Activities for Isaiah 42:1-9 — April 5, 2020

For the Uniform Lesson Series, Activities are in preparation and will be posted below as they are ready:

Crossword Puzzle for Isaiah 42:1-9


True and False Test for Isaiah 42:1-9


Word Search for Isaiah 42:1-9

These are changing times that require one day at a time and one week at a time preparations. Rejoice in the Lord always and pray without ceasing.

John 7:14-24 Commentary & Lesson — April 5, 2020

During a time of shelter in place or quarantine because of Covid-19, the KJV, NASB, NIV, and NRSV Commentaries, the International Bible Lesson, “The Law and the Will of God,” and the Activities (Crossword Puzzle, True and False Test, and Word Search) and other study resources are ready for you now at the International Bible Study Commentary website. Still in preparation are the Application, the Audio Commentary and Praying Through John 7:14-24.

Covid-19 and Encouraging Words to Remember

From John 1:12-14, “But to all who received him (Jesus), who believed in his (Jesus) name, he (Jesus)  gave power to become children of God, who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God.  And the Word (Jesus) became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his (Jesus) glory the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”

From John 4:41-42, “And many more believed because of his word. They said to the woman, ‘It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is truly the Savior of the world.’”

From John 14:1-3, Jesus said, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also.”

Please share some of your favorite and helpful “Words to Remember” from the Bible in the Comments. Please tell us where you are from and what church you attend (if you would like to). For your privacy, I will only post first names. If you prefer, I will post your verses or the verses of your class for you, please send them directly to lgp@theiblf.com. It will be very helpful if you send me or post the entire verse or verses and not just the references. Thank you and God bless you!

New International Bible Lessons on the Forum

With the many changes taking place around the world and here at home, beginning April 5, God-willing, I will write an International Bible Lesson each week on the Gospel of John and publish it on the International Bible Lesson Forum. I plan to temporarily discontinue the Bible Commentary and only do the International Bible Lessons on the Gospel of John. Then, after this epidemic has passed, God-willing, I will resume the International Bible Study Commentary on the Gospel of John.

Inspired by our study of Jesus’ words in John 6:63, “It is the spirit that gives life; the flesh is useless. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life.” I am now providing regular short devotional readings almost daily, God-willing, on the Words of Jesus which I hope will be devotional in nature and encouraging. To learn more about John 6:63, read Words of Spirit and Life — John 6:63. Jesus’ words really are spirit and life, and especially during these days of uncertainty they will encourage us.

The short devotionals on Jesus’ words beginning with Jesus’ first words in the Gospel of Matthew can be read at Words of the Master: The Words of Jesus Christ, Master, Lord, Savior, Son of God, and Friend. So far, I only have one devotional written, but I am working on the second one. You can learn more ABOUT  Words of the Master by clicking this link. If I had not begun the study of the Gospel of John, I am not sure I would have ever realized as much as I do now the importance of every word of Jesus.

Until churches, Sunday schools, and mid-week Bible studies can resume safely, I will discontinue the Bible Commentary and other new resources. By doing so, some of you who began your study of the Gospel of John a few weeks ago can catch up, others in closed churches or who are sick or who are caring for others will not get behind, still others can review some of the older International Bible Study Commentaries and Lessons on the Gospel of John. When life is back to near normal, I will resume the Bible Commentary and other resources, God-willing.

In these changing times, let us pray for one another, for our churches, for our Bible study groups, and for those who need to accept and receive Jesus as He has revealed himself to us in the Bible.

As you think about today and tomorrow, remember these truths from Romans 8:28, 37-39—

We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. . . In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

May God continue to bless your Bible study and teaching and encourage you by His Word and Spirit!

Teaching the Truth in Love for the Love of God’s Word and His people,
L.G.

Words of Spirit and Life — John 6:63

If we have learned anything from the Covid-19 pandemic, it is that Jesus taught the truth and Jesus was right. Trillions of dollars are being spent around the world to save lives by trying to protect the flesh, because “the flesh is useless” (as Jesus said). Though God created us with a marvelous immune system to keep the flesh alive, ultimately, we depend on God for life in this world, and we depend on Jesus for eternal life. In John 6:63, Jesus said, “It is the spirit that gives life; the flesh is useless. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life.”

Christians around the world know or are discovering that Jesus’ words are spirit and life. In some mysterious way, when believers read or study Jesus’ words in the Bible, the Holy Spirit connects with them through the very words of Jesus and gives believers new spiritual life, draws them closer to God, and even gives physical strength that we might not otherwise have.

Furthermore, Jesus came to give eternal life to those who believe in Him. Christians know that when their flesh dies their spirit will go to be with Jesus where He is and where He has prepared a place for all believers. When Jesus encouraged the repentant thief on the cross, Jesus called that place “Paradise.” But that is only the beginning of new life, for when Jesus returns, those who have repented of their sins and have trusted in Jesus for salvation will receive glorified human bodies that will never get sick or die again. This is reality. Those of “this world” desperately need to learn about that reality and trust in the words of Jesus for spirit and life.

