Thursday, January 31, 2013


Courtesy of A Puritan At Heart

After spending some time in private conferences with my people, I discoursed publicly among them from John v1-9. I was favoured with some special freedom and fervency in my discourse, and a powerful energy accompanied the Word. Many wept, and scarcely any appeared unconcerned in the whole assembly. The influence that seized the audience appeared gentle, and yet pungent and efficacious. It produced no boisterous commotions of the passions, but seemed deeply to affect the heart; and excited in the persons under conviction of their lost state heavy groans and tears; and in others who had obtained comfort a sweet and humbling melting. It seemed like the gentle but steady showers that effectually water the earth, without violently beating upon the surface.

The persons lately awakened were deeply distressed for their souls, and appeared earnestly solicitous to obtain an interest in Christ; and in some of them, after public worship was over, in anguish of spirit said, “They knew not what to do, nor how to get their wicked hearts changed.”

—David Brainerd “Journal part II”

Days 30 and 31 - 2010

Originally posted in a forum in 2010 - this post may contain links which are no longer valid, if you find a non-working link, please let me know and I will attempt to find a replacement or make a correction as necessary.


Greetings fellow warriors in Christ Jesus! What a wonderful blessing it is to share the Word of our Lord and Saviour with one another.

Day 30 and 31 - Deliverance BEGINS! WHOO HOO! ~ Passover instructions are given ~ a pillar of fire and a cloud are given ~ TRAPPED! ~ Red Sea crossing* ~ journey from the Red Sea to Sinai ~ murmuring about food, manna promised/provided ~ Sabbath instruction ~ Water from a rock? ~ Conflict with Amalek, Moses requires help to keep his arms raised so that Israel may prevail.

Several years ago I had a friend who encouraged me with the passage about Moses and the 'trial' he was in - and how his friends came to help, holding up his arms so that victory might be achieved. Lord, show me where in my life I am not upholding a fellow believer who needs it during a time of trial, tribulation or testing.

God allowed the battle with Amalek is to build up the confidence of the nation - previously they were considered to be at the bottom of the system. Slaves - now elevated, by and through God they had just spoiled the Egyptians, the ruling world power. Amazing what Father can and will do.

*Here are some sites if you are interested in more information. Chariot wheels have been found in the Gulf of Aqaba.

Wyatt Museum

Ark Discovery

Natural land bridge - Natural Land Bridge

FYI - I am using the Reese Chronological Bible and am using most of his subheadings as I detail the adventure through the Bible.


Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Days 27, 28, 29 - 2010

Originally posted in a forum in 2010 - this post may contain links which are no longer valid, if you find a non-working link, please let me know and I will attempt to find a replacement or make a correction as necessary.


Day 27, 28 and 29 - Read through the Bible ~ Whew!

Moses commissioned at burning bush ~ objects to speaking, complies, returns to Egypt ~ Aaron reports to the people all that Moses has been told ~ Moses contends with Pharaoh, the Egyptian magicians replicate some of the 'miracles' ~ Pharaoh increases burdens on people (that should make them happy to leave) ~ Moses told by I AM THAT I AM that Pharaoh's heart is hardened and will be more hardened.

Ten Plagues ~ Rivers/water sources turned to blood, impacts ALL (can you image? Seven days w/no adequate water - our westernized, industrial mind has NO concept of being w/out adequate water) ~ Frogs, impacts ALL ~ Lice, impact ALL ~ Murrain (pestilence or plague), does NOT impact Hebrews ~ Boils, does NOT impact Hebrews ~ Hail, does NOT impact Hebrews ~ Locusts (all the land of Egypt, Goshen as well?) ~ establishment of a year's beginnings (Mar/Apr) ~ Darkness, does NOT impact the Hebrews ~ Pharaoh's heart hardened more, no more negotiations ~ Passover instructions ~ importance of blood atonement ~ First born dies of man and animal ~ Egyptians demand departure.

I find it interesting that out of the 10 plagues, only 3 (possible 4) may have impacted the Hebrews directly. There is also a similar delineation in the 10 Words (commandments) where the first 4 commands are vertical, between God and man; and the last 6 are horizontal, between men.

Also, Father's calendar was established - HE did not differentiate between civil or ecclesiastical, simply, this is the beginning of months for you. Start here. Why, o' why, do we try to change and or enhance what HE has perfectly laid out?

