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

by Pastor Jeremy 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 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 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 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 […]

The Fear of the Lord | For Week of January 29th

by Pastor Jeremy DeSpain

Scripture Reading Proverbs 1:7, 8; 2:1-5 Lesson 2: The Fear of the Lord News reports today include a litany of violence and mayhem. Soaring crime rates are no longer statistics that represent just the conditions of the inner city. Suburban and rural America, high school and college campuses, private homes and recreational areas have all […]

Priority for Living | For Week of January 22nd

by Pastor Jeremy DeSpain

Scripture Reading Survey the Book of Ephesians. Lesson 1: Priority for Living “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man” (Ecclesiastes 12:13). Failure to properly establish personal priorities can be crippling. Many people live in an electrically charged atmosphere of […]

Glimmers of Hope in Dark Times | For Week of January 15th

by Pastor Jeremy DeSpain

Scripture Reading Judges and Ruth (Overview) Lesson 13: Glimmers of Hope in Dark Times “Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness: he is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous” (Psalm 112:4). Reading the book of Judges resembles taking a train ride. We gain bright glimpses of hope after dark tunnels. We see […]

Faithful to a Faithful God | For Week of January 8th

by Pastor Jeremy DeSpain

Scripture Reading Ruth 1 – 4 Lesson 12: Faithful to a Faithful God “It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him” (Lamentations 3:22-24). The […]

True Religion | For Week of December 18th

by Pastor Jeremy DeSpain

Scripture Reading Judges Chapters 17 – 21 Lesson 11: True Religion “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world” (James 1:27). Micah, whose story begins in Judges 17:1, defies description. His name means, “Who is […]

The Fallen Judge | For Week of December 11th

by Pastor Jeremy DeSpain

Scripture Reading Judges Chapters 15 – 16 Lesson 10: Samson, the Fallen Judge “Put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof” (Romans 13:14). The account of Samson closes in the way Samson lived – a combination of triumph and tragedy – but he remembered […]

The Strong Judge | For Week of December 4th

by Pastor Jeremy DeSpain

Scripture Reading Judges Chapters 13 -14 Lesson 9: Samson, the Strong Judge with a Big Weakness “Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me” (Psalm 119:133). Although Samson performed exploits for God, he succumbed to sinful desires. The lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh, and […]

The Controversial Judge | For Week of November 27th

by Pastor Jeremy DeSpain

Scripture Reading Judges Chapters 10 – 12 Lesson 8: Jephthah, the Controversial Judge “My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons.” (James 2:1). History is replete with public figures who both suffered rejection and gained recognition, who performed commendable deeds as well as dubious […]

Bad Attitudes | For Week of November 13th

by Pastor Jeremy DeSpain

Scripture Reading Judges 8 Lesson 6: Bad Attitudes “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life” (Proverbs 4:23). People of each generation must establish their own relationships with God. God has children, but He does not have grandchildren. A new generation cannot live on the spiritual experiences of […]

The Battle Is the Lord’s | For Week of November 6th

by Pastor Jeremy DeSpain

Scripture Reading Judges 7 Lesson 5: The Battle Is the Lord’s Gideon and his three hundred men had the all-powerful God on their side, but they still had to fight the enemy. Like them, we must trust in our Heavenly Father for victory over the enemies that try to make us ineffective Christians, and we […]

Putting Out the Fleece | For Week of October 30th

by Pastor Jeremy DeSpain

Scripture Reading Judges 6 Lesson 3: The Judge Who Put Out the Fleece [1] Please read the selected weekly Scripture before arriving to your LifeGroup. This lesson introduces us to a mighty man of valour and a famous judge named Gideon. The Midianites had troubled and impoverished the Israelites, holding them in constant fear. Suddenly, an […]