Evangelist Jeff Kent and the Shadyside Church of Christ present a weekly lesson to help and encourage listeners in their daily walk with Christ and spread the Gospel. We are non-denominational and all lessons are taken directly from the scriptures.
In six days, God created all things - from the earth itself and the heavens to the stars, vegetation, and sea creatures. On day six, He made mankind in His image, both male and female. On the seventh day, God rested from His work. In the law given to them by God, the Hebrews were told to honor this seven day cycle by working six days and resting on the seventh. Does this seven day "week" carry with it any significance for us today?
All Things Belong to You
The Bible is a book of truth and reality. Too often we're searching for doctrinal truths (which is needful), but we're overlooking the realities which are plainly presented (not good). When Paul writes: "All things belong to you", do we even stop to ponder what he means? Do we just take it for some spiritual imagery or apostolic speak? Perhaps we need to look at the reality of his statement.
When we are sick, we seek medical help and do what the doctor tells us to do (usually!) - tests, medications, diet, exercise, etc. We want to be well. However, when we are having spiritual and emotional trouble, where do we go? Do we seek out Jesus' remedies which are found in the instruction in the Word? Are you making bad choices and messing up your life? Living with anxieties? Walking in a wasteland of spiritual "blahs"? Jesus has the answer for all these and more.
Circle of Love
Could God be the God He is if He were not three Persons in One? "No" becomes the obvious answer when John writes that "God is love." With the Father, the Word and the Holy Spirit experiencing this marvelous circle of love in eternity, it should not surprise us that love becomes the foundation for all that God does. Creation, salvation of the human race, the great commandments, et al are undergirded by love. And as Christians, we are invited into that circle.
Stuff; My Stuff; The STUFF
Everyone has their "stuff." We are blessed to live in a country where stuff is easily acquired, and God blesses us with abilities to prosper and buy things. But we must take extreme care that our stuff does not become our security, that we do not forget God, and that we do not trade our souls for something which is eternally worthless.
When Israel's long-awaited King finally arrived, He was not what many expected. His humble beginnings gave a sure preview of both the King Himself and His kingdom. From His birth in tiny Bethlehem and His being laid in a feeding trough to the wonder of lowly shepherds, everything pointed to something different.
Finally, a church that gives us the truth. Plenty of scripture references and encouragement to read along in YOUR BIBLES!!! I'll keep coming back to this one.