A Bible study on Amos 5

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Amos writes Israel to warn them of the captivity to come, yet he writes to urge and warn them to repent for as long as God will forbear.  In Amos five, God gives them a three-fold encouragement to preserve or regain spiritual life.  All three required Israel to “seek” with the promise that they would find.  What was God’s prescription for life in this chapter?

“SEEK ME” (Amos 5:4-5).   In these verses, God contrasts Himself with Bethel, Gilgal, and Beersheba, three prominent cities in the northern kingdom.  Ward and Smalley show the extreme alliteration about Gilgal (“Gilgal shall surely go into exile”), considering it a literary device to drive home the fact of their punishment (cf. A Handbook on the Book of Amos, p. 102).  Bethel means “house of God” but they had made this and their other dwelling places “Beth Aven” (the house of evil).  Beersheba, along with the other two cities, were sites for worship.  Yet, their worship and their lives had turned from God.  The point with all three cities is that they represented the people turning somewhere else for help and purpose rather than Him.  All generations should mean what we ask in song–“Where could I go but to the Lord?”

“SEEK THE LORD” (Amos 5:6-7).  Amos ends this short section by adding his inspired echo to the Lord’s.  Instead of exposing false alternatives, now Amos is warning of spiritual consequences.  Punishment awaited those who did not recognize and submit to the rule and authority of God.   He warns against twisting justice and perverting righteousness.

“SEEK GOOD AND NOT EVIL” (5:14ff).  It seems Israel was saying the right things, but they were not living the right life.  Their mouths professed, but their lives denied.  An omniscient God was not fooled, and for that reason He could reject their pleas for help and deliverance.  Repentance means truly reaching for right and rejecting wrong from the inside out, heart and actions.  If we truly want life, our heart and lives will tend toward God.  Otherwise, whatever our lips say in worship or in trouble, God knows the truth.

Many have suggested that “seek” better means “come back” in the case of Amos five.   Today, one may be seeking for the first time or seeking to come back to God again.  Either way, God and good are the ways to life!

Neal Pollard

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he world has a concept of what it thinks to be manly.

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He said it in his prayer, this young man in his thirties who did not say it as a lamentation but as a petition that Christian men would be the spiritual leaders of their families that God wants us to be. No doubt, in the background of his prayer, he thought about the agenda of feminization that has targeted the males of society for several decades. But, predominant in his thoughts was the idea that men have too often abdicated their God-given role and responsibility. Whether or not they are good wage-earners, do”manly” things, and look and dress like the classic, rugged male, have they aimed to be the protector, leader, and example in the home, church, and society that God expects?  Truly, it was a challenging, exacting phrase.

In discussing the sins of Israel, God said to Ezekiel, “I searched for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand in the gap before Me for the land, so that I would not destroy it; but I found no one” (22:30). God did a roll call of the prophets, priests, princes, and people of the land, and one by one He cites their dereliction and disobedience. It was not in their clothing style, hobbies, facial hair or hairstyle, or similar, superficial measurement. It was a matter of how they responded to God and fulfilled the responsibilities He had given them.

The world has a concept of what it thinks to be manly.  The Philistines said, “Take courage and be men, O Philistines, or you will become slaves to the Hebrews, as they have been slaves to you; therefore, be men and fight” (1 Sam. 4:9).  For them, it was a fleshly matter devoid of God.  By contrast, Paul tells the church, “Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong” (1 Cor. 16:13). True manliness is connected to faith, spiritual strength, and readiness. God needs a tribe of such men to stand up and be counted in this wicked generation.  He needs us to instill this spiritual leadership in our sons and other young men and new Christians who need spiritual leadership. May we accept that challenge and prevent men, as God defines it, from becoming a dying breed.

–Neal Pollard

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Sermons about forgiveness

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Forgiveness 2

FORGIVENESS PROVERBS 19:11 & Mt. 6:9-15.

