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October 18, 2020

October 11, 2020

The Truth About Money

After watching today’s lessons please read the following verses and answer the questions that follow:

Read Matthew 6:24 to answer this question
Read Matthew 6:24 to answer this question
Read Exodus 20:4,5; Ezekiel 36:18 and 1 John 5:21 to answer this question
Read Exodus 20:4,5; Ezekiel 36:18 and 1 John 5:21 to answer this question
Read Ecclesiastes 5:10,11 to answer this question.
Read Ecclesiastes 5:10,11 to answer this question.
Read Matthew 6:19-21; Luke 6:20; Acts 5:1-6 and James 1:9-11 to answer this question.
Read Matthew 6:19-21; Luke 6:20; Acts 5:1-6 and James 1:9-11 to answer this question.
Read Matthew 6:19-21; Luke 6:20; Acts 5:1-6 and James 1:9-11 to answer this question.
Read Matthew 6:19-21; Luke 6:20; Acts 5:1-6 and James 1:9-11 to answer this question.
Read Matthew 6:19-21; Luke 6:20; Acts 5:1-6 and James 1:9-11 to answer this question.

Homework:
– Memorize Matthew 6:24
– Complete the above form or if you prefer paper and pen print out the Workbook and complete it.

September 27, 2020

The truth about authority

September 20, 2020

Today we’re going to talk about the truth about being nice. Nobody likes mean people, but did you know the Bible is clear that we should be nice, kind, and loving. Sometimes we excuse not being nice for different reasons: we’re mad, someone deserves to be told off, someone treated us poorly, we feel pressure to fit in, etc. But God calls us to a kindness that is not situational.
Please read the following Scriptures about niceness.
Ephesians 4:32
1 John 4:7-11
John 13:34-35
1 Peter 3:8-9
Ephesians 4:2-3
1 John 3:11
1 John 3:23
2 John 1:5
Romans 12:10
Galatians 5:22 (Notice that the Holy Spirit produces kindness.)
1 Corinthians 4:13
Proverbs 11:17
Proverbs 14:21
It’s obvious: there are tons of passages on kindness, niceness, and love. It is not optional. It’s not something that we pick and choose when to do, either. We should love one another. We should be kind to those who are hard to be kind to. We should not be rude or inconsiderate.
We want to challenge each of you to be nice. If you can’t say something nice, don’t say it. If you can’t be nice, at least don’t be mean. If someone makes you mad, don’t return anger for anger. Don’t consider yourself responsible for revenge for a friend. It almost sounds too simplistic, but just be nice.
This week, we want you to pay close attention to your niceness. If you find yourself being rude, mean, vengeful, inconsiderate, or unkind, stop and pray that God will help you show kindness. Let people know you belong to Jesus because you are kind to everyone with whom you come into contact.

September 13, 2020

September 6, 2020

Lesson

After watching today’s lessons please read the following verses and answer the questions that follow:

Read Genesis 2:7 to answer this question.
Read Genesis 2:7 to answer this question.
Read Genesis 2:7 to answer this question.

Homework:
– Memorize: 1 Corinthians 6:19-20.
– Reconsider who you are. Where does self-esteem come from, what gives value to your life.
– In view of this week’s lesson, make a new list of what really matters in your life.
– Pray that God will help you see yourself the way He does, and to be content in knowing that you belong to Him.
– Complete the above form or if you prefer paper and pen print out the Workbook and complete it.

August 30, 2020

Ethics and Morality (Part 2)

Hello Warriors!
Last week we looked at some Biblical stories as ethical dilemmas and asked you to come up with an answer for each. Then you looked at the actual Scriptures and tried to figure out what the right thing to do was. Several of you participated by answering the questions. Great Job! Today we are going to go over those during our Zoom meeting.
This week we’re going to do something similar, but with a spin. Instead of Bible stories, we’re going to throw out some real-life situations that you face each day (or may face someday) and try to make Biblical decisions for each.
Read each scenario and answer the questions that follow. Take your time and think through your answers, better yet discuss it with a parent or a sibling. You may not reach the same conclusion but it is important to think through this issues and discuss them with someone. We will go over each scenario during our Zoom meeting next week.
Scenario #1
You and a friend are planning to go out and see a movie on a Friday night. As you’re getting ready to leave, another friend calls and asks what you’re doing that night. You know that the friend you’re talking to on the phone can sometimes be jealous when you go out with other people. The friend calling is not friends with the person you’re going with, so inviting the person on the phone to tag along is not an option. You can either tell the friend on the phone the truth or you can make something up that will get you off the phone and off the hook for the night. What should you do: Tell the truth and hurt your friend’s feelings, or tell a lie and have a fun night?
Scenario #2
You turn on your television one night to find that you have started getting the premium cable package instead of basic cable. You’re not sure why, because you don’t pay for cable at all. What should you do, call the cable company and fess up or start popping popcorn and enjoy?
Scenario #3
A nuclear bomb is dropped on our country and it is taken over by a violent dictator who hates Christians. The armies of our new government march toward our city and arrive at night. Sitting at home, you and your family are drug from your home and into the street. A general points a gun at your family, looks right at you, and asks if you are a Christian. If you say yes, you will be spared, and your family will die. If you deny Christ, you will be killed, and your family will be spared. What should you do?

