Bible Men: Stephen, Martyred For His Faith

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Stephen, by his life and death, is a most wonderful testimony of faith and grace.
Stephen was chosen, along with six others, to minister to daily needs of others so that the apostles could continue their work of prayer and ministry of the Word. The men desired for this job were to be “of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom” (Acts 6:3), and Stephen is said to be “a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost.” Stephen may have been chosen to minister to the needs of others, but Acts 6:8 tells us that he “full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people“. But there arose V9-11 “certain of the synagogue….and they were not able to resist the wisdom and the spirit by which he spoke.”  And they “suborned (bribed) men to say “we have heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses, and against God.” They stirred up the people and Stephen was caught and taken to the council.  Then  V12-14 These men set up false witnesses to say that Stephen spoke blasphemous words against the synagogue and the law.

The Lord Jesus spoke of a time when his disciples would be taken and persecuted, and we are not to even think beforehand what we will say, his promise was as surely for us as it was for Stephen “For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.” (Luke 21:15)

But when Stephen was before the council “all that sat in the council, looking steadfastly on him, saw his face as it had been the face of an angel.” (Acts 6:15) Surely it must have shone with that inner beauty and glow of peace and joy of one who is so devoted to the Lord Jesus that His light is seen by others. Have you ever seen such a one? I have seen many elderly saints whose faces shone with that inner peace and beauty. What an example this should be to us, and cause us to examine our own lives to see how devoted we are to the Lord Jesus so that others see that light in us.

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Healing the broken

here is a beautiful poem.

A Call To The Remnant

The beauty of the forest
Hides the broken tree
The wonder of your Blood
Covers all of me

The glory of your love
Covers all my sin
It brings a wealth of healing
And beauty deep within

You heal the brokenhearted
And set the captive free
You allowed you’re broken Body
To hang on a broken tree

You’re love is all-consuming
You wipe away all tears
It follows and it leads me
Down through all the years

No matter where I run to
I always find you there
On the highest rugged mountaintop
Or in the valley of despair

You surround me with your beauty
And impenetrable light
You walk with me throughout the day
And every darkened night

Where could I flee from your presence
Over land or hill or sea?
The wonder of our mighty God
Is that He dwells inside of me

Thank-you for your glory
And…

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How is a Salmon Run Like You?

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It’s that time again, the yearly salmon run. We live close to the Cowichan River and during the annual salmon run, we go for a walk on the path that borders the river, with little paths here and there that go down to the water. The air is filled with the sound of the gulls that are flying all around, whether or not they are trying to get the fresh eggs, or are feeding on the dead salmon, I do not know, probably it’s both. Some of the salmon are still jumping although they are in the minority, most are near the shore swimming very slowly, soon to join their dead fellow salmon.

Seeing these salmon up close, I always find the sight to be very sad and think about their lives. Further down the river path there is a little pond where last year’s salmon babies are swimming around with not a care in the world. At some point they will enter the river and go downstream to Cowichan Bay and then on to the ocean where, if they are lucky enough to escape being eaten by a predator or caught by a fisherman, they will live until the point where they are driven to come back to the place of their birth where they struggle to go upstream, and finally die a slow death. Ecclesiastes 3:1-2 “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven. A time to be born, and a time to die:……”

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The Counterfeit Christian

This is a serious piece that should make every Christian examine themselves. Reblogged from Leading the Church to Christ.

Bible Women: Rahab (the harlot)

This study is taken from the book of Joshua, Chapters 2 and 6. Rahab was a woman who demonstrated great faith, to the salvation of herself and her family. In Joshua 2:1-2, we have Joshua sending two spies into the walled city of Jericho, “to spy secretly..to view the land, even Jericho” and they “came into an harlot’s house, named Rahab, and lodged there”.

