Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The M-Word: Masturbation: A biblical Perspective

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This one’s about masturbation. You’ve been warned.
Is there a more awkward subject in all Christendom? Controversial, sure–but mostly it’s just not fun to talk about. Of all the sex issues, it’s the squirmiest.
And if we’re talking about getting God’s perspective on it, there’s just not much to go on. In the past, people have tried to translate certain verses–including, notoriously, the sin of Onan in Genesis 38:6-9–to refer to masturbation, but it’s quite a stretch. There’s no rule to scribble on a post-it note and slap on the bathroom mirror. I dig deeper. I engage the Bible.
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Monday, April 14, 2014

L for Laban


L for Laban
(Cheating)

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When I was a teenager our high school math teacher bought the farm next to ours. He didn't know much about farming, but he know a lot about dishonesty.  He hired me to help him get his hay in one year, promising me a fair wage.  But when the job was finished, he told me had no money.  I had been cheated.

NAME: “White”
DATE:  20th  Century BC
IDENTIFICATIONS: Son of Bethuel, brother of Rebekah, father of Leah and Rachel
STORY LINE: Laban schemed to get more years of service from Jacob
READ IT IN THE BIBLE:  Genesis 29:1-30

Jacob must have felt the same way.  When he fled to Haran to escape the hatred of his brother, Esau, he hired on with Laban, his uncle.  His partseven years of hard labor.
The paybackthe hand of Rachel, Laban's daughter, in marriage.  Jacob was so in love with Rachel it seemed like a good deal.

But when it came time to pay up, Laban switched his older daughter, Leah, as Jacob's wife.  Jacob was outraged.  He had been cheated.  He had to work another seven years for Rachel.  In all, Jacob worked twenty years for Laban and finally decided he had had enough.  He took his family and headed home to Canaan.  But Laban soon overtook Jacob. After some words, Jacob and Laban erected a small heap of stones as mutual testimony they would never again have any dealings with each other.  They repeated the Mizpeh benediction:  "May the Lord watches between you and me when we are absent one from another" (Genesis 31:49).  Usually a bond between friends, this became a pact between adversaries.

If your boss or brother-in-law or anybody else is cheating you today, ask God to give you strength to be honest with them, even if they aren't honest with you.  After all, God keeps good payroll records.


                                                                                 —Dr. Woodrow Kroll 

NOTE:
This post is posted as part of  A to Z Blog Challenge 2014 

Source: 
Back to the Bible Intl.
Confident Living Magazine
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The People Behind the curtain of  A to Z Challenge [2014]

Arlee Bird -The Founder: Tossing it Out

Alex J. Cavanaugh: Alex J. Cavanaugh
Stephen Tremp: Author Stephen Tremp
Tina Downey: Life is Good
Damyanti Biswas: Amlokiblogs
Jeremy Hawkins[Being Retro]
Nicole AyersThe Madlab Post
M. J. Joachim: M. J. Joachim’s Writing Tips
Heather M. Gardner: The Waiting is the Hardest Part
AJ Lauer: Naturally Sweet
Pam Margolis: An Unconventional Librarian

Saturday, April 12, 2014

K is for Kings: What Do Kings Need?

What Do Kings Need?

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Kings have everything.

If you were a king, what would you rejoice in the most?

In what did David rejoice?

Psalm 21 tells us what it means to be a king—not just for a day but for a lifetime.

We are kings because we are God’s children.  Jesus Christ has made us kings and priests because He loves us and washed away our sins in His blood.  Today, God wants us to reign in life.  We are on the throne with the Lord Jesus.  “The king shall have joy in Your strength, O Lord” (v.1).  David is rejoicing in the strength that God gave him—strength to walk and strength to war; strength to build and strength to battle; strength to carry the burdens of life.  Are you rejoicing today as God’s king because He give you strength?

David continues, “And in Your salvation how greatly shall he rejoice!” (v.1). He rejoices in God’s salvation. We need to do the same.  One day Jesus told His disciples, “Don’t rejoice because the demons are subject to you.  Rejoice because your names are written down in heaven” (Luke 10:20).

David also rejoices in satisfaction. “You have given him his heart’s desire, and have not withheld the request of his lips.  For You meet him with the blessings of goodness” (vv. 2, 3).  If we look back, we will find goodness and mercy following us (23:6), and if we look ahead, God is meeting us with His goodness (v.3).  Don’t be afraid of today, and don’t be afraid of the future.  God will meet you with His goodness. 

In verse 7 David rejoices in stability:  “For the king trust in the Lord, and through the mercy of the Most High he shall not be moved.”  I like this blessings we can rejoice in—God’s strength, salvation, satisfaction and stability.  All of this is for God’s glory.  “His glory is greater in Your salvation (v.5). 

Warren W.  Wiersbe
Many Christians fail to see themselves as kings.  But god wants us to reign in life and has provided several blessings that enable us to live as kings.  Are you enjoying the blessings of kingship?  If not, claim His blessings and start living a life of victory.  

