Tuesday, December 26, 2017

The Star

The Star

Look up and see if you can answer these celestial questions
  1. What was the name of the star that would strike the earth in Revelation?

  2. Wormwood
    Argammedon
    Abaddon
    Hale Bop

  3. The star of what god did Stephen say Israelites worshiped?

  4. Molech
    Baal
    Remphan
    Oneder

  5. Who was promised by God 'descendants as the stars of the heavens'?

  6. David
    Adam
    Noah
    Abraham

  7. Who had a dream of eleven stars were bowing down to him?

  8. Joseph
    Daniel
    The Cupbearer
    King Saul

  9. Who was caught in a storm that caused neither sun nor stars to appear for many days?

  10. Luke
    Peter
    Jonah
    Elijah

  11. What animal feature grew large enough to knock some stars from the sky in Daniel's vision?

  12. Camel's back
    Goats Horn
    Dragon's Tail
    Beasts snout

  13. Who is called the 'bright morning star'?

  14. Lucifer
    Jesus
    Judah
    The church

  15. Who used the term wandering stars (or planets) to describe false teachers?

  16. Paul
    John
    Jude
    Peter

  17. Who used the time of an appearance of a star to murder children?

  18. Ahab
    Herrod
    Pilate
    The King of Sodom

  19. What Prophet reluctantly prophesied about 'A star shall come forth from Jacob'?

  20. Amos
    Obadiah
    Ballam
    Jonah

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Learning Not To Like It



  I have a friend that has a food aversion to eggs. He is not allergic but he still can’t eat them.  When he was young, he almost choked to death while eating an egg.  Now, when he even smells eggs cooking, his throat closes up and he feels that panic of choking.

  I can hardly imagine his fate. I love eggs. I think of them like Forrest Gump’s friend Bubba thought about shrimp. Fry them, boil them, scramble them make a sandwich out of them, I don’t care I will eat them! If I couldn’t eat eggs it would be a tragedy.

  I guess that is unless they almost killed me…

  Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry.
Colossians 3:5

  There are lots of behaviors that the world engages in that could be enjoyed, in a perverse way. For some new (and some not so new) Christians, there is a draw back into those old ways. We crave the sin like I crave a tray of deviled eggs. The only way to stop the desire is to link it to its result, death.

Therefore what benefit were you then deriving from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the outcome of those things is death.
Romans 6:21

  We need to develop a sin aversion. Instead of letting our mind wander into the temporary pleasure of sin, we need to be shocked by the eternal result of it. It might taste good going down but it will strangle us in its wake.  

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Gold, Frankincense & Myrrh


Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh

Answer these questions about the valuable items

  1. Where do the prophets Jeremiah and Isaiah say frankincense came from?

  2. Sheba
    Eqypt
    France
    India

  3. How much myrrh did Nicodemus use in preparing Jesus body for burial?

  4. one pound
    ten pounds
    one hundred pounds
    one thousand pounds

  5. What man was described as 'very rich in livestock, in silver and in gold'.

  6. Joseph, husband of Mary
    Abram
    Lazarus
    Daniel

  7. Who taught swearing by the gold of temple obligated you to keep your vow?

  8. Jesus
    Moses
    The Pharisees
    The Romans

  9. What offering was to have frankincense place on it?

  10. Sin Offering
    Grain Offering
    Peace Offering
    New Moon Offering

  11. What golden item was in the ark?

  12. A jar filled with manna
    A shield
    The sword of David
    Moses Staff

  13. On what occasion did Jesus refuse to drink wine mixed with myrrh?

  14. A wedding feast
    In the house of Jarius
    At his crucifixion
    When he meets his disciple after his resurrection

  15. According to 1st Kings, what was the weight of gold which came into Solomon in one year?

  16. 1000 Shekels
    666 talents
    500 measures
    300,000 pieces

  17. What gold item represented the seven churches in Revelation?

  18. Crown
    Altar
    Lampstands
    Sash

  19. Who was sold by his brothers to traders bearing aromatic gum and balm and myrrh?

  20. Jacob
    Joseph
    Essau
    Nabal

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Has Left The Building

  If I use the name Ichabod, what pops into your mind? Chances are it will be the gangly schoolmaster chased by the headless horseman in Washington Irving’s Legend of Sleepy Hollow.