Someone must have seen the men come into the city and enter Rahab’s house, and they knew they were of the “children of Israel” and that they had come to search out all the country. V2 “and it was told the king of Jericho, saying, Behold there came men in hither tonight out of the children of Israel to search out the country.” We are not told whether or not the spies knew Rahab was a harlot, but it was surely the divine intervention of God that they came upon the house of a harlot, where it would not be unusual for men to go. Nevertheless, the king of Jericho sends word to Rahab V3 “bring forth the men that are come to thee which are entered into thine house: for they be come to search out all the country” (Joshua 2:3). But V4 “Rahab took the two men, and hid them, and said thus, There came men unto me, but I wist not whence they were” and she further told them “when it was dark the men went out: wither the men went I wot not: pursue after them quickly; for ye shall overtake them.” But V6 Rahab “had brought them up to the roof of the house, and hid them with the stalks of flax, which she had laid in order upon the roof.” And the king’s men V7 “pursued after them the way to Jordan.…”

Before the spies had laid down V8 “she came up unto them upon the roof” and in Vs 9-11 Rahab gives the reasons for her actions. “I know that the LORD hath given you the land, and that your terror is fallen upon us, and that all the inhabitants of the land faint because of you. For we have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red sea for you, when ye came out of Egypt; and what ye did unto the two kings of the Amorites, that were on the other side Jordan, Sihon an Og, whom ye utterly destroyed. And as soon as we had heard these things, our hearts did melt, neither did there remain any more courage in any man, because of you: for the LORD your God, he is God in heaven above, and in earth beneath“. Rahab knew and believed that the LORD had given them the land, that the inhabitants were terribly afraid, and that they had heard about the parting of the Red Sea, and what had befallen the Amorites. Then she makes the great confession of faith; “for the LORD your God, he is God in heaven above, and in earth beneath”. Rahab, who is a Gentile, believes in God and exhibits saving faith. As Galatians 3:28 says “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus”.

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Psalm 17: What Satisfies You?

Psalm 17:1-15 V15 “….I shall be satisfied when I awake with thy likeness” What satisfies you, what makes you content. What is it that satisfies the righteous person and what satisfies the unsaved. Different things satisfy either category. The righteous and the unsaved, they are both looking for different things out of life, their goals and desires. Their purpose in living is vastly different.

What satisfies you points to what you are: righteous or ungodly. This psalm is a prayer of David, the king of Jerusalem, the greatest historic king of Israel. In this prayer David compares the righteous and the wicked, the godly and the ungodly. It is good to take stock and ask what are we, it is good to measure ourselves according to the scriptures. Am I growing in grace, am I becoming more like Christ,  do I love the Lord more, do I trust him more, do I love his word more, is he more precious to me. 2 Peter 3:14-18. “Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless. And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you: as also in all his epistles speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scripture, unto their own destruction. Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness. But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever. Amen“. . Are we growing, are we really on the narrow way.

Let us examine ourselves in the light of this psalm. What satisfies us?

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The Lord is Faithful

Lamentations 3:21-23 “This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope.  It is of the LORD’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.  They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.”

The Lord our God does what He says He will do – He is reliable, unfailing, trustworthy, and steadfast.   From the day of our salvation, when we recognized that we were sinners on our way to hell,  repented, and believed on the Lord Jesus Christ as our Saviour, we are able to rest “being confident of this very thing,  that he that hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ”  Philippians 1:6

We can trust in God’s faithfulness because:

1. He knows everything about what we are going through and why we are going through it.

2. He has all power to meet our every need, and to enable us to walk through our trials.  He works out purposes in our life for his glory and for our good.  The Lord knows we profit most from our trials.

3.  He is always with us.  We are never alone.

4.  The Lord never changes.  Everything about us changes, but He never does.

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Job 37:16 with Circular Clouds

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Taken at sunset from our deck.  I had never seen circular clouds like this.  “the heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament showeth his handiwork”  (Psalm 19:1)

Bible Men: The Ethiopian Eunuch, Acts 8:26-40

Isaiah 56:3-5 “…..neither let the eunuch say, Behold, I am a dry tree. For thus saith the LORD unto the eunuchs that keep my sabbaths, and choose the things that please me, and take hold of my covenant; Even unto them will I give in mine house and within my walls a place and a name better than of sons and of daughters: I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off.”

The Lord provided the means for salvation of this man by Philip, a disciple chosen by the apostles. He was one of seven men of “honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom” (Acts 6:5) who were to help in the work of furthering of the gospel. One day “the angel of the LORD spoke unto Philip, saying Arise, and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza, which is desert.“(Acts 8:26) A pause to meditate upon the angel of the LORD speaking to Philip, guiding him for the work of the Lord. Oh to be so following Jesus that we would be guided into wonderful work.

