Oct 192014
 

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The World Awaiting Jesus

Did you know there were about 400 “silent” years after the last of the inspired prophets spoke and the first of the New Testament writers began to write? There’s a word in Paul’s letter to the Galatians that says, “When the time had fully come, God sent forth His Son, born of woman, born under the law.” (Gal. 4:4)

In other words, the time of our Lord’s birth was God’s appointed hour, the moment for which God had been long preparing. Some of the exciting preparations took place during that time of “silence,” and you will understand your New Testament much better if you understand something of the historic events during the  time between the Testaments.

Commonly known as the Intertestamental Period, there were monumental events which shaped the world into which Jesus was eventually born. The land of Palestine, occupied by the returning Israelite exiles, became the brokered pawn of major empires that entered and exited the world stage.  The great Persian empire fell with the rise of the Greeks and Alexander the Great, whose demise gave way to independence under the Ptolemies, eventually to succumb to Caesar and the mighty Romans.

Today’s Post is a short study written by Ray C. Stedman.  Ray was pastor of Peninsula Bible Church in Palo Alto, California for 40 years. A graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary, he was an outstanding Bible expositor and travelled around the world.  Ray was an ardent and faithful supporter of the Jewish people and the State of Israel all his life.  All of his sermons and his biography are available online.  A number of his messages are especially relevant towards better understanding the relationships between Christians and Jews, and God’s program for Israel as different from that of the church of Jesus Christ.

Ray went to be with the LORD on October 07, 1992. His clear and profound love for his Savior survives in his numerous devotionals, studies, sermons, and books.

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CLICK on the BLUE Headline Link ABOVE to read Ray’s study on “BETWEEN THE TESTAMENTS”.

 

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Oct 172014
 

Fox News: The Human Rights Commission in Lexington, Kentucky has a chilling message for Christian business owners who refuse service to LGBT organizations: leave your religion at home.

“It would be safe to do so, yes,” Executive Director Raymond Sexton told me. “Or in this case you can find yourself two years down the road and you’re still involved in a legal battle because you did not do so.”

You can read the ruling by clicking here.

Opinion: Notice the change in tone since the October 6 Supreme Court decision to turn away appeals from five states looking to prohibit gay marriage, effectively legalizing same-sex marriage in those states. A group of pastors in Houston were told to turn over to the city any sermons dealing with homosexuality, and businesses are under legal threat to service gay weddings.

There is an interesting parallel in Daniel 6. The king’s administrators, jealous of Daniel’s position, devised a plan to accuse Daniel for his religious practices.

They suggested to King Darius that he be the sole object of worship for 30 days. The penalty for violating was to be thrown into the lions’ den. Flattered by the idea, Darius signed it into law, which according to Medo-Persian practices, was irrevocable.

Daniel 6:5-7 “Finally these men said, “We will never find any basis for charges against this man Daniel unless it has something to do with the law of his God.

So these administrators and satraps went as a group to the king and said: “May King Darius live forever! The royal administrators, prefects, satraps, advisers and governors have all agreed that the king should issue an edict and enforce the decree that anyone who prays to any god or human being during the next thirty days, except to you, Your Majesty, shall be thrown into the lions’ den.”

We know the end of the story. Daniel survived the lions because God’s Angel (like the one in the fiery furnace, the pre-incarnate Christ), kept the lions’ mouths shut. Daniel 6:21.

When will we learn to not underestimate the power of God?

(Thanks to Nannette for sending this in)

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Oct 122014
 

The gospel of Jesus Christ is the explanation of who He is and what He accomplished for you. The word gospel literally means – “good news”. It’s good news because it’s an answer to a problem.

What’s the problem?     The problem is no one deserves to go to heaven.

  1. Man is SINFUL and SEPARATED from God.
  2. Therefore, he cannot know and experience God’s love and plan for his life. God loves you and offers a wonderful plan for your life.
  3. Jesus Christ is God’s only provision for man’s sin. Through Him you can know and experience God’s love and plan for your life.
  4. We must individually receive Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord; then we can know and experience God’s love and plan for our lives.

The Bible reveals to us that in God’s court, the penalty for sin is death (Romans 6:23). Eternal death, or eternal separation from God, for any sin whatsoever.

If Jesus paid for your sins, God’s wrath over your sin debt no longer remains. In exchange for the payment of Jesus’ life, the righteous worth of Jesus’ life is now extended to you, and you are saved from eternal separation from the Lord.

Share the good news!

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Sep 282014
 
SUNDAY POST: Part Six, "EZEKIEL's SCROLL of a BOOK"

I had no idea when I started to ‘explore’ the books (not part of our 66 books), or scrolls, mentioned in Bible verses that there were as many as I have found. I have relied upon the Holy Spirit, Bible verses, trustworthy Christian commentaries, and extra-Biblical Jewish writings, in writing these short studies to you. Sometimes, the smallest reference, such as the

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Sep 142014
 
SUNDAY POST: Part Four, The Book of Tears

The Book of Tears is referred to by David in his Psalm 56 verse 4: “You number my wanderings; Put my tears into Your bottle; Are they not in Your book?” Whether the book referred to is the same book as the Book of Life, or another one, we cannot know. “For now we see

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Sep 102014
 
US Air Force: Say 'So Help Me God' - or get out

The Daily Beast: “For years, allegations of religious intolerance have swirled around the U.S. Air Force, with officers accused both of pushing evangelical Christianity on the troops—and of hampering Christians’ practice. Now, a new case threatens to reignite the firestorm. The Air Force has allegedly refused to allow a service member to reenlist, because he

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Sep 072014
 
SUNDAY POST: Part Three, The Book of Remembrance

We continue our current study of the ‘books’ mentioned in Scripture; those that are not the 66 stand-alone books of the Bible. Today we look at The Book of Remembrance, spoken of by Malachi in 3:16, which records the names of those “who fear the Lord and meditate on His Name.” We hope that the interpretations

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