Saturday, August 31, 2013

Journal Through the Bible: Week 34 Friday

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Judges 8:1-9:6

Part of this passage is hard to read. After the military successes of Gideon we also encounter his personal failures that led to significant family problems. Heartbreaking!

Does God issue any commands in this passage?

  • God did not speak in this passage.


Does God make any promises?

  • God did not speak.


Does this passage teach anything about Jesus?

  • Gideon stated that the LORD would be the only true ruler over Israel. Jesus is that ruler.


Does this passage teach anything about yet-future events?

  • Not that I identified.

Read Through the Bible in 2013: September 2-7

Take Ten
9/2/2013      Isaiah 63, 64 Psalm 34
9/3/2013      Isaiah 65, 66 Psalm 35
9/4/2013      II Kings 21-23 Psalm 36
9/5/2013      Zephaniah Psalm 37
9/6/2013      II Kings 24, 25 Psalm 38
9/7/2013      Habakkuk Psalm 39


To read more about the Old Testament books of Zephaniah and Habakkuk click this link.

Journal Through the Bible: Week 34 Thursday

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Judges chapter 7

Does God issue any commands in this chapter?

  • God told Gideon that there were too many men in the military so he needed to tell those who wished to leave to do so and then God would test the remaining men and keep only those that passed the test.
  • In the evening God told Gideon to get down in the valley where the Midianites were and listen.


Does God make any promises?

  • God promised to fight the Midianites and deliver the Israelites using only 300 men.


Does this chapter teach anything about Jesus?

  • Not that I identified.


Does this chapter teach anything about yet-future events?

  • Not that I identified.

Please Stand By...

I promise to get the blog caught up shortly. Here's a couple of pictures to show just one of the places where I was today.

(There's a Bible Conference in the area in which Pastor Dad will be preaching this weekend. Preaching appointment + short vacation = GOOD TIMES.)




And I understand that there have been terrible storms at home. Have I ever mentioned that Pepper is terribly afraid of thunder? Well, I'm telling you now.

I received the following from The Bear just a little while ago:


Yup! That's the cabinet under the kitchen sink.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Journal Through the Bible: Week 34 Wednesday

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Judges chapter 6

Does God issue any commands in this chapter?

  • Through an unnamed prophet, God reminded them that He had told them not to worship the gods of the Amorites but they had disobeyed.
  • The angel of the LORD told Gideon to go and deliver the people.
  • God commanded Gideon to take his father's second bull to sacrifice it upon an altar built to the LORD.
  • Gideon was also commanded to tear down his father's altar to Baal.


Does God make any promises?

  • God promised to be with Gideon in the battle against the Midianites and Amalekites.


Does this chapter teach anything about Jesus?

  • This angel of the LORD might have been Jesus. Not only did He work a miracle at the sacrificial offering but He spoke to Gideon after leaving his sight.


Does this chapter teach anything about yet-future events?

  • Not that I identified.

Journal Through the Bible: Week 34 Tuesday

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Judges 4:1-5:31

A woman named Jael probably from the family of Moses' wife, Zipporah, killed the enemy that had enslaved the Israelites for over 20 years. (See Judges 1:16; 4:11, 4:17.) As the prophetess, Deborah, predicted to Barak a woman received the honor.

In the chapter that follows there is recorded a psalm of thanksgiving for deliverance. The woman received the honor but God received the glory.

Does God issue any commands in this passage?

  • God does not speak in this passage.


Does God make any promises?

  • God does not speak in this passage.


Does this passage teach anything about Jesus?

  • Barak was said to have led captivity captive (5:12). Jesus is said to have done the same in Ephesians 4:8. (The same is said of God in Psalm 68.)


Does this passage teach anything about yet-future events?

  • In the song of Deborah and Barak the enemy captain, Sisera, is compared to Satan (5:19-20) in that the battle was seen as being fought even among the stars of the heaven. (Which could mean the war between the righteous and unrighteous angels who are so-called in Revelation 12:3-4.) Even Megiddo is mentioned. It is near Megiddo where the Battle of Armageddon takes place (see Zechariah 12:11 and Revelation 16:12-16). There really is nothing new under the sun. Satan and the LORD have been fighting in this region for millennia 

Journal Through the Bible: Week 34 Monday

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Judges chapter 3
And the children of Israel of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD, and forgat the LORD their God, and served Baalim and the groves.  Judges 3:7
The amazing thing was that God didn't "forget" them! But He did send the Mesopotamians, Moabites, Ammonites, Amalekites, and Philistines, to oppress them.

