10/14/16

"THE BOOK OF DANIEL" The Kingdom That Shall Never Be Destroyed (2:1-49) by Mark Copeland

                          "THE BOOK OF DANIEL"

           The Kingdom That Shall Never Be Destroyed (2:1-49)

INTRODUCTION

1. In Dan 2, we read about Nebuchadnezzar's dream and Daniel's
   interpretation...
   a. Nebuchadnezzar challenges his magicians, sorcerers, et al, to
      tell him both the dream and its interpretation, and they are
      unable - Dan 2:1-13
   b. God reveals the secret of the dream to Daniel in a night vision
      - Dan 2:14-23
   c. Daniel approaches the king and explains that God has made known
      to him both the dream and its interpretation - Dan 2:24-30
   d. Daniel then tells the dream, and gives the interpretation of it,
      to the amazement of Nebuchadnezzar - Dan 2:31-49 (read)
      1) The king had seen a great image
         a) With head of gold
         b) With chest and arms of silver
         c) With belly and thighs of bronze
         d) With legs of iron, and feet mixed with iron and clay
      2) The great image was destroyed by a small stone made without
         hands
         a) The image representing the rise and fall of four world
            empires
         b) The stone representing a kingdom that God would set up
      3) The king praises God, and exalts Daniel along with his three
         friends

2. There are certainly two key thoughts expressed in this chapter...
   a. God is a revealer of secrets - Dan 2:19,22,28-29,47
   b. God can make known the future and bring it pass - Dan 2:28-29,21

3. But of particular interest to us ought to be the "kingdom" in verse
   44...
   a. Which the God of heaven Himself shall set up
   b. Which shall never be destroyed, but consume other kingdoms and
      stand forever

4. Several questions naturally come to mind concerning this
   "kingdom"...
   a. When would God set it up?
   b. Has it been set up as foretold?
   c. If it has, and if it shall never be destroyed...
      1) Where is it now?
      2) What is the future of this kingdom?
      3) Can we be a part of this indestructible kingdom?

[In this lesson, we shall endeavor to provide the answers to these
questions.  Let's start with the first:  When would this "kingdom" be
set up...?]

I. THE PREPARATION FOR THE INDESTRUCTIBLE KINGDOM

   A. "IN THE DAYS OF THESE KINGS..." (44)
      1. Daniel describes the image as depicting four kingdoms which
         shall rise and fall
      2. The first one is definitely Babylon - Dan 2:37-38
      3. With Babylon as the starting point, world history confirms
         that the next three kingdoms would be:
         a. The Medo-Persian empire, represented by the chest and arms
            of silver
         b. The Grecian empire, represented by the belly and thighs of
            bronze
         c. The Roman empire, represented by the legs of iron, with
            feet mixed with iron and clay
      4. Thus one could look for the establishment of the
         "indestructible kingdom" in the days of the Roman empire

   B. WHEN "THE TIME IS FULFILLED"...
      1. Notice what John the Baptist began preaching during the days
         of the Roman empire ("the kingdom of heaven is at hand")
         - Mt 3:1-2
      2. Jesus proclaimed this also, adding "the time is fulfilled"
         - Mk 1:14-15
         a. What "time" was fulfilled?
         b. The time described by Daniel!

[So the "indestructible kingdom" was to be set up in the days of the
Roman empire.  During Roman empire both John and Jesus anticipated its
establishment.  This leads to our next question:  Has it been set up as
foretold...?]

II. THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE INDESTRUCTIBLE KINGDOM

   A. DURING JESUS' EARTHLY MINISTRY, IT WAS "AT HAND"...
      1. This is what both John and Jesus proclaimed - Mt 3:1-2; Mk 1:
         14-15
      2. Yet after Jesus' death, there were those who were still
         waiting for the kingdom - e.g., Joseph of Arimathea, Lk 23:
         50-51

   B. BUT FOLLOWING THE ASCENSION OF JESUS...
      1. He is far above all principality, power, might, dominion - Ep1:20-21
      2. All has been made subject to Him - 1Pe 3:22
      3. He is ruler over the kings of the earth - Re 1:5
      4. He rules the nations with a rod of iron - Re 2:26-27
      -- He truly has all authority in heaven and on earth! - cf. Mt28:18

   C. THIS SUPPORTS WHAT IS REVEALED LATER IN DANIEL...
      1. Consider Dan 7:13-14
         a. Where one like the Son of Man approaches the Ancient of
            Days (God)
         b. And is given dominion, glory, and a kingdom which shall not
            be destroyed
      2. Compare this with Ac 1:9
         a. Daniel describes the ascension from a heavenly perspective
         b. Whereas Luke describes it from an earthly perspective!

[It is clear, then, that the King (Jesus) has received a kingdom, that
the indestructible kingdom was set up when He returned to heaven!  But
one might naturally ask:  Where is it now?  The answer is found when we
consider...]

III. THE NATURE OF THE INDESTRUCTIBLE KINGDOM

   A. THINGS TO REMEMBER ABOUT THIS KINGDOM...
      1. It was described by Daniel as a "stone cut...without hands
         which became a great mountain and filled the whole earth"
         - Dan 2:34-35
         a. "without hands" suggests it is not your ordinary kingdom
         b. Also, it would start small and then grow larger
      2. Compare this with what Jesus taught about the nature of His
         kingdom
         a. His kingdom is not of this world - Jn 18:36; cf. Ro 14:17
         b. It would start small, and grow to encompass the earth - Mt13:31-33
      -- Thus this "indestructible kingdom" would start small, and be
         spiritual in nature

   B. THIS KINGDOM THEREFORE INVOLVES THOSE IN THE CHURCH...
      1. The Christians at Colosse were in the kingdom - Col 1:12-13
      2. Those at Thessalonica likewise - 1Th 2:12
      3. Along with the seven churches in Asia - Re 1:6,9
      4. Indeed, all Christians receive their part in this
         "indestructible kingdom" - He 12:28
         a. Including us gathered here this day!
         b. Fulfilling the statement that this kingdom would fill the
            whole earth!
         c. For here we are, on the other side of the planet from
            Jerusalem, yet citizens of this kingdom foretold by Daniel!

[Whoever is willing to "repent and believe in the gospel" (Mk 1:15) can
be a part of the kingdom Jesus established when He sat down at the
right hand of God following His ascension to heaven.  This leads us to
yet another question:  What is the future of this kingdom...?]

IV. THE FUTURE OF THIS INDESTRUCTIBLE KINGDOM

   A. IT WILL LAST FOREVER...
      1. As Daniel told Nebuchadnezzar - Dan 2:44
         a. "which shall never be destroyed"
         b. "it shall stand forever"
      2. As the writer to the Hebrews stated:  "a kingdom which cannot
         be shaken" - He 12:28
      3. As the angel Gabriel spoke to Mary:  "of His kingdom there
         will be no end" - Lk 1:31-33

   B. AT CHRIST'S COMING, IT WILL BE DELIVERED TO THE FATHER...
      1. As taught by Paul to the Corinthians - 1Co 15:23-26
         a. When Christ comes, He shall deliver the kingdom to God the
            Father, having put an end to all rule, authority and power
         b. Until then, Christ shall reign until all enemies are placed
            under His feet, the last enemy being death
      2. As Jesus taught in the parable of the tares - Mt 13:40-43
         a. At the end of the age, His angels will gather out of the
            kingdom those that offend and practice lawlessness
         b. Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the
            kingdom of their Father

CONCLUSION

1. And so this kingdom...
   a. Foretold by Daniel, proclaimed by John the Baptist and Jesus
      Himself
   b. Was begun in the days of the Roman empire, with Christ as its
      king and His disciples as its citizens

2. It is an indestructible kingdom...
   a. That continues on, ever growing
   b. With the hope of a glorious future in eternity

3. But let us not forget the last question raised in our introduction:
   Can we be a part of this indestructible kingdom?
   a. Yes!  For Jesus and His apostles tell us how
      1) We must be born again of water and the Spirit - Jn 3:5; cf.
         Tit 3:5
      2) An allusion to baptism, commanded of penitent believers -
         Mt28:19; Mk 16:16; Ac 2:38
   b. But beware, some in the kingdom may one day be cast out!
      1) As Jesus warned in the parable of the tares - Mt 13:41-43
      2) Telling us later of the necessity of an enduring faith - Re 2:10

Therefore, once we have been obedient to the gospel (cf. Ro 6:17-18) we
must remain diligent in our faith, if we wish to experience the future
glories of "The Kingdom That Shall Never Be Destroyed"!
 

"THE BOOK OF DANIEL" The Faith Of A Fifteen Year Old (1:1-21) by Mark Copeland

                          "THE BOOK OF DANIEL"

                The Faith Of A Fifteen Year Old (1:1-21)

INTRODUCTION

1. The Old Testament is filled with examples worthy of our study and
   emulation...
   a. Such as Joseph, with his stand for God in the house of Potiphar
   b. Such as Joshua, a great man of faith and conviction in his
      service to God

2. Another example that ought to inspire us all is that of Daniel...
   a. As a young man, his faith gave him the courage to remain true to
      his convictions
   b. As an old man, his faith sustained him the threat of persecution

[We first read of Daniel and his great faith, in the first chapter of
the book of Daniel...]

I. DANIEL'S FAITH AS A "FIFTEEN YEAR OLD"

   A. IT WAS A BLEAK DAY IN THE HISTORY OF ISRAEL...
      1. The beginning of Babylonian domination - Dan 1:1-2
         a. In  the third year of Jehoiakim (ca. 605 B.C.)
         b. Jerusalem besieged by Nebuchadnezzar
         c. Jehoiakim taken into captivity, and precious items taken
            from the temple
      2. This was the first of three times that Nebuchadnezzar came
         against Jerusalem (605, 597, 586 B.C.)

   B. DANIEL AND OTHERS SELECTED FOR SPECIAL TRAINING...
      1. Young men taken to serve Nebuchadnezzar - Dan 1:3-7
         a. They were truly the "cream of the crop" among the captives
            1) Good looking with no blemish
            2) Gifted with wisdom, knowledge, and the ability to learn
               quickly
         b. To serve in the king's palace, and be taught the language
            and literature of the Chaldeans (Babylonians)
            1) Given special provisions of the king's food and drink
            2) With three years of special training
         c. Among those selected, four are named, and apparently
            renamed to honor Babylonian gods
            1) Daniel (God is my judge) - Belteshazzar (a servant of
               Bel)
            2) Hananiah (the Lord is gracious) - Shadrach (inspired by
               the sun god)
            3) Mishael (who is what God is?) - Meshach (who is what the
               moon god is?)
            4) Azariah (the Lord helps) - Abed-Nego (servant of Nebo)
      2. How would these young men respond?
         a. Would they submit to the temptations placed before them?
         b. Would they give in, excusing themselves due to youth and
            inexperience?
         -- How would you have reacted if you were in their place?

