Supplementing Your Faith Sunday School Lesson Take Aways

Supplementing Your Faith Sunday School Lesson Take Aways

Dear Class:


Today we continued our study of the Book of Psalms with a focus on Psalm 146The psalmist exhorts us to have unconditional faith in God because of His conduct and His character.  If we praise and thank God only when our circumstances are favorable, our worship will be inconsistent and incomplete.

In Psalm 146, the psalmist tells us that the LORD is worthy to be praised.  One of the most compelling reasons why He’s worthy of our praise is His unconditional love for us.  We were born into sin – “Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, And in sin my mother conceived me.” Psalm 51:5  As rebellious and sinful creatures, we deserve God’s judgment.  Instead, He offers us salvation because He loves us – The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance” 1 Peter 3:9.  As a matter of fact, Jesus’s Hebrew name, Jeshua literally means “God is salvation”.

From Genesis 1:1 to Revelation 22:21, the Bible is basically God’s love letter to us.  Billy Graham put it this way, “The Bible is God’s love letter to us, telling us not only that He loves us, but showing us what He has done to demonstrate His love.  It also tells us how we should live, because God knows what is best for us and He wants us to experience it.  Never forget: The Bible is God’s Word, given to us so we can know and follow Him.”  This is why we study God’s Word and one of the key reasons that He is worthy to be praised.


Please note that next Sunday, Aug. 6, we will continue our study of the Book of Psalms with a focus on Psalm 51.  This psalm of David is an example of a full confession before God, complete commitment to repentance, and a desperate appeal for forgiveness.  It’s David’s broken spirit and humbled heart that resonates with God.






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New Resources Added July 2017

Below are some GREAT books that we have just added to our store.

I have added a small note of my own beside each. If you are interested merely click on the book and it will take you to the appropriate resource page.


David Macintyre's The Hidden Life of Prayer

I love this book! I love the writings of these old preachers, which is why we are making this a special sale $5.00 and no shipping


The Mark of Salvation a Novel

Now that I have written my own fiction novel, I have reread other Christian fiction, and am loving it. This particular book is a part of a series, making it all the more enjoyable.


The Max Lucado Journal for the book It's Not About Me

This simple little journal has become a real challenge to my Tuesday Morning Bible Study. Max Lucado’s simple questions are VERY insightful. I can never write a simple answer. It’s brilliant!


Pray-ers like Ruth Graham Bell Contribute to this book, Prayers from A Mother's Heart

This women’s prayer book is just, well, pretty, and insightful, and heartwarming. It’s really brilliantly done. You’ll be impressed with the reviews I included.


Frank Minirth, et al and their book, The Father Book, An Instruction Manual

Finally, there’s this book. May I tell you how I describe it? The explanation doesn’t tell you this. It has kicked-my-tail!

I trust that you’ll enjoy these books!

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The Good Life Hawaii Interview

Very excited about this interview tomorrow.

Not sure of all of the details, but the 1 hour interview will be at 7pm Eastern Time Zone.

I met the folks that work with Danny Yamashiro while I was at the NRB this year.

I’ll keep you posted.


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Brookhaven Men’s Bible Study Discussion Questions



From: Greg Nicholaides []
Sent: Thursday, July 20, 2017 9:15 AM
Subject: Brookhaven Men’s Bible Study Discussion Questions

Dear Brothers:


Thank you for a very productive time of discussion Weds. regarding our study of Psalm 19.  We continue our study of the Book of Psalms next Weds., 7/26 with a focus on Psalm 136This psalm has a unique construction and is still used today by Jews as part of the Passover celebration.


Here are some questions to consider

  1. What is antiphonal singing?
  2. How is God “good”?
  3. What is the significance of the refrain “For His mercy endures forever”?
  4. Who are the “gods” mentioned in 136:2?
  5. How is God the “Lord of lords” (136:3)?
  6. To what “great wonders” is the psalmist referring in 136:4?
  7. How does 136:10-22 provide proof of God’s faithful love for His people?
  8. If God is love, how can we understand the utter death and destruction that He brought to Egypt and other nations that opposed His people?
  9. What was the people’s “lowly state” or “humiliation” mentioned in 136:23?
  10. What is the significance of 136:24, “Who gives food to all flesh”?



Blessings, Greg


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Homecoming Lovely Grove Baptist , Eastman Georgia

Eastman GA

In the photo above you see numerous churches in the little town of Eastman GA preparing for and focusing on prayer. I love seeing this!

I had the opportunity to give the message at the Lovely Grove Homecoming service yesterday (July 23, 2017) in Eastman GA.

The accompanying musicians were the Dixie Rhythm Boys and were abosultely wonderful!