  However, the name is actuality Biblical in origin. It is the name of the grandson of the priest Eli. His name comes from the fact when his mother is giving birth to him she finds out about the death of her husband and the capture of the ark by the Philistines (1st Samuel 4:19). The name means ‘The glory has departed from Israel’.  The capture of the ark is devastating news. It kills Eli (vs. 18) and signals that the presence of God has gone away from Israel. Not until the time of David would the ark return to Jerusalem.

  The ark was a symbol of God presence but that had not meant that God had been with them before Ichabod was born. The sins of the people had moved them away from God. In those days “And word from the LORD was rare in those days, visions were infrequent”(1st Samuel 3:1). God was not talking to his people and they were not listing to him.

  Isn’t it funny how we often times don’t realize how far we have moved from God till well after it has happened? It takes a jolt for us to grasp something is missing in our lives.  We look up and are shocked to realize God has left our lives. As Marshal Keble put it;  “Most people think falling away from the church is like a blowout, but in reality, it is like a leaky tire.”

  Are we Ichabod? Has God left our lives without our notice? It isn’t as if God has moved, we have moved away from him! Are we talking to God? Are we listing to him?

  Don’t wait till a tragedy makes you realize the absence of God in your life. Make sure you are still living in his glory.

so that you would walk in a manner worthy of the God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory.

1st Thessalonians 2:12

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

No Room At The Inn And No Innkeeper


No Room At The Inn and No Innkeeper

Although he often referred to, there is no innkeeper mentioned in the birth story of Jesus. Pick the other things that aren't mentioned in the Scriptures in the following.

  1. The Garden of Eden

  2. A snake
    Adam
    A Tree
    An Apple

  3. Popular Sayings

  4. Pride goes before fall
    God helps those that help themselves
    Man doesn't work he shall not eat
    Do not boast about tomorrow.

  5. Common idioms

  6. Apple of The Eye
    By the skin of my teeth
    A fly in the ointment
    Raining cats and dogs

  7. Angelic Names

  8. Micheal
    Gaberiel
    cherubim
    Raphael

  9. Theology terms

  10. Rapture
    Grace
    Regeneration
    Paradise

  11. Things that Save Us

  12. Baptism
    Faith
    Sinner's Prayer
    Grace

  13. Animals

  14. Stork
    Cat
    Dog
    Goat

  15. Proverbs

  16. Cleanliness is next to Godliness
    Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it.
    Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life.
    A bribe is a charm in the sight of its owner; Wherever he turns, he prospers.

  17. Names for the church

  18. churches of Christ
    church of God
    Followers of the Way
    Catholic church

  19. Leadership positions in church

  20. Elder
    Pastor
    Pope
    Deacon

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Whatca Gonna Do Brother?



  It all came down to a missed phone call.

  Hulk Hogan, the famous wrestling star, missed a call from his agent about a possible endorsement deal.  Now the story has shifted over the years, but basically, his agent had set up some potential sponsorship on some kitchen items. These companies felt a celebrity name on their product could rocket them to success. Hulk favored a meatball maker but the agent had another product in mind.  So he rang up Hogan. But he never answered.

  So the agent moved on to his next client to see if he wanted to put his name on a personal grilling machine. That client, ex-boxer George Forman, took the call and the offer.  Currently 100 million George Foreman Lean Mean Fat-Reducing Grilling Machines have now been sold worldwide. It is estimated that Forman has made over 500 million dollars from that deal, more than he made in his entire boxing career.

 I bet the Hulk wishes he had answered his phone.

  We don’t always see an opportunity for what it is. What may change our life might be seen initially as an annoyance or a hassle. We have different ideas about what is best. Yet later we can see how an opportunity slipped away.

 Right now you have an opportunity to change your life for the better.  You have access to ‘the unfathomable riches of Christ’. He wants to put his name on YOU! The Gospel call is ringing out to all of us.

  How are we going to respond? Ignore the call? Choose something else that won’t be as valuable? Or take the offer that grant far more than ever hope to have in this life?

 Whatca gonna to do Brother?


Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Three 'Wise" Men


Three 'Wise' Men

I'll give you a group of three people, you pick the most fitting description.