For more words of spirit and life, see the new and growing website: Words of the Master – The Words of Jesus Christ, Master, Lord, Savior, Son of God, and Friend .

In the days and weeks ahead, we (whether we are Christians or not) have an opportunity to consider how we spend our time and what is important. If you do not have a Daily Quiet Time with God and read your Bible every day, consider committing yourself to doing so today. As a Christian, if you have a prayerful Bible reading time, with every word you read the Holy Spirit will connect with you and give you spirit and life.

You may find it difficult to persevere in a Daily Quiet Time, and you may miss a few days from time to time, but if you are committed, the Holy Spirit will give you a spiritual nudge or prod you to read the Word. When you think, “I should read my Bible now,” that is most probably a nudge from the Holy Spirit to read your Bible. Because the words of the Bible and especially the words of Jesus are spirit and life, the Holy Spirit will encourage you to pick up your Bible, pray, read, and pray.

If you are a Daily Quiet Time beginner, you might consider using this online calendar (that you can easily print out) to read Thru the New Testament in Thirteen Weeks. During this quarantine disruption, you can develop a daily Quiet Time habit and finish the New Testament within thirteen weeks after the quarantine is over—you will keep learning more about Jesus.

If you are a Daily Quiet Time old timer, you might challenge yourself to read through the whole Bible by using the calendar Thru the Bible in Thirty Weeks. If you really have the time, you can even create your own Bible Study Book by printing out pages to complete after you read each chapter.

What do you think? Share your ideas and make your comments below on the Forum. Do you or someone in your Bible study group have a question? Send your questions to me at lgp@theiblf.com and I will answer them (or try to) here on the IBSF.

Receive our periodic International Bible Study Newsletter by sending me an email request to lgp@theiblf.com.

If you have not yet started to study the Gospel of John, you can join us and begin with the Bible commentary and Bible lesson on John 1:1-14, or you can begin with today’s lesson. Begin your study of the Gospel of John now!! OR Go to the “Contents” page to begin with John 1:1.

May God continue to bless your Bible study and teaching and encourage you by His Word and Spirit!

Teaching the Truth in Love for the Love of God’s Word and His people,
L.G.

Your Christian and Church Responses to Covid-19

A few days ago, I sent the International Bible Study Newsletter to my mailing list asking a question, and I have moved the question and replies to the International Bible Study Forum to help those not on the newsletter mailing list get some excellent and helpful answers.

 “What are you as an individual Christian and/or what are your Church contingency plans in light of the Covid-19 virus pandemic?”

If you reply and share what you are thinking or planning to do, I will send your replies out in the next newsletter as soon as possible to be helpful to the most people who are seeking answers for their church. [Posting on this Forum will now replace this.] If you do not want your name or church name shared, please let me know and I will keep that confidential. Let us pray for one another and for increasing numbers of people to place their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, for His perfect love and presence can cast out fear, conquer death, and bestow eternal life.

Bob was the first to reply to my question, and I believe most of us are in the same boat with him. His very honest reply is below.

After you read what he wrote [and others have written], please share your ideas [in the Comments below]. The pandemic problem and sharing on the forum is one way to come together as Christians from around the world. As we share what is going on in our neighborhoods and churches, we can discover best practices from each other and pray for one another.

From Bob

Your question, “What are you as an individual Christian and/or what are your Church contingency plans in light of the Covid-19 virus pandemic?” is one that my personal family has been discussing for several weeks now.

“As a Christian family we have stepped up our “common sense” personal hygiene habits and are fully trusting what the experts are recommending that people should do.  My family is not in a panic mode, but we are “Prayer-paring” and ensuring that our daily needs will be covered in the event of a shut in.

“As a Church Family I am embarrassed to say that it has been business as usual since the onset of the virus. In our defense I will say that the recent titling as “Pandemic” will most likely instigate serious discussions. The problem from the beginning was that no one wanted to believe it would affect “Our Church” “so let’s not get everyone in a tail spin”, and those of us who wanted to talk about it were told we were over reacting.

“As we move forward I hope to be able to share what protocols we will be following and like you and your readers, I too would love to hear what other churches are planning to do. God has placed smart people in a lot of different places so folks need to start listening.”

What others have been saying in Replies to my newsletter are in the Comments below. Please add your comments, thoughts, and questions to the Comments so we can help one another. If you tell us in your Comments what country or state you live in (I will only post first names) that may help all of us know what is happening elsewhere from a Christian perspective rather than relying only on the news media (that probably will ignore what Christians and Churches are doing at this time).

To Read the Comments or Make a Comment go to Comments

Receive our periodic International Bible Study Newsletter by sending me an email request to lgp@theiblf.com.

