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NINTH TO FIFTH CENTURY PROPHETS

Monday, October 16, 2017
 
NINTH CENTURY PROPHETS
OBADIAH     840 / 586 BC
 JOEL     835 BC  
 
EIGHTH CENTUREY PROPHETS
JONAH     760   BC
ISAIAH     740 - 682  BC
 AMOS     735   BC
HOSEA      710   BC
MICAH     700   BC
 
SEVENTH CENTURY PROPHETS
NAHUM     663-612   BC
JEREMIAH     627 - 585   BC
ZEPHANIAH     625   BC
HABBAKKUK     607   BC
 
SIXTH CENTURY PROPHETS
DANIEL     605 - 536   BC
EZEKIEL     592 - 570   BC
OBADIAH     586   BC
HAGGAI     520   BC
ZECHARIAH     520-518   BC

FIFTH CENTURY PROPHET

MALACHI 450-400   BC

 
 
 
 

ECLIPSE OF THE SUN

Monday, August 28, 2017

 

DARKNESS COVERED THE LAND

Matthew 27:45    Now from the sixth hour darkness fell upon all the land until the ninth hour.  

(Mark15:25 Third Hour cf Acts 2:15 - 9:am- 6th hr = 12:00 9th Hour = 3:pm)


~ Total darkness was reported as 2 minutes 43 Sec or less 8/21/2017
~ Maximum length for a Solar Eclipse 7.5 Minutes.
~ Longest Recorded one - 6 min. 54 Sec - 3/7/1970
~ Longest Solar Eclipse from 4000 BC to 8000 CE 7/16/2186 
    IT WILL LAST 7 MIN 29 SEC (NASA.GOV)

But the darkness that the gospel writers speak of was not a solar eclipse … …

                        IT WAS AN ACT OF GOD!

“Albert Barnes” — Matt. 27:45
This could not have been an eclipse of the sun, for the Passover was celebrated at

the time of the full moon, when the moon is opposite to the sun. Luke says Luk 23:45

that “the sun was darkened,” but it was not by an eclipse. The only cause of this was

the interposing power of God - furnishing testimony to the dignity of the sufferer,

and  causing the elements to sympathize with the pains of his dying Son.

 

  Three Hours of Darkness occurred @ crucifixion. 
~ Mathew records no sound from Jesus or the crowds during this time.
                     3 hour for the savior to suffer


.. A collage student in a experiment was tied to a wooden cross, not nailed but tied

with ropes. He lasted less than five minutes.


    NEARING THE END OF THE THREE HOURS OF DARKNESS:
46    And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, 
"ELI, ELI, LAMA SABACHTHANI?" that is, 
"MY GOD, MY GOD, WHY HAST THOU FORSAKEN ME?” … (from Psalm 22:1) .

John 8:29      And he who sent me is with me. He has not left me alone, for I always do the things that are pleasing to him.”

Jesus knew all about loneliness but here in these three hours He was to experience it.

                                   ….. IT BROKE HIS HEART

    HE DID IT FOR US! FOR ALL OF US! FOR EACH & EVERY ONE OF US!

 

Another article of the eclipse and the darking of the sun at the crucifixion can be found Apologetic Press 

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BITTERNESS

Monday, July 17, 2017

Bitterness, defined is: anger and disappointment at being treated unfairly; resentment.

And a deeper study reveals that underneath bitterness is PAIN. And from pain unresolved, stems fear, not love.

We can be bitter, angry, disappointed on an emotional, spiritual, or physical level.

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Evidences of Bitterness

  • •    We may be bitter about abuse we’ve experienced
  • •    We may be bitter about any situation where we felt we were given an unfair treatment
  • •    We can be bitter toward our parents for how they treated us 
  • •    We may be bitter about problems in the church, people who’ve let us down
  • •    We may be bitter because someone we trusted, loved…rejected us, turned us down
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Either way, it stems from a resentment, pain, disappointment because we didn’t get justice, or at least our sense of what “fair” looks like.

You and I often deal with bitterness in a way that seems right to us. Tell me if this sounds familiar:

somebody does us wrong and we gossip about it, stew over it, wall off, get bitter…

We know we can’t be angry, wrathful, so we feel pretty good about being bigger than the other person

we don’t lash out at them. Victory for God, right? But in our heart is a bitter feeling toward that person.

Unresolved. We will “forgive,” but we won’t forget—after all, they owe us something. They better not do it again.

They have a mark on their record with us—but who’s counting?

Maybe we aren’t even that far. Maybe we’re still stuck on avoiding them, cutting them off.

We’re mad and they need to know it because they have to notice I’ve pulled back from them.

After all, they deserve it.

I’m right. Maybe they’ll ask me why I’m ignoring them. Then, I can let them have it. Justice.

But you see, here’s the problem. Bitterness FEELS right because it FEELS like JUSTICE.

Ephesians 4: 31-32 

31 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. 

32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

 

Focus on Christ

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

At Tahoma, our Principal talks a lot about “Stretch Learning”---that our job is to challenge our students to learn new things- not just teach the same old thing nor to make school a place where students are comfortable just going through the motions: “High bar, high support”—nothing worse than learning the same thing every year or having a class that’s so easy it’s a joke or that you can be absent multiple times and still have a great grade. There’s no VALUE in that.

Let me suggest that as we simply go back to the example of the early church, we need to set our bar a little higher. How?

