Wednesday, April 03, 2013

This will give you chills.......... GOOD chills.

A young man had been to Wednesday Night Bible Study. 

T he Pastor had shared about listening to God and obeying the
Lord's voice

The young man couldn't help but wonder, 'Does God
still speak to people?'

After service, he went out with some friends for
coffee and pie and they discussed the message. Several different ones talked
about how God had led them in different ways.

It was about ten o'clock when the young man started
driving home. Sitting in his car, he just began to pray, 'God...If you still
speak to people, speak to me. I will listen. I will do my best to obey.'

As he drove down the main street of his town, he
had the strangest thought to stop and buy a gallon of milk.

He shook his head and said out loud, 'God is that
you?' He didn't get a reply and started on toward home.

But again, the thought, buy a gallon of milk. 

The young man thought about Samuel and how he didn't
recognize the voice of God, and how little Samuel ran to Eli.

'Okay, God, in case that is you, I will buy the
milk.' It didn't seem like too hard a test of obedience. He could always use
the milk. He stopped and purchased the gallon of milk and started off toward

As he passed Seventh Street , he again felt the urge,
'Turn Down that street.'

This is crazy he thought, and drove on past the

Again, he felt that he should turn down Seventh Street ... 

At the next intersection, he turned back and headed
down Seventh.

Half jokingly, he said out loud, 'Okay, God, I will.'

He drove several blocks, when suddenly, he felt
like he should stop He pulled over to the curb and looked around. He was in a
semi- commercial area of town.. It wasn't the best but it wasn't the worst of
neighborhoods either. The businesses were closed and most of the houses looked
dark like the people were already in bed.

Again, he sensed something, 'Go and give the milk
to the people in the house across the street.' The young man looked at the
house. It was dark and it looked like the people were either gone or they were
already asleep. He started to open the door and then sat back in the car seat.

'Lord, this is insane. Those people are asleep and
if I wake them up, they are going to be mad and I will look stupid.' Again, he
felt like he should go and give the milk.

Finally, he opened the door, 'Okay God, if this is
you, I will go to the door and I will give them the milk If you want me to look
like a crazy person, okay. I want to be obedient. I guess that will count for
some thing, but if they don't answer right away, I am out of here.'

He walked across the street and rang the bell. He
could hear some noise inside. A man's voice yelled out, 'Who is it? What do you
want?' Then the door opened before the young man could get away.

The man was standing there in his jeans and
T-shirt.... He looked like he just got out of bed. He had a strange look on his
face and he didn't seem too happy to have some stranger standing on his
doorstep. 'What is it?'

The young man thrust out the gallon of milk, 'Here,
I brought this to you.' The man took the milk and rushed down a hallway..

Then from down the hall came a woman carrying the
milk toward the kitchen. The man was following her holding a baby. The baby was
crying.. The man had tears streaming down his face.

The man began speaking and half crying, 'We were
just praying .. We had
 some big bills this month and we ran out of money..We didn't have any milk for our baby. I was just praying and asking God to show
me how to get some milk.'

His wife in the kitchen yelled out, 'I ask him to
send an Angel with some.. Are you an Angel?'

The young man reached into his wallet and pulled
out all the money he had on him and put in the man's hand. He turned and walked
back toward his car and the tears were streaming down his face.

He knew that God still answers prayers. 

THIS IS A SIMPLE TEST....... If you believe that
God is alive and well, send this to at least ten people and the person that
sent it to you!!!!!!!!

This is so true. Sometimes it's the simplest things
that God asks us to do that cause us, if we are obedient to what He's asking,
to be able to hear His voice more clear than ever. Please listen, and obey! It
will bless you (and the world).... Phil 4:13

This is an easy test - you score 100 or zero. It's
your choice.

If you aren't ashamed to do this, please follow the
directions... Jesus said, 'If you are ashamed of me, I will be ashamed of you
before my Father.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

The Linen Burial Cloth of Jesus

Why did Jesus fold the linen burial cloth after His resurrection? I never noticed this....The Gospel of John (20:7) tells us that the napkin, which was placed over the face of Jesus, was not just thrown aside like the grave clothes.

The Bible takes an entire verse to tell us that the napkin was neatly folded, and was placed separate from the grave clothes. Early Sunday morning, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the Tomb and found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance. She ran and found Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved.

She said, 'They have taken the Lord's body out of the tomb, and I don't know where they have put him!'

Peter and the other disciple ran to the tomb to see.

The other disciple outran Peter and got there first. He stooped and looked in and saw the linen cloth lying there, but he didn't go in. Then Simon Peter arrived and went inside...he also noticed the linen wrappings lying there, while the cloth that had covered Jesus' head was folded up and lying to the side.

Was that important? Absolutely!  Is it really significant? Yes!

In order to understand the significance of the folded napkin, you have to understand a little bit about Hebrew tradition of that day. The folded napkin had to do with the Master and Servant, and every Jewish boy knew this Tradition.

