Imagine a prosecuting attorney coming to you and telling you that you are accused of murder…and he is going to get you. He is going to use the weight of the law, and every resource the law provides him, to get you…you are going down! He is going to devote his every moment to getting you the death penalty! Moreover, every single day he then comes by your workplace, your home and even the church to tell you and constantly remind you…he is gonna get you. Yikes! That would be so scary wouldn’t it?
Have you ever had a wrestling match in your head, trying to figure out what’s right, what’s wrong, what’s reality? Well, we all have. Most of the time, whether we are right or wrong, it works in our mind to seek out some peace with our decision by justifying whatever it is we decided, and mostly after the fact. But as believers, aren’t we supposed to be led by the Holy Spirit? Easier said than done eh? Well let’s take a look at “who’s talkin here”…
Why is it man has this tendency to think God is messin’ with him…and not take God at His word? Or, only believe He is either with us or against us?
Our God…who parted the Red Sea, rained manna from heaven, toppled the walls of Jericho, quenched the fire and closed the lion’s mouths. God…who healed the sick, raised the dead and calmed the storm! Our heavenly Father.
In our hustle-bustle world, we encounter all kinds of beliefs, and sometimes weird notions, about who Jesus was. Occasionally we are encouraged when someone agrees with us that Jesus IS! This very day, Jesus is alive and sitting at the right hand of God the Father; but aside from other believers we might socialize with, we find little agreement regarding either. Yet, this is a question of life or death! Amazing how people want a fuller life, but never turn to, or even look into, who is this man Jesus.
There are 66 Books in the King James Version of the Bible; 39 Old Testament and 27 New Testament. It is generally counted as fact, somebody-somewhere did the count, the bible has a total of 1,189 chapters, 23,145 verses in the Old Testament and 7,957 verses in the New Testament; a total of 31,102 verses; 788,280 words. If you doubt these numbers, strike out on a mission to disprove them! And let the preacher know!
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The number “7” always refers to God’s completeness and pure spiritual perfection. If we look at the number of verses in the bible and do this: 3+1+1+0+2 = 7. Coincidence? Nothing in the Bible is coincidence. Did you know the bible was written over a period of 1,500 years by 40 different authors? Amazing is more like it…
It is not intended to get into a “right or wrong” Bible here, but what’s coming needs to have some background… so don’t go to sleep getting through this…
As you probably know, the nation of Israel wandered in the desert for forty years. But just forty days out of bondage, they came to a place called Mt. Sinai. The Ark of the Covenant was built during their time at Mt. Sinai, in accordance with God’s directions, by a guy named Bezalel, son of Uri, son of Hur. He also constructed the Tabernacle, which was a portable Temple they used to house the Ark while they traveled in the desert.
The Ark was a chest, as described in Exodus 25, approximately 4 feet long, a little over 2 feet wide and a little over 2 feet high. It was constructed of acacia wood and overlaid inside and out with pure gold. There were golden rings cast into the corners which receive the golden overlaid poles used to carry it. There were two cherubim with stretched out wings facing each other, hammered from pure gold, which was then made a part of the solid gold lid, which was the same size as the chest. This was placed on top of the chest…and God called it the “mercy seat”. This is the Ark of the Covenant…to be situated in the Tabernacle, and later in the Temple.
howbeit, however, nonetheless, notwithstanding, still, still and all, though, withal, yet, in spite of what has just been said, even so,
These are a few definitions of the word “nevertheless”. And there is a short little word that’s a favorite of the same word…“but”… Here’s an example:
Mary asks, “You want to go to church with me on Sunday? The preacher is speaking about the life of the beloved…he’s such a good preacher, you should come with me!”
Jane answers, “I would love to go with you! It sounds like a great message and I was just talking to a lady in Walmart about him…she said he was wonderful. And Lord knows I need to with all the problems I have been having; you heard about my mom’s health problems and Libby getting arrested. So yes, I really need to go to church and hear some good news!!! Nevertheless, …(but, howbeit, however, nonetheless, notwithstanding, still, still and all, though, withal, yet, in spite of what has just been said, even so)…I can’t go. I have to change the oil in my truck.”
1 Samuel 17:10-11 And the Philistine said, “I defy the armies of Israel this day; give me a man, that we may fight together.” When Saul and all Israel heard these words of the Philistine, they were dismayed and greatly afraid.
Funny ain’t it? How two people can hear, or read, the same words and have two totally different responses. Imagine this…
Two great armies face each other across the valley of Elah…one on one mountain and one on the other. Then this giant of a man, some nine feet tall, comes lumbering forward into the valley and moves up close to the other side. He’s decked out with weapons and his shining armor weighs more than most any one of the vast gathering of warriors he faces. Confidently he challenges…but he gets no response. He moves forward day after day, for forty days, challenging them and calling them chickens! But not a “peep” from the other side. Each of them waiting on another to take up the fight; wondering if anyone was going to step up.
BETHEL ASSEMBLY OF GOD
In Him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. (John 1:4)
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"Sometimes human beings—individuals or communities—are confronted with something that they must reject outright or that, if they accept it, will demand the remaking of their worldview." (N.T. Wright, Surprised by Hope)
"Hope, for the Christian, is not wishful thinking or mere blind optimism. It is a mode of knowing, a mode within which new things are possible, options are not shut down, new creation can happen." (N.T. Wright, Surprised by Hope)
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Mother's Day Message 2017
"If the God of the Bible exists, and there is a True Reality beneath and behind this one, and this life is not the only life, then every good endeavor, even the simplest ones, pursued in response to God’s calling, can matter forever." (Tim Keller, Every Good Endeavor)