My musing for the past few days...I am enjoying sharing, would really enjoy hearing how Father's word is impacting you as you read through the Bible.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Week 3 - 2013

Romans 5-6

Rom 6:14  For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

Dominion (G2961) - From G2962; to rule.

  • G2962 - From κῦρος kuros (supremacy); supreme in authority, that is, (as noun) controller; by implication Mr. (as a respectful title).
Shall not (G3756) - A primary word; the absolutely negative (compare G3361) adverb; no or not.

Genesis 8-11

Gen 8:2  The fountains also of the deep and the windows of heaven were stopped, and the rain from heaven was restrained;

Fountains of the deep - found this at Answers in Genesis.

Joshua 11-15

Pondering upon this:

Jos 11:15  As the LORD commanded Moses his servant, so did Moses command Joshua, and so did Joshua; he left nothing undone of all that the LORD commanded Moses.

How faithful am I to do all that the Lord commands?

Psalms 6-8

Job 3-6

Job 5:17  Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty:

Companion verse in the NT?  Hmmm...found this:

Psa 94:12  Blessed is the man whom thou chastenest, O LORD, and teachest him out of thy law;

This is the one which was tickling my mind:

Heb 12:11  Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.

Isaiah 12-17

Those *I* statements, shows intent, not just for the accuser of the brethren, but ourselves as well!

Isa 14:13  For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:

Isa 14:14  I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

Still in Isaiah - a few verses down:

Isa 14:23  I will also make it a possession for the bittern, and pools of water: and I will sweep it with the besom of destruction, saith the LORD of hosts.

Besom?  -  H4292 - Apparently a denominative from H2916; a broom (as removing dirt (compare English ‘to dust’, that is, remove dust)).

Only used 1x in Scripture...

Isa 14:24  The LORD of hosts hath sworn, saying, Surely as I have thought, so shall it come to pass; and as I have purposed, so shall it stand:


Matthew 5-7

Blessed - 9x - how does that correspond to the fruit of the spirit?

Blessed (G3107) - A prolonged form of the poetical μάκαρ makar (meaning the same); supremely blest; by extension fortunate, well off.


Pure Heart

Fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23):

Long Suffering

Have or are you blessed and filled with the Spirit?

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Knowledge, Mystery, and Theology

Courtesy of The Old Guys

The theological task also calls for humility. Full comprehension is impossible; wonder and mystery always remain. This must not be identified with the New Testament notion of mystery, which refers to that which was unknown but has now been revealed in the history of salvation culminating in Christ. Neither is it a secret gnosis available only to an elite, nor is it unknown because of the great divide between the natural and the supernatural. The divide is not so much metaphysical as it is spiritual–sin is the barrier.

The wonder of God’s love may not be fully comprehended by believers in this age, but what is known in part and seen in part is known and seen. In faithful wonder the believer is not conscious of living in the face of mystery that surpasses reason and thus it is not an intellectual burden. Rather, in the joy of God’s grace there is intellectual liberation. Faith turns to wonder; knowledge terminates in adoration; and confession becomes a song of praise and thanksgiving. Faith is the knowledge which is life, “eternal life” (John 17:3).

~Herman Bavinck~

Day 24 - 2010

Originally posted in a forum in 2010 - this post may contain links which are no longer valid, if you find a non-working link, please let me know and I will attempt to find a replacement or make a correction as necessary.


Day 24 ~ Birth of Hezron (courtyard) ~ Jacob journeys to Egypt after receiving assurance from God at Beer-sheba ~ 70 souls into Egypt (Israel goes in as a clan/tribe, comes out a nation) ~ Egyptians give all, including their selves for food ~ Jacob blesses Manasseh and Ephraim.

I have always enjoyed Jacob's response to Pharaoh's question, "How old art thou?" Jacob's response, "The days of the years of my pilgrimage are an hundred and thirty years: few and evil have the days of the years of my life been, and have not attained unto the days of the years of the life of my fathers in the day of their pilgrimage."