Does God issue any commands in this chapter?

  • God did not speak in this chapter, but the 3 judgments were the direct result of not keeping God's former commandments (see verse 4).


Does God make any promises?

  • God did not speak in this chapter.


Does this chapter teach anything about Jesus?

  • The deliverers that God raised up to rescue the Israelites when they cried to Him were a type of Jesus, the delivering Judge of all who cry to God for rescue.

Does this chapter teach anything about yet-future events?

  • Read Revelation 19:11-21 for information about our future delivering Judge!

Monday, August 26, 2013

TAKE TIME: August 26-21, 2013

Introduction: It was a vicious cycle that lasted several hundred years: the Israelites sinned against God, He sent other nations to enslave them as punishment, the Israelites repented, and God sent judges to deliver them. We will read several of these cycles this week.


Reading Assignment:
  • Monday - Judges chapter 3
  • Tuesday - Judges 4:1-5:31
  • Wednesday - Judges chapter 6
  • Thursday - Judges chapter 7
  • Friday - Judges 8:1-9:6
  • Saturday - Judges 9:7-57


Memory Verse

Review verses from previous weeks.


Prayer Journal (ACTS)
  • Adoration - This week take time each day to praise God for being patient.
  • Confession - Ask God to reveal hidden sin in your life and then confess it.
  • Thanksgiving - Thank God for times when He has delivered you from sinful circumstances.
  • Supplication - What are your prayer requests this week? List them for future reference so that you can see how God answers.


Search the Scriptures

Look for references for each of the following:
  • Promises that God made and to whom He made them. Do they apply to you?
  • References that either refer to or infer something about future events.
  • What does this passage teach about Jesus?
  • Commandments that God made and to whom He made them. Do they apply to you?


Putting the Word into Action

One of the things we will read this week is a song of thanksgiving because of God's deliverance. It is now the time of year when students go back to school and the creative juices must flow once more. Pretend to be a school child again and write a creative composition (poetry or prose) to thank God for a time when He delivered you. (This is one of the few weeks - so far - when the action has been a private assignment to be kept between you and God.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Sunday Psalm: The LORD is Judge and King

Psalm 10

1 Why standest thou afar off, O LORD? why hidest thou thyself in times of trouble? 2 The wicked in his pride doth persecute the poor: let them be taken in the devices that they have imagined. 3 For the wicked boasteth of his heart's desire, and blesseth the covetous, whom the LORD abhorreth. 4 The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts. 5 His ways are always grievous; thy judgments are far above out of his sight: as for all his enemies, he puffeth at them. 6 He hath said in his heart, I shall not be moved: for I shall never be in adversity. 7 His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and fraud: under his tongue is mischief and vanity. 8 He sitteth in the lurking places of the villages: in the secret places doth he murder the innocent: his eyes are privily set against the poor. 9 He lieth in wait secretly as a lion in his den: he lieth in wait to catch the poor: he doth catch the poor, when he draweth him into his net. 10 He croucheth, and humbleth himself, that the poor may fall by his strong ones. 11 He hath said in his heart, God hath forgotten: he hideth his face; he will never see it.

12 Arise, O LORD; O God, lift up thine hand: forget not the humble. 13 Wherefore doth the wicked contemn God? he hath said in his heart, Thou wilt not require it. 14 Thou hast seen it; for thou beholdest mischief and spite, to requite it with thy hand: the poor committeth himself unto thee; thou art the helper of the fatherless. 15 Break thou the arm of the wicked and the evil man: seek out his wickedness till thou find none. 16 The LORD is King for ever and ever: the heathen are perished out of his land. 17 LORD, thou hast heard the desire of the humble: thou wilt prepare their heart, thou wilt cause thine ear to hear: 18 To judge the fatherless and the oppressed, that the man of the earth may no more oppress.



