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Lessons Learned



A Home Without A Bible
 

What is a home without a Bible?
Tis a home where day is night,
A starless night, for over life’s pathway
Heaven can shed no light.
What is a home without a Bible?
Tis a home where daily bread
For the body is provided
But the soul is never fed.
What is a home without a Bible?
Tis a family out at sea,
With compass lost and rudder broken,
Drifting oh, so aimlessly.

10 Reasons for Bible Study

 1. The Bible yields food for the soul. It has the milk necessary for the spiritual growth of the babe, and meat to sustain the older, mature Christian (1 Peter 2:1-2; Hebrews 5:12-14).

 2. Knowledge of the truth, and obedience to it, is necessary for one to be made free from sin (John 8:31-32; 1 Peter 1:22).

3. The Bible reveals God's view of man. It enables one to see himself as God sees him, for the Bible is God's mirror of the soul (James 1:22-25).

4. A working knowledge of the Bible arms one against the difficulties and hardships of life. It has a message to cover every condition and problem. It can be used in every emergency from the cradle to the grave (Romans 15:4).

5. The knowledgeable Christian is able to comfort and edify the discouraged and brokenhearted (Colossians 4:6; 1 Thessalonians 4:14).

6. The Scriptures contain all good works that are pleasing to God and give all things that pertain to life and godliness (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:3).

7. One must study the Bible to have the approval of God, to be a ready workman, and to handle correctly the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15; 1 Peter 3:15).

8. A knowledge of the Bible is the only safeguard against fatal error (Acts 17:11; 1 John 4:1).

9. The Scriptures are able to build one up and give one a home in Heaven when this life is over (Acts 20:32; 2 Timothy 3:15).

10. The Bible will be the standard of judgment in the last day (John 12:48; Revelation 20:12).


EMERGENCY NUMBERS

  • When in sorrow, ....................................call John 14.
  • When men fail you, ...............................call Psalm 27.
  • If you want to be fruitful, .........................call John 15.
  • When you have sinned, ..........................call Psalm 51.
  • When you worry, ...................................call Matthew 6:19-34.
  • When you are in danger, ........................call Psalm 91.
  • When God seems far away, ...................call Psalm 139.
  • When your faith needs stirring, ...............call Hebrews 11.
  • When you are lonely and fearful, .............call Psalm 23.
  • When you grow bitter and critical, ...........call I Corinthians 13.
  • For Paul's secret to happiness,................call Colossians 3:12-17.
  • For understanding of Christianity, ............call II Corinthians 5:15-19.
  • When you feel down and out, ..................call Romans 8:31.
  • When you want peace and rest, ..............call Matthew 11:25-30.
  • When the world seems bigger than God,...call Psalm 90.
  • When you want Christian assurance, .......call Romans 8:1-30.
  • When you leave home for labor or travel, ...call Psalm 121.
  • When your prayers grow narrow or selfish,.call Psalm 67.
  • For a great invention/opportunity, .............call Isaiah 55.
  • When you want courage for a task, ..........call Joshua 1.
  • For how to get along with fellow men, ...... call Romans 12
  • When you think of investments and returns,.. call Mark 10.
  • If you are depressed, ................................call Psalm 27.
  • If your pocketbook is empty, .....................call Psalm 37.
  • If you are losing confidence in people, ........call I Corinthians 13.
  • If people seem unkind, ..............................call John 15.
  • If discouraged about your work, ..................call Psalm 126.
  • If you find the world growing small and yourself great.. call Psalm 19

 

  Alternate numbers:

  • For dealing with fear, .................... call Psalm 34:7.
  • For security, ............................... call Psalm 121:3.
  • For assurance, ............................ call Mark 8:35.
  • For reassurance, ......................... call Psalm 145:18.

Emergency numbers may be dialed direct. No operator assistance is necessary.

 

 

Wouldn't it be wonderful if the whole world were engaged in a conspiracy of love?

GIFTS TO MAKE IT POSSIBLE

-To your enemy, forgiveness
-To an opponent, fairness
-To a friend, honesty
-To a customer, service
-To the depressed, comfort
-To the aged, honor
-To the needy, a helping hand
-To all men, charity
-To every child, a good example
-To your spouse, love
-To yourself, respect
-To God, your life

Would You Allow This

 

