March 9, 2022, 3:20 PM



U7 – FOR WEEK OF 3/7/22

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I have had thousands of meals in my lifetime. Only a few stick out in my mind:

  • A first date dinner with Dottie (My wonderful wife for almost 50 years!) at the Pub in Camden NJ.

· A rehearsal dinner sponsored by my parents at the P&B Diner in Glassboro NJ.

· A dinner at a restaurant in Maryland the night of our wedding. “Steak for Two”.

· Eating meals on a cruise I’d won, including us sitting at the captain’s table.

  • Celebrating 25 years of marriage with family and friends after attending our son, Mark’s, wedding.

What did all these meals have in common? Dottie was there! That made it special. In fact, I can only think of one person other than Dottie that I’d rather have a meal with. That’s the Lord Jesus Christ! It’s not the food, but it’s the fellowship that is the major feature of dining with Jesus.

In a sense, dining with Jesus has, can, should and take place in our lives. Let’s look at four instances that dining with Jesus takes place. 

CONFRONTATION – Mark 2:13-17

· Vs. 14 – Matthew was a tax collector. He was called to be an apostle. Not a popular person.

· Vs. 15 - Instead of saying to Matthew, “Change your friends.”, he wanted Matthew to introduce Him to his friends. Many of Matthew’s friends came to Jesus.

· Vss. 16-17 – Jesus didn’t come to confront “righteous” people. He came to save those who know they are sinners. Gospel.

  • Every person needs to be confronted by Jesus and accept Him as Savior.

COMMUNICATION - Mark 14:22-26, 1 Corinthians 11:23-32

· Mark 14:22-26 – Jesus establishes the Lord’s Supper. Here he communicates its significance.

· 1 Corinthians 11:23-36 – More details.

· Vss. 23-25 – When we partake, our Lord communicates a reminder of what He has done for us.

· Vs. 26 – When we partake we communicate our faith in Christ to others. We are preaching our greatest sermon.

  • Vss. 27-29 – Requires serious reflection before partaking.

CONNECTION – Revelation 3:15-20

· Vss. 15-19 – A “Lukewarm” Church that’s told to repent!

· Vs. 20 – I take this an invitation to the unsaved but applies to the saved as well.

  • If you are saved Jesus wants you to connect with you in fellowship! John 15:4-7

CELEBRATION – Revelation 19:6-9

· We are the Bride of Christ.

  • The Marriage Feast of the Lamb evidently is held at the beginning of the Millennium. A time of great celebration.


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We don’t know how many wise men came to Bethlehem to see the Baby Jesus. 

We do know that there were four lepers who were wise enough to share God’s Blessings with others. They are a great challenge to us that we should not be shy about sharing the great blessing of salvation that has been given to us!



Samaria was under siege by the Syrian army, and famine was beginning.

Lepers were generally ostracized because of their disease.

They decided their case to be hopeless without help. There would be no help in the city.

They decided to appeal to the Syrians for help. If they kept them alive all well and good. If they killed them, the lepers figure, we would have died anyway without food.

When we are or were convicted of our Spiritual starvation because of sin, we can come to the one who died for us, was buried, and rose again, the Lord Jesus. Romans 5:6-9, 1

If we are saved and are convicted, we can confess our sins and be right again with God

1 John 1:9


They came to the Syrian encampment and found it empty, but the camp itself was intact with abundance of food and riches. The Lepers found food and riches.

When we come to Christ we find an abundance of all we need Spiritually. John 10:10


The lepers became convicted because they weren’t telling others the good news of abundance.

May we be convicted as Christians, that we have good news and should not keep it to ourselves. Mark 16:15, Matthew 28:19-20, 1 Peter 3:15


The lepers announced the good news!

Let us do the same concerning Christ!


They checked out the news for themselves and found it to be true. They also were blessed.

As we share the Gospel with others, some will be blessed as well!


ISAIAH 6:1-8 – SEE!

It’s possible to look at a sunset and see its beauty.

It’s possible to look at a person and see that they are hurting.

It’s possible to look at a news story and see its significance.

It’s possible to look at a Bible passage and not see how it applies to us.

In this passage Isaiah the Prophet had an experience when changed his life. He saw how it related to him. I challenge you not just look at this passage but see how it applies to you.

SEE GOD’S GLORY - Vss. 1-4 – God is awesome! He is above all! His glory should overwhelm us!

SEE YOUR SIN - Vs. 5 – When Isaiah saw God’s glory he saw His own sin. Comparing himself to God, he saw just how unholy he was. I believe that he was sincerely repentant.

