2014 Prophesy! Predictions For 2014! 2014 Is A Release Year And God Wants His People Free! 2014 – The Year Of Release! By Hank Kunneman.

Gallery

2014 Prophesy! Predictions For 2014!  2014 Is A Release Year And God Wants His People Free! 2014 – The Year Of Release! By Hank Kunneman. Are You Ready For A New Year?  If So, Perhaps You Are Already Thinking About … Continue reading

Open God’s Word With Your Loved Ones This Christmas Season And Experience The Heart Of What Christmas Is Really About.

Gallery

Open God’s Word With Your Loved Ones This Christmas Season And Experience The Heart Of What Christmas Is Really About.         “She Will Bear A Son, And You Shall Call His Name Jesus, For He Will Save … Continue reading

Is Crisis In Syria A Fulfilment Of End Times Prophecy? By CBNNews.com.

Gallery

Is Crisis In Syria A Fulfilment Of End Times Prophecy? By CBNNews.com. The crisis in Syria has some people looking at end-times biblical prophecies. Some Christians point to the Old Testament prophet Isaiah, who wrote about the fall of Damascus. … Continue reading

Simple Steps to Solid Scripture Bible Study

Stained glass at St John the Baptist's Anglica...

Simple Steps to Solid Scripture Bible Study

By John MacArthur, Grace to You

From the moment I sensed the call of God into full-time ministry, the driving passion of my life has been simply to understand God’s Word and then make it understandable to others. I have never aspired to be known as either an academic theologian or a distinguished clergyman. I simply want to know what the Word of God means and to make it known to others. All my pastoral energies-my preaching, shepherding, teaching, writing, and even visitation-are focused on that one goal.

It is my conviction that the Bible is not difficult for the believing heart to understand. And the more I understand, the more unshakable is my conviction that the Bible is the living, authoritative, inerrant Word of God. It has this remarkable effect on me: the more I study it, the more I hunger to know. So God’s Word not only satisfies my appetite, but also arouses an even deeper hunger for more.

I want you to experience that hunger too. I want you to live in the joy of a genuine relationship with Jesus Christ that comes only through knowing the meaning of Scripture. Here’s a simple process to get you started.

Step 1 – Reading

Begin by developing a plan on how you will approach reading through the Bible. Just by reading the Bible you become familiar with its themes, history, and contexts. There is simply no replacement for Bible reading.

Unlike most books, you will probably not read it straight through from cover to cover. There are many good Bible reading plans available (like The MacArthur Daily Bible). Here is what I recommend:

Read through the Old Testament at least once a year. As you read, note in the margins any truths you particularly want to remember, and write down separately anything you do not immediately understand. Often as you read you will find that many questions are answered by the text itself. The questions to which you cannot find answers become the starting points for more in-depth study using commentaries or other reference tools.

Follow a different plan for reading the New Testament. Read one book at a time repetitiously for a month or more. That will help you retain the New Testament so you will not always have to depend on a concordance to find things.

If you want to try that, begin with a short book, such as 1 John, and read it through in one sitting every day for thirty days. At the end of that time, you will know the book. Write on index cards the major theme of each chapter. By referring to the cards as you do your daily reading, you will begin to remember the content of each chapter. In fact, you will develop a perception of the book with your mind’s eye.

When you come to longer books, divide them into short sections and read each section daily for thirty days. For example, the gospel of John contains twenty-one chapters. Divide it into three sections of seven chapters. At the end of ninety days, you will finish John. For variety, alternate short and long books, and in less than three years you will have finished the entire New Testament-and you will really know it!

Step 2 – Interpreting

In Acts 8:30, Philip asked the Ethiopian eunuch, “Do you understand what you are reading?” Or put another way, “What does the Bible mean by what it says?” It is not enough to read the text and jump directly to the application-you must first determine what it means, otherwise the application may be incorrect.

As you read Scripture, always keep one simple question in mind: “What does this mean?” To answer that question requires the use of the most basic principle of interpretation called the analogy of faith-interpret the Bible with the Bible.

May GOD bless Nigeria, America and Israel and take care of us; May GOD make His face shine upon us, And be gracious to us; May the LORD lift up His countenance upon us, And give us peace, In Jesus Christ Name, we pray! Amen!

