Faith without risk is a contradiction.
‘For as the body without the spirits is dead,
so faith without works is dead also.’
Dear God, Give me the strength to persevere in the faith
and to perform good works of faith.
Faith without risk is a contradiction.
‘For as the body without the spirits is dead,
so faith without works is dead also.’
Dear God, Give me the strength to persevere in the faith
and to perform good works of faith.
Geloof zonder risico is een tegenstrijdigheid.
‘Want gelijk het lichaam zonder geest dood is,
zo is ook het geloof zonder werken dood.’
geef mij de kracht om in het geloof te volharden
en werken van geloof te verrichten
Engelse versie / English version: Faith without risk is a contradiction
Wij moeten de Allerhoogste vrezen, meer dan enig mens.
Als wij lastig gevallen wordene door andere mensen weten wij dat wij onze toevlucht kunnen nemen bij God.
Hoe groot is het geluk dat U hebt weggelegd voor wie U vrezen, dat U bereid hebt voor wie schuilen bij U…
U verbergt hen in de beschutting van uw gelaat (Psalm 31 vers 19 tot en met 20a)
O Heer, ik vertrouw U en steun op U. Vol vertrouwen ren ik naar U toe.
U verbergt mij in uw aanwezigheid, waar ik rust vind temidden van alle levensstormen.
U staat mij met open armen liefdevol op te wachten.
Ik dank en prijs U, Vader. Amen.
In this time and age we best think about the parable of the the sower, where the sower sows the seeds into different kinds of ground – three bad and one good. Man himself can find out from Scriptures what is meant by those stories Jesus told. Concerning the seed of the sower Jesus tells us (v18-23) – the seed is the Word of God and the different kinds of ground are different responses to the message of the Kingdom.
In our world we hear less spoken about the Word of God and many churches are running empty. For followers of Christ, the religions getting against each other is just one of the many signs we can see that the preaching of the coming Kingdom is of utmost importance, because when it shall be preached all over the world, then the end shall come.
In this world there are lots of people who think they are doing good and others who are convinced they do not have to take care because they are saved under Christ. they may be very mistaken, hoping to enter the Kingdom of God, by not living according to God‘s Laws, missing the entrance to the small gate. All those parables Jesus told should be a warning that it perhaps might not be so easy to enter the Kingdom after all. Many may be called but few reaching the the end goal of the race.
The second parable we have to take at heart is the one about the weeds, where the enemy sows bad weed seeds amongst the good wheat seeds. Again, we are not left guessing as to the meaning – Jesus tells us (v37-43) – the good seed represents the sons of the Kingdom and the bad seed the sons of the devil, i.e. those opposed to the message of the Kingdom who will be ‘weeded’ out of the Kingdom by God’s angels when the Son of Man (Jesus) comes.
Those two are not the only ones in which Jesus talks about seeds.
When we look at the fields where seeds are waiting to grow, we can see many birds picking their bits of grains. Now Jesus comes to look where those birds have their habitat. They coming to live in a tree. In the ancient times the men of God also wrote about the birds living in trees, referring to kingdoms.
“The leaves thereof were fair, and the fruit thereof much, and in it was food for all: the beasts of the field had shadow under it, and the birds of the heavens dwelt in the branches thereof, and all flesh was fed from it.” (Daniel 4:12 ASV)
“it is thou, O king, [Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon]that art grown and become strong; for thy greatness is grown, and reacheth unto heaven, and thy dominion to the end of the earth.” (Daniel 4:22 ASV)
“All the birds of the heavens made their nests in its boughs; and under its branches did all the beasts of the field bring forth their young; and under its shadow dwelt all great nations.” (Ezekiel 31:6 ASV)
These first two Old Testament references use that specific language that Jesus picks up on – using the description of trees and perching birds to represent empires and subjects dwelling in them. But the obvious thing to notice is that whereas Jesus is talking about the Kingdom of Heaven, these verses most certainly are not! They are talking about the kingdoms of men! The first is talking about the kingdom of Babylon, which only filled the world with godless rule – and even today its pagan beliefs and teaching still permeate like yeast (many non‑Christian and Christian religions can trace their belief system back to ancient Babylon). Assyria was known for its violence and cruelty (see Nahum 3:19) and our days, like the days of Noah, also see a world filled with violence (modern day Assyria / Syria being notable examples).