   C. DANIEL MAKES A DECISION...
      1. He "purposed in his heart" - Dan 1:8
         a. I.e., he made a commitment
         b. Something too rarely heard of today, in both young and old
      2. His commitment was to "not defile himself" with the king's
         food
         a. Possibly unclean food according to Levitical restrictions
         b. Or food used in idol worship which would cause one to be a
            participant with such worship - cf. 1Co 10:20-22

   D. HOW DANIEL REMAINED TRUE TO HIS COMMITMENT...
      1. He did it with politeness - Dan 1:8b
         a. Note that "he requested"
         b. He did not "demand", but respected the authority of those
            over him
      2. He did it with God's help - Dan 1:9
         a. God gave him favor in the eyes of the chief of eunuchs
         b. Similar to how Joseph found favor in prison - cf. Gen 39:21
      3. He did it through persistence - Dan 1:10-11
         a. He did not give up after the refusal by the chief of the
            eunuchs
         b. He tried something else, going to the steward directly over
            them
      4. He did it through willingness to test his faith - Dan 1:12-15
         a. He was confident that God's way was the right way
         b. He was willing to demonstrate the superiority of God's way
         c. So he asked the steward to give him and his three friends
            just water and vegetables for ten days

   E. THE VALUE OF SUCH FAITH SEEN IN ITS RESULTS...
      1. It affected the lives of others! - Dan 1:15-16
         a. It had blessed the countenance of Daniel and his friends
         b. It then blessed the rest of the young men under the care of
            the steward
      2. God blessed Daniel and his three friends even more! - Dan 1:
         17-20
         a. God gave them knowledge, skill, and wisdom, and to Daniel
            He gave understanding in visions and dreams
         b. They became the best of the young men who had been trained,
            and served in the presence of Nebuchadnezzar
         c. The king found them better than all his magicians and
            astrologers
      3. Daniel continued in the court of Babylon nearly seventy years!
         - Dan 1:21
         a. Even to the first year of Cyrus of Persia (539 B.C.)
         b. Eventually becoming provincial ruler and chief
            administrator over all others - Dan 2:48

[What a wonderful example of faith and commitment, and of God's
providence to care for His people!  Now let's consider some...]

II. LESSONS AND APPLICATIONS FROM DANIEL'S FAITH

   A. HOW TO SUCCEED IN KEEPING OUR COMMITMENT TO THE LORD...
      1. Be polite
         a. There is never any reason to be rude or arrogant
         b. Impoliteness just aggravates a situation rather than helps
            it - cf. Pr 15:1
      2. Seek God's help
         a. Without God, any effort is more likely to fall - cf. Psa127:1-2
         b. God seeks to help those who are loyal to Him - cf. 2 Chr16:9
      3. Be persistent
         a. Don't give up trying after meeting the first obstacle
         b. Remember what Jesus taught about persistence:
            1) Those who keep on "asking, seeking, knocking" will
               receive, find, have doors opened to them - Mt 7:7-11
            2) The parable of the persistent widow - Lk 18:1-8
      4. Be willing to test your faith
         a. If not willing, how committed are you to trusting God?
         b. Yet God often invited people to test His promises - cf. Mal3:10
         c. And so does Jesus - cf. Jn 7:16-17; Mt 6:31-34

   B. SOME APPLICATIONS...
      1. School-age children
         a. Out from underneath their mother's apron for the first time
         b. They will be faced with making decisions
         -- Will they have the faith of Daniel?
      2. College-bound students
         a. Moving away from home for the first time
         b. Leaving a spiritual environment at home, for one that is
            likely very worldly
         -- Will they live and act with the same sort of commitment
            found in Daniel?
      3. Adults in the workplace
         a. Tempted to accept jobs which may require one to compromise
            convictions
         b. Called upon to lie for the boss, show loyalty to the
            company though illegal or unethical
         -- Will they have "the faith of a fifteen year old"?
      4. Those with unbelieving spouses
         a. Having to serve God and raise their children in the ways of
            the Lord on their own
         b. With little or no moral and religious support from their
            life mate
         -- Will they have the "purpose of heart" that Daniel had?

CONCLUSION

1. Many other applications could be made, but what have we learned from
   "The Faith Of A Fifteen Year Old" like Daniel?
   a. Even those who are young need to make a personal commitment to
      serve the Lord
   b. One can be steadfast in their purpose to serve the Lord without
      arrogance
   c. We should look to the Lord for help, and be willing to trust in
      His providence
   d. God will bless and provide for those who put their trust in Him
      and His will

2. Daniel is not the only person to demonstrate such faith in his
   youth...
   a. We made mention of Joseph earlier
   b. We have other examples in the O.T., such as David and Josiah
   c. And of course, let's not forget the example of Mary (the mother
      of Jesus), and that of Timothy

May the example of their dedication to the service of the Lord inspire
us all to "purpose in our heart" not to defile ourselves by the things
of the world!
 

U.S. Presidents on Islam by Dave Miller, Ph.D.





http://apologeticspress.org/APContent.aspx?category=8&article=5341

U.S. Presidents on Islam

by  Dave Miller, Ph.D.

George Washington

“You do well to wish to learn our arts and ways of life, and above all, the religion of Jesus Christ. These will make you a greater and happier people than you are. Congress will do everything they can to assist you in this wise intention.”1
“While we are zealously performing the duties of good Citizens and soldiers we certainly ought not to be inattentive to the higher duties of Religion. To the distinguished Character of Patriot, it should be our highest Glory to add the more distinguished Character of Christian.”2

Thomas Jefferson and John Adams

“We took the liberty to make some inquiries concerning the grounds of their pretentions to make war upon nations who had done them no injury, and observed that we considered all mankind as our Friends who had done us no wrong, nor had given us any provocation. The Ambassador answered us that it was founded on the laws of their Prophet, that it was written in their Koran that all nations who should not have acknowledged their authority were sinners, that it was their right and duty to make war upon them wherever they could be found, and to make slaves of all they could take as prisoners; and that every Musselman who should be slain in battle was sure to go to Paradise.”3

John Quincy Adams

“In the seventh century of the Christian era, a wandering Arab of the lineage of Hagar, the Egyptian, combining the powers of transcendent genius, with the preternatural energy of a fanatic, and the fraudulent spirit of an impostor, proclaimed himself as a messenger from Heaven, and spread desolation and delusion over an extensive portion of the earth. Adopting from the sublime conception of the Mosaic law, the doctrine of one omnipotent God; he connected indissolubly with it, the audacious falsehood, that he was himself his prophet and apostle…. [H]e declared undistinguishing and exterminating war, as a part of his religion, against all the rest of mankind…. The precept of the koran is, perpetual war against all who deny, that Mahomet is the prophet of God.”4

Barack Obama

“Islam is not part of the problem in combating violent extremism—it is an important part of promoting peace.”5

EndNotES

1 George Washington (1779), “Speech to the Delaware Chiefs,” in The Writings of George Washington from the Original Manuscript Sources 1745-1799, ed. John C. Fitzpatrick, 15:55, emp. added, http://preview.tinyurl.com/Washington-G-1779. The author assumes that Washington’s belief in the priority of the Christian religion would apply to the Muslim as well as the Native American.
2 George Washington (1778), “General Orders, May 2, 1778,” George Washington Papers at the Library of Congress, emp. added, http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/ampage?collId=mgw3&fileName=mgw3g/gwpage003.db&recNum=181. Again, it is assumed that, if Washington considered being a Christian a person’s highest glory, being a Muslim would not be so considered.
3 “American Peace Commissioners to John Jay” (1786), The Thomas Jefferson Papers Series 1. General Correspondence. 1651-1827, Library of Congress, March 28, http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.mss/mtj.mtjbib001849. The letter refers to Jefferson and Adam's meeting with the Ambassador from the Muslim country of Tripoli.
4 Joseph Blunt (1830), The American Annual Register for the Years 1827-8-9 (New York: E. & G.W. Blunt), 29:269, emp. added, http://www.archive.org/stream/p1americanannual29blunuoft.
5 Barack Obama (2009), “Remarks by the President on a New Beginning,” The White House, Office of the Press Secretary, Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt, June 4, http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/remarks-president-cairo-university-6-04-09.

Does Inspiration Imply Dictation? by Eric Lyons, M.Min.





http://apologeticspress.org/APContent.aspx?category=13&article=565

Does Inspiration Imply Dictation?

by  Eric Lyons, M.Min.

Sometimes honest and sincere people apparently believe that God dictated every jot, every tittle, and ever word in the Scriptures, thus making the Bible writers little more than mechanical robots that dutifully copied down the Scriptures—verse by verse, as it were. If God had dictated the Bible, however, the style and vocabulary of each book of the Bible would be the same throughout. Yet, a simple reading of the Scriptures proves that the mechanical dictation viewpoint is incorrect. The fact is, the personality and style of each author are evident in every book of the Bible. Paul’s writings are different from Peter’s, and John’s are different from Luke’s. At times, Bible writers even used different words to teach the same story or to give the same commands.
Take, for example, one of the differences between Mark’s gospel and Luke’s gospel. When writing about how difficult it is for a rich man to enter heaven, Mark said it is “easier for a camel to go through a needle’s eye” (Mark 10:25). Mark uses the Greek word rhaphis (needle), which means a sewing needle. On the other hand, when Luke used the same analogy (Luke 18:25), he employed the Greek word belone, which frequently was used when speaking of a surgeon’s needle. The same principle is taught in both texts, yet different words are used. Luke was a doctor (Colossians 4:14), and so he used the kind of needle with which he was most familiar. Likewise, Mark used the term for a seamstress’s needle, most likely because that was the kind of needle he was most accustomed to seeing. Is this a contradiction? No. Two different personalities are reflected in the words, but the idea is the same. Although the concept may be somewhat difficult to understand, inspiration involves the selection of the exact words, yet allows room for the personality of the individual to be reflected in the writing. And while inspiration extends to every word of Scripture, it does not rule out either human personality or human personal interest. Simply put, when the Bible writers claimed inspiration (cf. 2 Peter 1:20-21 and 2 Timothy 3:16-17), they did not have mechanical dictation in mind.
The correct view is to understand that the Bible’s inspiration is verbal and plenary. This means that the Bible writers penned exactly what God wanted them to write, without errors or mistakes, yet with their own personalities evident in their writings. By “verbal,” we mean that every word in the Bible exists because God permitted it (via the direction of the Holy Spirit). King David clearly recognized the validity of this kind of inspiration when he said: “The Spirit of the Lord spoke by me, and His word was on my tongue” (2 Samuel 23:2, emp. added). By “plenary,” we mean that each and every part of the Bible is inspired, without anything being omitted. (“Plenary” means full).
By employing the verbal and plenary view of inspiration, God ensured that the independent Bible writers penned only that which was correct and consistent with His will.

