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NO SMALL GIFT  -    Luke 21:1-4

 

THE EXAMPLE OF THE RICH  v. 1, 4

     Some gave large sums to the treasury.  v. 1    Mark 12:41

     They evidently gave more money than others.  v. 1

     They gave out of their abundance.  v. 4

 

THE EXAMPLE OF THE WIDOW  v. 2-4

     The poor widow put a very small amount of money into the treasury.

     The widow put in more than the rich.  v. 3

  •      She did not give more in actual amount, but she gave more in relationship to what she had.

  •      She made a much greater sacrifice.

 

APPLICATION

God doesn't look at our giving like we do.

  • God looks at our hearts.

  • God looks at our motives.

  • God evaluates our giving in the light of our ability to give.

 

God's rewards for giving are determined by many factors.

  • The widow gave very little money, but she was more highly commended than those who gave much larger amounts.

  • In spite of the small amount of money the widow gave, she obviously would receive a greater reward from God than some others who had given much more.

  • Rewards are determined by factors beyond just the amount given.

  

                                                                                    Wes Hall

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WHAT WAS THE LORD TO DAVID?

Psalm 16

His Preserver  v. 1

His Lord   v. 2

His God   v. 4

His Benefactor   v. 5, 6

  • David saw God as being his everything.

  • All that David had or had coming came from the hand of God.

His Instructor   v. 7

His Strength   v. 8

His Joy and Hope  v. 9-11

8     I have set the Lord always before me;

      Because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved.

9     Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices;

      My flesh also will rest in hope.

10   For You will not leave my soul in Sheol,

      Nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption.

11   You will show me the path of life;

      In Your presence is fullness of joy;

               At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.     Psalm 16:9-11

 

  • God is the only real source of joy and hope.  v. 9

  • David prophetically spoke of the Messiah who would bring hope and joy through His resurrection.  v. 10

  • What wonderful things would David experience as a result of having hope in God?  v. 11

          He would know the path of life.

          He would experience fullness of joy.

          He would experience pleasures evermore.

 

                                                                      Wes Hall

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THE MARRIAGE AND THE MIRACLE        John 2:1-11

 

THE MARRIAGE   v. 1, 2

 

Jesus showed the importance of marriage by accepting an invitation to one.

He should be an invited part of every wedding, and every marriage.  If Christ is not a part of a marriage, it will lack what it needs most.

 

THE MASTER   v. 3-5

 

On this occasion, Jesus showed that he was far more than just another guest.

Jesus showed that He had the creative power of God.

There are no problems that are too great for Christ to solve.

 

THE MIRACLE   v. 6-11

What was the significance of the miracle?

 

  • The miracle was done for the benefit of others.

 

  • The miracle demonstrated Jesus' divine power.

 

  • This miracle was the first of Jesus' public miracles.

 

  • This miracle was done so "that you might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the son of God; and that believing you might have life through His name."  John  20:30, 31

 

Wes Hall

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A SECOND LOOK AT THE FIRST MARRIAGE

What Do You Want in Your Marriage?

Genesis

 

 

THE SINGLE LIFE.  Pros & Cons

Adam was the first single man. 

Single Christians can be happy and morally pure. 

 

THEY FOUND COMPANIONSHIP.

 

THEY WERE HAPPY.

Eve was created by God for and from Adam.

Gen. 2:21, 22

Adam was pleased with his wife. Gen. 2:23

 

THEY HAD INTIMACY. Gen. 2:24-25

 

SIN DAMAGED THEIR MARRIAGE.

 

  • When they sinned, their harmony with God and with each other broke down. Every marriage is now plagued by two sinful people.

  • They experienced feelings of shame. Gen. 3:7, 11

  • They hid from God. Gen. 3:8-10

  • They began to blame each other and failed to take responsibility for their own sins.         Gen. 3:12, 13

 

THEY EXPERIENCED THE JOYS AND SORROWS OF PARENTHOOD.    Gen. 4

 

Make Your Marriage Marvelous!

It is possible, with the help and grace of God, to have  a wonderful marriage. Love as God has loved you; Forgive as He has forgiven you; Serve as He has served you.  If you and your spouse will dedicate your lives and marriage to the Lord, your marriage should get better and stronger. Seek to be a servant to your spouse and show your love by  many acts of kindness. 

                                                                      Wes Hall

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WHY YOU NEED "THE LIVING WATER"

John 7:37-39

 

1.  IT IS THE ONLY THING THAT CAN CURE YOUR THIRST.   v. 37

 

Are you thirsty?   Only "The Living Water" can satisfy.

  • You need Christ even if you don't realize it.  If you don't have Christ, you are in need of "The Living Water" whether you feel thirsty or not.

  • Most people are dangerously dehydrated and don't even know it.  Without Christ you are in a dangerous situation.

 

2.  EVERYONE NEEDS IT.  v. 37

 

You need to come!

  • You need to come to Jesus.

