Prophecies about Christ

Halley’s Bible Handbook

The Bible prophesied:

  • That Jesus would be of David’s family: II Sam. 7:12-16, Psa. 89:3-4, Isa. 9:6-7
  • That He would be born of a virgin: Isa. 7:14
  • That He would sojourn in Egypt: Hos. 11:1
  • That His coming would occasion the massacre of Bethlehem’s children: Jer. 31:15
  • That His mission would include Gentiles: Isa. 4:1-4
  • That His ministry would be one of healing: Isa. 53:4
  • That He would teach by parables: Isa. 6:9-10
  • That He would be disbelieved and rejected: Psa. 69:4, Psa. 118:22, Isa. 6:10
  • That He would make a triumphal entry into Jerusalem: Zech. 9:9
  • That He would be betrayed by a friend for 30 pieces of silver: Zech. 11:12-13, Psa. 41:9
  • That He would be given vinegar and gall: Psa. 69:21
  • That no bone would be broken in His body: Psa. 34:20
  •  That He would rise from the dead: Psa.16:10-11, Luke 24:46

My Neighbor’s Bible

I am my neighbor’s Bible
He reads me when we meet;
Today he reads me in my home —
Tomorrow on the street.
He may be relative or friend
Or slight acquaintance be;
He may not even know my name,
Yet he is reading me.

And pray, who is this neighbor
Who reads me day by day,
To learn if I am living right
And walking as I pray?
Oh, he is with me always
To criticize or blame;
So worldly-wise in his own eyes,
And “sinner” is his name.

Dear Christian friends and brothers,
If we could only know
How faithfully the world records
Just what we say and do,
Oh, we would write our record plain
And come in time to see
Our worldly neighbor won to Christ
While reading you and me.

— Joseph Wilson Barron

Defining Marriage – Part 2

This is an incredible age we live in with politicians defining and redefining marriage. Marriage is a divine institution from God. One major problem is that even pastors are blurring the lines on this subject.

Gen 2:21-24

Notice: God is in the union – introducing Adam to Eve.

Gen. 2:24 – Spiritual & Physical Union

Eph 5:18 – “…be filled with the spirit;”

Marriage MUST have a spiritual beginning.

Eph. 5:30 – “For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.”

1 Cor. 12 – Christ’s Body – UNITY

In this spiritual union, God does the joining spiritually and man does the joining physically.

n  There is a serious lack of HONOR amongst Christians today. Maybe this explains a lot of the marriage problems, family problems, and other problems within the church.

Matt. 1:18-23 – God considered Mary & Joseph married though they were not physically joined.

Matt. 1:15 – God considers them to be married and the scriptures place Jesus’ birth after the marriage of Joseph & Mary.

Matt. 1:24-25 – There was no physical relationship until AFTER Mary gave birth to her first-born son.

John 4:13-18 – Jesus gives her an order and tries to get her under conviction so that there can be a true change.

–     Sex outside of marriage does NOT mean that you are married to that person.

–     THERE WAS NO SPIRITUAL UNION HERE

Spirituality should have a change in our lives.

We need to make sure that our children understand that they need a spiritual union with God.

Jesus pointed to her sin because she needed to understand that she needed to deal with this sin.

John 4:29 – She admits that he is the Christ.

John 3:8 – The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.

THE SPIRIT DID SOMETHING IN HER LIFE!

Dealing with living water – Jesus wanted her to have a contrite heart.

Prov 5:15 – 19, Song of Solomon 4:15 – living waters = marriage

A husband and wife should enjoy each other’s body like someone enjoys fruit.

Eph 5:26 – Sanctify = Set apart as a HOLY Marriage & cleanse with the washing of water by the word.

Adam did the physical union and God did the spiritual union.

Prov. 5:8, 19 – “…be thou ravished always with her love.”

Ravish – to delight with ecstasy, to transport

Why be ravish w/ a stranger? (Prov. 5:20)

Prov. 5:21 – “For the ways of man are before the eyes of the Lord, and he pondereth all his goings.”

Job 31:1-12

This is some pretty powerful stuff! I hope that you were as edified spiritually as I was by this and trust that we will see you on Sunday!

