Sunday, October 10, 2010

The Good Samaritan parable - this week's Sunday School lesson

Sorry for such a time between postings - I'll try to be better. Good news is that I've completed all assignments for school, so that's one less thing on my plate.

My church is in the midst of our fall program. This year's theme is "Who is My Neighbor?" All adult/teen Sunday School classes are teaching similar lessons during the program. This week's lesson focused on who the three people were in the Good Samaritan parable.

I'm sure many of you are familiar with this parable. A man was traveling from Jerusalem to Jericho when he fell among thieves and was left for dead. Three people saw him - the first two passed by while the 3rd one had compassion and helped him.

What struck me this morning was the difference between "saw" and "look".
From Luke 10:
[31] And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.
[32] And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side.
[33] But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him,
definitions from Google:
to see: perceive by sight or have the power to perceive by sight; "You have to be a good observer to see all the details"; "Can you see the bird in that tree?"; "He is blind--he cannot see"

to look: perceive with attention; direct one's gaze towards; "She looked over the expanse of land"; "Look at your child!"; "Look--a deer in the backyard!"
When "to see" is used, you are seeing by sight - something catches your eye. When "to look" is used, you are purposely, with attention, seeing something with your sight.

With these two definitions in mind, this is what I realized during the lesson:
  • The Priest saw the man, but paid him no attention.
  • The Levite saw the man, came to purposely see with attention, but decided not to help.
  • The Samaritan saw the man and decided to help, without considering the situation or if the man were worthy of help.
So how do you see? Do you see things out of the corner of your eye, like the Priest, but continue on your way. Do you come take a closer look, but like the Levite, decide to continue on your way? Or do you see something and, like the Samaritan, decide to do what you can, without consideration to the situation?


Saturday, July 17, 2010

Meaning of Names

This weeks WOTB devotion talks about the meaning of names (because God changed Sarai to Sarah)

Rebecca: to bind, to tie, snare, captivating, beautiful, faithful one, servant of God.

Interesting. I've never studied my name before. I like its meanings.


Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Titus 2: "not false accusers"


accusers -->

1) prone to slander, slanderous, accusing falsely

a) a calumniator, false accuser, slanderer,

2) metaph. applied to a man who, by opposing the cause of God, may be said to act the part of the devil or to side with him


One who accuses or blames; an officer who prefers an accusation against another for some offense, in the name of the government, before a tribunal that has cognizance of the offense.

VBS 2010

VBS is this week. Our theme is "I Love America." I am working in crafts and my group has 3/4 yr. old boys & girls and 5/6 & 7/8 yr. old girls.

Monday night we made paper windsocks. We let the kids decorate long sheets of construction paper (like 11 X 17, I think). The older girls glued on shapes one of the other crafters cut out with her cricut. The 3/4's colored theirs with markers. When the kids were done decorating the tube, we tape strips of crepe paper to the bottom of the back of the sheet of construction paper. We then rolled the construction paper into a tube and taped it secure. We punched two holes at the top, across from each other, and looped ribbon through for the handle. We had 54 that night - 31 big girls and 23 3/4 boys/girls.

Tonight (Tuesday) we had 71. Ahead of time we made frames out of Popsicle sticks and school glue, included a ribbon, and tied a plain white sheet of paper to the back side of the frame. The kids decorated their paper and then glued tissue paper to the frame. The kids did pretty well at it. We had 9 tables tonight but about 20 workers, so it was not bad.

I'll get pictures of the samples and post tomorrow when I share what we did.

I'm glad school supply sales started - it made for cheap VBS supplies (glue/crayons/markers).


Monday, July 12, 2010

Women in Proverbs

As I read through Proverbs this month, I'm going to note everywhere a woman is mentioned, whether it is an example of something I should be or an example of something I should not be. Look for the list in my sidebar.


Saturday, July 10, 2010

Titus 2: "behaviour as becometh holiness"

Holiness, according to Strong's Concordance, is:

1) befitting men, places, actions or sacred things to God

2) reverent

definitions from Webster's 1828 dictionary:

befitting --> Suiting; becoming; from befit --> To suit; to be suitable to; to become

reverent --> expressing reverence, veneration or submission; as reverent words or terms; a reverent posture in prayer; reverent behavior; Submissive; humble; impressed with reverence.

reverence --> Fear mingled with respect and esteem; veneration

to fear --> To reverence; to have a reverential awe; to venerate.

veneration --> The highest degree of respect and reverence; respect mingled with some degree of awe; a feeling or sentiment excited by the dignity and superiority of a person, or by the sacredness of his character, and with regard to place, by its consecration to sacred services

So I must be submissive and humble to God. I must give him veneration and reverence. I must fear him.

So with my behaviour I am to show fear and reverence to God. I must, with my actions, be suited to His likeness.


Thursday, July 8, 2010

Titus 2

This week I am also reading in Titus. I want to share some thoughts:

3. The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much win, teachers of good things;
4. That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,
5. To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.

I'm a young woman, but eventually I'll be an aged woman. To teach all these things then, they are things I need to learn NOW.

Over the next few weeks I plan on taking each trait and studying it further to see what it really means and what are the other examples of that trait in the Bible.


Wednesday, July 7, 2010

If you died today, where would you go?

This is taken from my quilting blog. I posted it last August (2009) after a man from our church was killed in a triathlon. My Sunday School teacher was participating in the same event and was only five minutes or so ahead of his friend when the accident happened....

If you died today, where would you go? This question is very relevant today in light of a man named John Carr. He and his family attended our church a few years ago, before switching to a church closer to their home. They were very active in our church and maintained relationships with several families here. Their two older children attend our Bible college.