May God continue to bless your Bible study and teaching and encourage you by His Word and Spirit!

Begin your study of the Gospel of John now!! OR Go to the “Contents” page to begin with John 1:1. Use for private Bible study, mid-week Bible study and Sunday schools.

Teaching the Truth in Love for the Love of God’s Word and His people,
L.G.

Micah 3:1-3, 9-12 & Micah 6:6-8 — March 22

The March 22, 2020 Uniform Bible Lesson includes parts of two Bible Lessons from July 2015. Archived Bible commentary, Bible lessons, and Activities for Micah 3:1-12 & Micah 6:1-8, will enable you to study the context of this lesson and select Micah 3:1-3, 9-12 & Micah 6:6-8 for your March 22, 2020 study and lesson. You also have extra activities!

Micah 3:1-12
(2015)

English Standard Version

Micah 3:1-12 ESV Commentary

Micah 3:1-12 ESV Commentary (Large Print)

ESV Study Guide for Micah 3:1-12

King James Version

Micah 3:1-12 KJV Commentary

Micah 3:1-12 KJV Commentary (Large Print)

KJV Study Guide for Micah 3:1-12

New American Standard Bible

Micah 3:1-12 NASB Commentary

Micah 3:1-12 NASB Commentary (Large Print)

NASB Study Guide for Micah 3:1-12

New International Version

Micah 3:1-12 NIV Commentary

Micah 3:1-12 NIV Commentary (Large Print)

NIV Study Guide for Micah 3:1-12

New Revised Standard Version

Micah 3:1-12 NRSV Commentary

Micah 3:1-12 NRSV Commentary (Large Print)

NRSV Study Guide for Micah 3:1-12

Audio Edition

Micah 3:1-12 Audio Commentary & Bible Lesson

Teacher Study Hints for Thinking Further

Teacher Study Hints for Micah 3:1-12

Teacher Study Hints for Micah 3:1-12 (Large Print)

Word Search International Bible Lesson Puzzle

Micah 3:1-12

True and False Review Test with Answer Key

Micah 3:1-12

Crossword Puzzle with Answer Key

Micah 3:1-12

International Bible Lesson

“But as for me, I am filled with power,
with the Spirit of the LORD,
and with justice and might,
to declare to Jacob his transgression,
to Israel his sin”
(Micah 3:8—NIV).

The Purposes of Powerful Leaders

The Purposes of Powerful Leaders (Large Print)

The Purposes of Powerful Leaders (Bulletin Size)

Class Preparation Guide for Micah 6:1-8

Micah 6:1-8
(2015)

English Standard Version

Micah 6:1-8 ESV Commentary

Micah 6:1-8 ESV Commentary (Large Print)

ESV Student Study Guide for Micah 6:1-8

King James Version

Micah 6:1-8 KJV Commentary

Micah 6:1-8 KJV Commentary (Large Print)

KJV Student Study Guide for Micah 6:1-8

New American Standard Bible

Micah 6:1-8 NASB Commentary

Micah 6:1-8 NASB Commentary (Large Print)

NASB Student Study Guide for Micah 6:1-8

New International Version

Micah 6:1-8 NIV Commentary

Micah 6:1-8 NIV Commentary (Large Print)

NIV Student Study Guide for Micah 6:1-8

New Revised Standard Version

Micah 6:1-8 NRSV Commentary

Micah 6:1-8 NRSV Commentary (Large Print)

NRSV Student Study Guide for Micah 6:1-8

Audio Edition

Micah 6:1-8 Audio Commentary
&
Bible Lesson

Teacher Study Hints for Thinking Further

Teacher Study Hints for Micah 6:1-8

Teacher Study Hints for Micah 6:1-8 (Large Print)

Word Search International Bible Lesson Puzzle

Micah 6:1-8

True and False Review Test with Answer Key

Micah 6:1-8

Crossword Puzzle with Answer Key

Micah 6:1-8

International Bible Lesson

“He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
And what does the LORD require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God”
(Micah 6:8—NIV).

What God Requires of Everyone

What God Requires of Everyone (Large Print)

What God Requires of Everyone (Bulletin Size) )

Even though the new International Bible Study Commentary is now a verse-by-verse study through the Gospel of John, I will try to answer any of your questions on each week’s Uniform Lesson, if you will send your questions to me at lgp@theiblf.com. I will answer them (or try to) here on the Forum, where you can also make Comments.

Receive our periodic International Bible Study Newsletter by sending me an email request to lgp@theiblf.com.

May God continue to bless your Bible study and teaching and encourage you by His Word and Spirit!

Begin your study of the Gospel of John now!! OR Go to the “Contents” page to begin with John 1:1. Use for private Bible study, mid-week Bible study and Sunday schools.