Psalms 10:1-18 (KJV)

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Saturday, August 24, 2013

Read Through the Bible in 2013: August 26-31

Take Ten

8/26/2013      Isaiah 51, 52 Psalm 28
8/27/2013      Isaiah 53, 54 Psalm 29
8/28/2013      Isaiah 55, 56 Psalm 30
8/29/2013      Isaiah 57, 58 Psalm 31
8/30/2013      Isaiah 59, 60 Psalm 32
8/31/2013      Isaiah 61, 62 Psalm 33

Journal Through the Bible: Week 33 Saturday

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Judges chapter 2

Does God issue any commands?

  • The Angel of the LORD reminded them of the command to tear down the altars of the inhabitants and to make no treaties with them.


Does God make any promises?

  • The Angel of the LORD reminds them that since they did not obey His command they will be ensnared by the heathen people and their idols.
  • God brought on the curses that He told the people would result if they broke their covenant with Him. He then promised to leave the remnant of the idolaters to test the people.


Does this chapter teach anything about Jesus?

  • (verses 1-4) The Angel of the LORD is Jesus. He is obviously God because He speaks in the first person when stating that He swore an oath to their fathers to bring them out of Egypt and into the Promised Land.
  • Just as the book of Exodus stated that there arose a pharaoh that knew not Joseph and the mighty works that he had done in Egypt this book states that there arose a generation that knew not the LORD and the mighty works that He had done for Israel in bringing them out of Egypt. Joseph was the type of Christ and the LORD is Christ.
  • Each judge was a type of Christ because he (or she) delivered the people from the enslavement caused by their sin.


Does this chapter teach anything about yet-future events?

  • (verse 1) God promised that He would never break His covenant with Israel even though they broke their covenant with Him. This covenant still stands and will continue to stand throughout eternity.

Journal Through the Bible: Week 33 Friday

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Judges chapter 1

This chapter begins the tale of the successes and failures of the Children of Israel in regards to the Canaanites and possession of the land.

Does God issue any commands?

  • In answer to their question, God told Judah to be the first tribe to fight against the Canaanites.


Does God make any promises?

  • He promised to deliver the land into the hands of the men of Judah.


Does this chapter teach anything about Jesus?
The tribe of Judah led the conquest! Jesus is the lion of the tribe of Judah. He will always lead the battle charge.

Does this chapter teach anything about yet-future events?

  • None that I identified.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Journal Through the Bible: Week 33 Thursday

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Joshua 23:1-24:33

The covenant is set before the people once again! They had opportunity to renounce it if they so desired.

There are three burials mentioned at the end of this book. One is when Joshua died. Another is when Eleazer, the high priest and son of Aaron, died. The other is the placing of Joseph's bones in Shechem. It was a fitting end to Joseph's story because it was at Shechem that Joseph had gone to meet his brothers which led to being sold into slavery. (See Genesis 37:12-13.)

Does God issue any commands in this passage?

  • (23:11) Joshua reminded them of the command to love the LORD their God. (Love really is a choice.) One of the ways they were to show their love for God was not to love women from the heathen nations.
  • (chapter 24) God gave them a history lesson from Terah up to that present time. Their ancestor, Terah, had been an idol worshiper and the people were even then idol worshipers. (They were told to put away all their strange gods.)


Does God make any promises?

  • (23:1) God kept a promise and gave them rest from their enemies that they defeated.
  • (23:5) Joshua reminded them that God would continue to expel their enemies if they were courageous and obedient.


Does this passage teach anything about Jesus?

  • The Captain of the Host faithfully executed His duty on behalf of the people.
  • Joshua told them that they could not serve the LORD because He is holy and people are not. This is true and it explains why they needed a savior.


Does this passage teach anything about yet-future events?

  • Like the life account of Joseph, the Father had a purpose in mind for this world that was corrupted by evil men. Slavery to sin was the result. Then followed death in a foreign land. (This world is not our home. Our citizenship is in Heaven.) One day, we will find ourselves at rest on the New Earth as pictured by Joseph's bones being laid to rest in the land that belonged to him, but which he could not possess in his natural life because he was in bondage.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Journal Through the Bible: Week 33 Wednesday

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Joshua 21:34-22:34

The armed men of Israel that had settled their families on the eastern side of the Jordan River had completed their military obligation to their brethren on the western side so they were released to return to their own possessions. It was not long before the first trans-Jordan misunderstanding occurred.

Does God issue any commands in this passage?

  • (22:5) The people from the east side of Jordan were reminded to diligently obey the commands of the LORD.


Does God make any promises?

