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WHAT IS AN APPRENTICE? – Intro to Lesson 6 – FEBRUARY 15 – 22

Have you ever been an apprentice to someone? It means that you choose to “work for another person for a specific amount of time so that you can receive instruction ad experience in a particular trade, art, or business.” Very often it means that an older craftsman or skilled worker is willing to spend specified hours with you in order to facilitate your understanding and ability to do what he or she has mastered. A time of apprenticeship is required in many professions before one can get a certain license, be certified, or able to legally claim a specific title.  In other arenas, the opportunity to be an apprentice to an expert or a very talented or gifted artist, performer, or gifted entrepreneur, allows you to gain experience, see your own talents and abilities through the eyes of a master, and to move into places that will expand your future opportunities.

The disciples that Jesus chose had no ability to fully realize that they were in many ways an apprentice to The Master. When they accepted His invitation to “Follow Him”, they seemed eager to do so, but certainly they had no idea how their lives would be forever changed. As the months went by and they watched the way that Jesus treated people, healed others, and performed amazing miracles, they no doubt even questioned what their life would be like in the future. It seems that Jesus very purposefully knew when the time was right for Him to move the disciples into the next step of learning about His identity and His mission. As His opposition increased, He took more and more time to be with His disciples only so that He could explain to them that “He must suffer, be killed and on the third day to rise to life.” (Matthew 16: 21) His lessons and illustrative stories were all part of their apprenticeship as they began to hear more specifically who the Messiah really was and what He came to do.

Do you think that Peter and Andrew even heard the second part of Jesus’ invitation to them when He said, “Come, follow Me and I will make you fishers of men:? Was it His way of saying to them and to us, “Come and be My apprentice”?

THE POWER OF A STORY – Intro to Lesson 5 – Febrary 8 – 15

Everyone loves to hear a story, don’t they?  In fact, a well told story captures the attention of people of all ages and stages.  Throughout the centuries, stories have been a means of communicating information, of passing on traditions and cultural values, and to simply entertain others through both factual and imaginative ideas.  Stories can…Continue Reading

WHO IS IN YOUR FAMILY TREE? – Intro Lesson 1 – January 11 – 18

How much do you know about your family tree?  Have you invested in the websites that offer you all kinds of information about your identity and ethnicity? In our American culture this kind of information can be interesting, sometimes helpful, and certainly informative, but very little of your future depends on who your great-grandfather or…Continue Reading

LET’S GET STARTED –

Have you ever noticed that getting started is sometimes the most arduous part of a task?  Just getting the sponge or hammer or vacuum out of the closet can be the excuse to delay doing the work.  At other times it is simply getting out of the chair and making the decision that “now is…Continue Reading

THE GREATEST CONNECTION EVER

Aren’t you thankful that God didn’t simply sit back and think about doing something to fix the broken connection that began back in the Garden of Eden?  He didn’t look at the disconnect between Himself and the human race and wonder if He should, could, ought to or try to do something to make it…Continue Reading

Announcing our Winter Study

                                      DID YOU HEAR WHAT JESUS SAID? One of the very best ways to get to know someone is to listen carefully to what he or she has to say! You are invited to join with us…Continue Reading