  • The final few words in Mt. 6:12 say, “as we also have forgiven our debtors.”
  • As we go through life, there will be times when we are offended.
  • There will be people who upset us, hurt us, or damage our feelings.
  • John F. Kennedy Jr. is credited with saying, “Forgive them, yes, but don’t forget their name & address.”
  • 5:39-44 – READ
    1. The Lord knew and said His people would have enemies.
    2. In verse 44 we do not find the word “forgiveness,” but we do find two other key terms.
  • The Lord said “LOVE” your enemies and “PRAY” for them.
  • What Jesus taught seems to line up pretty well with Prov. 19:11.
  • There are times when it is good to “pass over a transgression.”
  • 11:25; here Jesus said:
  • And whensoever ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have aught against any one; that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.
    1. Jesus said “whensoever” you “pray.”
    2. IF” you have “aught against any” – FORGIVE THEM.
  • Luke 11:4 –
  1. And forgive us our sins; for we ourselves also forgive every one that is indebted to us.
  • Jesus taught us to “forgive everyone that is indebted to us.”
  • Forgiveness must also include the sense of not having bitter feelings towards someone.
  • Applying a broader meaning to forgiveness helps us bring together Lk. 17:3; Mk. 11:25; Lk. 11:4.
  • Eliminating feelings such as bitterness is also consistent with what Paul said about love in 1 Cor. 13.
    1. As Paul discussed love in the First Corinthians letter he said love “takes no account of evil” (v. 5).
    2. One source said this quality means love “voluntarily passes the sponge over what it endures.”
  • As Paul described this quality of love (takes no account of evil), he used the present tense.
  • Some use the present tense to continually think about or discuss how they were hurt.
  • Paul told the Corinthians what needs to be on-going action is “taking no account” of the evil.
    There is “glory” in learning to overlook an offense (Prov. 19:11).
  • The world loves to keep track of injuries, insults and hurts.
  • If we could change places with the offender, we might find something is true more often than not –
    1. The person who wounded us may not have any idea what he or she did.
    2. We may take offense at something which was never designed to be offensive.
  • Another strange but true point about forgiveness involves sharing details of wrongs.
    1. If we have forgiven someone, don’t go out and tell a third party.
    2. Some will reconcile with an offender & and then go out and tell a friend, “that person hurt me, I forgave them.”
  • Christians should also use care in discussing the details of forgiveness with an offender.
  • Extending forgiveness to someone does not mean we have the right to stick the knife in an offender and twist it.
  • Sometimes relationships are broken and there must be frank discussions about forgiveness.
  • Much of what people say they want forgiveness for is nothing more than pettiness.
  • Are we someone who practices forgiveness or is prone to holding grudges?

