Meal # 208 – The Good Samaritan

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Hi neighbor! ๐Ÿ˜€

Please feel free to share any of your feelings, thoughts, and questions from this Bible reading in the comments section.

Memory Verse:

Matthew 5:7-8 โ€“ “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”

The Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37)

Luke 10

25 And behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested Him, saying, โ€œTeacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?โ€
26 He said to him, โ€œWhat is written in the law? What is your reading of it?โ€
27 So he answered and said, โ€œ โ€˜You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,โ€™ and โ€˜your neighbor as yourself.โ€™โ€
28 And He said to him, โ€œYou have answered rightly; do this and you will live.โ€
29 But he, wanting to justify himself, said to Jesus, โ€œAnd who is my neighbor?โ€
30 Then Jesus answered and said: โ€œA certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. 31 Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 32 Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, 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. 34 So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 35 On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, โ€˜Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.โ€™ 36 So which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?โ€
37 And he said, โ€œHe who showed mercy on him.โ€
Then Jesus said to him, โ€œGo and do likewise.โ€

Videos

The Good Samaritan
(note: We did not use the memory verse in this video for today’s lesson at CMC)

Lean on Me – Kirk Franklin

Link to Handout: http://www.scribd.com/doc/217058/The-Good-Samaritan

May God richly bless you, my neighbor! ๐Ÿ˜€

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July 29, 2007 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

Meal #207 – Jesus Raises Lazarus

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Handout: http://www.scribd.com/doc/206395/Jesus-Raises-Lazarus

Hi neighbor! ๐Ÿ˜€

You may click on the play button above to hear the audio recording of the lesson for today. For some reason, after you play the first time, it suddenly jumps to a later part. Just click and drag the recording back to “00:00:00” at the beginning and it will start over again. (If it does not work, please just ignore it. Thanks! :D)

Here are some definitions and words to know before we begin. Compassion is a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering. A miracle is a sign which points to God, one that is a supernatural event which breaks out of the natural order of events. Resurrection means raising from the dead to life.

Lesson #207 – Jesus Raises Lazarus

The Death of Lazarus (verses 1-16)

The name of Lazarus means “helped by God.” Lazarus was the brother of Mary and Martha. When Lazarus became very sick, the sisters sent news to Jesus telling Jesus that His good friend Lazarus was sick to the point of dying. Interestingly, Jesus delayed traveling to see Lazarus who was dying. This was not because Jesus did not care for Lazarus, but rather, Jesus acted according to God’s plans, not human plans. God delayed for a reason so that others who would come could witness a miracle from Lazarus’ death, and as a result would believe in God. When Jesus told the disciples that Lazarus was sleeping, Jesus actually meant that Lazarus was physically dead, but he would be dead only temporarily. The 12 Disciples misunderstood Jesus, so Jesus told them clearly that Lazarus was dead. But, it was a good thing because God’s power would be demonstrated through Lazarus’ death.

I Am the Resurrection and the Life (verses 17-27)

Belief in Jesus means that we will have life even if we die. Everybody must face the sure possibility of death, and where we go afterwards will depend on where we place our faith while we are still alive. Jesus asked Martha, “Do you believe this?” Jesus always demands “yes” or “no” answer. “Maybe” will not be accepted. If you choose to believe in Jesus, you have the hope for eternal life. However, if you don’t believe in Jesus, there is no hope for eternal life.

Jesus and Death, the Last Enemy (verses 28-37)

Here we come across the shortest verse in the Bible. John 11:35 – “Jesus wept.” Some people speculate that Jesus wept because He was sad that Lazarus was dead. But upon reading the Bible, that could not have been any further from the truth. Jesus wept because he felt compassion for those who were weeping. He shares our tears and our griefs, and bears our burden for us.

To some people, death is the greatest enemy. Some people fear it, dread it, fight against it, yet the truth is we do not need to do any of those things. Jesus has power over death, meaning that God can raise people from the dead. God is in control, not death. We no longer have to fear death if we believe in Jesus, because God is greater than death.

Lazarus Raised from the Dead (verses 38-44)

Four days have already passed since Lazarus has been dead. Jesus has raised several people from the dead in the past, but none of them had already been dead for four days. Jesus prayed to thank God the Father for the opportunity to display God’s glory to the people, so that they may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God. Jesus then ordered Lazarus to come out, and sure enough he did. Lazarus could not free himself, so Jesus ordered to “Loose him, and let him go.”

Application

Jesus has come to free us from our tombs of sin and death. Jesus sets us free and unbinds us from our sins. He frees our stony hearts from the grip of sin and releases to new life in God just as Lazarus was set free from his grave clothes. Therefore, all who believe in Jesus as the Christ, the Son of God, receive through Him the gift of eternal life.

May God richly bless you, my neighbor! ๐Ÿ˜€

Source for information: http://rotation.infopop.cc/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/4911036351/m/4551036351

Source for picture: http://children.calvarychapel.com/site/pdf/New/Curr207.pdf

July 22, 2007 at 10:10 pm Leave a comment

Have a Blessed Independence Day!

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I truly am thankful to God for the freedom that America represents. But who is truly free?

John 8:31-32 – 31 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, โ€œIf you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. 32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.โ€

So, wherever you are in the world, if you abide in Jesus’ word, you can be free as well! May you seek the truth and abide in God’s word so that you also can experience the freedom that God intended for all of us to have. May the Spirit of God and the liberty he brings be with you on this special day of American history. ๐Ÿ˜€

Note: This post was edited after I read savedsoul’s comment and realized that I left out a pretty important point. I replaced the previous Bible verse I used [2 Corinthians 3:17] with the verse now seen in this post. ๐Ÿ™‚

July 4, 2007 at 6:01 pm 2 comments

Meal #202 – Who is the Greatest?

