What we think and believe about ourselves has tremendous impact on soooo much of our lives. What I allow to wander through my cranial cavity can determine much more than I realize. The health of my body, soul, and spirit has much to do with what I think and believe.
In yesterday’s sermon at Castle Rock Bible Church, we looked at a hunchback woman who had been so for 18 years. Think about it, much of her daily view was the ground. Jesus in his compassionate state said, “this woman, our sister, a relative in the promise of Abraham, one of our family, needs to be free from this oppression.” He even pinpointed the reason for the influence. Satan and his wily kingdom had set up camp in her body causing tremendous damage. In his empathetic state, Jesus sidestepped the built-up rules of Sabbath to provide relief to this woman. In the process, revealed the hearts of the crowd into two definite camps.
One of the many points in discussing her ailment was that in our western world, the general mindset is that our bodies are our bodies and sickness or disease or difficulty is strictly the result of poor diet, lack of excercise, hereditary, or pumping our bodies with toxins. Western thinking precludes any demonic spiritual influence on our body, soul, and spirit. Not so in the eastern world, of which Jesus is a part. They have no problem understanding how the spiritual world has a significant impact on the physical world.
Wow we are now 82% of the way through the entire Bible. Admirable of you to stick with it so faithfully. Good work.
If ‘promise’ is a key word for the entire Old Testament, ‘fulfillment’ is a key word for the New Testament. We read promise after promise by Father towards his people and the world. Promises to Adam, Noah, Abraham, David, Solomon, and others. Those promises are all fulfilled in Jesus Christ. Jesus is the key figure in the New Testament.
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Good morning Saints, Jesus bless you today~
I have something to admit, I got behind just a bit and am having to catch up. It is not too hard to catch back up, but it did a number on my spirit not reading daily as I had done for the 45 days straight prior to yesterday. When one is in a habit, it just feels different when that habit is not maintained. My spirit felt just a bit drier not flowing with what it had received before. The Word of God is so important to our souls and spirits, eh friends?
No one has answered the CRBC trivia question from a few days ago- “What three words we focused on in Luke 6 that propelled us to do Mashal March last year?”
Because we are flying through some short books here, you will be receiving a short note on each of them rather than a humongous, long one. Let’s see how it goes~
Wisdom literature does not operate like the commands of the law or the plot of narrative. It is not set forth as “Thus says the Lord” as in the prophets, nor is it even like the exhortation of the New Testament letter.
Good morning everyone.
In finishing up 2 Kings today, we just blew through roughly 400 years in
On their way to Babylon as the City of Jerusalem falls
both the Kings books. That was a lot of names, dates, mothers, “doing evil in the eyes of the Lord”‘s, setting up and tearing down Asherah poles. Yet through it all, there were glimpses of hope in kings, people, and the presence of God. Joshiah is a bright spot in the road. While some kings reigned for a few months or a year, Josiah had the longest at 69 years. Way to go Joe! He is a great example for us to look to as a radical for the Lord.
2 Kings 14:25 Did you see the prophet Jonah made an appearance? This is the same one who heads to Nineveh to preach repentance and has a book named after himself.
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I will have to admit, it takes a high degree of fortitude to keep up with this pace of reading. And boy is it worth it! Great stuff today.
Key dates to jolt your memory:
971 BC The anointing of Solomon
931 BC The division of the United Monarchy into North (Israel) and South (Judah)
722 BC The fall of Samaria, the capital of Israel (invader: Assyria)
612 BC The fall of Nineveh (the Assyrian capital)
605 BC The battle of Carchemish
605, 597, 586 BC The three attacks on Jerusalem and the fall (invader: Babylon)
I have attached several charts today from a book I own, John H. Walton, Chronological and Background Charts of the Old Testament (1994, Grand Rapids: Zondervan). One is a map of the kingdom at its zenith, another at the split, one is all about family and ancestry of David, another the history of the United Monarchy, and a cool one, a list of the deities of the ANE we read about.
Elijah calling down fire upon the altar on Mt Carmel and the prophets of Ba'al.
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