I would like to share with you some of my message. I tried to live-stream it but I didn’t have enough of a signal to do so.

Homecoming Message

Of course being a homecoming message I found some interesting facts about Lovely Grove. Some of these facts had to do with their cemetery, like erroneous dates of death, as well as people “born in the cemetery” which has all kinds of implications.

But what fascinated me the most was their Cottage Prayer Meetings. After the service an older woman told me that she remembers as a little girl coming to the Cottage Prayer Meetings in her grandmother’s buggy.

And so, my message was a constant reminder to the congregation of what these men and women at the Cottage Prayer Meetings would have prayed. While I had already planned to do this, the need to emphasize this was all the more made clear when, before I spoke, the pastor asked for prayer requests, and of course, 100% of the prayer requests were what I call, “organ-recitals” because all they wanted to do was to pray for this person’s organ and that person’s organ, etc.

With some trepidation I shared with them quotes from famous people already in heaven, whom the founders of Lovely Grove Baptist would already know, I quoted the following:

R A Torrey

Unless our focus is on Him, our prayers are not unto Him

Jonathan Edwards

How many is it likely will remember this discourse in hell

John Wesley Diary

God had cast us in his way, in answer to prayer.

Leonard Ravenhill

We will be in heaven 5 minutes and wished we’d have lived and prayed differently

Praise the Lord that no one threw me out, and they didn’t dis-invite me to homecoming lunch and so I went on and finished with a most humble man, one I am looking forward to meeting when I get to heaven, “Blind Bartimaeus.”

Blind Bartimaeus

Mark 10:46-52 (HCSB)
46 They came to Jericho. And as He was leaving Jericho with His disciples and a large crowd, Bartimaeus (the son of Timaeus), a blind beggar, was sitting by the road. 47 When he heard that it was Jesus the Nazarene, he began to cry out, “Son of David, Jesus, have mercy on me!” 48 Many people told him to keep quiet, but he was crying out all the more, “Have mercy on me, Son of David!”

49 Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” So they called the blind man and said to him, “Have courage! Get up; He’s calling for you.” 50 He threw off his coat, jumped up, and came to Jesus.

51 Then Jesus answered him, “What do you want Me to do for you?”“Rabbouni,” the blind man told Him, “I want to see!”

52 “Go your way,” Jesus told him. “Your faith has healed you.” Immediately he could see and began to follow Him on the road.

I then had 4 simple points:

  1. Notice first of all that Bartimaeus was not dissuaded by those in the crowd who didn’t want him to reach out to Jesus. Verse 48 tells us that after many people told him to be quiet, “…he cried out all the more…” Probably all the louder! Let me ask you a question friend, “Why do you let others dissuade you from the presence of Almighty God? That’s just coo-coo!”
  2. And then notice that when Jesus called for Bartimaeus to be brought to Him, Bartimaeus, in verse 50, “threw off his cloak, jumped up, and went to Jesus.” How  do you think he “went to Jesus?” He probably RAN to Jesus. Can’t you just see Bartimaeus, BLIND-Bartimaeus, running to the sound of where Jesus was at, tripping all over people on his way. I don’t know about you, but I’m excited and smiling for Bartimaeus! Tell me, when you are in your prayer closet, do you, in your heart, RUN to Jesus…or is it just, not that big of a deal?
  3. Now this next verse (verse 51) is where Jesus then asks him, “What do you want?” I hear a lot of people praying today, and I could just hear them responding to Jesus, “What do You mean, ‘What do I want?’ It should be obvious Jesus! I want my sight!” I hear a lot of people today praying for, “my will to be done, here on earth, just as it should be in Heaven.” When of course the passage in the Lord’s prayer really says, “Thy will be done, on earth as it ALREADY is in Heaven.” And that is what makes Bartimaeus so special. I can see him bowing his head before Jesus, and then submissively, HUMBLY saying, “Rabi, I would like my sight.” I look forward to meeting this humble man.
  4. And then look at the end of verse 52. It says that this formerly blind man, immediately began to follow Jesus. . . It is as if he just, full out, without regard to anything in his past, just started living for God, Amen!

I then reminded the congregation, as I had numerous times during the message what Cottage Prayer Meetings were all about, namely, to gather like-minded people who share a common burden.

I told them of my friend Bill, who went to heaven before any of us on our prayer conference call had a chance to meet him. And I told the congregation that we periodically pray about Bill’s prayers thus, “Oh Lord, re-hear Bill’s prayers afresh, for his family, his church, his pastor and his friends.”

“And I believe,” I went on, “that God rehears your ancestors prayers afresh. Will he rehear yours?”

It was a solemn message, but I think a necessary one.