Wade’s Wednesday

The Book that 
Changed the World

Published in 1611 A.D., The King James Bible celebrated it’s 400th anniversary in 2011.

The King James Bible Trust. . . describes the KJ Bible as the “book that changed the world”. “British sailors took the Bible on voyages around the globe. Through the work of the East India Company it was taken to India and to the colonies in Africa, Australia and New Zealand. This is one reason why English is now a world language,” according to www.kingjamesbibletrust.org.

The King James Bible was translated from Hebrew and Greek manuscripts by six groups of scholars. It is a book that continues to change lives because God’s inspired words teach eternal Truth. 

Many familiar phrases that we hear today, (such as “turn the other cheek”; “salt of the earth”, “eye for and eye”) come from the KJV Bible. 

In 1777, congress voted to import 20,000 copies of the Bible from Scotland because shipments from England were cut off during the Revolutionary War. The Bible was the basis for religion, education, and colonial government.

Our sixth president John Quincy Adams once said, “The first and almost the only Book deserving of universal attention is the Bible.” President Calvin Coolidge has written, “The foundations of our society and our government rest so much on the teachings of the Bible that it would be difficult to support them if faith in these teachings would cease to be practically universal in our country.”

Andrew Motion, Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom 1999-2009, wrote, “The King James Bible is a cornerstone of our culture and language. . . Whatever our faith. . . we have to recognize . . .its power to fuse history with poetry.”

In 2011 special events were held to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the best selling book of all time, the book that “changed the world.” 

From Everyday Faith for Daily Life ©2020 by Jan White

Tuesday With Karen

Thanking God for wonderful grace! KI

Thank God For Grace
Thank God for grace He gives new each day,
Directing our steps, showing the right way;
He watches over us with compassion & love,
Caring for His own from His throne above!

Thank God for grace He pours into our life,
Helping everything seem to go more right;
He knows our feet will stumble and fail,
 His strength & grace will always prevail!

Thank God for grace He gives in all things,
It gives our heart many reasons to sing;
God never leaves us deserted or alone,
In the darkness, His Light guides us on!

Thank God for grace, making us so blessed,
It gives strength amidst all trials & tests;
Whatever we’re given in this life to face,
Thank God for sufficient, marvelous grace!

PRAISE

 “I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.”   Psalms 34:1

 Sometimes in our walk with the Lord we encounter burdens, trials and circumstances that don’t seem to belong in our lives and we find ourselves wondering why?  I will be the first to encourage you not to dwell on why…it doesn’t matter and you will never figure out the answer anyway so why waste your time?  The best advice I can offer you is to remember because God gives us everything, we owe Him all our praise.

When Israel went into battle, the tribe of Judah always led the way.  The name Judah means “Praise the Lord.

When we march into battle and encounter obstacles, if we will go with His praises on our lips then God will go before us and give us the victory!

This is clearly the prayer-and-praise strategy that brought down the walls of Jericho for Joshua, and Jehoshaphat’s enemies to destroy each other before the battle even began.  (2 Chron 20) 

 All of us need to make a commitment to praise God every time we face an impossible situation:  that simply means for us to focus on Him rather than the problem  (Psa. 34:1).

At the moment, it may seem to you like I am in an impossible situation because of health problems; but I know better; I AM NOT!   You may feel like you are in dealing with some impossible situation…but you are not.  

We are not worthy, but He is!  You may not be able, but He is!  Rely on God’s promises to you (Isa 43:26) because He will never fail you.

Nothing moves God like the sight of His children on the battlefield, praising His name and continuing to declare His promises.  Jesus said, “And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven:  and whatsoever thou salt loose on earth shalt be loosed in heaven“.  (Matt 16:19)  Praise is the key that opens the door to God’s presence. 

“And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God and the prisoners heard them.  And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all of the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed. (Acts 16:25-26).

Pray, sing and praise God and He will lift the load of your burdens.          

EASTER

So thankful to be serving a risen, living Lord!! Karen Icenhour
Death Didn’t Hold Him
The Lord died on the cross to pay for our sin,
Providing the Way for us to come to Him;
It was all a part of God’s perfect plan,
With more love than we can understand!
It was a time of great sorrow and gloom,
As His beaten body was placed in the tomb;
Satan thought he won, & God’s Son was dead,
In a short time, circumstances turn his head!
Death didn’t hold Him more than three days,
After this time, the tombstone rolled away;
There was no question, whether or not,
For within the tomb was the Son of God!
He’s the King of Kings, still living today,
The tomb is empty, where our Saviour laid;
He’s the only One to watch that stone move,
Astounding Satan by what God’s power can do!
4-3-17
**Easter 2017

 

The Spot

And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified Him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left.” – Luke 23:33

Jesus carried our all our sins to the cross. The spot where that happened was Calvary, also called Golgotha—the same spot known as Mt. Moriah where in Genesis Abraham offered Isaac to God. Mt. Moriah, the temple mount, and Calvary are all on the same limestone ridge—all the same mountain.