Few and evil. This from Jacob who had suffered not being his father's favorite - swindled his brother, defrauded his father, ran for his life, deceived by Laban, wrestled with an angel, feared being destroyed because his son's got revenge for their sister, lost the wife he loved, lost the son (so he thought) to wild animals, lost a son to imprisonment, found his sons, desired to be buried beside the chosen wife and learned to trust God in all things.

Few and evil. O' that my heart and lips would speak forth the same assurance. May I continually say of my God, He is good and it is well with my soul.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Day 23 - 2010

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Day 23 ~ Reuben's substitutitionary offer is rejected by Jacob ~ Judah's substitution accepted ~ Simeon released to the meal ~ Joseph reveals himself to his brothers ~ Jacob hears news of Joseph, receives Simeon back ~ Pharoh welcomes Israel into Egypt.

I know from history played out that Judah was the chosen tribe for our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus, but had never pondered that Reuben as the firstborn had no point of reference to Jacob's losses. Judah had lost 2 sons as well, he was well acquainted with sorrow.

This verse is close to what popped into my head, but there is another one from the NT, which I can not find. If someone finds something similar, please post.

Isa 53:3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Day 22 - 2010

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Day 22 ~ Joseph interprets Pharaoh's dream ~ elevated to a position of authority ~ marries Asenath ~ seven years of plenty ~ sons born Manasseh (causing to forget) and Ephraim (double fruit) ~ FAMINE ~ Jacob's sons journey to Egypt for food ~ Joseph recognizes brothers ~ imprisons all for 3 days ~ group confession ~ Reuben chastises for sin ~ Joseph keeps Simeon bound and sends the rest home, only to return with the youngest Benjamin ~ money returned in sacks.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Week 2 - 2013

My discoveries this week:

Romans 3-4

Romans 4:4-6 - Rom 4:4  Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt.

Rom 4:5  But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.

Rom 4:6  Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works,

No works of man can bring about the righteousness of God - only God can impute (G3049).

imputeth - Middle voice from G3056; to take an inventory, that is, estimate (literally or figuratively).

Used in 40 verses - quite an interesting read of the various ways the word is translated:  reasoned, numbered, reckoned, think (thought), counted, conclude, impute, accounted, esteemed, suppose.

Genesis 4-7

Gen 4:26  And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enos: then began men to call upon the name of the LORD. 

Call upon the name of the Lord...

Call (H7121) - A primitive root (rather identical with H7122 through the idea of accosting a person met); to call out to (that is, properly address by name, but used in a wide variety of applications).

John Gill's partial commentary on that portion of Scripture:

then began men to call upon the name of the Lord; not but that Adam and Abel, and all good men, had called upon the name of the Lord, and prayed to him, or worshipped him before this time personally, and in their families; but now the families of good men being larger, and more numerous, they joined together in social and public worship: or since it may be thought there were public assemblies for religious worship before this time, though it may be they had been neglected, and now were revived with more zeal and vigour; seeing the Cainites incorporating themselves, and joining families together, and building cities, and carrying on their civil and religious affairs among themselves, they also formed themselves into distinct bodies; and not only separated from them, but called themselves by a different name; for so the words may be rendered: "then began men to call themselves", or "to be called by the name of the Lord" (p); the sons of God, as distinct from the sons of men; which distinction may be observed in Gen_6:2 and has been retained more or less ever since: some choose to translate the words, "then began men to call in the name of the Lord" (q); that is, to call upon God in the name of the Messiah, the Mediator between God and man; having now, since the birth of Seth, and especially of Enos, clearer notions of the promised seed, and of the use of him, and his name, in their addresses to God; see Joh_14:13.

I hadn't ever considered that there would have been 'congregations' of people set apart, those who wanted to follow the Lord and be called by His name.  I'll have to ponder upon this a bit further.

Joshua 6-10

Jos 9:14  And the men took of their victuals, and asked not counsel at the mouth of the LORD.

I pause each time I read this, knowing I'm as guilty of 'plunging' forward into some plan, scheme or project without fully seeking the counsel of the Lord.  God help me to be more diligent to not give into my fleshly wants/desires, but to ever seek Your face, guidance and wisdom.

Psalms 3-5

Psa 4:3  But know that the LORD hath set apart him that is godly for himself: the LORD will hear when I call unto him.

Psa 4:4  Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah.

Psa 4:5  Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the LORD.