Obediently, Philip went and there he found “a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians, who had the charge of all her treasure, and had come to Jerusalem for to worship” (V27) But this man, even though he had such responsibilities, was not as interested in “treasures of earth” as he was in storing up “treasures in heaven”, and as such, he had come to worship. As yet he did not know the Lord Jesus as his Saviour, but our Lord had provided Philip for just such a moment.. “for whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent…? So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.(Romans 10:13-15,17)

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Operation Christmas Child, and How I Came to Take Part This Year

Have you ever packed a Christmas Child Shoebox?  I had never heard of it until about 2008 when my daughter-in-law packed one because the church they were attending was sponsoring the boxes.  When I saw hers I asked about it and then wanted to take part.  It was such fun shopping for a child I did not know, and when the box was filled and given over to my daughter-in-law to take to her church,  I am sure that I got as big a blessing in doing it as the unknown child got in receiving it.

When we moved to Vancouver Island and began attending the only gospel chapel in Duncan, I found out that they did not sponsor these boxes.  They chose instead to have a box to fill for the sailors on board ships that came to Chemainus BC.  Although husband and I did this for the 4 years we attended the chapel, it wasn’t the same as the Christmas Child Shoebox.

For reasons that are not necessary to go into here, we left that chapel a year ago and I didn’t think about the shoebox at all until a couple of days ago and I am convinced that the Lord was at work here as he always is, directing my path even though I didn’t realize it until after the fact.

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A Call to Witness

 

Sometimes the Lord calls us to do something for someone we hardly know, by conviction through His holy Word.

Such was the case when my grandson Gabriel was less than a year old.  I had met his father’s grandmother only once, on the occasion of Gabriel’s birth, when he was still in the hospital. She was a woman who had a strong presence, and I remember when she came into the room, someone asked if she were the baby’s grandmother, to which she responded “I’m the GREAT grandmother!” She was so proud of Gabriel.

But before Gabriel was a year old, she was diagnosed with brain cancer, and her health declined very rapidly. I remember the day when my daughter told me that this woman only had a couple of days to live, how they had taken Gabriel to visit her, and she was so upset that she asked them to take him out of the room because she couldn’t bear it. It was so sad for her to know that she would never see him grow up.

Right after that I was reading my bible, the book of Ezekiel chapter 3, why I chose that chapter is surely by the grace of God. And I read the following:

Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth and give them warning from me. When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand. Yet if thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul” Ezekiel 3:17-19

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The Woman at the Well

The woman at the well, was a woman of Sychar, a city in Samaria. She is presented in the bible in John 4:7-42.  This portion of scripture is one of the most well-known incidents regarding women in the bible.

This meeting takes place when John the Baptist was still baptizing people, (John 3:23-24) and probably word of his preaching had spread to Samaria. Jesus has departed Judea and is on his way to Galilee, but scripture tells us John 4:4 “And he must needs go through Samaria.” He must needs, our omniscient Lord knew the events that would transpire there in the city of Sychar, at Jacob’s well. V5-6 “Then cometh he to a city of Samaria, which is called Sychar, near to the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour.” V8 tells us that the disciples of Jesus “were gone away unto the city to buy meat.” The plan of the Lord to be alone and to have quiet time for the meeting which he knew was to take place.

Verse 6 “..Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour.” What a statement. The Lord of the Universe, but weary as a man. V7 “There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink.” The woman is surprised that he, whom she recognizes as a Jew, would even speak to her, and addresses him thus, V9 “How is it that thou being a Jew, askest drink of me, a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans” She as yet has no clue that the man seated before her is God incarnate.

And now the Lord Jesus begins to speak to her of deeper things than a mere glass of water. Water could satisfy the physical thirst of a man, but the Lord was about to show this woman that unquenchable thirst that all sinners possess, whether they know it or not, the thirst for something more than this life can offer. V10 “Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.” the gift of God, John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.“. This is the first suggestion to the woman that this was no ordinary request for a simple drink of water. He speaks to her of “living water” and we are reminded of John 7:38-39 “He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)”

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Mystical Spiritual Formation vs Biblical Spiritual Transformation

Romans 12:1-2 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.  And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

There is a teaching going on among many churches  these days that is very dangerous, and this is called “Spiritual Formation”.  This teaching has penetrated a local bible camp that has been supported for years by the church my husband and I attended for 4 years.  Spiritual Formation is the reason why my husband and I had no choice but to leave the church because when he found out about this teaching he brought it to the attention of the elders at our church and the head elder will not address it nor get involved, choosing rather to let things be at the bible camp the way they are now.  Very sad for the children who attend.  Formerly they received sound bible teaching, but now they are being taught something different. 