May the grace the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen

 

 

 

 

 

 

When we rest in the Lord

Ruth in Boaz's Field

Ruth in Boaz’s Field (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When we rest in the Lord

Don’t Sweat It, Rest!

Ruth 3:18

18Then she said, “Sit still, my daughter, until you know how the matter will turn out; for the man will not rest until he has concluded the matter this day.”

God does not want you to “sweat”. Sweat here does not refer to your body’s perspiration, but your self-reliance or self-effort. God does not want you to believe that if you don’t do anything, nothing will happen. That may be true for someone without God in his life, but it is not true for you because you have God. And when He is in the picture, the God-factor changes everything!

When you are resting in God, He works for you. In fact, when He works, you end up with more. He is the one who is giving to you. It is not about you trying to give to yourself.

This was what happened to Ruth in the Old Testament. After laboring in the barley fields from morning to evening, she was able to glean one ephah of barley (Ruth 2:17), which was equivalent to a 10-day supply of barley. Certainly, this amount was a blessing to her.

But when she rested at the feet of Boaz, her kinsman-redeemer, and did not labor, she received six ephahs of barley (Ruth 3:15), which was equivalent to a 60-day supply! When Ruth sought her own blessing, she obtained only one ephah. But when she sought the blesser, she received much more.

Ruth’s blessings did not stop there. While Ruth rested and sat still as her mother-in-law Naomi had instructed, Boaz, who was the owner of the barley field, went to work, initiating actions, executing them and speaking on Ruth’s behalf. Right through it all, Ruth sat still and rested. Eventually, Boaz, the barley man himself, married Ruth. (Ruth 4) That meant no more measured wealth of six ephahs, but the yield of the whole barley field in total!

Boaz is a picture of Jesus, our heavenly kinsman-redeemer. When we rest in the Lord, He will not rest. He will work on our behalf. What do we do then? We just trust in and enjoy His love for us.

Beloved, stop striving and be at rest. If salvation, the greatest work, comes to us by resting in Jesus’ finished work, how much more will all the other blessings?

 

 

 

 

May GOD bless Nigeria, America and Israel and take care of us; May GOD make His face shine upon us, And be gracious to us; May the LORD lift up His countenance upon us, And give us peace, In Jesus Christ Name, we pray! Amen!

May the grace the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen!

It is finished, accomplished, paid in full. Happy Easter

William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825-1905) - The F...

It is finished, accomplished, paid in full. Happy Easter

“For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.” (Psalm 16:10 KJV)

The Psalmist gives us a prophetic glimpse into the personal events of the Cross. He shows us through his inspired pen what state of mind Jesus was in as He drew His final breaths.

“I have set the Lord always before me; because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved. Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices; my flesh also will rest in hope. For You will not leave my soul in Sheol, nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption. You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are  pleasures forevermore.” (Psalm 16:8-11 NKJV)

Jesus has faced all that The Serpent could level against Him — and His faith did not fail. All that remained was Death, but that would not be the end of this story. And so The Child draws one more breath and cries out in triumph, “It is finished!” (John 19:30)

This is a most curious thing, especially to those who stood around the Cross beholding the spectacle of it all. When Jesus cried out, “It is finished,” He used a common expression from the daily transactions in the market place. The term was stamped on every bill of sale marking it “paid in full.” It indicated that the person holding the document was now the rightful owner of the purchased possession.

Jesus announced to all that the full price had been paid to ransom the fallen sons and daughters of God from the curse and condemnation of Sin. The purchase was now complete. Those who heard Him cry this out must have thought Him to be delirious with pain, but we know better. He was filled with faith and triumph! The Lamb of God was sacrificed to take away the sin of the world, and it is done. “It is finished!”

He had also paid in full the bill from His malicious persecutors; they had now done their worst; and there were no further indignities with which they could assault or insult Him.  His sufferings were now at an end. “It is finished!”

Also paid in full were all the types and prophecies of the Old Testament, which pointed to the sufferings of the Messiah. Jesus paid it all; and upon laying the final amount on the counter, He took the Bill of ownership in hand and shouted “It is finished!”