Teaching the Truth in Love for the Love of God’s Word and His people,
L.G.

Believing the Hard Words of Jesus—John 6:47-59

Many of Jesus’ followers left Him after He spoke some hard words to understand, such as these words in John 6:56— “Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them”

In the forthcoming commentaries and lessons, we will learn more about why Jesus spoke these words when He did and what they meant regarding His death and resurrection, but it is important for us to see why these are also “hard words” for us personally today. Will we believe what these hard words may mean to us? Let me know if you agree or disagree in the Comments below.

First, with these hard words Jesus tells us that we cannot just accept part of Him. To eat His flesh and drink His blood, we must take all of Jesus. If we want to abide (remain) in and with Jesus and have Jesus abide (remain) in and with us, we must believe all that Jesus taught about himself. Today, too many people choose to believe Jesus was a prophet, a miracle worker, or a good teacher, but then they choose not to believe everything else Jesus taught about himself. Then, they may wonder why their relationship with Jesus is not as personal and fulfilling as the relationship with Jesus of those who believe everything Jesus taught about himself. For Jesus to remain or abide with us and us with Him, we need to believe and personally accept Jesus as the Son of God, the Messiah, the Lord and Savior of the world, who gives eternal life to all who believe in Him. We must believe all the Bible teaches about Jesus.

Second, with these hard words Jesus tells us that we cannot just accept part of His teachings and reject other parts. Some people think they can select from Jesus’ teachings what appeals to them and disregard other teachings that do not appeal to them. They agree with some of Jesus’ moral teachings, but they object to the moral teachings that condemn the behaviors they love to practice. Some will promote the teachings that seem to coincide with their political or cultural views and fight against the teachings that contradict their worldview. But for Jesus to abide with us and us with Jesus now and for eternity, we must believe all Jesus taught and not just those teachings that appeal to us and others. John the Baptist, Jesus, and all Jesus’ disciples taught that people must repent (turn from) their sins and place their faith in Jesus to receive eternal life. They did not teach that a believer could continue to practice the sins they enjoy or actively promote the evils of this world. For Jesus to remain or abide with us and us with Him, we need to believe all He taught and do what He commanded. The Bible must be our guide for true Christian living that is pleasing to God.

Third, from carefully reading John 6:56, in the English Standard Version we learn something all believers can easily forget. According to the ESV, in John 6:56, Jesus said, “Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him.” Notice: Jesus did not say something like, “Sometime during your lifetime, you need to eat of my flesh and drink of my blood (the younger the better), and I will abide with you and you with me from that time forward forever.” No! Jesus expects us to feed on His flesh and drink of His blood (at least as described above) every day, just like we eat and drink physical food every day to stay alive physically. Every day, Jesus expects us to spend time with Him as the Bible reveals Him to be and do what He says as the Bible has reported His commands and teachings. Jesus expects us to talk to Him and spend time with Him every day. Then, when we fail, we ask Jesus to forgive us and help us become His good and faithful servants all day and every day—which we can do as Jesus abides in us and we abide in Him.

What do you think? Share your ideas and make your comments below on the Forum. Do you or someone in your Bible study group have a question? Send your questions to me at lgp@theiblf.com and I will answer them (or try to) here on the IBSF.

Receive our periodic International Bible Study Newsletter by sending me an email request to lgp@theiblf.com.

If you have not yet started to study the Gospel of John, you can join us and begin with the Bible commentary and Bible lesson on John 1:1-14, or you can begin with today’s lesson. Begin your study of the Gospel of John now!! OR Go to the “Contents” page to begin with John 1:1.

May God continue to bless your Bible study and teaching and encourage you by His Word and Spirit!

Teaching the Truth in Love for the Love of God’s Word and His people,
L.G.

Habakkuk 2:6-14 Activities—March 15

Now available for Habakkuk 2:6-14. Archived commentary, Bible lessons, and activities will soon be available here for Micah 3:1-12 & Micah 6:1-8, from which you will be able to select Micah 3:1-3, 9-12 & Micah 6:6-8 for March 22, 2020.

GO TO: CROSSWORD PUZZLES, TRUE AND FALSE TESTS, AND WORD SEARCH PUZZLES

Even though the new International Bible Study Commentary is now a verse-by-verse study through the Gospel of John, I will try to answer any of your questions on each week’s Uniform Lesson, if you will send your questions to me at lgp@theiblf.com. I will answer them (or try to) here on the Forum, where you can also make Comments.

Receive our periodic International Bible Study Newsletter by sending me an email request to lgp@theiblf.com.

May God continue to bless your Bible study and teaching and encourage you by His Word and Spirit!

Begin your study of the Gospel of John now!! OR Go to the “Contents” page to begin with John 1:1. Use for private Bible study, mid-week Bible study and Sunday schools.

Teaching the Truth in Love for the Love of God’s Word and His people,
L.G.