What is Spiritual Formation?  I had never heard of it before.   Here is part of an article from  Got Questions that explains it:

 The spiritual formation movement is very popular today. It is, however, in many ways a move away from the truth of God’s Word to a mystical form of Christianity, and it has infiltrated, to some degree, nearly all evangelical denominations. This idea of spiritual formation is based on the premise that if we do certain practices, we can be more like Jesus. Proponents of spiritual formation erroneously teach that anyone can practice these mystical rituals and find God within themselves.

Too often, adherents of the current spiritual formation movement believe the spiritual disciplines transform the seeker by his or her entering an altered realm of consciousness. The spiritual formation movement is characterized by such things as contemplative prayer, contemplative spirituality, and Christian mysticism.

True biblical spiritual formation, or spiritual transformation, begins with the understanding that we are sinners living apart from God. Our faculties have been corrupted by sin so that we cannot please God. True spiritual transformation occurs as we yield ourselves to God so that He may transform us by the guidance and power of the Holy Spirit. At least half of every New Testament epistle is geared toward how to live a life well pleasing to God—by obedience and submission to the Holy Spirit in all things. Scripture does not only call us the redeemed, saved, saints, sheep, soldiers, and servants, but teaches us that only through the power of the Spirit we can live up to what the names mean.

link to the rest of the article:   http://www.gotquestions.org/spiritual-formation.htm

Seeing What You Want To See

wise words here.. what do you see, beauty? ugliness of this world? or both?  Reblogged from Emotional Peace.

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If you want to see the beauty that is around you, you will see beauty. If you want to see the ugliness of this world you will see ugly. Yet if you really want to see the truth, then you will see both. This world around you has both love and hate, beauty and ugliness. Yet this world is temporary, and for those of us who have received Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we are pilgrims only traveling through it.

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1 Corinthians 13:12 (ESV) 12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.

intheeyeofthedragonwithtxtPsalm 146:8 The LORD opens the eyes of the blind; The LORD raises up those who are bowed down; The LORD loves the righteous;

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Acts 26:18 to open their eyes so that…

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Bible Men: Jonah Part 3, Going to Nineveh and Learning More Lessons

In Jonah 1 we learned that  the prophet Jonah was called by God to go to the city of Nineveh and tell them that God knew of their wickedness, but Jonah did not want to do this, and tried to flee from the presence of God.  Jonah boarded a ship bound for Tarshish and during the voyage a great wind arose that caused Jonah to ask to be thrown overboard so that the wind would be calmed by God and the lives of the mariners would be spared.  In Jonah 2 we learned how Jonah was swallowed by the great fish, whom the Lord Jesus called a whale, that the LORD had prepared for this task. We learned how Jonah came to the end of himself, and prayed to the LORD his God. We learned how Jonah made that great statement “Salvation is of the LORD.” and how upon this word by Jonah, the LORD spoke to the fish, and Jonah was vomited on dry land. We don’t know if Jonah’s appearance was altered or not, the bible is silent on this point, so I will not speculate.

And so again 3:1 “the word of the LORD came unto Jonah the second time saying Arise, go unto Nineveh, that great city, and preach unto it the preaching that I bid thee.” This time Jonah is obedient. He went to Nineveh “according to the word of the LORD” V3 also tells us that Nineveh “was an exceeding great city of three days’ journey.” This does not mean that Nineveh was three days away from Jonah, for the next verse tells us “And Jonah began to enter into the city a day’s journey, and he cried, and said, V4 “Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown.” It took three days to walk through the city of Nineveh, so great a city was it, it was filled with wickedness, and for three days Jonah walked through the city preaching God’s message V4 “yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown..