Dawkins’ Indirect Scientific Inference by Kyle Butt, M.Div.





http://apologeticspress.org/APContent.aspx?category=12&article=3788

Dawkins’ Indirect Scientific Inference

by  Kyle Butt, M.Div.

In his latest book, The Greatest Show on Earth, Richard Dawkins declares that “the ‘theory’ of evolution is actually a fact—as incontrovertible a fact as any in science” (2009, p. vii). He wrote the book because he noted that in his previous books he “realized that the evidence for evolution itself was nowhere explicitly set out, and that this was a serious gap” that he “needed to close” (p. vii). In his failed attempt to close that gap, Dawkins delineated the kind of “evidence” that he would be relying upon. He noted that much of the “evidence” for evolution is necessarily not direct, eyewitness evidence. He stated:
Obviously, the vast majority of evolutionary change is invisible to direct eye-witness observation. Most of it happened before we were born, and in any case it is usually too slow to be seen during an individual’s lifetime.... With evolution, as with continental drift, inference after the event is all that is available to us, for the obvious reason that we don’t exist until after the event. But do not for one nanosecond underestimate the power of such inference (p. 16).
Along those same lines, Dawkins wrote: “I shall never again be tempted to give eyewitness testimony an automatic preference over indirect scientific inference” (p. 15).
The important point to notice in this regard is that often the creationist is criticized by the evolutionary community for suggesting that creation at the hand of a supernatural Creator is a scientific idea. We are told that since scientists cannot touch, see, taste, hear, or smell the Creator directly, here and now, then that “hypothesis” simply cannot be considered scientific. Yet such an assessment of Creation is inaccurate. Creation is simply, in the words of Richard Dawkins, “inference after the event” that deserves as much or more credit, according to Dawkins, as “eyewitness testimony” (cf. Butt, 2007).
In fact, the biblical explanation of Creation clearly defines the concept almost exactly as Dawkins has defined acceptable evidence. Romans 1:20 states: “For since the creation of the world His [God’s] invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse.” A cursory look at the verse shows that (1) people in Paul’s time (as well as our own) were not around to directly observe the act of Creation, (2) the evidence available to Paul’s readers (and modern people) is enough to positively infer the concept of Creation and the existence of a Creator, (3) improper scientific inference from the available evidence would result in a complete misunderstanding of the origin of the Universe.
Dawkins is exactly right that real scientific inference based on indirect observation is an excellent way to arrive at facts and knowledge. Sadly, he is woefully incorrect in his assessment that such inferences substantiate evolution. The fact of the matter is, all properly formulated scientific inferences based on factual scientific evidence establish the conclusion that a supernatural Creator designed our amazing Universe.

REFERENCES

Butt, Kyle (2007), “Indirect Observation,” http://www.apologeticspress.org/articles/3243.
Dawkins, Richard (2009), The Greatest Show on Earth (New York: Free Press).

Cultural Effects on Religion in America by Kyle Butt, M.Div.

 http://apologeticspress.org/APContent.aspx?category=11&article=2916

Cultural Effects on Religion in America

by  Kyle Butt, M.Div.

Q.

What effect is culture having on religion in America?

A.

In the midst of heated discussion and hot debate, the Episcopalian Church met in Columbus, Ohio to consider, among other things, whether the organization should ban gays and lesbians from being bishops. In the media attention surrounding the Episcopal General Convention, Katharine Schori, the first female presiding Bishop in the denomination’s history, had much to say about her beliefs regarding homosexuality. She stated: “I am fully committed to the full inclusion of gay and lesbian Christians in this church” (Clark, 2006). Ironically, Asian and African Anglican bishops are so appalled at the stance of their American counterparts that they have cried out: “Don’t you believe the Bible you gave us?”
With such sentiments expressed by the prominent leader of the group, it is no surprise that the denomination did not pass the measure to ban homosexuals from being bishops. They did, however, institute a quasi-reversal of the non-ban and suggested that churches should “‘exercise restraint’ in selecting openly gay bishops” (Clark, 2006). Such a policy would make it more difficult for homosexuals to be bishops, but not impossible.
The troubling thing about such news is the way in which decisions are being made by those who profess to be Christians. The Bible explains that Christ is the head of the church, His body (Ephesians 1:22-23). Scriptures further explain that anything done by His Church should be done in accordance with His revealed will, by His authority (Colossians 3:17,23-24). It has never been the prerogative of any group that supposedly follows Christ to vote on whether an action is a sin or not. Furthermore, if someone is openly committing sin, it certainly is not the prerogative of “the body” to overrule “the head” and appoint such sinful individuals to leadership positions.
Inspired Scripture explains that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God. In the litany of activities that would be considered unrighteous, homosexuality is conspicuously and repeatedly included (1 Corinthians 6:9-10; Romans 1:26-28). Not only should openly homosexual individuals be banned from becoming bishops, they should be publicly marked and withdrawn from (along with adulterers, fornicators, thieves, etc.) until they repent of their sins and stop committing homosexual acts (1 Corinthians 5). Any group that presumes to vote on such issues and thinks that such a vote alters the way Heaven views sin is sadly mistaken. The church that Jesus died to save has no earthly headquarters, finds unity only through obedience to the New Testament, and is to function as an obedient body of Christ. All religious organizations that refuse to recognize the authority of Christ as revealed in the New Testament (Matthew 28:18) will hear these sad words spoken by Christ on the Day of Judgment: “I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness” (Matthew 7:23).

REFERENCE

Clark, Stephen (2006), “Episcopalians Curb Policy on Gays,” LA Times, [On-line], URL: http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-episcopal22jun22, 1,1257035.story?coll=la-headlines-nation.

The Miracles of Christ—Many and Varied by Eric Lyons, M.Min.





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The Miracles of Christ—Many and Varied

by  Eric Lyons, M.Min.

One of the biblical proofs for the deity of Christ is the miracles that Jesus worked. And, we are asked to believe that Jesus is the Son of God not because He performed one or two marvelous deeds during His lifetime. To the contrary, “miracles cluster around the Lord Jesus Christ like steel shavings to a magnet” (Witmer, 1973, 130:132). The gospel accounts are saturated with a variety of miracles that Christ performed, not for wealth or political power, but that the world may be convinced that He was sent by the Father to bring salvation to mankind (cf. John 5:36; 10:37-38). As Isaiah prophesied, Jesus performed miracles of healing (Isaiah 53:4; Matthew 8:16-17). He cleansed a leper with the touch of His hand (Matthew 8:1-4), and healed all manner of sickness and disease with the word of His mouth (cf. John 4:46-54). One woman who had a hemorrhage for 12 years was healed immediately simply by touching the fringe of His garment (Luke 8:43-48). Similarly, on one occasion after Jesus came into the land of Gennesaret, all who were sick in all of the surrounding region came to Him, “and begged Him that they might only touch the hem of His garment. And as many as touched it were made perfectly well” (Matthew 14:34-36; Mark 3:10). Generally speaking, “great multitudes came to Him, having with them the lame, blind, mute, maimed, and many others; and they laid them down at Jesus’ feet, and He healed them” (Matthew 15:30, emp. added). “He cured many of infirmities, afflictions...and to many blind He gave sight” (Luke 7:21, emp. added). Even Jesus’ enemies confessed to His “many signs” (John 11:48).
Jesus not only exhibited power over the sick and afflicted, He also showed His superiority over nature more than once. Whereas God’s prophet Moses turned water into blood by striking water with his rod (Exodus 7:20), Jesus simply willed water into wine at a wedding feast (John 2:1-11). He further exercised His power over the natural world by calming the Sea of Galilee during a turbulent storm (Matthew 8:23-27), by walking on water for a considerable distance to reach His disciples (Matthew 14:25-43), and by causing a fig tree to wither away at His command. Jesus’ supernatural superiority over the physical world (which He created—Colossians 1:16) is exactly what we would expect from One Who claimed to be the Son of God.
Jesus’ miracles were not limited to the natural world, however. As further proof of His deity, He also revealed His power over the spiritual world by casting out demons. “They brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word” (Matthew 8:16, emp. added). Luke also recorded that “He cured many of...evil spirits” (Luke 7:21, emp. added). Mark recorded where Jesus once exhibited power over a man overwhelmed with unclean spirits, which no one had been able to bind—not even with chains and shackles; neither could anyone tame the demon-infested man (Mark 5:1-21). Jesus, however, cured him. Afterwards, witnesses saw the man with the unclean spirits “sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind” (Luke 8:35-36). On several occasions, Jesus healed individuals who were tortured by evil spirits. And, “they were all amazed and spoke among themselves, saying, ‘What a word this is! For with authority and power He commands the unclean spirits, and they come out’” (Luke 4:36).
Finally, Jesus performed miracles that demonstrated His power even over death. Recall that when John the Baptizer’s disciples came to Jesus inquiring about His identity, Jesus instructed them to tell John that “the dead are raised” (Matthew 11:5). The widow of Nain’s son had already been declared dead and placed in a casket when Jesus touched the open coffin and told him to “arise.” Immediately, “he who was dead sat up and began to speak” (Luke 7:14-15). Lazarus had already been dead and buried for four days by the time Jesus raised him from the dead (John 11:1-44). Such a great demonstration of power over death caused “many of the Jews who had come to Mary, and had seen the things Jesus did” to believe in Him (John 11:45). What’s more, Jesus’ own resurrection from the dead was the climax of all of His miracles, and serves as perhaps the most convincing miracle of all (see Butt, 2002, 22:9-15).
In all, the gospel records contain some 37 specific supernatural acts that Jesus performed. If that number were to include such miracles as His virgin birth and transfiguration, and the multiple times He exemplified the ability to “read minds,” and to know the past or future without having to learn of them through ordinary means (cf. John 4:15-19; 13:21-30; 2:25), etc., the number would reach upwards of 50. Indeed, the miracles of Christ were varied and numerous. He healed the blind, lame, sick, and leprous, as well as demonstrated power over nature, demons, and death. The apostle John, who recorded miracles of Christ “that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name” (John 20:31), also commented on how “Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book” (20:30, emp. added). In fact, Jesus worked so many miracles throughout His ministry on Earth that, “if they were written one by one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that would be written” (John 21:25).

