12/10/13

From Ben Fronczek... Our Legacy

Our Legacy

Legacy Remembered     2 Peter   Part 3
(By Ben Fronczek)

Read  2 Peter 1:10-21    (NIV)

10 Therefore, my brothers and sisters, make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble, 11 and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
12 So I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth you now have. 13 I think it is right to refresh your memory as long as I live in the tent of this body, 14 because I know that I will soon put it aside, as our Lord Jesus Christ has made clear to me. 15 And I will make every effort to see that after my departure you will always be able to remember these things.
16 For we did not follow cleverly devised stories when we told you about the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in power, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. 17 He received honor and glory from God the Father when the voice came to him from the Majestic Glory, saying, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”[b] 18 We ourselves heard this voice that came from heaven when we were with him on the sacred mountain.
19 We also have the prophetic message as something completely reliable, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. 20 Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. 21 For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.”

Introduction

As of late, I have been interested in getting to know a little more about my family, especially those who came before me. I really don’t know too much about my ancestry and so I’ve started to do a little research and I hope to make up some kind of family tree recording not only names but if possible I would also like to record a little about each of my former relatives as well.

Thus far I have not made much progress only going back to my great grandparents. For example I know that my great grandfather on my mother’s side was an engineer that was hired by the Freihofer bakery of Philadelphia, PA to design and set up a bakery in Troy, NY. His wife Sophie was a talented musician who went to the Troy Conservatory of Music. She was a talented pianist and Organist, and even played the awesome organ in the Round Lake Auditorium, in NY

The more I investigated these different individuals the more I became aware of the legacy, or lack of which they left behind. Some made a meaningful contributions and impressions while others made very little or none at all.

And I could not help but think about my own life. In 100 or 200 years from now will what I have done, or who I am be completely forgotten? Will I just be forgotten like so many others who have come and gone before me. Will all my work, my efforts, things that I have learned and taught be just washed away by the sand of time?

As I read the next section of 2 Peter, I realized that Peter recognized that what he was sharing with them was very important and he hoped to somehow preserve this wisdom. As a matter of fact he goes on to say,

 “I will make every effort to see that after my departure you will always be able to remember these things.”

He was concerned about what he would leave behind, and here we are reading and studying his words today. I guess some things, important things, such as words inspired by God stand the test of time better than others.

So what did he have to say that was so important?

In our last lesson we read how Peter encouraged the early Christians to make every effort to grow and mature as individuals by growing in certain virtues.  

to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love.”      

He said it would help them survive this in evil world, it would enable them to participate in God’s own divine nature, and here in vs 10 he said that it would help keep them from falling away and make their calling and election sure.

Verse 11 says that there would also be a heavenly reward. He said that they would receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom. His message was indeed important worth remembering!
As Peter continues in verse 12-15, he said that he wanted to remind them of these things even though he knew that they already heard and knew what he was saying.

●Just as a side note, that’s the job of a good preacher, and a father like leader; not only to teach new stuff but also to keep reminding those in their care and encouraging them even though they may have heard it all before.

Concerning certain important matters we need to refresh one another’s memory over and over. And Peter said that he planned to do this right up to his death (which he knew was right around the corner.)

In verse 15, he said that he would make every effort to see to it that we would remember his advice, his words, even after his death….. and like I already said before, here we are reading and studying his words today.

And then Peter seems to change gears a bit and talks about something every generation seems to struggle with… and that is the validity, the accuracy of scripture; their Bible and ours. If it is not accurate or real why bother following it?

In verses16-18, Peter mentions the fact that he and others were eyewitnesses to some of those recorded events (just like Peter, James and John saw, heard and experienced the event that took place on the Mt. of Transfiguration. So when we read about that account, it was based on eye witness testimonies.

In 19-21, he also talks about the Prophecy written in scripture; he said that the origin of those prophecies in scripture were from God, not man, not the prophets who recorded them.
Someone once said, “Today when people think about prophecy they think about it as predictions about the future; but Biblical prophecy refers to God revealing things that we could not figure out on our own, future things could be included in that, but the focus of prophecy is God revealing Himself.”
So what Peter is saying here is that the origin of the Bible is God not human authors. Although human authors did write the words, they spoke from God.

“Verse 21 Makes reference to these prophets being carried along – in the original Greek it is a sailing term used to describe the wind blowing into a sail which ‘carries the sail boat along.’  In this context it refers to….the human authors were consciously involved in the writing process but behind the process God “carried them along” to ensure that the end result would be what God wanted.”  (Timothy Peck)

So what are some other reasons we should trust the Bible? There are many. Scholars break the evidence down into two areas; internal and external.     

For example its make up:  

1. The Bible is a collection 66 books written by 40 different authors over a period of 1,600 years on three different continents.
 
2. The Bible was written in three languages: Greek, Hebrew and Aramaic.                

3. It is most definitely a most unique book because it was not composed by one man but by many over a long period of time yet all are amazingly linked.                     

4.The Bible addresses some of man’s deepest questions, about the purpose of life, death and eternity.
 
