Thursday, December 01, 2016

Importance of the Bible

From WallBuilders

With Thanksgiving behind us, we now enter the time of the year in which President Franklin Roosevelt had urged Americans to spend time reading the Bible. Indisputably, the Bible is the book upon which our American republic rests – a fact attested to by many presidents:
“[The Bible] is the rock on which our Republic rests.” President Andrew Jackson

“The Bible. . . . is indispensable to the safety and permanence of our institutions.” President Zachary Taylor

“[T]he teachings of the Bible are so interwoven and entwined with our whole civic and social life that it would be . . . impossible for us to figure to ourselves what that life would be if these teachings were removed.” President Teddy Roosevelt

“Of the many influences that have shaped the United States of America into a distinctive Nation and people, none may be said to be more fundamental and enduring than the Bible.” President Ronald Reagan
Today, only 14% of Christians read the Bible daily, so most Americans have no knowledge of the most basic teachings of the Bible; and as Biblical knowledge declines, so does the strength and effectiveness of American institutions. Biblical knowledge is key to American longevity and prosperity.
Understanding this, in 1941, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt urged:
I suggest a nationwide reading of the Holy Scriptures during the period from Thanksgiving Day to Christmas…[G]o to…the Scriptures for a renewed and strengthening contact with those eternal truths and majestic principles which have inspired such eternal truths and majestic principles which have inspired such measure of true greatness as this nation has achieved.
This is an excellent recommendation! So commit yourself to reading and studying the Scriptures over the coming weeks. There are many good plans to help you, and even Bible apps that read the Bible to you. In fact, you can read through the entire Bible in only about 15 minutes each day over the course of a year. Psalm 11:3 asks: “If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?” Our foundations – the most important part of any structure – can be preserved by a knowledge of the Bible. So let’s follow President Roosevelt’s request to particularly spend the time between now and Christmas in reading and studying God’s Word.

Thanks to Wallbuilders

Sunday, November 06, 2016

2016 Election Prayer

God have mercy on America and your people in this land. Forgive us as a nation for forsaking your Word and your pathways and delivers us from those who have pushed us toward the destruction of your ways! Grant us and those who would honor you, your favor in this election. May the schemes of the people and powers who deny you as the one true God be destroyed and may their own ungodly wisdom and schemes be their undoing! Lord God creator and sustainer of all that exist have mercy on America once again in this election.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Keep the Fire of the Spirit Burning Bright

The fire of the Spirit must not be allowed to go out in our lives!
We who are friends of God must continually seek to know His heart and be focused on His presence. 
We must ask:
1. Is His pillar of fire (which represents His presence and glory) standing still or preparing to move? 
2. Are we more concerned with His laws, precepts and ways than our ideas on how to further His work among us?
3. Do we diligently seek Him though prayer, His Word and passionate worship throughout our day?
4. When we lay down at night are we open to His Spirit speaking to us in dreams, visions and should He desire awaken us with direction to pray, seek Him in His Word or just quiet ourselves so that we might hear Him speak?
5. Our ways are not His and as a result our wisdom on any issue must align with and be shaped by His Word and Ways!

Presented by Abba's Glory

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Deliver Us from the Seat of The Scornful

Have you noticed that many people are becoming a part of the bickering, slandering and thoughtlessly critical of others? The news, Facebook, Twitter and everywhere we look or listen. Not only are we nasty toward one another but also we lack wisdom in our communication. While honest disagreement is natural the way we communicate our disagreement has grown cancerous.

If someone states an opinion that we believe is wrong we criticizing it and him or her. If later they begin to change their opinion toward what we though was good we do not say great they have come around to a wiser position we criticize the change instead of complementing them on being wise.

We have become so consumed with criticism that we have become mockers and nasty to the point that we become even viler than the people or ideas we are critical of.

Jesus was hard on those whom put on the face of righteousness and goodness while being hate filled and vile. Some today do this and think that it allows them to be hateful and nasty toward others

WE have moved beyond that to outwardly being harsh and claiming that our harshness is actually kindness, goodness and truth.

Blessed (happy, fortunate, prosperous, and enviable) is the man who walks and lives not in the counsel of the ungodly [following their advice, their plans and purposes], nor stands [submissive and inactive] in the path where those who violate God’s ways, nor sits down [to be comfortable] where the scornful [and the mockers] gather. Psalm 1:11

Monday, May 30, 2016

Memorial Day

America has a long history of military members who have shown extraordinary courage, with many willingly giving their lives to secure the freedoms our nation enjoys, freedoms we often take for granted. On Memorial Day (originally known as Decoration Day) we honor the sacrifice of these brave men and women.

