Is This Where We Are?

Wisdom shouts in the street,

She lifts her voice in the square;
At the head of the noisy streets she cries out;
At the entrance of the gates in the city, she utters her sayings;
“How long, O naïve ones, will you love simplicity?
And scoffers delight themselves in scoffing,
And fools hate knowledge?”
Proverbs 1:20-22 (NASB)

Will We Listen?

“Turn to my reproof,
Behold, I will pour out my spirit on you;
I will make my words known to you.”
Proverbs 1:23 (NASB)

Or… Endure the Consequences

“Because I called, and you refused;
I stretched out my hand, and no one paid attention;
And you neglected all my counsel,
And did not want my reproof;
“I will even laugh at your calamity;
I will mock when your dread comes,
When your dread comes like a storm,
And your calamity comes on like a whirlwind,
When distress and anguish come on you.
“Then they will call on me, but I will not answer;
They will seek me diligently, but they shall not find me,
Because they hated knowledge,
And did not choose the fear of the LORD.
“They would not accept my counsel,
They spurned all my reproof.
So They shall eat of the fruit of their own way,
and be satiated with their own devices.”
Proverbs 1:24-31 (NASB)

Of Waywardness and Complacency

“For the waywardness of the naïve shall kill them,
And the complacency of fools shall destroy them.”
Proverbs 1:32 (NASB)
 

Or… Experience Safety and Security

“But he who listens to me shall live securely,
And shall be at ease from the dread of evil.”
Proverbs 1:33 (NASB)

Will we listen?

“….IF MY PEOPLE WHO ARE CALLED BY MY NAME WILL HUMBLE THEMSELVES,
AND PRAY AND SEEK MY FACE, AND TURN FROM THEIR WICKED WAYS,
THEN I WILL HEAR FROM Heaven, AND WILL FORGIVE Their SIN AND
HEAL THEIR LAND.”
2 Chronicles 7:14 (NJKV)

ARE YOU…

  • ...seeking a simple, quiet tool to help you teach your child(ren) to read and soak in God’s Word in this busy age we live in?

OR

  • …desiring to learn, or improve upon, your English language skills, as well as, your knowledge of what is in the Holy Bible?

OR

  • …finding yourself in a confining setting whereby you now recognize you need a Strength far beyond yourself?

If any of the above is true for you, take a look at the Lessons in the God’s Word To Us Bible Curriculum Series found on this website. They are designed with those very purposes in mind.

Psalm 119:105
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The Wedding

The Wedding

Preparing for a wedding has, in itself, become a big event today. In some cases, it’s become the event before “the” event. From creating “save the date” notifications, prior to actual wedding invitations; to searching for and reserving the desired venue and menu; to making arrangement for the honeymoon (and everything else in between), the list goes on and on. Much necessary thought, time and effort is invested in that “Big Day” that is meant to usher in a commitment that is designed to last a lifetime, here on earth.

There is another wedding that is to take place some time in the future.  It’s the Marriage of the Lamb described in the Bible in Revelation, chapter 19, verses 7-9.  Although we don’t know the date, that future wedding deserves as much, if not more, diligent preparation and attention.  The Bible tells us that there will be a day when Jesus, the sacrificial Lamb who died for you and me, will come again to greet and meet His “Bride”, (the church, Acts 2:47; Ephesians 5:27), and she will be “caught up with Him in the air” always to be with Him. (1 Thessalonians 4:13-17).

Surely, preparing for that wedding would be quite different from the familiar here on earth. No need for invites, they’ve already been sent out (John 3:16-17); nor for venue or menu, it’s already been planned (Revelation 19:7-9); nor honeymoon arrangements, they’ve already been made. (John 14:2-3)

So, what preparation would be suitable for this event? Simply accepting the invitation, given to all of us in John 3:16-17: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

Blessings to you!
Numbers 6:24-25

Pro-Choice ….yet, another view

Pro-Choice

A little history:

When I was a child, “choosing” basically referred to such decisions as: selecting which book I might want to read; which game I might want to play; or whether or not I wanted to wash the dishes rather than dry them. In those days, most children simply followed the directions given them by the adults who guided their lives, adults who were older, and dare I say wiser, than they were. (Proverbs 1:8-9).

