Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Topher's Topics

I want to begin posting my teaching topics on my site for a couple of different reasons.

  1. To let friends know what I'm teaching, in case they have any questions or comments that can enhance my study or theirs. 
  2. To serve as an archive for myself to search through in the future. 
So, here's what I'm preparing lessons for this week!

Wed AMPrimetime: Apostles: "The First Called, Andrew"
Scripture Focus: John 1:40-42

Wed 3PMHS Baseball: Mental Training: "Leadership"
Scripture Focus: Matthew 20:25-28

Wed PM Class:  Deuteronomy: "Feasts and Faithfulness"
Scripture Focus: Deuteronomy 16:1-22 & Romans 14:5-7

Sun AM Class7IAMS: "I Am the Way, the Truth, and the Life"
Scripture Focus:  John 14:1-11

Sun AM SermonMission ImPossible: "Tell God's Story"
Scripture Reading: Matthew 28:16-20

Sun PM SermonMinor Prophets and a Major Message: "Introducing God's LineUp"
Scripture Reading: 2 Peter 1:16-21

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

James the Greater - Apostles

On Wednesday mornings I teach a class to our "Prime Time Group".  Today is about James the Greater.  Here's a list of the scripture, but first, I'm throwing in my song list for the morning.  These are some of the verses I have of James mentioned in addition to all the experiences he had with the other twelve disciples.

Song List from Church Gospel Songs & Hymns: 

#NIB - Hark The Herald Angel Sings
#568 - Beautiful Star of Bethlehem
#648 - Joy to the World
#650 - O Come All Ye Faithful
#649 - Silent Night
#NIB - O Little Town of Bethlehem

James the Greater
Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Matthew 4:18-22
St. James and his brother St. John leaving their father Zebedee to follow Jesus.

Mat 4:18  While walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. 
Mat 4:19  And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” 
Mat 4:20  Immediately they left their nets and followed him. 
Mat 4:21  And going on from there he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets, and he called them. 
Mat 4:22  Immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him. 

Mark 5:35-43
James, John, and Peter accompanying Jesus to the healing of Jairus's daughter.

Mar 5:35  While he was still speaking, there came from the ruler's house some who said, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?” 
Mar 5:36  But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.” 
Mar 5:37  And he allowed no one to follow him except Peter and James and John the brother of James. 
Mar 5:38  They came to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and Jesus saw a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly. 
Mar 5:39  And when he had entered, he said to them, “Why are you making a commotion and weeping? The child is not dead but sleeping.” 
Mar 5:40  And they laughed at him. But he put them all outside and took the child's father and mother and those who were with him and went in where the child was. 
Mar 5:41  Taking her by the hand he said to her, “Talitha cumi,” which means, “Little girl, I say to you, arise.” 
Mar 5:42  And immediately the girl got up and began walking (for she was twelve years of age), and they were immediately overcome with amazement. 
Mar 5:43  And he strictly charged them that no one should know this, and told them to give her something to eat. 

Luke 9:28-32
James, John, and Peter Witnessing the Transfiguration of Jesus.

Luk 9:28  Now about eight days after these sayings he took with him Peter and John and James and went up on the mountain to pray. 
Luk 9:29  And as he was praying, the appearance of his face was altered, and his clothing became dazzling white. 
Luk 9:30  And behold, two men were talking with him, Moses and Elijah, 
Luk 9:31  who appeared in glory and spoke of his departure, which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem. 
Luk 9:32  Now Peter and those who were with him were heavy with sleep, but when they became fully awake they saw his glory and the two men who stood with him. 
Luk 9:33  And as the men were parting from him, Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good that we are here. Let us make three tents, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah”—not knowing what he said. 
Luk 9:34  As he was saying these things, a cloud came and overshadowed them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud. 
Luk 9:35  And a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, my Chosen One; listen to him!” 
Luk 9:36  And when the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. And they kept silent and told no one in those days anything of what they had seen. 

Luke 9:51-56
James and John desiring to bring fire down from heaven upon a Samaritan village.

Luk 9:51  When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem. 
Luk 9:52  And he sent messengers ahead of him, who went and entered a village of the Samaritans, to make preparations for him. 
Luk 9:53  But the people did not receive him, because his face was set toward Jerusalem. 
Luk 9:54  And when his disciples James and John saw it, they said, “Lord, do you want us to tell fire to come down from heaven and consume them?” 
Luk 9:55  But he turned and rebuked them. 
Luk 9:56  And they went on to another village. 

