God’s Point of View

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By David Watson

Benchley, November 19, 2017

  • I Peter 3:12
  • Anthropomorphisms
    • “eyes”
    • “ears”
    • “arms”
    • “finger”
    • “remember”
    • “relent”
    • “laugh”
    • “scoff”
    • “walk”
    • “angry”
    • “jealous”
  • God sees and cares about human suffering.
    • Exodus 3:9; Judges 2:18; Revelation 6:10
  • God is grieved when we sin.
    • Genesis 6:5-7
    • Ephesians 4:26-31
    • Hosea 11:1-8; 3:1
    • I Samuel 8:7
    • Judges 10:16
    • Psalms 78:40
    • Isaiah 7:13; 43:24; 63:10
    • Mark 3:5
    • Luke 16:15
    • Hebrews 10:28-29
    • We should use the grief of God as motivation not to sin!
  • God rejoices in our righteousness
    • Job 1:8; 2:3; 42:7
    • Luke 15:7, 10
    • I Peter 3:4
    • II Peter 3:9, 14
    • Matthew 18:14
    • Ezekiel 33:11
    • We ought to look for ways to make God happy!

Psalms, Part 14

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How to Use Your Bible, Part 4

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By David Watson

Benchley, November 15, 2017

  • Jeremiah 36:20-24
  • Digital Bibles
  • Inspiration and translation
    • Inspiration is verbal and plenary.
    • Verbal: God inspired the words themselves, taking into account the personality of the writer.
    • Plenary: The Bible is fully Every part of it is inspired.
      • II Samuel 23:2
      • Matthew 10:17-20
      • I Corinthians 2:10-13
      • I Thessalonians 2:13
      • II Timothy 3:14-17
      • I Peter 1:10-12
      • II Peter 1:20-21
      • Acts 2:39 – Peter didn’t fully understand the phrase “far off” here to mean Gentiles, even though he spoke the words. He wouldn’t totally understand this until Acts 10.
    • The Holy Spirit did His work with a personal touch.
    • There is a connection between inspiration and translation.
    • Specific wording is important in two places – inspiration and translation.

Why Sing?

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, November 12, 2017

  • The first song in the Bible – Exodus 15:1-21
    • Sang to praise and magnify God
    • For their redemption from Egypt
  • The song in Judges 5
    • Sang to praise God
    • For their redemption from the Canaanites
  • The song in II Samuel 2
    • Sang to praise God
    • For his redemption from his enemies
  • Romans 15:9-12
    • Sing to praise God
    • For redemption provided in Christ Jesus
  • Ephesians 5:18-20
    • Sing to praise God
    • For redemption in Christ Jesus
  • Colossians 3:15-16
    • Sing to praise God
    • For redemption in Christ Jesus
    • To teach and admonish one another
  • James 5:13
    • Sing to praise God
    • For redemption in Christ Jesus
  • I Chronicles 16:23-25; Psalms 13:6

Stop and Pop the Bubble Wrap

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By Scott L. Lasater

Benchley, November 12, 2017

  • Dim eyes
  • Open eyes
    • Psalms 119:18; Acts 26:18
  • Contentment
    • Matthew 11:28-30
    • Philippians 4:11
    • Luke 3:10-14
    • I Timothy 6:6-8
    • Hebrews 13:5
  • Pay attention
    • Genesis 2:15
    • Job 12:7-10
    • Psalms 19:1
    • Romans 1:19-20
    • Psalms 145:5
    • Acts 14:17
    • Psalms 8:3-9
    • Psalms 147:8-11
  • Morning glory
    • Psalms 19:7-10
  • Coffee shipment
    • Matthew 11:15-17
  • Children
    • Matthew 18:2-6
    • Mark 10:13-16
    • Matthew 21:12-16
  • Be thankful
    • I Thessalonians 5:16-18
  • Be positive
    • Philippians 4:12-13
    • Romans 8:28
  • Enjoy life
    • James 1:17
    • I Timothy 6:17-19
  • Do not be anxious
    • Matthew 6:25-27