5. It has been proven to be archaeologically accurate over & over.                                                                                                                     

6. All 318 prophecies in regard to the Messiah were fulfilled by Jesus.
 
The odds of any one person fulfilling just eight of the prophesies is one in one  hundred billion. The odds of any one person to fulfill forty eight of these prophesies would be one chance in a trillions.

The Bible is also Historical accurate.                                                                                                                                                                                  
1. The serious challenges to the accuracy of the Bible is being answered by the work of archaeologists everyday, for example…The Old Testament mentions a group of people called the Hittites, scholars doubted their existence until 1906 when the Hittite capital was discovered about 90 miles east of Ankara, the capital of Turkey.

There are other more recent discoveries like:  – Noah Ark in 1959 sighted by those flying over Mt. Ararat in Turkey – Mounting evidence of a worldwide flood – Evidence in Egypt of some of the Biblical Patriarchs. – Discover of Joseph’s tomb – Discovery of Jericho having it wall fallen outward which seem unnatural – Discover of Sodom and Gomorrah – Discovery of Dead Sea Scrolls which demonstrate the accuracy of our present day Bible – Discover of the Elba Tablets in 1975 which go back to 2500BC. Many scholars did not believe that humans were writing yet but these tablets  prove otherwise. They also contained mention of different Biblical facts and people like the creation event, Abraham, David, and more. Just go to the internet and Google Archeology and the Bible or Scientific discoveries and the Bible, there is a lot of information out there proving the Bible. Here’s one example: http://www.biblestudy.org/basicart/scientific-proofs-of-the-bible.html

2. Nelson Glueck, a Jewish archaeologist states that there has never been an archaeological discovery that has ever disproved a Biblical reference.

Even though the Bible is not a book of science, it mentions many scientific facts that have not been substantiated, proven, or discovered until more recently. For example: -That the earth is round not flat, and is freely suspended in space, –That the number of stars cannot be numbered and each star is unique – The Bible describes the precision of movement in the universe. – The Bible describes the circulation of the atmosphere and some principles of fluid dynamics. – The Bible talks about phases of the hydrologic cycle—the worldwide processes of evaporation, translation aloft by atmospheric circulation, condensation with electrical discharges, and precipitation and the recirculation of water. –The Bible also talks about the ocean bottom and its terrain as well as the paths in the sea or ocean currents.

The amazing unity of the Bible, it’s indestructible nature, its historical and scientific evidence therefore, merits our trust. From Genesis to Revelation, the Bible tells a single story: the rescue of mankind from sin through the death of Jesus Christ.
T
he Old Testament presents Jesus as the hope of mankind; the New Testament shows Him to be the fulfillment of that hope. Now, if the Bible had been written by one person at one time, one could understand how it would be unified in general thoughts and specific details, but it wasn’t Rather it was God who authored this great book using a variety of men over a period of 1600 years
Want even more evidence…

No book has changed the heart and life of so many men and women like the Bible. Why?  Because they are the words of God. Down through the ages men like Saul of Tarsus, the brilliant scholar,  Augustine, The vicious slave trader John Newton those who were former drunkards, thieves and killers eventually changed their lives, did a 180 degree turnabout and became great servants of God because of what is in this book.

There is a good possibility that you and I, and what we have done, said, and accomplished here in this life will not be remembered much beyond 100 years or just a few short generations, but the word of God will stand forever!  I can’t help but believe that what we do in this life count for something and every bit of it will be remembered by God, the good and the bad. If we accepted His Son as our Savior those sins we committed have been pardoned or put aside. And those things we have done for Him will be remembered.

Of all the things that a person could do with their life, I can’t think of one more important than sharing their faith, sharing the message of the Bible, God’s word; first of all with their family and children and then with others.

You may never paint a picture like Leonardo Di Vinci or sculpt a statue like Michelangelo, or design a building like Frank Lloyd Wright, or compose a song like Mozart or build an empire like Napoleon, or do anything that will put you in the history books. If you are not remembered for doing anything special this in this world sharing God’s word can have eternal result in the lives of those you share it with.  Many earthly things are just that, wood, hay and stubble. They are here today and gone tomorrow.

I can’t help but believe that those who have died and are in that Heavenly Paradise now, are and will be ETERNALLY grateful to those who were willing to share the Good News about Jesus with them. The Spiritual things we share with others can have Eternal results in the lives of those you share them with.

Close:
 It was my 5 year old granddaughter Emma’s first day of school last week, her first day of Kindergarten and the first time to ride on a school bus. As she sat at the breakfast table alone before leaving do you know what my daughter found her doing? She heard her talking and when she asked who she was talking to she said she was a little bit afraid about riding on the bus so she decided to pray to God. Proud and a little choked up, my daughter sat down with her and they prayed together that she would have a good day, and she did.  Sharing our faith makes our life meaningful and worthwhile, like nothing else. These are the kind of things we want to live on in our family, that is a knowledge of Jesus and the peace He can give us.

