Monthly Archives: December 2018

Clear Focus, Part 2 (#959)

Clear Focus, Part 2 (#959)

We’re going to continue our series here on Clear Focus, what to focus on. And, this is part two and as this is our last teaching in 2018, since it is December 30th, I hope it gives us a vision of how to look to God in the coming year. Because we all have different challenges this year, everybody has projects and goals and challenges, and somethings easy and fun and somethings more challenging and difficult; that’s just part of living. And, no matter what 2019 looks like for you, one of the things that will help you prosper in 2019 and do well is focusing on God and His word and His deliverance, instead of focusing on the circumstances and the problems. You have to focus on the circumstances and the problems to the point where you deal with them the best you can, but you don’t want to fixate on them and have them be the only thing you think about. You need to continue to look to God and trust him. So here we go, we’ll start in second Kings chapter six…

As taught by Bruce Mahone, 20181230. All rights reserved.

Verse Listing and Notes

II Kings 6:8-23                      Chariots of fire

Psalms 23 (esp vss 3-4)      I will fear no evil

Isaiah 55:8-11                      God’s thoughts are not our thoughts

II Corinthians 4:(1-)18         Look not at those things which are seen

Romans 11:33                      Depth of wisdom & knowledge

I Corinthians 1:25                Weakness of God stronger than men

Colossians 3:1-3                   Seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth (vs. 1)

Hebrews 11:1-3                    Things which are seen were not made of things which do appear
Hebrews 11:7                        Warned of things not seen (e.g. rain)
Hebrews 11:8-14                  He looked for a city
Hebrews 11:39-40                Something better for us
Hebrews 12:1-4                    Looking unto Jesus

I John 3:1,2                            As he is

Teaching

Clear Focus, Part 2 (#959)

Clear Focus, Part 1 (#958)

Clear Focus, Part 1 (#958)

Well, we are going to start a new series of teachings that will last a number of sessions on having a clear focus in life. There are so many things in life going on that it is sometimes hard to know what to focus on. Well, we will read about many things in God’s word, that if we focus on them, our lives will be a little better. So, we will try very hard to direct our focus toward the things God would have us focus on. Because there are many things in life you focus on and they don’t do you any good. Other things you focus on and you have a much happier life, and that is what we’ll talk about. So, in part one of this series that I’m going to call a clear focus, we’ll go to Psalm 119…

As taught by Bruce Mahone, 20181216.  All rights reserved.

Verse Listing and Notes

Introduction

Psalms 119:11   Thy word have I hid in mine heart

What part of God’s Word? – Depends on what you need

Full of fear?

Psalms 34:8       I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me

Past Shortcomings:

Philippians 3:13-16 Forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forth unto those which are before (vs 13)

Present Concerns:

Proverbs 3:5-6     In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths

Future:

I Peter 1:3-5          Begotten us again unto a lively hope be the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead – vs. 3

God Does Not Care

Romans 8:35-39 Nothing can separate us from the love of God

Summary – Stay With It

Isaiah 26:3-4        Perfect peace whose mind is stayed (steadfast, steady)

Psalms 119:165   Great peace have they which love thy law, and nothing shall offend them

Teaching

Clear Focus, Part 1 (#958)

 

God’s Care: Resilience Part 11 – Determination cont. (#957)

God’s Care: Resilience Part 11 – Determination cont. (#957)

Good morning. We’re going to continue our series on God’s care, specifically focusing on the resilience we have to bounce back from tough situations. And the determination we have to have to be able to be resilient and enjoy God’s care. We’re going to start here in first Samuel chapter eight…

As taught by Bruce Mahone, 20181202.  All rights reserved.

Verse Listing and Notes

I Samuel 8                     Israel wanted a king
[Saul chosen by God and anointed by Samuel]

I Samuel 10:17-25       Saul presented to Israel
[Saul leads Israelites to victory against Ammonites]

I Samuel 12                   Serve the Lord with all your heart (vs. 20)

Ephesians 1:1-4           Holy and without blame before him in love

Teaching

God’s Care: Resilience Part 11, Determination cont. (#957)