World War II (1941-1945) was an especially deadly war, with over 400,000 Americans being killed in famous military engagements such as the Battle of the Bulge and D-Day as well as in many otherlesser known battles. Each life lost, whether in a major or an obscure battle, helped win peace and end tyranny. There were many heroes in that war, sung and unsung. 
One amazing example of heroism occurred during the Campaign of Guadalcanal (August 1942-February 1943). Sergeant John Basilone and his handful of men were responsible for holding back a Japanese assault of thousands on October 24-25, 1942. Basilone, throughout this engagement, personally repaired and manned multiple machine guns. At times, he was unable to shoot his guns over the piles of dead Japanese who fell at the brink of his hill. When his small detachment ran low, Basilone fought his way through the Japanese lines to resupply critically-needed ammunition. The Americans eventually won this long campaign. As a result of his actions, Basilone was awardedthe Congressional Medal of Honor. (The picture on the left is of a magazine personally signed by Basilone, one of the many World War II treasures we have in the WallBuilders library.)
Later in the war at the Battle of Iwo Jima(February 19-March 26, 1945), Basilone came ashore with the first wave of Marines. Shortly after landing, his unit was trapped by machine guns from Japanese blockhouses. Basilone worked his way around one of these blockhouses and single-handedly destroyed it. Later, as he was making his way towards an airfield, he came across an American tank trapped in a minefield. While under fire, he guidedthe tank out of the minefield and to safety. He was later killed by flying shrapnel. Basilone was awarded the Navy Cross for his courageous actions during the battle.
There are many additional stories of heroic and noble acts by American soldiers throughout our history. This Memorial Day as we remember the military members who lost their lives in battle, let us honor the courage they showed.
(By the way, if you're interested in reading some early sermons about Memorial Day, check out these from the WallBuilders library.)

Wednesday, May 18, 2016


From Praying the Names of Jesus Week Twenty-Two, Day Three
The Name
Like the Father, Jesus is God. He always was, always is, and always will be. But unlike the Father, Jesus is also a human being. Though  charged with blasphemy and crucified for claiming to be one with the Father, Jesus' resurrection validates his claim to be God's Son in a unique way. When we confess our belief that Jesus is the Son of God, we share in the love the Father has for the Son, becoming adopted children of God.
Though Jesus was the Son of God, he was also the Son of Man, a title that emphasizes both his lowliness and his eventual dominion. Near the end of his life, when the high priest asked him whether he was the Son of God, Jesus no longer avoided the title but said that he would one day "see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven" (Matthew 26:64).
When you pray to Jesus as Son of God and Son of Man, you are praying to the One who is your Brother and your Lord.
Key Scripture
"But what about you?" he asked. "Who do you say I am?" Simon Peter answered, "You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God." Jesus replied, "Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven." Matthew 16:15 - 17
Praying the Name

In the same way the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders mocked him. "He saved others," they said, "but he can't save himself! He's the King of Israel! Let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him. He trusts in God. Let God rescue him now if he wants him, for he said, ‘I am the Son of God. . . .' " And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit.
At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook and the rocks split. The tombs broke open and the bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. They came out of the tombs, and after Jesus' resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many people.
When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, "Surely he was the Son of God!" Matthew 27:41 - 43, 50 - 54
The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms. Deuteronomy 33:27
Reflect On: Matthew 27:41 - 54 and Deuteronomy 33:27.
Praise God: For sending his beloved Son.
Offer Thanks: Because God considers you his child.
Confess: Your faith in Jesus as the Son of God.
Ask God: To deepen your sense of being his son or his daughter.
Have you ever played a game in which you let yourself fall backward into someone else's arms? It's difficult not to hedge your bets, not to sneak a look around to see whether the other person stands ready to catch you. Now imagine a more difficult challenge. This time you stand with your back toward an open grave and your task is to fall backwards into it. Your friend has assured you he will be there to catch you as you fall. The success of this venture depends on two things: your trust and your friend's ability to keep his promise.
I imagine that Jesus' death must have been something like that. Though he was God, he had to fall back helplessly into a human grave, trusting that the Father who loved him would raise him up. To do this, Jesus had to have been absolutely secure in his identity as God's Son. In fact, Jesus never called God by any other name than Father, except once, when quoting directly from a psalm. Over and over, it was always "Father":
Didn't you know I had to be in my Father's house?
Father, protect them by the power of your name.
Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am.
Abba, Father, everything is possible for you.
Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.
Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.
Jesus was crucified for one thing — for claiming to be God's Son. So it is interesting to note that when the earth shook at the moment of his death — the exact moment when the Son, falling into the grave, had need of his Abba's all-powerful arms to raise him up — the centurion and those with him guarding Jesus exclaimed in terror: "Surely he was the Son of God!" (Matthew 27:54).
Abba, a word derived from baby language to describe Almighty God! A word that would have sounded shocking to pious Jews! This is how Jesus expressed his relationship with Yahweh — as my Daddy, my Dear Father. It is the way he wants all of his followers to think of God.
Listen to what Paul says to the Galatian Christians:
"Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, ‘Abba, Father' " (Galatians 4:6).
Your Father knows what you need before you ask him. This, then, is how you should pray: "Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name." How much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! If you forgive others when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. It is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Because of what Jesus our Brother has done for us, we too have become children of God. As his sons and daughters, we can be absolutely confident that underneath our deepest griefs will always be the everlasting, ever-loving arms of God our heavenly Father. 

