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Showing posts from May 15, 2011

The Sunday School Lesson

This week’s treatment of the International Sunday School Lesson (for May 15) is written by Phil Roberts who serves with Hill-N-Dale Christian Church in Lexington, Kentucky. ____________ Thankful Worship (Revelation 7:9-17)By Phil RobertsConsider these two questions:1. What is the richest worship you’ve ever experienced? Maybe it still brings tears to your eyes—that worship service where it seemed praise just flowed from you, where you experienced the majesty of God the Father. 2. What is the most difficult time of trial through which the Lord has brought you? Maybe it still brings tears to your eyes—that time it seemed there was little hope, and your only possible chance to overcome was to cling to the mercy and grace of God. In this week’s lesson. John’s vision of a heavenly worship experience reveals the answers to these two seemingly unrelated questions that may, in fact, be eternally intertwined. Questions for discussion: How does the Lord’s deliverance in your life affect y…

This Week with the Word

Thankful worship Sam E. Stone The Uniform Lesson for May 15 The apostle John’s vision of things to come continues, moving through the opening of six out of seven seals. As each seal is opened, new pictures of judgment are shown. An interlude occurs between the opening of the sixth and seventh seals (Revelation 7:1-17). Selected verses from this section are the focus of our study today. We see Christians join in thankful worship while the judgments of these seals take place. The first readers of John’s prophecy found here the comfort and reassurance they needed to face a hostile government and an ungodly world. Revelation 7, verses 1-3 shows the angels protecting God’s people even as they prepare to bring his judgment on the earth. The Saved/Revelation 7:9-10 In verses 4-8 (not in our printed text), John learns the number of those sealed—"144,000 from all the tribes of Israel." This is obviously a symbolic number indicating perfection (12 X 12 X 1,000). Some interpret thi…

Sunday Christian Lectionary Service

SUNDAY, MAY 15, 2011 | EASTER FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER Old Testament Ezekiel 34:11–16 Psalm Psalm 23 New Testament 1 Peter 2:21–25 Gospel John 10:11–16 Christian Worship One Year Lectionary (Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 2009).