  • (21:43-45) The promise is fulfilled to give them all the land that the LORD swore to give them.


Does this passage teach anything about Jesus?

  • Phineas, the high priest, is the type of Christ because he was the mediator for God when the western tribes questioned the eastern tribes about their supposed iniquity.


Does this passage teach anything about yet-future events?

  • None that I identified.

Journal Through the Bible: Week 33 Tuesday

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Joshua 20:1-21:33

Does God issue any commands in this passage?
  • (20:1-6) God told Joshua to set apart cities of refuge for the person who accidentally killed another person.
  • (21:1-2) The Levites reminded Joshua of God's command to give them cities and suburbs for their own dwellings and pastureland within the tribes' inheritance. These included the cities of refuge.


Does God make any promises?

  • God does not speak, but the division of the land was a fulfillment of the previous promise of God to give the land to the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Even the designated cities of refuge were a fulfillment of a former promise.


Does this passage teach anything about Jesus?
  • Jesus is our city of refuge. We run to Him because we are guilty of sins, even unintentional ones. We are guilty of bloodshed from birth (we are the cause of Jesus' blood needing to be shed).
  • Jesus is also our high priest who died to set us free from the penalty of our action.


Does this passage teach anything about yet-future events?

  • None that I identified.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Journal Through the Bible: Week 33 Monday

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Joshua chapter 19

The land continued to be divided by lots. The inheritance of the tribe of Judah was too large for them so part of their portion was given to the tribe of Simeon.  The tribes of Zebulun, Issachar, Asher, Naphtali, and Dan received land and cities within Canaan, too. (As an aside, note the familiar names of the cities allotted to the tribe of Dan and also the fact that their portion was too small for them so some of their families moved north. This sets the stage for some of the events found in the book of Judges.)

The people also gave their leader, Joshua, an inheritance among his tribe of Ephraim.

Does God issue any commands in this chapter?

  • God does not speak. However, the division made of the country by portions was commanded by God so this drawing of lots while meeting at Shiloh was a fulfillment of God's command.


Does God make any promises?

  • God does not speak.


Does this chapter teach anything about Jesus?

  • Joshua is the type of Christ. He divided the inheritance among God's people.


Does this chapter teach anything about yet-future events?

  • Just as Joshua helped the people to settle into their inheritance on the land I suspect Jesus will settle us into our eternal inheritance. 

Monday, August 19, 2013

TAKE TIME: August 19-24, 2013 Reading Assignment

Introduction: This week we will complete our reading of the book of Joshua and begin the book of Judges. Not only do we segue between books but we will read how the Children of Israel segued from strong leaders that came out of Egypt with them to a time where "every man did that which was right in his own eyes." That, as you know, was all wrong! They were supposed to segue from following their leaders out of Egypt to following their true Leader in the land and doing what was right in His eyes.


Reading Assignment:
  • Monday - Joshua chapter 19
  • Tuesday - Joshua 20:1-21:33
  • Wednesday - Joshua 21:34-22:34
  • Thursday - Joshua chapter 23:1-24:33
  • Friday - Judges chapter 1
  • Saturday - Judges chapter 2


Memory Verse

And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.  Joshua 24:15


Prayer Journal (ACTS)
  • Adoration - This week take time each day to praise God for being the only true and living God.
  • Confession - Ask God to reveal hidden sin in your life and then confess it.
  • Thanksgiving - Thank God for your allowing you to worship Him. (Some have still never heard!)
  • Supplication - What are your prayer requests this week? List them for future reference so that you can see how God answers.


Search the Scriptures

Look for references for each of the following:
  • Promises that God made and to whom He made them. Do they apply to you?
  • References that either refer to or infer something about future events.
  • What does this passage teach about Jesus?
  • Commandments that God made and to whom He made them. Do they apply to you?


Putting the Word into Action

Joshua told the people to choose who they would serve whether it be God or an idol. They said they would serve the LORD but in Judges we find that it wasn't too many years after the death of Joshua that they served themselves instead. There are people all around us who need to choose God. Ask God to help you be a faithful witness and then look for opportunities to tell someone about Jesus. YOU choose to serve God by sharing with others what God has done for you!

Sunday, August 18, 2013

From Fear to Faith: A Personal Testimony

I have been open about my private physical health problem so let me be just as frank about a private spiritual health problem I recently experienced. This may not be the kind of thing you would expect a pastor's wife to write - after all, aren't we supposed to be super-spiritual or something? - but what follows is true and from my heart.