Perdón 2 –
PROVERBIOS DEL PERDÓN 19:11 & Mt. 6: 9-15.
1) Las últimas palabras en el Monte. 6:12 dicen, “como también nosotros perdonamos a nuestros deudores”.
2) A medida que pasamos por la vida, habrá momentos en los que estamos ofendidos.
3) Habrá gente que nos molesta, nos lastima o daña nuestros sentimientos.
4) Se le atribuye a John F. Kennedy Jr. diciendo: “Perdónalos, sí, pero no olvides su nombre y dirección”.
5) Monte. 5: 39-44 – LEER
I) El Señor sabía y dijo que Su pueblo tendría enemigos.
Ii) En el versículo 44 no encontramos la palabra “perdón”, pero sí encontramos otros dos términos clave.
Iii) El Señor dijo: “AMA” a tus enemigos y “ORA” por ellos.
6) Lo que Jesús enseñó parece alinearse bastante bien con Prov. 19:11.
7) Hay momentos en que es bueno “pasar por encima de una transgresión”.
8) Mk. 11:25; Aquí Jesús dijo:
9) Y cuando permanezcáis orando, perdonad, si tenéis algo contra alguien; Para que también vuestro Padre que está en los cielos os perdone vuestras ofensas.
I) Jesús dijo “cuandoquiera que” ores “.
Ii) “SI” usted tiene “algo en contra de cualquier” – PERDONLOS.
Iii) Lucas 11: 4 –
Iv) Y perdónanos nuestros pecados; Porque también nosotros perdonamos a todos los que nos están en deuda.
10) Jesús nos enseñó a “perdonar a todos los que nos están en deuda”.
11) El perdón también debe incluir el sentido de no tener sentimientos amargos hacia alguien.
12) Aplicar un significado más amplio al perdón nos ayuda a reunir a Lc. 17: 3; Mk. 11:25; Lk. 11: 4.
13) La eliminación de sentimientos como la amargura también es consistente con lo que Pablo dijo acerca del amor en 1 Cor. 13.
I) Cuando Pablo habló del amor en la carta de los primeros Corintios, él dijo que el amor “no toma en cuenta el mal” (v. 5).
Ii) Una fuente dijo que esta calidad significa amor “pasa voluntariamente la esponja sobre lo que perdura”.
14) Como Pablo describió esta cualidad de amor (no toma en cuenta el mal), usó el tiempo presente.
15) Algunos usan el tiempo presente para pensar o discutir continuamente cómo fueron heridos.
16) Pablo le dijo a los corintios que lo que hay que hacer es “no tener en cuenta” el mal.
Hay “gloria” al aprender a pasar por alto una ofensa (Proverbios 19:11).
17) El mundo le encanta hacer un seguimiento de las lesiones, los insultos y las heridas.
18) Si pudiéramos cambiar de lugar con el delincuente, podríamos encontrar algo que es verdad más a menudo que no –
I) La persona que nos hirió no tiene ni idea de lo que hizo.
Ii) Podemos ofendernos por algo que nunca fue diseñado para ser ofensivo.
19) Otro punto extraño pero verdadero sobre el perdón implica compartir detalles de los errores.
I) Si hemos perdonado a alguien, no salga y se lo diga a un tercero.
Ii) Algunos se reconcilian con un delincuente y luego salen y dicen a un amigo, “esa persona me lastimó, les perdoné”.
20) Los cristianos también deben tener cuidado al discutir los detalles del perdón con un ofensor.
21) Extender el perdón a alguien no significa que tengamos el derecho de pegar el cuchillo en un delincuente y torcerlo.
22) A veces las relaciones se rompen y debe haber discusiones francas sobre el perdón.
23) Mucho de lo que la gente dice que quiere perdonar no es más que mezquindad.
24) ¿Somos alguien que practica el perdón o es propenso a guardar rencores?

 

 

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Deborah’s Victory in Poetry Judges 5

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    When things go well with you, who do you praise – yourself or God? When things go well in church, who do we praise? When things go well in your family, who do you praise? When things go well at your work, who do you praise?

    We studied yesterday how God worked through the encouragement of Deborah and the military skill of Barak to lead Israel to freedom from Jabin of the Canaanites. “LORD” or Jehovah, was used 8 times. But when Deborah writes a song with the help of Barak in chapter 5, they mention the LORD almost twice as many times (13 times). That is, in this poem, Deborah gives the glory for the victory to Jehovah God.

    Now, let’s feed on God’s word (Keep your Bible open to Judges 5)…

THE PREAMBLE – 5:1:

STANZA 1 (INTRODUCTION) – 5:2-3:

    Leaders have to lead. They must have a vision of where they want their organization to go. They must know where the organization is now and they need to have an idea of how to get from point A (“now”) to point B (“vision”).

    But no organization can be successful if there are no followers. Followers have to follow. Here, Deborah praises the Israelites because they volunteered. Followers must follow.

STANZA 2 (JEHOVAH GOD) – 5:4-5:

    This victory is one victorious battle in a long line of success dating all the way back to Mount Sinai. The Canaanites worshiped Baal, who resided on Mount Zaphon. Baal was the “storm god,” the “fertility god,” but here, it is Jehovah God who rides the storm clouds and controls the rain.

