By David Watson

Benchley, February 17, 2019

  • “Re-educate” with ungodliness
    • Daniel 1:3-7; 4:8 – The four young men were given Babylonian names related to Babylonian gods.
    • Romans 1:26-27
    • Daniel 1:8-16 – Daniel drew the line and made a firm decision to obey God.
    • II Timothy 3:10-15
  • Outlaw service to God
    • Daniel 6:10-11 – Daniel did not abandon his service to God.
    • Mark 8:34-38 – Serving God is more important than preserving our physical well-being.
    • II Peter 2:9 – The Lord knows how to save the righteous and punish the wicked. It may not happen on earth, but God will make it right in the end.
    • Revelation 6:9-11
  • Pressure to violate conscience
    • Daniel 3:1-18 – Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego are threatened with being thrown into the furnace, but resist.
    • Matthew 10:28
    • I Timothy 1:3-11, 17-20 – People must be educated the right way.
    • Christians are already being marginalized. What’s next? These stories should encourage us.

Life’s Not Fair

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By David Watson

Benchley, March 11, 2018

  • Psalms 73:1-15
  • God remembers every good deed.
    • Ecclesiastes 1:2-5 – Life “under the sun” is vain and repetitive.
    • Ecclesiastes 9:11-16
    • Nehemiah 5:19
    • Nehemiah 13:14, 22 – Nehemiah asked God to remember him for his good deeds.
    • Nehemiah 13:23-31 – Nehemiah had to break up mixed marriages.
    • Hebrews 6:9
  • Treasure is in Heaven.
    • Daniel 3:13-18 – Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego
    • Matthew 19:21 – We should be willing to trade earthly things and earthly fairness for spiritual wealth.
    • Matthew 12:41-44
    • Matthew 25:15 – The amounts were different, but the rewards were the same.
    • II Corinthians 8:12
  • Eternity is worth it.
    • II Corinthians 11:23-33; 12:7 – Paul’s life wasn’t fair!
    • II Corinthians 13:4
    • Romans 8:18
  • Psalms 73:16-17

Let No One Despise Your Youth

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By Danny Lackey

Benchley, March 5, 2017

  • Introduction
    • Who is useful to God when it comes to faithful service? I Timothy 4:12-16
  • God has used young people to accomplish great things
    • Joseph – Genesis 45:3-8
    • Samuel – I Samuel 3:1-4; 19-21
    • David – I Samuel 17:33, 34-38
    • Solomon
    • Josiah
    • Jeremiah – Jeremiah 1:4-10
    • Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego – Daniel 1:1-5; 3
    • Mary – Luke 1:30-38
    • Timothy – Acts 16:1-5
  • The kind of young people God can use
    • Willing to flee immorality – II Timothy 2:22; I Corinthians 6:18-20
    • Willing to trust in God – I Samuel 17:37
    • Willing to seek first things first – I Kings 3:5-9; Matthew 6:31-34
    • Willing to seek the Lord with tender hearts and with humility – II Chronicles 34:27
    • Willing to boldly do God’s will
    • Willing to be true to their convictions
    • Willing to humbly submit to God’s will – Luke 1:38
    • Willing to be an example to others – I Timothy 4:12, 16
  • Our responsibility to the young
    • Receive them – Matthew 18:5
    • Not place stumbling blocks in their way – Matthew 18:5-6; 18:14
    • Encourage them – I Corinthians 16:10
    • Not despise them – I Corinthians 16:11
  • Conclusion
    • We all need to be active in the Lord’s work.
    • We all need encouragement in that work.
    • We all need to be examples to others.
    • God can use all of us to do mighty things.

Religious Persecution

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By Scott L. Lasater

Benchley, December 18, 2016

  • Daniel 3:1, 4-6, 17-19, 26-29
    • God saves Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego from the furnace.
  • Daniel 6:4-7, 14-22
    • God saves Daniel in the lions’ den.
  • Old Testament
    • Psalms 23:4
    • Proverbs 29:7
    • Amos 5:10
    • Habakkuk 1:13
    • Psalms 119:157
    • Jeremiah 15:10
    • Psalms 119:61
    • Jeremiah 20:7
    • Proverbs 29:10
    • Psalms 119:10
  • New Testament
    • I Timothy 3:12
    • John 15:18
    • Matthew 5:44
    • I Peter 4:12-14
    • I Peter 3:17
    • I Peter 3:14
  • 2016/2017
    • Religious persecution coming to America?
    • The new tolerance
  • We must learn to appreciate what we have that allows us to worship God as easily as we do.

By Kevin Scott

Benchley, September 29, 2013

 

  • A little background/reminder
    • First learn of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego along with Daniel
      • Taken to Babylon when Nebuchadnezzar raided Jerusalem.
    • Stood with Daniel
    • Daniel (as an agent of God) interpreted Nebuchadnezzar’s dream.
    • Nebuchadnezzar set up a huge gold statue, etc.
  • They had religious conviction (Daniel 3:15-18)
  • What about your religion?
    • Is it a religion of conviction or convenience?
  • How Spiritual Are We?” PARADE magazine, October 4, 2009
  • It’s easy to claim to be religious, but it’s hard to actually be religious.
    • James 1:22-25
    • Let’s look at a few practical things that may demonstrate our conviction to serving God:
      • Our language (Titus 2:7-8)
        • This includes euphemisms – don’t rationalize to be like the world.
        • Exodus 20:7 – Don’t take the Lord’s name in vain.
        • Revelation 4:11
        • Psalms 19:14
        • Romans 1:21
      • Our attendance (Hebrews 10:23-25)
        • First day of the week (Acts 20:7)
        • At every opportunity to edify, encourage, and learn – we should be there – it speaks to our conviction.
      • Our study habits and teaching
        • John 14:15 – We need to know the commandments of the Lord.
        • II Timothy 2:15 – The Lord expects us to be diligent to study His word.
        • II Timothy 2:2
      • Help others
        • James 1:27
        • James 2:15-16
        • It takes personal involvement – not just money and/or well-wishes.
      • Live every day as if it were our last.
        • James 4:13-15
  • Do you agree with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego?
  • Do you have deep, constant conviction in God?