(Scenario #1) Read: Leviticus 19:11; Colossians 3:9; Proverbs 6:16-19
(Scenario #1) Read: Leviticus 19:11; Colossians 3:9; Proverbs 6:16-19
(Scenario #2) Read: Exodus 20:15; Luke 18:20; Ephesians 4:28
(Scenario #2) Read: Exodus 20:15; Luke 18:20; Ephesians 4:28
(Scenario #3) Read: Matthew 16:24; Matthew 10:32-33; Luke 14:26
(Scenario #3) Read: Matthew 16:24; Matthew 10:32-33; Luke 14:26
(Scenario #3) Read: Matthew 16:24; Matthew 10:32-33; Luke 14:26

We could go on and one with scenarios that keep us guessing. The reality is, living the right way, in Truth, can be a hard thing to do. It means you have to stop and think. It means you have to know what God wants from you.
The only way you can know how to live is by studying the Scriptures. While they may not have specific instruction on every problem you face, it’s important that you shape the way you think through the lens of Scripture.
In the coming weeks, we’re going to break down this idea of Truth even more. We’re going to talk about the truth concerning money, self-esteem, how to respond to authority, and more. Each study will be Scripturally sound. Knowing what God says about certain things is the first step in knowing how to live in Truth.
For this week, let’s pray and ask God that as we face choices between right and wrong each day that His Word will be in our hearts so we can choose wisely.

Homework:

  • Memorize Romans 6:16
  • Read and meditate on Romans 2:14-16. Consider what these verses say about ethics and morality.
  • Pray that God will help you make wise choices and to realize that He is the standard of truth.

August 23, 2020

Ethics and Morality (Part 1)

Hello Warriors!
We are continuing our lesson on what is truth and today we will focus on ethics and morality. Below you will find three ethics scenarios. After reading each one, take a few moments to write down what you believe is the right or wrong thing to do is and why. Please discuss and share your thoughts on these scenarios with a parent.

Scenario #1
You are hiding an innocent group of people in your home who are fleeing some gangsters. Gangster Leo knocks on your door, and when you open it, he asks if the group is in your house.

What should you do? Should you tell the truth or lie? 

Scenario #2
You are passing through an impoverished country carrying a large amount of money. You know that if you are found with valuables, you will be killed and your valuables stolen. However, if you disguise your money in a worn-out backpack, you can get away with carrying it as you pass through.

Is it wrong to disguise the truth to save yourself? Or, should you be honest and trust God to protect you?

Scenario #3
You and a partner are working on a project at school. Your partner approaches you two days before the project is due and shows you that he has completed it on his own. The guidelines were that the two of you work on the project equally. He tells you not to worry about it and to just go along because “no one will ever know.”

Are you wrong to skate by, letting your partner do the work, even if he is okay with it? Is it still the right thing to do?

Ethics and right and wrong are some of the most controversial subjects of our time. From homosexuality, abortion, and racism to whether climate change is cause by human activity and what we should do about it, everyone has an opinion. But is there a right and wrong? How do we know?

In the past weeks we’ve determined that the Bible has plenty to say about Truth. We discussed how Jesus is the Truth and that He tells us the Truth, but on some subjects the Bible is silent or says little. There are some gray areas. Nonetheless, we should strive to understand God’s Will.

Today is an exercise in doing just that. You might be frustrated or confused as you think about some of these ideas, but keep focused and know that we are stretching and growing. The most important thing is for your to wrestle with these ideas, pray and focus on studying scripture to find the truth.

Each of these scenarios are actually scriptural in nature.

Scenario #1: This story is actually found in Joshua 2. It’s the story of Rahab and the spies.

Scenario #2: This story is similar to an account of Abraham’s life in Genesis 12:10-13.

Scenario #3: A parallel story occurs in Genesis 39. Joseph and Potiphar’s wife aren’t working on a project together, but the Egyptian ruler’s wife does approach Joseph and ask him to forsake his responsibility and sleep with her. The reality is that no one probably would’ve found out. Joseph demands her to leave him alone and insists on being faithful to what his boss has asked him to do.

