is the truth. It is composed of 66 books, written by 40 different authors, on three different continents, over a time period of 1500 years and yet it tells one story with no contradictions!

Q: How did we find out the truth of the length of this bible at the beginning of the Life Talk? (measured it with a ruler)

Q: How do we find out if we are right with God? (measure ourselves with the ‘ruler’ the word of God!

CHALLENGE: Listen to Jesus, be on the side of truth and study the Bible to see how you measure before God.

The Spiritual War began long before the creation of this earth. Learn the ins and outs of our enemy, the war we are in as disciples, and the battle for our college campuses. LISTEN HERE:

“Jehoiakim Activity” Life Talk

Posted: December 13, 2011 in Bible Talks

(Variations of this Bible Talk have been done by many and versions of it can be found in “Shining Like Stars” and “52 Bible Talks for Fun and Fruitfulness”)

Assign: Jeremiah 36 (1-3; 4-6) Explain.

Summarize 7-19

READ: 20-26

  • You are going to play the role of Jehoiakim and take out the undesirable parts of the Bible. “Cut them out.” May be things which people have a hard time accepting or which an individual has a hard time obeying. “undesirable”.
  • Go around and explain what scripture and the reason for it being removed.
  • Leader brings the new version of Christianity to life; wouldn’t it be great?

Jeremiah 36:27-28; 31-32

Q: Did ignoring God’s word make it go away?

Q: What is the consequence?

Q: Do we have the right to play games with God’s word?

Q: How do we do this today?

Q: What lessons can be learned?


  • Ignoring the Bible or parts of it, no more changes the truth than ignoring a problem or disease to make it go away (Jeremiah 6:13-14). Something must be done! We have no right to play games with God’s word!
  • Telling the truth may make you unpopular, but God is the only one whose opinion really counts.(1 Peter 1:24-25).
  • Study the Bible

“Hot/Cold or Lukewarm” Life Talk

Posted: December 13, 2011 in Bible Talks

OPENING QUESTION: How is your relationship with God?

Revelation 3:14-22

Q: What is convicting to you about this passage?

Q: What does Jesus look for in us? Deeds

Q: Why are deeds important? Reflect our heart!

Q: What was their issue? Lukewarm

Q: What did Jesus want them to be? Hot or Cold

Q: Initially when you read this passage, what does it mean to be hot? Cold?

Q: What do you base that off of?

–         Laodicia sat between two cities (Colosse and Hiropiolias)

–         “Hot”= “boiling hot”- referring to the hot springs of Hieropolis- brought healing to arthritis.

–         “Cold”- cold springs. Cold water is refreshing and brought refreshment to the weary (Isaiah 55). Cold is a good thing to be, Jesus wouldn’t want anyone lost!

–         “Lukewarm”- Q: What does this probably mean than? – EXPLAIN: Aqueduct system- two waters would mix and make people sick. The cold water would come from Colosse and was refreshing to the people. The Hot water was in Heiropolis and that brought warmth to the bones (from the hot water springs). Jesus was saying the church wasn’t bringing the refreshing cold water of the gospel or the healing warm water of the gospel to a lost world. This is why Jesus wishes the church was cold or hot.

–         Does your sin make you sick! Do you have the attitude of Jesus about mediocracy in the church?

–         2 Options: Hot/Cold or Lukewarm.

Q: Where they in touch with their state of spirituality? No

Q: What did they think of themselves? V.17a – Struggled with materialism. (Rich city!)

Q: What did Jesus think? V. 17b

Q: What is scary about this?

Q: Can we know if where lukewarm? No

Q: Can a church know? No

–         We need others in our lives because our sin blinds us!

–         We need discipling!

Q: How does Jesus treat those he loves? Rebukes and disciplines them.

–         Jesus has left the building and is not in our hearts if we are lukewarm!

–         He is knocking at the door for you to let him in before its too late!

Q: What prescription does Jesus give for sickness?

–         Repent

–         Allow Jesus into your life. (People into your life who are following Jesus)

Q: Why does Jesus say we must be earnest?

