This site will feature Bible-based articles some days, silly posts and quotes at least twice a week and facts about Jack the Ripper-to begin with.

Posts tagged ‘Bible’

Ecclesiastes Chapter 3

The next chapter in Ecclesiastes is famous because of the song written by the Birds in the 1960’s, called “Turn, Turn, Turn”. This is perhaps the most difficult chapter because it is so well-known, making me nervous about living up to its potential.
The wise man begins the chapter by stating the first line of the song, without the word, “turn”.
Vs 1-“To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:” (more…)

Stress: A Biblical View

The sources of stress:
Matt. 6:25
Luke 10:41-42
Some stress is self-imposed. The idea of imagining trouble when you don’t know what will happen.
Matt. 6:34-“Do not be anxious about tomorrow. Will take care of itself, each day has its own trouble.
vs 25-34-Jesus is teaching about an action-worry. Worry is the action and stress is the outcome. It may not be healthy, but is common to have stress.
Do we have modern stress?
Was life easier 100 years ago or last few 100 years. In Bible times?
They had stress, too. Water-source-well or stream-had to fetch it-it could go bad-daily-for hot water-build a fire
Farming-water-pests-weather-illness-could lead to serious illness and even death
Keys to managing stress
-A relationship with God as Creator and Father-helps us to cope
-The right priorities-seek first Kingdom-when we zone in on God and His kingdom-it releases us from our stress
-Realizing your limits in ability and time
What about modern stress?
Unique stresses to modern living
-Social isolation -you can fill up your car, get groceries without communicating with one human being
we are not near family, to get to burial places of grandparents
We are social creatures, can create anxiety, despair
-Barriers to nature-live in man-made
-Moral relativism-decide for yourself what is right-last 150 years-like traveling without landmarks-when you remove the truth that there is right and wrong-like a fog
-fast pace of information

Bible’s answer to modern stress:
Fellowship with God and His people

Look to the created world

Learn the unchangeable truth already revealed

A Look At The Possible Author Of Ecclesiastes

I have started a series of posts on Ecclesiastes to get a deeper look at the book but I wanted to talk about the writer, or supposed writer. If the writer was Solomon and you are not familiar with his story, I’ll go over it.
I have listed some quotes from verses of the story:
1 Kings 3:5-“In Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream at night; and God said, “Ask what you wish me to give you.”
Vs 7-“And now, O Lord my God, Thou hast made thy servant king in place of my father David, yet I am but a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in.”
Vs 8-“And Thy servant is in the midst of Thy people which thou hast chosen, a great people who cannot be numbered or counted for multitude.”
Vs 9-“So give Thy servant an understanding heart to judge Thy people to discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Thine?”
In other words, God was pleased with Solomon’s good behavior (earlier in the book, it says that he loved God like his father, David), soon after he became king and came to him in a dream, offering him whatever he wanted. Solomon asked for wisdom. We know he was young but we dont know how old he was-not old enough to have gained wisdom. Back to the verses:
Vs 10-“And it was pleasing in the sight of the Lord that Solomon had asked this thing.”
Vs 11-“And God said to him, ‘Because you have asked this thing and have not asked for yourself long life, nor have you asked riches for yourself, nor have you asked for the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself discernment to understand justice,”
Vs12-“behold, I have done according to your words. Behold, I have given you a wise and discerning heart, so that there has been no one like you before you, nor shall one like you arise after you.”
Vs 13-“And I have also given you what you have not asked, both riches and honor, so that there will not be any among the kings like you all your days.”
Vs 14-“And if you walk in My ways, keeping My statutes and commandments, as your father, David walked, then I will prolong your days.’ ”
God was pleased with Solomon’s request, taking note that he did not ask for revenge or wealth. In addition, God gives him wealth and a long life. This can show us that if we ask for the right things, not selfish things, God will reward us. He will give us what we ask, if it is His will, plus more, sometimes. I’m not saying every time. Have you ever been going along in your life and something good happens that you wanted but did not ask for? How had you been behaving, lately? We’re you trying to follow God’s commands? I we live like we should, God blesses us, not just materially, but helps our stress, takes care of a problem, steers us in the right way in a confusing time, or in a time where we need to make a decision fast. God blesses us in so many ways, I cannot even list them right now.
Anyway, back on the subject, Solomon was given great wisdom and wealth, which he uses to his advantage, to find out everything he possibly can about life.
Whether or not the author of Ecclesiastes is Solomon, he had a lot of wisdom and had tried everything in life, only to find it vain. How many celebrities can say the same thing, having tried just as many things, and how many ended up putting a gun to their head because they had no hope of heaven. They did not have God in their lives. We can learn from the wise man and from the hopelessness of these celebrities.

