Some are famous, some are infamous, and some can't tell the difference- Cain fits into the "infamous" category. And yet, as the Word file outline points out, there are definite lessons to be learned from his story.
When it comes to spirituality, some people are kind of like Switzerland- trying to be “neutral.” Switzerland’s neutrality has historically been more about money than anything else. In WWII, they simply wanted to be “on friendly terms” with, and therefore able “to do business” with, both sides. Most attempts at spiritual neutrality have the same motivation!
I love the sound, aroma, and warmth of a nice fire. But such requires work- lots of work. For me, this means felling the tree, sawing it up, loading it on the trailer, and hauling it back to the house. But this isn’t the end, as it still has to be split into pieces that can be easily stacked, and eventually put into the fireplace. I’ve labored at these tasks most of my life to be able to enjoy the soothing, crackling warmth of a fire. I should probably mention that I’ve never owned a hydraulic wood splitter- though I have borrowed one occasionally for especially big jobs. Instead, I usually split firewood the old-fashioned way: with wedges and a splitting maul. Recently, it occurred to me that there are some lessons to be learned from splitting firewood this way that might be comparatively beneficial to breaking open the sometimes-tough exteriors of people, and laying bare their hearts, with the power of the gospel. So, think with me for a moment about splitting wood and personal evangelism…
If we think the lesson of Job is that if you remain faithful during times of tribulation God will double your physical blessings, we've missed the point. This very basic PowerPoint lesson considers fundamental lessons this great book teaches about Satan, Our Friends and Family, God, Ourselves, and LIfe.