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Only One….

1Tim 2:5 For [there is] one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

A New Ministry Has Begun At Settled In Heaven

Settled In Heaven Ministries is beginning a new type of teaching series.  This new ministry is entitled “Teach Others Also”.   This ministry will consist of 13 video and written lessons specifically tailored for SS classes, Home Bible Studies, and Small Group Meetings.  This ministry was started based upon several requests we have received for a quarterly (12 or 13 week) teaching series.

Our first series entitled “The Precious Word” will begin with the first weekly posting on Sunday Morning July 1st and is scheduled to conclude with the Sept 23rd posting.  This will give anyone interested the ability to see much of this series before the fall quarter begins.  Hopefully, after seeing the first several lessons you will be able to decide whether you would like to use this series in the upcoming quarter.

This study will be emphasizing the importance of the Word of God for the Christian while, at the same time, answering questions that are commonly asked by unbelievers.  It will be clearly demonstrating that the Word of God supplies the believer with EVERYTHING that is needed to serve the Lord for the entire course of their lives.  For the unbeliever they will be receiving truths about God, Sin and Salvation and many other important truths.

The 13 interconnected subjects that are covered in this series are:

  1. Introduction to the study – The Preciousness of the Word
  2. Does God Exist?
  3. Are We Created Beings?
  4. Is There A Messiah?
  5. Does Sin Exist?
  6. How Can I Be Comforted In the Midst of Suffering?
  7. What Happens When We Die?
  8. How Can We Prepare For Death?
  9. Where Can We Find Lasting Joy?
  10. What Is The Meaning To Life?
  11. Why Does Tragedy Exist?
  12. Is There A Universal Standard Of Right and Wrong?
  13. Summary Of Our Study – The Preciousness Of the Word  (Can be deleted for classes using 12 week quarters)

The series material includes:

  1. The 25 minute video lesson presentation (for those who would like to lead a Bible study group without the availability of a teacher).  This video will be posted on the SIH blog along with the written copy.
  2. The Written copy of the current lesson as a blog posting each Sunday morning
  3. The 117 page Student/Teacher Manual which can be downloaded here in .pdf or .docx format. It is highly suggested that each student receives a copy of this manual to aid in the teaching process.  This manual includes:
    1.  a written outline of each lesson ( a copy of the written lesson that was posted on the blog website)
    2.  from 5 to 7 questions for each lesson
    3. an answer key at the end of the book (pg 100-113)  that can easily be deleted from the students copy of the manual

This is the first time I have attempted this type of series so it is a learning process for me. I have attempted to correct as many errors as possible in the handbook, however, let me apologize for any errors that may still exist.

If you have any suggestions regarding subjects for upcoming series, improvements or any type of changes you would like to see with these lessons please feel free to contact me at settledinheaven@gmail.com. ANY INPUT IS VERY MUCH APPRECIATED. The feedback I receive from this initial series will form the future path for this ministry.

As always, all the material offered is free of charge.  All of these materials may be distributed freely.  All that is asked is that no monetary gain be received from the distribution of these materials.  May the Lord bless each one of us as we begin this new ministry at SIH Ministries.  I trust this ministry will be a blessing to each one of us.

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Woman With Infirmity

The next miracle in our series is healing the Woman with an infirmity …This miracle is recorded for us in Luke 13:10-13

In this miracle, we find a woman whose spine was physically bent to an extreme.  Her condition was so severe that she could not straighten her back and lift herself to an upright position…” And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself”

The remedy for this lady’s condition was found in the gracious intervention of Christ Jesus…. “And when Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said unto her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity.  And he laid his hands on her: and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God.”

This woman’s posture reminds me of an individual who is bent down bearing the burden of their own sin as they live their life on earth… Ps 38:4 For mine iniquities are gone over mine head: as an heavy burden they are too heavy for me.”  

What is the solution to this horrible burden of sin?  Just as the lady in our miracle found release from her infliction in Christ, so too, the burden of sin can be removed by Christ… Matt 11:28-30  Come unto me, all [ye] that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.  For my yoke [is] easy, and my burden is light.