 

Go or Send With Your Gospel Gun

Go or Send With Your Gospel Gun

Good Samaritan’s Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice

 “The fruit of the righteous is the tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.” (Prov 11:30) Baptists have a method of sending out “foreign ambassadors” to be ‘that wise’; we call them missionaries. While on ‘deputation’ Alan Granger, Missionary to Mexico, reports that of 10 missionaries called, one makes it to the field by making 4,000 calls, getting 1,000 contacts, hosting 300 meetings, gaining 125 supporting Churches where only 70 turn out to be sincere. It sounds scary but this Independent Baptist method lands more preachers of the Gospel on foreign soil than any other method, and we are so commanded to go and to send. Matthew28 says “Go ye”; Mark16, “Preach the Gospel”; Luke24, “Preach repentance”; John20, “So send I you”; Acts1, “Ye shall be witnesses”. So not only would you be wise to win souls you would be obedient to Christ’s commands. That’s wise. Understand also that the need is so great. “Untold millions are still untold, untold millions are outside the fold.” These are not only in Zacatecas, Mexico, there is a “whosoever-will-may-come” living right next door to you! “People need the Lord!”

Your neighbor has been effectively taught since childhood that he evolved from apes with no Creator. But you know for fact that “As it appointed unto men once once to die, but after this the judgment.” There is only one answer to this “judgment” and you are called to be “His witness” to a dying world. They have been taught to disbelieve the Bible, but someone who ‘does not believe in guns’, can still be shot with my 357 magnum! You gotta shoot them with a “Gospel Gun.” Use your Bible on them.

What does the Bible say about speaking in tongues? – Part 1

 

I had some questions about tongues as I was going through my Bible reading, so Pastor gave me a booklet to read on the subject. I felt that the information was very good and helpful to studying out the subject, so I figured I would share it with you as I dive into it.

At that time – during the apostolic era there was a valid gift of tongues. Believers were not forbid it’s use within the guidelines given by the apostle. Now however, there is no valid gift of tongues being given. We are free, therefore, to forbid the use of any gift purporting to be the gift of tongues because it’s bestowal as a valid gift has ceased.

Tongues Bestowed Sovereignly

1 Cor 12:11 – As HE WILLS not as WE will or desire.

God positions the members of the body “as it hath pleased him” 1 Cor. 12:18

Believers in the New Testament times never had to learn how to use it or practice it’s functions.

They received the gift on the spot, immediately, and spoke with fluency without any instruction (Acts 2:4) “As the Spirit gave them utterance.”

Acts 2:1-13, 10:44-48, 19:1-7

This was not a LEARNED EXPERIENCE.

It was MIRACULOUS! It was also instantaneous with no hindrance or warm up period.

Tongues & the Baptism of the Spirit

–          The gift of tongues was given to select people.

–          Not available for everyone.

–          It is not EVIDENCE of the baptism of the Spirit.

–          No Old Testament believer was ever baptized with the Spirit – Matt 3:11 – the coming Messiah would baptize some with His Spirit.

–          The promise was reiterated by the Lord Jesus prior to his ascension to heaven.          (Acts 1:4-5)

Acts 1:5 – Some have concluded that the baptism of the Holy Spirit and the filling of the Holy Spirit are the same. They are incorrect. They also believe that this is ALWAYS accompanied by the evidence of tongues because the believers at Pentecost spoke in tongues. They are also incorrect.

Baptism & Filling

–          Baptism of the Spirit is not the same as the filling of the Spirit.

–          Both occurred at Pentecost but they are not identical.

Baptism of the Spirit:

Sovereign – The work of God – not dependent on your yeildedness.
“For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body” 1 Cor. 12:13
– Not an action we take, but an immediate work of God at the moment of salvation.
– We are never commanded to be “baptized with the Spirit” because it is a sovereign of God and has nothing to do with our obedience.

Instantaneous – It occurs at the moment of salvation when we believe in Christ (Acts 11:17)

Imperceptible – Non-experimental, not subject to the senses
– You cannot “feel” it.
– Nothing is said about any feeling – 1 Cor. 12:13.

