Thursday, June 28, 2018

When We All Work Together


  In 1837 times were tight. Markets had collapsed. Banks were closing by the hundreds. People wondered if the economy would ever right itself again. It didn’t seem like a good time to create a new business.

  But that is exactly what Alexander Norris wanted for his son’s in law to do. His two daughters had both married businessmen. One was a candlemaker. The other made soap. Both businesses depended on animal fat to make their products. Norris understood that these men could little afford to compete against one another for same materials in a depressed economy. So he came up with a different idea, go into business together.  Instead of working against each other or even apart, work together. Reluctantly, they agreed.

  It became a multibillion-dollar company. That business became a worldwide powerhouse with more than 250 brand name products found in most everyone’s homes today, from Pepto-Bismol to Pampers. The new company took its name from the last names of brothers in law’s that decided to work together. Procter & Gamble

Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For brothers to dwell together in unity!”
Psalms 133:1

  It has always amazed me how in difficult times people tend to isolate themselves.  Yet it is in times of struggle and difficultly that brothers need to draw closer together.  Our world today is in tight spot morally and religiously. Rather than divide further, the brotherhood needs to come together. Uniting together for the common cause of Christ could be just the thing the world needs today.

with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”
 Ephesians 4:2-3


  This isn’t the time to compete with one another, attempting to one up brothers or put them in their place.  It isn’t the time to go it alone, an isolated and easy target for the devil, that have no encouragement or aid. We need to work together. Unity is always easy but it always worth it.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Sorry


Sorry

Don't be sorry, be better on this quiz

  1. What made God sorry he had made man?

  2. Man refused to worship God correctly
    Thoughts of man's heart was only evil continually.
    Man ate of the fruit of the garden
    God saw they were not good

  3. In Judges, what did Israel allow the tribe of Benjamin to do because they felt sorry for them?

  4. Led the people into battle
    Become priests
    Raid Jabesh-Gilead and take the virgins for wives
    Use the gold from the temple to fix up their land

  5. Where was the destroying angel when God felt sorry for the pestilence caused by David's census?

  6. By the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite.
    The gate of the palace
    Over the sea of Galilee
    In the sky above Jerusalem

  7. Who described his friends as "sorry comforters"?

  8. Jesus
    David
    Pilate
    Job

  9. Even though he was sorry to do it, why does the Bible say Herod killed John the Baptist?

  10. He was worried about the revenge of his disciple
    Because of his oath and the dinner guests
    It was required by the law
    He was worried about a riot

  11. According to Proverbs, who has sorrow, contentions, complaining, and wounds without cause?

  12. The lazy fool
    The ruler of young men
    A man with a continuous wife
    Those who linger long over wine

  13. Who was healed from his sickness so Paul would not have "sorrow upon sorrow"?

  14. Epaphroditus
    Timothy
    Barnabas
    John Mark

  15. For what reason did the young ruler walk away from Jesus grieved?

  16. He told him he was too sinful
    Jesus said he didn't like him
    He was very rich and Jesus told him to give away his possessions
    He would not a make him an apostle

  17. What book of the Bible name means a passionate expression of grief or sorrow?

  18. Deuteronomy
    Lamentation
    Hosea
    Ecclesiastes

  19. What psalmist wrote, "For my life is spent with sorrow And my years with sighing"?

  20. Asap
    Korah
    David
    Solomon

Thursday, June 14, 2018

That’s Not What He Wanted



  Tom Osbourne, the legendary coach of the Nebraska Cornhuskers, was a great recruiter but the one recruit he regrets not getting was Marshall Faulk.  While several big-name programs were after him, Nebraska seemed to have the inside edge. Osbourne had charmed all the people in Faulk’s life, his mother, his teacher, his coaches, even Faulk himself. However, they made one crucial error. They were recruiting him as a defensive back. Marshall wanted to run the ball. So when the less notable program of San Diego State said they’d let him carry the ball, he signed with them.  In his second game as a freshman, he set the record for yards in a single game. He would run all the way to the NFL and the Hall of Fame.  

  What could he have done at Nebraska, a team known for its great running game? We’ll never know because they never bother to ask Marshal Faulk if he wanted to be a running back.

  David did something similar. He wanted to build a nice cedar house for the ark of God. The prophet Nathan thought it was a great idea, God would love it. Yet no one bothered to ask God.

"Wherever I have gone with all the sons of Israel, did I speak a word with one of the tribes of Israel, which I commanded to shepherd My people Israel, saying, 'Why have you not built Me a house of cedar?”'
2nd Samuel 7:7

  Many people today do the same thing in their approach to the worship of God. We think we know what God is and what he wants, without ever bothering to see if that is what he said to do.  We might have everyone on board with us, but does it really matter if God isn’t?



  Before we think we are pleasing God in our efforts, we need to make sure we know what he wants. We may miss out on great things because we simply never bothered to see if what we were offering him was what he wanted in the first place!