It may seem strange to make reference to the kingdoms of men when the parable of the mustard seed is about the Kingdom of Heaven, but then other parables do the same. The parable of the sower begins “the Kingdom of Heaven is like” then talks about the unbelief of people’s hearts and their rejection of the gospel, the parable of the sower begins “the Kingdom of Heaven is like” then talks about the corruption of the gospel finding a temporary place in the harvest field, and the parable of the net begins “the Kingdom of Heaven is like” then describes the existence of the bad fish swimming around in the lake. But then all these parables end with salvation and deliverance, and so also does the last of those three specific Old Testament references.
Ezekiel 17:22-24 “This is what the Sovereign LORD says: ‘I myself will take a shoot from the very top of a cedar and plant it; I will break off a tender sprig from its topmost shoots and plant it on a high and lofty mountain. On the mountain heights of Israel I will plant it; it will produce branches and bear fruit and become a splendid cedar. Birds of every kind will nest in it; they will find shelter in the shade of its branches. All the trees of the field will know that I the LORD bring down the tall tree and make the low tree grow tall. I dry up the green tree and make the dry tree flourish.’ I the LORD have spoken and I will do it.”
Imagine if the parable of the sower just told us that a man went to sow seed, and the seed grew and the crop was good. Imagine if the parable of the weeds just told us that a man planted some seed, and the seed was good, and then harvest came, and harvest was good. Imagine if the parable of the ten virgins wasn’t the parable of the ten virgins – it was the parable of the five virgins and it told us that there were five virgins who went to a wedding and the wedding was good – and that’s it!
Our message of salvation is not just that Jesus will return and all is well. The reality of the world we live in is very dark and very far from what God wants it to be. Even more discouraging is the fact that the very gospel that Jesus gave to enlighten is not believed by so many, and falsehood and the kingdoms of men fill the earth, and we – with the precious truth we possess – are so small and ignored.
Jesus encourages us by reminding us, through the parable of the mustard seed and the Old Testament links, that God is fully aware of how man’s ways rule the world – like Assyria and Babylon in the past. Jesus does not try to divert us by pretending that everything is good right now, but reminds us that God’s plan will become a reality – more real than anything fake we see around us now.
God has told us that He himself will plant His Tree / Kingdom, on the mountain heights of Israel and that all the other trees (nations) will know this and so God will be glorified and vindicated in the end amongst all His opponents, as will all those who keep that precious faith and stick with Him. This is our hope. We are tired of the kingdoms of men around us, imitating the shade and shelter that only God can provide through His Son who has the words of eternal life – and when he comes we will truly find rest under the shade of his branches.
Mustard seeds are counted by the smallest seeds but they give us some strong big trees which produce a lot of seeds. Listening to the parable we can imagine us people with some faith like a mustard seed would have not much faith or little faith. But even that little faith can do much. Therefore the one who can sow little faith shall be able to give the pastures many trees which shall in their turn also create little seeds and multiply enormously.
Even when we do feel we have not so much faith, we should believe in ourselves and proclaim the message of salvation which is given to us. We may have doubts but should know that even with our little faith we shall be able to do much.
“And he saith unto them, Because of your little faith: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.” (Matthew 17:20 ASV)
Moving a mountain, it looks ridiculous … but with our little faith if we believe in Christ Jesus as our saviour we shall be able to do much, showing others the Way to God, we shall be able to move mountains, doing lots of work for God. But to do that moving work we need to have the right seed. Unpolluted faith. We also need to use the right fertiliser, the pure Word of God, which we can find in the best store of the the world, the most precious library, the Bible. when we water ourselves every day with it, our seed shall be able to grow. Perhaps we ourself can be such a mustard tree.
The world needs many mustard seeds. There are so many nations, so many places where there is need for birds to find a place to sit in and trees for people to find shadow. It is up to the believers to become the sowers and the gardeners.
It is up to the believers to make it that the seed may be planted in good soil. We have to prepare the earth, we have to fertilise the ground and give the plants enough water so that they can survive in the dry surroundings.