STANZA 3 (DEBORAH) – 5:6-8:

    Verse 8 points out the main reason why Israel was subjugated to Canaanites in the first place: “new gods were chosen.” That’s why God brought on the Canaanites and Israel was woefully unprepared – not a shield or spear was seen among the 40,000 warriors in Israel.

STANZA 4 (PRAISE FOR JEHOVAH) – 5:9-11:

    The business men who were afraid to go outside, in verse 7, are now called on to “sing!” The ones who “ride on white donkeys” and who “sit on rich carpet” are the wealthy, the wealthy businessmen and women.

STANZA 5 (ISRAEL’S RIGHTEOUS ACTS) – 5:11-18:

    So far, what we see is that some Israelites still maintained a strong faith in Jehovah God. Some were willing to fight for the sake of their freedom to worship God. Zebulun and Naphtali, who are really insignificant tribes later in Jewish history, play a major role here, as does Ephraim who is listed first (vs 14). But there were some who refused to follow. What a shame on them.

STANZA 6 (THE BATTLE) – 5:19-23:

    This stanza is the climax of the song. It consists of five poetic verses to show the actual battle between Israel and Canaan. Here, it is necessary to remember the battle as it actually happened and is recorded in chapter 4. Poetry, you see, takes license with reality and uses imagery and figurative language to describe history.

STANZA 7 (IN PRAISE OF JAEL) – 5:24-27:

    These two verses (26-27) are savage. They praise Jael, the outsider. Remember that the original audience of the book of Judges would have heard the story rather than reading it for themselves, Deborah really slows down the action in verse 26. There are five verbs in this verse with Jael as the subject. Obviously, Deborah is relishing in the victory that Jael gave the nation of Israel.

STANZA 8 (MOCKERY OF THE ENEMY’S MOM) – 5:28-30:

    Deborah moves us very rapidly from verse 27 to verse 28. In verse 27, we have Jael standing over a dead Sisera with a tent peg driven through his skull and Barak is standing at the door. In verse 28, we have Sisera’s poor mom looking out the lattice work of her house, wondering why it has taken so long for her boy to come home.

STANZA 9: (CONCLUSION) – 5:31:

    In this verse, Deborah returns to the theology of the whole poem: praise goes to the Lord. In fact, “let all your enemies perish,” she sings to the Lord. In contrast, “may all those who love Jehovah God be like the rising of the sun in its power!” Thus, the Lord God brought rest to the nation of Israel for forty years, twice the length they had been in slavery.

    Love God. Trust and obey Him. When He gives you victory, give Him the glory.

–Paul Holland

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A barking lion

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Sharon Liu had a fun family day planned at the zoo. She wanted to show her son all of the amusing and unique animals, especially the different sounds they make. They had approached a cage labeled “African Lion” when Liu’s son astutely pointed out that this “Lion” was barking. It turns out this “Lion” was actually a Tibetan mastiff, a very large and longhaired dog. Apparently the zoo had been trying to deceive people, and this wasn’t the first time they had done this.

It usually isn’t hard to tell something is fake when we know what the genuine article looks like. Sometimes the difference is so glaring that even a child can tell the difference. The same is true in the church. Today there is a lot of religious confusion. There are massive amounts of literature and influential people out there who to muddy the waters, but it still isn’t too difficult to figure out what truth looks like in religion. Even though it is a little lengthy, Jesus provided some awesome information about how to distinguish true religion and true Christians:

“Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they? So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. So then, you will know them by their fruits. Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness'” (Matthew 7:15-23).

So, in our pursuit for true religion, the true church, and true Christians, how will we be able to tell them apart?

First, we look at their fruits. Are they unifying or dividing the church? Are they consistent or two faced in their lives? Do they engage in sinful practices? Do they teach things not found in the Bible? Certainly there are many other ways to tell a “wolf in sheep’s clothing,” but the fruits they produce will tell us a lot about them.

