Vote and Devote

VOTE and DEVOTE

Special Announcement: My name is Wayne Dunaway and I approve this article.

We have a wonderful right as citizens of this great country to make our voice heard and to vote for leaders according to our convictions. This article is not about who should vote for, because, while voting is important, I believe it is more important for Christians to DEVOTE.
The Christian, more than anything, needs to be “devoted to prayer” (Rom. 12:12, NASV). The solution to the problem our nation is facing is found in the Bible. The greatest problem we face is sin. The greatest enemy is Satan. The greatest hindrance is us. The greatest threat is judgment from God. And the greatest hope is found in one verse in the Bible. In 2 Chronicles 7:14, God gives us the remedy for healing our nation: “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves, and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will forgive their sin and heal their land.” In this verse we have:

THE PEOPLE HE HELPS – “If my people…” God promises to help his children. Therefore, the greatest hope this country has rests in Christian people.

THE PRIDE HE HATES – “will humble themselves…” God hates “a proud look” (Proverbs 6:16). Pride leads to destruction both in individual lives and in nations (Proverbs 16:18). We need to repent of our self-righteousness, our prideful attitudes, and seek to be humble people who are led by the Spirit of Jesus.

THE PRAYER HE HEEDS – “and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways…” Prayer and repentance go hand in hand. The only prayer God will hear and answer is the prayer of the one who is humble enough to repent and bow before Him. The one, who thinks that he or she can make it without God, will not be heard.

THE PROMISE HE HONORS – “I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” God promises to heal if we will get real.

We should all vote in the upcoming Presidential Elections prayerfully and according to our convictions. But, more importantly, we must “devoted to prayer” for our nation every day no matter who wins the election. “God Bless America” is more than just something to say…it is a prayer to pray. Thank God for Jesus! (2 Cor. 9:15).

Wayne Dunaway
ganpministries.org

Brief Assessment of the Old Testament

A Brief ASSESSMENT OF THE OLD TESTAMENT
(A brief survey of Genesis-Nehemiah)

I. DESCRIBING THE PROBLEM (Gen. 1 – 11)

A. The Presence of sin (Gen. 1 – 3)
B. The Progress of sin (Gen. 4 – 6)
C. The Punishment for sin (Gen. 7 – 8)
D. The Permanency of sin (Gen. 9 – 11)
(Study the book of Job here)

II. DEVELOPING THE NATION (Gen. 12 – Ex. 1)

A. The Call of Abraham (Gen. 12 – 25:10)
B. The Creating of Israel (Gen. 25:11 – 36)
C. The Calamity of Israel (Gen. 37 – 50)
D. The Captivity of Israel (Ex. 1)

III. DELIVERING THE NATION (Ex. 2 – Deut.)

A. The Person is chosen (Ex. 2 – 4)
B. The Plagues are suffered (Ex. 5 – 12)
C. The Parting is complete (Ex. 13 – Nu.10:10)
D. The Punishment for disobedience (Nu.10:11 – 36:12)
E. The Preaching of Moses (Deut. 1 – 34)

IV. DEFEATING THE ENEMY NATIONS (Joshua – 1 Sam. 7)

A. Possessing the land (Joshua)
B. Polluting the land (Judges)
C. Pilgrimage to the land (Ruth)
D. Prophet in the land (1 Sam. 1 – 7)

V. DEMANDING A KING (1 Sam. 8 – 1 Kings 11)

A. The First king-Saul (1 Sam. 8 – 31)
B. The Faithful king-David (2 Sam. l – 1 Kings 2:11)
C. The Fallen king-Solomon (1 Kings 2:12 – 11:43)
(Study Psalms; Song of Solomon; Proverbs; Ecclesiastes)

VI. DIVIDING THE NATION (1 Kings 12 – 2 Kings 16)

A. The Cause of the division (1 Kings 12:1 – 24}
B. The Changes of Jeroboam (1 Kings 12:25 – 33)
C. The Consequences of their sins (1 Kings 13 – 2 Kings 16)
(Study Obadiah; Joel; Jonah; Amos; Hosea; Isaiah; & Micah)

VII. DEPORTING OF ISRAEL TO ASSYRIA (2 Kings 17)

A. The Siege of Israel (2 Kings 17:1 – 6)
B. The Sins of the people (2 Kings 17:5 – 23)
C. The Samaritans are the result (2 Kings 17:24 – 41)