Are you willing to be a sower?
Help us to proclaim the Word of God and to bring the message of salvation, the gospel of the coming Kingdom of God.
It may start very small but finish big, so take the opportunity.
Men zag mensen de keel overgesneden worden alsof het niets was en politici die het goede voorbeeld zouden moeten geven tegen elkaar tekeergaan en mensen tegen elkaar opjutten. Er werd weer gesproken over een mogelijke Koude Oorlog terwijl andere oorlogen dagelijks onze huiskamer binnen drongen via een tegenwoordig groot scherm. De kleine kijkkast is totaal verdwenen en vervangen door grote platte schermen die het beeld haarscherp in de huiskamer vertonen alsof men er ter plekke alles mee kan volgen.
Al in zeer oude tijden is het de mensheid medegedeeld dat er een tijd zou komen dat men over oorlogen en oorlogsdreigingen zou horen en over mensen die anderen zouden gaan misleiden. Het geweld is dagelijkse kost geworden en vele mensen zijn er zelfs al een beetje ongevoelig voor geworden. Men moet al iets zeer ergs tonen vooraleer de mensen emotioneel gepakt worden.
2016 was weer eens een jaar waar orkanen en overstromingen veel leed bezorgden, maar wat opvalt is dat de intensiteit toegenomen is. Ook dreigt er verder water vele volkeren weg te drijven uit hun heimat doordat de waterspiegel stijgt wegens de opwarming van de aarde, die nochtans nog steeds door vele (‘blinde’) politici ontkend wordt. En daar waar mensen hebben getracht hulp te bieden zorgden corrupte bewindsvoerders dat de hulpgoederen eerder bij hun familie en vrienden terecht kwam in plaats van bij de hulpbehoevenden. Zo bleven ook velen achter met hun hongersnood en moesten zij natheid of droogtes trotseren.
2016 bracht nog meer daklozen in de wereld, niet enkel door aardbevingen maar ook door dat zij op de vlucht moesten gaan voor al het geweld hen toegebracht door machtswellustelingen die alles maar gebruikten om hun doel te behalen, en er zich niet voor schaamden om weerloze mensen leed toe te brengen. Eerder overeen gekomen internationale verdragen werden in de wind geslagen.
Zoals het in oude boeken is beschreven ging de liefde verkillen en de wetteloosheid toenemen, waarbij de mens niet verlegen zou zijn om te liegen en te bedriegen en zich volledig in te zetten voor zichzelf zonder maar om te zien naar de ander.
De mensheid moet echter beseffen dat wij nu nog maar de weeën te zien krijgen of voelen, van wat er op de wereld zal afkomen.
Er komt een tijd dat vele mensen hun ogen zullen geopend worden maar zullen moeten beseffen dat het dan te laat is.
Bent U er klaar voor?
Ook al mogen wij veel slechts zien, is er hoop; Hoop voor nu en hoop voor de toekomst. Wij zullen er niet aan onderuit kunnen dat er een heel slechte tijd zal komen. Volgens de Heilige Schrift zullen wij ons aan een Derde wereldoorlog mogen verwachten. Die zal al de voorgaande overstijgen van wreedheid en ellende. Maar er staat ook beschreven dat er mensen zullen zijn die voorbereid zullen zijn. Zij die de tekenen waarnemen en de profetieën van de gezondenen van God voor waar en ernstig nemen.
Laat het nooit te laat zijn om u voor te bereiden op die bewuste eindtijden. Zorg er voor dat u de lessen van de parabels of gelijkenissen van Jezus Christus niet als te verwaarlozen fabeltjes ter zijde hebt gelegd, maar dat u de lessen er van begrepen hebt en uw voorzorgen hebt genomen.
Ook al willen velen er niet van weten dat Jeruzalem de hoofdstad van het Heerlijke Koninkrijk zal zijn, zal alles zo wel verlopen en zal iedereen Gods Volk moeten erkennen. en allen zullen moeten opkijken naar de wedergekeerde Verlosser, de Messias Jezus Christus die in naam van God zal regeren hier op aarde. Hij zal onze koning zijn.