Challenge: 
Do the best you can in the here and now but don’t be overly concerned about how long you will be remembered here on earth. Do those things which you will be remembered for all eternity in the lives of others. These are the treasures which we store up in Heaven.

For more lessons click on the following link: http://granvillenychurchofchrist.org/?page_id=566

From Jim McGuiggan... God's righteousness and ours (2)

God's righteousness and ours (2)

To say that human righteousness is a mere shadow and a severely limited version of God’s righteousness is one of those things you have to say though you don’t have to say it. At the personal character level we are sinful and our love of righteousness is fitful at best but no one knows this better that God and he still calls his elect to righteousness. He calls the nations to righteousness also and in fact assures Nebuchadnezzar that he will bring him down if he will not practice righteousness (see Daniel 4, especially 4:27). In the Major Prophets we have many chapters that are addressed to the nations around Israel and the psalmists frequently speak of God judging the nations in light of their lack of righteousness. All that to say, while God knows about human sinfulness he does not exempt us from pursuing righteousness and behaving in a righteous manner. The non-elect (pre-Christ or since Christ’s appearance) have some understanding of what righteousness is and are able (by God’s grace) to live righteously (not sinlessly!). This is clear from Romans 2:12-16, 1 Peter 2:12 where pagans recognize goodness and uprightness and we see it in cases like Cornelius in Acts 10.
God expects society to behave righteously and he grants wisdom and power to governments and leaders that they might be stewards of the creation goods he provides (Romans 13:1-5 would move that way and see again Daniel 4:27 in light of 2:37-38). All this is true despite the fact that God knows very well that human goodness and, more particularly, human justice and righteousness cannot reflect his own without serious distortion. We have neither his holiness, wisdom nor power so when we make judgements we must confess that so many of them are educated guesses. For example God has enabled us to see a deed but we’re not equally able to say why the deed has been carried out. Motives are beyond our reach even though we make decisions about them in light of the evidence we have available to us. In our better moments we confess that we’re unsure in many cases but equally, in light of some things that appear to be very obvious, we insist on acting as though we’re sure enough about the motive. You will construct your own illustrations for such cases but they’re not hard to find. Still, it is a complex matter and we aren’t always sure of our own motivations (plural) so those who believe in God trust him to balance things out in a final judgement that will right all wrongs.

©2004 Jim McGuiggan. All materials are free to be copied and used as long as money is not being made.

Many thanks to brother Ed Healy, for allowing me to post from his website, the abiding word.com.

From Mark Copeland... Our Duty To The Truth (1 Thessalonians 5:19-22)

               "THE FIRST EPISTLE TO THE THESSALONIANS"

                    Our Duty To The Truth (5:19-22)

INTRODUCTION

1. The last chapter of 1st Thessalonians is filled with exhortations to
   various duties that we have as Christians awaiting the coming of the
   Lord...
   a. Our duty to those who serve - 1Th 5:12-13
   b. Our duty to those in need - 1Th 5:14-15
   c. Our duty to ourselves - 1Th 5:16-18

2. Before Paul closes his epistle with a final blessing and admonition,
   he lists another series of exhortations...
   a. Do not quench the Spirit - 1Th 5:19
   b. Do not despise prophecies - 1Th 5:20
   c. Test all things; hold fast what is good - 1Th 5:21
   d. Abstain from every form of evil - 1Th 5:22
   -- Taken together, we can categorize these exhortations as "Our Duty
      To The Truth"

[What is our obligation to the truth?  What does God expect of us
regarding the reception of truth, and that which proves to be error?
From the exhortations in our text, we can say first...]

I. DO NOT STIFLE REVELATION OF THE TRUTH

   A. THE IMPORTANCE OF THE TRUTH...
      1. In Proverbs, we are exhorted to "buy the truth, and do not sell
         it..." - Pr 23:23
      2. Why is truth so important?  In Psalms we learn...
         a. God's truth preserves us - Ps 40:11
         b. God's truth is a shield and buckler - Ps 91:4
         c. God's truth provides atonement - Pr 16:6
      3. Jesus taught regarding truth...
         a. It provides freedom from the bondage of sin - Jn 8:32
         b. It is the means by God sanctifies Jesus' disciples - Jn 17:17
      -- In view of its benefits, we should never be guilty of stifling
         the truth!

