The Place of Safety

A view of the city of Petra in southern Jordan.

In last week’s  post, The New and Improved Law (part 3), I went over the holy days of Leviticus 23 that I used to rigorously observe. For over 25 years I kept these days somewhat according to the Old Covenant’s commands to Israel of obeying God (I did not, of course, offer any animal sacrifices at a temple). Because I am  gaining (note: gaining – I am still learning!) understanding of the New Covenant, I am highly awestruck by how Jesus Christ fulfilled all of the holy days that the Israelites observed.

These Old Covenant holy days,  were just that – days that
picture Jesus Christ. They were not
prophecies that were fulfilled one by one
on a timeline. No, they were all fulfilled when
Jesus came onto the world scene and died for
the sins of humanity.

But, along with the observance of these days (which
I no longer keep) was my anticipation that, before Christ
returns to the earth, the Church would be affected
by tremendous turmoils and cataclysmic events
never before experienced on earth. And because of that,
I would be told to flee and be transported somehow
to a special place of protection – to an area somewhere
in the world – to a definite place of safety called Petra.
Can you believe that? Actually, I did consider this place
to be a temporary safe haven for me as a Christian.
I must be crazy telling you this! But that is
purpose of this post.

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My Sweet Lord

Music HighwayAs I have stated in previous posts, I used to observe annual holy days that most Christians do not keep. I kept the days found in Leviticus 23 such as the Days of Unleavened Bread, the day of Atonement (Yom Kippur), and the Feast of Tabernacles. See The New and Improved Law (part 3).

I am not encouraging any of you Christians to observe any of these days. Jesus Christ fulfilled these days that belonged and were commanded
for the Old Covenant congregation of Israel
to strictly follow. Nowhere does the New
Covenant demand Christians to observe them.

I also wrongly believed these days to be prophecies
that followed a progression of events; a master plan,
that God developed for Jesus Christ to complete.
I assumed that they were meant to be still observed
today because they were not all “prophetically”
completed by Christ. I was in error.

* Yes, I was wrong. These Old Covenant days were
not prophesies which were meant to be checked off
and fulfilled by Christ, one by one.

* Yes, I now realize that these days were just that, days
– only days that were commanded only to a
nation called Israel to keep to the letter.

* I now understand these days, which were in the Old
Covenant holy with God’s presence in them, were all
fulfilled by Jesus Christ at the cross.

* I learned that I cannot keep both the Old Covenant
and the New Covenant at the same time.

If you are a Christian who is still keeping these
days, I will not judge or condemn you for doing so
according to your conscience. But, it would be your
error if you condemn other Christians for not doing
as you do (Colossians 2:16-17 NKJV).

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The New And Improved Law (part 3)

Ten CommandmentsAbout three weeks ago I posted my continuing  thoughts about the law of God. I posted, The New And Improved Law (part 2). There I stated that the Old Covenant, with all of its laws, regulations, animal sacrifices, etc., contained within it, has been fulfilled by Jesus Christ and replaced with a new and better covenant.

I strongly focused on the word fulfill and briefly analyzed what Jesus meant about it when He said…

Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.(Matthew 5:17).

Had Jesus said at that very moment, “Yes, I came so
that you do not have to keep the law any more”,
He would have been, at that moment, in great trouble
because He, Jesus Christ, a Jew in the flesh, was
still under the law.

I also stated that specific laws cited in the Old Testament
called the Ten Commandments are part of the Old
Covenant and they have been fulfilled by Christ when
He died on the cross.

The Old Covenant also includes certain holy days that God
said, at that time in the Old Testment, must be kept holy
by Israel. These are all listed together in Leviticus 23.
Question: How did Jesus Christ  fulfill these holy
days? That is the main topic of this post.

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I Say A Little Prayer For You

Last weekend, a national day of prayer was requested by the President of the United States on behalf of all those enduring the consequences of Hurricane Harvey over Texas and Louisiana. Most, if not all, of the Christian churches who heard it took up the call. I am sure it will make a difference on the lives affected by that hurricane.

As I write this, another hurricane, Irma, is making her presence felt. She already has been identified as the strongest hurricane ever
recorded in the Atlantic Ocean outside of the
Caribbean islands. If she strikes heavily
populated areas at hurricane force it will
further stress the recovery resources of the
nation. So as of now, saying a little prayer
for protection and mercy over what is yet to
come is much needed.

Why God would allow such natural
monstrosities to occur over people is His
business. Can anything good come out of this?
Yes, especially when there is prayer being
deployed.

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Bible Trivia Quiz (part 6) Surprise Pop Quiz!

bible-trivia-questionsEvery Monday through Friday a little after 7:00 AM (EST), the radio announcers Gerry Williams and often with Teresa Daily both of station WIHS 104.9 FM, provide their listening audience the Bible Trivia Question for the day. They would present a question pertaining to the Bible and after a subsequent short programming is over, they would give the answer.

If you have been a Christian for several years,
the answers to most of the questions would be
obvious. Other questions would be a challenge.
Quite often, trying to answer the question leads
you to another train of thought. That done, you
now have spent a little more precious time on
the things of God.