VIII. DESTRUCTION OF JERUSALEM BY BABYLON (2 Kings 18-25)
A. The Cause of the fall (2 Kings 18 – 23)
B. The Carrying away (2 Kings 24)
C. The City is destroyed (2 Kings 25)
(Study Zephaniah; Jeremiah; Nahum; Habakkuk; Lamentations,
Daniel, Ezekiel)

IX. DECREEING THE RETURN (Ezra – Nehemiah)
A. The Return of Zerubbabel (Ezra 1- 6)
B. The Reforms of Ezra (Ezra 7 – 10)
C. The Rebuilding of Nehemiah (Nehemiah)
(Study Haggai; Zachariah; Esther; 1 & 2 Chronicles; Malachi)

Thank God for Jesus! (2 Cor. 9:15).

Wayne Dunaway
https://gandpministries.wordpress.com/

What Is Your Life?

WHAT IS YOUR LIFE?

Introduction: James 4:17

1. This is a good question and a Bible question.
2. Observe that James says, “whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.”
3. As to Duration on earth: This very text says it is a “little time.”
4. As to Destination: That depends on what you believe.
5. As to Explanation: That is what this lesson is all about.
6. The Bible records a lot about life as well a lot about faith. Understanding what it says about life should help us with our faith. Sometimes we get discouraged and our faith weakens because we misunderstand what life on this planet is all about.
7. In this study we will observe three things about life, namely,

A. THE ADVENTURE
B. THE ADVERSITY
C. THE ADVANTAGE

I. THE ADVENTURE

1. Life is an adventure. The word “Adventure” means “an undertaking usually involving danger and unknown risks”; or “an exciting and remarkable experience”
2. Sometimes we feel stressed and at other times we feel blessed, and there seems never to be any complete rest. Most of the time we are stressed and blessed at the same time.
3. And we are all familiar with this lifestyle because it this is the way we all live.
4. Just to let you know how familiar we are with being “stressed out” complete the following sentences:

a. I am ready to throw in the ____________.
b. I am at the end of my ________________ .
c. I am just a bundle of _________________.
d. My life is falling_____________________.
e. I am at my wit’s_____________________.
f. I am about to come un_______________ .
g. I feel like resigning the human_________.
h. Nobody knows the _____________ I see.
i. Walk a mile in my ________________.

5. The Bible puts it this way when it comes to life, “Do not boast about tomorrow, For you do not know what a day may bring forth” (Prov. 27:1)
6. James says, “Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit’; whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away” (James 4:13-14).
7. Life is filled with “unknown risks” and is a “remarkable experience.” An “adventure” (if you know what I mean).
8. We sing about it: “Life is filled with swift transition, naught of earth unmoved can stand.”
9. We move from one stage of life to another and each stage is an adventure all its own. Illustration: Grandma Ain’t What She Used To Be.
10. We keep thinking that the next stage is the one. This will be when everything comes together and then life will stable and everything secure. But it never happens for any us. We never know for sure what’s coming or when!

II. THE ADVERSITY

1. Life is also full of adversity. On one occasion, Jesus said, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things” (Lk. 10:41).
2. As Job said, life is of “few days and full of trouble” (Job 14:1).
3. According to the King James Version, Paul was “troubled on every side” (2 Cor. 4:8).
4. Jesus Himself said, “In the world you will have tribulation…” (Jn. 16:33).
5. Problems are here and they are here to stay. Our adversary is going to make sure that we have adversity (I Peter 5:8).
6. Satan wants to “sift” us, not “lift” us. “Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat” could just as easily read “Brother/Sister! Satan has asked…that he may sift you…” (Lk. 22:31).
7. When Paul was in Ephesus there were “many adversaries” (1 Cor. 16:8-9).
8. Jesus told His disciples they would have “tribulation” (Jn. 16:33).
9. Remember that it was one of His closest female friends who was “ worried and troubled about many things” (Lk. 10:41).
10. In the “Sermon on the Mount” Jesus warned “Each day has enough trouble of it’s own.” (Matt. 6:34; NIV)
11. “Even folks on a gravy train get lumps”. I said “Even folks on a gravy train get lumps”. No matter what you do or what you say, there are some bad things going to come your way, because “Even folks on a gravy train get lumps”. No matter what you say or what you do, there are some bad things going to happen to you, because “Even folks on a gravy train get lumps”.
12. Life is filled with adversity. Into every life some rain must fall and problems are common to us all.
13. Jesus Himself is described in the Bible as “A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.” (Isa. 53:3)

III. THE ADVANTAGES

1. While it is true that life is an adventure, and life is filled with adversity, it is also true that Christian have tremendous advantages.
2. When I think about the word “advantage,” I think about words like benefit,
gain, edge, or upper hand.
3. Christians do indeed have benefits and advantages in life that are not
available to those who are outside the body of Christ.
4. For example, consider the following promises:

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (Ps. 46:1).

“Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you” (I Pet. 5:7)

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Phil. 4:13)

“Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. (Romans 8:37).

“He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” (I Jn. 5:4).

“The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.” (Ps. 23:1)

“The Lord is my helper and I will not fear what man shall do unto me”
(Heb. 13:6).

“That He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be
strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man” (Eph. 3:16)

CONCLUSION: In this session we have observed how that life is an adventure, it is filled with adversity, and how Christians have a tremendous advantage. Thank God for Jesus! (2 Cor. 9:15).

Wayne Dunaway
gandpministries.org

What the Savior said…about Breaking Bread

Introduction: I Corinthians 11:20-33

1. This lesson deals with what Paul received of the Savior in regard to the Supper (I Cor. 11:23). It is what Christ said about communion. It is what the Savior said about breaking bread (I Cor. 14:37).

2. In this study, from I Corinthians 11:20-33, we’ll notice three things about the Lord’s Supper.
I. The INSTITUTION of it.
II. The IMPORTANCE of it.
III. The IMPLICATIONS of it.

I. The INSTITUTION of it (I Cor. 11:23-25).

A. The event – “The same night in which he was betrayed” (v. 23a).
1. It was the night they ate the Passover meal (Matt. 26:17-20).
2. The “Passover” commemorated the passing over of the houses of Israel when God destroyed the firstborn in Egypt (Exodus 12:14-17).

B. The elements – “took bread … took the cup” (vs. 23b, 25a).
1. What bread? The unleavened bread of the Passover meal. They were to put “leaven” out of their houses (Ex. 12:15).
2. What cup? Fruit of the vine. All of the accounts of the Supper refer to the “fruit of the vine” (Matt. 26:29; Mark 14:25; Luke 22:18). NOTE: The event during which it was instituted tells us about the elements to be used.

C. The explanation- “This is my body…this is my blood” (vs. 24a, 25a).
1. It was not “literally” His body and blood.
2. It represented His body and blood.
3. It reminds us of His death for us.

II. The IMPORTANCE of it (I Cor. 11:24-26). It is importance because:

A. It is commanded – “This do” (vs. 24-25). It is an opportunity and an ordinance (11:2).
1. We are to “Take eat…drink” (vs. 24 & 25).
2. We are to partake together- “When you come together” (v. 18, 20, 33, and Acts 20:7).

B. It commemorates – “do in remembrance of me” (vs. 24-25).
1. We’re reminded of the person – “of Me” (v. 24c).
2. We’re reminded of the passion – “which is broken” (v. 24a).
3. We’re reminded of the pardon – “for you” (v. 24b).

C. It communicates – “you proclaim the Lord’s death” (v. 26).
1. It proclaims our faith in the cross (v.26a).
2. It proclaims our faith in the coming (v. 26b).
3. We not only look to the past and the crucifixion, but also to the promise and the coming.

III. The IMPLICATIONS of it (I Cor. 11:27-34). Observing the Supper implies that we are:

A. Christians- “my brethren, when you…” (v. 33).
1. Why would a non-Christian want to remember and proclaim the death of Christ?
2.The table is for those “in the kingdom” (Luke 22:30).

B. Committed – “Let a man examine himself…” (v. 28).
1. Only those who think seriously about the death of Christ can partake (I Cor. 10:21).
2. The willful disobedient cannot properly partake (I Cor. 10:21).

C. Communing – “He that eats and drinks in an unworthy manner” (v. 29).
1. We all must partake in a worthy manner “discerning the Lord’s body.” (v. 29b).
2. It is the communion (sharing in) of the body and blood of Christ (I Cor. 10:16-17).

CONCLUSION: From this study of I Corinthians 11:20-33 we have learned some things concerning “What the Savior Said…about Breaking Bread.” We have discussed the INSTITUTION of it, the IMPORTANCE of it, and the IMPLICATIONS of it. Hopefully this will help us have more appreciation and more dedication because of what is said about breaking bread. Thank God for Jesus! (2 Cor. 9:15).

Wayne Dunaway
gandpministries.org