REFERENCES

Butt, Kyle (2002), “Jesus Christ—Dead or Alive?” Reason & Revelation, 22:9-15, February, [On-line], URL: http://www.apologeticspress.org/articles/121.
Witmer, John (1973), “The Doctrine of Miracles,” Bibliotheca Sacra, 130:126-134, April.

Another “Dragon” Discovered by Eric Lyons, M.Min.





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Another “Dragon” Discovered

by  Eric Lyons, M.Min.

Some people just don’t get the connection—between dinosaurs and dragons, that is. So much of the world, and sadly many Christians, have become so entranced with the vast ages of evolutionary time, that few consider the clear connection between human history and the fossil record.
For millennia, people have told stories of seeing and interacting with large reptilian creatures with elongated bodies, serpentine necks, horned or crested heads, sharp teeth, lengthy tails, and stout bodies, with or without membranous wings. These stories, called dragon legends, “have been with humanity since the dawn of recorded history” (“The Spread...,” 1981, 89:103), and are, as famed 20th-century evolutionist Carl Sagan admitted, “a worldwide phenomenon” (1977, p. 150, emp. added).
Thousands of years prior to the 19th century A.D. (when humans began locating, excavating, and reassembling dinosaur fossils, and when the term “dinosaur” was actually coined), humans had been describing dinosaurs; only they referred to them as “dragons” (see Lyons, 2007). Interestingly, when a nearly complete dinosaur skull was excavated in South Dakota in 2003, the long, knobby skull appeared so similar to ancient descriptions and paintings of certain “legendary” dragons, the dinosaur actually was named Dracorex, meaning “dragon king” (see Bakker, et al., 2006).
The news agency Reuters has now reported that paleontologists in Poland have unearthed the fossilized remains of another dinosaur. The animal is believed to have been over 16 feet long with two-inch teeth. Dr. Tomasz Sulej of the Polish Science Academy stated: “This is a completely new type of dinosaur” (Baczynska, 2008). It is so new to science, in fact, that a scientific name has yet to be given to the animal. In the meantime, however, scientists have given the animal a working name: “Dragon” (Baczynska, 2008).
In the past five years, fossils from two different dinosaurs have been excavated. Researchers so readily recognize the similarities between these two dinosaurs and dragons that they have given one the scientific name Dracorex (“dragon king”), and the other the working name Dragon. When will evolutionary scientists take the next logical step and ask from whence came descriptions of dragons? If humans never lived with dinosaurs, historical descriptions of dragons, many of which sound just like dinosaurs, should not exist (cf. Job 41). But they do exist, and have for millennia. In truth, dragon legends, or should we call them “dinosaur descriptions,” are exactly what one would expect to find if humans and dinosaurs once cohabited the Earth, just as Scripture teaches (Genesis 1:24-28; Exodus 20:11).

REFERENCES

Bakker, Robert, et al. (2006), “Dracorex Hogwartsia, N. Gen., N. Sp., A Spiked, Flat-headed Pachycephalosaurid Dinosaur from the Upper Cretaceous Hell Creek Formation of South Dakota,” New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, Bulletin 35, [On-line], URL: http://www.childrensmuseum.org/dinosphere/draco_rex/dracorex_hogwartsia.pdf.
Baczynska, Gabriela (2008), “Ancestor of T-Rex Dinosaur Unearthed in Poland,” Reuters, [On-line], URL: http://www.reuters.com/article/scienceNews/idUSL148207720080802?sp=true.
Lyons, Eric (2007), “Historical Support for the Coexistence of Dinosaurs and Humans—Parts I & II,” Reason & Revelation, 27:65-71,73-79, September-October.
Sagan, Carl (1977), The Dragons of Eden (New York: Random House).
“The Spread of Dragon Myths” (1981), Science Digest, 89:103, May.

Calling Abortion “Good”—Really? by Eric Lyons, M.Min.





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Calling Abortion “Good”—Really?

by  Eric Lyons, M.Min.

What do Americans call it when a doctor uses a knife-like device and suction from a powerful hose and pump (“29 times more powerful than a household vacuum cleaner”) to chop and suck a human being out of the mother’s womb (“Abortion Methods,” 2010)? What is it called when a doctor uses plier-like devices to twist and tear a four-month-old unborn baby into pieces? (Usually this procedure requires crushing the baby’s skull and snapping the child’s spine in order to extract him/her.) How do Americans feel about a procedure where a doctor injects a strong salt solution through a mother’s abdomen, which acts as a corrosive and burns an unborn child inside and out, normally causing the child to suffer for an hour or more before dying (“Abortion Methods”)? What do Americans think about such actions?
Just a few miles from our offices at Apologetics Press, doctors perform such appalling procedures on living, unborn human beings on a weekly basis. According to the Guttmacher Institute, nearly 10,000 innocent unborn children were slaughtered in Alabama in 2011 (“State Facts About Abortion: Alabama,” 2015). Many of these abortions were performed at the Reproductive Health Services of Montgomery, which “has provided abortion services and other health care for women for more than 30 years” (2015). Consider some of the feedback from various patients that this abortion clinic highlights on its Web site:
  • Thank you for your hard work and for changing people’s lives with your compassion and dignity.”
  • “Keep up the good work. As my very religious friend told me, I was against abortion until my own fifteen year old daughter became pregnant.”
  • “To all who work to allow me to keep that right to choose: What you do is important, empowering and fine. I chose to have an abortion because it was theright decision for me at the time….”
  • I am saying prayers for your safety and success.”
  • “Keep up the good work….”
  • “Thank you for your brave work for justice and freedom for women.”
  • “Every woman I know who has exercised her right to abortion made that decision with thoughtfulness, tortured consideration and integrity. All the recent talk of heroes comes into focus for me when I think of people like you who’ve been on the front line for so long. Please know you are supported not only with good thoughts and thanks but with resources, will and active determination.”
  • I thank God I was given a choice in September 1973. Abortion was just legalized a few weeks earlier” (emp. added).
Compassion. Dignity. Integrity. Justice. Fine, heroic, and good work. Prayers for success. Even thankfulness to God! These are the thoughts that various ones in our community have toward those who shed the blood of the most innocent among us?! Even President Barack Obama, in support of Planned Parenthood, the organization that murders more unborn children than anyone else in the United States, has stated:
No matter how great the challenge, no matter how fierce the opposition, there’s one thing the past few years have shown—it’s that Planned Parenthood is not going anywhere. It’s not going anywhere today. It’s not going anywhere tomorrow. As long as we’ve got a fight to make sure women have access to quality, affordable health care, and as long as we’ve got to fight to protect a woman’s right to make her own choices about her own health, I want you to know that you’ve also got a president who’s going to be right there with you, fighting every step of the way. Thank you, Planned Parenthood. God bless you. (“President Obama...,” 2013).
God bless you?! The Obama administration has proudly published the video from which these comments were made on the White House YouTube Channel.
What’s more, so committed are some elected officials to the murderous cause of Planned Parenthood that when evidence recently surfaced that the organization was not only killing hundreds of thousands of unborn children every year, but also attempting to sell their body parts, some Democrats in Congress petitioned the Department of Justice to investigate, not Planned Parenthood, but the whistleblowers (Ludden, 2015). And, apparently, the DOJ “agreed to look into…the group” (Mershon and Ehley, 2015). Did you catch that? There are some who are more up in arms about exactly how an undercover video was procured, rather than “whether Planned Parenthood illegally trafficked baby body parts” (“Obama DOJ…”). Why? It seems, at least in part, because some have vowed to fight to ensure that Planned Parenthood is not going anywhere today…or tomorrow.
These are sad and absurd times in which we live. Rather than “abhor what is evil” and “cling to what is good” (Romans 12:9), millions in the U.S. (including many so-called Christians) reject the Creator’s standard of right and wrong, choosing rather to do what is right in their own eyes (cf. Judges 21:25). As in Isaiah’s day, they “call evil good, and good evil” and put “darkness for light, and light for darkness” (5:20). Though God is the giver of life (Acts 17:25) and “hates…hands that shed innocent blood” (Proverbs 6:16-17), many actually proceed as if they can pray to Him for the “success” of abominable abortion clinics and thank Him for the legality of willfully destroying innocent human life. God said to the degenerate city of Jerusalem in Isaiah’s day, “When you spread out your hands, I will hide My eyes from you; even though you make many prayers, I will not hear. Your hands are full of blood” (Isaiah 1:15, emp. added). The once-“faithful city…full of justice” and “righteousness,” had become a city “full of…murderers” (1:21).
What is the message to America, to the world, to those who are wandering in darkness, and to those hypocrites who claim to be Christians, yet act nothing like the Christ? Repent (Luke 13:3,5; Acts 2:38). Stop calling evil good and good evil. Stop glorying in sin and shame—such “are the enemies of the cross of Christ: whose end is destruction” (Philippians 3:18-19). “Put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes. Cease to do evil, learn to do good; seek justice, rebuke the oppressor; defend the fatherless, plead for the widow” (Isaiah 1:16-17). Stop provoking Almighty God to anger and submit to His Son and His Will. He can (and will!) save a sinner—but not before the sinner comes to grips with the reality that God hates sin and can have no fellowship with it (Isaiah 59:1-2; 1 John 1:5-6).
“Come now, and let us reason together,” says the Lord, “though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool. If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land; but if you refuse and rebel, you shall be devoured by the sword;” for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.

REFERENCES

“Abortion Methods” (2010), http://www.lifesitenews.com/abortiontypes/.
Ludden, Jennifer (2015), “Sting Videos Part of Longtime Campaign Against Planned Parenthood,” NPR, July 22, http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/07/22/425314909/sting-videos-part-of-longtime-campaign-against-planned-parenthood.
Mershon, Erin and Brianna Ehley (2015), “IPAB’s on the Horizon—House Republicans Vow to Subpoena Planned Parenthood Official—Casey Takes on Foster Children’s Health Insurance,” Politico, July 23, http://www.politico.com/politicopulse/0715/politicopulse19266.html.
“Obama DOJ Plans to Investigate…The Group That Busted Planned Parenthood” (2015), The Federalist, July 23, http://thefederalist.com/2015/07/23/doj-investigate-planned-parenthood-video/.
“President Obama Speaks at the Planned Parenthood Gala” (2013), The White House YouTube Channel, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=laYQ2DDFmCg, April 26.
Reproductive Health Services (2015), http://www.rhs4choice.com/index.html.
“State Facts About Abortion: Alabama” (2015), Guttmacher Institute, https://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/sfaa/alabama.html.

