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June 14, 2012

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Proud To Be A Christian!

June 9, 2012

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June 1, 2012

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WHAT’S YOUR BIBLE IQ?

August 7, 2011

1. DAYS OF CREATION

1. In the beginning who created the Heaven and earth?

2. Who participated in Creation with the Father?

3. Who was moving upon the deep?

4. On the third Day, what the land and the water were called?

5. What were the two “great lights” called on the fourth Day?

6. What were the sea monsters and birds commanded to do?

7. What did God give Man over all of Creation?

8. How long did Creation take , and what did God do on the last day?

9. After God creating Man, where did He place him?

10. Why did God say He created woman?

2. THE FIRST FAMILY

1. Identify Adam’s occupation in Eden.

2. Why did Adam call Eve “Eve”?

3. Who was the first to taste the forbidden fruit in Eden?

4. How did God prevent the first family from returning to Eden?

5. What was the occupation of both Cain and Abel?

6. What did Cain say when God asked him about Abel?

7. Identify the son who replaced Abel.

8. What would happen to anyone who killed Cain?

9. Identify the son of Cain who had a city named after him?

10. We all die in Adam; how shall we be made alive? (1st Cor. 15:22).

3. NOAH AND HIS ARK

1. Who did Noah walk with?

2. Name the three sons of Noah?

3. What covenant did God make with Noah after he built the ark?

4. Noah was to bring ____ of each creature, both ____ and ______.

5. How man days and nights did the rain fall?

6. What mountain did the ark rest on after 150 days?

7. When Noah’s dove returned, what proof did it have of dry land?

8. What was the first recorded action of Noah after leaving the ark?

9. When Noah left the ark, what covenant did God make with him?

10. ___ exposed Noah’s nakedness, and received a curse on what son?

4. ABRAHAM, GOD’S SOJOURNER

1. Before God changed it, what was Abraham’s name?

2. What was Abraham father’s name?

3. Where in Canaan did Abraham and Sarah moved from Ur to?

4. God called Abraham to leave Haran for a “land ________________.”

5. What is the Abrahamic Covenant?

6. Why did Abraham go south to Egypt?

7. Why did Abraham say that Sarah was his sister?

8. Where did Abraham’s nephew Lot relocate?  

9. Name the city that Abraham intercede for?

10. Identify the sacrifice God provided in place of Isaac?

5. JACOB AND ESAU

1. Name the prents of Jacob and Esau.

2. Esau was a skilled hunter; what did Jacob do?

3. What did Esau sell his birthright for?

4. Realizing that Jacob stole the family’s blessing, what did Esau plan?

5. Who was Jacob’s first wife?

6. What name did the angel at Jabbok change Jacob’s name to?

7. What did Jacob and Esau do when they met in east Jordan?

8. Identify the two sons of Jacob by Rachel.

9. _____ was buried by his sons Jacob and Esau.

10. Esau is the father of the________?

6. JOSEPH AND HIS BROTHERS

1. Name the parents of Joseph.

2. For what reason did Jacob love Joseph more than his other sons?

3. Who was the brother who suggested that Joseph’s life be spared?

4. Where did the traders who removed Joseph from the pit take him?

5. How did Joseph’s brother try to fool Jacob about Joseph’s death?

6. How did Joseph respond to Potiphar’s wife advances?

7. What did Joseph tell Pharaoh would happen after 7 years of plently?

8. What Joseph put in his brothers sacks before they left Egypt?

9. Identify the brother held hostage in Egypt until Benjamin arrived?

1o. How did Jacob respond when reunited with Joseph at Goshen?