Yesterday (Saturday, August 1), he and my Sunday School teacher were participating in a triathlon in Louisville, KY. Without warning, during the bicycle portion of the race, Bro. Carr was struck from behind by a drunk driver. He died at the scene. No one ever expected a death to occur during this race. It has been run nearly 30 years without serious incident. Bro. Carr had no time to react, no warning that he was about to be killed. One moment he was riding his bicycle, the next, stepping into eternity. His eternity is Heaven. Many years ago he trusted Jesus as his Saviour. He knew where he was headed.

If you have never trusted Jesus as your Saviour, now is the time to do so. None of us know how much time we have left to live. Any moment we could be killed, be it by a drunk driver, a stray bullet, a heart attack. If it had been you on that bicycle, where would you now be for eternity? Do you even know? Would you be in Heaven or would you be in Hell? You can know that you'll be in Heaven. It's your choice, your decision. Only you can make it for yourself. No one can decide for you and you decide for no one. Make it now, for your death may come just as suddenly and without warning as Bro. Carr's did.

1. Know that you are a sinner. The Bible says in Romans 3:23 - "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God." and in Romans 3:10 - "As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:"
2. Know that there is a sin-debt that must be paid. Romans 6:23(a) - "For the wages of sin is death;" and Revelation 20:14-15 - " "And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.""
3. Jesus paid the sin-debt for us. Romans 6:23 - "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." and Romans 5:8 - "But God commendeth His love toward us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." and John 14:6 - "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."
4. Anyone can trust Jesus as his/her Saviour Romans 10:9 - "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." and Romans 10:13 - "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." John 5:24 - "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life."

If you would like to accept Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Saviour, simply bow your head and humbly:

1. Admit to God that you are a sinner.
2. Tell Him you believe Jesus died for you.
3. Ask Him to forgive you of your sins and save your soul.
4. Then believe that He promised to save you.

Don't wait until it's too late to make this decision. You never know what waits around the corner for you. It's your choice - your decision. Make it now.


Proverbs 7

I was reading in Proverbs 7 this morning and noticed something.

7 And beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, a young man void of understanding,
8 Passing through the street near her corner; and he went the way to her house,
9 In the twilight, in the evening, in the black and dark night:
10 And, behold, there met him a woman with the attire of an harlot, and subtil of heart.
11 (She is loud and stubborn; her feet abide not in her house:
12 Now is she without, now in the streets, and lieth in wait at every corner.)
13 So she caught him, and kissed him, and with an impudent face said unto him,
14 I have peace offerings with me; this day have I payed my vows.
15 Therefore came I forth to meet thee, diligently to seek thy face, and I have found thee.
16 I have decked my bed with coverings of tapestry, with carved works, with fine linen of Egypt.
17 I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.
18 Come, let us take our fill of love until the morning: let us solace ourselves with loves.
19 For the goodman is not at home, he is gone a long journey:
20 He hath taken a bag of money with him, and will come home at the day appointed.
21 With her much fair speech she caused him to yield, with the flattering of her lips she forced him.
22 He goeth after her straightway, as an ox goeth to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks;
23 Till a dart strike through his liver; as a bird hasteth to the snare, and knoweth not that it is for his life.
(I bolded for emphasis)

I've read this passage several times over the years and haven't given it much thought. This morning I realized that if we put ourselves in the wrong place at the wrong time (vs. 8/9), then the decision's been made. (vs. 13/21). The harlot caught him, she caused him to yield, she forced him. The young man didn't choose to go with the harlot. He chose to make himself available to her. Applying this to my life, I see that it is even more important that I watch where I go places and when I go places. Even if I have no intentions of sinning, if I put myself in the wrong place at the wrong time, I may get caught up in the sin and not have a choice. It will find me. (vs. 15).


Women of the Bible - Wk 1 - Eve

Week 1 is about Eve. So far the Lord has shown me three things.

1. God tells Adam, when referring to the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, "thou shalt not eat of it:" (Gen. 2:16). He does not say "thou shalt not touch of it." The serpent asks Eve "yeah, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?" (Gen. 3:1) But Eve adds to her answer. She says, "God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it" (Gen. 3:3). Where does this touching come from? From what's recorded in the Bible, God never said, don't touch. He only said don't eat. Did Adam add to God's command or did Eve embellish the command? What is the significance of this?

2. Coat vs. apron & skins vs. fig leaves .... Adam and Eve made aprons of fig leaves for themselves, but God made them coats out of skins. When reading this passage I always focused on the difference between the aprons and the coats (i.e., coats cover more), but this time it dawned on me that there is also a difference between fig leaves and skins. Blood had to be shed for the skins to be obtained. To me this foreshadows Cain and Abel. The fig leaves were not enough for a covering; otherwise God would have made the coat of them.

3. Abel - the devotional pointed out that Abel means temporal. Cain means possession. Just an interesting fact :-)


Women of the Bible

I started a new devotional. It is a year-long(!) devotional with 52 chapters. Each chapter has an assignment/section for 5 days (conveniently labeled Monday - Friday, but we'll see if I stick to that :-)) It is called Women of the Bible and is written by Ann Spangler and Jean Syswerda. You can check the newest print edition out at here. It looks really interesting and I'm enjoying it so far.

Stay tuned and I'll share what I'm learning from it!




I've decided to set this blog up to share what I learn while reading the Bible, devotionals, or from church services. I can't promise that I'll post daily, but I do plan on posting at least once a week. I look forward to hearing from y'all!