The Bible's Teaching on Baptism: Contradictory or Complementary? by Eric Lyons, M.Min.





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The Bible's Teaching on Baptism: Contradictory or Complementary?

by Eric Lyons, M.Min.

According to numerous skeptics, the Bible is inconsistent regarding whether or not water baptism is necessary (e.g., Drange, 1996; Morgan, 2003; cf. Wells, 2001). In Dennis McKinsey’s book, Biblical Errancy (2000), he lists several verses that teach the need for one to be baptized in order to be saved (Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; 1 Peter 3:21; etc.), but then he lists four verses (John 4:2; 1 Corinthians 1:14,16,17) which allegedly teach that baptism “is not a necessity” (p. 61). According to these men, Jesus and Paul were confused regarding the purpose of baptism.
There is no doubt that Jesus and His apostles taught the essentiality of being immersed in water for salvation. After Jesus commissioned His apostles to “go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature,” He stated that “he who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned” (Mark 16:15-16; cf. Matthew 28:19). The Jews who had murdered Christ, and to whom Peter spoke on the Day of Pentecost when he ushered in the Christian age, were told: “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins” (Acts 2:38). Before becoming a Christian, Saul of Tarsus was commanded to “arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord” (Acts 22:16). The biblical solution to the problem of soul-damning sin is that the person who has heard the Gospel, who has believed its message, who has repented of past sins, and who has confessed Christ as Lord must then—in order to receive remission (forgiveness) of sins—be baptized. [The English word “baptize” is a transliteration of the Greek word baptizo, meaning to immerse, dip, plunge beneath, or submerge (Thayer, 1958, p. 94).] According to Peter, “baptism,” corresponding to Noah’s salvation through water, “now saves us…(not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 3:21). Although baptism is no less, nor more, important than any other of God’s commands regarding what to do to be saved, the New Testament clearly teaches that water immersion is the point at which a person is saved by the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
If it is the case then that baptism is essential for salvation, then why did the apostle John write: “Therefore, when the Lord knew that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John (though Jesus Himself did not baptize, but His disciples), He left Judea and departed again to Galilee” (John 4:1-3, emp. added)? And why did the apostle Paul write to the church at Corinth: “I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius, lest anyone should say that I had baptized in my own name…. For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel” (1 Corinthians 1:14-17, emp. added)? Do these statements indicate that baptism is not necessary for a person to be saved as skeptics allege? No, they do not.
First, John did not indicate that Jesus thought baptism was unnecessary; he merely stated the fact that Jesus did not personally do the baptizing; rather, His disciples did (John 4:2). The phrase in 4:1 regarding Jesus “baptizing” more disciples than John is simply a figure of speech where a person is represented as doing something when, in fact, he merely supplies the means for doing it. For example, Joseph indicated on one occasion that his brothers sold him into Egypt (Genesis 45:4-5; cf. Acts 7:9), when actually they sold him to the Ishmaelites (who then sold him into Egypt). This is a well-known principle in law—a person who acts through another to break the law (e.g., paying someone to commit murder) is deemed by authorities to be guilty of breaking the law himself. Similarly, Jesus did not personally baptize anyone. But, His teaching and influence caused it to be done. Jesus, the subject, is mentioned, but it is the circumstance of His influence that is intended. His teaching was responsible for people being baptized. Thus, this passage actually implies that Jesus commanded that His listeners be baptized. It in no way contradicts teachings found elsewhere in the Bible.
Second, Paul’s statements in his letter to the church at Corinth must be taken in their proper context in order to understand their true meaning. In 1 Corinthians 1:10-17, Paul was dealing with the division that was plaguing the Corinthian Christians. He had heard of the controversy in Corinth, and begged them to stand united, and resolve their differences.
Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. For it has been declared to me concerning you, my brethren, by those of Chloe’s household, that there are contentions among you. Now I say this, that each of you says, “I am of Paul,” or “I am of Apollos,” or “I am of Cephas,” or “I am of Christ.” Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?
I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius, lest anyone should say that I had baptized in my own name. Yes, I also baptized the household of Stephanas. Besides, I do not know whether I baptized any other. For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of no effect (1 Corinthians 1:10-17).
Later, Paul added:
For where there are envy, strife, and divisions among you, are you not carnal and behaving like mere men? For when one says, “I am of Paul,” and another, “I am of Apollos,” are you not carnal? Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers through whom you believed, as the Lord gave to each one? I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase (1 Corinthians 3:3-7).
When a person reads 1 Corinthians 1:14-17 in view of the problem of division in Corinth that Paul was addressing in chapter one and throughout this letter, he or she has a better understanding of Paul’s statements regarding baptism. He was not indicating that baptism was unnecessary, but that people should not glory in the one who baptizes them. Some of the Corinthians were putting more emphasis on who baptized them, than on the one body of Christ to which a person is added when he or she is baptized (cf. Acts 2:41,47; Ephesians 4:4). Paul was thankful that he did not personally baptize any more Corinthians than he did, lest they boast in his name, rather than in the name of Christ (1:15). Likely, this is the same reason why “Jesus Himself did not baptize, but His disciples.” As Albert Barnes surmised: “[I]f he [Jesus—EL] had baptized, it might have made unhappy divisions among his followers: those might have considered themselves most worthy or honoured who had been baptized by him” (1956, p. 213, emp. in orig.). Paul understood that the fewer people he personally baptized, the less likely they were to rejoice in his name. [In 1 Corinthians 1:13, Paul implied that the only way to be saved is to be baptized into the name of Christ, saying, “Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?”] Paul’s desire was for converts to tie themselves to the Savior, and not to himself. He knew that “there is salvation in no one else” but Jesus; “for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men, by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). Paul concerned himself with preaching, and, like Jesus, left others to do the baptizing.
When Paul stated: “Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel,” he meant that preaching was his main work, and that others could immerse the converts. He did not mean by this statement that baptism is unimportant, but that the baptizer is inconsequential. Consider this: If Paul did not baptize, but preached, and, if others baptized those who heard Paul’s teachings, what can we infer about the content of Paul’s teachings? The truth is, at some point, he must have instructed the unsaved to be baptized (which is exactly what occurred in Corinth—read Acts 18:1-11; 1 Corinthians 6:11). Similar to how we logically infer from the Ethiopian eunuch’s baptism (Acts 8:36-39), that when Philip “preached Jesus to him” (8:35), he informed the eunuch of the essentiality of baptism, we can truthfully affirm that Paul taught that baptism is essential for salvation. The allegation that Paul and Jesus ever considered baptism non-essential, simply is unfounded.
REFERENCES
Barnes, Albert (1956), Notes on the Old and New Testaments: Luke and John (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker).
Drange, Theodore M. (1996), “The Argument from the Bible,” [On-line], URL: http://www.infidels.org/library/modern/theodore_drange/bible.html.
McKinsey, C. Dennis (2000), Biblical Errancy (Amherst, NY: Prometheus).
Morgan, Donald (2003), “Biblical Inconsistencies,” [On-line], URL: http://www.infidels.org/library/modern/donald_morgan/inconsistencies.shtml.
Thayer, J.H. (1958 reprint), A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament (Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark).
Wells, Steve (2001), Skeptic’s Annotated Bible, [On-line], URL: http://www.Skepticsannotatedbible.com.

Finding one's self (Who am I) by Eugene C. Perry




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Finding one's self
(Who am I)
(The following is an adaptation of remarks made as a senior member at a recent family reunion. ecp)

Often, when people get involved in deviant behaviour, seem directionless or manifest other symptoms of troubled lives, we hear the remark, “He/she just needs to find himself/herself?” The person is not lost but rather is confused or unsure of his/her place in the family, community, nation, world. Where do I fit in? What do I stand for? It involves being lost in the sense of needing to decide/determine/find one’s place among the diverse world-views and value systems of a pluralistic society.

A very real part of who I am has to do with FAMILY. That is to say that family usually has much to do with one’s world-view, value system and life-style. WHO ARE WE?

To begin with, in a general sense, all are a part of God’s family. We are His children, His creation. We are daily recipients of His loving care. He provides what is needed to sustain our lives as well as the example and direction that enables us to live “full” lives (Jno.10:10).

Unfortunately, there are those who outright disown this relationship. Others just fail to cultivate or recognize it. God is our father and ideally this defines us – enables us to find ourselves and thus to know who we are and where we stand – our value system and life-style.

In a more particular sense, we are children of [mutual ancestor] whose name many of us bear and who provided us with example and, hopefully, direction. Once again, some might go so far as to deny or reject the relationship and influence while others tend to ignore or neglect to cultivate it. Most of us, however, acknowledge and even take pride in the relationship and accept it as a real part of who we are.

Ideally our forebears are worthy of recognition and their example and instruction defines who we are and influences our life-style and value system which is thus passed down from generation to generation. In our family many generations have been people of faith, defined by a desire to know and do God’s will. Bible study and church attendance have been characteristic along with honesty and a strong work ethic. Many of us, like our forebears, met and married as a result of associations in Bible Schools or churches.

We are a part of this heritage and it will be a part of who we are and what we stand for unless we have either disowned the relationship or are neglecting its significance and influence.

I remember and was impressed by my parent’s dedication to work on the farm. It seemed to take precedence over all else except church. When there were church services or gospel meetings we somehow managed to get some time away from the work. We would sometimes walk seven miles to attend such meetings and walk back home afterwards. Family traits that we were taught include faithfulness, honesty, dependability, hard work and independence.

We were moulded by our parents and this is an ongoing process. Those of you who are parents must face the fact that you have heavy responsibilities in this process. What are you “passing on”? Yes, you are expected to provide food, clothing and shelter. That part usually “comes naturally”. The greater burden on you is the preparation of your children for life by passing on values. Too often, this part tends to be neglected or poorly done.

When God chose Abraham to be the father of His chosen people, He said, “For I have chosen him, so that he will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing what is right and just, so that the Lord will bring about for Abraham what he has promised him.” (Gen.18:19).

As Moses led Abraham’s descendents and passed God’s instructions on to them, he wrote, “These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. ... Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.” (Deut.6:6-9).

Both parents must be involved. Timothy’s “sincere faith” “first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice” (II Tim.1:5). Fathers are instructed to bring their children “up in the training and instruction of the Lord” (Eph.6:4). It is most unfortunate when parents do not work together in this task.

This system breaks down when neglect occurs – when parents fail to assume their responsibility and/or when children reject or rebel against parental teaching and influence.