  • You need to come in faith.

 

You need to drink!

  • Water will only benefit you if you drink it.

  • You need to receive Christ.

 

You need to believe!

  • You need to believe what the Bible says about Jesus.

  • You need to believe on Jesus unto salvation.

 

 

3.  "THE LIVING WATER" GIVES YOU LIFE ETERNAL.  V. 38, 39

 

  • Without the "Living Water" you will not live eternally with Christ.

  • The work of the Holy Spirit in your life is evidence of eternal life.

 

4.  YOU NEED ALL THE BENEFITS OF "THE LIVING WATER."

     The benefits are temporal and eternal. 

 

Wes Hall

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ADAM AND EVE’S MARRIAGE

What Do You Want in Your Marriage?

Genesis

 

THEY FOUND COMPANIONSHIP.

 

Adam needed a companion (He was alone).  Gen. 2:18

They helped each other. Eve was created as a helper who was suitable for Adam.

 

THEY WERE HAPPY.

 

Eve was created by God for and from Adam. Gen. 2:21, 22

Adam was pleased with his wife. Gen. 2:23

 

THEY HAD INTIMACY.   Gen. 2:24-25

 

THEY HAD A PERFECT MARRIAGE.  (but sin changed things). Gen. 3

 

The relationship between Adam and Eve was perfect because they had a perfect relationship with God and sin had not entered into their marriage.

 

SIN DAMAGED THEIR MARRIAGE.

 

  • When they sinned, their harmony with God and with each other broke down. Every marriage is now plagued by two sinful people.

  • They experienced feelings of shame. Gen. 3:7, 11

  • They hid from God. Gen. 3:8-10

  • They began to blame each other and failed to take responsibility for their own sins.         Gen. 3:12, 13

 

THEY EXPERIENCED THE JOYS AND SORROWS OF PARENTHOOD.    Gen. 4

 

                                                            Wes Hall

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THEMES IN GENESIS

LOVE

  • God’s love for Adam and Eve was seen

  • in His providing a paradise for them.

  • in His communication with them .

  • in a future sacrifice for their sins through the Messiah.

  • God saved Noah and his family from the flood.

  • Joseph showed love to his brothers even though they had hated him.

 

GRACE

  • God forgave Adam and Eve on the basis of what Christ would do for them.

  • “But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.”  Gen. 6:9

  • Joseph forgave his brothers of great sins against him.

 

FAITH

  • Enoch walked with God.

  • Noah believed what God said and acted on it.

  • “For what saith the scripture?

Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.”   Romans 4:3

  • Joseph trusted God even when life went sour.

 

OBEDIENCE

  • Abel obeyed by giving the right sacrifice.

  • Noah obeyed God and built an ark.

  • Abraham left his home to go wherever God told him, because God told him to go. Abraham went to offer his son as a sacrifice according to the command of God  (God provided an animal sacrifice in the place of Isaac).

  • Joseph refused to sin against God when he was tempted by Potiphar’s wife.

 

THANKSGIVING

Noah showed his great appreciation to God after the flood.  Genesis 8:20

 

                                                                                 Wes Hall

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BENEFITS OF STUDYING GENESIS

  • You will be better able to understand the history of the world and your place in it.  Gen. 2:7, 20-25;  6:7    

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  • You will be more adamantly against the theory of evolution and other false teachings.  Gen. 1:1

"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good testimony.  By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible."  Hebrews 11:1-3

  • You will better understand sinful human behavior.       Gen. 3:6; 39:9; Romans 3:23

  • You will be challenged by examples like Noah, Abraham, Sarah, and Joseph.  Hebrews 11:1-22       James 2:23

  • Your understanding of all other parts of the Bible will be enhanced. Romans 10:17

  • You will better understand the need for a savior.       Gen. 3:15

  • You may come to know the Savior if you haven’t.       Romans 10:17

  • You will draw closer to the Lord.  James 4:7, 8

                                Wes Hall

 

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"So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." Romans 10:17

 

THE FOUNDATION OF THE BIBLE

Genesis

 

"All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:  That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works."  2 Timothy 3:16, 17

  • Why is it important to know the book of Genesis?

  • What is the relationship of Genesis to the rest of the Bible?

  • Who is the author of Genesis?    2 Peter 1:21; Mark 12:26, 27

  • What are some important relationships between the first book of the Bible (Genesis) and the last book  of the Bible (Revelation)?

 

BENEFITS OF STUDYING THE BOOK OF GENESIS

  • You will be better able to understand the history of the world and your place in it. 

  • You will be more adamantly against the theory of evolution and other false teachings. 

  • You will better understand sinful human behavior.  

  • You will be challenged by examples like Noah, Abraham, and Joseph. 

  • Your understanding of all other parts of the Bible will be enhanced. 

  • You will better understand the need for a savior. 

  • You may come to know the Savior if you haven’t. 

  • You will draw closer to the Lord.

                                                                                                                                              Wes Hall