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American Idol

American Idols abound in our society.  Baseball players, basketball players, football players, soccer players, ice hockey players, comedians, musicians, movie stars, and entertainers have their followers.  People regularly pay their offerings  in order to have the privilege to worship their idol for an hour or two.  People pledge their allegiance to their idol, put posters of their idol’s likeness on the walls of their homes, have special services on the radio and television where they extol the greatness of their idol, and wear various types of apparel to announce their loyalty to their special idol. 

The name for the popular television program was proper, for it clearly defined the purpose and desire of the American people.  They want idols.  Not one idol but many idols.  Now the program has completed its final season.  This, however,  does not end the saga of the American Idol.  People still have a void in their heart that craves to be filled.  They still have an unsatisfied hunger that is not satisfied.   People still have an inner desire to fall down to worship someone or something.  

In this lesson, we will discuss this inner desire of the human heart.  We will look at numerous scriptures where people expressed this hunger and we will consider the biblical response.

Lesson Objective:  By the end of this lesson the student will understand the dangers of idolatry.  He/she will recognize Satan’s deceptive attempts to divert worship from God to himself.

Thank you for reading the introduction to this lesson.  To download your copy of the complete lesson (including ready to teach lesson material, discussion questions, a list of sources, and reproducible student handouts) click on the following link:

http://www.relevantbiblelessons.com/product/american-idol/

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Becoming gods

“Immortals” - Theseus is a mortal man chosen by Zeus to lead the fight against the ruthless King Hyperion, who is on a rampage across Greece to obtain a weapon that can destroy humanity.

 “Zuul the Gatekeeper of Gozer in Ghostbusters” - a demigod and minion of Gozer, The Destructor.  It was worshiped by the Mesopotamians, Sumerians and Hittites in 6000 BC, along with Gozer.

 “Hercules” – Having endured his legendary twelve labors, Hercules, the Greek demigod, has his life as a sword-for-hire tested when the King of Thrace and his daughter seek his aid in defeating a tyrannical warlord.

“Thor” – The powerful but arrogant god Thor is cast out of Asgard to live amongst humans in Midgard (Earth), where he soon becomes one of their finest defenders.

 “Wrath of the Titans” – Perseus braves the treacherous underworld to rescue his father, Zeus, captured by his son, Ares, and brother Hades who unleash the ancient Titans upon the world.

“Immortal – Ad Vitam” - In the distant future, Earth is occupied by ancient gods and genetically altered humans. When a god is sentenced to death he seeks a new human host and a woman to bear his child.

What do these summaries have in common?  They are all movies about gods.  People seem to be fascinated with gods.   Not mentioned is the series of Star War movies.  “One of the prominent elements of Star Wars is the "Force", an omnipresent energy that can be harnessed by those with that ability, known as Force-sensitives. It is described in the first produced film as "an energy field created by all living things [that] surrounds us, penetrates us, [and] binds the galaxy together."[7] The Force allows users to perform various supernatural feats (such as telekinesis, clairvoyance, precognition, and mind control) and can amplify certain physical traits, such as speed and reflexes; these abilities vary between characters and can be improved through training. While the Force can be used for good, it has a dark side that, when pursued, imbues users with hatred, aggression, and malevolence.” (wikipedia / wiki/ Star_Wars)
Why are people so enamored by the idea of gods, battles between gods, and the possibility of human beings being either part god or gods in human form?  This lesson will discuss this and many other questions as we look to the Bible for answers.

Lesson Objective:  By the end of the lesson biblical the student should understand the subtle danger of self-worship.  The student will be reminded of who God is and who the student is.   

Thank you for reading the introduction to this lesson.  To download your copy of the complete lesson (including ready to teach lesson material, discussion questions, a list of sources, and reproducible student handouts) click on the following link:

http://www.relevantbiblelessons.com/30434/becoming-gods/

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Superstitions

For thousands of years stories about strange, exotic creatures have been the subject of many conversations around campfires, dinner tables and work sites.  

Among many others, this would include the Amphisbaena, a snake with two heads, one at each end of the body, and the Stymphalian Birds, which were man-eating birds with beaks of bronze and sharp metallic feathers they could launch at their victims.  Of course that is not to mention the Lockness monster, a cryptid,  reputedly a large unknown lake monster that inhabits Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands, Big Foot, an ape- or hominid-like creature that some people believe inhabits forests, mainly in the Pacific Northwest region of North America, fire breathing dragons and the Leviathan, a sea monster spoken of in Job 41.  These and many other legendary monsters have excited wonder and fear in the hearts of people.  

Could it be that they were real . . . with the facts stretched to suit the intent of the story teller?  On the other hand superstitions, fables and legends too numerous to tabulate are so ludicrous that educated people do not wish to dignify them with serious consideration.  But which do you believe?  While do you discount?

It is always interesting when a viable discovery displays evidence that proves one of these subjects of interest actually existed.  Our current lesson pulls information from a news account regarding one of these discoveries and will consider the problem of superstitions in the light of Biblical truth.

Lesson Objective:  By the end of the class the students should be able to identify common superstitions that are common among Christians.

http://www.relevantbiblelessons.com/307/superstitions/ 

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A Mother's Prayer

Many times as a child I remember running into the house, looking for my mother, only to find her in the den on her knees by the rocking chair.  A praying mother made an impression on me as a little boy.  This remembrance helped guide me through the pitfalls of life.

Arthur was a new convert, but an old man.  He attributed his salvation at a late age to his mother’s prayers.  He recounted stories of a wild youth and a sinful past.  He said that numerous times he would crawl through the window of his home after spending the evening hours in wild and sinful pursuits.  As he stealthily made his way to his bedroom, he would once again hear his mother calling his name out to God in prayer.  Long after she went to heaven he made his way to an altar and asked God to forgive him for his sinfulness and to become the Lord of his heart and life.

Jestin Anthony Joseph is another young man whose mother prayed.  This news account tells of the amazing divine intervention that was witnessed as a result of a mother’s prayer.  

The prepared lesson material with student handout can be ordered from the url listed below.  

Lesson Objective:  By the end of the class the students should realize the value of intercessory prayer and have a desire to make it a practice in their own lives.

http://www.relevantbiblelessons.com/302/a-mothers-prayer/

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Influences

Are there things in our lives that influence our beliefs, our attitudes, or our actions? Why do siblings who are raised in the same household take completely different paths in life? These questions puzzle parents as well as pathological psychologists. One son may be a brilliant example of what is right and good in society while his brother or sister may be known for his destructive, anti-social behavior that results in disciplinary action in school, on the job, and even in the judicial system.

Our news item for discussion explores the bazaar behavior of Aaron Alexis who was responsible for the shootings in the Washington Navy Yard in Southeast Washington, “DC. What brought him to engage in such destructive behavior? As we look at this news item, we may note a number of things that may be influential in the behavior of those close to us as well.

Lesson Objective:  By the end of this lesson the students should have recognized positive and negative influences in their lives and should have a grasp of what the Scripture has to say about guarding  against influences which may bring spiritual harm to them.

http://www.relevantbiblelessons.com/280/influences/ 

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