Bring your sin burdens to Christ and leave them with Him. He came to the earth and lived a perfect life enabling Him to be our sinless substitute for us.  As He has died on the cross, He was bearing the punishment of the sins of His people.  By coming to Him, we can exchange our sinful acts for His righteousness, thus receiving rest from this horrible burden that we bear.

When we come to Him, we are to come willing to accept Him as Lord of our life and out of love and appreciation serve Him with all of our might.  This is the yoke that we are to bear.  It is a yoke that is light… a yoke that we bear with joy, knowing that we have been liberated from the burden of sin that will only work death in our lives.

If you have never been released from this burden of sin, come to Christ.  It is through Him and Him alone that we can find rest for our souls.  Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

May the Lord bless each one of us as we “Think On These Things”.

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Ultimate Forgiveness…

Luke 23:32-34  And there were also two other, malefactors, led with him to be put to death. And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left. Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.

Would We Be Faithful To The End?

Acts 7:57-60 Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one accord,  And cast [him] out of the city, and stoned [him]:… And they stoned Stephen, calling upon [God], and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.  And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.

SIH’s Think On These Things: A Blind Mute Demoniac

The next miracle in our series is Healing a blind mute demoniac …This miracle is recorded for us in Matt 12:22, Luke 11:14

Here is one account of this miracle that is set before us… “And he was casting out a devil, and it was dumb. And it came to pass, when the devil was gone out, the dumb spake; and the people wondered.”

Here we are told the result of this miracle was that the people “wondered” at the workings of Christ.  The root word of the word translated “wondered” has three ideas with it:

  1. “to look closely”, “to examine”
  2. “to perceive”, “to understand”
  3. “to appreciate”

Do we “wonder” at the workings of Christ that take place around us?  In our lives; in the lives of our acquaintances, friends and family; in the natural world that surrounds us; and in the pages of God’s Word;  do we come to a recognition and appreciation of His greatness, authority, strength, and wisdom?

If we find these miracles slipping by the wayside of our minds, let’s follow the three steps outlined the definition of wonder…

  1. firstly, we need to take a moment to recognize, and then closely examine, the work      of Christ that we see taking place.
  2. Secondly, after our examination of the event we need to come to an understanding of    its impact and what it is teaching us about the person, attributes and workings of Christ.
  3. Finally, we should allow this new understanding of the greatness of Christ work in      our hearts to give us a new appreciation and reverence of His supremacy and grace.  This should renew a spirit of worship in our hearts and minds.

Let us resolve to never take His workings for granted.  When we recognize He is at work, let’s take a moment to process His workings and come to a greater recognition and appreciation of our wonderful Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

May the Lord bless each one of us as we “Think On These Things”.

SIH Homepage: http://www.settledinheaven.org

SIH Text Blog: http://settledinheaven.wordpress.com/all-about-salvation/

SIH Video Blog: http://youtube.com/settledinheaven/

SIH Email: settledinheaven@gmail.com

Do We Bear The Fruits Of Christ?

Matt 7:20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

SIH’s Think On These Things: Catching A Fish With A Coin

The next miracle in our series is Catching A Fish With A Coin …This miracle is recorded for us in Matt 17:24-27

The “tribute” money being described in this miracle was a Roman tax that was levied to honor (or “give tribute”) to Caesar.

This miracle began when the tax collectors approached Peter and asked him if Christ paid tribute to Caesar.  Peter responded in the affirmative.  Christ then uses this event to teach an important spiritual lesson….” What thinkest thou, Simon? of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? of their own children, or of strangers?  Peter saith unto him, Of strangers. Jesus saith unto him, Then are the children free.”