Which, now that I'm typing these all now, seems to draw together - set apart unto Him, calling upon Him, being called by His name, seeking His face.  Being still before Him.

Job 3-4

Isaiah 7-11

Isa 7:18  And it shall come to pass in that day, that the LORD shall hiss for the fly that is in the uttermost part of the rivers of Egypt, and for the bee that is in the land of Assyria.

Hiss - H8319 - A primitive root; properly to be shrill, that is, to whistle or hiss (as a call or in scorn).

Used 12x - always translated hiss - and usually not in a positive context!  The last one seemed to imply that God would be 'hissing' for His people?

Zec 10:8  I will hiss for them, and gather them; for I have redeemed them: and they shall increase as they have increased. 

A promised calling forth of His people and increase?  Also noticed past tense, redeemed, from before the foundation of the world, He had a people chosen out for His own.

Matthew 3-4

Mat 4:18  And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers.

Mat 4:19  And he saith unto them, Follow (G1205) me, and I will make you fishers of men.

Mat 4:20  And they straightway left their nets, and followed (G190) him.

Mat 4:21  And going on from thence, he saw other two brethren, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and he called (G2564) them.

Mat 4:22  And they immediately left the ship and their father, and followed (G190) him.

Call - again!  I hadn't noticed how interwoven the various passages I read this week were...oh, how lovely it is to sit at the feet of Jesus and read His word and draw closer and more intimate with Him.

Follow (G1205) - From G1204 and an imperative of εἶμι eimi (to go); come hither!

  • G1204 - Of uncertain affinity; here; used also as an imperative hither!; and of time, hitherto.
Followed (G190) - From G1 (as a particle of union) and κέλευθος keleuthos (a road); properly to be in the same way with, that is, to accompany (specifically as a disciple).

Called (G2564) - Akin to the base of G2753; to “call” (properly aloud, but used in a variety of applications, directly or otherwise.
  • G2753 - From a primary word κέλλω kellō (to urge on); “hail”; to incite by word, that is, order.
Soooo...have you 'heard' the effectual call (command) of the Master?  Are you following Him?

Day 21 - 2010

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Day 21 ~

~ Joseph (let him add) sold into slavery, bought by Potiphar, prospers in Egypt ~ Tamar chosen for Judah's son Er (watchful) ~ Er dies ~ Tamar given to Onan (strong) ~ Onan behaves wickedly and dies ~ Judah (celebrated) promises Shelah (request) to Tamar but reneges on promise ~ Tamar takes action, Judah has relations with her ~ Tamar conceives twins, Judah realizes his error ~ Tamar bears Pharez (from H6556) a break and Zerah (H2225 a rising) ~ Joseph FLEES adultery ~ jailed by false accusation ~ interprets dreams for baker and butler ~ Isaac dies.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Day 18 - 2010

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Day 18 - Read through the Bible ~ Jacob is blessed with a multitude of children ~ Esau's clan grows ~ Jacob's time with Laban closing, blessed materially ~ Lord instructs Jacob to return to the land of his nativity ~ speaks to Rachael and Leah regarding the decision.

Leah's growth (Leah means weary)

1st Son: Reuben - See ye a son (L)

2nd Son: Simeon - Hearing (L)

3rd Son: Levi - Attached (L)

4th Son: Judah - Celebrated (L)

Bilhah (Rachael's handmaid) - timid

5th Son: Dan - Judge (B)

6th Son: Naphtali - My wrestling (B)

Zilpah (Leah's handmaid) - trickle

7th Son: Gad - Crowd (Z)

8th Son: Asher - Happy (Z)

9th Son: Issachar - He will bring a reward (L)

10th Son: Zebulan - Habitation (L)

Daughter - Dinah - Justice (L)

Rachael - Journey

11th Son: Joseph - Let Him add (R)

12th Son: Benjamin - Son of the right hand (R)

I find it interesting that Leah's journey is marked so well with the names of her children. If the names are an indication she went from looking to her husband to looking to God.

Intriguing that Dinah means justice - she was seduced and her purity compromised and her brothers brought justice upon the people.

I used the e-sword program to research these names - there are several websites online which can give you the meanings as well. I pray that you are taking time daily to have a breakfast banquet with the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Woe To That Nation...

Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people. ~ Proverbs 14:34

This was the article which sparked my thoughts:

Beware of Years that End in 13

Before this one, the last year that ended in “13” turned out to be one of the unluckiest in American political history. Now comes word from astronomers that a recently discovered comet is heading our way in 2013, predicted by some to blaze ten times brighter than a full moon. If you’re afflicted with triskaidekaphobia (fear of the number 13), or if you believe the old myth that a comet is a bad omen, you’re already looking forward to 2014.

I’m not superstitious, but I earnestly hope 2013 doesn’t bring us anything as calamitous as 1913 did. It was a disastrous year that we’re still paying a hefty, annual price for a full century later.

The presidential election of 1912 featured three main contenders: Woodrow Wilson, the Democrat; William Howard Taft, the Republican incumbent; and former president Theodore Roosevelt, the candidate of the Progressive (or “Bull Moose”) Party. Teddy remains an overrated politician, but he was a colorful and commanding figure whose daughter Alice summed him up well: “My father always wanted to be the baby at every christening, the bride at every wedding, and the corpse at every funeral.” His vanity and animosity for Taft handed the election of 1912 to Wilson, arguably the worst president of the 44 who have held the office. His first of two dreadful terms commenced in March 1913.

Read more --> here.

I have continued to ponder upon this - and the irony of 100 years of unconstitutional Income Tax, Federal Senator Elections, and the Federal Reserve...coupled with 40 years (trials, testings, probation) of abortion on demand (January 22, 1973).

Woe to that nation whose God is not the one true Lord...who desire to NOT walk in His statutes.

Would that God give us a heart to repent and turn from our wickedness.

"If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." ~2 Chronicles 7:14

And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD. ~ Joshua 24:15

Monday, January 14, 2013

Week 1 - 2013

Reading through using the 52 Week Bible Reading Plan - though I shouldn't, I'm still impressed with the new (or recycled) discoveries that I make while reading.  Truly our Father's Word is a limitless well of nourishment.

Romans 2:24, 29 - blaspheme, circumcision

Romans 2:24 For the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles through you, as it is written.

Soooo...what in my life, conversation/conduct would or is causing His name to be blasphemed?

Rom 2:29  But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.

Regeneration is not an outward act, an inward act of the Lord in us, causing a difference to be manifested outwardly.

Genesis 2:24 - Adam concept of mother/father; fountain of youth = tree of life

Mother/Father - amazing....seeing how Adam didn't have either that he would have been able to articulate the detachment necessary for a man and woman to become one flesh.
This one captured my attention because of the 'searching for the fountain of youth' stories, in addition to our culture continually seeking that which is youthful, and for the most part, disdaining the aged/elderly.

Joshua - trust/faith by priests

A raging river, overflowing its banks. How deep and wide was the river? They trusted God...reminds me of the children's song, I am continually learning to trust Him.

Job - animals not destroyed: oxen, donkey, camels, how many sheep 'offered' by fire? How long between presentations of Satan 1st and 2nd attack?

I 'caught' this for the first time - after how many years of reading through? - that the sheep were the only thing burned up!

Job 1:3  His substance also was seven thousand sheep, and three thousand camels, and five hundred yoke of oxen, and five hundred she asses, and a very great household; so that this man was the greatest of all the men of the east. 

Seven thousand sheep!  Consumed in a flash!

Scripture doesn't say - and conjecture is not valid - but one of those thoughts that surfaced while reading - hmmm, how long between the attacks of the enemy?  Instantly, one right after another, or was there time to 'breathe?'

Isaiah 3:12 - children oppress; women rule

Isa 3:12  As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths. 

Makes me think of our culture - children, while not idolized (look at the abortion on demand issue) - however, they play the piper and the parents (quite a lot) dance to their tune.  Parents are precluded from properly disciplining their children due to concern that  the little tyke may report them for abuse!

Women ruling - will this ruffle feathers - probably so.  There is a reason God places everyone in their 'positions' - men are to lead, protect, provide; women to support, encourage, be a keeper at home.