Jesus drew His last breath and declared, “It is finished! Accomplished! Paid in full!”

May GOD bless Nigeria, America and Israel and take care of us; May GOD make His face shine upon us, And be gracious to us; May the LORD lift up His countenance upon us, And give us peace, In Jesus Christ Name, we pray! Amen!

May the grace the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen!

Success and Prosperity! How To Do Excellent Things By Pastor Chris Oyakhilome. Christ Embassy International

Stained glass at St John the Baptist's Anglica...

Success and Prosperity! How To Do Excellent Things By Pastor Chris Oyakhilome. Christ Embassy International

 

Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king thought to set him over the whole realm (Daniel 6:3).

God has already put in you an excellent spirit. Daniel was typified for us in scripture as one who dealt excellently in his affairs because “an excellent spirit was in him”. Anointed men and women in the Old Testament had the Holy Spirit “come upon them”, but today, He lives in you! He’s the Spirit of excellence; hence it’s His ministry to cause you to excel in everything you do. When you recognize this truth, walking in excellence will become a natural occurrence for you; you’ll excel in every endeavour. To “excel” means “to distinguish oneself”; “to stand out and surpass laid down standards”; “to do something to a greater degree than the normal or required standards.” Invariably, in your job, at school, in business or ministry, you ought to stand out from the crowd! Your results should be impeccable, outstanding and inspiring. You don’t have to pray to God to make you excel, for excellence is in you; all you need do is recognize it and express it. Choose to excel; make the conscious effort to improve your mind by studying the right materials. Become studious; don’t loaf or laze around, for laziness isn’t a quality of an excellent spirit- go the extra mile! Reject mediocrity and mundanity from your life. This is your set time to excel, and it doesn’t require your struggling; it’s the life you’ve been called to live. So keep excelling in the Name of Jesus!

 

May GOD bless Nigeria, America and Israel and take care of us; May GOD make His face shine upon us, And be gracious to us; May the LORD lift up His countenance upon us, And give us peace, In Jesus Christ Name, we pray! Amen!

Christ In You The Hope Of Glory!

Detail - Glory of the New Born Christ in prese...

Christ In You The Hope Of Glory!

 

To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory (Colossians 1:27)

The Christian is not a religious fellow, but one in whom all the fullness of Deity resides. If you’re born again, God dwells in you. This should give you a new mindset and confidence in life. There’s a big difference between us today – the new creation – and the Old Testament folks. God’s plan was to be in them, but they couldn’t enter into His rest because of unbelief.

When Jesus came, He came as “Emmanuel”, meaning “God with Us”, and thus was them until His crucifixion. After His resurrection, and the arrival of the Holy Spirit, the new creation – The Church – came into being and now, He lives in Us by The Holy Spirit. Hallelujah! He’s no longer Emmanuel, God with us, but God in Us. God was with the prophets of old, but He is more than with us today, He is in us. This is the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but has now been made manifest to His saints. That mystery is: Christ in you, the hope of glory!

So how do I know that my life is going to be glorious? The answer is because Christ is in me! That’s my hope for a healthy, prosperous, vibrant and successful life! That’s my confidence that I’ll never be defeated in life. The Bible says when He died, I died with Him, when He was buried, I was buried with Him; and when God raised Him from the dead, I was raised together with Him. And now that I’ve been raised together with Him, and made to sit together with Him in the heavenly realms, no more death; no more defeat; no more sickness. In Him I live now and forever! Hallelujah!

Remember, you’re not an ordinary person; you belong in a special class of divine beings – “The Christ-In-You-Species!” This is your hope for the transcendent life of the miraculous.

May GOD bless Nigeria, America and Israel and take care of us; May GOD make His face shine upon us, And be gracious to us; May the LORD lift up His countenance upon us, And give us peace, In Jesus Christ Name, we pray! Amen!

Bible Facts

Stained glass at St John the Baptist's Anglica...