The response of the people of Nineveh is completely different from the response of the people in Noah’s time who watched him build the ark, or the sons of Lot, when he told them that Sodom and Gomorrah would be destroyed and to flee. The people of Nineveh V5 “believed God, and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the least of them.” They were so convicted by the words this stranger preached to them, that they believed God, and repented. The words Jonah spoke came to the king of Nineveh, and he believed Jonah also, V6 “he arose from his throne, and he laid his robe from him, and covered him with sackcloth, and sat in ashes. V7 “he caused it to be proclaimed and published through Nineveh by th decree of the king and his nobles saying let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste any thing: let them not feed, nor drink water:” V8 “but let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily unto God: yea, let them turn every one from his evil way, and from the violence that is in their hands” V9 “who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish not?” Wouldn’t it be a wonderful thing if we could preach the gospel with such boldness that people would believe and receive the Lord Jesus? We are not prophets as Jonah was it’s true, but we have been given the command to preach the gospel and let every man know what the Lord Jesus has done..

And so God V10 “saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not.

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Are You Watching for Jesus? An Airport Lesson

When my granddaughter was 5 years old my daughter-in-law went to Japan for a week. For the last three days she was away, I went to their house very early in the morning to babysit my granddaughter. It had been arranged in advance that my son would take time off of work to be home to look after her for the first four days, followed by myself. I told my granddaughter that on the day that I came, it would be a very short time before her mother came home. “two more sleeps, and mama will be home.”

Needless to say, on the day before, my granddaughter got up pretty early and asked if mama would be home, so I told her one more sleep. The next morning she was up at 6:30 am asking if it was time to go to the airport. She was so excited, she had a bath, washed her hair, brushed her teeth, picked out a pretty dress, and soon it was time to head for the airport. On the way she saw a plane in the sky and remarked that we must be getting close to the airport.

As we entered the International Arrival section, there was a large crowd of people gathered to meet loved ones. Everyone arriving had to come through customs, which took at least a 1/2 hour after the plane touched down. They had to pick up their baggage, and then they came through doors and down a narrow, enclosed passageway to the opening where finally, there were greetings with embraces, flowers, what have you. A lot of people were looking at the monitors that had been set up so they could see their loved one entering through the doors that were quite a distance away..

We had arrived at the time the plane touched down, and we were first sitting in chairs, and then standing at the railing separating us from the passageway. It seemed a very long time that we stood there, and my granddaughter was getting discouraged, asking “where is mama?” and I kept telling her that soon her mama would be there. At first I was aware of all the people waiting, but as time passed, it was like they disappeared, and my granddaughter and I were the only ones there, so focused were we waiting for her mother.

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Bible Women: Mary Magdelene

What is the first thing you think of when you hear the name “Mary Magdalene”? Some people think that Mary was a prostitute who came to know Jesus as her Lord, yet there is absolutely no biblical evidence for this lie, that she was a prostitute. Neither should she be confused with the woman who was a sinner that came to Simon’s house where Jesus was. That woman was nameless, and scripture tells us that her weeping and repentance had saved her from her sins. This study will attempt to portray the truth about Mary Magdalene, a woman greatly blessed.

Verses pertaining to Mary are scattered throughout the gospels, each a piece of her story. We will bring them in chronological order, to best learn the truth.

Luke 8:1-3 is the earliest mention of Mary “And it came to pass afterward, that he went throughout every city and village, preaching and shewing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God: and the twelve were with him, and certain women, which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary called Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils,…..and many others, which ministered unto him of their substance.”. Reading a few verses before, Luke 7:37-50 is the story of the woman who was a sinner. Luke 8:1 clearly states “and it came to pass afterward,” Thus we know that Mary Magdalene was NOT the woman who was a sinner.

Mary, along with others were healed of their infirmities. The name Magdalene signifies where she came from, Mary of Magdala. Imagine what a terrible state this poor woman must have been in. As the bible often does, it states an incredible occurrence in the simple statement “out of whom went seven devils”. This combines with Mark 16:9…he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils.” The devils acknowledge the Lord. Even today, we are told in Ephesians 6:12,16 “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.” In James 4:7 we learn that as believers we have the power thru the indwelling holy spirit to “resist the devil and he will flee from you”.

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How Should a Christian Lady Dress?