   B. THE REVELATION OF THE TRUTH...
      1. God's truth was made known through His Holy Spirit - Jn 16:13
         a. In Old Testament times, He did this through prophets - cf.
            1Pe 1:10-11 ; 2Pe 1:20-21
         b. In New Testament times, He did this through the apostles and
            prophets of Jesus Christ - cf. Jn 16:13; 14:26
      2. These inspired apostles and prophets communicated God's
         truth...
         a. Through their spoken word - cf. 1Pe 1:12
         b. Through their written word - cf. Ep 3:3-5; 1Co 14:37
      3. This truth was fully and finally revealed....
         a. Completed through the work of the apostles - Ac 20:32; 2 Pe 1:3
         b. Revealed one time for all times - Jude 3
         c. Thus we have that which can make us complete - cf. 2Ti 3:
            16-17
      4. Today, if we desire to receive God's truth...
         a. We cannot look to their spoken word, since they are no
            longer living
         b. We must look to their written Word, i.e., the Bible
         c. We must accept God's Word in its entirety - cf. Ps 119:160

   C. THE SUPPRESSION OF THE TRUTH...
      1. Mankind has a history of resisting God's truth...
         a. Israel suffered this affliction - cf. Hos 4:1
         b. The Gentiles likewise, especially the wise - cf. Ro 1:18-23
      2. In New Testament times, Christians could be guilty of resisting
         truth also...
         a. By "quenching the Spirit" - 1Th 5:19
            1) Refusing to heed what the Spirit was still making known
               at that time
            2) Cutting off the revelation of God's truth intended for
               them
         b. By "despising prophecies" - 1Th 5:20
            1) Belittling the prophecies being made known through the
               prophets
            2) Refusing to accept what the prophets of God were
               revealing
      3. Today, we can stifle the truth of God...
         a. "Quenching the Spirit" through neglecting God's revealed
            Word
         b. "Despising prophecies" through rejecting the apostles'
            teaching

[Through neglect or outright rejection of God's Word, we can be guilty
of stifling the truth, and suffer the consequences of not having the
benefits of truth in our lives.  To avoid being misled by false prophets
or false interpretations of God's word, we need to...]

II. EXAMINE ALL THINGS BY THE TRUTH

   A. CLAIMS OF TRUTH NEED TO BE CHALLENGED...
      1. As Paul wrote:  "Test (prove, KJV) all things" - 1Th 5:21a
         a. This is not quenching the Spirit nor despising prophecies
         b. But a recognition that not all claims to be from God are
            true
      2. As John wrote:  "...do not believe every spirit, but test the
         spirits" - 1Jn 4:1
         a. For many false prophets have come into the world
         b. It is not quenching the Spirit to test what people claim is
            a revelation from God

   B. EXAMINING CLAIMS OF TRUTH...
      1. The Bereans provide a noble example - Ac 17:11
         a. They received the word with all readiness (i.e., they paid
            careful attention to what Paul said)
         b. They searched the Scriptures daily (to see if what Paul
            taught was true)
         -- This is how the Bereans tested Paul's teaching, for which
            they were commended as being "fair-minded"
      2. In examining all things by the truth today, we need to...
         a. Give people a fair hearing - Ac 17:11
         b. Search the Scriptures daily, looking at God's word in its
            entirety - Ps 119:160
         c. Accepting that which is in harmony with the apostles'
            teaching, and rejecting that which is not - cf. 1Jn 4:6;
            Ac 2:42

["Our Duty To The Truth" does not end with simply believing the truth
and rejecting that which is false, we must also "hold fast what is good"
(1Th 5:21).  I take this to mean we must...]

III. APPLY THE TRUTH IN OUR LIVES

   A. WITH PROPER ATTITUDES...
      1. A prayerful attitude, like David possessed - e.g., Ps 86:11
      2. A meek spirit, allowing God's word to be implanted - Jm 1:21

   B. WITH RIGHT ACTIONS...
      1. In deed, not just in word; e.g., our love - 1Jn 3:18-19
      2. We must be doers of the Word (truth), not hearers only - Jm 1:
         22-25
      3. Thereby walking in the truth, which delights those who see you
         - 3Jn 3-4

[Our duty is to hold fast what we find to be true, to practice what we
believe to be true.  At the same time, we must also...]

IV. ABSTAIN FROM WHAT THE TRUTH DEFINES AS EVIL

   A. THE TRUTH DECLARES THAT EVIL EXISTS...
      1. There is that which is false, that which is wicked - e.g., Exo 23:7
      2. Those who do evil, do not want to hear that which is true - Jn 3:19-21

   B. THE TRUTH DEMANDS THAT WE ABSTAIN FROM EVIL...
      1. When we are not valiant for truth, we will become progressively
         worse - Jer 9:3
      2. Therefore we must "abstain from every form of evil" - 1Th 5:22
         a. KJV has "appearance" instead of "form"
            1) Leading many commentators to conclude that we must always
               abstain from that which may "seem" to be wrong (e.g.,
               Barnes, Clarke)
            2) Yet Jesus did things that "appeared" to be wrong; e.g.,
               eating with sinners which appeared to be toleration of
               their evil deeds - Mt 9:11
         b. The Greek word is eidous - "As commonly explained, abstain
            from everything that even 'looks like' evil. But the word
            signifies 'form or kind.' Compare Luke 3:22; John 5:37, and
            see nearly the same phrase in Joseph. 'Ant. x. 3, 1.' It
            never has the sense of 'semblance.' Moreover, it is
            impossible to abstain from everything that looks like evil."
            (Vincent's Word Studies)
         c. "'Abstain from every form of evil,' i. e., every sort or
            kind of evil (not 'appearance,' KJV). This meaning was
            common in the papyri, the Greek writings of the closing
            centuries, B. C., and the New Testament era." (Vine's
            Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words)
      3. This we do by taking heed to both our thoughts and our actions
         a. Thinking on things that are true - Php 4:8
         b. Walking righteously and speaking uprightly - cf. Isa 33:
            15-16

CONCLUSION

1. "Our Duty To The Truth" is made clear in our text...
   a. Do not stifle revelation of the truth
   b. Examine all things by the truth
   c. Apply the truth in our lives
   d. Abstain from what the truth defines as evil
   -- Because of the benefits that comes from knowing and walking in the
      truth, we should be careful to fulfill "Our Duty To The Truth"!