Centuries before Christ was born, God told Abraham, the brightest star in the Hebrew heaven, “Abraham, I want you to take your son, your only son, the son that you love, the son of promise, to a place I will show you. Not just any place—a certain place. And there you are to offer your son.” That spot is the very spot where one day, centuries later, Jesus Christ would be crucified.

For Abraham and Isaac, a ram caught in a thicket provided the substitute. There was no such substitute for Jesus Christ—for He was our Substitute.

Meditate today on what it cost God the Father to sacrifice His only Son on Calvary’s mountain and what it cost the Lord Jesus to be that “ram caught in the thicket” for us. Let what God the Father provided—and what His Son did for you—sink into the deepest part of your heart. “I will praise Him, Praise the lamb for sinners slain. Give Him glory, all ye people, for His blood can wash away each stain.”

Friday Funnies

The Truth About Santa

I figured that at age seven it was inevitable for my son to begin having doubts about Santa Claus. Sure enough, one day he said, “Mom, I know something about Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy.”

Taking a deep breath, I asked him, “What is that?” He replied, “They’re all nocturnal.”

TRADE

Sally was driving home from one of her business trips in northern Arizona when she saw an elderly Navajo woman walking on the side of the road. As the trip was a long and quiet one, she stopped the car and asked the woman if she would like a ride. With a silent nod of thanks, the woman got into the car.

Resuming the journey, Sally tried in vain to make a bit of small talk with the Navajo woman. The old woman just sat silently, looking at everything she saw, studying every little detail. Then she noticed a white bag on the seat next to Sally.

“What’s in the bag?” asked the old woman.

Sally looked down at the bag and, smiling, said, “It’s a box of chocolates. I got it for my husband.”

The Navajo woman was silent for another moment or two. Then speaking with the quiet wisdom of an elder, she said: “Good trade.”

Bible Study

Eternal Life 1 John 2:25
And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life.
 
It important to re-establish the fact that the child of God is forever saved! I do not want to make this hard to understand but it is one that needs to be understood!
The doctrine of eternal life has been attacked by both man and devil about as much as the doctrine of the scriptures! No man has or ever will be able to merit salvation through personal righteousness nor will man ever be able to maintain his salvation through the same. It all goes back to Romans 10:3, which says: “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.” What righteousness is essential to salvation? The absolutely perfect righteousness that can only be found in Jesus Christ. What righteousness is essential to remaining saved? The same: the absolutely perfect righteousness of Jesus Christ.

Isaiah 64:6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.
Ecclesiastes 7:20 For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.
Philippians 3:9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:
Romans 3:21-28 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; (22) Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: (23) For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; (24) Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: (25) Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; (26) To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. (27) Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith. (28) Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.

At this point, let me say that if you lived a perfect, sinless life, you would still die and go to hell for all eternity because you did not come to God through Jesus Christ. (John 14:6) Salvation is not of works according to Ephesians 2:8-9 but salvation is a salvation THAT WORKS according to the Bible! I do not work to continue to be saved; I work because I am saved.

Genesis 2 and look at the first mention of life in Adam.
Genesis 2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. (Adam became a living soul, not just a living body, through the breath of life from God. Living means more than just physical life. Adam became spiritually alive or a “living soul.” By spiritually alive, I mean that the soul of Adam could not be seen because it is spirit.)
Ecclesiastes 12:7 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.

God has eternal life and the breath of God gave to Adam eternal life. His body died 930 years later but Adam remains to this day and will live forever. In John, when speaking of the Word, the scripture sets forth this same principle.
John 1:4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men. (Life can come only from God and the life that God gives is not only life but spiritual light! To declare that there is no God, one must reject the very light of God that makes man so special.)
Luke 3:38 Which was the son of Enos, which was the son of Seth, which was the son of Adam, which was the son of God. (Children carry the attributes of their parents. Eternal life was such an attribute of God given to Adam.)

Genesis 1:24-26 And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so. (25) And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good. (26) And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. (Notice, in the context, every living thing brings after its kind but—when speaking of the human race—God made man in His image [an image resembles] and likeness [to fashion after or to compare to]. Man is not an animal!!! He is different in his genetics as well as his makeup.)
1 Corinthians 15:38-39 But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body. (39) All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds.

God created Eve in Adam when Adam was formed. Though Eve had not yet been formed from Adam’s rib, she was in Adam.

Genesis 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. (God created Eve when He created Adam.)
Genesis 5:1-2 This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him; (2) Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created. (They were both named Adam until God brought forth Eve. All of our children are also named in Adam until they are brought forth.)

Now, I will make a biblical statement that will need a little explaining: life does not begin at conception because life was there before conception. Now, before someone says that I do not believe that the life of a child begins at conception, I do because God gave all of us life through Adam and not one child conceived since Adam and Eve was a mistake or unknown to God. We were all in Adam!

Acts 17:26 And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;

Now, look at the phrase “eternal life” 26x and the phrase “life eternal” 4x, here are some.