  • A husband was away from home for several weeks.  There was no justifiable reason for him to be gone.  One day he just left and never came home.  Numerous inquiries were made, but his absence remained unexplained.  And then one day he wandered back home.  He sat down at the supper table and acted as though nothing had ever happened.  Would you allow this? 
  • A worker walked off this job.  He did not obtain his employer's permission, he just disappeared.  He remained gone for a couple of months.  Other employees had to take up the slack and fill-in for him, covering his work while they tried to do their own.  Then he showed up on a payday.  He offered no explanation, asked for all his back wages and proceeded to take up his former position as if everything was normal.  Would you allow this?
  • A student failed to attend classes for a number of weeks.  School officials attempted to locate him and discover the cause of his absence, but to no avail.  The other students progressed in their studies, leaving the absent student far behind in several important subject areas.  The truant student returned one day.  He had no excuse.  There was evidence that his absence was deliberate and that he had been involved in a good bit of mischief.  Amazingly, he expected to be welcomed without question and even requested that the entire class back-track and cover the subject matters he missed. Would you allow this?
  • A Christian did not attend services for several weeks.  The elders, the preacher, and a number of other church members tried to find out what the problem was, but without success.  Others had to take up the slack caused by his absence.  The congregation proceeded with its program of work and teaching.  Then one day he showed up for services again.  There was no explanation - no confession of wrongdoing.  He wanted to immediately retake to his former status, to be counted as a faithful member, to be called on for prayer and used in the services.  Would you allow this?  Think!!!


A Prayer for Myself:

 Lord help me to be ...

 As wise as Solomon,
As purposed as Daniel,
As strong as Samson,
As sincere as David,
As passionate as Peter,
As committed as Joseph,
As focused as Paul,
As humble as John the Baptist,
As meek as Moses,
As kind as Tabitha,
As faithful as Abraham,
As pure as Enoch,
As firm as Joshua,
As spirited as Elijah,
As zealous as Elisha,
As trusting as Esther,
As grieved as Jeremiah,
As vexed as Lot,
As bold as Hanniah, Mishael and Azariah
As loving as Ruth,

As Jesus was tempted in all points like me, yet without sin,
Help me to become a consummate son,
and develop the attitude, "Lord, here am I- Send me!

 

ONE NATION UNDER GOD – THE FORGETFULNESS OF AMERICA

“A nation which does not remember what it was yesterday, does not know what it is today, nor what it is trying to do.” These words of Woodrow Wilson accurately describe the need for Americans to “remember” their nation’s heritage. It is not an accident that America is the greatest nation that has ever existed. And, if America is to remain “great” we must “remember” what it was that made her great and re-apply those principles to the America of today.

The foundation upon which our founding fathers built this nation was a belief in the Almighty God. They were confident that God was blessing their endeavors as they forged the most prosperous nation in all history. They prayed that He might guide their efforts and acknowledged that God was responsible for their success. And they used His word as the basis for the value system they established. America’s reliance upon God can be traced all the way back to the year 1492. History records that when Columbus discovered this land, he planted a cross in the new soil, and kissing the earth, he took possession of this continent for God.

History also records that the majority of the pilgrims landing at Plymouth Rock in 1620 were devout believers in God. They boarded the Mayflower in hopes of shaking the Church of England and settling in an area where they could worship God in the way they believed the scriptures taught. They were the first of many settlers who came to America seeking religious freedom.

Then, on July 4, 1776, our founding fathers signed the Declaration of Independence to bring into existence the United States of America. The closing words of the document declare: “With a firm reliance on the Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.”

Truly, God was at the center of the American experience. Our laws and institutions are based upon the teachings found within God’s Holy Bible. Our coins and currency bear the motto: “In God We Trust.” Our patriotic songs recognize the hand of God in the fortunes of America. And, our pledge of allegiance describes America as “…one nation under God.”

The prominence of God in the heritage of America cannot be denied. Yet, America now is suffering from amnesia. For the most part, we have forgotten God’s central role in the founding of our nation. And, we have also forgotten God is the only one that can sustain our nation in the generations to come.

A history teacher once asked a disinterested student, “What are the two greatest problems in America today?” The student answered, “I don’t know, and I don’t care!” And to the surprise of the student, the excited teacher replied, “You are absolutely right!”

The United States faces many difficult problems. Yet, the most dangerous problem of all is that there are too many citizens who neither “know” nor “care.” They may understand that America is the greatest nation in all the world. But they do not “know” what has made America great. And they do not “care” what it will take to perpetuate greatness for future generations.

Man’s nature is such that he is prone to be forgetful of God. In particular, when things are going well, it is easy for individuals (and even nations) to forget that God is the giver of all prosperity. They may even deceive themselves and image that their blessings are the result of some virtue of their own. All too often success leads to a feeling of self-sufficiency and God is forgotten in the process.

If we review the history of the rise and fall of Israel in the Old Testament, one principle is quite obvious; when Israel acknowledged the authority of God, their nation was blessed; and when they turned away from God, their nation suffered reproach and was ultimately destroyed.

