God’s Love Offers Hope — Jonah 3 — May 30, 2021

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Jonah 3:1-10

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Jonah 3:1-10

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Jonah 3:1-10

International Bible Lesson

“When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways,
he relented and did not bring on them the destruction he had threatened”

(Jonah 3:10).

Warnings of Destruction Offer Hope

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Jonah 3:1-10

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Praying Through Jonah 3:1-10

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Preaching to Exiles in Babylon — Ezekiel 18

Ezekiel 18:1-13, 31-32

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Ezekiel 18:1-13, 31-323

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Ezekiel 18:1-13, 31-32
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International Bible Lesson

“Rid yourselves of all the offenses you have committed,
and get a new heart and a new spirit.
Why will you die, people of Israel?”

(Ezekiel 18:31—NIV).

Why Will You Die?

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Love Lasts Forever — John 15:4-17 for November 8, 2020

The International Uniform Lesson Series Commentary and Activities
From the International Bible Study Commentary and Lesson Archives
on John 15:1-17
Links to ALL November Lessons are below

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INTERNATIONAL BIBLE LESSON

You did not choose me,
but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit
—fruit that will last—
and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you

John 15:16).

God’s Many Gifts to His Children

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Praying Through John 15:1-17

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International Bible Lesson Commentary
1 John 3:11-24 Archive

for November 15, 2020

International Bible Lesson Commentary
Acts 4:32-5:11 Archive

for November 22, 2020
(Scroll to Acts 4:32-5:11 )

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James 2:1-13 Archive

for November 29, 2020
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Love Never Fails — 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 for October 25, 2020

The International Uniform Lesson Series
Commentary and Activities

From the International Bible Study Commentary and Lesson Archives on 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 from 2015.

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Teacher Study Hints for 1 Corinthians 13

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1 Corinthians 13

True and False Review Test with Answer Key

1 Corinthians 13

Crossword Puzzle with Answer Key

1 Corinthians 13

International Bible Lesson

“When I was a child, I spoke like a child,
I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child;
when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways”
(1 Corinthians 13:11—NRSV).

The Holy Spirit Brings Spiritual Maturity

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The next set of Archives that I will have available for you are the Archives for John 15:4-17, for November 8, 2020. My Archives will include John 15:1-17 from 2017. I do not have Archives for November 1, 2020 on John 13:1–15, 34–35.

Love for God and Neighbor — Luke 10:25–37 for October 18, 2020

The International Uniform Lesson Series Commentary and Activities

From the International Bible Study Commentary and Lesson Archives on Luke 10:25–37 from 2015. When archived lessons are available, they will be posted here on the Forum. Some newer lessons are not archived or available.

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Teacher Study Hints for Luke 10:25–37

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Luke 10:25–37.

True and False Review Test with Answer Key

Luke 10:25–37

Crossword Puzzle with Answer Key

Luke 10:25–37

International Bible Lesson

“The lawyer said, ‘The one who showed him mercy.’
Jesus said to him, ‘Go and do likewise’”

(Luke 10:37—NRSV).

Love Sees Opportunities to Serve

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Love Never Fails — 1 Corinthians 13:1-13
for October 25, 2020  will be available here on the Forum on October 18, 2020
— available from the Archives.

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God’s Many Gifts to His Children — John 12:1-11

There they gave a dinner for Jesus. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at the table with him (John 12:2—NRSV).

God gives many different gifts to His children. God gave Martha a gift of hospitality. Martha served dinners for Jesus, His disciples, and all who came to hear Jesus teach. She helped people concentrate on Jesus’ teaching and made it possible for Jesus to teach the truths that His Father sent Him to proclaim. God gave Mary a gift of teaching. Mary sat and listened when Jesus taught. She absorbed as much truth as she could whenever given the opportunity. Before and after Lazarus died, she must have shared with her family and those who came to grieve with her the faith she had in Jesus based on the truths He taught and the love He showed. We can believe this when we consider how everyone who came to grieve with Mary said that if Jesus had been there, He could have healed Lazarus. After Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, Mary’s previous teaching made it easier for people to believe in Jesus as the Messiah. God gave Lazarus a gift of witnessing. We do not have any recorded words of Lazarus, but after Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, he used his gift to prove that Jesus has the power to give eternal life. Lazarus’ testimony about Jesus was so effective that the chief priests planned to kill both Lazarus and Jesus, since on account of Lazarus many were believing in Jesus. No wonder Jesus loved this faithful family! God’s children do not need to compare or complain about God’s gifts to them and others; rather, they need to seek God’s help to use His gifts as He intends.