  • Examine our sense of devotion to God
  • Examine our sense of devotion to the church
  • Examine our dedication to each other (their context: in adversity, need)

2 Corinthians 13:5-7

Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test! Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test!

It’s not an accident that this early church thrived---they were “on fire” for God and each other. They "(Acts 2) 47 prais[ed] God and [had] favor with all the people."

I don’t see grumbling, complaining, pessimism, apathy…that DEVOTION is attractive. And there were cultural and language barriers---go back and look at that list of Jews and various nationalities—within Judaism there was hierarchy, there was class issues, there was racism…

You don’t get a growing church without FOCUS on Jesus Christ!

Our bond is NOT accidental nor should it be taken for granted. You are my BROTHER. My SISTER. Jesus is MY BROTHER. You know how special that is? Walt, from the Lord’s Table, often talks to us about how our DNA has been changed—we are new creatures in Christ, all pumping the same blood---connected as family when we as Jew, Gentile, male, female are all ONE in Christ Jesus (Gal 3:26-27)

Memorial Day: we praise and remember the sacrifice of our service men and women. But that victory in sacrifice was modeled by the one true perfect Jesus Christ and for as much as I love my country, America was not God’s purpose- or any physical kingdom. The equality and freedom we seek for the United States is actually found in Christ.

Galatians 3:29         29 And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's offspring, heirs according to promise.

Heirs. Heaven. Together. Shaking hands. Laughing. Praising God. We made it…Here we are…Hey there’s..

Revelation 19:6-7

Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out,“Hallelujah! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns.  Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his Bride has made herself ready;

 

You ever been to a great party? I mean the excitement, the food, the preparation, the people you see- the Jews knew what a wedding party was like---it was “off the chain”---you have a party invite to something that will blow your mind! I mean all these heroes, people in the Bible, quite possibly grandparents you didn’t know you had---friends, relatives…all there: light, no sin, no death, no pain…

You know?

We must keep our focus.

In Luke 12, Jesus has just been telling his disciples to beware of the “leaven of the Pharisees” and to “no fear those who can kill the body”--- “acknowledge Christ before men”---and then somebody in the crowd yells “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” (13)

Jesus responds:

15 And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” 16 And he told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man produced plentifully, 17 and he thought to himself, ‘What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’ 18 And he said, ‘I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. 19 And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.”’ 20 But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’21 So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.”

Luke 12 seems like a random sequence of events, but I believe the thread through Jesus’ teaching is all about FOCUS. People will try to sell you a brand of religion. Fear will keep you from expressing your faith, evangelizing like you need to be. The stuff of this world will distract your focus.

You keep your focus. Last night, our family went out to the movies and afterwards, this little boy was running around the movie theater, and smashed right into Audrey—obviously, it made her upset—and the kid didn’t even stop, say he was sorry, or change his behavior. He just ran without his “head on a swivel” right?

I got to thinking about that in this lesson—some of us run without a focus. Some of us lack DEVOTION to Christ and his church. Some of us, perhaps at times or even consistently don’t DEVOTE ourselves to the behaviors of the New Testament pattern. We can often quote the scriptures, but as we walk by faith, become hearers of the word and not necessarily DOERS. Let’s Hear and DO Christianity. Stretch yourself.

Otherwise, we’re like that rich fool. His focus was on the wrong stuff in life. What’s your focus tonight? Is it on the business of being a body part…or are you a missing pancreas? Is it on the business of saving souls and seeing the world the way God does: saved, unsaved? Is it on your own need to confess that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God?

The only thing that matters is the moment you stand before Jesus. The Bible says Every knee shall bow and confess that he is Lord. Mt 10:32-33- he who confesses me now, him will I confess before my father who is in heaven, but he who doesn’t confess me now, I won’t confess before my father who is in heaven.

Lot going on, but Keep Your Focus on Him—follow Jesus---care about what he cared about---align with Him---and that Grace and Peace that Paul uses to open his letters? You’ll find it. God’s grace through your faith= peace that passes understanding!

Work out your salvation

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Philippians 2:12-13

 To understand this text, we must take note of the context and of several facts brought out by the Greek text. In the flow of thought, these verses introduce the conclusion of an appeal for unity that began in 1:27 and runs through 2:18. “Therefore/So then” (2:12) in Greek indicates a conclusion from what precedes. Also, all of the words used here are plurals in Greek. Paul is not telling individual Christians to individually work out their personal salvation, as is often taught. Rather, he is appealing to the church, based on the example of humility seen in Jesus Christ Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves., to work out the practical implications of their salvation in their relationships with one another. Because God Himself is at work in their midst as a church, they need to lay aside personal rights and humbly serve one another, putting others ahead of self. In so doing, they will stand out as lights in this dark, selfish world (2:15).

For God’s glory, he needs us to be lights in the world---so he tells us to take what is in us and work it OUT---don’t just keep it in, don’t just hide it. So what does the world see in the church: a happy group of saved people, busy, helping, encouraging, praising, unified, glory bound…or apathetic, sparse attendance, few people doing all the work, mumbling, grumbling…see my point??

Not only in its inception, but throughout the whole process, God must be the energizing power of the Christian life (our English word “energy” comes from the Greek word translated “work” in 2:13). Jesus said, “... apart from Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). We cannot live the Christian life in our own strength or effort, but must walk each day in the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit.

Vs 16---why is it important to HOLD FAST TO THE WORD OF LIFE (my words are spirit, they are life)

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