Matthew 20:20-28
Salome, the mother of James and his brother John, asking Jesus for special places of honor for her sons in heaven.

Mat 20:20  Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came up to him with her sons, and kneeling before him she asked him for something. 
Mat 20:21  And he said to her, “What do you want?” She said to him, “Say that these two sons of mine are to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your kingdom.” 
Mat 20:22  Jesus answered, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I am to drink?” They said to him, “We are able.” 
Mat 20:23  He said to them, “You will drink my cup, but to sit at my right hand and at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared by my Father.” 
Mat 20:24  And when the ten heard it, they were indignant at the two brothers. 
Mat 20:25  But Jesus called them to him and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. 
Mat 20:26  It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, 
Mat 20:27  and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, 
Mat 20:28  even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” 

Matthew 26:36-46
James, John, and Peter the closest to Jesus at Gethsemane.

Mat 26:36  Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, “Sit here, while I go over there and pray.” 
Mat 26:37  And taking with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he began to be sorrowful and troubled. 
Mat 26:38  Then he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch with me.” 
Mat 26:39  And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.” 
Mat 26:40  And he came to the disciples and found them sleeping. And he said to Peter, “So, could you not watch with me one hour? 
Mat 26:41  Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” 
Mat 26:42  Again, for the second time, he went away and prayed, “My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, your will be done.” 
Mat 26:43  And again he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy. 
Mat 26:44  So, leaving them again, he went away and prayed for the third time, saying the same words again. 
Mat 26:45  Then he came to the disciples and said to them, “Sleep and take your rest later on. See, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. 
Mat 26:46  Rise, let us be going; see, my betrayer is at hand.” 

John 21:1-14
Jesus appearing to James and six other Apostles at the Sea of Tiberias.

Joh 21:1  After this Jesus revealed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias, and he revealed himself in this way. 
Joh 21:2  Simon Peter, Thomas (called the Twin), Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples were together. 

Acts 12:1-3
James as the first Apostle to be martyred ... beheaded by Herod Agrippa (circa A.D. 41-44).

Act 12:1  About that time Herod the king laid violent hands on some who belonged to the church. 
Act 12:2  He killed James the brother of John with the sword, 
Act 12:3  and when he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded to arrest Peter also. This was during the days of Unleavened Bread. 
Act 12:4  And when he had seized him, he put him in prison, delivering him over to four squads of soldiers to guard him, intending after the Passover to bring him out to the people. 
Act 12:5  So Peter was kept in prison, but earnest prayer for him was made to God by the church.

Salome is mother -
Mark 15:40 and Matthew 27:56

Thursday, November 2, 2017

A few photos from the week...

Halloween, Bushido Karate, and testing out camera lighting on my hair stylist has kept my camera a little busy this week!  
Clara learning about Halloween trick-or-treating.

Gabriel punching at Bushido Karate.

Kara from the Omaet Salon testing out a ring light.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Chili, Candy, and Christ

Sunday evening services were a little different yesterday as we enjoyed a worship time followed by food and festivities. We are grateful for Chief Young and our local firefighters (who better to judge hot things?) coming to judge our chili contest. Congrats to Vanessa ONeal for second place and Jennifer Ruth Jones Howard achieving grand champion chili status!

Thanks also to Shirley Scott for sharing your photos with me. 

See the whole photo archive here: 

"The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.” - Numbers 6:24-26

See the whole photo archive here:

Friday, October 20, 2017

Sunrise Sunflowers

The Wiles family has a deep love for the Page family. We were blessed to catch them shining bright in a field of sunflowers. I like this annual tradition! To see the entire high resolution photos in my Google folder, click here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/FmOuxlz1mR9sMpD43

"Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these." - Luke 12:27

To see the entire high resolution photos in my Google folder, click here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/FmOuxlz1mR9sMpD43

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Wiles New Address

While we enjoyed our two weeks at Ragland Bottom Campground, we are now located at a little more permanent dwelling in Bear Cove, southeast of Sparta.  We are still keeping our PO Box in Sparta for mailing, but our living address is:
257 Swift Rd
Sparta, TN 38583

Here's a list of steps to drive from the church building to our address:
  • Head south on N Main St toward E Rhea St (south) - for 456 ft
  • Turn left onto Bockman Way (east) - for 0.3 mi
  • Turn right onto Gaines St (southeast) - for 0.7 mi
  • Gaines St turns slightly right and becomes Country Club Rd (east) - for 1.5 mi
  • Turn right on Swift Rd. (east) - for 827 ft
  • Turn left (north) into Christopher & Ashley's driveway where the motorhome is located.  Congratulations, you're here!

