Daniel

January, February, March 2020

Want to learn more about Daniel? Use these Bible Studies for personal devotion, group Bible studies, or teaching a church class. Below are links to the lessons in this 5-part series.

Lesson 1: From Reading to Understanding (1 Corinthians 1, Daniel 2, Zechariah 9 & 14)
Currently, I'm reading a delightful book that explains why the outspoken opponents of God are idiots. That may sound a little undiplomatic, but this book is filled with humor and logic, and it pokes a hole in the so-called scientific gasbags that publically attack the existence of God. My problem is that when I read some of the logical arguments in the book, I have to think about them to be sure I'm understanding what I read. That should be our constant quest. Even when reading something that we think we understand, we need to take a moment to be sure. Then we need to explore whether what we just understood makes sense. That is our study this week. As we begin our exploration of the book of Daniel, are we prepared to really understand it? Do certain distinctions make sense? Let's dive into the Bible and see what we can learn!

Lesson 2: From Jerusalem to Babylon (Daniel 1)
Has your life been radically changed at some point? How did you react to that? Last year my car was totaled in a multiple car accident. A driver who was not paying attention rammed me, and the impact caused a chain reaction with other cars. Thank God, I walked away from the wreckage. The accident could have come out differently and changed the rest of my life. Our study this week is about a life-changing event. Let's plunge into our study of the Bible!

Lesson 3: From Mystery to Revelation (Daniel 2)
My neighbor was sitting on the curb at his front lawn. His head was in his hands. This was unusual, so I walked over and asked him what was the matter. He told me that he felt as if a black cloud was following him around because he faced a series of problems. Daniel and his three friends might have a similar complaint. They have been taken captive, their homeland and their traditional lives destroyed, and now they face execution! Those problems are worse than faced by my neighbor. Let's jump into our study of the lesson and find out how to deal with "black cloud" times of life!

Lesson 4: From Furnace to Palace (Daniel 3)
Have you been in a crowd which is standing to praise a person? What if you did not agree that special praise was due? Did you stand anyway? Have you been in church when they asked those to stand who wanted to make a new commitment to God, and you were fine with your current commitment? If you stood because of peer pressure, or a concern about how you might look, imagine if your life depended upon standing up? For most people, sin comes to them in small decisions. It is not, as we study this week, one big, clear decision that determines life or death. Let's jump back into our story of Daniel and his friends!

Lesson 5: From Pride to Humility (Daniel 4)
Do you like to avoid being embarrassed? I do! Being publically shamed is one of the worst things for most people. It hurts even more if you have a very high status in your community. The Bible warns in Proverbs 16:18 that "Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall." Our study this week is a warning to us. Let's jump into our study and learn more!

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