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The KJV Standard Lesson Commentary - Sunday School Lesson

NICODEMUS LEARNS OF NEW BIRTH DEVOTIONAL READING: Matthew 5:13–16 BACKGROUND SCRIPTURE: John 3:1–25; Numbers 21:4–9KEY VERSE God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.—John 3:16 LESSON OUTLINEIntroduction A. Night Visitors B. Lesson Background I. Believers and Unbelievers (JOHN 3:11–17) A. Regarding the Witness (vv. 11–13) B. Regarding the Cross (vv. 14, 15) No More Fear C. Regarding the Son (vv. 16, 17) II. Doers and Haters (JOHN 3:18–21) A. Truth About Darkness (vv. 18–20) Dabbling in Darkness B. Truth About Light (v. 21) Conclusion A. What Is “Eternal Life”? B. Prayer C. Thought to Remember The KJV Standard Lesson Commentary, 2011-2012, ed. Ronald L. Nickelson and Jonathan Underwood (Cincinnati, OH: Standard Publishing, 2011). 258. T…

Christian Worship One Year Lectionary

SUNDAY, MARCH 25, 2012 | LENT FIFTH SUNDAY IN LENT Old Testament Exodus 3:1–15 Psalm Psalm 45 New Testament Hebrews 9:11–15 Gospel John 8:46–59 Christian Worship One Year Lectionary (Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 2009).

Fresh Start Devotionals

Happiness In Matthew 5, Jesus begins a sentence with the same words, “Blessed are …” eight different times. What does it mean to be blessed? It is a religious sounding word, isn’t it? It is pregnant with virtue—a stained glass sort of a word. The truth is, the Greek word simply means happy. In English, blessed is a word of much higher rank than happy, but that doesn’t seem to be the intent here. This word simply means happy. In other Greek literature, the same word is largely used to denote “outward prosperity.” For some reason, I struggle to translate the word the way I know it is supposed to be translated. It seems almost sacrilegious to use the word happy instead of blessed, doesn’t it? Actually, I checked the modern translations and paraphrases I have and only the Living Bible uses the word happy, and it doesn’t do it all the time, some of the times it uses the word “fortunate.” Why do you think we have a hard time using the common, earthy word “happy” here? Perhaps it is because…

Amazing Grace : 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions

March 25 WHEN HE COMETH William O. Cushing, 1823–1902 When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory. (Colossians 3:4) The scriptural promise of Christ’s second coming is always a thrilling truth for believers to ponder. Beyond that, the thought of the Savior creating a jeweled crown from little children who love Him is a fascinating pictorial concept. William Orcutt Cushing conceived the idea for his “Jewel Song” text from the promise in Malachi 3:17: “And they shall be mine, saith the Lord of Hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels.” Pastor Cushing wrote the text for the children in his own Sunday school in 1856. Several years later, William Cushing suffered a period of deep despair in his life. After the death of his wife, he developed a creeping paralysis and the loss of his speech at the age of 47. He was forced to retire from the ministry after 27 years as an active and successful pastor in Disciples of Christ churches. When he pleade…