It may not show up in Google maps, so here is the best information I can give you.
View it's information on a map here: https://goo.gl/maps/nLYYQrGPS8r

Here it is again: 

Here's a link to the directions from the Central Church of Christ.

Here's the map of directions itself.

Here's a list of steps to drive from the church building to our address:
  • Head south on N Main St toward E Rhea St (south) - for 456 ft
  • Turn left onto Bockman Way (east) - for 0.3 mi
  • Turn right onto Gaines St (southeast) - for 0.7 mi
  • Gaines St turns slightly right and becomes Country Club Rd (east) - for 1.5 mi
  • Turn right on Swift Rd. (east) - for 827 ft
  • Turn left (north) into Christopher & Ashley's driveway where the motorhome is located.  Congratulations, you're here!

Monday, September 25, 2017

150th and More!

Here's celebrating 150 years of faith at Central Church of Christ. Unless the Lord comes again, I'm looking forward to 150 more! With over three hundred people to meet and encourage, I barely made time to break out the big camera. Here's a couple of encouraging photos from the day. Soon we'll had more from the other photographers on site.
I definitely appreciate, even more now, the professors that I enjoyed at Lipscomb University. Dr. Phillip Glenn Camp was a blessing to be with yesterday. I'm glad he, Amy, and the kids joined us. Friends, God has been good to us and He deserves our thanks!
"Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful." - Colossians 3:15

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Many Perspectives in California

Good morning Max & Donna, 

We hope Irma isn't dumping too much rain your direction.  If it is a little cloudy and gloomy your way, then it might brighten your day to see a few faces from California!  We uploaded 105 photos across 4 days to a single Album.  The basic descriptions are below.

Click here to see all 105 photos:

Set #1 - Crab hunting at Point Lobos State Natural Reserve in CA.

Set #2 - Tallest and Oldest Trees in the World at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park - Coastal Redwood Trees are tall!

Set #3 - Playing around at The Wharf of Santa Cruz 

Set #4 - Swimming at the Beach BoardWalk of Santa Cruz 

Set #5 - Playing with the Frank Collier family at the Children's Museum in Sacramento

Set #6 - Lots of Fun shooting God's beautiful Creation in Yosemite National Park! We also found the Biggest trees in Tuolumne Grove Giant Sequoia's, cousins to the Coastal Redwoods at Henry Cowell SP. 

"Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound, and all that is in it. Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them; let all the trees of the forest sing for joy." - Psalm 96:11-12

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Nevada Update

Vacation update. Friends, we're doing well and on the way to California. Nevada is gorgeous and it is so big! We've seen snow on several Peaks as we've traveled along Interstate 80. The kids are still getting along great and we're riding well in the motorhome. We've traveled enough mountains now that I'm not near as scared of overheating this 1994 Fleetwood Bounder we purchased. God has blessed us, and we're loving our trip as a family together. Thank you for your prayers and your encouragement. So far we are only five days into our 3 week trip, and from what I've seen so far, I recommend this type of trip to anyone!  We hope to show you more of God's Beauty and Wiles family fun over the next couple of weeks!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Quick Updates Plus Photos

It's 1:46am Eastern time, so I'm sapped and heading to bed soon.  Before I hit the hay, I did want to let my friends and family see the kids through my eyes in the last couple of days.  I've taken many photos from my cell phone, and just a few from the big camera.  We are getting a family photo in every new state we come to, and we'll share that later.  These photos were taken in two places that were off the beaten path, and there has been extra adventures with each one.  For right now, you need to know that we loved visiting Monument Rock about 30 miles outside of Oakley, KS.  It is seriously out in the middle of no where, down a long and dusty gravel road.   Then there's the Devil's Backbone, just north of Denver, CO that was in the Rockies foothills.  Both were wonderful to us.  I haven't taken any photos in Wyoming, although it has been the most majestic part of the trip yet.  I am in awe of what God has created and displayed before my eyes.  I also feel so small and humble in comparison.  Tomorrow, we descend from the Rockies through Salt Lake City, then across the desert, then up more mountains.  Big driving days are exciting in the motorhome, right?  Rawlins, Wyoming was good to us tonight as we stay in an RV park to rest up for tomorrow's big drive.  Lord willing, we'll make it to Bible Camp Thursday night or Friday morning!