Ook jij kan nu nog kiezen, maar wacht niet te lang.
A dark moment in the year 2016 might be the election of the man of whom most people thought he would not even make it to the selection of president candidates. Though very cleverly playing on the fearing minds of radical and right wing Americans blackening all other candidates he managed to blackguard Hillary Clinton many started to cry to put her in jail and would not vote for her.
Donald Trump often turned with the wind and at one moment he was on the blacks and Jews calling them names and at other moments he said he respected Judaism but found all Jews have to live in their own country.
In some of the ads leading up to the campaign Trump clearly stated his position:
I love Israel, and honour and respect the Jewish faith and tradition. It is important that we have a president who feels the same way. For me, respect and reverence for Judaism is personal. My daughter Ivanka, and my son-in-law Jerad are raising their children in the Jewish faith, always reminding me of the important values and lesson we learn about leadership, resolve, and families in Jewish tradition. My administration will stand side by side with the Jewish people and Israel’s leaders to continue strengthening the bridges that connect, not only Jewish Americans and Israelis, but also all Americans an Israelis. Together we will stand up to the enemies like Iran, bent on destroying Israel and her people. Together we will make America and Israel safe again.
I speak to you today as a life-long support and true friend of Israel.
I am a newcomer to politics, but not to backing the Jewish state.
I came here to speak to you about where I stand on the future of American relations with our strategic ally, our unbreakable friendship, and our cultural brother, the only democracy in the Middle East, the State of Israel.
He laid out several of his policies with regard the Nation of Israel. He was very politically incorrect, as his usual style normally is. He addressed the issue of Iran, but also the problematic relationship between Israel, the United States and the United Nations:
“The United States can be useful as a facilitator of negotiations, but no one should be telling Israel that it should be, and really that it must abide by some agreement made by others, thousands of miles away, that don’t even really know what is happening to Israel, to anything in the area. It is so preposterous; we are not going to let that happen…. When I am president, believe me, I will veto any attempt by the UN to impose its will on the Jewish state. It will be vetoed 100%.
During this speech Trump pointed out the track record of agreements that were imposed upon Israel in the past and his feelings on the reason for failure:
To make a great deal you need two willing participants. We know Israel is willing to deal. Israel has been trying to sit down at the negotiating table without preconditions for years. You had Camp David in 2000, where Prime Minister Barak an incredible offer, maybe even too generous, Arafat rejected it. In 2008 Prime Minister Olmert made an equally generous offer, the Palestinians Authority rejected it also. Then John Kerry tried to come up with a framework, and Abbas didn’t even respond. Not even to the Secretary of State of the United States of America. They didn’t even respond. When I become President, the days of treating Israel like a second class citizen will end on day one!
Now many have treated his speech as simply electioneering and grandstanding. But as Donald Trump has been building his cabinet, and announcing the key roles, he has been building a team that is capable of realizing his campaign promises.
What has been most interesting this week has been the appointment by President Elect Trump of the American bankruptcy lawyer David Friedman, a 57 year old Orthodox Jew from New York, as the future Ambassador to Israel, which shall receive its residency not any more in Tel Aviv, but moves to Jerusalem.
Friedman helped advise Trump during the campaign and has assisted him in bankruptcy proceedings in the past. He is a supporter of Israeli settlement construction, has downplayed the need for a Palestinian state, and is considered a key force behind the incoming president’s relatively hard-line pro-Israel positions, including supporting moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Though in 1980 the Knesset had already declared Jerusalem to be the capital of Israel this law was declared null by the U.N., which called for the removal of the remaining embassies in the city. A statement from Israel’s Foreign Ministry called the resolution “unjust” and
“additional proof that the U.N. organization has been converted into an instrument in the hands of Israel’s enemies in their war against her existence and independence.”
With moving the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem to a plot of land in Jerusalem which would be leased from Israel to the US for 99 years, for $1 per year since January 18, 1989, of the last days of the Reagan presidency, according to the agreement singed by US ambassador to Israel William Brown and Israel Lands Authority deputy director Moshe Gatt.