* * *

One day toward the end of June I was sitting here at the computer typing a Bible Journal entry for the daily blog post.
"You know that this is all an exercise in futility. God is not real and the Bible is fake."
That's the thought that crossed my mind. I immediately stopped, prayed, and tried to dismiss it but it troubled me far longer than I thought possible! I've been a faithful follower of Jesus Christ for almost 40 years now. Recently I had even completed 27 years of providing my children a Christian education through homeschooling. Once that was completed I had turned my focus to personal ministry. After much prayerful consideration, and with Pastor Dad's blessing, I had begun investing additional time and money into helping people with their needs. Specifically, this was to be centered on the following 3 groups of people that God says cannot be expected to repay their benefactor:
  • widows
  • orphans (or those who are unwanted, or unborn, or from broken homes: all of whom can be similar to orphans)
  • foreigners.
You know, those people that God told the Israelites to help when He had Moses write the Pentateuch.

Alumni and Faculty of Karabeth Baptist Homeschool, a division of Gateway Christian Schools, Memphis, TN

Things had been going well. At least they had been until that awful, frightening thought took up residence in my mind ...

A few nights later I had a terrifying nightmare! I had another a few weeks later. Those dreams made me not want to sleep for fear of having another. I began to doubt my salvation and this was not the first time. But when I was a child and doubted it was because I wondered if I had understood, or repented, or trusted Christ, or {fill in the blank}. This was different. This was "There is no God no matter what you believe."  I cannot conceive of a more hopeless thought!

Scriptures tell us that only fools say there is no God, that Jesus is God in the flesh who defeated spiritual and physical death for us, and that if there is no resurrection we are of all men most miserable. That pretty much summarizes my situation. I felt like a miserable fool. Things stayed that way for several weeks but I carried on as well as I could, including typing blog posts despite the troubling thought in my head. My life, and the rest of the summer went on in its course. (That was chronicled in a previous happier post.)

* * *

Then on July 19th I received the following excerpted email from a church friend. It was so timely and so appreciated. 

Just been thinking about you and the Pastor all week....especially yesterday and today.
Mrs. _____ told us that when someone comes to mind and you don't know
why, to just pray for them.
When I read this email I sunk to the floor and cried.  Someone was praying for us! For me!  God, if there truly is a God, had put me on this woman's mind. (She would later tell me that God awoke her in the night several times that week and that was when she prayed.)

Once I regained some composure I typed this reply:


Thank you for your prayers. Mrs. _____ was right. We need them! It has been a very stressful week.
Personally, I have been struggling with doubts. That's probably not the kind of thing you want to hear from your pastor's wife, but it is true. On top of everything else he has had to deal with lately your pastor has had to hold his frightened wife and calmly tell her that the God we say we love and worship really does exist.
I KNOW THAT MY REDEEMER LIVETH and yet I am struggling with it. I have been very open about this with my husband and he has been very patient with me. He thinks that my Bible Journal that I post daily on my blog has earned me oppression and perhaps he is right. It had been my best year of personal Bible study so far and I had been devouring scripture like a starving person grabs food. Then the doubtful thoughts began sweeping over me and I panicked.
I'm still devouring scripture, though, and believe God will make Himself known to me. In fact, I find the thought that He told you to pray for us very comforting. Thank you for telling me.

Her response was simple but profound:
I love you and I want you to know that I never thought you were more than human. 

Okay, we all know I'm only human, but it was comforting to know that others do not hold me to a higher standard than other humans. Evidently ministerial family members do experience doubts and there are spiritual people who pray for them!

I later remembered that being human is what Jesus coming to earth was all about! Yes, He is 100% God but He is also 100% man (and no, I cannot explain this). It is because He is human that He could experience everything we do yet remain sinless and that makes it possible for Him to be our Savior.

* * *

The very next morning, July 20th, I picked up Lisa and Roman at the airport. As I looked at the smile on the face of that happy little cherub in the stroller my heart was pounding. I love that little guy! I do not want to lead him astray! We raised his mommy and her siblings to have faith in Jesus Christ and Him alone as their mediator between their sinful selves and the holy God. It is the same faith that we are presenting to our grandchildren. What if we had misled our children all those years and were continuing to do so? I must find the TRUTH before it is too late! After all, being sincere in a faith isn't enough. It is obvious that many sincere people are sincerely wrong since all views of faith cannot be right. They are mutually exclusive.