—Warren W. Wiersbe
(Former General Director and Bible Teacher for Back to the Bible)


This post is posted as part of  A to Z Blog Challenge 2014 

Source: 
Back to the Bible Intl.
Confident Living Magazine
Pic. Credit: A to Z Blog Challenge 2014, Back to the Bible Intl.

The People Behind the curtain of  A to Z Challenge [2014]

Arlee Bird -The Founder: Tossing it Out

Alex J. Cavanaugh: Alex J. Cavanaugh
Stephen Tremp: Author Stephen Tremp
Tina Downey: Life is Good
Damyanti Biswas: Amlokiblogs
Jeremy Hawkins[Being Retro]
Nicole AyersThe Madlab Post
M. J. Joachim: M. J. Joachim’s Writing Tips
Heather M. Gardner: The Waiting is the Hardest Part
AJ Lauer: Naturally Sweet
Pam Margolis: An Unconventional Librarian

Friday, April 11, 2014

J for James (Staying at Home) Dr. Kroll Writes......

James
Staying at Home 

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Dr. Woodrow Kroll
I grew up in the rolling hills of western Pennsylvania.  Nearby lived a simple, godly family named Hershey with five children.  One by one they left home to go to the mission field.  All but one, who stayed home to serve the Lord.
  
NAME: “Supplanter” ("Jacob” in Hebrew)

DATE: 1st Century AD

IDENTIFICATIONS: Oldest son of Mary and Joseph, author of the Book of James

STORY LINE: James was the oldest of Jesus' four younger brothers

READ IT IN THE BIBLE:  Matthew 13:53-58; Acts 15:1-21

Not all of God's servants are called to leave home in answer to God's call.  When Isaiah said, "Here am I! Send me," God sent him to his own people in his own land (Isaiah 6:8-9).  And when the demoniac of Gadara wanted to go with Jesus after the Savior healed him, Christ told him to go home and tell his friends what the Lord had done for him (Mark 5:19).
  
While Thomas was going to India, Philip to Asia Minor, and Paul to the rest of the Roman world, someone had to remain behind in Jerusalem to faithfully lead the flock there.  That someone as James, the younger brother of the Lord Jesus.

Like the rest of Jesus' brothers, James did not come to faith in Jesus until after His crucifixion.  But in the Book of Acts James emerged as a leader of Jerusalem church.  His younger brothers also became believers and traveled to foreign places (1 Corinthians 9:5), but James knew the home front was his mission field (Galatians 2:9).

If you long for a passport filled with stamps from foreign countries, but instead you just have a class of junior high boys, be encouraged by James.  It was his junior high boys who were the next generation of those sent out to capture the world for Christ.  Your home job is important.  Be proud of it. CL

This post is posted as part of  A to Z Blog Challenge 2014 

Source: 
Back to the Bible Intl.
Confident Living Magazine
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The People Behind the curtain of  A to Z Challenge [2014]

Arlee Bird -The Founder: Tossing it Out

Alex J. Cavanaugh: Alex J. Cavanaugh
Stephen Tremp: Author Stephen Tremp
Tina Downey: Life is Good
Damyanti Biswas: Amlokiblogs
Jeremy Hawkins[Being Retro]
Nicole AyersThe Madlab Post
M. J. Joachim: M. J. Joachim’s Writing Tips
Heather M. Gardner: The Waiting is the Hardest Part
AJ Lauer: Naturally Sweet
Pam Margolis: An Unconventional Librarian


Thursday, April 10, 2014

I For Ittai - Woodrow Kroll Writes....

I For Ittai
An Unlikely Alliance

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The Lone Ranger had Tonto, and unlikely companion.
Sherlock Holmes had Watson, a complete mismatch.
David had Ittai the Gittite, one of the most unlikely friendships ever.


NAME: “Timely”

DATE: 10th Century BC

IDENTIFICATIONS: Man from Gath who accompanied David in flight

STORY LINE: Ittai came to Jerusalem as Absalom drove David out

READ IT IN THE BIBLE:  2 Samuel 15:13-22; 18:1-5

Goliath of Gath was no match for the shepherd boy and his sling, but when David became king, he had more giant-sized problems to deal with.  At one point, David's son Absalom rebelled against his father, and David had to flee from Jerusalem.  Among those who fled with him as Ittai the Gittite.

When David saw that Ittai was in his entourage he suggested the Gittite return to Jerusalem.  No one would blame him if he did.  Ittai wasn't Jewish.  He wasn't member of the king's household.  Besides, he had only arrived in Jerusalem the day before Absalom's rebellion.  What horrible timing.

But Ittai refused, saying that he wanted to go wherever David went.  The reason this alliance is so unlikely is that Ittai was a Gittite.  Do you know what you call natives of the city of Gath, where Goliath lived?  You guessed it.  Gittites.  After the rebellion was thwarted, David made Ittai commander over one third of his armies.

This is one of the most unlikely alliances in history.  Still, it shows that it doesn't matter who you are, what your nationality or ethnic background is, if you want to enjoy the blessing of God, you need to hang out with the people of God.