David Friedman was a major contributor to the Trump policy on Israel as he stated in a meeting with an Israeli delegation when meeting for dinner with them:
… anything where there is jobs or national security, the economy, immigration, everything is vetted through a policy committee. With regard to Israel there really isn’t a policy committee. Our relationship is so strong, that on matters of Israel, he’s really given Jason and I full authority to speak on his behalf.
The one thing that I’m proudest about, to date, is the Republican platform as relates to the state of Israel. The Republican platform on Israel is the strongest platform with regard to Israel that either party has ever developed in the history of this country. The way this was developed was a partnership between the Orthodox, within the Jewish community, the Israel lovers within the Jewish community and the evangelical community.
So from this platform, I would invite people to compare 2016 to 2012, there is no longer any reference to a two-state solution, there is an affirmative statement that Israel is not an occupier with respect to Judea and Samaria. There is a commitment to recognize Jerusalem as the eternal capital of the Jewish people, undivided capital of the Jewish people, to move the embassy there.
When this platform was passed by the Republican platform committee, the Evangelical community, got up, not only did they get up and clap, but people were actually crying. That is how motivated, that is how happy they were. They for this was a day they would never see.
This man is noted for his conservative political views, his belief that the “Jewish left” is a danger to the State of Israel, and that Jews who supported the nonprofit liberal advocacy group J Street, are
“just smug advocates of Israel’s destruction”
But it are just those advocates who try to bring peace in the region promoting American leadership to end the Arab–Israeli and Israel–Palestinian conflicts peacefully and diplomatically.
J Street’s stated aim is to provide a political home for pro-Israel, pro-peace Americans who believe that a
“two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is essential to Israel’s survival as the national home of the Jewish people and as a vibrant democracy”.
J Street has a two-fold mission: first, to advocate for urgent American diplomatic leadership to achieve a two-state solution and a broader regional, comprehensive peace and, second, to ensure a broad debate on Israel and the Middle East in national politics and the American Jewish community.
The appointment of Friedman, who once compared a Jewish lobby group to concentration camp prisoner-guards, is a controversial one and some liberal Jewish groups in the U.S. as well as a senior Palestinian cleric have openly denounced the decision.
As believers in the Bible we followed the Iraq-Iran War, the present religious wars and terrorist acts, the Brexit and the American elections suspiciously, very intrigued and now with appointment of David Friedman to the post of America’s Ambassador to Israel seeing how zigzaw puzzle pieces fitting the details given in the Bible.
We are fascinated to see the finger of God at work in the nations, as the prophet Daniel clearly stated:
“…the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will, and setteth up over it the basest of men.” (Daniel 4:17)
God allows people to reign matters and to choose their own governments. God also allows events to take place in His time schedule. He may look at the United States and see how Donald Trump may take his position of power in America and the world. Bible students can become quite excited by this prospect, not because of the man, but because of his stated policies with regard to the State of Israel and with the events Donald Trump may bring into this world, where he is perhaps going to make it easier for the Jewish state to develop.
The president elect moving the American Embassy is one thing, but also calling it
“to the Eternal Capital of the Jewish people, Jerusalem“
is giving the voice to what Jews and real Christians are looking forwards to for already many years. We do know that Jerusalem has to become the eternal capital of the world, but now a politician has called it with a clear voice “the Eternal Capital”. That is what more people shall have to come to recognise.
The movement of America’s embassy to Jerusalem is one step closer to becoming a reality. It is the issue of Jerusalem that will cause the nations to come down to the land in the latter day, and bring God’s judgement upon them:
“For, behold, in those days, and in that time, When I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem, I will also gather all nations, And will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, And will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, Whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.” (Joel 3:1–2)
Zechariah also identifies Jerusalem as being the flashpoint:
“And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: All that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, Though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.” (Zechariah 12:3)
All nations who come against it will be destroyed. So when we see America, the most powerful nation in the world talking about legitimizing the Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, it brings the issue to the forefront.
You may read more about this in the Christadelphian News-site: Bible in the News
Ruth had every possibility to become bitter. She lost her husband and her father-in-law, but she determined to follow God in the midst of that. She was faithful to her mother-in-law and did what she could do to provide for them both. Then, everything turned around at the threshing floor when she asked the wealthy landowner of Bethlehem, and kinsman of Elimelech, Naomi‘s late husband, Boaz to take her under his wing as her kinsman-redeemer. Her encounter with her kinsman-redeemer changed her life and the course of history as she was grafted into the line from which Jesus was born.