Read Joshua 2:1-6 to answer this question.
Read Joshua 2:1-6 to answer this question.
Read Joshua 2:1-6 to answer this question.
Read Joshua 2:1-6 and Hebrews 11:31 to answer this question.
Read Genesis 2:10-13 to answer this question.
Read Genesis 2:10-13 to answer this question.
Read Genesis 2:10-13 to answer this question.
Read Genesis 39:1-10 to answer this question.
Read Genesis 39:1-10 to answer this question.
Read Genesis 39:1-10 to answer this question.

The bottom line in all of this is that there are some hard choices that we have to make. Next week we’ll shift from considering these Biblical accounts to some everyday choices you might find yourself making. For today, let’s pray that God will help us make wise choices. We also pray that we realize that He is our Standard of Truth.

Homework:

  • Memorize 1 Corinthians 1:25
  • Read and meditate on Romans 2:14-16. Consider what these verses say about ethics and morality.
  • Pray that God will help you make wise choices and realize that He is the standard of truth.

August 16, 2020

August 9, 2020

What is the truth?

After watching today’s lessons please read the following verses and answer the questions that follow: John 18:33-38 and John 14:6

Read John 18:33-38 to answer this question
Read John 18:33-38 to answer this question
Read John 18:33-38 to answer this question
Read John 18:33-38 to answer this question
Read John 18:33-38 to answer this question
Read John John 14:6 to answer this question
Read John John 14:6 to answer this question

Homework:
– Memorize John 3:21
– Starting this week be aware of situations and philosophies that challenge your idea of what truth is. Jesus said that He is the way the truth and the light, and the only way to God. Does your idea of truth line up with God’s?
– Complete the above form or if you prefer paper and pen print out the Workbook and complete it.

August 2, 2020

What is Truth?

Today we’re going to start studying about what truth is.  Today is an overview, however, in the next few weeks we will go deeper on specific topics.

We live in a world where, sometimes, knowing the truth can be confusing or difficult.  It is hard to discern right from wrong and, in some cases, it is hard to know whether or not there is even a right and wrong.

Before we dig in, I want you to think about the following scenarios. Take a moment to really wrestle with these ideas, then answer with a simple yes or no.  If you can, go over your answers with a parent or a sibling and take a few minutes to discuss your answers.

What is Truth Survey
1. Do you believe in “absolute truth” (That something can be true at all times in all situations for all people)?
2. Do you believe that some things are right sometimes and wrong at other times? For example. it’s wrong to cuss, but if you’re really mad it’s okay.
3. Do you believe that, in some cases, abortion is okay?
4. Do you believe that you should always tell the truth, no matter what?
5. Do you believe it is okay, in some situations, to live with someone before you get married?
6. Do you believe it is okay, in some situations, to talk behind people’s backs?
7. Do you believe it is okay to stretch the truth or lie if it means not hurting someone’s feelings?
8. Do you believe it is okay, to cheat on your homework? For example. you were out late the night before feeding the homeless and didn’t finish your homework.
9. Do you believe that if you’re a pretty good person and don’t do anything too bad that you will go to Heaven when you die?
10. Do you think it is okay to get revenge on someone?
11. Do you think that, in some situations, smoking is okay?
12. Do you think that, in some situations, stealing is okay? For example, your family is starving, so you steal food to feed them.
13. Do you think that religions other than Christianity are true and useful?
14. Do you think that it is okay to listen to secular music?
15. Do you think it is okay to have a lot of stuff and not share with people who don’t have any?

Digging In:
Let us start by Reading John 18:33-38
So Pilate entered his headquarters again and called Jesus and said to him, “Are you the King of the Jews?”Jesus answered, “Do you say this of your own accord, or did others say it to you about me?” Pilate answered, “Am I a Jew? Your own nation and the chief priests have delivered you over to me. What have you done?” Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.” Then Pilate said to him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world—to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.” Pilate said to him, “What is truth?” After he had said this, he went back outside to the Jews and told them, “I find no guilt in him.

In this passage Pilate and Jesus are discussing who Jesus claims to be. Pilate is struggling with the answer to that question. In verse 37, Jesus says that “Everyone who is of the Truth hears my voice.” Pilate responds to Jesus by asking, “What is truth”?  I want you to take time to think about this question: “What is truth?” Pilate asks the question, and no answer is recorded here in scripture. But the Bible says plenty about truth.  Let’s take a look at some scripture verses that talk about the truth.

