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Report from Dewayne and Rita Shappley

For the month of March, 2014

Series of Bible class lessons

“The Young Jesus Christ of Nazareth”

In English

The third Sunday of January, 2014, I began, for the church in Bayamón, a series of illustrated studies on “The Young Jesus Christ,” for ages 12 to 18. During March, I translated, as an experiment, in part, that supporters may have an example of materials we prepare in Spanish, two of the four lessons to English, including graphics and teacher’s notes. This report begins with Lesson 1, with links to the English versions. Information and links for Lesson 2 are provided after Stats on Internet Sites.

Lesson 1

The Young Jesus Christ in Jerusalem at twelve years of age. His return to Nazareth via Jericho.

Great numbers of Israelites and proselytes from all over the Roman Empire streaming into Jerusalem for the celebration of Passover. Flavius Josephus says up to three million. “Every year” Joseph, Mary and their family went up from Nazareth to Jerusalem for the same purpose, the young Jesus making the trip with them.

Great numbers of Israelites and proselytes from all over the Roman Empire streaming into Jerusalem for the celebration of Passover. Flavius Josephus says up to three million. “Every year” Joseph, Mary and their family went up from Nazareth to Jerusalem for the same purpose, the young Jesus making the trip with them (Luke 2:41-42).

The young Jesus in Jerusalem at twelve years of age. Return to Nazareth via Jericho. Lesson 1 of the series: The family-social-secular-religious world of Jesus of Nazareth: from twelve to thirty years of age. This series of four lessons was prepared for a class of students twelve to eighteen years old. Moral and spiritual lessons. Plus some history, culture, geography and archaeology. To broaden the mind, sharpen perceptions and strengthen the spirit. Fifteen slides in PDF via a Carousel of the images. This same material in Spanish.

Notes for the Teacher

On the road with the young Jesus of Nazareth! Well, let us say the young man on the right represents the young Jesus when he was about twelve. Luke records that Joseph, Mary and the family went “every year” to Jerusalem for the Passover. “…every year” they would go and return, either by way of the Jordan River and Jericho or through the province of Samaria. Let us make a trip with them to see what the young Jesus saw, and experience what he did, so that we may more fully identify with him.

On the road with the young Jesus of Nazareth! Well, let us say the young man on the right represents the young Jesus when he was about twelve. Luke records that Joseph, Mary and the family went “every year” to Jerusalem for the Passover. “…every year” they would go and return, either by way of the Jordan River and Jericho or through the province of Samaria. Let us make a trip with them to see what the young Jesus saw, and experience what he did, so that we may more fully identify with him.

The young Jesus in Jerusalem at twelve years of age. Return to Nazareth via Jericho. Lesson 1 of the series: The family-social-secular-religious world of Jesus of Nazareth: from twelve to thirty years of age. NOTES for the TEACHER. This Page contains the same fifteen images as those in the PDF Carousel, but in the smaller  size of 400 x 300 pixels. Additional information, sample questions, suggestions, etcetera, follow each image. These same NOTES in Spanish.

E-mails and Notes reveal much about the material on our sites and positive reactions to it. Stats on Internet sites after the e-mails.

E-mails in order of date.

-Place not identified. March 02, 2014. “Your messages are a great help in knowing Christ better.” José Luis Rincón

-Maracaibo, Zulia, Venezuela. March 12, 2014. “Your exegesis is very good and of vital importance for these times when there are so many ministers making of exegesis the opposite of it.” Rixio. Referer: "http://www.editoriallapaz.org/valle_huesos_secos.htm"

-Reference is to the study on the valley of the dry bones in Ezequiel 37.

-Place not identified. March 22, 2014. “Thanks, Mr. Homero. I was very impressed with your commentary on what I wrote. It reflects humility and great patience. All of us who believe in God need to put these on, although that it is not sufficient, for we must also believe, exercise faith in His Son and discover the good, acceptable and perfect will of God, but above all, have a profound fear and respect so that we will not displease Him. May you have success in your endeavors and may the Creator recompense your way of working, assigning you a perfect salary. Blessings.” Alfredo Pérez

-Place not identified. March 25, 2014. “An excellent Web Page. Just what I was looking for. Very good content. Blessings.” El reloj profético. Referer: "http://www.editoriallapaz.org/apocalipsis_Capitulo3_sellos_contenido.htm"

-The Referer shows the writer sent his e-mail from the studies on the seven seals of Revelation.

-Place not identified. March 27, 2014. “God bless you. I will continue visiting this Web Site, for it is a great blessing to my life.” Leo Linares

-Lima, Peru. March 28, 2014. “Your Web site is very edifying.” Teresa Nora. Referer: "http://www.editoriallapaz.org/maestras_PG3.htm"

-This short e-mail was sent from one of the Pages of slides which illustrate the study “Beloved Sister, You Can Be a Good Teacher.”

-Cantaura, Venezuela. March 31, 2014. After a greeting, Moisés Peña writes: “I have a concern I wish to share with you and it is the following with regard to baptism. At the present time, I am directing a work of the Lord here in Cantaura, Venezuela, but according to the Bible, baptism is for the forgiveness of sins, and my baptism years ago was as a symbol. Should I then be baptized again? If that should be so, then who will baptize me, for there is no church of Christ in this place governed by the law of Christ? With the exception of the one I am forming, for I am applying radical changes according to the law of Christ in the New Testament. Another concern is the following: Does this mean people I have baptized should also be baptized again? I patiently await your answer.”

-Translations of Moisés’ first e-mails were included in the February report. I replied to this one with suggestions of options Moisés would have with regard to being baptized himself biblically, as well as baptizing biblically those already baptized by him. To make it easy for the reader to follow this case, I will copy here the March 19 e-mail from him included in the February report.

