Understanding Angels! A Bible Perspective to the Reality of Angels! Part 1

October 4, 2017

This month I’m studying about angels, and came across this very informative series with quoted scripture.

The Agapegeek Blog

(Ver 1.0)  People generally do not believe in things that they have never seen or that they have any proof that they exist.  However, the Bible says a lot about these spiritual beings we call angels and it informs us that they definitely are real and that they exist.  The rest of this lesson will cover things found in the Bible about angels that you should know.  Who are they, what are they, where did they come from, when did they come into existence, what is their purpose and whatever else I can find to discuss about them.  I personally know people who claim to have seen angels and their descriptions of these creatures are not like the fat little baby angels you see in many books.  These creatures are generally very strong, large and tall.  Their strength is so much greater than the strongest man on the earth that…

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Psalms and Proverbs

September 2, 2017

Since I’m reading through these books this month, thought I’d share what Lawrence O. Richards says about each one in his “Bible Reader’s Companion.

Psalms – “Every book of the Bible deepens our understanding of our relationship with God.  But the Psalms uniquely enrich our experience of that relationship.  This book, containing 150 lyric poems, has shaped the liturgy (a fixed set of ceremonies, words, etc.) of every Christian tradition and become an integral part of public worship. It has also shaped the prayer and worship of the saints of every age.  Individual believers have turned to the psalms for comfort and for inspiration and have found in them models for personal praise and prayer.  Every human emotion has its echo in the Book of Psalms.  And the wonderful message of Psalms is that God cares — not only about the external circumstances of our lives, but about our every reaction to life’s varied experiences.

Psalms is undoubtedly the most subjective of the Bible’s books.  These poems express the inner reality experienced by those who love God.  Their writers openly share doubts and fears, joys and triumphs.  They express a deep sense of sin, an overwhelming relief for forgiveness, and the confidence and praise common in human beings who are united by faith to the Lord.  John Calvin rightly called Psalms ‘An anatomy of all the parts of the soul; for no one will find in himself a single feeling of which the image is not reflected in this mirror.’ ”

Proverbs – “The Book of Proverbs is a collection of advice and counsel intended to guide the reader’s practical and moral choices.  The sayings touch on such varied subject as interpersonal relationships, attitudes toward work and wealth, poverty, and child rearing.  While the general principles captured in the proverbs have universal application, their significance in Scripture is defined by the Bible’s unique view of God.  The God of the Old Testament is a living, active Person, who as the moral Judge of the universe supervises the consequences of human moral choices.  Thus the individual who does what is right and good can expect to be blessed, and the individual who does what is wrong or evil can expect disappointment and disaster.  An individual who truly fears God, in the sense of holding Him in awe, will make prudent choices and can expect to live a secure and happy life.  While specific proverbs and bits of practical wisdom have parallels in other ancient societies, the underlying view of God and of wisdom as a faith-rooted righteousness sets biblical wisdom literature apart.  Don’t mistake a proverb for a promise God is giving to you to claim by faith.”


Thank God for His Mercy to You

August 29, 2017

(Teacher: Stormie Omartian)

Read and consider Nehemiah 9:1-37

“But in Your great mercy You did not put an end to them, for You are a gracious and merciful God.” (Nehemiah 9:31)

“Nehemiah and the people of Israel had just accomplished an impossible mission.  They had rebuilt the massive walls of Jerusalem in record time.  Against all odds and opposition they had succeeded.  Now it was time for another kind of rebuilding–accepting and applying God’s written instructions for His people.  

Nehemiah 8 describes a national Bible study of sorts, as Ezra reintroduced God’s law to the people.  Chapter 9 records the effects of God’s Word settling into the hearts and minds of God’s people. They arrived at a clear understanding of how far they had drifted from God’s ways, and so they gathered for a great service of national repentance and worship.

In God’s presence, the people reviewed their history, highlighting the repeated sins of the nation as well as God’s repeated mercy and faithfulness.  This review wasn’t to inform God, but to demonstrate to themselves that they understood how things had come to be.  They were standing as a small remnant of a great nation that had been humbled under God’s just judgement.  In God’s mercy they had returned to their land.  Their very existence was an amazing tribute to God’s faithfulness.  Despite everything His people had done to violate the covenants He had made with them in the past, God had kept His word.  They knew God was faithful, so they dared to start over.

