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Why Did Demons Opt To Be Sent Into Pigs?

by Terry Lanford on June 19th, 2015

The miracle was so profound that the actions of a loving father were nearly eclipsed. After all, raising someone from the dead was impossible.

In Mark 5:21-32 is the story of Jesus raising Jairus’ daughter from the dead. Before we see what this story has for us, let’s take a quick look at what some eye opening statistics reveal about children raised in homes were a father is physically or relationally absent.

If God never sleeps, why did Jesus sleep?

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by Terry Lanford on June 10th, 2015

Did you know that giraffes only need between twenty to one hundred twenty minutes of sleep every twenty four hours? They have the lowest sleep requirement among mammals. Most of us need varying amounts of sleep. While I can think of ways I could use the time I spend sleeping for others things, I must admit, I enjoy sleeping. My body lets me know when I need sleep. Scripture assures us that God neither sleeps nor slumbers (Psalm 121:4). Wait a minute! Didn’t Jesus, the Son of God, sleep? If God never sleeps, why did Jesus sleep? Is He sleeping through your storm?

The Widow of Nain - Why Her Son?

by Terry Lanford on June 2nd, 2015

Two processions of people converged outside the city gates. In one procession, the central figure was a corpse. In the other, it was Christ. In one procession there was great sadness and sorrow. In the other there was joy and gladness. As these two groups converged, life met death. Why did Jesus raise the son of the widow of Nain from the dead? In Luke 7:11-17 we read about the first time Jesus raised a person from the dead.

Got Questions?

by Terry Lanford on May 26th, 2015

Do you want to get the most out of your personal Bible study? Ask questions! Good questions lead to discovery.

So Who Closed the Door on the Ark?

by Terry Lanford on May 20th, 2015

God did! In Genesis 7:16 we read that once Noah, his family and all the animals were on board, “God shut him in.”  That’s fascinating! The Hebrew word used for “shut” also means “to close” in an absolute sense. The idea is that God sealed the door. This same word is also used in Scripture to describe being confined or imprisoned.  In other words, once God shut Noah and party inside the ark, no one was going to open the door.

Pursuing God’s Will for Our Character

by Terry Lanford on May 19th, 2015

I am often amazed at how hard I can go after the things I really want. Can you relate? Unfortunately I don’t always pursue Godly character. I am afraid it will cost more than I am willing to give. How do you think the Lord desires for us to be described?  Consider some of the following: Strong and CourageousHave I not commanded you?  Be strong and courageous.  Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. - Joshua 1:9

Withered Hands and Hard Hearts

by Terry Lanford on May 12th, 2015

In Mark 3:1-6 we read that Jesus once again entered the synagogue and the Pharisees were there to watch Him. They had been hearing stories about the Man from Galilee and they were growing more and more concerned.  The Pharisees and teachers of the law were angry because Jesus forgave a man’s sins, ate a meal with sinners, refused to honor their rituals, and allowed His disciples to pick and eat grain on the Sabbath (Mark 2).

Ripping Off the Roof

by Terry Lanford on May 4th, 2015

In Mark 2:1-12 we read of four men who went to extreme measures to get their friend to Jesus. Their friend was paralyzed and there was no known cure for his condition. These men had heard about, or maybe even witnessed, Jesus heal others. They realized Jesus was the only remedy for their friend’s great need. Their desperation birthed a great determination to get there friend to Jesus.

The Man Who Amazed Jesus

by Terry Lanford on April 29th, 2015

Jesus often amazed people with His words and actions, but only once does Scripture reveal that Jesus was amazed by the faith of a person. The story is found in Luke 7:1-10. Context is incredibly important to understanding this wonderful story. Prior to going to Capernaum where Jesus met the centurion, Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount. Immediately after that Luke records this miracle.

Fifty Shades of Depravity

by Terry Lanford on April 20th, 2015

Below is a list of some horrible evils I heard about in just the last week that illustrate the moral depravity of man. Oh the evil people do to one another. I didn’t list fifty “shades” of depravity but I could have. Unfortunately, illustrations are not hard to find. I am not saying all of these events happened this week but many did. A man was charged with murder after deputies say he stabbed his girlfriend to death and kidnapped her 4-year-old daughter. One report said the man murdered the woman in front of her child.

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