Who is the greatest, and what is the true path to greatness? Jesus answered this question very clearly.

Matthew 18:1-5

1 At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, โ€œWho then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?โ€
2 Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them,
3 and said, โ€œAssuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.
4 Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
5 Whoever receives one little child like this in My name receives Me.”

The true path to greatness is the path of humility. He that exalts himself shall be abased. Conversely, as James 4:10 says, “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He shall lift you up.”

Seems kind of counter-intuitive doesn’t it? Yet, it actually makes sense. I realized that my own strength is very limited compared to God’s strength. Without Him, I am completely vulnerable and weak. But by relying on His power, I become strengthened and am able to do the things that I do. So, by giving up my pride and being humble, I allow God’s strength to flow through me and work through me. Thus, I become great because of God’s strength, not my own strength.

Note, the Bible does not say that you must be a little child to go to heaven. You must become as a little child, meaning having the personality like that of a little child. Little children are expected to demonstrate humility towards their parents, teachers, and other figures of authority. In a similar fashion, we should be just as humble in all aspects of our lives, and especially humble in our attitudes towards God. By being humble, we confess we are sinners and ask Jesus for forgiveness of sins. By being humble enough to choose to believe and trust in Jesus Christ, we can enter the kingdom of heaven.

The path to greatness is the path of being a humble servant. Doing a lowly job may seem humiliating or shameful in the eyes of man, but in God’s eyes, such a person with humility is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

June 24, 2007 at 8:30 pm Leave a comment

My Favorite Neighbor, In Memory of Mr. Rogers

The handout with answers can be found here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/104736/My-Favorite-Neighbor

I grew up in America in the late 80’s and early 90’s. During those times, there were many children’s television programs that were really fun to watch. Sesame Street and Barney were imaginative and creative. However, these shows never reached out to me in that I never felt the characters cared about me. Even though Barney seemed to love lots of people, it’s difficult to relate to the love of a giant purple dinosaur.

Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood was a show set apart from any other. Every time Mr. Rogers appeared on the television, I felt like I was visiting a friend’s house. He invited me to spend time with him as his neighbor, and would show me cool things that friends would share with each other. Always friendly, and always encouraging, he told me I was special for just being me, and that he liked me for who I was. I grew up in his neighborhood, and I always felt welcome.

Mr Rogers Neighborhood Opening

I always wondered though, why did he use that word neighbor? Every show began with him singing, “Won’t you be my neighbor? ๐Ÿ™‚ ”

Perhaps this is the reason: Luke 10:27- [Jesus] answered: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’ ; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'”

Mr. Rogers was a Christian. He originally was set to be a minister, but he decided that he wanted to go into television and create a show that would help children feel special. His show delivered a message of grace and love, and children from all across the country watched his program.

Thinking back, I feel that Mr. Rogers truly reflected the love of Jesus Christ. Jesus is God the Son, and He loves us very much, cares for us very much, and loves us just the way we are. Even though we are sinners, Jesus loves us so much that “while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).

Although Jesus loves us the way we are, this does not mean we should continue sinning. Sin separates us from God, and Jesus died for us so that our sins could be forgiven as long as we choose to believe and trust in Him. He died for us so that we could become friends with God as long as we trust in Jesus. Would you like to have a friend who will always be there for you? Mr. Rogers will not always be around to be our neighbor, but Jesus is willing to be with you as long as you choose to believe in Him and ask Him for forgiveness of sins.

I was saddened to hear the news when he passed away in the year of 2003, and I’m sure many children who grew up watching his show feel the same way. Even though he has now passed away, I’ll always feel that he was my lifelong friend.

Tribute to Mr. Rogers

I am thankful to God that there are Christians like Mr. Rogers. He continues to be such an inspiration to me, and I only hope I could be a loving neighbor to people as he was to millions of children across the country. I look forward to seeing you again someday, Mr. Rogers. ๐Ÿ™‚

More Videos

Mr. Rogers’ Goodbye

Mr. Rogers receives the Lifetime Achievement Award

June 17, 2007 at 1:24 am Leave a comment

A slight delay…

Hi there my friend! ๐Ÿ™‚

I will not be able to upload the lesson plan today, as I have actually been very busy studying for finals at university. However, I will be uploading the materials sometime during or after Tuesday. Please look forward to it! Until then, stay safe, and may God richly bless you! ๐Ÿ˜€

June 10, 2007 at 8:48 pm Leave a comment

Meal #201- The Promise of the Holy Spirit

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Have you ever been thirsty? Would you like to drink a water from which you will never thirst again? Wow, even better than Gatorade… it’s the Holy Spirit!!! Note though, that I am not referring to a physical thirst. I am talking about a spiritual thirst, a thirst for God.

Jesus made a special promise about the Holy Spirit, that we can be filled with the Spirit such that we overflow with it and never spiritually thirst again!

Today, we will learn about who the Holy Spirit is, as well as how you may be filled with the Holy Spirit.

Would you like to be filled with God Himself, today? It will most definitely happen if you are willing to believe in Jesus Christ and obey His Word! If you would like to accept Jesus Christ as your personal God and savior, please let us know by email using the Contact Us button at the top of the website.

Jesus loves you very much. May God richly bless you my friend! D

June 3, 2007 at 12:40 am 3 comments

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