Second, we check if they are doing the “will of the Father in heaven.” To put this another way, we compare their lives and teachings with Scripture. Jesus just clearly stated that not all religious people (those who say “Lord, Lord”) are going to heaven, but rather those who are doing God’s will. Therefore, are their teachings consistent with the Bible? Are they trying to loosen up on commands in Scripture? Do they fit the mold of the New Testament church in regard to its leadership, worship, name, and teachings on salvation (1 Timothy 3; Romans 16:16; Acts 2:38ff, etc)?

To put it bluntly, if any congregation or anyone does not follow the mold in Scripture then they simply aren’t a part of the true church. Jesus even calls them, “wolves in sheep’s clothing.” This statement isn’t meant to be harsh, just truthful.

It is going to take some work and some study to figure out the religious fakes, but we don’t have to do it alone. Together we can sit down and figure out strictly what the Bible says. If there is any way we can help you in this pursuit, don’t hesitate to ask. We can guarantee that the answers will come straight from Scripture and not from opinion. After all, in this life it is not about who is right, but what is right (God’s Word).

The true church and true Christians are out there. Let’s not be deceived by a barking lion or a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Let’s identify the truth and stick with it.

Brett Petrillo 

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The Holy Spirit “The Holy Spirit in Judges”

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Examine these contexts and note what we learn about the Holy Spirit:

Othniel – Judges 3:10

The Spirit comes upon Othniel and he “judges” Israel. We do not know exactly what the Spirit did to / for Othniel but immediately after the text says the Spirit of the Lord came over him, the text says, “When he went out to war, the Lord gave Cushan-risha-thaim king of Mesopotamia into his hand.”
In this particular case, I would suggest that the Spirit empowered Othniel with wisdom and knowledge, battle skills he needed to subvert and overthrow the enemy. Then, the land of Israel had rest for forty years.

Following Othniel, there is no reference to the Spirit coming over the next few judges: Ehud, Shamgar (who killed 600 Philistines with an oxgoad – 3:31. We might guess that this was done through Spirit-endowed strength, agility, prowess, etc but the text does not say so), or Deborah (who is called a “prophetess” in 4:4). It is not until we get to Gideon that the Spirit appears on the scene once again…

Gideon – Judges 6:34

This time, the enemy is the Midianites whom Israel has served for seven years. The people cry out to God and, first, God sends a prophet (6:8) to warn Israel that it was due to their disobedience that they had fallen into the hands of their enemies.

God gave Gideon some signs to show that God would be with him and then God gave him the first commission: pull down the altar of Baal which Gideon’s own father had put up. Gideon found the courage to do just that. The enemies of Israel, the Midianites and the Amalekites assemble to make war against Israel (vss 33).

It was at that point that the Spirit of the Lord came on Gideon. Gideon blows a trumpet and assembles a massive army from the tribes of Manasseh, Asher, Zebulun, and Naphtali. We see in 7:3 that Gideon assembled an army of 32,000 men. What, exactly, the Holy Spirit did to / for Gideon, we do not know. Perhaps He only inspired Gideon to blow the trumpet and assemble the men for war. We might do well to suggest that the Spirit gave Gideon wisdom and knowledge to carry out the battle that he would fight.

Jephthah – Judges 11:29

So the next time the Spirit shows up on the scene is in the case of Jephthah. In verse 12, Jephthah tries to make peace through diplomacy with the Ammonites and we have an extended speech from Jephthah from verse 12-27 but in verse 28, the text says that the king of the sons of Ammon disregarded the message which Jephthah sent him.

It was then that the “Spirit of the Lord” descended upon Jephthah so that he passed through the territory, assembling his forces. He makes this infamous vow which we will pass over and in verse 32, the text says that Jephthah fought against Ammon and the Lord gave them into his hand. He had a tremendous success with them, verse 33.

Again, we do not know exactly what the Spirit did to / for Jephthah but we might surmise that He empowered Jephthah with wisdom and knowledge he needed to assemble these men for battle and then to lead them to victory. It would be clear that the victory was the Lord’s, not Jephthah’s.

