Entries by Jonathan McNair

A Powerful SPS

If you want your SPS to get attention, use these guidelines… 1. Always use ACTION VERBS in your SPS Vague and general verb phrases result in a weak or non-existent SPS, while action verbs guide and define a strong SPS. “About” is the most commonly abused passive verb phrase in speaking, leaving the audience (and sometimes the speaker) […]

Start Your Bible Reading Plan Now

As the year 2021 draws to a close on the Roman calendar, it is a good time to consider a plan to read through the Bible. While we recognize that God’s Holy Days are reckoned by the Hebrew Calendar, nevertheless, our daily lives are more closely tied to the year beginning on January 1st and […]

Course Spotlight: The Trumpet in History

There are over 140 references to the blowing of the trumpet or “shofar” in the Bible. Ninety percent of these are in the Old Testament while there are eleven references of trumpets in the New Testament. Check out how trumpets are used throughout Scripture! Course Spotlight From God’s Feast Days: Trumpets

Course Spotlight: Biblical Meaning of “Elohim”

The very first name that God applies to Himself in the Old Testament is “Elohim.” “In the beginning God [Hebrew Elohim] created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). Elohim is used 31 times in the first chapter of Genesis—and clearly identifies “God” as the Creator. But what does Elohim mean? Course Spotlight from The Life Ministry and Teachings of Jesus Christ: (Unit 1) The Early […]

Course Spotlight: Faith and Healing

In the Bible, we see that faith and healing often go hand in hand. But as we read examples of healing, we see that faith takes on a different role in different scenarios. Take a look at this outline to identify these scenarios! Course Spotlight From The Life, Ministry, and Teachings of Jesus Christ: (Unit 2) […]

Course Spotlight: The Sign of Jonah

Christ’s miracles were amazing signs of God’s power and ministry. His works testified of Him (John 14:11). To the disciples of John the Baptist, Jesus showed signs of healing the blind and cleansing the lepers—which the Messiah was prophesied to do (Isaiah 61:1). Yet Christ said that the primary sign to identify Him as the […]

Course Spotlight: Lessons from Kingdom Parables

There is much to be gleaned from Christ’s parables in Matthew 13 regarding the Kingdom of God. Christ spoke in parables, not so that the people would understand, but so they would not understand (Matthew 13:11-15). It was only given to a few to know what they mean at this time: “He who has ears […]

Course Spotlight: Joel’s Prophecy

The Apostle Peter quoted the prophet Joel: “And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, that I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your young men shall see visions, your old men shall dream dreams. And on My menservants and on […]

Course Spotlight: By Prayer and Fasting

Scripture tells us what our Savior did to acquire spiritual strength, in connection with the devil’s attack on Him: “Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted [or tried] by the devil. And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry” (Matthew 4:1–2). Notice—He […]