–         Life or death situation!

–         There is a Heaven and Hell! Where will you spend eternity if you were to die tonight?


–         Are you hot/cold or are you lukewarm? Maybe you have no relationship with Christ at all, so you are dead spiritually and need to be made alive in Christ!

–         Be eager and repent!

–         Get someone in your life who will love you like Jesus! You don’t know were you are at spiritually. No one can answer the first question we asked. 

“Sinful Obsession” Life Talk

Posted: December 13, 2011 in Bible Talks

Text: 2 Samuel 13:1-22


Q: What is something you thought you really wanted and did anything to get, but later found out you hated it or didn’t like it?


David had fallen into sin with Bathsheba and now the sinful repercussions of this where about to play out (EXPLAIN)


READ: 2 Samuel 13:1-5

Q: What is happening here?

Amnon longed for Tamar so much that he became lovesick. It was even more difficult for him because she was a virgin – meaning that she was available for marriage, but not to Amnon because marriage between half-brother and sister was forbidden.

Q: Do you think Amnon’s obsession happened over night?

Q: What do we learn about what can happen to the things that we desire?

He desired to be with his sister Tamar so bad that he even looked “haggard” (worn out, miserable, depressed).

Q: Do you think Amnon from these verses truly loved Tamar?

Q: What kind of friend is Jonadab?

–         A shrewd man. (wise, cunning)

We are influenced by the friendships that we have! Whether good or bad.

Q: Who are your closest friends? What kind of influence do they have on you?

–         Your best friends should be disciples who help you draw closer to God!

Q: Why do you think Jonadab told Amnon to talk to his dad (David)?

– The sin with Bathsheba, they played into David’s sentimentality!

SO THE PLAN WAS SET, lets read on:

READ: v.6-19

Amnon’s “true love” was revealed, he raped her despite her pleas!

Isn’t it funny how the people and things we love become the very things we hate and despise!

Q: What do you love so much that you would be willing to do anything to get it?

Q: Is what you love in the will of God?

Amnon did not obey the God’s law and raped his own sister causing her to become a disgrace.

Amnon’s evil is immediately revealed (v. 9b). Tamar could easily see how evil and disgraceful of an act this was.

Q: Why couldn’t Amnon see how evil this act was? – He was blinded by lust!

Q: How is your purity? – Lust is very serious and can blind you and lead you to do things that you wouldn’t believe you could do.

Q: What steps could Amnon have took so this act did not happen? What contributed to the events playing out?

Q: (v.15) Did Amnon really love Tamar? – No

Amnon only built upon the example of his father David, by letting lust control his actions.

Q: Why do you think he sent her out of his sight right away?

-Amnon had no real love for Tamar, only lust and so he immediately felt guilty over his sin. Tamar was simply a reminder of his foolish sin. He wanted every reminder of his sin to be put far away.

Q: Is this the correct way to deal with sin?

Amnon treats Tamar not as a sister, Israelite, but as “this woman.”

READ: v.20-22

Q: How do you think Absalom knew Amnon raped her?

–         Lust blinds us and we think others don’t see it

–         Absalom would 2 years later kill Amnon to avenge his sister! SIN leads to more SIN if not dealt with (lust> hatred> more hatred> sentimentality of David>etc.).

Q: How do you think this sin affected the family?

Q: Does sin affect our spiritual family (church)? How can we deal with it?

Q: David was furious about the sin, but why do you think he did not do anything about it?

-It may be that David was conscious of his own guilt in a similar matter and therefore felt the lack of moral authority to discipline his own son.

Q: David probably didn’t challenge or discipline the situation b/c he felt hypocritical, is this right?

–         If this was the case, it was a grave miscalculation on David’s part. He could have said to Amnon, “I know the evil that results we don’t restrain our lusts and affections. This is something you must address and conquer in God’s strength.” “Why did he not reprove him at least very sharply for this foul fact?

CHALLENGE: Get open about desires you have in your heart and seek God. Choose wisely the friends that influence you, and challenge sin when you see it to protect the spiritual family.