  1. Adino the Eznite, Eleazar & Shammah

  2. Priests at Nob
    Amorite Kings
    Mightiest of David's Mighty Men

  3. Shem, Ham, & Japheth

  4. Sons of Noah
    Judges of Israel
    Priest of Levi

  5. Korah, Dathan & Abiram

  6. People Paul greeted in Phillippians
    Men who rebelled against Moses
    Shepherds that were told about Birth of Jesus

  7. Eliab, Abinadab, & Shammah.

  8. Older Brothers of David
    High Priests
    Guards that betrayed King Xeres

  9. Hananiah, Mishael & Azariah

  10. David's Wives
    Daniel's Friends
    Philistine gods

  11. Eliphaz, Bildad, & Zophar

  12. False Prophets
    Job's Friends
    Door Keepers of Temple

  13. Peter, James & John

  14. Three disciple at the cross
    Three disciples at Jesus baptism
    Three disciples on the Mount of Transfiguration

  15. Nebuchadnezzar, Belshazzar & Darius

  16. Kings Daniel served under
    Rulers of Babylon
    People that lived as animals

  17. Rahab, Ruth and Tamar

  18. Worked as Prostitutes
    In Genealogy of Jesus
    Foreign women that married Jews

  19. Hymenaeus, Alexander & Philetus

  20. False teacher mentioned by Paul
    Elders in church at Jerusalem
    Roman judges Paul appeared before

Thursday, November 30, 2017

A Religious State



  You remember in school when they taught you about the states of matter. How water can exist as solid, a liquid or a gas.  It’s still water but has very different properties and behaves in very different ways depending on the state it is in.  I guess it is a lot like religion in that way.

  Some religious are liquid.  They are very fluid.  They move accordingly when the world tilts right or left.  While they have a form of substance, but that substance is shaped by whatever surrounds it.  They conform to the world. (Romans 12:1-2; Colossians 2:23)

  Some religious are gas like.  They are just a lot of air.  They can only be felt and contain nothing solid.  They drift from here to there, and unless you’re paying close attention, you would never even notice that they are there.  On occasion, the air gets really hot but that is something else entirely. (Ephesians 4:14, 5:6)

  Then some religion is solid.  It stands on its own.  It has something to it, an order, and a purpose.  That solidity makes it useful and real. It gets noticed and has an effect on the word around it and stands up to conforming influence (2nd Timothy 2:19, James 1:27)

  For science, all states are good and necessary, but for religion only one stands true.  Do we want our religion to be practically nonexistent?  Do we want it to be without any support?  A solid religion is made with solid foundation, built on the chief cornerstone of Christ and his teaching (Ephesians 2:20).  Religions that melt under pressure , or have no substance won’t hold together very long.


  It we want our faith to stand solid in need to be in the right state!

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

DONKEY


DONKEY

See if you can pull this one out.

  1. How did the disciples find the donkey Jesus rode into Jerusalem on?

  2. By following a man carring a water pitcher
    It came them on the road
    It was tied to a post when they came to the city
    They purchased it for 5 denari

  3. Who found out he would be king while searching for a donkey?

  4. David
    Agag
    Saul
    Gideon

  5. What prophet was rebuked by his own donkey?

  6. Balaam
    Balack
    Sherk
    Saul

  7. What son of Jacob was described as a strong donkey in his blessing to his sons?

  8. Reuben
    Issachar
    Judah
    Dan

  9. What women rode in on a donkey with supplies so David would not attack her husband?

  10. Hannah
    Micha
    Helen
    Abigail

  11. What did the brothers of Joseph discover when they stopped to feed their donkeys that made them afraid?

  12. A ransom note
    Their money had been returned
    A golden idol
    Joseph's coat of many colors

  13. With what part of a donkey did Samson kill a thousand men?

  14. Jawbone
    Leg
    Backbone
    Rib

  15. What outrageous price in a donkey's head sell for in the great famine in Samaria?

  16. Two deneri
    A talent of silver
    Eighty shekels of silver
    Seven years of work

  17. What judge had thirty sons who rode on thirty donkeys?

  18. Jair
    Ehud
    Samson
    Tola

  19. What King lost his mind and dwelling place was with wild donkeys?

  20. Cryus
    Darius
    Belshazzar
    Nebuchadnezzar

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Son of

Son of .....

I give you a name, you tell me who he was the son of...
  1. Simon (Peter) son of ....