The same principle can be applied to any nation. For example, consider the American experience. It is true that many of our founding fathers were not Christians. Nonetheless, they did acknowledge God’s authority and based their early documents and laws upon scriptural principles. God blessed their efforts and lifted America to a position of world prominence.

Like Israel, America has experienced valleys where the remembrance of God would be diminished. America is currently in one of those valleys. Our nation is moving farther and farther away from Christian values – the same values upon which our nation grew strong. The question is, “What will in take for the America to be awakened to the need for God?

Edmund Burke once said, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” If America is to be reawakened, it must be through the activity of good men and women; it must be through Christians. Christians cannot afford to sit idly by and let the evil of America take over. We must actively pray to God for the return of America back to righteousness. We must actively keep ourselves unspotted from the evil of our nation. We must actively teach our children to remember their creator while they are young. We must actively influence those with whom we associate to turn from their evil ways. By reaching upward to God, inward to ourselves, and outward to our fellow man, the Christians of America will be able to turn our nation back toward God.

America was not formed as a nation apart from God, but a nation under God. May future history record that it was the influence of Christians that turned our nation back on the path to respecting the authority of God.

                
                                               
                                          Jesus’ Beatitudes
      
                                                      Matthew 5:3-12

 Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

 Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

 Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.

 Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.

 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.

 Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

 Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake.

 Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.


The Devil’s Beatitudes

1. Blessed are those who are too tired, too busy, too distracted to spend a few hours a     week with their fellow Christians. They are my best workers.

2. Blessed are those Christians who wait to be asked and expect to be thanked. I can use them.

3. Blessed are the “touchy” who stop going to church. They are my missionaries.

4. Blessed are the trouble makers. They shall be called my children

5. Blessed are the complainers. I’m all ears to them.

6. Blessed are those who are bored with the minister’s mannerisms and mistakes, for they get nothing out of the sermons.

7. Blessed is the church member who expects to be invited to his own congregation, for he is part of the problem instead of the solution.

8. Blessed are those who gossip, for they shall cause strife and divisions that please me.

9. Blessed are those who are easily offended, for they will soon get angry and quit.

10. Blessed are those who do not give their offering to carry on God’s work, for they are my helpers.

11. Blessed is he who professes to love God but hates his brother and sister, for he shall be with me forever.

12. Blessed are you who, when you read this, think it is about other people and not yourself. I’ve got you too!

-Author Unknown-



A CLEAN CONSCIENCE MAKES A SOFT PILLOW--John 4:24

EXERCISE DAILY-WALK WITH THE LORD--2 Corinthians 5:7

GIVE SATAN AN INCH AND HE WILL BE A RULER--Matthew 6:24

THE BEST VITAMIN FOR A CHRISTIAN IS B-1--1 Peter 4:16

IF HEADED IN THE WRONG DIRECTION GOD ALLOWS A U-TURN--2 Cor. 7:10

IN THE DITCH? FOLLOW THE SON--1 Peter 2:21

THE TASK AHEAD OF US IS NEVER AS GREAT AS THE POWER BEHIND US--Romans 1:16

TO BE ALMOST SAVED IS TO BE TOTALLY LOST--Matthew 12:30

Did You Know 

True faith is when one not only believes that God CAN, but knows that God WILL! Our sufferings today are minor compared to the intense persecution and cold cruelty faced by the apostles and first century Christians for Christ’s sake. Jesus foretold of this suffering and gave a promise of recompense. In Matthew 10:22 Jesus said, “Ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake, but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.


                                                             How the Apostles Died


Matthew suffered martyrdom in Ethiopia. He was killed by a sword wound.

Mark died in Alexandria, Egypt, after being dragged by horses through the streets until he was dead.

Luke was hanged in Greece as a result of his preaching to the lost.

John faced martyrdom when he was boiled in a huge basin of boiling oil during a wave of persecution in Rome. However, he was miraculously delivered from death. John was then sentenced to the mines on the prison island of Patmos where he wrote his prophetic book of Revelation. The apostle John was later freed and returned to what is now modern day Turkey. He died as an old man, the only apostle to die peacefully.

Peter was crucified upside down on an x-shaped cross. According to tradition it was because he told his tormentors that he felt unworthy to die in the same way that Jesus Christ had died.

James was the leader of the church in Jerusalem. He was thrown over a hundred feet down from the southeast *pinnacle of the Temple when he refused to deny his faith in Christ. When they discovered that he survived the fall, his enemies beat him to death with a fuller's club. *Historians believe this to be the same pinnacle where Satan had taken Jesus during his temptation.