2. What about those who do not have a love for the truth?
   a. They will be susceptible to the lying wonders and unrighteous
      deception of the lawless one - cf. 2Th 2:9-10
   b. Having no love for truth, God will harden their hearts even
      further by sending them a strong delusion - 2Th 2:11
   c. Not believing the truth, but taking pleasure in unrighteousness,
      they will be condemned - 2Th 2:12

We must therefore have the prayer and attitude of David regarding God's
truth:

      "Lead me in Your truth and teach me, For You are the God of
      my salvation; On You I wait all the day." - Ps 25:5

Is that your prayer?  Is that your attitude?  Are you walking in the
truth?

Executable Outlines, Copyright © Mark A. Copeland, 2011


From Gary... Bible Reading December 10



Bible Reading  

December 10

The World English Bible




Dec. 10
Daniel 5-8
Dan 5:1 Belshazzar the king made a great feast to a thousand of his lords, and drank wine before the thousand.
Dan 5:2 Belshazzar, while he tasted the wine, commanded to bring the golden and silver vessels which Nebuchadnezzar his father had taken out of the temple which was in Jerusalem; that the king and his lords, his wives and his concubines, might drink from them.
Dan 5:3 Then they brought the golden vessels that were taken out of the temple of the house of God which was at Jerusalem; and the king and his lords, his wives and his concubines, drank from them.
Dan 5:4 They drank wine, and praised the gods of gold, and of silver, of brass, of iron, of wood, and of stone.
Dan 5:5 In the same hour came forth the fingers of a man's hand, and wrote over against the lampstand on the plaster of the wall of the king's palace: and the king saw the part of the hand that wrote.
Dan 5:6 Then the king's face was changed in him, and his thoughts troubled him; and the joints of his thighs were loosened, and his knees struck one against another.
Dan 5:7 The king cried aloud to bring in the enchanters, the Chaldeans, and the soothsayers. The king spoke and said to the wise men of Babylon, Whoever shall read this writing, and show me its interpretation, shall be clothed with purple, and have a chain of gold about his neck, and shall be the third ruler in the kingdom.
Dan 5:8 Then came in all the king's wise men; but they could not read the writing, nor make known to the king the interpretation.
Dan 5:9 Then was king Belshazzar greatly troubled, and his face was changed in him, and his lords were perplexed.
Dan 5:10 Now the queen by reason of the words of the king and his lords came into the banquet house: the queen spoke and said, O king, live forever; don't let your thoughts trouble you, nor let your face be changed.
Dan 5:11 There is a man in your kingdom, in whom is the spirit of the holy gods; and in the days of your father light and understanding and wisdom, like the wisdom of the gods, were found in him; and the king Nebuchadnezzar your father, the king, I say, your father, made him master of the magicians, enchanters, Chaldeans, and soothsayers;
Dan 5:12 because an excellent spirit, and knowledge, and understanding, interpreting of dreams, and showing of dark sentences, and dissolving of doubts, were found in the same Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar. Now let Daniel be called, and he will show the interpretation.
Dan 5:13 Then was Daniel brought in before the king. The king spoke and said to Daniel, Are you that Daniel, who are of the children of the captivity of Judah, whom the king my father brought out of Judah?
Dan 5:14 I have heard of you, that the spirit of the gods is in you, and that light and understanding and excellent wisdom are found in you.
Dan 5:15 Now the wise men, the enchanters, have been brought in before me, that they should read this writing, and make known to me its interpretation; but they could not show the interpretation of the thing.
Dan 5:16 But I have heard of you, that you can give interpretations, and dissolve doubts; now if you can read the writing, and make known to me its interpretation, you shall be clothed with purple, and have a chain of gold about your neck, and shall be the third ruler in the kingdom.
Dan 5:17 Then Daniel answered before the king, Let your gifts be to yourself, and give your rewards to another; nevertheless I will read the writing to the king, and make known to him the interpretation.
Dan 5:18 You king, the Most High God gave Nebuchadnezzar your father the kingdom, and greatness, and glory, and majesty:
Dan 5:19 and because of the greatness that he gave him, all the peoples, nations, and languages trembled and feared before him: whom he would he killed, and whom he would he kept alive; and whom he would he raised up, and whom he would he put down.
Dan 5:20 But when his heart was lifted up, and his spirit was hardened so that he dealt proudly, he was deposed from his kingly throne, and they took his glory from him:
Dan 5:21 and he was driven from the sons of men, and his heart was made like the animals', and his dwelling was with the wild donkeys; he was fed with grass like oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of the sky; until he knew that the Most High God rules in the kingdom of men, and that he sets up over it whomever he will.
Dan 5:22 You his son, Belshazzar, have not humbled your heart, though you knew all this,
Dan 5:23 but have lifted up yourself against the Lord of heaven; and they have brought the vessels of his house before you, and you and your lords, your wives and your concubines, have drunk wine from them; and you have praised the gods of silver and gold, of brass, iron, wood, and stone, which don't see, nor hear, nor know; and the God in whose hand your breath is, and whose are all your ways, you have not glorified.
Dan 5:24 Then was the part of the hand sent from before him, and this writing was inscribed.
Dan 5:25 This is the writing that was inscribed: MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN.
Dan 5:26 This is the interpretation of the thing: MENE; God has numbered your kingdom, and brought it to an end;
Dan 5:27 TEKEL; you are weighed in the balances, and are found wanting.
Dan 5:28 PERES; your kingdom is divided, and given to the Medes and Persians.
Dan 5:29 Then commanded Belshazzar, and they clothed Daniel with purple, and put a chain of gold about his neck, and made proclamation concerning him, that he should be the third ruler in the kingdom.
Dan 5:30 In that night Belshazzar the Chaldean King was slain.
Dan 5:31 Darius the Mede received the kingdom, being about sixty-two years old.
Dan 6:1 It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom one hundred twenty satraps, who should be throughout the whole kingdom;
Dan 6:2 and over them three presidents, of whom Daniel was one; that these satraps might give account to them, and that the king should have no damage.
Dan 6:3 Then this Daniel was distinguished above the presidents and the satraps, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king thought to set him over the whole realm.