“Reflection” Life Talk

Posted: December 13, 2011 in Bible Talks

Question: What is one thing you wish you could change about yourself?

Question: Is there anytime when you can remember listening to someone speak but not actually listening?

James 1:22-25

Question: Why is listening not enough?

The bible tells us that we deceive ourselves. Some people even tonight might be doing this you got to do what it says?

Question: Why do you think the Word of God is related to a mirror?

It’s the absolute reflection of what/who we really are.

Question: How do you act when you first see your face in the morning after you wake up?

Make sure I wash my face; comb hair, brush teeth…

Question: How do you think we clean ourselves up in a spiritual mirror?

Question: If you saw your friend had something on his face would you tell him? Why? Why not?

Question: Do you think we should do the same thing with the spiritual mirror?

Question: What does it mean to look intently?

Question: What is the Word of God going to set you free from?

John 12:47-50

Question: According to this scripture what is going to judge you on the Day of Judgment? How would you get prepared?

Question: Do you think there is going to be a second chance on the Day of Judgment?

Challenge: we all have stuff on our face but what are you going to do about it? As well if you see someone else that needs help help them out by studying the bible. Don’t be deceived. Like Nike says Just Do It!!!!!

Be Prepared for that day when were all going to have to take the test.AMEN.

(From “Back to the Basics” by Jerry Jones)

Q: What is something you have always wanted to explore?

Proposition: Everyone should study the Bible!

Key Word: Reasons

1. Enables one to know the Truth.

            a. John 8:31-32

            b. No one likes to be lied to:

Q: How do you feel when someone lies to you?

            c. Shiny apple that is rotten inside.

d. We need to read the Bible so we will know the truth and not be deceived.

2. Gives one a sure foundation.

a. Luke 6:47-48

            b. Why is a foundation important?

c. What are some things that shake a person’s life?

3. It cuts and shapes.

a. Hebrews 4:12-14

            b. How does the Bible cut us? Ever heard a sermon that makes you feel guilty?

c. Why is it important to be cut by God’s word?


4. Enables one to use Scripture accurately?

a. 2 Timothy 2:15

            b. How can one use it inaccurately?

            c. Why is it important to use it accurately?

5. Only way to know how to be saved.

a. 2 Timothy 3:14-17

            b. Where does scripture come from? What do they do? God’s voice!

            c. Everyone has his own standard:

1. Good, moral.

2. Long list of what’s necessary.

d. How can you know what/who is right?

e. How many ways are there to be saved?  (Acts 4:12)

            f. Is the Bible useful? How will it equip you?

6. Everyone will be judged by the Word.

a. John 12:48

            b. Why does this make a difference?

Challenge: Study the Bible with the person who brought you! 

“Grace” Life Talk

Posted: December 13, 2011 in Bible Talks

Q: What does the Grace of God mean to you?

Q: What was the main message in Jesus’ ministry?

–         Jesus never preaches “grace”

–         He lived it out!

–         He was a man “full of grace and truth”


1 Corinthians 15:9-11

Q: How did Paul understand the grace of God in his own life?

–         True grace produces hard work

–         He understood he was in debt to Jesus (use to kill Christians!)

–         You can look at someone’s life and tell if they understand grace!


Titus 2:11-14

Q: What teaches us to say no to sin?

Q: How does God’s grace teach us to say no to sin?

– Discuss!


Ephesians 2:1-10

–         Saved to work!

–         Faith without works is no faith at all!

–         It is tough to be a Christian, Jesus laid out the lifestyle in his ministry!

–         Did Paul have a weaksauce view of grace?



–         Preach on this

–         Grace is understanding, God gives us a chance to repent!!!

Hebrews 10:26-27

Revelation 20:11-15



–         Instead of justification for the sinner, its justification for sin!

–         We have turned “costly grace” into “cheap grace”

–         Where scripture sees true grace as the provision of God that makes up for our failure after we have done all we could to follow Him!

–         Costly grace is that treasure hidden in the field! Have you found it!