We can now look up at that man from the line of king David. He also has suffered a lot and also caused others to have lots of pain. But those around him carried their sorrow and where pleased to be privileged to have known this remarkable man.
For us life also presents its difficulties. It is not all glamour and happiness. Life can be hard at times. Disappointments come. Sometimes, we disappoint ourselves, but often we also bring disappointments to others. Like we can be hurt by others we too can cause pain to others. In life we shall fall more than once and each time we do have to get up again. It is how you manage to cope with all those difficulties that shall make you or break you. What you do next determines the fruitfulness of the rest of your life.
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The 2017 Operation Onesimus Program planning is underway. WCF are eagerly anticipating this year’s program! Lord willing, training will take place Sunday July 9th thru Saturday July, 22nd at Schooley’s Mountain, NJ. The confirmed teachers include: Bro.’s Steven Cox, John Launchbury, Brad Ricks and James Diliberto. Registration is now open at operationonesimus.org. MISSION Operation Onesimus […]
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The Bethezer Dorms in Phnom Penh provide a safe living environment for students pursuing postsecondary education in the Cambodian capital. An emergency fund to provide food for the poorest students had become depleted resulting in poor health and malnutrition amongst the most economically vulnerable. Two students had withdrawn from the university and returned to their […]
Since 1976, the Williamsburg Christadelphian Foundation (WCF) has provided resources beyond the scope typically addressed by individual Christadelphian congregations. The Williamsburg name comes from the fact that the idea for a Foundation originated in that Virginia city (chartered in the state of Virginia in 1976). It is Christadelphian, as the articles of incorporation state the […]
Gewoonlijk wordt voor de zgn. preëxistentie (het voorbestaan) van Christus, dwz. de leer dat Hij reeds bestond vóór Hij werd geboren uit Maria, het begin van het evangelie van Johannes geciteerd: “In den beginne was het Woord en het Woord was bij God en het Woord was God. (2) Dit was in den beginne bij […]
Het blijkt echter dat het pad van de juiste leer smal is en dat historisch gezien mensen daarvan naar twee kanten zijn afgeweken. Enerzijds zijn er de mensen die zijn goddelijke natuur volledig ontkennen. Zij zien in Hem uitsluitend de mens. Maar dan is er geen afdoende verklaring voor het feit dat Hij slaagde, waar […]
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Bro. Thomas was quite accurate in describing the various allusions to Deity in this amazing diagram of the Messiah Christ Jesus, and His Character and Mission to the WORLD . . He shall soon appear 1 Beloved, now are we the sons of Elohim, and it doth not…
Those people who say Jesus is God and say they are monotheists should wonder why they do not call the Hindu’s monotheists their different godheads having total equality as the main god, though by trinitarian Christians their second godhead not at all having the same qualities as the main God. A monotheist should been an […]
John very well knew that the promised breaker of the curse of death or the one to bring salvation from death was Jeshua, the Kristos or Christ, Messiah, the prophet and master teacher he had seen and followed and believed in, like we should also believe in that son of God the sent one from […]
Do you know where in the Bible we find God‘s first promise to send the Messiah? The answer is foundational to our faith because within this first Messianic Prophecy mentioned in the Bible lies our fate of eternal separation from God. Too many christians limit the Bible to the second main part, the Messianic Writings, […]
The Divine Creator of heaven and earth wished not to leave the ones sent out of the Garden of Eden on their own. Though Adam and Eve rebelled against God, Him having expelled them, the Elohim was willing to stay close to them and to help there where He could or where it was appropriate […]
Those people coming from the first man and woman in a certain way got infected by the wrong choice these people made. God gave a free will to the human beings He created. He did not want them to go wrong or to have it bad, but because they objected to His ruling or His […]
From the Bereshith its first chapters we can imagine that there was no ego till the animal stage. When man came into the picture there came a personal feeling direct the coarse. The first man or 1° Adam, felt lonely, though there was God and all His creatures. He wanted a helper and got it. […]
2015 February 10 we saw “A beginning with many false starts” getting this blog in its starting block. I know you could ask why an other Christian blog when there are already so many. there are also many ‘antichrist-blogs‘ and even more atheist bloggers at work. In that wood of blogs it is not bad to […]