I know many of you have to get ready for school or work during that portion of the WIHS program (EST), so I have compiled a list of 25 questions and answers from past broadcasts and made it a quiz for you to try. Even what you may consider as trivial knowledge comes in handy when you are bridging and studying the major themes and doctrines contained in the Bible.

So take the quiz and do not peek at the answers located at the bottom of the list until you have attempted to answer them. Okay?

Score yourselves – maximum 100 points:
4 points for every correct answer
2 points for every partially correct answer
1 point for being close
0 points for blanks
Bible verse reference not required but add 1 point for referencing the correct Bible book.

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Grades:
A = 90 – 100 points
B = 80 – 89 points
C = 70 – 79 points
D = 60 – 69 points
F = Below 60 points (retake quiz as soon as possible!)

Keep taking the quiz until you have achieved a perfect score of 100.
Remember: What Biblically seems trivial to us is important to God for you to think and meditate to use later on.

God bless.

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10 Bible Verses That Can Change Your Life (part 33)

lighthouseFor those of you who have studied the Bible for several years, no matter how often you read a particular verse, oftentimes a new understanding of it will suddenly light up at you as if it were new!

Last year, there were verses that for years I have been familiar that all of a sudden took on a whole new dimension when I began writing about them.

If you are a new Christian or a person who
does not know yet what the Bible is all about,
I pray that the verses below will cause you to
start thinking differently about yourself and the
world you live in.

On the other hand, chances are you are now beginning to study the Bible. If so, I believe it will be a Supreme Being, the Great God, who will be communicating to you mostly through your thoughts.

Below are ten more Bible verses added from “10 Bible Verses That Can Change Your Life (part 32)” that have changed my life and other people’s lives as well. These verses have been doing this throughout the centuries. I am sure you long-time students of the Bible can think of other verses that are also life-changing.

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Charlie Brown

Music HighwayAnother school year has begun here in the United States and elsewhere. School buses are vigorously back in action serving their respective schools. Elementary, middle, high and college school teachers are fairly rested, energized, and ready to start afresh teaching and transferring knowledge to the younger generation.

It is not an easy task for many, if not all, of these teachers. Far too often, many of them will have to
deal with some very difficult students. All of them
will need our prayers. As a matter of fact, I suggest
Christians also pray for the students as well.

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Our Daily Bread – September 2017

Here is this month’s September 2017, promotional commentary of the monthly devotional called Our Daily Bread. This publication has been around for over 60 years. It was first published in April 1956.

It includes articles related to the Bible and Christian living, a daily Bible reading, an article about the Bible reading and an insight about the passage. It also gives you scriptures so you can read the entire Bible in one year. In other words, it is a treasure to help you in your daily growth with Jesus Christ, your Savior.

Below is a list of the titles of the daily articles from this month’s (September) booklet. Underneath each
are my personal brief thoughts about the article.

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Good News Verses – August 2017

The Christian radio station that I listen to daily is WIHS 104.9 FM based out of Middletown, CT. To me, those involved with this station, as in most Christian radio stations, are broadcasting the gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the world.

A segment that this station has been broadcasting for as long as I can remember is The Good News Verse heard every day.
Very early each morning, one thoughtful Bible
passage is given for us to consider and to
meditate. This is then repeated several times
throughout the day.

When I hear each passage, I ask, how is this
“good news” for me? How can I apply it? Why
did the publishers choose it for me to consider?

With that in mind, I have gathered a few of them that were broadcasted a few days ago and posted them here for your review. Underneath each I have listed three ways that the passage is applicable for us to use. Please note that the views and opinions I expressed here for each passage do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of WIHS radio’s staff and management.

As you read them, I am sure you will discover other significant applications than what I have listed.

Below is the collection:

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All I Really Want To Do

Music HighwayWhat was God up to when He created Adam and Eve? I mean, He had already created thousands if not millions of angels to be around Him. Right? Were they perfect? I believe so. Just because one-third of them decided to rebel against God did not mean they were imperfect to begin with.

When Lucifer rebelled it was because wickedness was in him (Ezekiel 28:14-15). How did that happen? Did God create imperfect, evil
beings? No. Did God place sinfulness
into Lucifer which caused him to mutiny
against God (Isaiah 14:12-15) and be
renamed, Satan? No. Lucifer was created
perfect. Philosophical discussions can
go on and on here.

But God then created human beings. He was
again pleased with what He did. Once again,
what He caused into existence was very good.
Right? Of course! But because Adam and Eve
decided to disobey did that mean they were
actually not made perfect? No, again, what God
created was very good. Perfect.

So why did God create these beings – human
beings – who would also disobey and soon even reject
Him? Was it because God wanted something unique?

I believe so. This time God wanted special relationships
to exist between Him and what He created.

How can you tell this was what He wants? Answer: By
reading the Bible. This is a huge topic! Notice one thing
that Jesus Christ said.

Jesus expressed God’s desire for a relationship when He
called His disciples, friends.

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