SEE GOD'S CLEANSING - Vss. 6-7 – By the work of God Isaiah’s his iniquity was taken and his sin was purged. Jesus Christ already paid the price for our sins. When we turn to Him by faith for salvation he saves us (Romans 5:9, 5:1). When we, as believers, confess our sins, we are forgiven. 2 Corinthians 7:10, 1 John 1:9  

SEE YOUR RESPONSIBILITY - Vs. 8 – It is when we are cleansed that the Lord will show what He wants us to do. We can respond with Isaiah, “Here am I! Send Me!”





At what point in your life have you needed to “start over” with a new “game plan” because your circumstances have changed?

When you start over, what doesn’t change?

Daniel and his three friends were thrust into a totally different situation. They were able to adapt successfully because who they were on the inside did not change! Let’s look at what happens when we are starting over:


Daniel and his friends had lived in Judah but were now in a new situation. They had been       taken captive and chosen to become government officials in service to the King of Babylon. 

We can be well assured that there will be changing circumstances in our lives as well.


With the change in circumstances Daniel and his friends faced the following challenges:

  1. A new language - Vs. 4 (end of verse)
  2. New education - Vs. 4 (end of verse)
  3. New diet - Vs. 5
  4. New names - Vss. 6-7 – Old names honored the God of Israel. The new names honored the Babylonian gods. From Dr. Renald Showers:
  • Daniel, from God is Judge to Belteshazzar, Bel protect his life.
  • Hananiah, from Jehovah is gracious to Shadrach, command of Aku (moon god).
  • Mishael, from who is what God is to Meshack, who is what Aku is.
  • Azariah, from Jehovah has helped to Abed-nego, servant of Nebo.                                         Showers, Renald, The Most High God, (Bellmawr NJ, Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry Group 1982) pp. 3-4   

It seems that the Babylonians were doing everything they could to make these young men forget their old ways and their own religion.


What is the difference between conviction and preference?

Vs. 8 – “Daniel purposed in his heart.” That's conviction!

Daniel made a quiet request and then proposed a test of ten days of eating just vegetables. Our convictions will dictate our behavior, especially in new circumstances.


We often think of the bad consequences that come from doing what is wrong. 

There are good consequences for doing what is right (Galatians 6:7-8).

In this case, the obedience of Daniel and his friends resulted in:

  1. Fairer and fuller countenance - Vs. 15
  2. Removal of the objectionable food - Vs. 16
  3. Superior knowledge and skill - Vss. 17-20
  4. Long life (Daniel) - Vs. 21



Christians tend to worry or be anxious about many things.  One of the things that they are most anxious over is physical need. In this passage Jesus address our anxieties about physical things.

CAUTION - Vss. 22-23

Jesus tells us not to be worried about how what we eat or what we wear. Life itself is more important than these.


1. Consider the Ravens - They do no work and God provides for them. Vs. 24

2. Consider our Height - All the worry in the world cannot change how tall we are. Vs. 25-26

3. Consider the Lilies - God clothes them magnificently, although they do not labor. Vss. 27-28

COMFORT - Vss. 29-30

Our Father knows our needs.

CONDUCT - Vs. 31

We are to put God first, and trust Him to take care of our needs.




For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:


For he that is dead is freed from sin.


For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.

THE “FOR” OF VICTORY – Vs. 14   

For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.


For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness.

THE “FOR” OF PROMISE – Vs. 23   

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.




1 Corinthians 14:33 - For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.

The context of 1Timothy 2:8-15 is public worship.  In verses 1-7 Paul had given a challenge to prayer. Now, he gives some behavioral instructions, for the sake of order, to men and women for behavior during the church services.

ACTION - Vs. 8

The specific challenge is to the men in the congregation, but this does not excuse women from praying as well. I think that the words, In like manner also in verse 9 show us there is a place for women to pray in the church.

This word everywhere means in every place. That is, wherever the church is gathered men should be praying.

Concerning public prayer, we need to see happen what happened in the first century church. Acts 4:31

This action of prayer is to by men who lift up holy hands.

I want to emphasize that our hands are to be spiritually clean when we pray.

The word holy here means unpolluted.

This means that the person who prays should have no unjudged sin in the life.

He should not be professing one thing on Sunday, and living in ungodliness the rest of the week. Psalm 66:18

The action of public prayer is also to practiced without wrath.

When we pray there should be no anger. James 1:20

The action of prayer is also to be without doubting.

The word doubting here means "disputations, reasonings, skeptical questions or criticisms."


