“The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach,”

Acts 1:1

The above comes from the book in the Bible that is commonly called “The Acts of the Apostles”.  It could be called “The Acts of the early Christians”, or better yet, “The Acts of the early churches”, OR even better… “The Acts of what ‘Jesus began both to do and teach’”!

My point is, this book of the Bible is NOT called “The Acts of the Roman Government”, or “The Acts of the Senate”…

Do WE GET this?

 

 

 

“And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul. And when she was baptized, and her household…”

Acts 16:14-15

THIS IS GREAT!  May God give us good, kind and powerful answers!

   James Coleman was saved when he was eleven-years-old, in 1838.  As an adult was a county sheriff, but went on to become a gospel preacher.

    Coleman was gifted with a clear and quick mind and a way with words.  He was often asked to participate in debates with other preachers over doctrine, and often he consented. 

“Thus saith the LORD; Behold, I set before you the way of life, and the way of death.”

Jeremiah 21:8

I’m pretty sure the Lord had said this sort of thing before…

Yes… a few times actually…

Deuteronomy 11:26, “Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse;” and again in…

Deuteronomy 30:19,  “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life…” and…

“…he hath destroyed his places of the assembly…”

Lamentations 2:6

I read this verse… Wednesday morning the 18th of March 2020… the morning we were told to avoid groups of more than 100 people indoors, and in America, groups of 10!  Everything has been affected, including churches. 

Would we miss it if we couldn’t go to church?  If there was a ban on people "assembling" to worship?

“Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you”

James 4.8

I submit that we need to go back to the drawing board.  We have a Bible, so we have absolutely NO excuse!

The Book of James is known as the “Proverbs of the New Testament”.  We believe it was written by James, the half-brother of our Lord Jesus.  He witnessed Christ’s appearance after the resurrection, saw Jesus return to heaven and was a leader in the church at Jerusalem.  We believe God used James to write this New Testament book shortly after the early churches began to spread because the new believers needed to be encouraged to “get into the scriptures”!

“For it is easier for a camel to go through a needle's eye, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.”

Luke 18:25

How can a camel go through the “eye of a needle”?  Because Jesus said that it was easier for a camel to go through a needle’s eye than for a rich man to get saved!

The people who heard Jesus were confused… ”And they that heard it said, Who then can be saved?”  But then Jesus said… “The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.” Luke 18:26-27

So, it’s like this picture… right?  Or is it?

"praise the beauty of holiness"

"praise the beauty of holiness"

The king “appointed singers unto the LORD,

and that should praise the beauty of holiness,

as they went out before the army, and to say,

Praise the LORD; for his mercy endureth for ever.”

2 Chronicles 20.21

“…betimes… shall want.”

Proverbs 13:24-25

There are a few words we never really use the way they are used in the above verses.  So, what do they mean in the verses above, the way we see them in our King James Bible?

“He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes. The righteous eateth to the satisfying of his soul: but the belly of the wicked shall want.” Proverbs 13:24-25

“They smote also the tents of cattle, and carried away sheep and camels in abundance, and returned to Jerusalem.”

2 Chronicles 14:15

 “tents of the cattle” ..?  Does that mean cows were in a tent and they were conquered? 

 I googled “tents and cows” and actually found the image of a cow who somehow got into a tent!  But no, the verse is not saying that the cows were living in the tents!

 The context makes it clear:  They conquered the cities and they conquered the nomadic herdsman who took their herds and flocks from place to place and they lived in tents, not their cows.

“to know”

Proverbs 1.2

When I read this the other morning those two words hit me like never before!

“to know”

Years ago, I memorized these verses, and other parts of this chapter have been a blessing, but these two words… they have proven true, and powerful even though they were just “hidden” there in my heart for… how many years?  … about 36 years I think… yes, for about 36 years those two words were just sitting, hidden in my heart.

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