Then came the tsunami of cultural change….
….mildly at first.

The quiet removal of prayer from our public schools, in 1963, conveniently paved the way for Roe vs. Wade ten years later, in 1973. Unthinking and, by then, prayer-less decision-makers, were blind-sided (2 Corinthians 4:4) by the “new” emerging ideas of the day. (Ecclesiastes 1:9).  Those short-sighted decision-makers did not display regard for our Creator (Genesis 1:27), nor give serious forethought regarding the Pandora’s box of choices, and consequences, that would follow. (Romans 3:23)

The results….

….if we are honest, did not necessarily bring freedom but sorrow to all, (Romans 6:23),  starting with the aborted child, and then the mother, the father, grandparents, siblings, uncles, aunts, friends, future spouses, and ultimately society, itself. (See post 7/8/15)

Today….

….if we are willing, we can look with hindsight and examine the outcome and the wisdom of those decisions. Oh, and that we would have foresight and true wisdom to see this whole picture as it is, before settling on choices we have yet to make that will determine the course of our own lives, as well as, their impact on the lives of those near and dear to us.

“So, how is this accomplished?”, you ask.
The never-changing Word of God, the Holy Bible, can guide you.

Proverbs 9:10 states: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom….”

James 1:5 tells us, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” And

Proverbs 3:5-6 encourages us to “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.”

Blessings to you!
Numbers 6:24-26

A Tour of Creation

God’s Character
Image: Courtesy of NASA-JPL-Caltech-PIA15416_modest.psd

“In the beginning God…”

Analyzing sentences has its benefits.  True, diagramming sentences may be out of vogue, however, many mysteries are uncovered whenever we closely study words.  Take for example, the opening phrase above in Genesis, the first book of the Bible: “In the beginning God….”.  Pretty straight forward, and clear cut.  What’s not to understand?  God was, then, at, and “in the beginning…”

Among questions that might follow is: What was God doing?Genesis 1:1 tells us that He “created the heavens and the earth”.  Then, it continues on with the details.

Over all, the course of Creation took seven days, after which time God rested. As you read the account of Creation, from Genesis 1 to Genesis 2:3, and glean answers to the questions of “Who, What, When, Where, and Why?”, the following summary emerges:

On Day 1 – God created
Day and Night

On Day 2 – God created
the Sky (Firmament/Heaven)

On Day 3 – God created
Land and Seas, with the Land bringing forth grass, herbs, yielding seeds, and trees, yielding fruit.

On Day 4 – God created
the Sun, Moon, and Stars

On Day 5 – God created
the Fish of the sea and Birds of the air

On Day 6 – God created
Animals and Living Creatures, followed by creating Man in His image, (Male and Female), giving them dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air and all living creatures. (Genesis 1:26)

On Day 7 – God rested.

And the good news is that God said all this was good.

I don’t doubt that you’ve heard the phrase that “words matter”, perhaps more times than you can count.  But as you stop and think about it, they matter tremendously, wherever or whenever they are used.  And particularly, when reading God’s “Word”.

So, consider this little tour the beginning of a journey into Scripture, as you open God’s “Word” to us!  It will be well worth the time of every teachable student.

If you would like to revisit the account of Creation again on a simple self-guided tour, worksheets to use, along the way, can be found on one of the following links:
here:  Level 1 , here: Level 2 , and here: Level 3.

Happy touring and studying!

Blessings to you all!

The Great Flood; the Tower of Babel; Abraham’s Appeal for Sodom…. What do they have in common?

Years ago, I recall being incredibly impressed and moved when I learned that after thousands of years, the land of Israel became home, once again, to the Jewish people who had been dispersed throughout the world for centuries.  What spoke to me then even more deeply, was that not only was I living after this return to Israel, but also, that this return is a major fulfillment of Bible prophecy….part of significant prophecy set to precede the Lord’s return. (Ezekiel 39:27-29; Amos 9:13-15; Jeremiah 31.10; Ezekiel 37: 21; Matthew 24:32-34, to name a few).  Do we fit into the interpretation of “this generation” in Matt. 24:34?