  2. Barnaabas
    John
    Alephis
    Reuban

  3. James and John son of...

  4. Zebedee
    Alphaeus
    Jose
    Zephaniah

  5. James the apostle (not the brother of John) son of....

  6. Zebedee
    Alphaeus
    Jose
    Zephaniah

  7. John the Baptist son of....

  8. Mattha
    Pineas
    Mathis
    Zacharias

  9. Saul (the King) son of...

  10. Nathan
    Kish
    Samuel
    Eli

  11. Timothy son of...

  12. Lois
    Paul
    Mary
    Tabitha

  13. Lot the son of...

  14. Abram
    Laban
    Haran
    Kebler

  15. David son of...

  16. Moses
    Bildad
    Jessie
    Adam

  17. Joshua son of...

  18. Nun
    Sum
    Feu
    Mani

  19. Adam son....

  20. No one
    The earth
    Seth
    God

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Cutting It Down To the Edge



  You may have heard of Occam’s razor.  It’s not the next group to take of the big shaving industry, but a scientific and philosophical rule. Simply put, the simplest answer, all other things being equal, is the best answer. Entities are not to be multiplied without necessity. Less is better. Don’t add things you don’t need. The more assumption you make the more likely you are to be wrong.

  It is named after William of Occam a scholar and professor at Oxford in the 1300’s. What you may not know is he didn’t just apply this rule to science but religion as well.

  In that day the Catholic Church was the dominant force but William of Occam was a critic.  He spoke out even when it was not popular and dangerous to do so.  He saw the addition that had been made to the Christian religion as unnecessary.  He remarked. “Scripture and not the decisions of councils and popes is alone binding on the Christian”.  He insisted that Scripture is “the final seat of authority for the church

  His words applied then and apply today.  In the giant mess of religion, we find in the world today, we might need to take Occam’s razor to it.  Cut away all the man made doctrines added over the years.  Slice away the personal opinions and preferences.  Shave away the conventions, creeds, and causes. Instead of religion by committee, let keep it simple and just hold to the Scriptures.

  All other additions are unnecessary. We don’t need to multiply divisions.  One faith, one body, one hope, one baptism, one Spirit, one Lord (Ephesians 4:4-6).  If it is in the Bible, we teach it we believe it and we practice it. If it isn’t, then we don’t


What could be simpler than that?

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

What's In Hell


What's In Hell

Pick the correct descriptor of Hell...

  1. What animal does Jesus say doesn't die in hell?

  2. Snake
    Dog
    Worm
    Wolves

  3. Which of these terms is used by Jesus to describe hell?

  4. Purgatory
    Depths of the Earth
    Outer Darkness
    The Bad Place

  5. Who does Jesus say the eternal fire of hell was prepared for?

  6. The evil of the earth
    For mankind
    He never spoke of it
    The Devil and his angels

  7. Based on a Greek term, how does Peter describe hell in his second letter?

  8. Pits of darkness
    Land of the lost
    Lake of fire
    The dump of humanity

  9. What trait of hell does Jesus use to justify cutting off a hand to keep from sin?

  10. Unquenchable fire
    Separation from family
    Complete loneliness
    Unusual punishment

  11. Which of these is NOT used by Jesus to describe hell?

  12. Place of weeping and gnashing of teeth
    Eternal punishment
    Furnace of fire
    An unconscious existence

  13. According to Jesus, what is between the place of torment and paradise?

  14. A legion of angels
    A wall
    A great chasm
    An endless sea

  15. According to Jesus, where will most people spend eternity?

  16. In non-existance
    Heaven
    Hell
    Purgatory

  17. In Revelation, hell is described as a lake that burns with what?

  18. Hot acid
    Fire and brimstone
    Tar and pitch
    The wrath of God

  19. What Old Testament events does Jude say is an example of the punishment of eternal fire?

  20. Fiery Furnace
    Burning of Jerusalem
    Plague of fiery hailstones
    Sodom and Gomorra

Thursday, November 9, 2017

The Church of Me



  Sometimes people will ask me about my church.  They assume since I am a minister that somehow I have some ownership or say over it.  We do that too.  We remark ‘at my church’ or ‘come to my church’.  It might just be a slip of the tongue but we need to work to correct it.

  Because it is not ‘our’ church and that is a very good thing!

  The church of me wouldn’t be a good one. Oh, it might be likable enough, it could be entertaining, and it might have the community’s approval. The church of me could be growing and financially stable but it doesn’t have enough.

  You see churches come at a cost. In order to have a group of redeemed, you must have a redeemer. A sacrifice to pay the cost. And I don’t have enough in me.

"Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.
Acts 20:28

  A church founded on me cannot save because I can’t save myself, much less anyone else.  Jesus was the only one sinless, the only one with the blood pure enough to make that purchase.  He said he would build his church (Matthew 16:18) and place the saved into it (Acts 2:47). That is the church you should seek.

  Many have tried to steal Jesus' church from him and make it their own. But the minute he isn’t the head of the church, it ceases to be his. If it is my church, it can’t be his. Any other church, no matter how pretty it is on the outside, is lacking the core of what matters, salvation.


  I don’t want any part of my church, I only what to be a part of His!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Cursed

Cursed

Warning: There is a lot of cursing in this quiz
  1. What descendant of Saul cursed David as he fled from his son Absalom?

  2. Shimei
    Zimmri
    Ahithophel
    Abishai

  3. What item did Jesus curse that astonished his disciple when it withered?

  4. A hand
    A fig tree
    A wheat field
    A date palm

  5. According to Hebrews, what would cause ground to be cursed?

  6. Too much rain
    Innocent blood spilt on it
    Produces thorns & thistles
    It remains barren

  7. Why does Ecclesiastes say we should not take seriously when we are cursed by servants?

  8. They know not what they say
    We rule over them so it is fair
    It is vanity
    We have cursed others as well

  9. What did Job curse in his misery?

  10. His birthday
    God
    His friends
    His wife

  11. What caused Nehemiah to curse, strike, and pull out the hair of his countrymen?

  12. They stole from temple
    They had married foreigners
    They had mocked the wall
    They ate the show bread

  13. What man was falsely accused of 'cursing God and the king' in order to steal his vineyard?

  14. Ahab
    Ajaiah
    Naboth
    The kings son

  15. Why was Canaan cursed by Noah?

  16. They were evil people
    They had stolen the ark
    He had mocked him
    His father had seen Noah naked

  17. Who had forty men bound under a curse not to eat or drink till they killed them?

  18. Paul
    Peter
    Samuel
    Judah

  19. Who's bout of cursing was interrupted by a rooster crowing?

  20. Paul
    Peter
    Samuel
    Judah

Thursday, November 2, 2017

It Goes Without Saying


  We’ve all probably heard the adage that the majority of communication is nonverbal. This notion is from Dr. Albert
Mehrabian, author of the book Silent Messages. In his research, he found that only 7% of any message is conveyed through words, the rest (38% through certain vocal elements and 55% through nonverbal elements) is unspoken.

  What we say is more about how we say it and the influence of other factors that make the message.  Our smile conveys sincerity.  Our dress imparts seriousness (or the lack thereof). A head nod implies conviction. This isn’t just for the person talking, but also for the one listening.

  I know when I preach the nonverbals of the crowd affect my message. Are they disinterested? Am I making my point? Am I being confusing? Do they agree? Are they about to throw tomatoes?

  The sad thing is I know that often times peoples nonverbals are not at all directed towards the lesson. His scowl isn’t about the sermon, but about the argument he had with his wife before services. That bored look is a person considering his schedule for the next week not over the content being offered. That nod isn’t agreement but a person trying to stay awake!

  Still, the message is being sent even if it is unintended.

  What other messages might we be sending during worship? Could our apparel be sending a message of worldliness or lack of caring? Could our isolation say we are unloving or aloof? Can our seating arrangement say no one really wants to be a part of this so we cram in the back?  Does our decor say no one has put much effort into things for a long time?


 Worship is praise to God and encouragement to others (Hebrews 10:25). Let’s make sure in all we say (and all we don’t say), that it is on message!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Trying Real Hard To Be The Shepherd


Trying Real Hard To Be The Shepherd

Give it a try Ringo....

  1. According to Jesus, how does a Shepherd enter?

  2. Climbs over the gate
    Enters by the door
    With his sheep over his shoulders
    Quietly

  3. In Ecclesiastes, what are we told is given by one Shepherd?

  4. Words of wise men
    The still waters of life
    The green pastures
    Shelter from the storm

  5. Why did Joseph tell his brother not to mention that they were shepherds?

  6. He didn't want them to be asked questions
    So they would be treated like kings
    Egyptians found shepherds loathsome
    So they would be required to give wool

  7. Who was told to to 'shepherd the church of God'?

  8. The elders
    The minister
    The deacons
    The pope

  9. What chief of Saul's shepherds betray David and the priest at Nob?

  10. Ahimelech
    Achish
    Menos
    Doeg

  11. What sign were the shepherds given about the birth of Jesus?

  12. A star in the sky
    His face would shine
    A chorus of angel
    A baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger

  13. Who meet and kissed his future wife when she came up leading the sheep?

  14. Aaron
    Joseph
    Jacob
    David

  15. What king's disobedience was revealed by the bleating of sheep?

  16. David
    Saul
    Solomon
    Agag

  17. What future king was tending sheep when a prophet came to anoint him as king?

  18. David
    Saul
    Solomon
    Asa

  19. Who is described as 'the great Shepherd of the sheep'?

  20. David
    Moses
    The Apostles
    Jesus

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Think Before You Drink?