* * *
Besides my babysitting responsibilities at church camp I had also been planning to be a counselor. Given what I was going through then it did not seem prudent for me to lead a group of teen-aged girls in spiritual reflection. I attempted to talk to our teen camp director's wife Sunday morning, July 21st, to tell her that I was not going to be able to be a counselor but that didn't work out. I took my place in the choir and tried to get through the song service but that didn't work either. I left the auditorium in tears while we were singing a hymn. I later found myself sobbing in the arms of my surprised pastor-husband during the closing hymn. He asked the congregation to pray for me, as one God-awakened/email-sending member and he himself were already doing. (In the 4 weeks since that service I have had numerous people tell me that God has been awakening them at night and they pray for me. I haven't had any more nightmares so perhaps their intervention - and lack of sleep - has helped me rest.) Telling our congregation about my fear was one of the most humbling things I have ever had to do and yet it was the key to recovery.

Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.  James 5:16 
The next day was our 35th wedding anniversary as well as the first day of camp. It is not unusual for those two things to coincide and actually seems fitting since we have been ministering together since the days we took our vows. But my spiritual peace did not return to me overnight and so instead of being a counselor I worked as support staff which gave me more time to read, study, and pray. It was time well-spent toward examining the Bible, other belief systems, and my own heart.

* * *

I later spoke with my friend, the email buddy, about the things that had been troubling me, one of which is what happens when we die. What if I am wrong about death and there is no God, no Jesus, no Heaven? This wise woman told me that what I am seeking is dying grace and I won't need it until I am dying. Right now I only need the kind of grace necessary to live day by day. It is one thing to make sure that one is on the right path, and indeed, it is what I and my husband have dedicated our lives to help people find, but it is another to fear death.

She was right! It is grace for today that I need and God will take care of all my tomorrows. 
Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. (Matthew 6:34)
If you want me to tell you how I reached my conclusions about God and the Bible I will be glad to do so, but not now. Since most of my readers are believers you may know the path I wandered. My starting point was this: If God is real, then I am a Christian because I believe Jesus paid for my sins. With that in mind, and the prayer, "Lord, help thou my unbelief" I began my research.  And once again I was able to experience the joy of my salvation! The fear is gone and faith has taken its place!


Pastor Dad and I with the 8 blessings that call us "Grandad" and "Gram." We are determined that each of these precious youngsters hear over and over again about the living God who loves them, sent His Son to pay for their sins if they will repent and believe, and desires to live with them throughout eternity! 

What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? 32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? 33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth. 34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. 37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:31-39 

Sunday Psalm: Help From the LORD

Psalm 121

1 I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. 2 My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth. 3 He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. 4 Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. 5 The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand. 6 The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night. 7 The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. 8 The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.


Psalms 121:1-8 (KJV)



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Saturday, August 17, 2013

Journal Through the Bible: Week 32 Saturday

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Joshua chapter 18

An account of the inheritance of the tribe of Benjamin.

Does God issue any commands in this chapter?

  • In talking to the tribes that had not yet claimed their inheritance Joshua reminded them of their obligation to take possession of the land God had promised their ancestors.


Does God make any promises?

  • God does not talk in this chapter but Joshua reminded them of God's promise to help them take possession of the land when he asked them why they had not done so.


Does this chapter teach anything about Jesus?

  • The tabernacle was set up at Shiloh, a word reported to mean "the one to whom it belongs" and is another name of the Messiah.


Does this chapter teach anything about yet-future events?

  • None that I identified.

Read Through the Bible in 2013: August 19-24

Take Ten

8/19/2013      Isaiah 39, 40 Psalm 18
8/20/2013      Isaiah 41, 42 Psalms 19, 20
8/21/2013      Isaiah 43, 44 Psalms 21, 22
8/22/2013      Isaiah 45, 46 Psalms 23, 24
8/23/2013      Isaiah 47, 48 Psalms 25, 26
8/24/2013      Isaiah 49, 50 Psalm 27

Friday, August 16, 2013

Journal Through the Bible: Week 32 Friday

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Joshua 16:1-17:18

These chapters tell of the division of the land given to Joseph's sons, Ephraim and Manasseh. When the people explain to Joshua that their lot was too small he told them to take possession of a wood country but the people were afraid of the inhabitants that had iron chariots. Joshua reminded them of God's command not to be afraid but to take possession by His power.