Inclusive – It includes EVERY believer – 1 Cor. 12:13

Immutable – You cannot be unbaptized.
– When you are placed into Christ’s body it is an irrevocable and eternal act.

Filling of the Spirit:

Selective – upon yielded believers
– Requires being yielded
– Requires Obedience

We are commanded to be “filled with the Spirit” Eph. 5:18.

Acts Passages

There are several reasons why the passages in the book of Acts are not normative (absolute) for the church today:

1)      The New Testament was not yet completed; now it is and we have further revelation.

2)      During the period described in the book of Acts God was still authenticating the apostles’ ministry with sign gifts.

3)      The apostles were present in person and were ministering in ways that no one can duplicate today (e.g. laying on of hands, Acts 8:14-18)

4)      Certain features of these happenings cannot be duplicated today (tongues of fire appearing, wind, prophesy, etc. Acts 2 and 9)

5)      The teaching of the epistles is now the authority of the church following the transitional period.

6)      In ALL instances described in the Acts passages the tongues were actual human languages, which is not true of the alleged tongues practiced today.

None of the “tongues” passages in Acts are intended to give us a pattern of reception of the Holy Spirit today.

This was a transitional time period between the end of the Old Testament and the beginning of the New Testament dispensation and the full establishment of the New Testament era. God did some things during this time period that he did not continue after the new dispensation was fully established.

“Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles? Have all gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues?” 1 Cor. 12:29-30

The obvious answer to these questions is no. Why? Because the disposition of the spiritual gifts was affected by the sovereign will of God (1 Cor. 12:11), and because there were “diversities of gifts” (1 Cor. 12:4), and not all had the same gift.

Even in the days when the gift of tongues was being bestowed, not all believers possessed it or could posses it.

*** Well, I only got through Chapter 2 of this study that Pastor gave me and it is so good so far. All of the information used here is from the booklet that he gave me. I hope that this is helpful to somebody else too.

 

 

A Personal Testimony: by Fred Beggs

I wrote this to someone who told me that it was hard to examine his faith and finally conclude that God is not real.

God was never revealed to you? How does God reveal himself? One thing for sure, given the multiple choice of what’s available, I cannot put my trust in man as man alone.

How did you examine your faith? Questioning is good since you will never know if you don’t ask questions in your heart. Not knowing your circumstances or you, I can only give you my testimony.
I left the church I was first introduced to Jesus , the Bible, and Christian activity. I was a young man struggling with natural affections and at the same time I sensed something wasn’t right. I left the church thinking I was leaving God. I never really stopped believing in him because I gave God the credit for allowing me to appreciate beauty by sight, touch, sound and to appreciate that which was not. The house fly has no such appreciation for ugly when it comes to what they eat. I realized that was caused by chemical released to my brain by the stimuli. How could I know beauty?

After several years, two children, and a pending divorce later. I was hurting so bad. I was wondering about going back to the church. I did meet some people that helped me to just hang in there. However I would have never seen it coming: One night I was struggling between all I knew was true but they seemed to contradict each other. Then almost like someone turned the lights on I saw it all. I often use the analogy of those trick eye pictures that suddenly you see it. No one else does but you. I sat up in my bed and said louder and louder, “It’s real!” I bowed my face right to the floor.

It was like a seedling sprouting out of the ground for the first time to see the sun and a whole new existence.

I would die for that, in hope that maybe one other person might come to the knowledge of God. I still struggled with sin until most recent I grasped how God has released me from the law of sin and death through the Son by way of the cross.

Sometimes I doubt God’s power to save me but I do not have a doubt God is and Jesus is.

Forget About It – Strength To Forgive

The forgiveness message continues with part 2. Titled “Forget About It” with a sub-title of “Strength To Forgive”.  Pastor is still on point (1) “Holy Kiss”.

Pastor Giardino prefaced the sermon, reiterating from his previous sermon, that “Forgiveness” is the greatest theme in the bible. (It truly is ultimately the message of salvation.) There is nothing that God cannot forgive. There is enough “Forgiveness”, there is enough “Blood”, there is enough “Principle”, and “Sound Doctrine”.