When the servant set the dinner table for the master, he made sure that it was exactly the way the master wanted it.

The table was furnished perfectly, and then the servant would wait, just out of sight, until the master had finished eating, and the servant would not dare touch that table, until the master was finished. Now if the master were done eating, he would rise from the table, wipe his fingers, his mouth, and clean his beard, and would wad up that napkin and toss it onto the table.

The servant would then know to clear the table for in those days, the wadded napkin meant, 'I'm done'.

But if the master got up from the table, and folded his napkin, and laid it beside his plate, the servant would not dare touch the table, because the folded napkin meant, 'I'm coming back!'

He is Coming Back!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Back in 1972, I was involved in several different Christian organizations. I played guitar and had a demand to sing and play at some different Christian functions. I vividly recall being invited to the opening of what was planned to be the epi-center of Christianity in the Cincinnati area. I wasn't sure what I was to do at this event. As it turned out, I was called to play guitar alongside the organizer's daughter, who also played guitar.

After the praying, singing and speaking ended I hung around to converse with folks. The big thing on the agenda was a Christian Television Network. Cable TV was fairly new to the area. These folks were all lit up about how wonderful it will be to have "All Jesus, All the Time." Now I've been cautious about any sort of radical developement. This set my radar off. They were also touting the End Times and how we need to stock up on ready-to-eat meals, water and other sort of victuals to store in our underground compounds. I unfortunately did not have an underground bunker, nor did I have money to invest in stocks of food supplies or Christian TV for that matter.

Here it is 41 years later and one Christian Network bit the dust due to its corrupted owners. The other two Networks are preaching a Gospel which I don't agree with or understand. Pat Robertson is 82 years old and needs to retire. The following article is proof that Robertson has "jumped the shark."

Pat Robertson said that "awful-looking" women are to blame for a romance-deficient marriages.

It all started when a 17-year-old boy wrote to Maxim magazine asking for advice on how to get his videogame-loving dad to pay more attention to his mom. Robertson decided to offer the teen some advice of his own during a recent episode of the Christian Broadcasting Network's "700 Club."

"It may be your mom isn't as sweet as you think she is," said the 82-year-old. "She may be kind of hard-nosed."

Robertson then went on to to say that "awful-looking" women can be to blame for certain marital problems:

A woman came to a preacher that I know, and she was awful looking. I mean, her hair was all torn up and she was overweight and looked terrible, clothes bad and everything. And she said, 'Oh, Reverend, what can I do? My husband has started to drink.' And the preacher looked at her and said, 'Madam, if I was married to you I'd start to drink too.' We need to cultivate romance, darling! ... You always have to keep that spark of love alive. It just isn't something to just lie there, 'Well, I'm married to him so he's got to take me slatternly looking.' You've got to fix yourself up, look pretty.

This is not the first time Robertson has blamed women's appearances for marital problems.

As Think Progress notes, during a 2010 episode of "The 700 Club," a caller asked Robertson how to get her husband to stop flirting with other women.

"First thing is you need to make yourself as attractive as possible and don’t hassle him about it," the Christian televangelist said. "And why is he doing this? Well, he’s doing it because he wants affirmation that he is still a man, that he is attractive — and he gets an affirmation of himself ... But you need to not drive him away or start hassling and hounding on him, but make yourself as beautiful as you can, as fun as you can, and say let’s go out here, let’s go there, let’s go to the other thing."

He has also joked about wife-beating as a means of gaining respect, the New York Daily News notes.

Pitcher Found In Ancient Ruins of Shiloh Sheds Light On Biblical Mystery

A pitcher found during an Israeli archaeological dig may shed light on a biblical mystery that has gone unsolved for thousands of years.

The broken clay pitcher, discovered in a bed of ashes in the Tel Shiloh dig site in Samaria, Israel, suggests that the ancient city -- once the de facto capital city and spiritual center of ancient Israel -- was burned to the ground, the Tazpit News Agency reports.

The ashes found attest to a devastating fire the occurred at the site. The dating of the clay pitcher, 1,050 BCE, correlates with the dating of the events depicted in Book of Samuel.

As the Oxford Biblical Studies archive notes, the city of Shiloh was a religious sanctuary around the 12th century B.C.E., until it was captured by the Philistines. The Ark of the Covenant, containing the Ten Commandments, was also kept in Shiloh during this time.

The Book of Samuel writes of this battle between the Israelites and the Philistines, but has never explained how exactly the city was destroyed, according to the Tazpit News Agency.

Archeological research has been conducted at Shiloh by the Archaeological Staff Officer for Judea and Samaria as well as the Binyamin local authority, Arutz Sheva previously reported.

Past finds at the site have indicated that after the disastrous loss to the Philistines, the area was inhabited until 722 B.C.E., when Assyria defeated the Kingdom of Israel.

Israel has announced numerous archeological finds in the past few years. In May, it was announced that evidence seemed to support the existence of Bethlehem before the birth of Jesus.