Enjoy the fellowship of those whose skin color is different form yours or whose denomination is different from yours.  You may just discover that one of your most faithful fiends will also be one of your unlikely fiends.

                  —Dr. Woodrow Kroll
              (Former President and Bible Teacher, Back to the Bible)



Source: 
Back to the Bible Intl.
Dr. Woodrow Kroll
Confident Living Magazine
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This post is posted as part of  A to Z Blog Challenge 2014 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

H is for Herod

H is for Herod
(God is in Control)

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Dr. Kroll 
The long war against God has been as fierce as it has been constant.  Since his personal rebellion, Satan has amassed an army dedicated to thwarting the purposes of God.  We still wrestle against principalities and powers, the rulers of the darkness of this age.

NAME: “Song of a Hero”
DATE: 1st Century BC
IDENTIFICATIONS: Jewish king who ruled Judea when Jesus was born.
STORY LINE:  Herod slew Bethlehem’s infant boys in order to kill Jesus.
READ IT IN THE BIBLE:   Matthew 2: 1-23

One of Satan’s soldiers was Herod the Great.  With the support of Mark Antony, Herod managed to get himself appointed king of Judea by the Roman Senate in 40 BC.  He was a ruthless fighter, a subtle diplomat, and a prolific builder.  His crowning achievement was the rebuilding of the Temple in Jerusalem.  Rabbinic literature says, “He who has not seen the Temple of Herod has never seen a beautiful building."

Herod enjoyed being king until wise men from the East arrived and asked.  “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews?”  (Matthew 2:2).  Herod must have said to himself, I thought I was the king of the Jews.  When the chief priest and scribes informed him that the Savior and Messiah would be born in Bethlehem, the ruthless  Herod put to death all the male children of Bethlehem from two years old and younger, hoping to kill Jesus.

Neither Herod nor any other of Satan’s henchmen can thwart the plan of God.  The Almighty said, “I have spoken it; I will also bring it to pass.  I have purposed it: I will also do it” (Isaiah 46:11).  When it seems that Satan’s power and influence are becoming pervasive, don’t worry.  God is still in control and He has the devil on a short leash.  God will prevail.  You can count on it.

                 —Dr. Woodrow Kroll
              (Former President and Bible Teacher, Back to the Bible)



Source: 
Back to the Bible Intl.
Confident Living Magazine
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This post is posted as part of  A to Z Blog Challenge 2014 

The People Behind the curtain of  A to Z Challenge [2014]

Arlee Bird -The Founder: Tossing it Out

Alex J. Cavanaugh: Alex J. Cavanaugh
Stephen Tremp: Author Stephen Tremp
Tina Downey: Life is Good
Damyanti Biswas: Amlokiblogs
Jeremy Hawkins[Being Retro]
Nicole AyersThe Madlab Post
M. J. Joachim: M. J. Joachim’s Writing Tips
Heather M. Gardner: The Waiting is the Hardest Part
AJ Lauer: Naturally Sweet
Pam Margolis: An Unconventional Librarian

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

G for Gamaliel

G for Gamaliel
Unstoppable

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“If God be for us, who can be against us?”

Paul’s logic in Romans 8:31 was inspired, but it may have reflected his training as well.  Another great rabbi also believed this.

NAME: “Recompense of God”
DATE: 1st Century AD
IDENTIFICATIONS: Famous member of the Sanhedrin, teacher of Paul
STORY LINE: Advised the Sanhedrin to use moderation on the apostles
READ IT IN THE BIBLE:  Acts 5:17-42

Gamaliel was a Jewish scholar in the first century AD.  He had a particularly bright and eager student named Saul of Tarsus (Acts 22:3) from Gamaliel Saul learned the Law and the traditions of the rabbis. Two influential Pharisaic rabbinical schools had evolved by this time, one by Hillel and the other by Shammai.  Gamaliel is considered to be the grandson of Hillel.

Gamaliel was not only a member of the Sanhedrin, but he served as its president during the reigns of Roman emperors Tiberius, Caligula, and Claudius.

Once when the high priest hauled the apostles before the Sanhedrin and ordered them to quit preaching in Jesus’ name, Peter said, “We ought to obey God rather than men.”  Incensed, the Sanhedrin wanted to kill the apostles until the cool-headed Gamaliel rose and advised,  “Keep away from these men and let them alone; for if this plan or this work is of men,  it will come to nothing;  but if it is of God, you cannot overthrow it” (Acts 5:38,39).

Hudson Taylor delighted in saying, “God’s work, done in God’s way, will never lack God’s supply.”

Paul said, “If God is for us, who can be against us?
Gamaliel said, “If it is of God, you cannot overthrow it.”

If you have clean hands and a pure heart, and if you have a green light from God, then no one will be able to keep you from accomplishing His work.  Rejoice in that, and live like it.

                      —Dr. Woodrow Kroll
                      (Former President and Bible Teacher, Back to the Bible)

Source: 
Confident Living Magazine
This post is posted as part of this years A to Z Blog Challenge