Matthew 2:8-21 - young child mentioned 8x - with the Christ - mass (Roman Catholic abomination) just behind us, I found this noteworthy with the focus on a baby, when in reality it was a young child.  Lord help us to not be deceived by the traditions of man, rather to diligently search the Scriptures daily to see if WE are conforming with Your precepts and statutes.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

The Most Ignored Sin

Courtesy of Patheos

The following is an article written by Jon Zens about a sin that many Christians ignore or excuse until it’s committed against them.
Bob Mumford once said, “The Christian army is the only one that shoots its wounded.”
Regrettably, I have observed his statement to be all too true.
As long as I’ve been a Christian I have watched friends and their families undergo untold pain and hurt because of the incredible power of gossip and slander. Years ago we were traveling and after speaking in a church a brother came up to me and said, “I heard that you had quit teaching in churches and took up potato farming.” How and why such a rumor got started is anybody’s guess! This rumor was fairly innocuous, but imagine the untold harm done by vicious judgments on the life and character of others.
In this article, I would like to address this issue head-on. My hope is to raise the awareness of my brothers and sisters in Christ on this matter, so that we all will better follow the Lord’s teachings regarding our speech about and actions toward others.
What exactly is gossip?
Gossip is second or third hand information that someone dumps on you without your prior consent and without the consent of the person being gossiped about. Gossip can be true, partially true, or completely false. It can be motivated by good intentions, but it’s always negative personal information about another that puts them in a bad light.
What is slander?
The Bible defines slander as accusatory speech that is injurious to a person’s name and reputation. It’s essentially character assassination . . . the act of smearing someone. Gossip and slander color people’s perceptions of an individual unfairly and unjustly without their knowledge or consent. One major component in both of these sins is that the person being torn down is out of the loop. Talebearers usually avoid speaking directly to the one they are demeaning.
I will admit that I have listened to gossip in the past. At the time, the thought never occurred to me how deeply a person and their family could be hurt when someone attacks their character without their knowledge or consent.
It seems that most people who spread gossip never think about this. Nor do they realize that what they’re doing is engaging in gossip and slander. (Some people, of course, who intend to smear another human being know exactly what they’re doing. Many Christians, however, naively spread gossip without realizing what sort of destruction it brings in the lives of others.)
For this reason, I have raised a standard in my life. To the best of my ability, I always evaluate people based on my first-hand experience with them, not on what someone else tells me about them – for the obvious reason that second-hand information can be very misleading and inaccurate (sad to say, I haven’t always lived up to this standard in the past).
Gossip and slander violate the Lord’s own maxim: “Treat others the way you want to be treated.” If anyone has suffered the agony of being gossiped about, they understand the force of those words. No one wishes to be the subject of gossip and slander. There are few things so hurtful.
One of the problems is that gossip and slander seem innocent and they often come to us subtly. One doesn’t have to be operating in malice to be guilty of gossip and slander. Again, the motive is irrelevant. Spreading negative or shameful information about another person is contrary to walking in love. Love “thinks no evil” and “believes the best of others” (1 Cor. 13).
What does gossip and slander usually sound like? It usually begins with something like, “Did you hear about such and such . . .” The rest of it goes on to put an individual in a shameful or negative light. A.W. Tozer had these powerful words of advice about the sin of gossip:
Never pass anything on about anybody else that will hurt him. “Love covers a multitude of sins” (1 Peter 4:8). The talebearer has no place in God’s favor. If you know something that would hinder or hurt the reputation of one of God’s children, bury it forever. Find a little garden out back — a little spot somewhere — and when somebody comes around with an evil story, take it out and bury it and say, “Here lies in peace the story about my brother.” God will take care of it. “With what judgment you judge, you shall be judged.”
If you want God to be good to you, you are going to have to be good to His children. You say, “But that’s not grace.” Well, grace gets you into the kingdom of God. That is unmerited favor. But after you are seated at the Father’s table, He expects to teach you table manners. And He won’t let you eat unless you obey the etiquette of the table. And what is that? The etiquette of the table is that you don’t tell stories about the brother who is sitting at the table with you — no matter what his denomination, or nationality, or background (from Five Vows for Spiritual Power).
So what should we do if we hear a rumor about someone else?
If we are in conversation with a person and they begin to express words that put another brother or sister in a bad light, we have a responsibility to interrupt such speech and exhort them to speak directly with the person they are criticizing. If an email containing gossip is sent to us, we should disregard the content and ask the sender to go to the one being spoken against. In all circumstances, as much as lies with us, we should not be a party to gossip and we should confront those spreading evil speech. We must not forget that matters of concern about others must be confirmed with witnesses (Matt.18:16), and others should only be notified if the person refuses to repent – which means they refuse to stop their sinning. We sin by entertaining accusations against others that have not been confirmed by witnesses, or that have already been repented of. It is sinful to spread information about the past sins of others when they are already under the blood of Christ.