Samson – Judges 13:25; 14:6, 19; 15:14

The Holy Spirit is actually mentioned four times in the Samson story. His mom makes the Nazirite vow which Samson was also supposed to fulfill (13:3-5, 7, 13-14). The boy is born in verse 24 and he grows up and the Lord blesses him, in what way we are not told everything but the next statement says that the Spirit of the Lord began to stir him in Mahaneh-dan. The verb “stir up” means to cause trouble. So, what did Samson do here? Did he terrorize the Philistines? Did he kill them? That would be likely but we are not told.

The next time the Holy Spirit comes over Samson is in 14:6, when a lion came to attack Samson. Here, the Holy Spirit comes on Samson “mightily,” the verb means to “penetrate, to force entry into, to make something / someone successful.” It is clear here that the Spirit empowered Samson with supernatural strength, perhaps even courage.

Following Samson’s riddle that he gave the Philistines, they persuaded Samson’s wife to give them the answer. When they tricked Samson, verse 19 says again the Holy Spirit came upon Samson “mightily” and he went down to Ashkelon and killed thirty Philistines so he could take their belongings, including the changes of clothes to fulfill his bet he made with the Philistines.

The last time specific reference is made to the Holy Spirit in Samson’s life is in 15:14. The men of Judah want to turn Samson over to the Philistines to protect themselves so Samson allows them to bind him with ropes. Once he was in the Philistine camp at Lehi, the text says that the Spirit of the Lord came upon him mightily (same verb), so that he broke the ropes as if they were flax melted in fire. He then took the jawbone of a donkey and killed a thousand men. Again, we see that the Holy Spirit gave Samson supernatural strength, prowess in battle, perhaps wisdom and knowledge that would allow him to succeed in his skirmish with the Philistines.

It is interesting that there is no further reference to the Holy Spirit in the life of Samson, throughout chapter 16 in the incident with Delilah. We do see that “the Lord” had departed from Samson in verse 20, once his hair had been cut and he had violated his Nazirite vow. I assume this means the Holy Spirit left him.

What conclusions might we draw from this brief study?

  1. In different moments of Israel’s history, the Holy Spirit gave men (and a woman) supernaturally endowed wisdom, knowledge, skill in battle.
  2. There were a few times when men (and a woman) prophesy.
  3. The Spirit did not stop men from sinning (cf. Jephthah).
  4. The Spirit could leave an individual.

    –Paul Holland

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The Disease of Naaman

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Most Bible students are familiar with Naaman. He was the man who, upon being told how to cleanse his leprosy, became “wroth, and went away, and said, Behold, I thought, He will surely come out to me, and stand, and call on the name of the Lord his God, and strike his hand over the place, and recover the leper” (2 Kings 5:11).

Many folks today are suffering with the disease of Naaman. No, not his leprosy, but rather his “behold, I thought” malady.  It’s like the “Christian Church Elder” I heard of who was conducting a funeral service on a Saturday morning and stating that the daughter of the deceased had asked that they observe the Lord’s Supper.  Before serving it, the man said, “my initial reaction was, I’ve never heard of that before – but then I thought, why not?”  Why not?!  How about the fact there’s no Bible authority for such. In the Bible, the church assembled to “break bread (partake of the Lord’s Supper) upon the first day of the week” (Acts 20:7).

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord” (Isa. 5:8). Don’t let the “behold, I thought” epidemic get you.

– by David McPherson

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FAITH ACTIVATED

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How’s your faith these days? Our faith can be beat up by the disappointments of life, muted by the doubts of our heart, chipped away by disobedience in our life, and crushed by ridicule of unbelieving world. God wants our faith to grow stronger – to be activated!