This is a subject that is much discussed between my husband and myself. In past years, we attended a Brethren Assembly where women always wore skirts or dresses of a proper length to be considered modest. No woman would consider wearing pants. But that was then, and this is now. We moved to a new location 5 years ago, and began attending an assembly where the dress was very different. Skirts or dresses were rarely to be seen, some ladies wore dress pants that were modest, but others wore tight pants and tight tops. I have never worn pants to church, and have been accused of doing my “skirt thing”.. But what does the bible have to say on this subject of proper Christian dress? Quite a bit, actually. Below are notes I have made from a sermon on this subject, with the link to the sermon below. My notes are not nearly as detailed as the sermon.

Here are notes from the sermon by Paul Dowling:
Proper Christian dress: we are meant to be dressed because God dressed Adam and Eve. Men are to wear men’s clothes and women are to wear women’s clothes. Modesty is that which is appropriate, that which is humble. We are not to be anxious about what we are going to wear. On a par with the sins of speaking against God and doing things against God, are pride and immodest dress of women.
Dress as godly: 1 Timothy 2:9-10 “In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with braided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; but (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.” Shamefacedness is humility and sobriety is sensibly as becomes women professing godliness with good works. 1 Peter 3:3-5 “whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; but let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.” Adorn means arrange or decorate yourself inwardly with a meek, mild, gentle and quiet (tranquil) spirit. Also submission to their own husbands.

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God Is…

In this day of the compromising church, emergent teaching and pastors who teach “feel good” sermons, what does the bible say about who God is? Is he only a God of love? Who is God to the believer, the Christian, Who was he to the saints of the old testament? Who is God to the unbeliever?

The book of Hebrews says that Abraham was a man of faith Heb 11:8,10 “By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went…. For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.” Notice that Abraham obeyed the command of God when he was called out.

Deut 33:27 “The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms:

2 Samuel 22:33, the words of king David, after his sin with Bathsheba, after his repentance, “God is my strength and power: and he maketh my way perfect”

Psalm 33:12 “Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.”

Psalm 48:14, pure comfort to the believer “For this God is our God for ever and ever: he will be our guide even unto death”

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Bible Men: Jonah Part 2 – Swallowed by the “Great Fish” (Jonah 1:17)

In the previous study of Jonah (click here) we learned how Jonah attempted to flee from the presence of the LORD after he was told to go and warn the people of Nineveh that the LORD knew of their wickedness. We learned how he got about a ship sailing to Tarshish, and how the LORD brought a great wind and caused the mariners to throw Jonah overboard at Jonah’s request (Jonah 1:12) so that the sea would be calmed. And most of all, we learned how Jonah gave witness to the mariners of (V 1:9) ….the LORD, the God of heaven, which hath made the sea and the dry land.” And we learned how the LORD brought this about, not only to let Jonah know that He was in control, but also so that these mariners might believe on Him…

Chapter 2 – swallowed by the whale (great fish),  his lesson learned, and his repentance

Now Jonah is in the water, and the great miracle happens. Jonah 1:17 “Now the LORD had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.” So much here. The Lord Jesus called this great fish a whale.   This great fish was prepared by the LORD, to be in the right place, at the right time, and the right species so that Jonah would be not chewed up, but swallowed alive and able to exist inside its belly. This is not a myth, or a fable, the three days and three nights were for a specific purpose, not only for Jonah’s sake, but so the Lord Jesus would bear witness to this with regards to his own burial and resurrection. Matthew 12:40 “For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.”

We can imagine what Jonah must have felt being inside the blackness of darkness of the belly of the whale. He knew that he was the cause of the storm, he knew he was thrown overboard at his own request, and now he knew that God had preserved his life, though he is helpless inside the belly of the “great fish” Jonah now knows without doubt that he cannot run from the presence of the LORD. Chp 2:1-2″Then Jonah prayed unto the LORD his God out of the fish’s belly, and said I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the LORD and he heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I and thou heardest my voice.” V3 Jonah acknowledges that “thou hadst cast me into the deep, in the midst of the seas; and the floods compassed me about: all thy billows and thy waves passed over me.... V6….yet hast thou brought up my life from corruption, O LORD my God.” Jonah knows that his being in the belly of the great fish is the sovereign will of the LORD. “my God” referring to a personal relationship. Jonah accounts how V7 “when my soul fainted within me I remembered the LORD and my prayer came in unto thee, into thine holy temple” Jonah was sorely tested before he “remembered the LORD”.

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