Showing posts from April, 2019

“What Shall I Do to Inherit Eternal Life?”, Notes on Matthew 18; Luke 10, CFM study for April 22–28

Become as a Child, Matthew 18:1-6 See my notes under the heading "Who is the Greatest," where I cover this passage. The Parable of the Lost Sheep, Matthew 18:10-14, see also Luke 15:1-7 Christ says that any of His hearers who had a hundred sheep and lost one would go after it.  I've been thinking about that.  There are a lot of things that I could have one hundred of and not care if I lost one.  In a lot of things, 99% is more than good enough.  If I had one hundred dollars and couldn't find one of them, I wouldn't worry about it.  But a good shepherd loves his sheep and knows them.  It's not just another dollar bill to the shepherd; it's a valued and known member of his flock. Why do sheep get lost?  John and Jeannie Welch say this about sheep :  " Of all the animals in God’s kingdom, sheep rank among the most vulnerable. They are largely defenseless, lacking claws or most other means of warding off an attack from predators. They cannot

Come Follow Me study for Easter and Holy Week

For our study this week, we are taking time each day to read about some the events of the last week of Christ's life.  For our Sunday study, we will watch the videos below. If you are looking for an in-depth guide to what to study for each day and have time for more than what is in the manual ,  this resource is impressive! Here are the videos we are watching this week: This one is SO powerful! I created this playlist of the Bible videos about Christ's last week: Then these explanatory videos are very interesting, too!  Here's a link to 12 about the last week of his life. Happy Easter!  He is Risen!

Notes on Matthew 16-17, Mark 9, and Luke 9, Come Follow Me lesson for April 1-14

"Beware the Leaven of the Pharisees" Matthew 16:1-12 In these verses, Jesus condemns the Pharisees for asking for a sign.  They should know the scriptures and the law and should be able to see all the signs that Jesus is the Christ, and yet they demand more signs from Christ.   Over and over in the scriptures, the pattern is that people believe, and then signs follow.  Signs confirm our faith, not cause it in the first place.   I wonder what it is about an adulterous people that makes them seek for signs?  Is it that they are so consumed by their own appetites that they are unable to feel the whisperings of the Spirit?  Or is there something about giving into physical lusts that makes people unable to develop faith?  Elder Neal A. Maxwell says this,  "Why does this generation seek a sign? queried Jesus with a deep sigh. (See Mark 8:12 .) The more wicked and adulterous the people of a particular period, the more they demand signs as a condition of belief. Sensual in