James the Great, the son of Zebedee, was a fisherman by trade when Jesus called him to a lifetime of ministry. As a strong leader of the church, he was ultimately beheaded at Jerusalem. The Roman officer who guarded him watched amazed as he defended his faith at his trial, and later walked beside him to the place of execution. It was there that he was overcome by conviction and declared his new faith to the judge, and knelt beside James to accept beheading.

Bartholomew was also known as Nathaniel. He was a missionary to Asia where he gave testimony for the Lord in what is now present day Turkey. Bartholomew was martyred for his preaching in Armenia where he was flayed to death by a whip.

Andrew was crucified on an x-shaped cross in Patras, Greece. After being whipped severely by seven soldiers his body was tied to a cross with cords to prolong his agony. His followers reported that, when he was led toward the cross, he saluted it with the words: 'I have long desired and expected this happy hour. The cross has been consecrated by the body of Christ hanging on it.' He continued to preach to his tormentors for two more days until he expired.

Thomas was stabbed with a spear in India during one of his missionary trips to establish the church in that sub-continent.

Jude was killed with arrows when he refused to deny his faith in Christ.

Matthias was the apostle chosen to replace the traitor, Judas Iscariot. He was stoned and then beheaded.

Paul was tortured and beheaded by Nero at Rome in A.D. 67. Paul endured a lengthy imprisonment, which allowed him to write many epistles to the churches he had established throughout the Roman Empire. These letters taught many of the foundational doctrines of Christianity and form a large portion of the New Testament. 

THE (SCIENTIFIC) DEATH OF JESUS

 
At the age of 33, Jesus was condemned to death. At that time crucifixion was the "worst" death known to man, and only the worst of criminals were condemned to be crucified. It was even more atrocious for Jesus, because unlike other criminals, he was condemned to death by crucifixion without committing  an offense.

Jesus was nailed to the cross by his hands and feet. Each nail was 6 to 8 inches long. The nails were driven into his wrist, and not into his palms as is commonly portrayed. There's a tendon in the wrist that extends to the shoulder. The Roman guards knew that when the nails were being hammered into the wrist that tendon would tear and break, thus forcing Jesus to use his back muscles to support himself so that he could breathe.

Both of his feet were nailed together. Thus he was forced to support
himself on the single nail that impaled his feet to the cross. Jesus
could not support himself with his legs because of the pain, so he was
forced to alternate between arching his back and then using his legs to continue to breathe. Imagine the struggle, the pain, the suffering, and the tremendous courage. Jesus endured this misery for over 3 hours. Can you imagine this kind of suffering?

A few minutes before He died, Jesus stopped bleeding. He was simply pouring water from his wounds. From common images we see wounds to his hands and feet and even the spear wound to his side...but do we realize the wounds actually made to his body.

What a heart wrenching image! A Crown of thorns placed on his head cutting deeply into his scalp. A hammer driving large nails through the wrist, the feet overlapped and an even large nails hammered through the arches. And then a Roman guard piercing his side with a spear. Before the nails and the spear Jesus was whipped and beaten. The whipping was so severe that it tore the flesh from his body. The beating was so horrific that his face was torn and his beard ripped from his face. Most men would not have survived this torture.

Jesus had no more blood to bleed out, only water poured from his wounds. The human adult body contains about 3.5 liters (just less than a gallon) of blood. Jesus poured all 3.5 Liters of his blood; He had three nails hammered into his members; a crown of thorns on his head, and beyond that a Roman soldier stabbed a spear into his side. To his suffering, Jesus endured the physical agony and the mental humiliation of carrying his own cross (approximately 30 kg of weight) for almost 2 kilometers to the place of his crucifixion while the crowd spat in his face and threw stones at him.

Jesus had to endure this experience to open the gates of Heaven so that you and I can have free access to God, and have our sins "washed" away by the blood of Jesus Christ.

Don't ignore the truth! JESUS CHRIST DIED FOR YOU AND ME!


The Alphabet


Although things are not perfect
Because of trial or pain
Continue in thanksgiving
Do not begin to blame
Even when the times are hard
Fierce winds are bound to blow
God is forever able
Hold on to what you know
Imagine life without His love
Joy would cease to be
Keep thanking Him for all the things
Love imparts to thee
Move out of "Camp Complaining"
No weapon that is known
On earth can yield the power
Praise can do alone
Quit looking at the future
Redeem the time at hand
Start every day with worship
To "thank" is a command
Until we see Him coming
Victorious in the sky
We'll run the race with gratitude
X alting God most high
Y e s, there'll be good times and yes some will be bad, but...
Z ion waits in glory...where none are ever sad!