In addition to the above, we should go to the person being targeted and make them aware of it. We should then ask for them to confirm or correct it. This is the loving thing to do. Think about it: If someone was spreading something negative about you, would you not want to be made aware of it? Again, love treats others the way we wish to be treated.
It’s not good enough to ask the gossiper if they’ve spoken to the person gossiped about. In my experience, oftentimes a person spreading the gossip will say “yes,” but when I’ve tracked down the person being gossiped about, they will deny having had such a conversation. Or the conversation really wasn’t a conversation at all. Nothing can replace going directly to the person being spoken about.
Whenever we hear gossip, we should consider these questions: “Would I want someone talking about me like this? How would my family feel about this? My spouse, my mother, my father, my children, my best friends?” (These thoughts are typically never considered when a person listens to or spreads gossip about another individual.)
Have you ever noticed that speech that tears others down travels like a brush fire, but news of repentance and restoration seems to move along at a snail’s pace? Why is it that we often immediately believe and embrace negative assessments of people, but reports of repentance, change, or the dispelling of a false rumor are met with skepticism? As believers, the exact opposite should be our practice: we should be hesitant to entertain and skeptical of adverse words about others, and quick to rejoice in and embrace news of the dispelling of a rumor or another’s repentance!
Satan’s nature is to accuse. He is called the “accuser of the brethren” (Rev. 12). In fact, the word “Satan” means adversary, and the word “devil” literally means “slanderer.” That should say volumes to us. One sister noted these warning signs of a spirit of accusation:
**Being suspicious of others
**Having bitterness toward others
**Being easily offended without cause
**Having envy and jealousy toward others
**Believing the worst about others
**Exaggerating the offenses of others
**Refusing fellowship with a person after they have changed
**Holding people to their past failures
**Imposing our perfectionism standards on others
**Basing harsh judgments on misunderstandings without seeking clarification
**Judging others for misbehaviors that we are prone to
**Becoming the Holy Spirit for others
**Using others as a scapegoat
**Tearing down others so we look better
**Bringing skeletons out of the closet
**Being unsatisfied with any amount of confession and sorrow from another
(Marsha Fisher, “Accusation,” Be In Health Conference, April 29, 2008, Thomaston GA)
Further, the union of Christ with his people should certainly give us reason for great caution with our words about fellow believers. Paul said in Romans 14:15, “Do not by your eating destroy your brother for whom Christ died.” I think we are also warranted in saying, “Do not by your words destroy your brother or sister for whom Christ died.” It is a very serious matter to hurt anyone in Christ’s little flock (Luke 17:1-4).
A careful reading of the Bible shows the destructive nature of gossip and slander. It says, “The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to a man’s inmost parts” (Prov. 18:8, 26:22). Gossip is likened unto poison that once someone drinks, they cannot get out of their system. And it always separates people. Even close friends and loved ones.
Put another way, gossip not only damages the person being gossiped about, but it also damages the person hearing the gossip, for it causes them to judge the other unfairly.
Consider these texts prayerfully:
“A perverse person stirs up dissension, and a gossip separates close friends” (Prov. 16:28).
“Without wood a fire goes out; without gossip a quarrel dies down” (Prov. 26:22).
“He who conceals his hatred has lying lips, and whoever spreads slander is a fool” (Prov. 10:18).
“Brethren, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against his brother or judges him speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it” (James 4:11).
“The tongue has the power of life and death . . . ” (Prov. 18:21).
“The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell” (James 3:6).
“Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and to show true humility toward all people” (Tit 3:1-2).
“Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice” (Eph. 4:31).
“Lord, who may dwell in your sanctuary? Who may live on your holy hill? He whose walk is blameless and who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from his heart and has no slander on his tongue, who does his neighbor no wrong and casts no slur on his fellowman” (Psalm. 15:1-3).
In conclusion, the next time you hear a rumor, go to the person being rumored about. And never spread something about another person without talking to them first and having an open mind to hear their heart. Unconfirmed notions about others should not be spread abroad.
In the pursuit of mutual edification and peace, our mouths play a very important role. Our words should be carefully chosen, and designed to build up, not to destroy (Eph. 4:29.31; 5:4; Col. 3:8,16; James 3:10; 1 Pet. 4:11). We must “slander no one” (Tit. 3:2), and be ready always to speak a good word about our brothers and sisters in Christ. In the human realm, words are most often the spark that leads to wars and atrocities, and there is a parallel in the realm of the church, for “if you keep on biting and devouring each other” with hurtful and damaging words, “you will be destroyed by each other” (Gal. 5:15).
May our speech to others and about others be “only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen” (Eph.4:29).
— Jon Zens, 2008