Take out your Bible and study the following verses about truth.
The Gospel is the truth – Ephesians 1:13, Colossians 1:5
God wants us to know the truth – 2 Timothy 2:15
The Church is meant to protect the truth – 1 Timothy 3:15
Some oppose the truth – 2 Timothy 3:2-8 (With emphasis on verse 7)
The truth should change how we live – 1 John 3:18

There is such an opposition to the truth in our world today. If we are not grounded on the Truth of the word of God it becomes hard to tell right from wrong, and truth from lies.We’re going to talk a lot over the next few weeks about absolute truth versus relative truth. We’ll talk about real life situations and Biblical passages that explore the idea of truth. One of the main themes in the scripture, as we saw in 1 John 3:18, is that the truth should change our lives.

John 14:6
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

When Pilate asked the question, “What is truth?” he didn’t realize it, but he was looking at the answer. Jesus is the truth according to this verse. Jesus doesn’t just tell the truth, He defines what it is. He is the personification of truth. When we say that the truth should change our lives, we’re saying that Jesus should change our lives.

July 26, 2020

Spiritual Habits: Silence by Leamlake Olson

After watching today’s lessons please read the following verses and answer the questions that follow: Leviticus 10:1-3, Psalm 39:1, Isaiah 41:4, Mark 4:39, 1 Timothy 2:1-2, 1 Peter 3:4, and Ecclesiastes 5:1-2

Read the following verses to answer this question: • Leviticus 10:1-3 • Psalm 39:1 • Isaiah 41:4 • Mark 4:39 • 1 Timothy 2:1-2 • 1 Peter 3:4
Read the following verses to answer this question: • Leviticus 10:1-3 • Psalm 39:1 • Isaiah 41:4 • Mark 4:39 • 1 Timothy 2:1-2 • 1 Peter 3:4
Read the following verses to answer this question: • Leviticus 10:1-3 • Psalm 39:1 • Isaiah 41:4 • Mark 4:39 • 1 Timothy 2:1-2 • 1 Peter 3:4
Read the following verses to answer this question: • Leviticus 10:1-3 • Psalm 39:1 • Isaiah 41:4 • Mark 4:39 • 1 Timothy 2:1-2 • 1 Peter 3:4
Read the following verses to answer this question: • Leviticus 10:1-3 • Psalm 39:1 • Isaiah 41:4 • Mark 4:39 • 1 Timothy 2:1-2 • 1 Peter 3:4
Read Ecclesiastes 5:1-2 to answer this question.
Read Ecclesiastes 5:1-2 to answer this question.
Read Ecclesiastes 5:1-2 to answer this question.

Homework:
– Memorize Ecclesiastes 5:1-2
– Practice the habit of silence one or more times this week. Find a place to be away from all distractions for at least one hour and sit in silence. Don’t play music, don’t watch television, and don’t speak with anyone. Just listen, think, or read the Bible. Most of all, allow yourself to feel close to God.
– Complete the above form or the Workbook

July 19, 2020

Spiritual Habits: Solitude by Sarah Negash

After watching today’s lessons please read the following verses and answer the questions that follow: Luke 5:16, Mark 6:31 Psalm 46:10, and John 8:21

Read Luke 5:16 to answer this question
Read Luke 5:16 to answer this question
Read Luke 5:16 to answer this question
Read Luke 5:16 to answer this question
Read Luke 5:16 to answer this question
Read Mark 6:31 to answer this question
Read Mark 6:31 to answer this question
Read Mark 6:31 to answer this question
Read Psalm 46:10 to answer this question
Read Psalm 46:10 to answer this question
Read Psalm 46:10 to answer this question
Read John 8:29 to answer this question
Read John 8:29 to answer this question
Read John 8:29 to answer this question

Homework:
– Memorize Psalms 46:10
– Practice the habit of solitude one or more times this week. Find a place to be away from all distractions for at least one hour and spend this time alone with God. Let the Holy Spirit guide you.
– Complete the above form or the Workbook

July 12, 2020

Spiritual Habits: Fasting by Pastor Ephraim Gebremariam

After watching today’s lesson please read the following verses and answer the questions that follow: Matthew 4:4, Deuteronomy 8:3, Exodus 16:1-8, and Matthew 5:6

Read Matthew 4:4 to answer this question.
Read Matthew 4:4 to answer this question.
Read Matthew 4:4 to answer this question.
Read Matthew 4:4 to answer this question.
Read Matthew 4:4 to answer this question.
Read Deuteronomy 8:3 to answer this question.
Read Deuteronomy 8:3 to answer this question.
Read Exodus 16:1-8 to answer this question.
Read Exodus 16:1-8 to answer this question.
Read Exodus 16:1-8 to answer this question.
Read Matthew 5:6 to answer this question.
Read Matthew 5:6 to answer this question.
Read Matthew 5:6 to answer this question.

