Sunday, May 29, 2011

GD: Lesson 19 Class Notes

Luke 18:1-8 - The Unjust Judge
What is the Savior trying to teach?
- If an unjust judge would avenge the woman's adversary, then God, who is just would answer saints' prayers.
- Pray always and faint not - faith.
- Shall he find faith on Earth - Joseph B. Wirthlin, October 2002
- connection between faith and persistence
- look for pattern in scriptures: to go again, go back again

FAITH: again, action, experience - enduring
- confidence, action, conforming to the will of the Lord
- again; strips away our temporal dependancies, allowing us to rely wholly on the Lord

Luke 18:35-43 - The Blind Man
- Focus on desire, yearning of blind man
- he asked what the commotion was
- once he knew Jesus was there, he cried out
- some tried to silence him, but he cried out more
- he could have begged with the lots of people, but he didn't.  he asked for his sight.

Luke 19:1-10 - Zaccheus The Publican
- Zaccheus wants to see the Savior, climbs a tree
- Christ calls him down; dines at his house
- deals differently with Zaccheus than with young rich man

John 11 at Bethany
- home of his friends Mary, Martha and Lazarus
- Lazarus is sick; they send for Jesus
- two days pass - Lazarus dies
- Jesus to "prove" his power - others healed, but now it is certain this man is dead
- Martha believed - knew Jesus could have saved him
- Jesus asks her to move stone - 'he stinketh' - 'said I not unto thee' - then she moved stone - Mary believed

Monday, May 23, 2011

GD: Lesson 18 Class Notes

* Rejoicing over those who repent - more so than the 99
* The finder is the shepard
* He is a 100% guy - concerned for the 99  and 1
* Our reaction as parents is to jump in and save our children, but sometime we have to let the finder find them
* Desire leads to works leads to seeking more
* There is urgency in the shepard's life
* How did you feel when your child was lost?
- Urgent, quick, panic, rejoice, rebuke ... all of these emotions because of love

* We are all the lost
* Are they looking for the shepard?

* Different than sheep or coin - he wants to get lost
* Wishing he could eat pig slop
* Riotous living
* Lost inheritance
* Proud - smelly - then humble

* Angry, did not come
* Jealous
* Obedient to all commandments
* Confused
* Ungrateful

* Compassion, waiting
* Prayerful, love
* Forgiveness
* Permissive

Be grateful for what you have.  Rejoice in repentance no matter who it is.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

GD: Lesson 17 Class Notes

The Rich Man
Mark 10:17-21
Jesus beholding him loved him.

Why did Lord ask him to give up all his possessions?
- to give up pride
- his heart was with his possessions - not really with God
- preferred to rely on wealth

:23-25 rich man in kingdom of God; camel in eye of needle

Mark 12:41-44 Widow's Mite
She gave it all.  Young man did not give everything.  The woman gave her heart, the man did not.

Where is your heart?

Luke 12:13-15 'Man's life consisteth not in the abundance of things which he possesseth'

:16-21 Parable of rich man and store
- take thine ease
- didn't endure to the end

Luke 14 Parable of the Feast
- invited guests didn't come.  Too busy with life
- the poor are the Gentiles

Sunday, May 8, 2011

GD: Lesson 16 Class Notes

John 9-10

Feast of the tabernacle - lights

9:1-7 Jesus heals the blind man
Disciples: who sinned?  Why did they ask this?  It was part of the culture - an eye for an eye.

Look at this story from each of the participant's point of view.
Blind Man

Jesus declares to blind man I am the light.

This blind man was at the end of his rope; he now knew and found purpose in his life - to be the one that is shown the Glory of God.

Pharisees did not believe.

Parents were kind of wishy-washy.

Blind Man - I know I was blind and now I'm not.  I told you already - he declares his discipleship.  Christ had opened his spiritual eyes.

Bear your testimony and it will be revealed to you.

The Large and Spacious building is getting louder; we are all the blind man.  We must arrive at the same conclusion the blind man arrived at.

Humility in all things.  Ordinances are to help us be humble so that we can successfully come to Christ.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

GD: Lesson 15 Class Notes

John 7:14-17
How do you know they are true?
If you do God's will, you will know.

Alma - experiment upon the word of God

It requires faith to try.

More testimonies are gained on feet rather than on knees.

Adulterous woman - Sadducee's and Pharisees brought her to Christ to try to trap him - to try to make him blaspheme against the Law of Moses.

Jehovah wrote the Law of Moses with his finger.  Christ wrote in the dirt while he spoke to the Sadducee's and Pharisees.

John 8:12, D&C 84:45-46 - word of the Lord = truth = light.  Christ is the source of truth and light and knowledge.

John 8:31-36

Truth is revealed from the Holy Ghost - revelation.

John 8:43-59 Christ identifies himself as Jehovah.