Oct 262014

“Amazing Grace” is an autobiographical hymn by John Newton (1725-1807). amazing-grace

Formerly a seaman and first officer aboard slave ships, Newton lived a debauched, hardened life until a fearful storm at sea awakened him, and the Mercy and Grace of the LORD Jesus Christ saved him.

Newton began to cry, “Lord have mercy on us!” But, he thought, “What mercy can there be for me?” Nonetheless, he desperately prayed, and God answered. The storm abated. John Newton recorded, “On that day the Lord sent from on high and delivered me from deep waters.” He subsequently celebrated that “great deliverance” as the day of his conversion to the LORD Jesus Christ.

In 1780, Newton moved to London, where his congregational preaching reached an even greater audience. Most notably, he counseled William Wilberforce at the time of his conversion in 1785, and he helped Wilberforce in the great movement to abolish slavery by publishing in 1788 his own experiences in the slave trade. Surely there must have been great satisfaction for Newton to have struck back at his old sin of slavery and aided in its falling out of favor in the British Empire.

His wife and lifelong friend, Mary, died of cancer in 1790. He gradually went blind, but preached to the last year of his death in 1807.

Click the blue headline link at top to read the Scripture verses associated with the lyrics.



Oct 192014


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.


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


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

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

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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