  1. First Mention of eternal life is found in Matthew 19:16 And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? (Give up the world, come and follow Christ.)
  2. All mankind will remain in one eternal state or the other. Matthew 25:46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal. (Hell and heaven are both eternal.)
  3. Eternal Life is a result of believing, not personal merit. John 3:15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. (Believing the record of the gospel of Jesus Christ for salvation brings eternal life.)

1 John 5:11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Titus 3:7 That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

  1. Eternal Life is just that and cannot be lost. John 10:28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. (Shall never perish is an absolute negative! Never for any reason. Not possible.)
  2. Eternal Life comes through a personal faith in the record given in the Word of God. John 5:39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.

John 6:68 Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. (Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God, Romans 10:17)

  1. Eternal Life can be assured to the believer. 1 John 5:13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. (Knowing that you are saved eternally is not presumptuous, it is God’s will for His children.)

1 John 2:25 And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life.

1 John 5:20 And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.

  1. Eternal Life is the life of God and manifested in the person of our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 John 1:2 (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)

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Wade’s Wednesday

Why the Resurrection Still Matters

By Dr. Charles Stanley

What does Christ’s resurrection mean to you?  Is it simply an event in the distant past with little relevance for [today] or does it affect how you think and act each day?

Many people look at Easter as an occasion for purchasing new clothes and going to church. But, it’s not just a day to celebrate the empty tomb and then move on as if nothing has changed.

Since we didn’t personally witness the risen Christ after His burial, imagining that first Easter morning is difficult. Not only that, but our traditional celebrations and familiarity with the story make it easy to overlook the stunning magnitude of what transpired. Then we run the risk of taking the resurrection for granted and missing the impact it still has today.

In Corinthians 15:13-17, the apostle Paul gives us a glimpse of the resurrection’s importance by describing what would have happened if Jesus had not been raised. Our Easter celebrations would be a big lie, and our faith would be worthless. Worst of all, we’d still bear the guilt for every sin we’ve ever committed—with no hope of forgiveness, salvation, or eternal life in heaven.If Jesus hadn’t been raised, His death would have accomplished nothing.

That’s why Easter is an awesome reason for celebration. Jesus died in our place to satisfy the requirement for our atonement—a price far too high for us to pay. His resurrection proves that the Father was satisfied with His sacrifice (Romans 3:25) and counted it sufficient for the forgiveness of all our sins (1 Cor. 15:20-23). And because of Christ’s victory over death, we too will be resurrected and receive an imperishable inheritance reserved for us in heaven. This hope enables us to rejoice every day, even in the midst of trials and suffering (1 Peter 1:3-9).So, if we attend an Easter service but remain unchanged for the rest of the year, we’ve missed the purpose of the resurrection.

Each day is an opportunity to let the living Christ impact our character, conduct, and conversation as we “put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the one who created him” (Col. 3:10). In essence, we are displaying God’s nature with a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, forgiveness, and love (vv. 12-14).

Jesus resurrection should also direct and motivate our mission. Christ told His disciples, “As the Father has sent Me, I also send you” (John 20:21))  Having seen the risen Lord and being filled with His Spirit, those first Christians spread the message of salvation throughout the Roman world. The impact of their witness was so great that they were described as “men who have upset the world” (Acts 17:6).

Tuesday With Karen

by Karen Icenhour

Thanking God for the wonderful, risen Saviour we serve! KI
Jesus Arose
Jesus arose after He hung on Calvary’s cross,
He shed His own blood so we’d never be lost;
The world sends false prophets along the way,
But Jesus is the only One still living today!
Jesus arose after lying in a borrowed tomb,
Death, for our Saviour, had no welcome room;
He paid for our sins as He hung on that tree,
Providing salvation, all we would ever need!
Jesus arose after three days, like God’s word said,
Even crucifixion couldn’t make Him stay dead!
When it came time for the stone to roll away,
God’s holy breath accomplished it that day!
Jesus arose as our risen Saviour & Lord,
It’s something no one has ever done before;
He arose after three days & still lives today,
His crimson blood still cleanses & saves!
**Written for
Easter 2015

Darkness and Light

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By Bill Crowder

When I was a boy, I delivered newspapers to about 140 homes on two streets that were connected by a cemetery. Since I delivered a morning newspaper, I had to be out at 5:00 a.m. walking through that cemetery in the darkness. Sometimes I would be so frightened that I would actually run! I was afraid until I was standing safely under a streetlight on the other side. The scary darkness was dispelled by the light.

The psalmist understood the connection between fear and darkness, but he also knew that God is greater than those fears. He wrote, “Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; 6 Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.” (Ps. 91:5-6). Neither terrors of night nor evil in the darkness need to drive us to fear. We have a God who sent His Son, the Light of the World (John 8:12).

In the light of God’s love and grace and truth, we can find courage, help, and strength to live for Him.

Lord, I come to You, the Light of the World. I want You to bring Your light into the darkness of my fears.

You need not fear the darkness if you are walking with the Light of the World.