Jan 252015
 

You may have read some previous Sunday Posts from Oswald Chambers’ “My Utmost for His Highest” on our blog.

Author and I have spent many, many years reading and re-reading Chambers’ devotionals on a daily basis. He always strikes at our hearts with a godly truth.

Despite living a somewhat short life (he died at age 43 of a ruptured appendix), he became an international influence after his wife published his sermons and teachings posthumously. And we are so grateful she did that!

If you have not gone through a whole year of reading his daily devotionals, this might be the year to do it.

You can read them at: My Utmost for His Highest

Be blessed!

Editor

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Jan 192015
 

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The Jerusalem Post: Palestinian officials are preparing cases to bring before the International Criminal Court against Israeli officials who ordered the destruction of residences in the Gaza Strip as well as other types of cases.

The home destruction files were being prepared along with lawsuits against those responsible for the confiscation of land and the building of settlements, Mustafa Barghouthi, a member of Fatah’s Executive Committee told  the pan-Arab daily Al-Hayat on Sunday.

“The day will come when the government and the Israeli army commanders and all 650,000 settlers will be wanted in various countries around the world and will not be able to travel,” Barghouti said.

“We will reach a day when the only line open to Israeli leaders is Tel Aviv to Washington, because the United States is the only country that does not apply the decisions of the International Criminal Court,” he added.

Opinion: I remember a time when Americans knew who the good guys and bad guys were in global conflicts.

No one disputes that Germany and Japan started WWII. No one disputes that the Soviet Empire was the cause of the cold war and few disputed the need for America to attack Iraq after Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait in Operation Desert Storm.

Then came the second Iraq war and liberal Democrats who were for it before they were against it turned the definition of good guys and bad guys upside down.

Since it was the 2004 Presidential candidate John Kerry and then Senator Hillary Clinton who once supported the war, the mainstream press did their best to cover them being against it. When Kerry lost in ’04, the Democrat party fathers decided to dump Hillary in 2008, to back the one man that was against the Iraq war.

Senator Barack Obama.

Now the line between good guys and bad guys is so blurred that America is split about who or what entity has caused over 28,000 deadly terror attacks around the world since September 11, 2001.

You know where I am going with this; if not for Bible prophecy we could be easy to be confused.

  • Jesus told us that there would be a time of global upheaval over Israel, such as has never been or will ever be again (Matthew:24:21)
  • He told us that 1 generation in all of history would see the prophesied budding of the Fig Tree –  the rebirth of Israel. (Matthew 24:32-35)
  • He told us that 1 generation in history who accepted the pardon that His blood provides will not taste death (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18)

I ask again, do you know Him? Or better yet … Does He know you?

 

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Jan 182015
 

Author and I have been involved in local BSF classes which began last September. BSF is one of the most encouraging, instructive, and worshipful Bible studies you will find anywhere. The study this year is called the Books of Moses. We are in Leviticus right now, and just finished the episode regarding Nadab and Abihu (Aaron’s sons who were killed by God’s fire after they made an offering not commanded by God).

Searching out verse by verse, we come to understand that God would not permit it because He knew what was in their hearts: disobedience, rebelliousness.

This matter of our hearts is continuous throughout Scripture. It is of utmost importance what attitude, what state our hearts are in. No sin is too small in the eyes of God, for He is holy.

Below is the response from www.gotquestions.org when asked : WHAT IS THE HEART?

First, we’ll state the obvious: this article is not about the heart as a vital organ, a muscle that pumps blood throughout the body. Neither is this article concerned with romantic, philosophical, or literary definitions.

Instead, we’ll focus on what the Bible has to say about the heart. The Bible mentions the human heart almost 300 times. In essence, this is what it says: the heart is that spiritual part of us where our emotions and desires dwell.

Before we look at the human heart, we’ll mention that, since God has emotions and desires, He, too, can be said to have a “heart.” We have a heart because God does. David was a man “after God’s own heart” (Acts 13:22). And God blesses His people with leaders who know and follow His heart (1 Samuel 2:35; Jeremiah 3:15).

The human heart, in its natural condition, is evil, treacherous and deceitful. Jeremiah 17:9 says, “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?” In other words, the Fall has affected us at the deepest level; our mind, emotions and desires have been tainted by sin—and we are blind to just how pervasive the problem is.

We may not understand our own hearts, but God does. He “knows the secrets of the heart” (Psalm 44:21; see also 1 Corinthians 14:25). Jesus “knew all men, and had no need that anyone should testify of man, for He knew what was in man” (John 2:24-25). Based on His knowledge of the heart, God can judge righteously: “I, the LORD, search the heart, I test the mind, Even to give every man according to his ways, According to the fruit of his doings” (Jeremiah 17:10).

Jesus pointed out the fallen condition of our hearts in Mark 7:21-23: “From within, out of men’s hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. All these evils come from inside and make a man unclean.” Our biggest problem is not external but internal; all of us have a heart problem.

In order for a person to be saved, then, the heart must be changed. This only happens by the power of God in response to faith. “With the heart one believes unto righteousness” (Romans 10:10). In His grace, God can create a new heart within us (Psalm 51:10; Ezekiel 36:26). He promises to “revive the heart of the contrite ones” (Isaiah 57:15).

God’s work of creating a new heart within us involves testing our hearts (Psalm 17:3; Deuteronomy 8:2) and filling our hearts with new ideas, new wisdom, and new desires (Nehemiah 7:5; 1 Kings 10:24; 2 Corinthians 8:16).

The heart is the core of our being, and the Bible sets high importance on keeping our hearts pure: “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life” (Proverbs 4:23).

Have a worshipful day!
Editor

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