We are sometimes saddened to observe a downward generational process that goes something like the following. Great-grandpa had the Bible in heart and life, grandfather had it in his head, father on his shelf and son in the attic. May this not be the situation in our families.

WHO ARE WE? We are children of God and descendents of godly ancestors.

Eugene C. Perry

Published in The Old Paths Archive
(http://www.oldpaths.com)

Bible Reading October 14, 15, 16 by Gary Rose






Bible Reading October 14, 15, 16  (WEB)




Oct. 14
Proverbs 15-17

Pro 15:1 A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
Pro 15:2 The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouth of fools gush out folly.
Pro 15:3 Yahweh's eyes are everywhere, keeping watch on the evil and the good.
Pro 15:4 A gentle tongue is a tree of life, but deceit in it crushes the spirit.
Pro 15:5 A fool despises his father's correction, but he who heeds reproof shows prudence.
Pro 15:6 In the house of the righteous is much treasure, but the income of the wicked brings trouble.
Pro 15:7 The lips of the wise spread knowledge; not so with the heart of fools.
Pro 15:8 The sacrifice made by the wicked is an abomination to Yahweh, but the prayer of the upright is his delight.
Pro 15:9 The way of the wicked is an abomination to Yahweh, but he loves him who follows after righteousness.
Pro 15:10 There is stern discipline for one who forsakes the way: whoever hates reproof shall die.
Pro 15:11 Sheol and Abaddon are before Yahweh-- how much more then the hearts of the children of men!
Pro 15:12 A scoffer doesn't love to be reproved; he will not go to the wise.
Pro 15:13 A glad heart makes a cheerful face; but an aching heart breaks the spirit.
Pro 15:14 The heart of one who has understanding seeks knowledge, but the mouths of fools feed on folly.
Pro 15:15 All the days of the afflicted are wretched, but one who has a cheerful heart enjoys a continual feast.
Pro 15:16 Better is little, with the fear of Yahweh, than great treasure with trouble.
Pro 15:17 Better is a dinner of herbs, where love is, than a fattened calf with hatred.
Pro 15:18 A wrathful man stirs up contention, but one who is slow to anger appeases strife.
Pro 15:19 The way of the sluggard is like a thorn patch, but the path of the upright is a highway.
Pro 15:20 A wise son makes a father glad, but a foolish man despises his mother.
Pro 15:21 Folly is joy to one who is void of wisdom, but a man of understanding keeps his way straight.
Pro 15:22 Where there is no counsel, plans fail; but in a multitude of counselors they are established.
Pro 15:23 Joy comes to a man with the reply of his mouth. How good is a word at the right time!
Pro 15:24 The path of life leads upward for the wise, to keep him from going downward to Sheol.
Pro 15:25 Yahweh will uproot the house of the proud, but he will keep the widow's borders intact.
Pro 15:26 Yahweh detests the thoughts of the wicked, but the thoughts of the pure are pleasing.
Pro 15:27 He who is greedy for gain troubles his own house, but he who hates bribes will live.
Pro 15:28 The heart of the righteous weighs answers, but the mouth of the wicked gushes out evil.
Pro 15:29 Yahweh is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayer of the righteous.
Pro 15:30 The light of the eyes rejoices the heart. Good news gives health to the bones.
Pro 15:31 The ear that listens to reproof lives, and will be at home among the wise.
Pro 15:32 He who refuses correction despises his own soul, but he who listens to reproof gets understanding.
Pro 15:33 The fear of Yahweh teaches wisdom. Before honor is humility.

Pro 16:1 The plans of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from Yahweh.
Pro 16:2 All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but Yahweh weighs the motives.
Pro 16:3 Commit your deeds to Yahweh, and your plans shall succeed.
Pro 16:4 Yahweh has made everything for its own end-- yes, even the wicked for the day of evil.
Pro 16:5 Everyone who is proud in heart is an abomination to Yahweh: they shall certainly not be unpunished.
Pro 16:6 By mercy and truth iniquity is atoned for. By the fear of Yahweh men depart from evil.
Pro 16:7 When a man's ways please Yahweh, he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.
Pro 16:8 Better is a little with righteousness, than great revenues with injustice.
Pro 16:9 A man's heart plans his course, but Yahweh directs his steps.
Pro 16:10 Inspired judgments are on the lips of the king. He shall not betray his mouth.
Pro 16:11 Honest balances and scales are Yahweh's; all the weights in the bag are his work.
Pro 16:12 It is an abomination for kings to do wrong, for the throne is established by righteousness.
Pro 16:13 Righteous lips are the delight of kings. They value one who speaks the truth.
Pro 16:14 The king's wrath is a messenger of death, but a wise man will pacify it.
Pro 16:15 In the light of the king's face is life. His favor is like a cloud of the spring rain.
Pro 16:16 How much better it is to get wisdom than gold! Yes, to get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver.
Pro 16:17 The highway of the upright is to depart from evil. He who keeps his way preserves his soul.
Pro 16:18 Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.
Pro 16:19 It is better to be of a lowly spirit with the poor, than to divide the plunder with the proud.
Pro 16:20 He who heeds the Word finds prosperity. Whoever trusts in Yahweh is blessed.
Pro 16:21 The wise in heart shall be called prudent. Pleasantness of the lips promotes instruction.
Pro 16:22 Understanding is a fountain of life to one who has it, but the punishment of fools is their folly.
Pro 16:23 The heart of the wise instructs his mouth, and adds learning to his lips.
Pro 16:24 Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.
Pro 16:25 There is a way which seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.
Pro 16:26 The appetite of the laboring man labors for him; for his mouth urges him on.
Pro 16:27 A worthless man devises mischief. His speech is like a scorching fire.
Pro 16:28 A perverse man stirs up strife. A whisperer separates close friends.
Pro 16:29 A man of violence entices his neighbor, and leads him in a way that is not good.
Pro 16:30 One who winks his eyes to plot perversities, one who compresses his lips, is bent on evil.
Pro 16:31 Gray hair is a crown of glory. It is attained by a life of righteousness.
Pro 16:32 One who is slow to anger is better than the mighty; one who rules his spirit, than he who takes a city.
Pro 16:33 The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from Yahweh.

Pro 17:1 Better is a dry morsel with quietness, than a house full of feasting with strife.
Pro 17:2 A servant who deals wisely will rule over a son who causes shame, and shall have a part in the inheritance among the brothers.
Pro 17:3 The refining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold, but Yahweh tests the hearts.
Pro 17:4 An evildoer heeds wicked lips. A liar gives ear to a mischievous tongue.
Pro 17:5 Whoever mocks the poor reproaches his Maker. He who is glad at calamity shall not be unpunished.
Pro 17:6 Children's children are the crown of old men; the glory of children are their parents.
Pro 17:7 Arrogant speech isn't fitting for a fool, much less do lying lips fit a prince.
Pro 17:8 A bribe is a precious stone in the eyes of him who gives it; wherever he turns, he prospers.
Pro 17:9 He who covers an offense promotes love; but he who repeats a matter separates best friends.
Pro 17:10 A rebuke enters deeper into one who has understanding than a hundred lashes into a fool.
Pro 17:11 An evil man seeks only rebellion; therefore a cruel messenger shall be sent against him.
Pro 17:12 Let a bear robbed of her cubs meet a man, rather than a fool in his folly.
Pro 17:13 Whoever rewards evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house.
Pro 17:14 The beginning of strife is like breaching a dam, therefore stop contention before quarreling breaks out.
Pro 17:15 He who justifies the wicked, and he who condemns the righteous, both of them alike are an abomination to Yahweh.
Pro 17:16 Why is there money in the hand of a fool to buy wisdom, seeing he has no understanding?
Pro 17:17 A friend loves at all times; and a brother is born for adversity.
Pro 17:18 A man void of understanding strikes hands, and becomes collateral in the presence of his neighbor.
Pro 17:19 He who loves disobedience loves strife. One who builds a high gate seeks destruction.
Pro 17:20 One who has a perverse heart doesn't find prosperity, and one who has a deceitful tongue falls into trouble.
Pro 17:21 He who becomes the father of a fool grieves. The father of a fool has no joy.
Pro 17:22 A cheerful heart makes good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
Pro 17:23 A wicked man receives a bribe in secret, to pervert the ways of justice.
Pro 17:24 Wisdom is before the face of one who has understanding, but the eyes of a fool wander to the ends of the earth.
Pro 17:25 A foolish son brings grief to his father, and bitterness to her who bore him.
Pro 17:26 Also to punish the righteous is not good, nor to flog officials for their integrity.
Pro 17:27 He who spares his words has knowledge. He who is even tempered is a man of understanding.
Pro 17:28 Even a fool, when he keeps silent, is counted wise. When he shuts his lips, he is thought to be discerning.


Oct. 15
Proverbs 18-20

Pro 18:1 An unfriendly man pursues selfishness, and defies all sound judgment.
Pro 18:2 A fool has no delight in understanding, but only in revealing his own opinion.
Pro 18:3 When wickedness comes, contempt also comes, and with shame comes disgrace.
Pro 18:4 The words of a man's mouth are like deep waters. The fountain of wisdom is like a flowing brook.
Pro 18:5 To be partial to the faces of the wicked is not good, nor to deprive the innocent of justice.
Pro 18:6 A fool's lips come into strife, and his mouth invites beatings.
Pro 18:7 A fool's mouth is his destruction, and his lips are a snare to his soul.
Pro 18:8 The words of a gossip are like dainty morsels: they go down into a person's innermost parts.
Pro 18:9 One who is slack in his work is brother to him who is a master of destruction.
Pro 18:10 The name of Yahweh is a strong tower: the righteous run to him, and are safe.
Pro 18:11 The rich man's wealth is his strong city, like an unscalable wall in his own imagination.
Pro 18:12 Before destruction the heart of man is proud, but before honor is humility.
Pro 18:13 He who gives answer before he hears, that is folly and shame to him.
Pro 18:14 A man's spirit will sustain him in sickness, but a crushed spirit, who can bear?
Pro 18:15 The heart of the discerning gets knowledge. The ear of the wise seeks knowledge.
Pro 18:16 A man's gift makes room for him, and brings him before great men.
Pro 18:17 He who pleads his cause first seems right; until another comes and questions him.
Pro 18:18 The lot settles disputes, and keeps strong ones apart.
Pro 18:19 A brother offended is more difficult than a fortified city; and disputes are like the bars of a castle.
Pro 18:20 A man's stomach is filled with the fruit of his mouth. With the harvest of his lips he is satisfied.
Pro 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue; those who love it will eat its fruit.
Pro 18:22 Whoever finds a wife finds a good thing, and obtains favor of Yahweh.
Pro 18:23 The poor plead for mercy, but the rich answer harshly.
Pro 18:24 A man of many companions may be ruined, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