  If you believe the hype, alcohol is the solution to all of life's problems. The ‘factoids’ tell you liquor, wine, and beer will improve your heart, make you more socially acceptable, better the economy, bring business to downtown, give you the good life and make everything taste better.

  Here are some other facts to consider:

·       The number of Americans killed in the entire thirteen-year war in Vietnam is lower than the number of Americans killed each year by drunk drivers.
·       Scripture is replete with stories of men that disobeyed God, humiliated themselves, lost battle and kingdoms, degraded themselves and mocked God all while under the influence of alcohol (Genesis 9:20-25, Genesis 19:30-38, Leviticus 10:1-2;8-10, 1 Kings 16:8-10, 1 Kings 20:16-20, Daniel 5:1-6)   
·       Alcohol abuse was a factor in forty percent of violent crimes committed in the U.S
·       The New Testament contains at least 10 specific admonishments against drinking and drunkenness and being associated with it (Gal. 5:21, Eph. 5:18, 1st Cor. 5:11 & 6:10, Rom. 13:13, 1st Timothy 3:3; 8, Luke 21:34, Titus 1:7 & 2:3, 1st Peter 4:3)
·       Forty percent of convicted rape and sexual assault offenders said that they were drinking at the time of their crime.
·       The Book of Proverbs warns of the foolishness and danger of drink at least 15 times
·       Alcohol plays a part in up to half of water-related fatalities of adolescents and adults each year.  


The popular adage is 'think before you drink', in truth it should be if you think you would never drink!

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

I WILL STRIKE THEE DOWN WITH GREAT VENGEANCE


I WILL STRIKE THEE DOWN

I'll give you the reason they were stuck down you tell me the correct person

  1. Touched the Ark of the Lord

  2. Uriah
    Uzzah
    Uriel

  3. Rebelled against Moses by claiming he and his group were his equal

  4. Korah
    Shadrack
    Absalom

  5. Lied to the Holy Spirit

  6. Simon the Magician
    Ananias
    Zipporah

  7. He did not give God the glory when praised as a god

  8. Herod
    Nebuchadnezzar
    Ahab

  9. He rejected and insulted David's appeal for aid

  10. Joab
    Haman
    Nabal

  11. He entered the temple of the LORD to burn incense on the altar of incense.

  12. Uzziah
    Nadab
    Jehoram

  13. Used strange fire in censers

  14. Aaron
    Abihu
    Ballam

  15. David counted the people

  16. Seventy thousand men of the people from Dan to Beersheba
    David's infant son
    David

  17. They looked at the Ark

  18. Nazi's
    Men of Beth-shemesh
    Gola Ram and his men

  19. He did not walked in the ways of Jehoshaphat his father

  20. Jacob
    Jueh
    Jehoram

Thursday, October 19, 2017

The Content of our Character



  Years ago Martin Luther King Jr. proclaimed his dream to live in a world where people are not judged by the color of our skin but the content of our character.
 I’m not sure if we live in that world today, but I’ve noticed one thing about it, we'd rather not be judged by either.


  The absurdity and ignorance of judging by something as superficial of one’s skin is something we should strive to eliminate. However, there is a reason to not want to abandon judgment of ourselves altogether.

  When Jesus told us not to judge, it was the judgment with impure thought and motive. The hypocritical, unfair, bias, judging that is all too common in our world today. We are to judge rather as he says in John 7:24 "Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment."

 Still, folks wish we didn’t have to be judged even by that standard.

  We don’t like it when our sin is pointed out.  We don’t like to be shown the inconsistency of our statements.  We don’t like it noticed that we don’t practice what we preach. We would rather dismiss the flaws in our character as someone else’s bias rather than our own lacking.