Dan 6:4 Then the presidents and the satraps sought to find occasion against Daniel as touching the kingdom; but they could find no occasion nor fault, because he was faithful, neither was there any error or fault found in him.
Dan 6:5 Then said these men, We shall not find any occasion against this Daniel, except we find it against him concerning the law of his God.
Dan 6:6 Then these presidents and satraps assembled together to the king, and said thus to him, King Darius, live forever.
Dan 6:7 All the presidents of the kingdom, the deputies and the satraps, the counselors and the governors, have consulted together to establish a royal statute, and to make a strong interdict, that whoever shall ask a petition of any god or man for thirty days, save of you, O king, he shall be cast into the den of lions.
Dan 6:8 Now, O king, establish the interdict, and sign the writing, that it not be changed, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which doesn't alter.
Dan 6:9 Therefore king Darius signed the writing and the interdict.
Dan 6:10 When Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house (now his windows were open in his chamber toward Jerusalem) and he kneeled on his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did before.
Dan 6:11 Then these men assembled together, and found Daniel making petition and supplication before his God.
Dan 6:12 Then they came near, and spoke before the king concerning the king's interdict: Haven't you signed an interdict, that every man who shall make petition to any god or man within thirty days, save to you, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions? The king answered, The thing is true, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which doesn't alter.
Dan 6:13 Then answered they and said before the king, That Daniel, who is of the children of the captivity of Judah, doesn't regard you, O king, nor the interdict that you have signed, but makes his petition three times a day.
Dan 6:14 Then the king, when he heard these words, was sore displeased, and set his heart on Daniel to deliver him; and he labored until the going down of the sun to rescue him.
Dan 6:15 Then these men assembled together to the king, and said to the king, Know, O king, that it is a law of the Medes and Persians, that no interdict nor statute which the king establishes may be changed.
Dan 6:16 Then the king commanded, and they brought Daniel, and cast him into the den of lions. Now the king spoke and said to Daniel, Your God whom you serve continually, he will deliver you.
Dan 6:17 A stone was brought, and laid on the mouth of the den; and the king sealed it with his own signet, and with the signet of his lords; that nothing might be changed concerning Daniel.
Dan 6:18 Then the king went to his palace, and passed the night fasting; neither were instruments of music brought before him: and his sleep fled from him.
Dan 6:19 Then the king arose very early in the morning, and went in haste to the den of lions.
Dan 6:20 When he came near to the den to Daniel, he cried with a lamentable voice; the king spoke and said to Daniel, Daniel, servant of the living God, is your God, whom you serve continually, able to deliver you from the lions?
Dan 6:21 Then said Daniel to the king, O king, live forever.
Dan 6:22 My God has sent his angel, and has shut the lions' mouths, and they have not hurt me; because as before him innocence was found in me; and also before you, O king, have I done no hurt.
Dan 6:23 Then was the king exceeding glad, and commanded that they should take Daniel up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no manner of hurt was found on him, because he had trusted in his God.
Dan 6:24 The king commanded, and they brought those men who had accused Daniel, and they cast them into the den of lions, them, their children, and their wives; and the lions had the mastery of them, and broke all their bones in pieces, before they came to the bottom of the den.
Dan 6:25 Then king Darius wrote to all the peoples, nations, and languages, who dwell in all the earth: Peace be multiplied to you.
Dan 6:26 I make a decree, that in all the dominion of my kingdom men tremble and fear before the God of Daniel; for he is the living God, and steadfast forever, His kingdom that which shall not be destroyed; and his dominion shall be even to the end.
Dan 6:27 He delivers and rescues, and he works signs and wonders in heaven and in earth, who has delivered Daniel from the power of the lions.
Dan 6:28 So this Daniel prospered in the reign of Darius, and in the reign of Cyrus the Persian.
Dan 7:1 In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon Daniel had a dream and visions of his head on his bed: then he wrote the dream and told the sum of the matters.
Dan 7:2 Daniel spoke and said, I saw in my vision by night, and, behold, the four winds of the sky broke forth on the great sea.
Dan 7:3 Four great animals came up from the sea, diverse one from another.
Dan 7:4 The first was like a lion, and had eagle's wings: I saw until its wings were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth, and made to stand on two feet as a man; and a man's heart was given to it.
Dan 7:5 Behold, another animal, a second, like a bear; and it was raised up on one side, and three ribs were in its mouth between its teeth: and they said thus to it, Arise, devour much flesh.
Dan 7:6 After this I saw, and behold, another, like a leopard, which had on its back four wings of a bird; the animal had also four heads; and dominion was given to it.
Dan 7:7 After this I saw in the night visions, and, behold, a fourth animal, awesome and powerful, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth; it devoured and broke in pieces, and stamped the residue with its feet: and it was diverse from all the animals that were before it; and it had ten horns.
Dan 7:8 I considered the horns, and behold, there came up among them another horn, a little one, before which three of the first horns were plucked up by the roots: and behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of a man, and a mouth speaking great things.
Dan 7:9 I saw until thrones were placed, and one who was ancient of days sat: his clothing was white as snow, and the hair of his head like pure wool; his throne was fiery flames, and its wheels burning fire.
Dan 7:10 A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him: thousands of thousands ministered to him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him: the judgment was set, and the books were opened.
Dan 7:11 I saw at that time because of the voice of the great words which the horn spoke; I saw even until the animal was slain, and its body destroyed, and it was given to be burned with fire.
Dan 7:12 As for the rest of the animals, their dominion was taken away: yet their lives were prolonged for a season and a time.
Dan 7:13 I saw in the night visions, and behold, there came with the clouds of the sky one like a son of man, and he came even to the ancient of days, and they brought him near before him.