Pro 19:1 Better is the poor who walks in his integrity than he who is perverse in his lips and is a fool.
Pro 19:2 It isn't good to have zeal without knowledge; nor being hasty with one's feet and missing the way.
Pro 19:3 The foolishness of man subverts his way; his heart rages against Yahweh.
Pro 19:4 Wealth adds many friends, but the poor is separated from his friend.
Pro 19:5 A false witness shall not be unpunished. He who pours out lies shall not go free.
Pro 19:6 Many will entreat the favor of a ruler, and everyone is a friend to a man who gives gifts.
Pro 19:7 All the relatives of the poor shun him: how much more do his friends avoid him! He pursues them with pleas, but they are gone.
Pro 19:8 He who gets wisdom loves his own soul. He who keeps understanding shall find good.
Pro 19:9 A false witness shall not be unpunished. He who utters lies shall perish.
Pro 19:10 Delicate living is not appropriate for a fool, much less for a servant to have rule over princes.
Pro 19:11 The discretion of a man makes him slow to anger. It is his glory to overlook an offense.
Pro 19:12 The king's wrath is like the roaring of a lion, but his favor is like dew on the grass.
Pro 19:13 A foolish son is the calamity of his father. A wife's quarrels are a continual dripping.
Pro 19:14 House and riches are an inheritance from fathers, but a prudent wife is from Yahweh.
Pro 19:15 Slothfulness casts into a deep sleep. The idle soul shall suffer hunger.
Pro 19:16 He who keeps the commandment keeps his soul, but he who is contemptuous in his ways shall die.
Pro 19:17 He who has pity on the poor lends to Yahweh; he will reward him.
Pro 19:18 Discipline your son, for there is hope; don't be a willing party to his death.
Pro 19:19 A hot-tempered man must pay the penalty, for if you rescue him, you must do it again.
Pro 19:20 Listen to counsel and receive instruction, that you may be wise in your latter end.
Pro 19:21 There are many plans in a man's heart, but Yahweh's counsel will prevail.
Pro 19:22 That which makes a man to be desired is his kindness. A poor man is better than a liar.
Pro 19:23 The fear of Yahweh leads to life, then contentment; he rests and will not be touched by trouble.
Pro 19:24 The sluggard buries his hand in the dish; he will not so much as bring it to his mouth again.
Pro 19:25 Flog a scoffer, and the simple will learn prudence; rebuke one who has understanding, and he will gain knowledge.
Pro 19:26 He who robs his father and drives away his mother, is a son who causes shame and brings reproach.
Pro 19:27 If you stop listening to instruction, my son, you will stray from the words of knowledge.
Pro 19:28 A corrupt witness mocks justice, and the mouth of the wicked gulps down iniquity.
Pro 19:29 Penalties are prepared for scoffers, and beatings for the backs of fools.

Pro 20:1 Wine is a mocker, and beer is a brawler. Whoever is led astray by them is not wise.
Pro 20:2 The terror of a king is like the roaring of a lion. He who provokes him to anger forfeits his own life.
Pro 20:3 It is an honor for a man to keep aloof from strife; but every fool will be quarreling.
Pro 20:4 The sluggard will not plow by reason of the winter; therefore he shall beg in harvest, and have nothing.
Pro 20:5 Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out.
Pro 20:6 Many men claim to be men of unfailing love, but who can find a faithful man?
Pro 20:7 A righteous man walks in integrity. Blessed are his children after him.
Pro 20:8 A king who sits on the throne of judgment scatters away all evil with his eyes.
Pro 20:9 Who can say, "I have made my heart pure. I am clean and without sin?"
Pro 20:10 Differing weights and differing measures, both of them alike are an abomination to Yahweh.
Pro 20:11 Even a child makes himself known by his doings, whether his work is pure, and whether it is right.
Pro 20:12 The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, Yahweh has made even both of them.
Pro 20:13 Don't love sleep, lest you come to poverty. Open your eyes, and you shall be satisfied with bread.
Pro 20:14 "It's no good, it's no good," says the buyer; but when he is gone his way, then he boasts.
Pro 20:15 There is gold and abundance of rubies; but the lips of knowledge are a rare jewel.
Pro 20:16 Take the garment of one who puts up collateral for a stranger; and hold him in pledge for a wayward woman.
Pro 20:17 Fraudulent food is sweet to a man, but afterwards his mouth is filled with gravel.
Pro 20:18 Plans are established by advice; by wise guidance you wage war!
Pro 20:19 He who goes about as a tale-bearer reveals secrets; therefore don't keep company with him who opens wide his lips.
Pro 20:20 Whoever curses his father or his mother, his lamp shall be put out in blackness of darkness.
Pro 20:21 An inheritance quickly gained at the beginning, won't be blessed in the end.
Pro 20:22 Don't say, "I will pay back evil." Wait for Yahweh, and he will save you.
Pro 20:23 Yahweh detests differing weights, and dishonest scales are not pleasing.
Pro 20:24 A man's steps are from Yahweh; how then can man understand his way?
Pro 20:25 It is a snare to a man to make a rash dedication, then later to consider his vows.
Pro 20:26 A wise king winnows out the wicked, and drives the threshing wheel over them.
Pro 20:27 The spirit of man is Yahweh's lamp, searching all his innermost parts.
Pro 20:28 Love and faithfulness keep the king safe. His throne is sustained by love.
Pro 20:29 The glory of young men is their strength. The splendor of old men is their gray hair.
Pro 20:30 Wounding blows cleanse away evil, and beatings purge the innermost parts.


Oct. 16
Proverbs 21-23

Pro 21:1 The king's heart is in Yahweh's hand like the watercourses. He turns it wherever he desires.
Pro 21:2 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but Yahweh weighs the hearts.
Pro 21:3 To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to Yahweh than sacrifice.
Pro 21:4 A high look, and a proud heart, the lamp of the wicked, is sin.
Pro 21:5 The plans of the diligent surely lead to profit; and everyone who is hasty surely rushes to poverty.
Pro 21:6 Getting treasures by a lying tongue is a fleeting vapor for those who seek death.
Pro 21:7 The violence of the wicked will drive them away, because they refuse to do what is right.
Pro 21:8 The way of the guilty is devious, but the conduct of the innocent is upright.
Pro 21:9 It is better to dwell in the corner of the housetop, than to share a house with a contentious woman.
Pro 21:10 The soul of the wicked desires evil; his neighbor finds no mercy in his eyes.
Pro 21:11 When the mocker is punished, the simple gains wisdom. When the wise is instructed, he receives knowledge.
Pro 21:12 The Righteous One considers the house of the wicked, and brings the wicked to ruin.
Pro 21:13 Whoever stops his ears at the cry of the poor, he will also cry out, but shall not be heard.
Pro 21:14 A gift in secret pacifies anger; and a bribe in the cloak, strong wrath.
Pro 21:15 It is joy to the righteous to do justice; but it is a destruction to the workers of iniquity.
Pro 21:16 The man who wanders out of the way of understanding shall rest in the assembly of the dead.
Pro 21:17 He who loves pleasure shall be a poor man. He who loves wine and oil shall not be rich.
Pro 21:18 The wicked is a ransom for the righteous; the treacherous for the upright.
Pro 21:19 It is better to dwell in a desert land, than with a contentious and fretful woman.
Pro 21:20 There is precious treasure and oil in the dwelling of the wise; but a foolish man swallows it up.
Pro 21:21 He who follows after righteousness and kindness finds life, righteousness, and honor.
Pro 21:22 A wise man scales the city of the mighty, and brings down the strength of its confidence.
Pro 21:23 Whoever guards his mouth and his tongue keeps his soul from troubles.
Pro 21:24 The proud and haughty man, "scoffer" is his name; he works in the arrogance of pride.
Pro 21:25 The desire of the sluggard kills him, for his hands refuse to labor.
Pro 21:26 There are those who covet greedily all day long; but the righteous give and don't withhold.
Pro 21:27 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination: how much more, when he brings it with a wicked mind!
Pro 21:28 A false witness will perish, and a man who listens speaks to eternity.
Pro 21:29 A wicked man hardens his face; but as for the upright, he establishes his ways.
Pro 21:30 There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against Yahweh.
Pro 21:31 The horse is prepared for the day of battle; but victory is with Yahweh.

Pro 22:1 A good name is more desirable than great riches, and loving favor is better than silver and gold.
Pro 22:2 The rich and the poor have this in common: Yahweh is the maker of them all.
Pro 22:3 A prudent man sees danger, and hides himself; but the simple pass on, and suffer for it.
Pro 22:4 The result of humility and the fear of Yahweh is wealth, honor, and life.
Pro 22:5 Thorns and snares are in the path of the wicked: whoever guards his soul stays from them.
Pro 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.
Pro 22:7 The rich rule over the poor. The borrower is servant to the lender.
Pro 22:8 He who sows wickedness reaps trouble, and the rod of his fury will be destroyed.
Pro 22:9 He who has a generous eye will be blessed; for he shares his food with the poor.
Pro 22:10 Drive out the mocker, and strife will go out; yes, quarrels and insults will stop.
Pro 22:11 He who loves purity of heart and speaks gracefully is the king's friend.
Pro 22:12 The eyes of Yahweh watch over knowledge; but he frustrates the words of the unfaithful.
Pro 22:13 The sluggard says, "There is a lion outside! I will be killed in the streets!"
Pro 22:14 The mouth of an adulteress is a deep pit: he who is under Yahweh's wrath will fall into it.
Pro 22:15 Folly is bound up in the heart of a child: the rod of discipline drives it far from him.
Pro 22:16 Whoever oppresses the poor for his own increase and whoever gives to the rich, both come to poverty.
Pro 22:17 Turn your ear, and listen to the words of the wise. Apply your heart to my teaching.
Pro 22:18 For it is a pleasant thing if you keep them within you, if all of them are ready on your lips.
Pro 22:19 That your trust may be in Yahweh, I teach you today, even you.
Pro 22:20 Haven't I written to you thirty excellent things of counsel and knowledge,
Pro 22:21 To teach you truth, reliable words, to give sound answers to the ones who sent you?
Pro 22:22 Don't exploit the poor, because he is poor; and don't crush the needy in court;
Pro 22:23 for Yahweh will plead their case, and plunder the life of those who plunder them.
Pro 22:24 Don't befriend a hot-tempered man, and don't associate with one who harbors anger:
Pro 22:25 lest you learn his ways, and ensnare your soul.
Pro 22:26 Don't you be one of those who strike hands, of those who are collateral for debts.
Pro 22:27 If you don't have means to pay, why should he take away your bed from under you?
Pro 22:28 Don't move the ancient boundary stone, which your fathers have set up.
Pro 22:29 Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will serve kings. He won't serve obscure men.