Mankind received God’s commandments so that they could have something to hold on to and have some guidance to build up their life. Man had chosen to go his own way. Lots of people thought they could do without God,though as soon as time proved too difficult for them they were always fast to ask […]
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What caught my attention upon opening the NIV Faithlife Study Bible was a brief article/insight touching on a common concern and if not, one of life’s most important questions that go through a person’s mind about why God allows suffering in the life of a believer. Filled with insights and helpful…
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The first character that comes to my mind, when I put the terms Bible and curiosity together, is the Ethiopian eunuch. In Acts 8:34 we read: “The eunuch asked Philip, “Tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?” (NIV). The preceding verses tell…
The Faithlife Study Bible claims to be translation independent, so it’s designed to work with multiple English translations. For example, the insights you receive from the Faithlife Study Bible using the NIV will be just as relevant for a study partner who uses the NKJV. The NIV Faithlife Study Bible invites you to understand the […]
The Sermon on the mount (Nazarene Mountain teachings) (Matthew 5:1 – 7:29 || Luke 6:20-23) Chapter Five: The Blessed and legal commentaries Matthew 5:1-2 – The Setting MT5:1 Observing the crowds Jesus went up into the mountains and after he reclined his disciples approached him. MT5:2 And Jesus opened his mouth and began teaching them. […]
Soon many so called Christians shall celebrate their Easter with many pagan symbols. Many Christians do want the time of remembrance of the death and resurrection of Christ Jesus to come to Jerusalem and to visit the places where the master teacher walked. The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, with its Aedicule or Edicule, a towering […]
Today there may be less Christian activity across the Middle East than at the beginning of this present time era but also today there the Christians still may have to face persecution. Archaeologists in Israel say that more than a third of the roughly 40,000 artefacts found in the country each year are linked in […]
In the late 1940s, young Bedouin goatherds discovered a cave in the Judean Desert, bored like the path of a giant termite into the hillside. Within the cave the teenagers found something puzzling: ancient jars in rows. The jars held the first of the parchments that would come to be known as the Dead Sea […]
Archaeology ἀρχαιολογία (lit. ‘discourse on things ancient’) coming from the Greek archaia (“ancient things”), and logos (“theory or science”) has us looking at the ancient things, material remains of man’s past. Its Latin equivalent, antiquitates, yielded the English word ‘antiquities’ which long served to define a branch of historical inquiry that concerned itself with materials […]
The archaeologist is first a descriptive worker doing the systematic study of past human life and culture by the recovery and examination of remaining material, evidence, such as graves, buildings, tools, and pottery, to prove or disprove upheld ideas and to provide a thing or set of things helpful in forming a conclusion or judgement. […]
When wondered about a godhead and having come to the conclusion that there must be a Divine Creator or Supreme Being that surpasses all human and animal beings, we may question if it is possible for us to have a relationship with that Higher Being. What does it take to begin a relationship with God? […]
In March 2016 we created on Weebly a website to talk about man’s relationship with God. After we had done all the placing of pages and came to the contact form and placing of a Gravatar for the replies, we were brought to WordPress where we not only could choose a Gravatar but also got […]
Throughout history of mankind there have many groups of people who worshipped a triple deity (sometimes referred to as threefold, tripled, triplicate, tripartite, triune or triadic, or as a trinity). Those people who worshipped such tri-une god all claim they only worship one deity. Such deities that are worshipped as one are common throughout world mythology; the number three has a long history of mythical associations. Carl Jung considered the arrangement of deities into triplets an archetype in the history of religion. But the God of the Bible is clear about Which God has to be worshipped, not a more headed, be it an eightfold, three-une or bi-one god, but only the God of Abraham, Which is only One God of gods.
Find out in this article and its links how Jews, Christians and Muslims may have been influenced by the pagan gods and false teachings and how they have to separate them from such pagan teachings.
