Bad / Cold Weather Policy

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Just a reminder to everyone that we follow the Shelby County Schools in our class cancelations. If the schools are out, we will not have classes. We will always post our cancelations here so you can double check. Please be careful in the winter weather.

Psalms Session 17

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The Lament Psalms - Psalm 22 Pt 2 | We continue working through Psalm 22 considering how David’s poetic words, pregnant with significance, are applied to the experience of Jesus on the Cross. Some of the Psalms have a typological-prophetic application while others seem to be straight prophecy. We begin to explore those differences in this session. This Psalm shows how David speaks from the human experience and with these same words Jesus profoundly enters into the human experience.

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Psalms Session 16

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The Lament Psalms - Psalm 22 Pt 1 | This week we begin looking at probably the most “famous” of the lament Psalms. “My God, My God why have you forsaken me!?” are the very words that Jesus cries out from the Cross. A complex Psalm, 22 moves from the depths of despair to the heights of praise. Some of the Psalms have a typological-prophetic application while others seem to be straight prophecy. We begin to explore those differences in this session.

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Psalms Session 15

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The Lament Psalms - Psalm 3 | This week we consider the first lament Psalm in the Psalms - Psalm 3. Attributed to the time when David was fleeing from Absalom, this Psalm shows us that even in the midst of difficulty, rest and hope can be the prevailing mental attitudes. David calls out to the Lord in the midst of his crisis and having received an answer from the Lord, David is a able to rest knowing that the Lord would be faithful to do what He had said.

Brothers We Are Not Professionals:
A Book Review

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Pastor Piper pleads with pastors to pursue a prophetic rather than professional position in the pulpit. Piper saw professionalism seeping into churches in 2002. Thirteen years later the Church in the United States is saturated with professionalism. From the pastors to the pews it seems that more and more view the ministry of the Church as a place for professionals. Piper pleads vehemently against this outlook. I was thoroughly convinced and convicted by the plea given in this book. I would like to share my favorite quotes and passages from the book with the hope that they will encourage pastors, elders, and Christians to seek and strive for so much more than mere professionalism.

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Psalms Session 14

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The Lament Psalms | We shift in this session to begin hearing from the most prominent type of Psalm in the Psalter: the Lament Psalm. When it seems that the LORD has abandoned us, when our enemies are set to prevail against us, when our sin or sickness threatens to consume us we, cry out in the Laments. “How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever?” (Psalm 13:1) is a cry that comes from a deep emotional pain that all the faithful have experienced. In these lament Psalms we learn how to deal with our more difficult emotions without losing hope.

Psalms Session 13

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The Zion Hymns - Psalm 47, 48 | We continue looking at a couple of Zion Hymns which express the hope of security and The LORD sits enthroned in His Holy City, on His Holy Hill - Mt Zion. Situated between Psalms 46 and 48, Psalm 47 provides the foundational theology for Psalms and life: “For the LORD YHWH, the Most High, is to be feared; A great King over all the earth!” (Psalm 47:2) Ultimately these great hymns look forward to the day when a Mt. Zion and New Jerusalem are the center of life on planet earth when all the nations will come to worship and serve the One True God (Hebrews 11:10, 11:16, 12:22, 13:14 and Revelation 21:1-10)

Psalms Session 12

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The Zion Hymns - Psalm 46 | We begin with a brief review of the Psalms types, particularly the Hymns. Among the Hymns in the Psalms there is a sub-group called the Zion Hymns. Just as the Hymns extol the virtue and praiseworthiness of the Lord God, so the Zion Hymns focus on Mt. Zion and Jerusalem as the dwelling place of God. Writing during a time when the Lord literally took up His residence above the Ark of the Covenant in the Tabernacle and later the Temple, these Hymns remind us that ultimate security is found in the Lord’s presence among His people. These hymns also yearn for the future days of the New Jerusalem in which righteousness dwells permanently.

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Who Did Christ Come to Serve?

The Puzzle

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Often profound questions come not from seminary professors or books, but regular folks who study the Bible faithfully. I received a call with the short question, "I heard that Christ came to serve God and not men, what would be a passage that proves this?" A simple question, but difficult to answer. There seemed to be three possible solutions, Christ came to serve God, Christ came to serve men, Christ came to serve both. But for each solution a Scripture popped into my mind which could be interpreted to oppose that solution.
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The Worst Marketing Strategy:
Grace Based Ministry In a Business Savvy World

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Before signing on with Truth Seekers Fellowship, I thoroughly researched the ministry. I discovered they had an amazing spiritual formation curriculum called Milk to Meat that has been used to strengthen, teach, and encourage followers of Jesus around the globe. When I asked how much they charged for this curriculum in my interview, they said “nothing” and my jaw nearly hit the floor. After pulling my jaw back up I asked more questions and learned that TSF gives away all their material online for FREE. I found out for a semester class the ministry does charge $40, enough to cover some printing costs, but not enough to cover the bills for an office, a website, or salary for a teacher. I also learned that TSF offers scholarships if the $40 is too much for someone.

Having been involved in the ministry world for quite some time I knew that ministries could, can, and do charge quite a bit for the things that TSF gives away for nothing or nearly nothing. Classes could cost hundreds to thousands of dollars a year. Curriculum could be sold for hundreds. Messages and online audio could be sold for $1-3 per message. Most ministries see these resources as excellent sources of revenue and utilize them as such. I was attracted to Truth Seekers Fellowship because they did not.
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Happy Thanksgiving

GIVE THANKS to The LORD, for He is good;
His faithful love endures forever.” ( Psalms 107:1 )

We have so many things to be thankful for and simply give thanks to our Heavenly Father who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms in Christ through His Spirit. We just posted our Thanksgiving Letter and update and you can click here to read it. We have also posted a couple of letters from some of our “long distance” students which were particularly encouraging to us this year. You can read those here.

We mainly want to let all of you who visit our site and use our resources know that we are so thankful for each of you. We are also very thankful for all our supporters who invest in this ministry and allow us to offer all of our online resources free of charge.

We hope all of you have a joyous and blessed Thanksgiving.

Psalms Session 11

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The Hymns Psalm 33 | The Hymns praise the One True God - YHWH - for His excellence. His virtue - His goodness and grace - define reality. In Psalm 33, we hear a surprising statement: “the whole earth is full of the steadfast love of the LORD!” When we see the power of the Lord in creation, His ability to frustrate the plans of the nations, and His ability to peer into our hearts we might despair. However, as the Lord is looking throughout the earth, He takes note of those who fear Him. What does it mean to “fear” the Lord? To stand in awe of Him and hope in His steadfast love - His grace and mercy that is unfailing!

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