Thursday, May 05, 2016

The Bible Dictionary You will Want to Use

Nelson's Illustrated Bible Dictionary: New and Enhanced Edition is a delightful update to it predecessor.
I love the ‘How to use this dictionary’ in Bible Study section at the beginning of the book. It provides a guide on how to use the vast amount of resources included within.  If you are unfamiliar with using a Bible dictionary it can be confusing and a little intimidating.

If a Christian believer can only have three books, they should include a good cross-reference Bible, a comprehensive concordance and a good Bible dictionary. With these you can understand the Bible for your self and family, teach a Sunday school class or proclaim the good news publicly.

When you compare the structure and content of this new and updated bible dictionary with others on the market today it stands out as one of the best. I have personally spent many hours comparing them and appreciate the fact that Book Look Bloggers provided me with a review copy of this one.

This is a great and invaluable resource. Get yours today!

Tuesday, March 08, 2016

What Attributes of God Do We See in Jesus?

In Jesus we see God’s attributes of love, wisdom and grace. In 2 Timothy 2:11–13, Paul mentions some other divine attributes that Jesus clearly possesses. Verse 12 declares God’s justice: if we reject Christ, then God has no choice but to also reject us. God’s moral purity (see Isaiah 6:3-5 necessitates his justice; he cannot, will not and does not ignore sin. Jesus also possesses moral purity. As both Hebrews 4:14-15 and 1 John 3:5 attest, Jesus lived a sinless life. God the Father also endorsed Jesus’ moral purity (see Matthew 17:5).
Following the stern warning of 2 Timothy 2:12, Paul highlights Jesus’ faithfulness. Although we may turn away from Jesus, he gives us many undeserved chances to be reconciled with him. God’s faithfulness is well chronicled in the Old Testament’s accounts of the Israelites’ cycles of disobedience that were met with God’s mercy.
Both God and his Son, Jesus, possess moral purity, justice and faithfulness. These traits could not belong to an ordinary human but rather describe God incarnate. The fact that Jesus possessed these traits gives powerful testimony to his claims to be.
This devotion is from the NIV Case for Christ Study Bible 

Sunday, March 06, 2016


Do you feel that the ability to hear God's voice is for other people and not for you? Is it only for people who lived in Biblical times?
Not at all! The God who loved you enough to die for you loves you enough to talk to you. And wherever you are in your spiritual walk, God will find a way to speak to you in a way you will understand.
Become acquainted with the Voice that has spoken from a fire and a cloud, with visible signs and an invisible Spirit, through a burning bush and burning hearts. Hear from some of the most well known Christians in history about how God speaks to them, and discover for yourself how you can discern the voice of God.
One of Priscilla’s bestselling titles, Discerning the Voice of God is now completely revised with updated content and reflection questions. Each section contains insights that will aid you in your desire to hear Him speak. Discover the treasure of recognizing how God keeps in touch with his beloved people.

Realize the Way He Speaks
1. IfYou’reListening 17 
2. InsideInformation 37 
3. WhatDoYouWant? 51 
4. What’sBetterThanaBurningBush? 63
Part 1:
Recognize the Sound of His Voice
5. HeIsPersistent 77 
6. HeCommunicatesPersonally 91 
7. HeBringsPeace 105 
8. HeWillChallengeYou 117 
9. HeExudesTruth 127
10. HeSpeakswithAuthority 143
Part 2:
Remember What He Wants to Accomplish
11. TheBettertoKnowHim 157 
12. SoundsLikeaPlan 167 
13. Yes,Lord 181
 14. GreaterExpectations 197
Sources of Quotes 213 
Acknowledgments 215 
About the Author 217