Their prayer of confession offers us a good example.  We need to review our spiritual history in prayer from time to time.  Particularly when we have followed the Lord for a long time, we need to trace the journey we have traveled with Him.  Perhaps we hesitate to do this because we realize our history with God is like the Israelites’ was–full of our failures as well as God’s faithfulness.  God certainly takes no pleasure in our review of sins unless it leads us to repentance and a clearer understanding of all He has done to guard and guide us along the way.  Thank God for all the times He has shown His mercy and grace to you.”

Stormie Omartian shares this prayer:

“Lord, I am aware every day of Your great mercy toward me.  Thank You that You have never judged me according to what I have deserved.  Your grace toward me is beyond comprehension.  Thank You that You will never forsake me.  Help me to never forsake You in any way either.  I pray that my attitude will always be right before You, and I will never take Your mercy for granted.”






Why Come to Earth?

June 5, 2014

(A study in the book of Mark from the Student Bible-NIV)

And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, “Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!” (Mark 4:41)

American radio broadcaster Paul Harvey once told a modern parable about a religious skeptic who worked as a farmer.  One raw winter night the man heard an irregular thumping sound against the kitchen storm door.  He went to a window and watched as tiny, shivering sparrows, attracted to the evident warmth inside, beat in vain against the glass.

Touched, the farmer bundled up and trudged through fresh snow to open the barn door for the struggling birds.  He turned on the lights and tossed some hay in a corner.  But the sparrows, which had scattered in all directions when he emerged from the house, hid in the darkness, afraid.

The man tried various tactics to get them into the barn.  He laid down a trail of cracker crumbs to direct them.  He tried circling behind the birds to drive them toward the barn.  Nothing worked.  He, a huge, alien creature, had terrified them; the birds couldn’t comprehend that he actually desired to help.

The farmer withdrew to his house and watched the doomed sparrows through a window.  As he stared, a thought hit him like lightning from a clear blue sky: “If only I could become a bird–one of them–just for a moment.  Then I wouldn’t frighten them so.  I could show them the way to warmth and safety.” 

At that same moment, another thought dawned on him.  He had grasped the reason Jesus was born.

A man becoming a bird is nothing compared to God becoming a man.  The concept of a sovereign eternal being who created the universe, confining himself to a human body was–and is–too much for some people to believe.  But how else could God truly communicate with us? 

We don’t know what God looked like as a man; no Gospel writer described the physical appearance of Jesus.  But, in other ways, Mark painted a full picture of His humanity.  Jesus, who claimed to be God, didn’t have a supernatural “glow” about Him.  His own neighbors and family marveled that He seemed so, well, normal.

Mark does not diminish Jesus.  He shows the power of a man who healed the blind with a simple touch (8:25), and the authority of a teacher so captivating that people sat three days straight, with empty stomachs, just to hear Him (8:2).  Even after Jesus hushed them, people wouldn’t stop talking about His miracles.

But Mark also reveals the full range of Jesus’ emotions: a surge of compassion for a person with leprosy (1:41), a deep sigh in response to nagging Pharisees (8:12), a look of anger and distress at coldhearted legalists (3:5), and then an awful cry on the cross, “My God, my God, why have You forsaken me?” (15:34).  Jesus was sometimes witty, and he sometimes cried.  He got tired: five times, Mark records, He sought a quiet place for rest away from the crowds.

Jesus was like no other person who ever lived.  Yet Jesus was also fully “one of us.”  He needed food and friends.  He got lonely and tired.  He showed anger and disappointment.  Because Jesus experienced all we experience as human beings, He can understand us completely, and share in our joys and sorrows. 

Mark portrays both sides of Jesus–the divine and the human.  The disciples needed to see both dimensions to give their lives to Him.


Why Is the Resurrection so Important? – Online Bible Study Tools

April 11, 2014

http://www.biblestudytools.com/bible-study/topical-studies/why-is-the-resurrection-so-important.html


Bible Study Will Give You Joy

October 20, 2012

(Teacher: Tim LaHaye)

One of the blessings of the Christian life is joy, but often that joy is stifled by the problems of life. Our Lord said, “These things have I spoken unto you that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full” (John 15:11). If you read the writings of mankind or look at the problems that surround you, your joy will turn to fear, dread, or sometimes depression.

During a financial recessionary period I attended a meeting of the church board of trustees. As I listened to the men talk it sounded like the Lord had gone out of business—all they did was forecast gloom, doom, and despair. Finally I asked, “What have you men been reading lately?” They replied, “The Wall Street Journal, U.S. News and World Report, The San Diego Union,” etc. So I replied, “You’ve been reading the wrong material!” It is the Word of God that puts joy in our heart regardless of the circumstances.


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