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Why Paul Preached Christ | For Week of May 21st

Scripture Reading 24 who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body’s sake, which is the church: 25 whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to […]

No One Can Compare with Jesus | For Week of May 14th

by Pastor Jeremy S. DeSpain

Scripture Reading Colossians 1:14-23 Lesson 3: No One Can Compare with Jesus By believing on Jesus as Savior, we received salvation, but the Christian life involves far more than the initial act of believing in Jesus as Savior. To lead a productive Christian life and honor Jesus, we must obey Him daily. How well we […]

Goal of Christian Living | For Week of May 7th

by Pastor Jeremy S. DeSpain

Scripture Reading Colossians 1:9-13 Lesson 2: The Goal of Christian Living The apostle Paul prayed that the believers at Colosse would know the will of God. However, the will of God cannot be known apart from the walking daily in the Word of God. Daily spiritual growth and its accompanying joy aren’t a secret. God […]

Small-Town News | For Week of April 30th

by Pastor Jeremy S. DeSpain

Scripture Reading Colossians 1:1-8 Lesson 1: Small-Town News Nearly two thousand years ago the apostle Paul learned what could have been a headline in a small-town newspaper called the Colosse Column – “Believers demonstrate faith and love.” Big deal? Yes, it was. In fact, Paul responded to the report by writing a letter to the […]

Wisdom of Being a Faithful Friend | Week of April 23rd

by Pastor Jeremy S. DeSpain

PRE-ORDER the next LifeGroup Adult Bible Study Book: CLICK HERE! Scripture Reading Proverbs 17:17 Lesson 13: The Wisdom of Being a Faithful Friend “Shallow” is a good description of most relationships today. The internet gives us immediate connection with hundreds or even thousands of acquaintances. But commenting about someone’s grandchildren with spaghetti on his head, […]

Wisdom of Being Truthful | For Week of April 16th

by Pastor Jeremy S. DeSpain

PRE-ORDER the next LifeGroup Adult Bible Study Book: CLICK HERE! Scripture Reading Acts 5:1-9 Lesson 12: The Wisdom of Being Truthful Lying has become a part of our culture. Sometimes we almost expect people to lie. Listening to any political debate is disheartening. One or both of the candidates has to be lying. Determining which […]

Wisdom of Appropriate Words | For Week of April 9th

by Pastor Jeremy S. DeSpain

Scripture Reading Proverbs 12:22 Lesson 11: The Wisdom of Appropriate Words Words can be a major source of encouragement. They may also hurt people. Proverbs speaks frankly about the way people speak to each other. Our speech needs to be governed by wisdom. The wise person carefully chooses his words. He speaks encouraging words to […]

Wisdom of a Generous Spirit | For the Week of March 26th

by Pastor Jeremy S. DeSpain

Scripture Reading Proverbs 11:24 Lesson 10: The Wisdom of a Generous Spirit The subject of generosity pervades the Scriptures. God showed His generosity in the original creation. He placed Adam and Eve in an indescribably beautiful garden, and He gave them freedom to enjoy all the magnificence and bounty of the creation. God has also […]

Wisdom of Hard Work | For Week of March 19th

by Pastor Jeremy S. DeSpain

Scripture Reading Proverbs 22:29 Lesson 9: The Wisdom of Hard Work In economic downturns jobs are appreciated and valued, especially by those who lose theirs. In an economic upswing, our perspective sometimes changes. Jobs become what get in the way of what we really want to do. They can become almost annoying. Whether the economy […]

Wisdom in a Humble Heart | For Week of March 12th

by Pastor Jeremy S. DeSpain

Scripture Reading Proverbs 11:2 Lesson 8: The Wisdom of a Humble Heart Our culture is self-centered and proud. The emphasis on individual rights has created the climate for this phenomenon, and the recognition of individual accomplishments has fueled it. Unfortunately, even Christians are not immune to its effects, but a consideration of Solomon’s words about […]

Wisdom of Purity | For Week of March 5th

by Pastor Jeremy S. DeSpain

Scripture Reading Proverbs 5 – 7 Lesson 7: The Wisdom of Purity If we know anything about Solomon, we may question why we should consult him on purity. After all, his father had committed adultery with his mother. And later, Solomon suffered political decline because he succumbed to impurity. As he multiplied wives and concubines, […]

Wisdom of a Good Reputation | For Week of February 26th

by Pastor Jeremy S. DeSpain

Scripture Reading Proverbs 11:3, 5 Lesson 6: The Wisdom of a Good Reputation Godly wisdom and self-discipline help us to be distinctive in the world. God wants his children to cultivate a reputation for being godly (1 Peter 2:11-15). He also cares about our character. His plan for us does not include hypocrisy; He wants […]

Wisdom of Godly Discipline | For Week of February 19th

by Pastor Jeremy S. DeSpain

Scripture Reading Proverbs 3:11, 12 Lesson 5: The Wisdom of Godly Discipline Neither psychology nor sociology furnishes the most effective model for discipline. As in every instance of wise living, the model is God (Prov. 3:11, 12). He disciplines His children, using the right balance of righteousness and love, holiness and grace. Further, His model […]

Perceptions for Living | For Week of February 12th

by Pastor Jeremy S. DeSpain

Scripture Reading Various Passages Lesson 4: Perceptions for Living Solomon was renowned at home and abroad for his extensive wisdom. Even secular history refers to Solomon as a wise king. Many unbelievers would share the Christian’s conviction that Solomon was the wisest man that ever lived. Where did Solomon get such wisdom? Was he simply […]

Wisdom and Truth | For Week of February 5th

by Pastor Jeremy S. DeSpain

Scripture Reading Proverbs 4:20-22 Lesson 3: Wisdom and Truth The writer of Proverbs gave a careful description of wise living. His statements about wisdom reflect a conviction that truth must not be confined to the mind or to the scrolls of the Law. God’s truth is vibrant, pulsating, and relevant. We must interpret the circumstances […]