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A new book review and recommendation

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Mark 8:14-21 - Discipleship 101

14 Now the disciples had forgotten to take bread, neither had they in the ship with them more than one loaf. 15 And he charged them, saying, Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, and of the leaven of Herod. 16 And they reasoned among themselves, saying, It is because we have no bread. 17 And when Jesus knew it, he saith unto them, Why reason ye, because ye have no bread? perceive ye not yet, neither understand? have ye your heart yet hardened? 18 Having eyes, see ye not? and having ears, hear ye not? and do ye not remember? 19 When I brake the five loaves among five thousand, how many baskets full of fragments took ye up? They say unto him, Twelve. 20 And when the seven among four thousand, how many baskets full of fragments took ye up? And they said, Seven. 21 And he said unto them, How is it that ye do not understand?
     The disciples at this point in time were not effective followers and we see that in v.14. They forgot to take bread and only had one loaf of bread with them.…

Jehovah-Jireh (the LORD will provide)

This divine title or name is found in Genesis 22:1-14 - the story of Abraham's testing whereupon God told Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac as a burnt offering.  Old Testament sacrifices were a representation of the perfect sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ.  No doubt, God revealed to Abraham on this particular day His plan for the redemption of mankind.  I believe it was on that day that Abraham rejoiced to see the day of the Lord Jesus (Jn. 8:56).  And just before Abraham was about to slay his son in v.10, the angel of the LORD called out unto him and restrained him from slaying his beloved son in v. 11.  Afterwards we read in verses 13-14:
"[13] And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son. [14] And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the LORD it shall be…

Elite Traveler Status (MZBC Camp 2012)

Pastor Chris, Ms. Connie, Ms. Andrea, and myself had way too much fun releasing balloons yesterday.  Each balloon contains a camper card (early registration cards).  The camper cards which are returned will translate to special prizes and surprises, including the opportunity to become a GOLD Elite Member.  We are excited about this year's summer youth camp theme: The Great World Expedition.  Our Scripture verse comes from Ecclesiastes 3:11 "...also he hath set the world in their heart,..."  A lot more information can be seen at our Camp ministry page here.  I look forward to hearing good preaching from Pastor Courtney Lewis (Chicago, IL) who will be addressing the Teens, and Pastor Mark Montgomery (Pittsburgh, PA) will be speaking to the Juniors.  My heart's prayer is that God would be glorified in the hearts and lives of every single camper and worker, and that they would make decisions that will last long after the week of Camp is over.