Does God issue any commands in this passage?

  • God does not speak.


Does God make any promises?

  • God does not speak, but the chapters we are reading are reminders that God keeps His promises. 


Does this passage teach anything about Jesus?

  • Joshua reminds the people to get on with their work in the power of their God. That is one of the works of Jesus also. We are to be about the Father's work because we are more than conquerors.


Does this passage teach anything about yet-future events?

  • None that I identified.

Journal Through the Bible: Week 32 Thursday

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Joshua chapter 15

This is the account of the inheritance of the tribe of Judah. Is it any coincidence that Jerusalem, the City of God, is found in the portion for this tribe? I think not!

Also found within this chapter is the story of Caleb's daughter's request for water. (Pastor Dad has a sermon he preaches called "A Desert Dowry" taken from this passage.)

Does God issue any commands?

  • God does not speak in this chapter.


Does God make any promises?

  • God does not speak in this chapter.


Does this chapter teach anything about Jesus?

  • This is the land allotment of the tribe of Judah which is the ancestral tribe of Jesus.
  • Achsah, the daughter of Caleb, intercedes on the behalf of her husband, Othniel, to ask her father for the necessities of life. She is a type of Christ, the One who intercedes to His Father for our necessities.


Does this chapter teach anything about yet-future events?

  • None that I identified.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Journal Through the Bible: Week 32 Wednesday

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Joshua 13:1-14:15

These chapters recount the territory left to be conquered and the territory already settled on both sides of the Jordan River.  Of special interest is the territory given to Caleb, the only other spy besides Joshua to return to Moses with a good report of the land. The other spies were afraid of the Anakims that lived in the mountains. At the time of the original scouting assignment Caleb was 40 years old. Now, 45 years later, he requested that he be given the mountain where the Anakims lived as his inheritance. He was as fit for battle at the age of 85 as he was at the age of 40!

Does God issue any commands?

  • (13:1-7) There was still much land to conquer but due to Joshua's advancing age God commanded him to divide it between the 9 1/2 tribes that were to inherit on the western side of the Jordan River.


Does God make any promises?

  • (13:6) God promised to help the Israelites drive out the Canaanites that remained in the land.


Does this passage teach anything about Jesus?

  • Caleb is a type of Christ. "Forty years old was I when Moses the servant of the LORD sent me from Kadesh-barnea to espy out the land; and I brought him word again as it was in mine heart. Nevertheless my brethren that went up with me made the heart of the people melt: but I wholly followed the LORD my God." (14:7-8)  Jesus came unto his own but his own received him not (John 1:11) but they spoke against him and turned the hearts of the people away from Him. Nevertheless, the Prophet that was without honor in His own country wholly followed the LORD His God.


Does this passage teach anything about yet-future events?

  • Caleb's sustaining strength over the 45 years was testimony to the fact that God can put an end to the aging process when He so chooses. Isaiah 65:20 makes it clear that in the Millennium age will have no affect upon a person. And Revelation makes it clear that a Christian who has died physically will never die again.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Journal Through the Bible: Week 32 Tuesday

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Joshua 11:1-12:24

As one would expect, the Canaanites would not go down without a fight! They combined forces in an attempt to defeat the Israelites.

And they went out, they and all their hosts with them, much people, even as the sand that is upon the sea shore in multitude, with horses and chariots very many. And when all these kings were met together, they came and pitched together at the waters of Merom, to fight against Israel.       Joshua 11:4-5

These chapters are an account of the kings and peoples that were conquered by Joshua on the west side of the Jordan River and by Moses on the east side before his death. No other inhabitants besides Gibeon even attempted to make a peace treaty with Israel and this was the LORD's doing.

Does God issue any commands in this passage?

  • God told Joshua not to fear the multitudes that made up the opposing armies. They were to hough the horses and destroy the chariots.


Does God make any promises?

  • God promised to deliver the multitudes into the hands of the Israelites. 


Does this passage teach anything about Jesus?

  • Joshua is a type of Jesus as the victorious conqueror.


Does this passage teach anything about yet-future events?