Vs. 9 - The word "adorn" means "to order or arrange". The women were to order or arrange their clothes in a modest way. The word "modest" means decent or orderly.

"Shamefacedness" means modest, " the avoiding of extremes".

The Christian woman is not to go to extremes of wearing sensual or suggestive clothes. Nor is she to go the extreme of trying to look artificially glamorous. Nor is she to go to the extreme of purposely trying to look drab or dull.

Sobriety simply means to have good sense. Thus the Christian woman is to dress sensibly.

This next phrase not with broided hair, or gold or pearls, or costly array: is not outlawing hair-styles, or jewelry or expensive clothes. He is simply saying that the effort a woman makes should not be towards these things.

A Christian woman should strive to look modestly attractive for the glory of God, but she should not go to extremes in hairstyle, clothes or jewelry.

Vs. 10 - Here, Paul is telling the ladies what the major emphasis should be in their lives concerning adornment.  Instead of concentrating on clothes, and jewelry and hairdo, they are to concentrate on that which is becoming of a woman who is a professing Christian.

Your life is to be adorned with good works! Examples: Martha, Dorcas, Phoebe, Lydia

ATTITUDE - Vs. 11  

These next verses will not throw you if you understand the context.

The context is not the superiority of men and the inferiority of women. Galatians 3:27-28

In Jewish and Greek culture of Paul's day women had few rights. They were often mistreated.  And yet God has always wanted women to have positions of honor within the family and church. Proverbs 31:30, 1 Peter 3:7, 1 Timothy 5:3  

The context of this passage is order. There are certain things God prescribes for the sake of order.   

 The woman is to learn quietly. She is not to cause a "stir".  She is not to be leaning over, whispering, asking questions of her husband. She is not be leaning over, talking, taking issue with what the preacher is saying. When participation is asked for by the speaker in a public meeting, I feel that the ladies have just as much right to participate as the men. 

The woman is to learn in subjection. It is the same word used for a woman's subjection to her husband in Ephesians 5:22.

Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.

This word is a military word that means to "rank under".

A woman learns submissively in church and follows the leadership of her husband, not because she is inferior, but because God has decided for the sake of order, she is outranked.   

AUTHORITY - Vss. 12-14

Vs. 12 - God has ordained that in the church the men are to practice leadership.

Therefore the ladies are not to teach men in the public meetings of the church.  Remember public meetings are the context.

Should women teach?

Why, of course!

Ladies can teach children fellow ladies certain practical truths better than any man can. Titus 2:3-5

And, on a one to one basis, a woman can instruct a man in Bible truths, and yes I believe that a woman can instruct her husband in the private of their own home. Acts 18:24-26

Vss. 13-14 - We have two reasons for the order that God has established.   

First, there is the reason of order. Man was formed before woman. Therefore, woman is to naturally follow man's leadership.

Second, Eve was fooled by Satan. Adam was not, but sinned in the garden anyway.

By taking leadership over the man, she ate first and then gave to her husband to eat."


This is a very difficult verse with many possible interpretations.

I do not believe that Paul is talking about salvation of the soul here.

But I do believe he is telling us something about the results of a woman's ministry at home.

If a woman accepts her role in the church and leads a life of faith, love, holiness, and self-restraint, she will raise godly children. There is no greater privilege in the whole world than to bring up the next generation to the glory of God.

If the teachings in these verses are followed there will certainly be ORDER IN THE CHURCH.



To be “winsome” is to be “attractive or appealing in appearance or character.

It is our being purposely gracious or winsome that will help bring or win people to Christ.

Matthew 5:13 - Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.

Jesus calls Christians “salt”.

Salt is a preservative.

The world is morally and spiritually rotting away.

As Christians we act as preservatives against the rottenness.

We should be living in such a way that we are doing what is right.  The world should see us as standing against the trends of wickedness.

Salt spices things up. When a Christian is “spicy” he is giving excitement to a dull world that only thinks that life is exciting. The Christian has more abundant life in Christ.

Salt makes one thirsty.

The Christian should make non-Christians thirsty for a better life, for Christ, for having what the Christian has.

Jesus warns about salt that loses its savor or saltiness.

If Christians are not salty they are not effective.

Also, salt does no good if it’s in the salt shaker and not be spread around.

How do we become “Winsome to Win Some”.

I have a few suggestions.


Consistency is something non-Christians lack.

In order for us to act as preservatives and to make people want we have we need to be consistent in at least two ways.


If we believe in Jesus as our Savior, we also need to believe that Jesus has called us to live a holy life. Titus 2:11-12

You will not win anyone to Christ by being just like them.