 However, we can’t escape judgment. The Bible clearly teaches that we will all be judged (Acts 17:31, Romans 14:10,2nd Corinthians 5:10, Revelation 20:13). Would we rather get judged fairly now while we can fix the problem than face the final sentence on judgment day?


  No one likes to be judged, but if it is a fair judgment, I shouldn’t balk at the one telling me, but rather try to improve my character.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Be A Finder Of Lost Children


Be A Finder of Lost Children

Can you find the right answer?

  1. How long was Jesus lost from his parents at age 12?

  2. Three Hours
    Three Days
    Three Weeks
    Three Months

  3. Of what event was the prophecy of Rachel weeping for her children because they are no more' about?

  4. The stealing of children by Moabites
    The drowning of Israelites babies in the Nile
    The murder of baby boys by Herrod
    The abduction of the young by Babylon

  5. To what did Solomon compare to a ewe that has not lost one of her twin lambs?

  6. The Lord
    His beloved's teeth
    His fathers legacy
    His wealth

  7. In what parable does a father describe his son as "lost and has been found'?

  8. The workers in the vineyard
    The Sower
    The Two Sons
    The Prodigal son

  9. What father was convinced his son had died when his brother presented his cloak covered in blood?

  10. Abraham
    Jacob
    Joseph
    David

  11. What mother was ready to leave her son in the wilderness so she didn't have to see him die?

  12. Hagar
    Lela
    Abigal
    Lot's Wife

  13. What N.T. writer said he was very glad to find some of your children walking in truth?

  14. Paul
    Peter
    James
    John

  15. What resulted of Paul and Silas healing a girl with a spirit?

  16. The people tried to worship them
    They were thrown into prison
    She was angry
    They were given a place to stay

  17. How did the magi find the town where the child Jesus was at?

  18. They followed the Star
    They were told by God
    The Chief priest and scribes
    Herrod showed them

  19. What king was hidden for six years so his grandmother would not kill him?

  20. Manasseh
    Joash
    Jehoash
    Joram

Thursday, October 12, 2017

What Do They Know?


  Enzo Ferrari felt he made a pretty good car.  So when a customer had a complaint about a weak clutch in one of his high-end sports cars, he was a bit miffed. What did he know! The customer in question worked on tractors!  Ferrari responded to the man, “You may be able to drive a tractor but you will never be able to handle a Ferrari properly."

  So that customer, Ferruccio Lamborghini, decided to make an even better car, the perfect car in his mind.  He made his first production car in 1964, the 350 GTV. Today that particular car can go for $300,000 at auction.

  Maybe the tractor guy did know a thing or two…


  It is easy when we have people point out faults to dismiss what they say. They don’t know what I know. They have not been in my shoes. Who do they think they are? While there is a lot of undue criticism, we would be foolish to think that there isn't something we can be doing better.

A scoffer does not love one who reproves him, He will not go to the wise.
Proverbs 15:12


  Too many times people have the way to make their life better right in front of them but let their pride block progress. When someone tells us something is wrong we need to ask ourselves are they right before we start to figure out what is wrong with them. 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The Valley of Darkness


The Valley of Darkness

Hope this doesn't make you down in the dumps

  1. What valley did King Hezekiah have the idols in the temple thrown into?

  2. Kidron valley
    Tyropoeon Valley
    Hinnom Valley
    Deep Valley

  3. What psalm includes the phrase "the valley of the shadow of death'?

  4. Psalm 1
    Psalm 23
    Psalm 52
    Psalm 111

  5. What valley (once used to sacrificed children to Molech) was used by Jesus to describe hell?

  6. Ben-hinnom
    Kidron
    Tyopoeon
    Tatartus

  7. What does The valley of Beracah (where Judah was saved under Jehoshaphat) mean?

  8. Valley of Hope
    Valley of Victory
    Valley of Blessings
    Valley of the hidden ranch

  9. The valley of Siddim was full of WHAT, (That the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah fell into)?

  10. Deep lakes
    Tar pits
    Quicksand
    Covered wells

  11. It what appropriately named valley did Abraham meet Melchizedek?

  12. King's Valley
    Peace Valley
    Priest's Valley
    Hebrew's Valley

  13. What large item did the ten spies find in the valley of Eshcol?

  14. A diamond as big as a man's fist
    Corn as high as an elephant's eye
    A tower that reached the heavens
    A single cluster of grapes