Monday, January 7, 2013

Do What?

Do this in remembrance of me. Do what?

Luke 22:19  And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.

1 Corinthians 11:24  And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.

1 Corinthians 11:25  After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. 

Remembrance - G364 - From G363; recollection: - remembrance (again).
  • G363 - From G303 and G3403; to remind; reflexively to recollect: - call to mind, (bring to, call to, put in), remember (-brance).
    • G303 - A primary preposition and adverb; properly up; but (by extension) used (distributively) severally, or (locally) at (etc.): - and, apiece, by, each, every (man), in, through. In compounds (as a prefix) it often means (by implication) repetition, intensity, reversal, etc.
    • G3403 - A prolonged form of G3415 (from which some of the tenses are borrowed); to remind, that is, (middle voice) to recall to mind: - be mindful, remember.
      • G3415 - Middle voice of a derivative of G3306 or perhaps of the base of G3145 (through the idea of fixture in the mind or of mental grasp); to bear in mind, that is, recollect; by implication to reward or punish: - be mindful, remember, come (have) in remembrance. Compare G3403.
This - G5124 - Neuter, singular, nomitive or accusative of G3778; that thing: - here [-unto], it, partly, self [-same], so, that (intent), the same, there [-fore, -unto], this, thus, where [-fore].

Father, by His son is explicit what we are to do in remembrance of Him.  To partake of the bread and wine, as representative of His body and blood (not literal).

Why Christianity has absorbed and/or promotes a day to remember His birth is baffling to me.  No where in Scripture are we given any indication that Father wants this day known and/or set aside.

Additionally, it is perplexing to me that those who cry Scripture Alone - in refutation to the harlot, Roman Catholicism - adopt that which 'she' has designated as a holy day to celebrate the 'mass' of Christ.

If one wanted to have a festival, the Feast of Tabernacles would be an appropriate (weather wise as well) festival to reflect upon God coming to 'dwell' with man by becoming one of us.

Search the Scriptures - test the spirits - be instant in season and out.  Let us not be found dallying with the devil, rather desiring to be a pure Bride, wholly intent upon Him and desiring to give a proper estimate of our Lord and Savior.

Malachi 3:16  Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

John Gill

John Gill  ~ 1697 - 1771

John Gill was an English Baptist, biblical scholar, "Jehovist", and held to a staunch Calvinistic Soteriology. Born in Kettering, Northamptonshire, he attended Kettering Grammar School where he mastered the Latin classics and learned Greek by age 11. He continued self-study in everything from logic to Hebrew, his love for the latter remaining throughout his life.

At the age of about 12, Gill heard a sermon from his pastor, William Wallis, on the text, "And the Lord called unto Adam, and said unto him, where art thou?" (Genesis 3:9). The message stayed with Gill and eventually led to his conversion. It was not until seven years later that he made a public profession when he was 18.

His first pastoral work was as an intern assisting John Davis at Higham Ferrers in 1718 at age 21. He became pastor at the Strict Baptist church at Goat Yard Chapel, Horsleydown, Southwark in 1719. His pastorate lasted 51 years. In 1757 his congregation needed larger premises and moved to a Carter Lane, St. Olave’s Street, Southwark. This Baptist church was once pastored by Benjamin Keach and would later become the New Park Street Chapel and then the Metropolitan Tabernacle pastored by Charles Spurgeon.

In 1748, Gill was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity by the University of Aberdeen. He was a profound scholar and a prolific author, publishing many works.