-Anzoategui, Venezuela. March 19, 2014. “Dear Brother Alamo, I thank you for your answer. My concern now is to know which studies I should give to work in an orderly way with regard to the enablement of the church of Christ. I write from the state of Anzoategui, in Venezuela.

You explain courses are given by stages in Puerto Rico. I would like to know what subjects I should give for the first two years. You speak of a certificate on finishing the studies. I would like to know if you could send me one.

Please forgive my imprudence for not having identified myself properly. I am the head of a family, with four children in the Lord Jesus. My wife is a Christian. I have been in the position of pastor for seven years, and I give thanks to God for the day I found your portal of Editorial La Paz. From that day, my life has changed, for, studying your writings, I was directly more correctly in the truth of the gospel. Believe me, I would like to know you personally and share more of many concerns I still have. But, I do understand I have obtained many answers in your writings. I await your answer at an opportune moment. Christ’s peace be with you and yours.” Moisés Peña

 

Internet Stats

March, 2014 (31 days)

-Visits

-To www.editoriallapaz.org ................................................................................ 99,479

-To www.iglesia-de-cristo.com ............................................................................... 272

-To www.apocalipsis.co .......................................................................................... 496

-To vimeo.com, for videos........................................................................................ 431

-Total visits............................................................................................ 100,678

-Daily average of visits........................................................................................ 3,248

-Page views for all sites.............................................................................................. 179,109

Totals for the year 2014

-Total visits...................................................................................................................... 271,743

-Daily average for 90 days.................................................................................... 3,019

-Page views.................................................................................................................... 500,871

Grand Totals through March 31, 2014

-Grand Total of visits................................................................................................ 11,698,786

-Grand Total of Page Views (documents accessed by visitors)......................... 23,474,108

Data for www.alabanzas.info. Antonio’s site for hymns.
March, 2014

-Visits for March............................................................................................................... 11,887

-Page views for March.................................................................................................... 20,592

 

“The Young Jesus Christ of Nazareth”

Series of four lessons

Lesson 2

The young Jesus Christ in Jerusalem at twelve years of age. His return to Nazareth via SAMARIA.

Ruins of the Roman style amphitheater in Samaria, with hills of Samaria in the background illustrate The young Jesus in Jerusalem at twelve years of age: His return to Nazareth via Samaria, Lesson 2 of the four-lesson series The young Jesus: His family-social-secular-religious world from twelve to thirty years of age.

Ruins of the Roman style amphitheater in Samaria, with hills of Samaria in the background. Would the young Jesus of Nazareth have seen this theater on some of his trips to and from Jerusalem? Trips he made every year with his family and others from Galilee, according to the gospel of Luke.

The young Jesus Christ in Jerusalem: His return to Nazareth via Samaria. Lesson 2 of the series The young Jesus Christ: His family-social-secular-religious world from twelve to thirty years of age. Thirteen images (slides) illustrate this lesson. Available in PDF via a Carousel of the images. From the temple through narrow streets to the Cardo Maximus –Main Street- of Jerusalem, a wide, paved, Roman style avenue lined on both sides with columns and shops. Along that Main Street to the Damascus Gate in the north, then through northern Judea and the province of Samaria, on the way to Nazareth. Sites of the city of Samaria (Sebaste) in the first century. Tell of Dothan, then into Galilee. What did the young Jesus see? How did he relate to the people he saw or met? What questions would he have asked?

Notes for the Teacher

Ruins of ancient Samaria

Ruins of ancient Samaria

The young Jesus Christ in Jerusalem: His return to Nazareth via Samaria. Lesson 2. NOTES for the TEACHER. This Page contains the same thirteen images as those in the PDF Carousel for Lesson 2, but in the smaller  size of 400 x 300 pixels. Additional information, sample questions, suggestions, etcetera, follow each image. Also available in PDF.

 

Studies in Spanish added in March

“Events of the Past and Future that Motivate Me to Walk a Straight Line in the Present,” an illustrated series I am teaching Wednesday nights for the Bayamón, Puerto Rico, church, is having a very good reception, judging by class particpation and comments made. As time allows, I plan to translate the studies to English, including graphics and teacher’s notes. The second Event of the Past is the following:

The destruction of Sodom, Gomorrah and the cities of the Jordan plain. Part 1. Happenings of the event and applications for the present.

Es esta escena fuego y azufre descienden sobre Sodoma, Gomorra y las ciudades de la llanura del Jordán mientras Lot y sus dos hijas huyen hacia la pequeña ciudad de Zoar, pintura que ilustra el Estudio 1 sobre aquel evento, el cual consiste de dieciséis imágenes (diapositivas) creadas en PowerPoint y disponibles en PDF vía un carrusel de las imágenes.

La destrucción de Sodoma, Gomorra y las ciudades de la llanura del Jordán. Parte 1. Acontecimientos del evento y aplicaciones a la actualidad.

Sixteen images (slides) created in PowerPoint and available in PDF via a carousel of the images. Subject 2 of the series “Events of the Past and Future that Motivate Me to Walk a Straight Line in the Present.” Two angels arrive in Sodom, warning Lot about the destruction of the city, as well as the rest of the cities of the Jordan plain. The inhabitants of Sodom try to abuse the angels. Steps taken by the angels and Lot. Lot, his wife and daughters are reluctant to leave the city. The angels forcefully take them out. God’s instructions to Lot and his family: Go out, do not look back, do not stop on the road until you have reached your destiny. Lot’s wife disobeys, and is transformed into a pillar of salt. Lot and his daughters arrive at Zoar, but fearing to remain there, go to a mountain where they dwell in a cave.

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