You may wonder if there really exist a God. You have all reason to question His existence and to check if you are feeling right or thinking the right way. We are even requested to examine our own faith. It is important to know what you want to believe, what you want to take for […]
Though being the most reprinted and most translated book many people doubt the authority of that bestseller of all times. Not all people are convinced it has something to say for them. Even lots of Christians never took the time to read the Bible from A to Z. Lots of people do think it is […]
With the Holy Scriptures we are given words that should have us to come to reflect on our own life and that of others, learning from the lessons given in that library of books.
In the various books which make the Bible you may find the words written down by men of God by whom Jehovah put forth His hand, gave them to see and understand, and put His words in their mouth, setting them over the nations and over the kingdoms, to pluck up and to break down and to destroy and to overthrow, to build and to plant.
To seek wisdom the Holy Scriptures are the best source for getting to know everything man has to know to make the best of his life and to see what is going to happen in this world, so that man can protect himself for the horrible war to come.
Man should know that every writing inspired by the Most High Elohim Hashem Jehovah is profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for instruction which is in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work and may find the Way to God and to the small gate of the Kingdom of God.
The Pentateuch and the words of prophetic man are still of value for today and contain a lot of wisdom and stories by which we in the present times can learn a lot from.
By reading the prophetic books we not only can learn what happened in the past and how wars could be won, but also what is going to happen in the future and how we can prepare us for the coming World War III and the end-times.
In ancient times on market days and the days people where free, they came together to listen to the reading of the Torah. Today any day could be used to come together to listen to the reading of the Holy Scriptures. Written and oral material was brought from one generation into an other and formed the base for the construction of many communities or religious groups and denominations.
The Bible is not only the best sold book in the world, it is also the book which gives the best advice, but that is something man does not like to accept from Some One or Some Thing he cannot see or touch, though if man would be willing enough to hear and feel, he could feel the presence of the Most High and feel His Guidance.
Until today lots of people have been rebellious against God and it is that rebellion which made it so difficult for mankind. When more people would follow the teachings of the Holy Scriptures we would have a much better world.
Veel mensen, met name de Engels sprekenden, vergeten dat er in verschillende talen “Allah” als woord gebruikt wordt voor Dé God, alsook voor andere goden of een god aan te duiden. Soms lijkt het wel of Engelstaligen willen dat iedereen de Engelse tittels en namen gebruikt. Oorspronkelijk een Arabisch woord zijnde dat werd overgenomen in […]
The Divine Creator Allah the Exalted in might provides information about the total encompassing nature of His divine decree and pre-ordainment, “No calamity befalls on the earth or in yourselves” and this is comprehensive of the encompassing nature of the calamities which afflict creation, whether of good or evil, that all of them are written […]
De Goddelijke Schepper Allah de Almachtige geeft informatie over de totale allesomvattend aard van Zijn goddelijke decreet en pre-ordinatie, “Er gebeurt geen ongeluk op aarde of in uzelf” en dit is uitgebreid van de allesomvattende aard van de rampen die de schepping teisteren, of het nu goed of kwaad is, dat ze allemaal zijn geschreven […]
Continuing on my 2nd and 3rd question and my article on From Guestwriters and on “Looking for answers on the question Is there a God” in case we do have to assume there is a god or gods we should wonder what or whom that god or gods may be.
Voortbordurend op mijn 2e en 3e vraag en mijn artikel op From Guestwriters en ‘Op zoek naar antwoorden op de vraag “Is er een God” ‘ voor het geval dat we moeten aannemen dat er een god of goden zijn we ons zullen moeten afvragen wat of wie zulk een god of goden wel mogen zijn.
Waiting is definitely a test. It tests our patience and our loyalty. It tests our love and our mercy. Waiting is not for the weak. (Lee Young) I consider myself a patient person but waiting on God changed me forever. Waiting chiseled at my rough edges. It revealed to me my true character. It accentuated […]
Trials teach us what we are; they dig up the soil, and let us see what we are made of. Charles Spurgeon April 2006 She fell ill with a fever that I could not contain. I rushed her to hospital late at night and before we could gather our bearings, she was diagnosed with Chronic […]
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