Ecclesiastes Shows Us Reality-Overview

In class on Sunday morning, we’ve been studying the book of Ecclesiastes. It used to be my favorite book, because of the poetry in it-things like, “Dead flies make a perfumer’s oil stink,” and phrases like, “under the sun”, and “striving after the wind”.
I don’t know what it is, maybe because Stephanie has gone to college but I’ve been in a real depression. The kind that makes your body hurt and makes you sick, and Ecclesiastes hit home with me. It even made things worse. The thing is, you have to get to the end of the book to see the positive ending.
The whole message of the book: Life stinks and then you die. Pretty encouraging, isn’t it? It sounds familiar, doesn’t it? We say that in today’s world. Who would have thought it was in the Bible, too?
The message at the end of the book, life stinks, but enjoy it anyway because what you do in this life matters. God is in control of the whole thing, no matter how crazy it may be and He is working in everybody’s lives. If we just hang on, there is something better at the end, in another place.
The writer of the book is believed to be Solomon. Personally, I can’t imagine it being anybody else, since he says he is the king of Israel and the son of David. He also talks about wisdom that he has and how he was richer than any king in the world.
Solomon was David’s son and was king of Israel. In his youth, God came to him and was pleased with his behavior and attitude and offered him anything he wanted but we’ll talk more about that in the next post. Anyway, what God ends up giving him is wisdom and more riches than any king who came before or after him. So, this does sound like Solomon to me, but since he doesn’t say, “I, Solomon”, we cannot say for sure.
Our preacher, Phillip, said that if you can get somebody in the Bible at all, just to get them to look at one thing, show them the book of Ecclesiastes, and they’ll end up saying, “Yeah, I know exactly what he’s talking about.”

In The End, More Women Were There For Jesus Than Men

Last Wednesday, we talked in class about how the world thinks the Bible views women as unimportant and practically doormats. The truth is, the Bible does not see them that way at all. In fact, women were to have some key roles in His life.
The first time we see a woman involved in Jesus’ life is in Luke 1:26-38. This is when God sends the angel, Gabriel to Mary to tell her about Jesus, the baby she is carrying. God could have chosen to bring Jesus into the world any way He wanted but He chose to do it through the birth of a woman; a human woman, whom Gabriel calls, “favored one”.
In verse 35, Gabriel also tells her that the Holy Spirit will come upon her. At this time, no one that I know of had the Holy Spirit come upon them, so this was very special. And to think it happened to a woman.
Another example is in Mark 5:24-34, where a woman, who had suffered with a hemorrhage for 12 years, despite many doctors’ attempts, came to Jesus. She believed that if she just touched His cloak, she would be healed. She came up behind Him amidst a large crowd and as soon as she touched His cloak, “she sensed that the affliction was healed”. Jesus felt the power leave Him and began looking around and asking who touched Him. At first, she was afraid to answer because women were not regarded that highly back then and she was afraid of what might happen. Jesus was not angry with her but praised her for such strong faith, and even called her “daughter”.
This was not the only female that Jesus helped that day. Just before He healed the woman with the hemorrhage, a synagogue official, named Jairus, approached Jesus and fell at His feet. Mark 5:23 says that the official “implored Him earnestly, saying, ‘My little daughter is at the point of death; please come and lay Your hands on her, so that she will get well and live.'”
Jesus agreed to help this little girl, when at that time and in some countries around the world today, the only people less important than women are little girls; however, Jesus had compassion for this man and his daughter.
He was interrupted by the woman with the hemorrhage and after healing her, people from the official’s house came and told him that his daughter had died and not to bother Jesus anymore. Verse 36 tells us that He overheard what they said and told the official to, “…not be afraid any longer, only believe.”
So, He took Peter, James and John and went to the synagogue official’s house and according to verse 38, “He saw a commotion and people loudly weeping and wailing. And entering in, He said to them, ‘Why do you make a commotion and weep? The child has not died, but is asleep.’
5:40-“They began laughing at Him. But putting them all out, He took along the child’s father and mother and His own companions, and entered the room where the child was.
5:41-“Taking the child by the hand, He said to her, ‘Talitha kum!’ (which translated means, “Little girl, I say to you, get up!’)”
5:42-“Immediately the girl got up and began to walk, for she was twelve years old. And immediately they were completely astounded.”
5:43-“And he gave strict orders that no one should know about this , and He said that something should be given to her to eat.”
If Jesus thought little of women and little girls, why did he stop and heal this woman and bring the little girl back to life? He cared for every human being, male or female. In Acts 10:34, Peter says, “I most certainly understand that God shows no partiality.” Romans 2:11 also quotes, “For there is no partiality with God.”
The claims that people make today about the Bible showing no respect to women or showing them in a bad light are simply not true. Women had a part in Jesus’ life and certainly in His death. Who was at the cross when Jesus was crucified? The disciple John was there but Matthew 27 tells us that Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joseph and the mother of the sons of Zebedee were looking on and had been ministering to Him. They had provided food and provisions for Him in His life.
Lastly, who came to prepare Jesus’ body for burial with spices on the morning He had risen from the dead? In Mark 16:1, we find that “…Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Salome bought spices so that they might come and anoint Him.”
In the end, women were there for Jesus in His life and they were there for Him in His death. I believe He knew that God made us this way and accepted our nurturing ways, nurturing us in return. We can feel special, knowing that Jesus gave loving attention to women as well as men.

Upcoming Meeting

9 – 11 – 01

What we learned…What we should not forget

Sunday, Sept 11, 10:30 message

This is the first of four lessons this fall about “Getting The Bible Where We Live”.
The lessons are designed to help our friends, family, and neighbors see how helpful the Bible can be for daily living.
Come join us if you are in the Northern Virginia area at the Dulles Church of Christ.
I’d love to see you!

____________________________________________________________

Musical People

Have you ever wondered where people, with musical abilities get them? Did you know that we have the answer in the Bible? The first man, with musical talent can be found in Genesis 4:21. His name was Jubal. The Bible only gives him one sentence of fame, and here it is.
Genesis 4:21-“His brother’s name was Jubal; he was the father of those who play the lyre and harp.”
The verse before talks about a man named Jabal, the father of those who dwell in tents and have livestock.
So now you know…the beginning of the story.

Tag Cloud