Odds & Ends: November 2017
Prayers of thanks
The Bible’s close connection between prayer and praise caused 19th-century preacher J.C. Ryle to proclaim, “I dare not call that true prayer in which thankfulness has no part.” He points, for example, to Paul’s words in Philippians 4:6 (“By prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God”) and Colossians 4:2 (“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful”), both NIV.
Whenever we speak to God, Ryle adds, thoughts of his mercy and the hope of heaven should be at the forefront of our minds. “Surely,” he writes, “we should never open our lips in prayer without blessing God for that free grace by which we live, and for that lovingkindness which endures forever.”
Thank you, veterans!
On Veterans Day, we honor men and women who’ve served and sacrificed in one of America’s armed services.
On November 11, 1918, America and her allies signed a truce with German leaders, ending World War I. In 1919, President Wilson decided the United States should remember with gratitude the end of that war and honor military members by marking Armistice Day, or “truce” day. In 1954, Congress changed the name to Veterans Day, honoring veterans of every era.
Veterans Day highlights our country’s quest for peace, justice and freedom throughout the world. Followers of Jesus, the Prince of Peace, pray for unity among all nations and for the day when “nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore” (Isaiah 2:4, NIV).
The Sun of Righteousness
Meditations on the glory of Christ
The New Testament has a lot to say about the glory of Jesus Christ and we freely talk about the glory of Christ. But when the Bible uses the word ‘glory’, what is being made reference to? Just what is the ‘glory’ of Christ? When we speak of glory, we speak of honor, splendor, worthiness, reputation, position, wealth. It may be helpful to consider human glory to give us some idea, though inadequate, of divine glory.
Joseph spoke of his position and wealth in Egypt and said to his brothers, ". . . tell my father of my glory" (Gen 45:13). God promised to Solomon, ". . . riches and glory so that there will not be any like you all the days of your life" (1 Kgs 3:13). When Job lost his children, wealth, and health, he lamented, “He [God] has stripped me of my glory" (Job 19:9).
In our world, a display of glory would be the president presenting someone with the congressional medal of honor or someone receiving a gold medal after winning the mile run against the best runners in the world, while a band plays his national anthem. With respect to Christ, His glory is His intrinsic worth and majestic splendor . . . His power, His authority, His sinless perfection, His unchangeable nature, His love, His sovereign rule over all creation.
Missions Update: October 2017
Vicente & Fanny Vieira
P.O. Box 17-08-8225
Quito, Ecuador South America
In times of crisis, our faith must be stronger than ever, trusting with certainty that the Highest Lord is with us. His Majestic splendor helps the body of Christ. "The eternal God is our Refuge and underneath are the everlasting arms", Deut. 33:27. Praise our Father, Shepherd and loving Sovereign, interceding fervently for us.
We are writing for mutual comfort in these times, and perseverance doing His work. Certainly, Christ´s life is the light that shines through the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it. Hallelujah!
Joe Teisan: October 2017
HAVE FUN AND ENJOY BIBLE GEOGRAPHY
1. The Middle East has most of the world’s supply of what resource?
2. Most of the land is dry _____________.
They need _____________.
3. Name the rivers of Egypt, Israel and Babylon.
4. Name all bodies of water of Israel.
5. Moab and Edom are located on which sea?
6. What is the last word in the book of Genesis?
7. In which part of Egypt did Israel live?
8. Which body of water today separates Egypt from the Sinai?
9. Which 4 bodies of water border the Sinai Peninsula?
10. Name the 12 tribes of Israel and the two tribes of Joseph.
11. Why is Bible Geography important to me? Why must I know it?
12. In which 5 places can I find Bible maps?
13. Which 2 seas are named for colors?
14. From where did Israel send out 12 to spy the land? What did Israel do when they heard the report? What is their punishment?
15. Name 7 Bible mountains and tell why they are important.
16. Which New Testament book covers the geography of the Roman Empire?
17. Why do you need maps in your study of Acts?
18. Name 15 cities mentioned in Acts.
19. Name the 7 churches of Asia to which Christ writes 7 letters in Revelation.
20. Name the 2 rivers of Babylon.
21. Into which bodies of water do these rivers flow: Nile, Jordan, Euphrates, Tigris
22. From the Bible names, identify the modern names of these 9 places: Rome, Asia Minor, Melita, Persia, Babylon, Moab, Phoenicia, Achaia, Joppa.
23. Which two kings are born in Bethlehem?
24. Which two cities describe the length of Israel, North to South?
25. What is southern Judah called?
26. In a vision, Paul saw a man from what country ask for the Gospel?
27. Which Hebrews became high government officials in foreign countries?
28. What is a Tell?
29. Paul was born in what city? Where was the Temple of Diana?
30. Name 10 cities that Christ visited.
Odds & Ends: October 2017
Pillars of the faith
Because Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to a church door in Wittenberg, Germany, on October 31, 1517, many Christians remember that day and the major changes, or Reformation, that resulted.
Luther's theses contained three main pillars, which have stood for almost 500 years:
1. Sola Scriptura (Scripture Alone) - The Bible is the sole authority in matters of faith, life and conduct. "All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness" (2 Timothy 3:16, NRSV).
2. Sola Fide (Faith Alone) - Christians are justified, or declared righteous, only through believing in Jesus Christ as Savior. Although morality and good works are important, they alone cannot lead to salvation. "A person is justified not by the works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ" (Galatians 2:16, NRSV).
3. Sola Gratia (Grace Alone) - Grace is God's unmerited, or undeserved, favor. Salvation is a free gift from our gracious God. "For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God - not the result of works, so that no one may boast" (Ephesians 2:8-9, NRSV).