7. MOSES, AARON, AND MIRIAM

1. Who was the mother of Moses, Aaron, and Miriam?

2. Who found Moses in the Nile river?

3. Who did Miriam suggest to be the nurse for Moses?

4. Why did Pharaoh’s daughter call the baby Moses?

5. For what reason did Moses kill an Egyptian?

6. Name the daughter of the priest of Midian who Moses married.

7. What was the reason God made Aaron the spokesman for Moses?

8. Identify the reason Miriam was made leperous.

9. What was Aaron’s sin while Moses was on Mount Sinai?

10. Identify the event in which Miriam led a procession of praise.

8. FROM THE BURNING BUSH TO THE RED SEA

1. What was Moses doing when God spoke to him at the burning bush?

 2. What was the reason Moses had to remove his shoes?

3. What was the name in Exodus 3:14 that God identified Himself?

4. Why was Moses hesitant to be a deliver?

5. What did Pharaoh say when Moses asked for a feast for the Hebrews?

6. Identify the first of the ten plagues.

7. How did the firstborn of the Israelites avoid the death angel?

8. When leaving Egypt, why didn’t the Israelites use leavening?

9. How did God help the Israelites travel safely day and night?

10. What occured to Pharaoh’s army at the Red Sea?

9. WILDERNESS WANDERINGS

1. How many years were the Israelites in the desert?

2. Who told Moses to get help to counsel the people?

3. What food did God provide for the complaining Israelites?

4. Who held up the hands of Moses when Joshua fought the Amalekites?

5. What is the Mosaic Covenant?

6. Identify the first of the Ten Commandments.

7. What was the number of spies sent to the land of Canaan?

8. Identify the two spies who gave a favorable report of Canaan.

9. For what reason did God send fiery serpents to the Israelites?

10. After being denied entry, where did Moses view the Promised Land?

10. JOSHUA AND CALEB

1. How did Joshua and Caleb’s report differ from the other ten?

2. How did Moses indicate that Joshua would be his successor?

3. By displaying a red cord in the window, what family was saved?

4. What sign convinced the people to follow the priests across Jordan?

5. What was the significance of the twelve memorial stones?

6. Who was the man with the sword approached by Joshua at Jericho?

7. After marching seven times around Jericho, what occured?

8. What did Joshua ask God to do in order to defeat the Amorites? 

9. Identify the land given to Caleb as an inheritance for his faithfulness?

10. What did Joshua say about his family in his farewell address?

BIBLICAL MARTYRS

August 25, 2008

Abel – Slain by his older brother Cain (Gen. 4:8).

Andrew (Peter’s brother) – was crucified, suspended on an olive tree, at Patrae, a town of Achaia [Greece];

Bartholomew (aka Nathanael) – was beaten then crucified with his head downward, and was buried in Allanum, a town of the great Armenia (modern day southern Georgia).

Isaiah – tradition says he was encased in a tree and ‘sawed asunder’.

James (The Lesser), Son of Alphaeus – stoned to death in Jerusalem.

James (The Greater), Son of Zebedee – when preaching in Judea, was beheaded with the sword by Herod the tetrarch, and was buried there.

John (the disciple “that Jesus loved) brother of James and son of Zebedee – was banished by Domitian to the Isle of Patmos, and later died of “old age” in Ephesus.

Judas Iscariot – suicide by hanging.

Matthew/Levi – Matthew wrote the Gospel in the Hebrew tongue, and published it at Jerusalem, and fell asleep at Hierees, a town of Parthia, near modern day Tehran. OR speared to death!

Matthias replaced Judas (Acts 1:26).

Paul – was beheaded in Rome by Nero (Paul as a Roman citizen could not be crucified but got an “easier” death sentence).

Philip – preached in Phrygia, and was crucified in Hierapolis with his head downward in the time of Domitian, and was buried there.

Simon Peter – crucified upside down under Nero in Rome, and was buried there.

Simon the Zealot – the son of Clopas, who is also called Jude, became bishop (or 2nd Patriarch) of Jerusalem after James the Just, and fell asleep and was buried there at the age of 120 years OR crucified.

Thaddaeus/Judas son of James, Jude, who is also called Lebbaeus – preached to the people of Edessa, and to all Mesopotamia, and fell asleep at Berytus; was stoned to death and buried there. He is somtimes identified as Thomas in eastern Syrian tradition. 

Thomas – preached to the Parthians, Medes, Persians, Hyrcanians, Bactrians, and Margians, and was thrust through in the four members of his body with a pine spear at Calamene, the city of India, and was buried there.

ZechariahMat. 23:35.

“Prejudicial Election!”

August 16, 2008

 

KEY SCRIPTURE

Rom. 10:3 For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. 4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth. 5 For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law, That the man which doeth those things shall live by them. 6 But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above🙂 7 Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.) 8 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; 9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

Rom. 11:27 For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins. 28 As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the father’s sakes. 29 For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance. 30 For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief: 31 Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy.

