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In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen. (Genesis 22:14)

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It is Christmas again and we are busy trying to buy those gifts and filling our event calendars with family and church fellowship gatherings.  But we as Christians need to remember that Jesus truly is the reason for the season.  Christ came to Bethlehem to die for the sins of whosoever will.  As I was pondering that thought, I began thinking of one of the first references to the coming and sacrifice of Jesus in Genesis 22.  Abraham was told to carry Isaac to the ‘land of Moriah’ to a mountain ‘I will tell thee of’…  Isaac was likely in his thirties as his mother dies soon after in the next chapter at the age of 127 and she bore Isaac at age 90.  So Isaac, like Christ, goes willingly at the behest of his father to the place of sacrifice.  And, like Christ, he carries the wood that he would be bound to to that place of sacrifice.  By the way, this is Abraham’s fifth altar.  Five is the number of Grace in God’s Word.

It is at the point of Abraham being fully surrendered to God’s will with his knife in the air, that Jesus, in His pre-incarnate state (a theophany), appears and stops the sacrifice from occurring. Jesus says to Abraham, “…now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me .” This is a powerful glimpse at the wonderful plan of God. In I Chronicles 21, God sends His angel to judge Israel with pestilence for the sin of David in numbering the people. He stops the angel from destroying Jerusalem when David repents of this sin at a spot called the threshingfloor of Ornan the Jebusite. Gad the seer tells David to build an altar on that spot and offer up a burnt offering. Just a few chapters forward in II Chronicles 3:1 we see “Then Solomon began to build the house of the LORD at Jerusalem in mount Moriah, where the LORD appeared unto David his father, in the place that David had prepared in the threshingfloor of Ornan the Jebusite.” Did you see that? The threshingfloor of Ornan the Jebusite is in Mount Moriah. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Redeeming the Time

With the time change occurring tonight, I thought about the following passage:

Ephesians 5:14 Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.   15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,  16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.  17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.

I do believe as a preacher and student of prophecy, that we are indeed in the last days.  Not only are world events fulfilling prophecy but the attitude of the church in this day does as well.  The night before Jesus was crucified, He led His few friends to the garden of Gethsemane to pray.  He told Peter, James and John, “…tarry ye here, and watch with me.”  It wasn’t long before He found them asleep while He had been praying for them and for us.  And then when Judas shows up with soldiers ready to arrest our Lord, Peter draws his sword and cuts off the ear of Malchus, one of the high priest’s servants.  Jesus stops Peter and says, “Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.” (Matthew 26:52)  Like Peter, the church in America has fallen asleep in the last 30 years during a crucial time when she should have been watching and expending all efforts to get the gospel out.  Now, like Peter many in the church are waking up to find many of our values and morals are under attack and we draw our sword and begin to fight the wrong fight. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Ten Shekels and a Shirt – Paris Reidhead

One of the best messages I have ever heard or read.  It can be freely distributed as long as it is not altered.

Introduction

And today I would like to speak to you from the theme “Ten Shekels and a Shirt,” as we find it here in Judges Chapter 17. I’ll read the chapter and then I will read a portion also from the 18th to the 19th chapter so that the background might be clear in our minds. “And there was a man of mount Ephraim whose name was Micah.” A little background if you please. There was a situation where the Amorites refused to allow the people of the tribe of Dan any access to Jerusalem and they crowded them up into mount Ephraim. It is a sad thing when the people of God allow the world to crowd them into an awkward position. So the people of Dan were unable to get to Jerusalem. Out of this comes the problems that we are about to see.

JUDGES 17:1-13 (KJV)
And there was a man of mount Ephraim, whose name was Micah. And he said unto his mother, “The eleven hundred shekels of silver that were taken from thee, about which thou cursedst, and spakest of also in mine ears, behold, the silver is with me; I took it.” And his mother said, “Blessed be thou of the Lord, my son.” And when he had restored the eleven hundred shekels of silver to his mother, his mother said, “I had wholly dedicated the silver unto the Lord from my hand for my son, to make a graven image and a molten image: now therefore I will restore it unto thee.” Yet he restored the money unto his mother; and his mother took two hundred shekels of silver, and gave them to the founder, who made thereof a graven image and a molten image: and they were in the house of Micah. And the man Micah had an house of gods, and made an ephod, and teraphim, and consecrated one of his sons, who became his priest. In those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes. Read the rest of this entry »
 

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Is discipline love?

The quick and short answer is YES!  The Lord’s word teaches that a part of Godly parenting is discipline.  The post-modern new-age parenting of exclusively using “time out” is not taught in God’s word.  In fact, at best “time out” can sometimes qualify as the reproof which must follow Godly discipline.  Proverbs 29:15 The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame.  The Hebrew word used for rod here is Shebet which literally translates to a “stick used for punishing” and the Hebrew for reproof is towkechah which means to refute, argue or, more properly, reason and instruct.  The latter is characteristic of “time out”.  Notice that such reasoning or instruction is to be preceeded by “a stick for punishing”, it takes both to instill wisdom.

First and foremost, parents must always administer discipline from a motivation of love.  It must never be used while angry.  Many parents who have waited to resort to spanking, after multiple warnings to their children to obey, do so in anger and thus afterwards feel guilty and later reluctant to use it again.  But the bible clearly indicates that if a parent loves their child they must use the rod of correction.  Proverbs 13:24 He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes. (probably one of the most misquoted verses in the bible as many would like to substitute “hateth” with “spoils” which has totally different meanings and implications).  The Lord repeated this truth in Revelation 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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