Love and Devotion to Others

Sunday, October 4, 2020, lesson title “Love and Devotion to Others”. Bible Background 1 Samuel 19:1-7, 23:1-18; 2 Samuel 9. Printed Text 1 Samuel 19:1-7. Devotional Reading Matthew 5:43-48. Keep in Mind: “And Jonathan spake good of David unto Saul his father, and said unto him, Let not the king sin against his servant, against David; because he hath not sinned against thee, and because his works have been to thee-ward very good” (1 Samuel 19:4, KJV).
AIM FOR CHANGE
By the end of this lesson, we will EXPLORE the story of Jonathan’s defense of David when David was opposed by Saul, LONG for love and justice within the family and beyond, and GROW in love and devotion for justice for others.

DAILY BIBLE READINGS FOR September 28, 2020 – October 4, 2020

DAILY BIBLE READINGS FOR September 28, 2020 – October 4, 2020
MONDAY
Timothy, My Brother, and Coworker – 1 Thessalonians 3:1-6
TUESDAY
David Slays Philistine with a Stone – 1 Samuel 17:41-51
WEDNESDAY
David and Jonathan Bond Together – 1 Samuel 18:1-5
THURSDAY
Saul Jealous of and Fears David – 1 Samuel 18:12-18
FRIDAY
Jonathan Asserts David as Next King – 1 Samuel 23:14-18
SATURDAY
David Provides for Jonathan’s Son Mephibosheth – 2 Samuel 9:1-10
SUNDAY
Saul Promises to Preserve David’s Life – 1 Samuel 19:1-7

DAILY BIBLE READINGS FOR September 21, 2020 – September 27, 2020

DAILY BIBLE READINGS FOR September 21, 2020 – September 27, 2020
MONDAY
During Trouble, Maintain Hope in God – Psalm 43
TUESDAY
Benjamin Sent to Joseph with Gifts – Genesis 43:1-15
WEDNESDAY
Stolen Cup Found in Benjamin’s Grain – Genesis 44:1-13
THURSDAY
Brothers Offer to Become Slaves to Joseph – Genesis 44:14-17
FRIDAY
Judah Pleads with Joseph for Benjamin – Genesis 44:18-26
SATURDAY
Jacob Will Die Without Seeing Benjamin – Genesis 44:27-34
SUNDAY
Joseph and His Brothers Reconcile Their Differences – Genesis 45:1-15

God’s Plan Revealed

Sunday, September 27, 2020, lesson title “God’s Plan Revealed”. Bible Background Genesis 43, 45:1-15. Printed Text Genesis 45:1-15. Devotional Reading John 14:1-14. Keep in Mind: “Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither: for God did send me before you to preserve life” (Genesis 45:5, KJV).
AIM FOR CHANGE
By the end of this lesson,we will: UNDERSTAND how Joseph viewed his past mistreatment at the hand of his brothers, RECOGNIZE how God is at work in difficult circumstances, and RESPOND to mistreatment not with vengeance but with creative,, transforming initiatives.

DAILY BIBLE READINGS FOR September 14, 2020 – September 20, 2020

DAILY BIBLE READINGS FOR September 14, 2020 – September 20, 2020
MONDAY
Have Mercy on Me, a Sinner – Psalm 51:-12
TUESDAY
Pilate’s Judgment of Jesus, “Not Guilty” – Luke 23:9-15
WEDNESDAY
Brothers Sent to Egypt to Buy Grain – Genesis 42:1-5
THURSDAY
Joseph Returns Money With Grain – Genesis 42:26-28
FRIDAY
Joseph Questions Motives of Brothers – Genesis 42:29-34
SATURDAY
Jacob Vows Not to Send Benjamin – Genesis 42:35-38
SUNDAY
Joseph Confronts Brothers for Past Behavior – Genesis 42:6-25

Love Versus Guilt

Sunday, September 20, 2020, lesson title “Love Versus Guilt”. Bible Background Genesis 42. Printed Text Genesis 42:6-25. Devotional Reading Psalm 51. Keep in Mind: “And Reuben answered them, saying, Spake I not unto you, saying, Do not sin against the child; and ye would not hear? therefore, behold, also his blood is required” (Genesis 42:22, KJV).
AIM FOR CHANGE
By the end of this lesson,we will: EXPLAIN why Joseph’s brothers interpreted their misfortune as punishment for their sins, SENSE the need for wholeness in their personal relationships, and IDENTIFY ways to accept God’s forgiveness and strive to offer grace to those who mistreat them.

DAILY BIBLE READINGS FOR September 7, 2020 – September 13, 2020

DAILY BIBLE READINGS FOR September 7, 2020 – September 13, 2020
MONDAY
Paul and Barnabas Appointed for Ministry – Acts 13:1-5
TUESDAY
Joseph, Chief Interpreter of Dreams – Genesis 41:9-13
WEDNESDAY
Dreams of Cows and Corn Explained – Genesis 41:14-24
THURSDAY
Preparing for the Expected Famine – Genesis 41:34-36
FRIDAY
Storing Grain for the Future – Genesis 41:41-49
SATURDAY
Egypt Feeds the Middle East – Genesis 41:53-57
SUNDAY
Leadership During Crisis – Genesis 41:25-33, 37-40, 50-52

God Rewards Obedience

Sunday, September 13, 2020, lesson title “God Rewards Obedience”. Bible Background Genesis 41:14-57. Printed Text Genesis 41:25-33, 37-40, 50-52. Devotional Reading 1 Peter 5:5-11. Keep in Mind: “And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, Forasmuch as God hath shewed thee all this, thee is none so discreet and wise as thou art: Thou shalt be over my house, and according unto thy word shall all my people be ruled: only in the throne will I be greater than thou ” (Genesis 41:39-40, KJV).
AIM FOR CHANGE
By the end of this lesson,we will: DISCOVER how Joseph’s love for God and faithfulness helped him find success in Egypt, ASPIRE to remain steadfast in love and obedience to God when facing extreme hardships, and CELEBRATE God’s providential care in times of suffering.

DAILY BIBLE READINGS FOR August 31, 2020 – September 6, 2020

DAILY BIBLE READINGS FOR August 31, 2020 – September 6, 2020
MONDAY
Rachel, Mother of Joseph and Benjamin – Genesis 30:22-24; 35:16-20
TUESDAY
Joseph Checks on Brothers at Dothan – Genesis 37:12-17
WEDNESDAY
Jacob Convinced that Joseph Is Dead – Genesis 37:29-36
THURSDAY
From Slave to Ruler of Egypt – Psalm 105:1-6, 16-22
FRIDAY
Jacob Lives with Joseph in Egypt – Acts 7:9-15
SATURDAY
Caution, Disputes May Lead to Violence – James 4:1-7
SUNDAY
Jealously Divides Families – Genesis 37:2-11, 23-24,28

Issues of Love

Sunday, September 6, 2020, lesson title “Issues of Love”. Bible Background Genesis 37. Printed Text Genesis 37:2-11,23-24,28. Devotional Reading Psalm 105:1-6, 16-22. Keep in Mind: “And his brethren envied him; but his father observed the saying ” (Genesis 37:11, KJV).
AIM FOR CHANGE
By the end of this lesson,we will: EXAMINE the circumstances of familial love and hatred between Jacob/Israel’s sons, REPENT of times we allowed jealousy and hatred to override a commitment to love, and DEVELOP strategies to allow a commitment to love to override feelings of jealousy and hatred.