Monthly Archives: August 2016

Seeing is Not Believing

The Pharisees asked for a sign. The multitude requested a sign. Even the disciples inquired of a sign concerning the Lord’s return. Jesus told the Pharisees and Sadducees in Matthew 16, “A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign.”As Jesus hung on the cross bearing the sins of the world, the chief priests mockingly made a request among themselves for the ultimate sign that they said would cause them to “see and believe.”

The “Hall of Faith” chapter begins with these words in Hebrews 11, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.Jesus told the Pharisees and Sadducees who requested He perform a sign from heaven, the only sign they were given was the Prophet Jonah who had spent three days and three nights in the belly of a great fish, “so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth,” (Matthew 12:38-40; 16:1-4). The multitude seeking Jesus after the feeding of the 5,000 asked Jesus to show them a sign so “that we may see, and believe Thee,” (John 6). In the Olivet discourse Jesus revealed to His disciples evidentiary signs that would precede His Second Coming (Matthew 24).

Just as the Pharisees and Sadducees would not believe the sign of Jonah in relation to Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection, multitudes ceased following Jesus after the miracle of the loaves and fishes when He said, “I am the Bread of Life… ye also have seen Me, and believe not.” The chief priests murmured among themselves as they looked upon the Crucified One, saying, Let Christ the King of Israel descend now from the cross, that we may see and believe.” Seeing is not believing for their hearts were so hardened towards the Savior in demanding His death, if Jesus would have stepped off the cross their unbelief would have remained. Faith is the evidence of things not seen, as Jesus revealed to Doubting Thomas after His Resurrection, Blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed,” (John 20:19-29).

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JOB – Book of “Suffering”

Key Verse:  Job 1:21, “The LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away;                                          blessed be the name of the LORD.”

Job’s Loss of Children and Health – Chapters 1-2

Job Laments His Birth – Chapter 3

Counsel of Job’s Friends – Chapters 4-37

God Answers Job – Chapters 38-41

Job’s Family and Health Restored – Chapter 42

Journey of a Lifetime

Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child reaches far beyond the gift boxes delivered to millions of children each year. A 12-week Bible study provided through local churches and volunteers in countries all over the world titled “The Greatest Journey” is made available to the children who receive the boxes . Through the Bible study over three million children have made decisions for Christ, lives have been changed, and homes restored since 2010. This video documents those changes as the Gospel goes forth into all the world. “The harvest truly is plenteous” (Matthew 9:37).

 

“Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?

Here am I; send me.”

Isaiah 6:8

The Path to Revival

The Temple in Jerusalem was once again in great need of repair because of neglect. One hundred years earlier King Hezekiah had ordered the priests and Levites to sanctify themselves, sanctify the Temple, “and carry forth the filthiness out of the holy place.” Revival took place during Hezekiah’s day as worship was once again restored and the people consecrated themselves to the LORD and His commands (2 Chronicles 29-31).

King Josiah was just eight years old when he began to reign in Jerusalem following the reign of Hezekiah’s son Manasseh, followed by the reign of his grandson, Amon. As Hezekiah’s great-grandson, King Josiah at the age of sixteen began to seek after God and call for the destruction of idol worship prevalent throughout the land. The high places and groves where idol worship took place, along with their altars to Baal, their carved images and molten images used in their idolatrous worship “he brake in pieces, and made dust of them, and strowed it upon the graves of them that had sacrificed unto them.” King Josiah was very serious about destroying the sin in the land.

In the eighteenth year of King Josiah’s reign at the age of twenty-six, after purging the land of idolatry, he called for the repairing of the Temple of God in Jerusalem. As the workmen set about doing their work, the High Priest Hilkiah “found a book of the law of the LORD given by Moses.” The nation had strayed so far from God that even God’s Word had been set aside and eventually lost within the Temple confines. As Shaphan the scribe read the Book of the Law to King Josiah, the King “rent” his clothes as was custom during times of great grief, and called for all the inhabitants of Judah and Jerusalem to gather at the Temple where the King “read in their ears all the words of the book of the covenant that was found in the house of the LORD.”

At the conclusion of his reading King Josiah made a covenant before the LORD and all gathered that he would keep God’s commandments, His testimonies and statutes with all his heart and with all his soul, and would perform all the words written within the Book. He encouraged all that were present to do the same in their lives, to which they covenanted together with him to do likewise. “Josiah took away all the abominations out of all the countries that pertained to the Children of Israel, and made all that were present in Israel to serve, even to serve the LORD their God. And all his days they departed not from following the LORD, the God of their fathers,” (2 Chronicles 34).

The path to revival follows the path King Josiah took with the people who were alive during his reign. Upon repenting of sin, returning to the Word of God and remaining faithful to Him, revival will come as a nation, a people, a church return to the God of the Bible and His Word. Instead of brokenness, filthiness, and uselessness, His blood cleanses from all unrighteousness and brings restoration and revival (1 John 1:7).

In Times Like These

“In times like these, we need a Savior                                                                                                              In times like these, we need an anchor                                                                                                       Be very sure, be very sure                                                                                                                                 Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock

In times like these oh be not idle                                                                                                                     In times like these we need the Bible                                                                                                           Be very sure, be very sure                                                                                                                              Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock

This Rock is Jesus, Yes, He’s the one                                                                                                           This Rock is Jesus, The only One                                                                                                                     Be very sure, be very sure                                                                                                                              Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock”

(Ruth Caye Jones, 1944)

 

ESTHER – Book of “God Protects His People”

Key Verse:  Esther 4:14, “Who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom                               for such a time as this?

Queen Vashti Disobeys the King – Chapter 1

Esther Made Queen – Chapter 2

Haman’s Plan to Kill the Jews – Chapter 3

Mordecai Tells Esther of the Plan – Chapter 4

Esther Goes Before the King – Chapter 5

King Honors Mordecai – Chapter 6

Haman Hanged – Chapter 7

Jews Allowed to Defend Themselves – Chapter 8

Jewish Victory – Chapter 9

Mordecai’s Greatness – Chapter 10