Homework:
– Memorize Matthew 4:4
– Plan to fast one day this week for 24 hours. Be sure to review your notes and follow the principles and techniques discussed during the lesson.
– Complete the above form or the Workbook

July 5, 2020

Spiritual Habits: Journaling by Leamlake Olson

After watching today’s lessons please read the following verses and answer the questions that follow: Psalm 119:9-16, Psalm 42, Psalm 51, Psalm 150

Read Psalm 119:9-16 to answer this question
Read Psalm 119:9-16 to answer this question
Read Psalm 119:9-16 to answer this question
Read Psalm 119:9-16 to answer this question
Read Psalm 119:9-16 to answer this question
Read Psalm 42 to answer this question
Read Psalm 42 to answer this question
Read Psalm 42 to answer this question
Read Psalm 51 to answer this question
Read Psalm 51 to answer this question
Read Psalm 51 to answer this question
Read Psalm 150 to answer this question
Read Psalm 150 to answer this question
Read Psalm 150 to answer this question

Homework:
– Memorize Psalms 119:11
– Practice journaling at least five out of the next seven days.
– Complete the above form or the Workbook

June 28, 2020

Spiritual Habits: Prayer by Sarah Negash

After watching today’s lessons please read the following verses and answer the questions that follow: Matthew 6:5-13, Acts 1:14 & 2:42, 1st Thessalonians 5:17

(Matthew 6:5-13)
(Matthew 6:5-13)
(Matthew 6:5-13)
(Acts 1:14 & 2:42)
(Acts 1:14 & 2:42)
(Acts 1:14 & 2:42)
(Acts 1:14 & 2:42)
(1 Thessalonians 5:17)
(1 Thessalonians 5:17)

Homework:
Memorize Acts 2:42
(Click here for this weeks Workbook)

June 21, 2020

Spiritual Habits: Studying the Bible (Part 2)

After watching today’s lesson please read the following verses and answer the questions that follow: 2 Timothy 3:16-17, Romans 15:4, Acts 2:36-37, Acts 2:36-37

Homework:
1. Memorize 2 Timothy 3:16-17
2. Continue with the “start a habit” activities you started last week. This week, ask yourself, “What should I do?” Think about the changes you need to implement in your life to respond to what you just read or memorized.
(Click here for this weeks Workbook)

June 14, 2020

Spiritual Habits: Study The Bible (Part 1)
Read Genesis 2:7-22
Read Genesis 12:1-7
Read Exodus 3:1-10
Read Acts 9:1-8

Homework
– Memorize 2 Timothy 3:16
– Choose at least two of the following “start a habit” options and make them part of your daily Bible study or quite time.
Start a Habit
1) A Proverb a Day
2) A Verse in the Mirror
3) Blog Through the Bible
4) Read Slow/Think Slow
5) Get a Bible Reading Plan

June 7, 2020

Spiritual Habits: Having a Relationship With God
Read Psalm 42:1-2 As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?

Homework
– Memorize Psalm 42:2
– Complete the Workbook for today’s lesson.

May 31, 2020

Evangelism: Where do we go from here? by Sarah Negash

May 24, 2020

Make Room by Pastor Ephraim Gebremariam

After watching today’s lesson please complete the workbook and meditate on the memory verse.

May 17, 2020

A Blind Date by Pastor Ephraim Gebremariam

After watching today’s lesson please complete the workbook and meditate on the memory verse.

May 10, 2020

Go and Tell by Silenat Fente

After watching today’s lesson please complete the workbook and meditate on the memory verse.

May 3, 2020

Come and See by Pastor Ephraim Gebremariam

After watching today’s lesson please complete the workbook and meditate on the memory verse.

April 26, 2020

My Contribution by Pastor Ephraim Gebremariam

After watching today’s lesson please complete the workbook and meditate on the memory verse.

April 19, 2020

My Place by Pastor Ephraim Gebremariam

After watching today’s lesson please complete the workbook and meditate on the memory verse.

April 12, 2020

The Family by Pastor Ephraim Gebremariam

After watching today’s lesson please complete the workbook and meditate on the memory verse.

April 5, 2020

Community by Silenat Fente

After watching today’s lesson please complete the workbook and meditate on the memory verse.

March 29, 2020

We Are the Body by Pastor Ephraim Gebremariam

After watching today’s lesson please complete the workbook and meditate on the memory verse.