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Risk


Risk

Take a chance on this quiz

  1. What queen took a great risk to approach the King without being summoned to save her people?

  2. Jezebel
    Esther
    Ruth
    Mara

  3. How would Jonathan signal David if his life was in danger from Saul?

  4. He would place a lamp in his window
    He would send a messenger with a scroll
    He would shoot an arrow and tell lad retrieving them they were further away
    He would make the cry of a loon at dawn

  5. What dangerous path did Jesus use as a locale in the parable of the Good Samaritan?

  6. The Desert Road
    Road to Emmaus
    The road from Jerusalem to Jericho
    The road from Jerusalem to Gaza

  7. What silversmith started a riot in Ephesus causing the people to shout 'Great is Artemis'?

  8. Paul
    Alexander the coppersmith
    Rufus
    Demetrius

  9. What event causes the disciples to cry out to Jesus, "do You not care that we are perishing"?

  10. The storm on the sea
    The persecution by the Jews
    The arrest in the garden
    Fasting in the desert

  11. Which one is NOT one of the dangers Paul said he faced for the cause of Christ?

  12. Rivers
    Robbers
    False brethren
    Animals

  13. What reason did the Centurion escorting Paul to Rome sail from Fair Havens over Paul's objection?

  14. It was the best season for sailing
    The harbor was not suitable for wintering
    He was afraid Paul would escape
    He feared an attack from the Jews

  15. What risk does Ecclesiastes say a person who breaks through a wall takes?

  16. The enemy might use it to attack
    The wall may fall
    You might lose the suspension of disbelief
    A serpent may bite him

  17. How did Samson first take revenge on the Philistines for giving away his wife?

  18. Set loose foxes with lit torches on their tails
    He knocked down their temple
    He threw a hornet's nest in their camp
    He killed all the strong men in a wrestling contest

  19. What piece of information did Joab use to distract David's criticism of Joab's battle strategy?

  20. Uriah the Hittite is dead
    Bathsheba is now bathing
    I know where Absalom is hiding
    The ark is in danger

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Name that Tune

  It was written by a native Ohioan song-and-dance man named Dan D. Emmett while setting in his New York hotel room.  It was first performed on April 4th, 1859 in New York Mechanic’s Hall. It was one of Abraham Lincoln’s favorite tunes. He even asked for it to be played as he left the White House stage his after his announced Lee had surrendered to Grant.  What was the famous tune? Dixie.

  It’s ironic that the tune that became the anthem of the states below the Mason Dixon line was born from a staunch Union sympathizer. He late remarked, “If I’d know to what use they were going to put my song, I’d never written it”!

  It funny how things can be attached to causes, ideologies or movement even when they don’t necessarily belong there.  Words become toxic even when their true meaning is benign.  People that should be disdained are made to be heroes because of a side they stand on.  Principles once exhorted are manipulated into vices to be condemned.

  We see that today in matters of faith.  Words like grace, love, and baptism are twisted till they are forced to say something they don’t really mean.  Religion has become a negative word to many.  Church is viewed more as a political organization that a spiritual one. Words of eternal Truth are made to be suggestions of limited time.

Therefore do not let what is for you a good thing be spoken of as evil
Romans 14:16
  The world may at times appropriate our good things for its own selfish purposes. We, however, don’t have to bow to the action. You don’t half to color in the lines the world draws. Let God hold our standards and follow as he has set forth. Don’t be ashamed of the Lord or the things for which he stands.


Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Stranger Things


Stranger Things


  1. How did Nebuchadnezzar describe the mysterious fourth man in the fiery furnace?

  2. The face of an angel
    Like a half man half horse
    Tall and handsome
    Like a son of the gods

  3. What unusual phenomenon caused Moses to turn aside and investigate a bush?

  4. The bush spoke
    A ram was caught in its thicket
    It was burning yet not consumed
    He was bored while carrying for sheep

  5. How did the angels stop the men of Sodom who were trying to break down the door of Lot's house?

  6. They stuck them dead
    Turned them into salt
    They made them blind
    They caused a wind to blow them back

  7. What dead prophet did Saul have the witch at Endor bring up for him to talk to?

  8. Elijah
    Elisha
    Moses
    Samuel

  9. Who had his hip dislocated while wrestling with an angel?

  10. Joseph
    Jacob
    John
    Jehu

  11. Who was mistaken for a ghost after he escaped prison?

  12. Peter
    Paul
    James
    Joseph

  13. What prophet was lifted by his hair into the air by being that looked like burning metal?

  14. Jeremiah
    Daniel
    Ezekiel
    Habakkuk

  15. What effect did the angels appearance to Daniel at the Tigris River have on the men with Daniel?

  16. They fell asleep
    They cried out in praise
    They did nothing
    They were overcome with dread and fled

  17. What did Samson's parents think would happen to them after seeing the angel of the Lord?

  18. They would be blessed
    The would die
    They would glow
    They would not be believed by others

  19. What event made the natives of Malta think Paul was cursed by God?

  20. His going into a trance
    His hairstyle
    He was bitten by a viper
    His poor vision