The spiritual lesson from this miracle is two-fold:

  1. Recognition of Christ’s high position of authority… Christ is King of King and Lord of Lords. (1 Tim 6:15)  He is actually King and Lord over the Caesar.  Therefore, the tribute money that was collected should actually be given to Him and not Caesar.
  2. Recognition of the Christian as members of Christ’s royal family…Also, Peter (standing as representative of all Christians) was adopted into the family of Christ. (Gals 4:5)   He was “a child of the King!”  Therefore, Peter had the liberty to not pay this tribute money that actually belonged to Christ.  Why?… because the tribute money was never owed by a child of the ruler,  it was only levied against those who were not related to the ruler.

In spite of the fact that neither Christ, nor Peter, actually owed this tribute money, they paid it.  Why?  It was a matter of testimony.  Christ explains this when He says “Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them, go thou to the sea, and cast an hook, and take up the fish that first cometh up; and when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of money: that take, and give unto them for me and thee.”

How often do we go “the second mile” to retain a good testimony in the eyes of those around us?  In this example Christ emphasizes this truth by paying a tribute that He was not obligated to pay.

(Paul emphasized the same principle in 1 Cor 8:4-10.  Here we find that we are allowed to eat meat sacrificed to idols (because an idol isn’t really a god).  But we are to not take advantage of this liberty for the sake of those who are weak in the faith.  They might misunderstand our eating of the meat and interpret the act as a vindication of idolatry.)

Are there any “liberties” we are exercising that could be misunderstood by those around us?  Could this liberty be a stumbling block, ruining our testimony for Him?  If so, let us prayerfully consider no longer exercising this liberty out of our love for Christ and others.

May the Lord bless each one of us as we “Think On These Things”.

SIH Homepage: http://www.settledinheaven.org

SIH Text Blog: http://settledinheaven.wordpress.com/all-about-salvation/

SIH Video Blog: http://youtube.com/settledinheaven/

SIH Email: settledinheaven@gmail.com

It’s Only A Matter Of Time….

Rom 8:30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.

SIH’s Think On These Things: Healing The Demoniac Boy

The next miracle in our series is  Healing The Demoniac Boy …This miracle is recorded for us in Matt 17:14-21, Mark 9:17-25, Luke 9:37-43

In this miracle, we have a demon possessed boy who is described as a “lunatic”, “sore vexed”, “he falls into the fire and into the water”, “has a dumb spirit”, “he foameth”, “gnasheth his teeth”, and “pineth away”.  From this variety of descriptions we can easily see the horrible condition this boy was in and the basis for his father’s great concern.  The father brings this son to the disciples of Christ who are unsuccessful in casting it out.   Then the father brings the child to Christ who successfully casts out the demon and heals the child.

Afterward, His disciples come to Him questioning Him, “Why could not we cast him out?  And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief:”   Jesus then continues…

If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.”

To understand Jesus response we need to know that the mustard seed is the smallest of the commonly planted seeds of the day.  What He was saying is simply that with the smallest amount of genuine, God given faith we can see great miracles take place in our lives and the lives of others.

(Please keep in mind, Godly faith involves, among other things…

  1. an acknowledgement that He is Sovereign (able to intervene in any situation)
  2. a recognition that His will is ALWAYS done in all areas of living
  3. what takes place is ALWAYS for His glory and the good of His people.
  4. A desire for His will to be done above our own desires

This type of faith is shown in our lives as a spirit of submission to His will above our desires.  When the above four principles are sincerely and deeply held beliefs, we find that He answers every one of our prayers in accordance with His will.

Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting  – Christ continues by explaining how we can develop this type of genuine faith in our lives.  It is through prayer (communion with Him and recognition of our need for His intervention in the situation) and fasting (the denial of the fulfillment of fleshly desires which brings us into submission His will above our own desires.)  The combination of these two practices are great aids in the development of a Godly faith that stands in times of trial and need.

Do we have a faith that allows Christ to work miracles as we come before His throne of grace?

May the Lord bless each one of us as we “Think On These Things”.

SIH Homepage: http://www.settledinheaven.org

SIH Text Blog: http://settledinheaven.wordpress.com/all-about-salvation/

SIH Video Blog: http://youtube.com/settledinheaven/

SIH Email: settledinheaven@gmail.com

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