Central Presbyterian Church

Massillon, Ohio


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Men's Study

January 31, 2016


Text: 2 Peter 3:1-10, 14-15a

Jude 3-4, 17-25


The book of the Bible called The Second Letter of Peter was written with a very specific purpose in mind: to expose false teachers and the worldliness which motivates them. During the first generation or two of the Christian movement, there were evidently many who were teaching and preaching things contrary to the apostolic teachings of those who actually walked with Jesus during His earthly ministry; the motivations of these false teachers perceived as being impure and self-serving. 

Read more: January 31, 2016

January 24, 2016

"I Can and I Will!"

Text: Matthew 15:32-39

Philippians 4:13, 19-20

 One of the most widely-recognized gospel stories is about loaves and fishes, often called “the feeding of the five thousand.” Matthew, Mark, Luke and John all record this episode of Jesus ministering to the crowds late in the day, well past the supper hour.

Read more: January 24, 2016

January 17, 2016

"God's Unmerited Grace"

Text: Matthew 20:1-16

Ephesians 2:8-10


            There’s a story of an African-American man whose house had been newly painted. Within days, someone had spray painted graffiti all over it. He wondered who would have done such a thing in his quiet, peaceful neighborhood. He was, needless to say, angry, and at first thought the act must have been racially-motivated.

Read more: January 17, 2016

January 10, 2016

"For God So Loved"

Text: John 3:16

Psalm 18:16-19


            Many of us are familiar with the story of Jesus and a Pharisee by the name of Nicodemus. For the benefit of those who are not, Nicodemus was a well-respected leader within the religious community in Jerusalem. But unlike his colleagues in the temple, he was sympathetic to Jesus. He saw something in the guy.

Read more: January 10, 2016

January 3, 2016

"Joy, the Journey's End"

Text: Matthew 2:1-12

Isaiah 60:1-3

            It was July of 1967. I was eleven. My sister Lore was eight. It was family vacation time, and our destination was Colonial Williamsburg. I recall it was dark outside as we stuffed our luggage into the trunk of my dad’s powder blue Nash.

Read more: January 3, 2016

December 20, 2015

"Staking a Tent"

Text: John 1:1-5, 10-14

Isaiah 7:10-14


            How many of you have ever put up a tent? I’ll never forget my first camping trip with the Boy Scouts. We went to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and were actually allowed to camp on a portion of the battlefield. I remember when we arrived, the first thing we had to do was stake our tents. Our reward was the promise of Yankee Stew cooked in a cast-iron pot over an open fire.

Read more: December 20, 2015

December 6, 2015

"Child of Destiny"

Text: Selections from Matthew and Luke

Isaiah 9:6-7


            Swirling around the birth of any child is a wide variety of thoughts and feelings: anticipation, pride, humility, joy, wonder, gratitude, relief; and to some degree: unsettledness, uncertainty, a sense of inadequacy, depression [often labeled a mother’s “post partum”], a fear of un-readiness [that one is especially common among dads].

Read more: December 6, 2015

November 29, 2015

"Song of the Expectant Mother"

Text: Luke 1:46-55

Luke 6:20-25


            Among the great world religions, Judaism and Christianity are perhaps the most song-filled. While religions of the middle and far east use many chants, recitals and intonations in their worship, much of the Jewish Testament of the Bible contains songs of praise, songs of hope, songs of victory, songs of lament; the book of Psalms serving as the main source of song for the Jewish faith.

Read more: November 29, 2015