LISTEN WHEN GOD SPEAKS! (Genesis 12:1). When we are introduced to Abram it is as someone who listens to God’s Word – AND BELIEVES! How often are we placing ourselves under his voice through Scripture Reading, Bible Class, and Worship? (Romans 10:17)

BELIEVE WHEN GOD PROMISES (Genesis 12:2-4a). As we listen to God in the Word, are we hearing His promises to us? God promises to never leave nor forsake us, to save us, take us to where He is, and to comfort us in our sorrows. God even promises to hear us when we pray.

BELIEVE WHEN YOU CAN’T SEE (Romans 4:17). Though Abram could not have seen what God had planned for him, the still believed.  Abram moved even though he didn’t know where he was going (Hebrews 11:8)! Sometimes our lives take tracks we didn’t expect and we wonder what God is up to. We don’t have to know what He’s up to, He calls things into existence that aren’t there!

BELIEVE WHEN BEYOND HOPE (Romans 4:18). We can’t let the hopelessness of the world rub off on our souls. We believe even when there is no hope that God can do anything with the mess we’ve made… or the damage we’ve suffered … or the hurt we’ve endured.

BELIEVE BEYOND THE FACTS (Romans 4:19-20). Abram took an accounting and he didn’t make budget! The facts of what you face may seem insurmountable. Have you turned it over to God?

BELIEVE FULLY – GOD IS ABLE (Romans 4:21) Is Anything Too Hard for God? Fear always speaks to what God cannot do – Faith always points to the impossible that God can do … In His time (Read Ecclesiastes 3:11).

BELIEVE AND BECOME AN HEIR (Romans 4:22). Abram’s belief was rewarded by God and he was righteous before the Lord. When we believe we are walking in the footsteps of our Father Abraham! (Read Galatians 3:26-29)

John Dobbs

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Forgiveness (lesson 1)

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  • What does God’s word say about forgiveness? What does it mean to be forgiven by God?
    1. There are 7 different Bible words (3 Hebrew and 4 Greek) which describe “forgiveness.”
    2. One Hebrew word describes forgiveness as it relates to both God and man.
  • The other two Hebrew words only deal with divine forgiveness.
  1. If we look at this word as both a noun and a verb, it occurs more than 50 times in the NT.
  2. Hosea 14:1-5.
  • 10:17.
  • What the Hebrew writer said is well illustrated with a father who had 2 boys (Lk. 15).
  • The 20th verse in Lk. 15 – READ
  • There have been Christians who have asked, “What if a person is not willing to confess?”
  • How can I forgive someone who is not interested in my forgiveness?
  • In some cases it is almost seems a person who = wronged wants to keep a grudge or hold on to the hurt.

 

THE FORGIVENESS OFFERED BY GOD.

 

  • God describes His forgiveness for us in multiple ways, one of which is color.
  • In Isa. 1:18 sin is compared to the color “scarlet.”
    1. Forgiveness is described with the word “removal” in Ps. 103:12.
    2. As far as the east is from the west, God will “remove” sin from those who are obedient.
  • There is a difference between “move” and “remove.”
  • 7:19 describes forgiveness as sins being trodden under food and placed in the “depths of the sea.”
  • 44:22 compares the forgiveness of sins to a dark cloud.
  • This same prophet (38:17) describes forgiveness of sins as having our wrongs “put behind God’s back.”
  • Forgiveness sounds like sins are “put away for good” and this is precisely what the Bible says in Heb. 9:26.
  • Sin is “covered” (Ps. 32:1). David (Ps. 51:9) described it as “blotting out” sin.
  • Forgiveness means having a “clean heart” (Ps. 51:10).
  • Forgiveness definition: “Not being able to think about it anymore.”

