"ICM's Mini Bible College" with "Dick Woodward "
Seven Blueprints for a Burnout
Friday, February 24, 2017
There are seven examples of the people of God talking back to Malachi. These seven dialogues can be called, “Seven Whispers of a Heart Growing Cold Toward God,” because they describe the symptoms of people who have lost a love relationship with God. The mission of Malachi was to restore their relationship with God. Malachi prophesizes the Second Coming of Christ for the faithful, severe judgment for the cold-hearted, and John the Baptist, who will prepare the way for Jesus.
Back Chat - Thursday, February 23, 2017
Malachi is the last prophet in the Old Testament. He preached after the time of Nehemiah, when the people of God had a form of religion yet denied the reality of a relationship with God. The message of his heart was that God wanted to have a love relationship with His people. They did the rituals they thought God wanted, but they were spiritually cold and apathetic. Malachi became a messenger of repentance God used to draw His people back to Himself.
What You See is What You Get - Wednesday, February 22, 2017
God gave eight visions to Zechariah to encourage and strengthen His people who were powerless and discouraged. The exiles had few weapons, many enemies, and an enormous task. They were focused on problems and could not see how they would ever rebuild the temple with so many obstacles and problems. But Zechariah’s visions pulled back the veil and showed them how God was working to accomplish His purposes. His prophecies gave hope and strength to God’s people.
Apocalypse Now - Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Through Zechariah’s preaching, God was calling His people not just to a city or a temple but return to their spiritual “homeland” of a relationship with Him. His primary message was that if the people returned to God, God would return to the people. Zechariah is one of the most important prophetic books, containing more detailed prophecies of the coming Messiah than any book, other than Isaiah. Zechariah prophesies that God would give His people His Spirit and bless them forever.
Focus Your Faith - Monday, February 20, 2017
The prophet Haggai shows us how to set our priorities for life. To those who are going through a spiritual drought or who find that their work is not being blessed by God, Haggai says to “Consider your ways” and to “Consider God’s ways.” God wants us to focus on the work He is doing today that He plans to do in the future. We are to let our faith focus our priorities, our perspective, our motives, and our fears.
God First - Friday, February 17, 2017
Haggai preached to the first group of exiles returning to Jerusalem. Because of the hostility, the people of Judah stopped rebuilding the temple and were building their own homes. “Give careful thought to your ways,” Haggai preached. He cried out for God’s people to remember their priorities, regain proper perspective, be motivated to continue, and stop being afraid. His words remind us of our need to stay focused on God’s mission and His will for our lives.
Clean Sweep from Top to Bottom - Thursday, February 16, 2017
Zephaniah prophesied about the Day of the Lord. He focused entirely on the final days when Jesus returns and God judges the world. He described an event that would affect every man and beast in the world. This judgment will be a result of the sin of the nations, Zephaniah urged repentance and faithfulness. God will always preserve and care for those who are faithful to Him. In the end, every person on earth will acknowledge the Lord as God.
The Original Talk Show - Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Habakkuk was a priest and a minister of worship and music, who lived when the threat of Babylon’s invasion was clear to all. But while Jerusalem’s watchmen were in towers looking for the coming army, Habakkuk stationed himself in a spiritual watchtower to hear from God. He is known for repeatedly asking God, “why?” as he wrestles with the questions all of Judah must have been asking. Habakkuk encourages Judah to live by faith and to keep their hope.
Ho-hum or Nahum - Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Nahum prophesied against one of the most vicious enemies of God’s people. The Assyrian Empire conquered and enslaved all the nations of the world with indescribable cruelty. God had made a covenant with Abraham, “I will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you.” Nahum spoke words of comfort to Judah: Nineveh, the capital city of their enemy would soon be destroyed. God would deal with the Assyrians harshly and punish them for their cruel sins.
God's Final Solution - Monday, February 13, 2017
In Micah’s third sermon he preached; “God desires that His people live justly, love mercy, and walk humbly before Him.” After addressing the moral failure of government and spiritual bankruptcy in Israel and Judah, Micah preached a message of hope through a Messianic prophecy. Where human government had failed in Jerusalem and Samaria, Christ’s ultimate authority would not fail, and He would bring true peace to His people. He would be the perfect example of a Prophet, Priest, and King.
Friday, February 24th, 2017
the Seventh Week after Epiphany