We are living in an age where the Presidential Election of the United States feature the campaigns of a female, and a African-American male! While this is certainly exciting, it is not the first time that members of these two demographics ran for this office. Take a look at past presidential hopefuls of these two segments of society, ladies first:

Victoria Claflin Woodhull – 1870, Belva Lockwood – 1884, Margaret Chase Smith – 1964, Patsy Takemoto Mink – 1972, Shirley Chisholm – 1972, Ellen McCormack – 1976 & 1980, Sonia Johnson – 1984, Patricia Schroeder – 1988, Lenora Fulani 1988 & 1992, Elizabeth Dole – 2000, Carol Moseley Braun – 2004 (withdrew), Hillary Clinton – 2008;

Jesse Jackson – 1984 & 1988, Alan Keyes – 1996, 2000, & 2008, Al Sharpton – 2000, Barack Obama – 2008 (beat Hillary Clinton for the Democratic Nomination).

A prevalent thought that most assuredly must be on the collective minds of Americans, and indeed the world, is if an African-American can be President. What a phenomenal accomplishment that would be, possibly more momentous than Michael Phelps winning eight gold medals! That would be true whether it’s this election or not; not just for the election itself, but also for outgrowing our prejudicial attitudes!

However, another type of election involves the race of faith in Christ vs. non-believers. Among the latter group are those who believe “the righteousness which is of the law, that the man which doeth those things shall live by them; …as concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the father’s sakes (KEY SCRIPTURE).” These “enemies”, who equate righteousness with national preeminence, are prejudiced against God’s elect being saved by His grace, which stresses the universality of His love through the sacrifice of Jesus (Rom. 8:5). Nevertheless, in this heavenly election, victory belongs to those who elect to follow the campaign strategy in Rom. 10:9 above!

“Making The Cut!”

August 16, 2008

 KEY SCRIPTURE

Rom. 8:3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: 4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

Rom. 9:27 Esaias also crieth concerning Israel, : 28 For he will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness: because a short work will the Lord make upon the earth. 29 And as Esaias said before, Except the Lord of Sabaoth had left us a seed, we had been as Sodoma, and been made like unto Gomorrha. 30 What shall we say then? That the Gentiles, which followed not after righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith.

As a freshman in high school, I remember trying out for the jr. varsity basketball team with a pal of mine. The coach had us display our dribbling skills, however we were all so nervous that initially we looked tight. Coach then told us to show him a lil’ something something which we did. Tryouts continue for the next few days, and it included the usual regiment of laps, scrimmages, etc. My friend and I survive every cut until the final day. Earlier in one of the scrimmage game, my friend injured his thumb, and on that final day he was competing with a guy whose brother was on the varsity squad. Though I made the team it was difficult to handle the departure of my buddy.

However, it was also difficult to overlook the good news of my making the team, and keeping my NBA dream alive! To imagine the odds, let’s assume there’s 25 NBA teams with 12 players each. If there were only two major colleges for each of the 50 states in America, that would amount to 100 players. It would take an average of at least four NBA players per team to retire from their dream occupation and lavish lifestyle to open up slots for all the aspiring college players to be accommodated. If an NBA career is just five years, would that affect a 4-year college grad? To add to that improbability, today the league has seen an influx of international players, further decreasing the odds of achieving this dream. Furthermore, there are other factors including small colleges, walk-ons, NBA returnees, etc. The NBA was not my destiny.

In the ‘Sower Parable’ Jesus said that only 1 out of 4 seekers who received the Word was “good ground”, and that it produced some 30, 60, and 100 fold (Mat. 13:1-23). Some “good ground” are church goers (fruit), some are church leaders (more fruit), and then there are those disciples of Christ who make God’s team of Soul Winners (much fruit – Jhn. 15:1-6)!

How does one qualify to be a part of the Soul Winners? One must be willing to “walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit (KEY SCRIPTURE).” As “branches” we are all part of God’s tryout, and the “Coach” is looking for us to show Him a lil’ something something! This is not just the opportunity of a lifetime, it’s the opportunity of ALL TIME! Jhn. 15:13 states “greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” As hard as it was to see my friend not make a basketball team, it can’t compare to how I would feel if you, my friend, miss out on the Kingdom! Please pay heed to these words “though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved…(KEY SCRIPTURE)” For those who have already accepted Jesus as their Savior understand that your spiritual walk has only just begun. As fruit we must become more fruit (Gal. 5:22-23), and then much fruit (Php. 1:11-30)! Amen!