Subsequently, I’ve become more and more attentive to happenings in our world, and have taken note of some of the phenomenal events occurring in our day.  Here are a few in random order:

  • Take for example, the Internet: the World Wide Web.  One of my first impressions of this game changing resource was its similarity to the Biblical story of the Tower of Babel (Genesis 11) – an attempt at a “one world language”…which is how I perceive the Internet today. (Fortunately, this tool can and is being used in God-glorifying ways.)

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  • Also, as in the days of Noah (Genesis 6-9) we witness, today, first hand, the constant downgrading of man’s aspirations and behavior. The end of that story tells us what happened then.

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  • And more recently, the lifestyle of man in Sodom and Gomorrah recorded in Genesis 18-19, (about which heavy-hearted Abraham pleaded with God), has now been sanctioned by the leaders of the free world. See this Biblical story’s outcome (Genesis 19).

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The point that stands out to me is that the time span between each of these Bible stories was many years before the next.  And each of the events in the stories was harshly judged by God.  The astonishing part, to me, is that today all three of the events are being repeated simultaneously!  That gets my attention!

Our God is the same, yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). If He judged mankind then in Biblical days, can we not only expect that He will do the same again?  If that be true, then what do we do?

The wisest response is to make sure we are right with God, which is simple to do, if you haven’t done so already:

  • Simply talk to God and admit that you have sinned, and ask Him to forgive you for your sins. (Roman 3:23).  He is willing to forgive our sins.

  • Ask Jesus to come into your heart, believing that He died for you. (John 3:16-17).  God proved His love when He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to earth to die on the cross for the sins of each and every one of us, thus taking on the penalty that was due us.

  • Ask Jesus to be the Lord of your new life, (2 Corinthians 5:17), and to fill you with the Holy Spirit to help you live a life that honors Him. In doing so, you will find the life that God designed and planned for you.

As you begin your new life with Jesus, read about Him in the Bible.  A good place to start is in the book of John.  Also, seek out a church that believes the Bible is God’s Word, and join them in worshipping Him.

QUIET TIME? I don’t have all the answers, but…

…I do have a little experience.  🙂

For example, (Don’t laugh now, please…), here’s a question from an old tune for you: “How ya gonna keep ’em down on the farm after they’ve seen Pari’?”

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You may be way too young to remember that tune of my childhood, but I’m sure you’re insightful enough, to figure out its meaning. Although many of us did not grow up on a farm in the quiet countryside, no one needs to tell us how busy, noisy, and distracting the world has become in our day. Plus with today’s technology, I daresay those living in the country can attest to the same.

Add to that, the longing and desire in your heart as a parent, to create a quiet environment, (pastoral, if you will) in which to teach your child(ren) the precious truths of God’s Holy Word. We all know that such learning is best done in a quiet, focused setting, particularly if we desire to enter into our Lord’s precious presence as we do so. (Psalm 23:2-3)

Therein lies the challenge, as I see it. Please correct me if you think I’m wrong, but the sweetest times of learning about God often occur when we experience that time while hearing His “still small voice”. (1 Kings 19:12)

The free Bible study lessons that I offer were designed specifically for the purpose of helping your child focus in on God’s Word.  The lessons are quite plain and simple: no bells, whistles, commentary, or flashy design, but rather a presentation of God’s Word in its purest sense, directing the student to go to the Holy Scriptures, only, to complete the lessons.

If you haven’t taken a look at this work in progress, please do so.  If you think it adds value to your experience do let me know.  Thanks, and God bless.  Numbers 6:24-26.

Signs of The Times…

Wikimedia Commons: Public Domain – St.Paul’sChapel. NYC, 1799    Artist: Archibald Robertson

The bricks have fallen down,
But we will rebuild with hewn stones;
The sycamores are cut down,
But we will replace them with cedars.
Isaiah 9:10 (NKJV)