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1. Why do you think Mary felt motivated to anoint Jesus’ feet?

2. What reason did Jesus give to explain why Mary anointed His feet?

3. Who complained about Mary’s actions? What reason did he give for complaining about her good deed?

4. What did John say about the one who complained?

5. Why did the chief priests plan to put Lazarus to death?

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The Road to Spiritual Maturity — Genesis 45:5

“[Joseph told his brothers], ‘And now do not be distressed, or angry with yourselves, because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life’” (Genesis 45:5).

Many believers aspire to the spiritual maturity of Joseph, who treated his brothers with extraordinary goodness despite their sins against him. Deeply wronged by them when they kidnapped him and sold him into slavery, he expressed no desire to punish them, but forgave them and comforted their guilty conscience. He held no resentment against them, and he did not want them to feel angry with themselves for the great injustice they had inflicted on him. Joseph chose to disregard the wrongs of others, because he wanted everyone to be at peace with God, others, and within themselves.

Joseph chose to emphasize and explain some of the ways that God uses to help people. To preserve life, God had sent Joseph to Egypt through the slave trade. God prepared him through imprisonment to ascend to the second highest place of authority in Egypt. Joseph understood that God had blessed him, not so he could selfishly enjoy the riches of Egypt, but so he could save the lives of many during seven years of famine. God used the evil deeds of Joseph’s brothers to get Joseph to Egypt before them so God could save from starvation the Egyptians and all who would go to Egypt; therefore, Joseph chose to focus on the good intentions and purposes of God, and let God deal with the intentions and actions of others. Similarly, the evil deeds of some religious leaders led to the crucifixion and death of God’s only Son, Jesus Christ, but God planned and used Jesus’ sacrificial death to save those who believe in Him, to forgive all the sins of many believers, and to give all believers in Jesus the gift of eternal life. Only the most spiritually mature can forgive those who have wronged them and look instead for the good that God has brought into every situation so He could meet the needs of many.

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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

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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.

If Solomon was Wise, Why did He Sin? — 1 Kings 8:22-30

The full question was, “From Solomon’s lengthy prayer, we know he was devout and wise; so why did he sin?”

First, What is sin? The Bible teaches that sin is a violation of the law. In 1 John 3:4, we read, “Everyone who commits sin is guilty of lawlessness; sin is lawlessness.” Solomon knew that everyone sins. In 1 Kings 8:46, as part of his prayer he said, “If they sin against you—for there is no one who does not sin.” Despite his devout prayers and wisdom, King Solomon violated the laws of God and sinned, like everyone does. As he grew older, Solomon became increasingly lawless toward God, which was unwise.

Second, Though Solomon was wise, he may have thought he was so wise that he could violate the laws of God without suffering the consequences or the penalty of violating God’s laws. From the life of Solomon, we know that he was so wise that royalty and others from all over the world came to hear whatever he had to teach and answer all their questions. In most people, such adulation could lead to pride. In Proverbs 16:18, perhaps written by Solomon, we read, “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” Solomon grew proud, and his sins led to the destruction of his kingdom after his death when Israel and Judah divided into two kingdoms.