Pro 23:1 When you sit to eat with a ruler, consider diligently what is before you;
Pro 23:2 put a knife to your throat, if you are a man given to appetite.
Pro 23:3 Don't be desirous of his dainties, seeing they are deceitful food.
Pro 23:4 Don't weary yourself to be rich. In your wisdom, show restraint.
Pro 23:5 Why do you set your eyes on that which is not? For it certainly sprouts wings like an eagle and flies in the sky.
Pro 23:6 Don't eat the food of him who has a stingy eye, and don't crave his delicacies:
Pro 23:7 for as he thinks about the cost, so he is. "Eat and drink!" he says to you, but his heart is not with you.
Pro 23:8 The morsel which you have eaten you shall vomit up, and lose your good words.
Pro 23:9 Don't speak in the ears of a fool, for he will despise the wisdom of your words.
Pro 23:10 Don't move the ancient boundary stone. Don't encroach on the fields of the fatherless:
Pro 23:11 for their Defender is strong. He will plead their case against you.
Pro 23:12 Apply your heart to instruction, and your ears to the words of knowledge.
Pro 23:13 Don't withhold correction from a child. If you punish him with the rod, he will not die.
Pro 23:14 Punish him with the rod, and save his soul from Sheol.
Pro 23:15 My son, if your heart is wise, then my heart will be glad, even mine:
Pro 23:16 yes, my heart will rejoice, when your lips speak what is right.
Pro 23:17 Don't let your heart envy sinners; but rather fear Yahweh all the day long.
Pro 23:18 Indeed surely there is a future hope, and your hope will not be cut off.
Pro 23:19 Listen, my son, and be wise, and keep your heart on the right path!
Pro 23:20 Don't be among ones drinking too much wine, or those who gorge themselves on meat:
Pro 23:21 for the drunkard and the glutton shall become poor; and drowsiness clothes them in rags.
Pro 23:22 Listen to your father who gave you life, and don't despise your mother when she is old.
Pro 23:23 Buy the truth, and don't sell it. Get wisdom, discipline, and understanding.
Pro 23:24 The father of the righteous has great joy. Whoever fathers a wise child delights in him.
Pro 23:25 Let your father and your mother be glad! Let her who bore you rejoice!
Pro 23:26 My son, give me your heart; and let your eyes keep in my ways.
Pro 23:27 For a prostitute is a deep pit; and a wayward wife is a narrow well.
Pro 23:28 Yes, she lies in wait like a robber, and increases the unfaithful among men.
Pro 23:29 Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has strife? Who has complaints? Who has needless bruises? Who has bloodshot eyes?
Pro 23:30 Those who stay long at the wine; those who go to seek out mixed wine.
Pro 23:31 Don't look at the wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup, when it goes down smoothly.
Pro 23:32 In the end, it bites like a snake, and poisons like a viper.
Pro 23:33 Your eyes will see strange things, and your mind will imagine confusing things.
Pro 23:34 Yes, you will be as he who lies down in the midst of the sea, or as he who lies on top of the rigging:
Pro 23:35 "They hit me, and I was not hurt! They beat me, and I don't feel it! When will I wake up? I can do it again. I can find another."

 

Oct. 14
Ephesians 5

Eph 5:1 Be therefore imitators of God, as beloved children.
Eph 5:2 Walk in love, even as Christ also loved you, and gave himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling fragrance.
Eph 5:3 But sexual immorality, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not even be mentioned among you, as becomes saints;
Eph 5:4 nor filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not appropriate; but rather giving of thanks.
Eph 5:5 Know this for sure, that no sexually immoral person, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the Kingdom of Christ and God.
Eph 5:6 Let no one deceive you with empty words. For because of these things, the wrath of God comes on the children of disobedience.
Eph 5:7 Therefore don't be partakers with them.
Eph 5:8 For you were once darkness, but are now light in the Lord. Walk as children of light,
Eph 5:9 for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth,
Eph 5:10 proving what is well pleasing to the Lord.
Eph 5:11 Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather even reprove them.
Eph 5:12 For the things which are done by them in secret, it is a shame even to speak of.
Eph 5:13 But all things, when they are reproved, are revealed by the light, for everything that reveals is light.
Eph 5:14 Therefore he says, "Awake, you who sleep, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you."
Eph 5:15 Therefore watch carefully how you walk, not as unwise, but as wise;
Eph 5:16 redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
Eph 5:17 Therefore don't be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
Eph 5:18 Don't be drunken with wine, in which is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit,
Eph 5:19 speaking to one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs; singing, and making melody in your heart to the Lord;
Eph 5:20 giving thanks always concerning all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, to God, even the Father;
Eph 5:21 subjecting yourselves one to another in the fear of Christ.
Eph 5:22 Wives, be subject to your own husbands, as to the Lord.
Eph 5:23 For the husband is the head of the wife, and Christ also is the head of the assembly, being himself the savior of the body.
Eph 5:24 But as the assembly is subject to Christ, so let the wives also be to their own husbands in everything.
Eph 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the assembly, and gave himself up for it;
Eph 5:26 that he might sanctify it, having cleansed it by the washing of water with the word,
Eph 5:27 that he might present the assembly to himself gloriously, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
Eph 5:28 Even so husbands also ought to love their own wives as their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself.
Eph 5:29 For no man ever hated his own flesh; but nourishes and cherishes it, even as the Lord also does the assembly;
Eph 5:30 because we are members of his body, of his flesh and bones.
Eph 5:31 "For this cause a man will leave his father and mother, and will be joined to his wife. The two will become one flesh."
Eph 5:32 This mystery is great, but I speak concerning Christ and of the assembly.
Eph 5:33 Nevertheless each of you must also love his own wife even as himself; and let the wife see that she respects her husband.



Oct. 15
Ephesians 6

Eph 6:1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.
Eph 6:2 "Honor your father and mother," which is the first commandment with a promise:
Eph 6:3 "that it may be well with you, and you may live long on the earth."
Eph 6:4 You fathers, don't provoke your children to wrath, but nurture them in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
Eph 6:5 Servants, be obedient to those who according to the flesh are your masters, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as to Christ;
Eph 6:6 not in the way of service only when eyes are on you, as men pleasers; but as servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart;
Eph 6:7 with good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men;
Eph 6:8 knowing that whatever good thing each one does, he will receive the same again from the Lord, whether he is bound or free.
Eph 6:9 You masters, do the same things to them, and give up threatening, knowing that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and there is no partiality with him.
Eph 6:10 Finally, be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of his might.
Eph 6:11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
Eph 6:12 For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world's rulers of the darkness of this age, and against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.
Eph 6:13 Therefore, put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and, having done all, to stand.
Eph 6:14 Stand therefore, having the utility belt of truth buckled around your waist, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness,
Eph 6:15 and having fitted your feet with the preparation of the Good News of peace;
Eph 6:16 above all, taking up the shield of faith, with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the evil one.
Eph 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the spoken word of God;
Eph 6:18 with all prayer and requests, praying at all times in the Spirit, and being watchful to this end in all perseverance and requests for all the saints:
Eph 6:19 on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in opening my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the Good News,
Eph 6:20 for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
Eph 6:21 But that you also may know my affairs, how I am doing, Tychicus, the beloved brother and faithful servant in the Lord, will make known to you all things;
Eph 6:22 whom I have sent to you for this very purpose, that you may know our state, and that he may comfort your hearts.
Eph 6:23 Peace be to the brothers, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Eph 6:24 Grace be with all those who love our Lord Jesus Christ with incorruptible love. Amen.



Oct. 16
Philippians 1

Php 1:1 Paul and Timothy, servants of Jesus Christ; To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are at Philippi, with the overseers and servants:
Php 1:2 Grace to you, and peace from God, our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Php 1:3 I thank my God whenever I remember you,
Php 1:4 always in every request of mine on behalf of you all making my requests with joy,
Php 1:5 for your partnership in furtherance of the Good News from the first day until now;
Php 1:6 being confident of this very thing, that he who began a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.
Php 1:7 It is even right for me to think this way on behalf of all of you, because I have you in my heart, because, both in my bonds and in the defense and confirmation of the Good News, you all are partakers with me of grace.
Php 1:8 For God is my witness, how I long after all of you in the tender mercies of Christ Jesus.
Php 1:9 This I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and all discernment;
Php 1:10 so that you may approve the things that are excellent; that you may be sincere and without offense to the day of Christ;
Php 1:11 being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.
Php 1:12 Now I desire to have you know, brothers, that the things which happened to me have turned out rather to the progress of the Good News;
Php 1:13 so that it became evident to the whole praetorian guard, and to all the rest, that my bonds are in Christ;
Php 1:14 and that most of the brothers in the Lord, being confident through my bonds, are more abundantly bold to speak the word of God without fear.
Php 1:15 Some indeed preach Christ even out of envy and strife, and some also out of good will.
Php 1:16 The former insincerely preach Christ from selfish ambition, thinking that they add affliction to my chains;
Php 1:17 but the latter out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the Good News.
Php 1:18 What does it matter? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed. I rejoice in this, yes, and will rejoice.
Php 1:19 For I know that this will turn out to my salvation, through your supplication and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ,
Php 1:20 according to my earnest expectation and hope, that I will in no way be disappointed, but with all boldness, as always, now also Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life, or by death.
Php 1:21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
Php 1:22 But if I live on in the flesh, this will bring fruit from my work; yet I don't make known what I will choose.
Php 1:23 But I am in a dilemma between the two, having the desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better.
Php 1:24 Yet, to remain in the flesh is more needful for your sake.
Php 1:25 Having this confidence, I know that I will remain, yes, and remain with you all, for your progress and joy in the faith,
Php 1:26 that your rejoicing may abound in Christ Jesus in me through my presence with you again.
Php 1:27 Only let your manner of life be worthy of the Good News of Christ, that, whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of your state, that you stand firm in one spirit, with one soul striving for the faith of the Good News;
Php 1:28 and in nothing frightened by the adversaries, which is for them a proof of destruction, but to you of salvation, and that from God.
Php 1:29 Because it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in him, but also to suffer on his behalf,
Php 1:30 having the same conflict which you saw in me, and now hear is in me.