If your Christianity has not made you different, why should anyone else want it?

I’m not saying you should walk around preaching everywhere you go.  I am suggesting that the way you live should reflect an element of righteousness that is noticeable. As you live a holy life, one that is different, you will have opportunities to share your faith. 1 Peter 3:15


We will not win anyone to Christ by pretending to be something we are not.

People do not like hypocrisy even when they are hypocritical themselves.

One of the worst things we can do as Christians is to pretend everything is okay when it isn’t.

Some have this convoluted idea that Christians are to always smile, always laugh, always appear on top of things even when they are not. They are to never get angry or hurt.

We Christians do have our sorrows.

We do have our hurts, trials and disappointments.

We do get angry.

We do have bad days.

Ecclesiastes 3:1, 4 - To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

Unsaved people need to see that we are human, we are real.

But what should they see that’s different from them in this.

In our sorrow we should show hope and joy and thanksgiving. In our anger we should show forgiveness.   

Christians should not be defeated by the sorrows. 

They should use them as stepping stones towards a closer walk with God and that makes us different from the unsaved. James 1:2-4, Ephesians 4:32

So we need to be consistent with what we believe and who we are.   


Proverbs 18:24 - A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly…   

Not everyone is out going.

Not everyone is a back-slapper.

Not everyone treats all others as long lost friends.

But whether we are introverted or out going, we can all be friendly.

We can take the time to say “Hello”.

We can take the time to ask how someone is doing.

We can show interest in their answers.

If a grouchy person gives you advice, are you likely to listen?

If a person won’t talk to you are you likely to take him seriously if all of a sudden he starts talking to you about religion?

If your faith in Christ as not made you a friendly person, why should anyone want what you have?


One of the most precious commodities we have is time.

None of us seem to have enough of it.

Our job demands time.

Keeping up with the yard and house demands time.

Spending time with your family demands time.

Church activities demand time.

Sitting at the feet of Jesus to hear His Word takes time.

Hobbies take time.

Friendships take time.

Developing relationships takes time.

One of the most precious gifts you can give someone is your time!

Using our time wisely takes discernment. Ephesians 5:16-18

If you want to win someone to Christ, it will take a time commitment on your part.

One of the best things you can do is find things to do socially with an unsaved person.

That doesn’t mean you have to do things that you don’t believe in, such as going to bars.

But find things such as picnics, shopping, playing games, hunting, going to ball games, and going out to eat that allow you to get to know each other better.  

If we are committed to winning people to Christ we must be committed to spending time with them.

Sometimes we will have witnessing opportunities when we hardly know people.  However being committed to a friendship will give you excellent opportunities to share.


Proverbs 27:10 - Thine own friend, and thy father's friend, forsake not…

Romans 12:15 - Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.

Giving time to a friend is not just for social activities.

When things are going bad for a friend, a true friend is around to listen, to cry, to help.

When things are going well for a friend, a true friend is there to rejoice.

Sometimes the only thing we can do for a friend is be there.

Sometimes we can just listen.

Showing concern begins with just checking on our friends to see how they are doing.

Showing concern also means being sensitive to a person’s moods, and knowing when to ask if things are okay.

Showing concern may also mean tactfully warning someone when we see that they are headed in a wrong direction.

Showing concern will earn you a hearing, when you are ready to share the Gospel.

If a person knows that you are truly concerned for them, they are more likely to listen.


I realize that some of these thoughts overlap.

Being concerned should lead us to the next logical step which is to cooperate with our friend in any way that we can to help.

Galatians 6:10 - As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.

Our cooperation should begin with our support for the well being of those who are brothers and sisters in Christ.  The demonstration of this active love for the brethren should be such in our Christian churches that the unsaved will take notice. John 13:34-25

But our cooperation is to go beyond those who are of our faith family.  We need to reach out also to our friends and even people we don’t know with a compassion that says “I’ll help if I can.”

It might be a donation of money or groceries to a family in need.

It might be transporting someone to the hospital and/or waiting through surgery.

It might be going with someone to a hearing or some other uncomfortable situation.

It might be bringing a meal or dessert to someone during a difficult time.

You can be creative. There are many ways to cooperate in friendship.


We need to communicate the Gospel clearly.

We must be prayerfully looking for opportunities to share our faith, even if it is in little does.

We should not rush the process in wanting to witness if the door is not open.

However, when God opens a door we need to be ready to move right in and speak up for Christ.

Remember, the soul winning is a process.

 1 Corinthians 3:6 - I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.




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