Bible Facts

Statistics

  • Books in the Bible: 66
  • Chapters in the Bible: 1,189
  • Verses in the Bible: 31,102
  • Midpoint: between verses 1 and 2 of Psalms 103
  • Longest verse: Esther 8:9 (90 words, 426 letters)
  • Shortest verse: John 11:35 (2 words, 9 letters)
  • Book with the most chapters: Psalms (150 chapters)
  • Chapter with the most verses: Psalms 119 (176 verses)

Biblical Structure

  • The Old Testament consists traditionally of three major sections: the Law, the Prophets, and the Writings.
  • The Law consists of the first five books of the Old Testament. This section is also called the Torah or the Pentateuch.
  • The Prophets are in two groups: the Former Prophets (Joshua, Judges, Samuel, and Kings), and the Latter Prophets (Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Hoseah, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi).
  • Of the Latter Prophets, Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel are considered Major Prophets, with the rest being Minor Prophets. This designation refers to the volume of writing rather than the content of the books.
  • The Writings consist of three groups: Wisdom (Psalms, Proverbs, and Job), Scrolls (Song of Songs, Ruth, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes, and Esther), and Histories (Daniel, Ezra, Nehemiah, and Chronicles).
  • Though it contains significant prophetic passages, the book of Daniel is considered belonging to the Historical Writings.
  • Psalm 119 is an acrostic poem. Each section begins with a different letter of the Hebrew alphabet.
  • The New Testament consists of four major sections: the Gospels, the Acts of the Apostles, the Epistles, and the Revelation.
  • The Gospels are Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. They detail the life and ministry of Jesus Christ.
  • The Acts of the Apostles consist of one book, Acts.
  • The Epistles are letters written by the apostles to different churches.
  • The Revelation of Jesus Christ to John the apostle deals with end-time prophecies.

History

  • The oldest book of the Bible is Job, estimated to have been written around 1100 BC.
  • The newest book of the Old Testament is Malachi, written about 400 BC.
  • The New Testament was written in the period between 45 and 95 AD, the newest book being Revelation.
  • The Old Testament was written mostly in Hebrew, with just a few passages written in Aramaic.
  • The New Testament was written in Greek.
  • The Old Testament was canonized around 300 BC.
  • The New Testament was canonized around 375 AD.

 

 

 

 

May GOD bless Nigeria, America and Israel and take care of us; May GOD make His face shine upon us, And be gracious to us; May the LORD lift up His countenance upon us, And give us peace, In Jesus Christ Name, we pray! Amen!

 

 

Our Inheritance With Christ Jesus

Stained glass at St John the Baptist's Anglica...

Our Inheritance With Christ Jesus

 

 

 

 

 

Matthew 11:11, “Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding, he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.”

 

 

 

 

 

MATTHEW 11:2-19, LUKE 7:18-35

Much of the Old Testament deals with future events and the coming Messiah and His Kingdom. Not only was John the Baptist the voice of God to his generation, he was also the fulfilment of Old Testament prophecy. He did not merely prophesy about the coming Messiah and the New Covenant, as the Old Testament prophets did, but he actually prepared the way for the hearts of the people to receive Jesus by bearing witness to the Light.

Although John the Baptist was the greatest of the Old Testament prophets, he was not a born again “new creature in Christ”. When Jesus was raised from the dead, He enabled us to be “born of the Spirit” and become children of God, heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ. We were enabled to become “partakers of the divine nature” and full-fledged sons of God. John operated under the Old Covenant when none of these promises were yet in effect. Jesus established a new order, “the Kingdom of God,” in which these promises became effective. God saw John and all of the Old Testament prophets through the law.

The new birth is essential for entering into the Kingdom of God. Our spiritual man became dead unto (separated from) God through sin. Just as we didn’t accomplish our physical birth, we cannot produce this spiritual rebirth. We are totally incapable of saving ourselves; therefore, we need a Saviour. We simply believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and we are saved.

Salvation is not a reformation, but rather a regeneration, a new birth, a new creation, that can only be accomplished by a creative miracle of the Holy Spirit. Because of the new birth, He sees us through Jesus. Celebrate Life!

 

 

 

 

 

 

May the LORD bless Nigeria, American and Israel and take care of us; May the LORD make His face shine upon us, And be gracious to us; May the Lord lift up His countenance upon us, And give us peace, In Jesus Christ Name, we pray! Amen!