Psalms, Part 13

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, November 12, 2017

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  • Psalms 77-97

How to Use Your Bible, Part 3

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By David Watson

Benchley, November 8, 2017

  • Bible formats
    • Jeremiah 36:2
    • Arrangement of text
      • Verse-by-verse versus paragraph form
      • Journaling or wide-margin Bibles
      • Daily reading Bibles
      • Chronological Bibles
      • Parallel Bibles
      • Interlinear Bibles
    • Extra material added
      • Reference Bibles
      • Study Bibles
      • Devotional Bibles
      • Children’s Bibles
    • Features
      • Red letter
      • Large print
      • Different cover materials
      • Marginal notes

Being Honest About Evolution

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By David Watson

Benchley, November 5, 2017

  • Psalms 33:1-9
  • Charles Darwin
    • HMS Beagle
    • The death of his daughter Annie Darwin impacted him very strongly.
    • The Origin of Species, 1859
  • We need to be honest about the universe.
    • Romans 1:18-23
    • There are boundaries to science. Science will never be able to find an invisible God.
    • Evolutionists have a “prior commitment” to naturalism.
    • I Kings 18:26-29 – No one answered because Baal does not exist! The Baal worshipers were completely devoted to a god for which they had seen no evidence of existence.
  • We need to be honest about the Bible.
    • Prophecies of Cyrus:
      • Isaiah 13:17-19; 44:28-45:3
    • Prophecies of Jesus:
      • Isaiah 53:7 à Matthew 27:12
      • Isaiah 53:9 à Matthew 27:57
    • Nostradamus (1500s AD)
    • Jeane Dixon (1900s AD)
    • II Peter 1:19-21
  • We need to be honest about ourselves.
    • Statistically, geography is a great predictor of beliefs.
    • Why do you believe what you believe?
    • John 4:28-42
    • Matthew 27:18 – They handed Jesus over because of envy.
    • We have to try to fight our own biases and be honest with ourselves.
    • John 20:24-31

What Would Jesus Say?

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By Robert Bond

Benchley, November 5, 2017

  • Introduction
    • Jesus knew the hearts of men.
    • John 6:64
    • Luke 6:8
    • John 4:29
    • Matthew 12:30
  • What would Jesus say to us if we had a chance encounter with Him?
    • Hypocrisy
      • John 1:47 – Nathanael had no guile – no hypocrisy.
      • Matthew 23:5-6 – The hypocrisy of the Pharisees.
    • Bringing others to Jesus
      • Matthew 4:19 – Apostles would be fishers of men.
      • Matthew 23:13 – Religious leaders were shutting up the kingdom of heaven!
    • Worries and cares
      • Luke 10:38-42 – Mary chose the good part.
      • Luke 10:41 – Martha was worried about many things.
    • Motives
      • Mark 14:6-8 – The woman did a good work – she did what she could to honor Jesus.
      • Matthew 12:34 – These people had evil hearts and wrong motives.
    • Faith
      • Matthew 15:21-28; 8:10 – Jesus compliments great faith.
      • John 8:46; 10:25 – Jesus rebukes people for lack of faith.
    • Being children of Abraham
      • Luke 19:10 – Salvation came to the house of Zaccheus. Jesus called him a son of Abraham.
      • Mark 7:9 – Jesus rebukes them for following their traditions instead of God’s commandments.
  • One thing Jesus would say to everyone:
    • Matthew 11:28 – “Come unto men … I will give you rest.”
    • Matthew 19:16

How to Use Your Bible, Part 2

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By David Watson

Benchley, November 1, 2017

  • Developing an attitude for Bible study, continued:
    • Bad attitudes and habits that get in the way, continued:
      • We oversimplify (Mark 4:10-12; Luke 20:37; Acts 17:11)
      • We overcomplicate (I Timothy 6:3-5; II Timothy 2:14, 23)
        • Matthew 13:23
      • We think, “I’m finished. I have a perfect understanding of the Bible.”
      • Online tip: “20 Ways Cults Twist the Bible” – https://goo.gl/kHPmoF
        • Ezekiel 37:15-17 – Mormons use this passage to say the two sticks are the Bible and the Book of Mormon. From the context we can tell this passage is referring to Jews and Gentiles – not the Bible and Book of Mormon.
        • Daniel 4 – This passage is incorrectly reinterpreted by Jehovah’s Witnesses.
    • Good attitudes that foster spiritual growth
      • Sincere dedication (II Kings 22:8-23:3)
      • Desire to study, practice, and teach (Ezra 7:10).
      • Individual responsibility (Acts 17:11).
      • Action (James 1:21-27).