Dan 7:14 There was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all the peoples, nations, and languages should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.
Dan 7:15 As for me, Daniel, my spirit was grieved in the midst of my body, and the visions of my head troubled me.
Dan 7:16 I came near to one of those who stood by, and asked him the truth concerning all this. So he told me, and made me know the interpretation of the things.
Dan 7:17 These great animals, which are four, are four kings, who shall arise out of the earth.
Dan 7:18 But the saints of the Most High shall receive the kingdom, and possess the kingdom forever, even forever and ever.
Dan 7:19 Then I desired to know the truth concerning the fourth animal, which was diverse from all of them, exceedingly terrible, whose teeth were of iron, and its nails of brass; which devoured, broke in pieces, and stamped the residue with its feet;
Dan 7:20 and concerning the ten horns that were on its head, and the other horn which came up, and before which three fell, even that horn that had eyes, and a mouth that spoke great things, whose look was more stout than its fellows.
Dan 7:21 I saw, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them;
Dan 7:22 until the ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the Most High, and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom.
Dan 7:23 Thus he said, The fourth animal shall be a fourth kingdom on earth, which shall be diverse from all the kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces.
Dan 7:24 As for the ten horns, out of this kingdom shall ten kings arise: and another shall arise after them; and he shall be diverse from the former, and he shall put down three kings.
Dan 7:25 He shall speak words against the Most High, and shall wear out the saints of the Most High; and he shall think to change the times and the law; and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and half a time.
Dan 7:26 But the judgment shall be set, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it to the end.
Dan 7:27 The kingdom and the dominion, and the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole sky, shall be given to the people of the saints of the Most High: his kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.
Dan 7:28 Here is the end of the matter. As for me, Daniel, my thoughts much troubled me, and my face was changed in me: but I kept the matter in my heart.
Dan 8:1 In the third year of the reign of king Belshazzar a vision appeared to me, even to me, Daniel, after that which appeared to me at the first.
Dan 8:2 I saw in the vision; now it was so, that when I saw, I was in the citadel of Susa, which is in the province of Elam; and I saw in the vision, and I was by the river Ulai.
Dan 8:3 Then I lifted up my eyes, and saw, and behold, there stood before the river a ram which had two horns: and the two horns were high; but one was higher than the other, and the higher came up last.
Dan 8:4 I saw the ram pushing westward, and northward, and southward; and no animals could stand before him, neither was there any who could deliver out of his hand; but he did according to his will, and magnified himself.
Dan 8:5 As I was considering, behold, a male goat came from the west over the surface of the whole earth, and didn't touch the ground: and the goat had a notable horn between his eyes.
Dan 8:6 He came to the ram that had the two horns, which I saw standing before the river, and ran on him in the fury of his power.
Dan 8:7 I saw him come close to the ram, and he was moved with anger against him, and struck the ram, and broke his two horns; and there was no power in the ram to stand before him; but he cast him down to the ground, and trampled on him; and there was none who could deliver the ram out of his hand.
Dan 8:8 The male goat magnified himself exceedingly: and when he was strong, the great horn was broken; and instead of it there came up four notable horns toward the four winds of the sky.
Dan 8:9 Out of one of them came forth a little horn, which grew exceeding great, toward the south, and toward the east, and toward the glorious land.
Dan 8:10 It grew great, even to the army of the sky; and some of the army and of the stars it cast down to the ground, and trampled on them.
Dan 8:11 Yes, it magnified itself, even to the prince of the army; and it took away from him the continual burnt offering, and the place of his sanctuary was cast down.
Dan 8:12 The army was given over to it together with the continual burnt offering through disobedience; and it cast down truth to the ground, and it did its pleasure and prospered.
Dan 8:13 Then I heard a holy one speaking; and another holy one said to that certain one who spoke, How long shall be the vision concerning the continual burnt offering, and the disobedience that makes desolate, to give both the sanctuary and the army to be trodden under foot?
Dan 8:14 He said to me, To two thousand and three hundred evenings and mornings; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed.
Dan 8:15 It happened, when I, even I Daniel, had seen the vision, that I sought to understand it; and behold, there stood before me as the appearance of a man.
Dan 8:16 I heard a man's voice between the banks of the Ulai, which called, and said, Gabriel, make this man to understand the vision.
Dan 8:17 So he came near where I stood; and when he came, I was frightened, and fell on my face: but he said to me, Understand, son of man; for the vision belongs to the time of the end.
Dan 8:18 Now as he was speaking with me, I fell into a deep sleep with my face toward the ground; but he touched me, and set me upright.
Dan 8:19 He said, Behold, I will make you know what shall be in the latter time of the indignation; for it belongs to the appointed time of the end.
Dan 8:20 The ram which you saw, that had the two horns, they are the kings of Media and Persia.
Dan 8:21 The rough male goat is the king of Greece: and the great horn that is between his eyes is the first king.
Dan 8:22 As for that which was broken, in the place where four stood up, four kingdoms shall stand up out of the nation, but not with his power.
Dan 8:23 In the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce face, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up.
Dan 8:24 His power shall be mighty, but not by his own power; and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper and do his pleasure; and he shall destroy the mighty ones and the holy people.
Dan 8:25 Through his policy he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and in their security shall he destroy many: he shall also stand up against the prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand.
Dan 8:26 The vision of the evenings and mornings which has been told is true: but seal up the vision; for it belongs to many days to come.
Dan 8:27 I, Daniel, fainted, and was sick certain days; then I rose up, and did the king's business: and I wondered at the vision, but none understood it.