  • Nothing that I identified.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Journal Through the Bible: Week 32 Monday

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Joshua chapter 10

After being deceived by the men of Gibeon into making them tributaries the men of Israel had to defend these servants from the Amorite kings and warriors from the city-states of Jerusalem, Hebron, Jarmuth, Lachish, and Eglon. God provided mighty weapons of great hailstones in the battle and an extra amount of daylight to get the job done. Afterward the Israelite army conquered Makkedah, Gezer, Debir, Kadesh-Barnea, Goshen, and Libnah.



Does God issue any commands?
  • God told Joshua not to be afraid of the Amorites that they would be facing in battle.


Does God make any promises?
  • God promised to deliver the 5 kings and their cities into the hands of Joshua. He even answered Joshua's command to the heavenly bodies to stand still in the sky until the battle was concluded. (This is a reminder of Jesus' claim that faith as a grain of mustard seed could command mountains to move.)


Does this chapter teach anything about Jesus?

  • Jesus is the Captain of the Host. He is not mentioned in this military campaign but He was introduced to Joshua at the start of Joshua's installation as general so we can be sure He is the member of the Godhead raining hailstones upon the enemy troops and causing the sun and moon to pause in their courses.


Does this chapter teach anything about yet-future events?

  • The final battles between the forces of God and the forces of Satan will end in decisive victories for God's people. Then they will obtain their inheritance that God has prepared for them.

TAKE TIME: Reading Assignment for August 12-17, 2013


Introduction: As we continue reading the book of Joshua this week we will read about more conquered territory and how they determined who settled where. Some of the territory was designated for Caleb, the only other of the original spies to inherit in the Promised Land.


Reading Assignment:
  • Monday - Joshua chapter 10
  • Tuesday - Joshua 11:1-12:24
  • Wednesday - Joshua 13:1-14:15
  • Thursday - Joshua chapter 15
  • Friday - Joshua 16:1-17:18
  • Saturday - Joshua chapter 18


Memory Verse

(Review last week's verse:) This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth, but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. Joshua 1:8


Prayer Journal (ACTS)
  • Adoration - This week take time each day to praise God for being the Provider.
  • Confession - Ask God to reveal hidden sin in your life and then confess it.
  • Thanksgiving - Thank God for your home.
  • Supplication - What are your prayer requests this week? List them for future reference so that you can see how God answers.


Search the Scriptures

Look for references for each of the following:
  • Promises that God made and to whom He made them. Do they apply to you?
  • References that either refer to or infer something about future events.
  • What does this passage teach about Jesus?
  • Commandments that God made and to whom He made them. Do they apply to you?


Putting the Word into Action

Caleb is one of those men who believed the promises of God even though he was part of the minority. (Only Joshua agreed with Caleb's assessment as one of the original 12 to spy out the land of Canaan.)  As a result God rewarded Caleb. Take some time this week to read about other real-life heroes of the faith (more modern ones). Nothing helps motivate us toward good works than to see what other Christians did and how they were blessed for their efforts.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Sunday Psalm: Triumphant Crossing Over Jordan

Psalm 114

1 When Israel went out of Egypt, the house of Jacob from a people of strange language; 2 Judah was his sanctuary, and Israel his dominion. 3 The sea saw it, and fled: Jordan was driven back. 4 The mountains skipped like rams, and the little hills like lambs. 5 What ailed thee, O thou sea, that thou fleddest? thou Jordan, that thou wast driven back? 6 Ye mountains, that ye skipped like rams; and ye little hills, like lambs? 7 Tremble, thou earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob; 8 Which turned the rock into a standing water, the flint into a fountain of waters.



Psalms 114:1-8 (KJV)

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Saturday, August 10, 2013

Journal Through the Bible: Week 31 Saturday

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Joshua chapter 9

Joshua is tricked by "ambassadors from a far county." Ha! The nagging suspicion that bothered some of the men about these travelers was evidently not enough to make them begin a proper investigation, including - or especially - talking to God about the situation!

Does God issue any commands?

  • No, God does not speak in this passage. If He had been consulted He surely would have said plenty!


Does God make any promises?

  • No, God does not speak in this chapter.


Does this chapter teach anything about Jesus?

  • Not that I identified.


Does this chapter teach anything about yet-future events?

  • Not that I identified.