Third, Solomon’s pride, success, and riches probably led him to fall out of love with God and into love with the people and things of this world. In violation of the laws of God and wisdom, Solomon married many foreign wives who led his heart away from God; therefore, he built idolatrous temples in the mountains around Jerusalem for them and this led the people of his kingdom away from loyalty to God and to its eventual destruction. The Bible warns all of us against this in 1 John 2:15-16, “Do not love the world or the things in the world. The love of the Father is not in those who love the world; for all that is in the world—the desire of the flesh, the desire of the eyes, the pride in riches—comes not from the Father but from the world.” Despite his wisdom and initial devotion to God, Solomon unwisely turned from loving God to loving the world, and he and his family suffered the consequences.

If devout and wise King Solomon sinned and suffered the consequences, he serves as a warning to each of us, especially as we grow older. We cannot take our initial devotion to God and the Lord Jesus for granted but pray for the Lord Jesus to help us keep reading and obeying all His commands in the Bible with the help of the Holy Spirit. In John 14:15, Jesus said, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” And in John 15:10, Jesus promised, “If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love.”

You can ask questions on each week’s lesson by sending your questions to me directly at lgp@TheIBLF.com. I will take questions on the passages in each week’s Uniform Lesson Series Sunday School Lesson and in each week’s Gospel of John lesson that we are currently studying if you send them to me directly. I will try to answer as many as I can. Thank you for your questions!

May the Lord Jesus bless your Bible study and teaching in this New Year!

L.G.

Do Our Good Intentions Count for Anything? — 1 Kings 8:14-21

If we have faith in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, our good intentions, even though we cannot do the good that we would like to do, still count with God.

King Solomon said that his father, David, had wanted to build a house for the LORD, but the LORD told him, “You did well to consider building a house for my name . . . but your son . . . shall build a house for my name” (1 Kings 8:18-19).

As Christians, we can think of many good things that we would like to do to honor God and help others in the name of Jesus, but for some reason we are not able to do so. Perhaps we lack the time, talent, or treasure to become a missionary or help our church as much as we would like to be more of a help. Everyone reading this can probably think of something they wanted to do or would have liked to do or still would like to do, but that is not possible under the circumstances. For example, a person might want to help people in a foreign land learn about Jesus or learn to read the Bible in their own language, but due to circumstances beyond their control this has become impossible. Instead, they give as the Lord Jesus enables them and they pray, and they pray when that is all they can do—perhaps our gifts and/or our prayers are exactly what someone else needs to do the Lord’s will.

If something like the above can describe your thoughts and desires in some way; then, Jesus can say to you, “You did well!”

In (1 Corinthians 3:12-16), the Apostle Paul wrote, “ Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw—the work of each builder will become visible, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each has done. If what has been built on the foundation survives, the builder will receive a reward. If the work is burned up, the builder will suffer loss; the builder will be saved, but only as through fire. Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?”

Our good intentions count for something, because we may think we have no “gold, silver, or precious stones” to build with, but only have “wood, hay, and straw;” however, the Lord Jesus sees into our hearts and knows that we would have used what we did not have, if we had had it, for His glory and to express our love for Him and others. We may think what we have done for the Lord was so unlike what King Solomon did for the Lord in building the temple that all our efforts were “wood, hay, and straw,” but the Lord sees into our hearts, and the Lord Jesus will consider that because of our good intentions. “We did well.”

Finally, remember that Solomon did not end well, and neither did his kingdom. As Christians, we can end well at any age and any circumstance, for we can pray when we cannot do anything else, and we can pray that others will come to know the true God and Jesus Christ as the Savior of the world. When we do this, if this is all we can do, when we end our pilgrimage on earth, Jesus can say to us, “You did well.” Jesus will be able to say to us as He said in the Parable of the Talents in Matthew 25:23, “Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.”

You can ask your questions in a Comment (I should get an e-mail that you have made a Comment) or you can send your questions to me directly to lgp@TheIBLF.com. I will take questions on the passages in each week’s Uniform Lesson Series Sunday School Lesson and in each week’s Gospel of John lesson that we are currently studying if you send them to me directly or make a Comment on one of my postings. I will try to answer as many as I can.

May the Lord Jesus bless your Bible study and teaching in this New Year!

L.G.