  15. What King was victorious when his enemies said the LORD is a god of the mountains, not the valleys

  16. David
    Jehu
    Ahab
    Hezekiah

  17. What valley did the prophet Joel say multitudes (as well as the Day of the Lord) were in?

  18. The valley of pain
    The valley of sin
    The valley of confusion
    The valley of decision

  19. Psalm 60 was written about when David struggled with Edom in what valley?

  20. Valley of Salem
    Valley of Salt
    The Divided valley
    The Valley Solo

Thursday, October 5, 2017

On The Wrong Side



 Robert E. Lee had his choice of his command in the Civil War.  The commanding general of the Union Army, Winfield Scott, told Lincoln he wanted Lee for a top command. With the Civil War looming, both sides wanted this top general to lead their forces.

  So why did Lee make the wrong choice?

  It wasn’t because he was on board with the Confederacy.  Lee was against the idea of succession seeing it as rebellion and betraying the work for the founding fathers.  He even recognized the issue for the war, slavery, “as an evil institution’, that was a cancer harming ‘not only to the black population but to the white as well ’ and believe the institution would eventually come to an end.

  If he didn’t believe in the act and wasn’t set on the cause why did he betray his country?

  In his own words, Lee said "I look upon secession as anarchy. If I owned the four millions of slaves in the South I would sacrifice them all to the Union; but how can I draw my sword upon Virginia, my native state? 

  He chose his beloved state over his country, his principles, and his own head.

  Lee was not the first or the last to give priority to a loyalty over what is right. When it comes down to it, many that are presented with the truth of the Gospel, even though they know the truth of the matter and they want to be pleasing to the Lord, in the end, will refuse to obey because they feel it might betray a heritage.

"If anyone comes to Me, and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple.”
Luke 14:26
  The quickest way to a bad decision is to place feelings over fact, loyal to men over loyalty to God, what we want over what is right.


  We have a decision as well. Don’t make the wrong one.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

The Path of The Righteous

The Path of The Righteous

Can you find the correct way?
  1. On what road did Jesus appear to some disciples after his resurrection?

  2. The road to Emmaus
    The road to Damascus
    The road at Enaim
    The Jericho Road

  3. The road that descends from Jerusalem to Gaza is know as what?

  4. The Robber's Road
    The Highway of Herrod
    The Road of Accents
    The Desert Road

  5. Whose arrival caused people to spread their coats and branches in the road?

  6. David
    Samuel
    Jesus
    Kig Agrippa

  7. According to Ecclesiastes 10, whose walk down a road shows people what kind of person he is?

  8. A arogant man
    A fool
    A nobleman
    A sinner

  9. In the parable of the sower, what type of soil represents those do not understand the word?

  10. The soil on the path
    Rocky soil
    Throny soil
    Good soil

  11. Who was foretold to 'MAKE READY THE WAY OF THE LORD, MAKE HIS PATHS STRAIGHT.'?

  12. Isaiah
    Elijah
    John the Baptist
    Peter

  13. Who recognized an angel of the Lord standing the path he was traveling?

  14. Ballam
    Balack
    Paul
    A Donkey

  15. On what street was Annanis to find Saul?

  16. Damascus road
    Straight street
    Narrow street
    Main street

  17. What son of Jacob impregnated a woman he met on the road that turned out to be his daughter in law

  18. Dan
    Benjamin
    Reuben
    Judah

  19. Who was pressed in to carrying Jesus cross when he fell on the road to the cross?

  20. Rufus
    Simon of Cyrene
    Joseph of Arimathea
    A young shepherd boy

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Oh To Not Be Like Them


 There is an old axiom:

Never argue with a fool, people might not know the difference.

  It’s true you know. All you have to do to see it is look at how people respond online. People often on the right side of an issue will make themselves wrong because they will engage those that seemly have nothing better to do than agitate.  Rather than stand for truth or defend the good, they descend into petty bickering and insults

Do not answer a fool according to his folly, Or you will also be like him.
Proverbs 26:4

  The world it seems has decided that ridicule and mocking are the way to prove a point. It also seems some Christians are following along.  What did Jesus tell us about spotting those in error, that their deeds are more telling than their words? What does it say when our deeds are just like them?

Beloved, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good.
3 John 1:11


 Years ago a friend gave me some good advice. Never get into a mudslinging contest with a pig; they love it and you just get dirty. Friends, don’t think that you can beat a buzzard in a puking contest. Let the world insult and dig. We have better things to do.