Dec. 10
2 Peter 3

2Pe 3:1 This is now, beloved, the second letter that I have written to you; and in both of them I stir up your sincere mind by reminding you;
2Pe 3:2 that you should remember the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and the commandments of us, the apostles of the Lord and Savior:
2Pe 3:3 knowing this first, that in the last days mockers will come, walking after their own lusts,
2Pe 3:4 and saying, "Where is the promise of his coming? For, from the day that the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation."
2Pe 3:5 For this they willfully forget, that there were heavens from of old, and an earth formed out of water and amid water, by the word of God;
2Pe 3:6 by which means the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished.
2Pe 3:7 But the heavens that now are, and the earth, by the same word have been stored up for fire, being reserved against the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men.
2Pe 3:8 But don't forget this one thing, beloved, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
2Pe 3:9 The Lord is not slow concerning his promise, as some count slowness; but is patient with us, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
2Pe 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will be dissolved with fervent heat, and the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.
2Pe 3:11 Therefore since all these things will be destroyed like this, what kind of people ought you to be in holy living and godliness,
2Pe 3:12 looking for and earnestly desiring the coming of the day of God, which will cause the burning heavens to be dissolved, and the elements will melt with fervent heat?
2Pe 3:13 But, according to his promise, we look for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells.
2Pe 3:14 Therefore, beloved, seeing that you look for these things, be diligent to be found in peace, without blemish and blameless in his sight.
2Pe 3:15 Regard the patience of our Lord as salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also, according to the wisdom given to him, wrote to you;
2Pe 3:16 as also in all of his letters, speaking in them of these things. In those, there are some things that are hard to understand, which the ignorant and unsettled twist, as they also do to the other Scriptures, to their own destruction.
2Pe 3:17 You therefore, beloved, knowing these things beforehand, beware, lest being carried away with the error of the wicked, you fall from your own steadfastness.
2Pe 3:18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.