Again, going back a little to bring us up to speed, Pastor had us turn to Gen. 41:51: “”Made” to forget, and 41:52 “Caused” to be fruitful. After prayer for the service and asking for God’s hand in it, he read a bit from Gary D. Stratman’s “Mathematics of Forgiveness” which illustrated how sometimes we need to swallow what is not easy to swallow. Comparing lumps in foods as to how life isn’t always an easy, smooth meal and how “Forgiveness” is one of these lumpy foods that often is hard to swallow.

Before even going to the outline we turn to Gen. 37:30-31. There was a deception going on to make it look like Joseph is dead to their father, Jacob. Pastor threw in Rom 8:28 “All thing works to good to them that love God and are called according to His purpose.” Then Gen. 39:1-6. The Lord was with Joseph … Now isn’t God with us as well, if we remain in Him?

When Joseph was going through it, he never complained, didn’t get bitter and hold grudges. He kept on going and did not shut down. Pastor used the analogy of putting on the flood lights and moving straight through the fog of his affliction. The Lord blessed the Egyptian house for Joseph’s sake… Joseph was trusted and well favored in Egypt. Can we learn from Joseph? Can we live in patient endurance, trusting God, and letting God use us to bring about His will?

Here is a quote from Pastor, with the meaning of the words in parenthesis: “Forgiveness is the antithesis (contrary to any other), the mecca (center), the paramount (greatest) of independence.” Speaking of the blessings on America because God was in it just as God was with Joseph, Pastor asked, “Is God’s hand coming off of America?”

Now, trouble comes again and this is the first quote from Joseph since he entered Egypt. Being wooed by His master’s wife he says, “Behold, my master wotteth not (Knows not) what is with me in the house, and he hath committed all that he hath to my hand; There is none greater in this house than I; neither hath he kept back any thing from me but thee, because thou art his wife: how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?” Joseph knows what sin against God is before the Ten Commandments were delivered through Moses generations later. He denies her advances repeatedly, day by day, and when she becomes demanding she grabbed his garment but he runs out leaving his garment in her hand and she claims Joseph attempted something on her. That landed him in jail. (Before continuing, we need to ask: what would have happened if Joseph succumbed to the temptation? God was using Joseph to save the bloodline of Abraham.) At this point we can wonder what Joseph might be thinking and going through but God is still with him. Instead of hardening him he is becoming soft to the Lord’s will, breaking to God’s will. (Awesome thought, to break to God’s will.) Joseph was able to interpret the dreams of two other prisoners, the Baker and the Butler of the Pharaoh. Joseph asked the Butler to mention Joseph to the Pharaoh when he is restored to his position. However, that never happened, the butler forgot about Joseph. Joseph did not become bitter. Remember Gen 41:52 and how God caused him to be fruitful in his affliction. You cannot be fruitful with an unforgiving spirit. We have past-tense affliction and we have present-tense affliction. They are the lumps in our lives. We can be fruitful in these afflictions and NOT cop an attitude. (Attitude also means a spirit, in this case, a bad spirit.)

Pastor asks, “Do you think God is able help you to forget?” As in Mat 9:28 Jesus asks the blind men, “Believe ye that I am able to do this?” Do we see how God is on top of all of Joseph’s situation? To add to that pastor suggested that maybe after we have been through spiritual boot camp, (Like Joseph), God may be able to bring people back into your life again, after resigning yourself to forget what people have done to you. The temptation of (what would be considered normal), to hold resentment, will a temptation greater than that of youthful lust. Maybe God won’t bring people back into your life because He knows you cannot handle forgiveness. (Forgiveness is not something we do, but something we “become” or “are” in Christ. It is an attribute of our Lord. “Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors” Mat.6:12. Because he first loved us. A Holy Kiss to our Lord of great gratitude and appreciation and thankfulness, Ps 2:12) Joseph Kisses his brothers in forgiveness, also Luke 15: The prodigal son returns and his father falls on his neck and kisses him when he sees him and doesn’t even allow his son to finish his prepared speech, begins to call for a great celebration. Pastor noted that the son was always the son of the father throughout the whole time of his wanderings, even in the pigpen of the world, he was always called the son.