Showing posts from January, 2012

Gen. 33:16-20 God is glorified

16 So Esau returned that day on his way unto Seir. 17 And Jacob journeyed to Succoth, and built him an house, and made booths for his cattle: therefore the name of the place is called Succoth. 18 And Jacob came to Shalem, a city of Shechem, which is in the land of Canaan, when he came from Padanaram; and pitched his tent before the city. 19 And he bought a parcel of a field, where he had spread his tent, at the hand of the children of Hamor, Shechem's father, for an hundred pieces of money. 20 And he erected there an altar, and called it Elelohe-Israel.
     And so ends the meeting of the brothers, they parted ways in peace and that only by the grace of God.  Jacob resides in Shalem which is a city in the valley of Shechem (which is believed to be Neapolis, about 34 miles north of Jerusalem).  There he publicly acknowledges God by erecting an altar and honoring God by dedicating it and calling it God, the God of Israel.  God gave Jacob a new and prominent name, Israel (prince with God)…

Mark 7:24-30 Keys to answered prayer

24 And from thence he arose, and went into the borders of Tyre and Sidon, and entered  into an house, and would have no man know it: but he could not be hid.
25 For a certain woman, whose young daughter had an unclean spirit, heard of him, and came and fell at his feet: 26  The woman was a Greek, a Syrophenician by nation; and she besought him that he would cast forth the devil out of her daughter. 27 But Jesus said unto her, Let the children first be filled: for it is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it unto the dogs. 28 And she answered and said unto him, Yes, Lord: yet the dogs under the table eat of the children's crumbs. 29 And he said unto her, For this saying go thy way; the devil is gone out of thy daughter. 30 And when she was come to her house, she found the devil gone out, and her daughter laid upon the bed.
     Jesus retires a bit from ministry and obviously it isn’t wrong to do that.  However, a certain woman, we do not know her name but we do know tha…

Gen. 33:5-15 - God is gracious

5 And he lifted up his eyes, and saw the women and the children; and said, Who are those with thee? And he said, The children which God hath graciously given thy servant.
6 Then the handmaidens came near, they and their children, and they bowed themselves. 7 And Leah also with her children came near, and bowed themselves: and after came Joseph near and Rachel, and they bowed themselves. 8 And he said, What meanest thou by all this drove which I met? And he said, These are to find grace in the sight of my lord. 9 And Esau said, I have enough, my brother; keep that thou hast unto thyself. 10 And Jacob said, Nay, I pray thee, if now I have found grace in thy sight, then receive my present at my hand: for therefore I have seen thy face, as though I had seen the face of God, and thou wast pleased with me. 11 Take, I pray thee, my blessing that is brought to thee; because God hath dealt graciously with me, and because I have enough. And he urged him, and he took it. 12 And he said, Let us take our…

Pre-event buzz: DfNB

Disciplines for New Believers (Kindle edition) has been a part of Amazon's KDP Select program (of which my kdp select program is set to expire on March 09), which enables Amazon Prime Members to download the book for free, and allows for Kindle readers to borrow it free with no due date (as part of their lending library).  DfNB Kindle edition can still be purchased like usual for $4.00, but starting tomorrow it will be FREE for the next five days.

Also, along with that development, Starr Publications is offering the actual book format of DfNB at a bulk special (10 for $45.00).  You can click on the Starr Publications link here, and click on the "Specials" tab (located on the left) and there it is called "Bundle #1."

What exactly is my book about?  It is an eight week discipleship booklet designed for new converts to train them in daily thinking about rudimentary Scriptural principles and relevant topics at the same time introducing them to basic Baptist doctrine…

The evil within (Mark 7:23)

All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.” (Mark 7:23)

When the Lord Jesus looks into our hearts, here is exactly what He sees:
1. Evil thoughts 2.Adulteries 3.Fornications 4.Murders 5.Thefts 6.Covetousness 7.Wickedness 8.Deceit 9.Lasciviousness 10.An evil eye 11.Blasphemy 12.Pride 13.Foolishness
In v. 23 He said “all these evil things come from within,” earlier in v. 21 he mentions “from within, out of the heart of men” that clearly means that the source of our sin is our heart.  The Lord goes directly to the heart of the matter.  These thirteen items (which gives a seemingly endless effect) all stem from the one singular source, i.e. the heart.  Matthew’s list is similar but shorter, and contains “false witness” (Matt. 15:19).  What an amazing expose of the human heart.  This is the reason why we need to be born again, why we need God to produce in us a new heart (Ezek. 18:31; 36:26).  And then, as born again believers we must ever be so vigilant to guard our heart (Pro. 4:23). …

Gen. 33:1-4 Jacob meets with Esau

1 ¶ And Jacob lifted up his eyes, and looked, and, behold, Esau came, and with him four hundred men. And he divided the children unto Leah, and unto Rachel, and unto the two handmaids.
2 And he put the handmaids and their children foremost, and Leah and her children after, and Rachel and Joseph hindermost.
3 And he passed over before them, and bowed himself to the ground seven times, until he came near to his brother.
4 And Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck, and kissed him: and they wept.

      This is the happy occasion of the meeting and perhaps reconciliation of two estranged brothers. A wedge was placed between them because of the deceitfulness of Jacob, and the carnality of Esau. Sin destroys relationships. But God still works in the background. Jacob will be instrumental in the fulfillment of the Lord’s protoevangelum in Gen. 3:15, and therefore will go on to prosperity despite his fears. Esau will never gain God’s favor because of sin, which was h…

Gospel tracts

Here are some gospel tracts that I have come across that I really like.

1.  God's Bridge to Eternal Life:

I like this one for several reasons:  The message of Salvation is clear.  The visual images capture the eye and help the mind to process what the Bible is saying.  This tract can be ordered at 586-725-5800.  Unfortunately, you will need to ask for the KJV edition since they have this tract using NASB.

2.  This Was Your Life:
 Who hasn't read a "Chick Publications" tract?  This one is an absolute classic.  Very thought provoking. I don't care much for other Chick tracts, sometimes they go over-board and make light of serious things, but "This Was Your Life" is excellent.  Order this (and don't worry they are KJV only, amen!) at 909-987-0771.

3.  Select verses from the Holy Bible:

This gospel tract is amazing because it writes complete Bible verses out.  While the tract is not as visually stimulating (older graphics), the truths presented are powerful…

Twitter thoughts

I like it.  I like to read about how people are doing, where they are going, or just plainly what's happening with them.  I certainly like the brevity of info presented in each tweet.  I like reading about some of their Scriptural thoughts, Bible verses that grad them so strongly that they need to share it with their followers.  It is sorta like a Twitter-devotional (a "Tweetvotional").  I liked following products and companies of interest (even though so many of them rarely connected with me as a person, they perceived me more as a consumer or a customer, and that got a bit irritating, and so I withdrew my "following" from nearly all business types - I think I will remain static on this aspect of Twittering until I am treated like a person rather than a consumer, or if a really good deal happens to pop up...ha!).  I like the concept of retweeting tweets of interest.  I like its simplicity and ease of use.  I like that I can connect with people near and f…