“Why I No Longer Believe!”

August 15, 2008

  

KEY SCRIPTURE

Rom. 6:4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead even so we also should walk in newness of life. 5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: 6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.

Rom. 7:18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. 19 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. 20 Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.

Certainly this title has surely inundated the mind of many us in the world, so let me clarify that it is not my personal sentiment – it’s just a premise I’ve chosen to work on! The Lord has brought me too far for me to turn around. Now, please observe the following scriptures.

II Tim. 3:1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. 6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, 7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

II Ths. 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; 4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. 5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? 6 And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. 7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. 8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: 9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, 10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

Throngs of people take the position to denounce God in order to be the first to say “You’re useless!” When Adam blamed Eve for his “discretion”, he denounced God for creating a helpmate. When Cain killed Abel, he denounced God for establishing the righteous sacrifice. When Noah got drunk, he denounced God for being the healthiest source of joy and strength. When Abram used Sarai for deceiving Pharaoh and then for her plan to father an heir, he denounced God for His method of fulfilling His promise. When the humble servant Moses struck the rock, he denounced God for the steadfastness God bestows on even the rebellious! Though all these great men fell because of a moment of weakness which is universal, we can overcome the “…sin that dwelleth in…” to be “raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father” (KEY SCRIPTURE) by obeying the One whose most excellent name makes demons tremble, and is the only name that saves!

“What’s In Your Wallet?”

August 15, 2008
  
KEY SCRIPTURE 
 
Rom. 4:13 For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith. 14 For if they which are of the law be heirs, faith is made void, and the promise made of none effect: 15 Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression. 16 Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all, 17 (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were. 
Rom. 5:18 Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. 19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. 20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound: 21 That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.

“Master Of The Universe!”

August 14, 2008
   KEY SCRIPTURE

Rom. 2:10 But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile: 11 For there is no respect of persons with God. 12 For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law; 13 (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.

Rom. 3:28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law. 29 Is he the God of the Jews only? is he not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also: 30 Seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith. 31 Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.

Why did Jesus sayye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews (Jhn. 4:22).” Let’s begin with God’s prophecy – Gen. 3:15: “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.” Some interpret this passage to suggest that Eve is carrying two seeds, Cain for the Serpent and Abel for Adam, by a process called heteropaternal superfecundation! Well, let’s examine Gen. 4:1, where it reads “And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD. 2 And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.”

So, what do the “seeds” represent? Seeds are produced by the “trees”, the one of life (Jesus – Php. 1:11; Prv. 11:30) and the one of knowledge of good and evil (Serpent – Rev. 12:9; Jhn. 8:44), and represents the “Christ (Gal. 3:16)” vs. the “viper’s brood (Mat. 3:7)”. Tts. 1:15 reads “Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled. 16 They profess that they know God; but in works they deny Him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.”

Next, let’s go to Noah’s prophecy – Gen. 9:26-27: “And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servantGod shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.” That blessing is the salvation that Jesus is speaking of in (Jhn. 4:22)! History (Gen. 10) has shown that the Canaanite civilization “served” as the forerunner/template for the Shemites’ (Gen. 12:1-4), which was enlarged by Japheth (Isa. 45; King James Bible). Imagine the talents of African-Americans being “discovered” by Jewish agents, who then delivers the talent to Gentile managers. Obviously this scenario is NOT the only one imaginable; it’s only used to illuminate the prophecy!

The greater point to be made is that each of the three sons of Noah still play a seminal role in The Master’s promise to insure “all families of the earth be blessed (Gen. 12:4).” In the KEY SCRIPTURE, Paul details how “there is no respect of persons with God”, and that “a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law” The Apostle also stated that “it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith.” Peter adds, “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance (II Pet. 3:9).” Since the Flood of Noah, we all are to: “seek the Kingdom(Mat. 6:33); “be saved(Rom. 10:9); “study(II Tim. 2:15); “baptize(Mat. 28:19); and “enter the gates(Rev. 22:14) where the Master of the Universe resides!