    Perdón (lección 1)

    1) El perdón es parte del paintball porque el perdón es una parte significativa de la vida.
    2) ¿Qué dice la palabra de Dios acerca del perdón? ¿Qué significa ser perdonado por Dios?
    I) Hay 7 diferentes palabras de la Biblia (3 hebreo y 4 griego) que describen “perdón”.
    Ii) Una palabra hebrea describe el perdón en relación con Dios y con el hombre.
    Iii) Las otras dos palabras hebreas sólo tratan del perdón divino.
    Iv) Si consideramos esta palabra como un sustantivo y un verbo, ocurre más de 50 veces en el NT.
    V) Oseas 14: 1-5.
    3) Heb. 10:17.
    4) Lo que el escritor hebreo dice está bien ilustrado con un padre que tuvo dos hijos (Lc 15).
    5) El versículo 20 en Lc. 15 – LEER
    6) Ha habido cristianos que han preguntado: “¿Qué pasa si una persona no está dispuesta a confesar?”
    7) ¿Cómo puedo perdonar a alguien que no está interesado en mi perdón?
    8) En algunos casos es casi parece una persona que = wronged quiere mantener un rencor o aferrarse a la herida.

    EL PERDÓN OFRECIDO POR DIOS.

    1) Dios describe Su perdón por nosotros de múltiples maneras, una de las cuales es el color.
    2) En Isa. 1:18 pecado se compara con el color “escarlata”.
    I) El perdón se describe con la palabra “remoción” en Ps. 103: 12.
    Ii) En cuanto que el este es del oeste, Dios “quitará” el pecado de los que son obedientes.
    3) Hay una diferencia entre “mover” y “eliminar”.
    4) Micrófono. 7:19 describe el perdón como pecados que son pisoteados bajo el alimento y colocados en “las profundidades del mar”.
    5) Isa. 44:22 compara el perdón de los pecados con una nube oscura.
    6) Este mismo profeta (38:17) describe el perdón de los pecados como tener nuestros males “puestos detrás de la espalda de Dios”.
    7) El perdón suena como los pecados son “guardados para el bien” y esto es precisamente lo que la Biblia dice en Heb. 9:26.
    8) El pecado está “cubierto” (Salmo 32: 1). David (Salmo 51: 9) lo describió como “borrar” el pecado.
    9) Perdón significa tener un “corazón limpio” (Salmo 51:10).
    10) Definición de perdón: “No ser capaz de pensar en ello más.”

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Solomon has had much to say about the fool

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Men prepare a meal for enjoyment, and wine makes life merry, and money is the answer to everything” (Ecclesiastes 10:19).

Solomon has had much to say about the fool. The book of Ecclesiastes has dozens of references to him. But in 10:19 Solomon seems to sum up the life philosophy of the fool. This philosophy is described in three statements:

1) Men prepare a meal for enjoyment. While enjoying food is not a sin (cf. 2:24; 5:18), the fool’s selfish, self-gratifying perspective is what is being described here. He has the “it’s all about me” philosophy. Maybe he is even guilty of the sin of gluttony. Solomon noted that we “eat for strength” (10:17). Paul said that we should receive food with prayer and gratitude (1 Tim. 4:3-5).

2) Wine makes life merry. Only the fool would operate on this shallow, self-seeking perspective. “Happiness at all costs” is his theme. Yet Solomon pointed out in chapter seven that going to a house of mourning was a better choice than going to the house of feasting (7:2, 4). The Bible is filled with warnings about alcohol (cf. Prov. 20:1). The wise man knows he should avoid drinking it. It will not bring happiness, but instead will increase one’s sorrow.

3) Money is the answer to everything. This serves as a fitting wrap-up to the fool’s theme song. Riches are deceptive and cannot provide genuine happiness and satisfaction (5:13-17). The fool here is certainly being deceived. How many today are sadly deceived with this same foolish belief? The rich fool was (Luke 12:13-21). The rich young ruler was (Matt. 19:16-26). Paul warned that the love of money is a root (or source) of all kinds of evil (1 Tim. 6:9). History is replete with stories of men and women who had tremendous wealth but died miserable, lonely and godless. Some even committed suicide. Obviously money will not answer many of life’s troubles.

Have we learned anything? We live in a world that has these same warped views. It is a world that embraces the warped philosophy of the “good life.” Money, food and alcohol continue to plague us when not viewed or used correctly.

Denny Petrillo

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