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‘Risen’ - a movie review (First Century Christianity)
be told, I don’t have much interest in movies. It’s rare for me to want
to watch one on my own and the family has to anchor me to something to
get me to watch one with them. If someone recommends a movie to me, I
might watch it many months later, on accident, and then remember that
someone recommended it to me.
This week, I was bored enough on a
flight to see what there is to see on the free movie app that United
uses. I think I went through the list looking for a specific movie, but
Risen caught my eye. I recalled that it was about Yeshua’s last days on
earth as seen through the Roman perspective. I watched it and am glad I
The main character is Pontius Pilate’s right hand man, named
Flavius but called by his title, Tribune, throughout the movie. The
movie opens with Flavius squashing a small rebellion of Jews, and the
leader of them dies while referencing the coming Messiah who will
destroy Rome. Flavius executes the man saying, “today is not that day”.
The first half of this movie is brutal and is meant to show what life
was like under Roman rule – brutal to say the least. Flavius returns
from this battle only to be sent directly to supervise the end of
Yeshua’s execution, and he is the one who orders Yeshua to be stabbed,
while the legs are broken on the other two.
What transpires is that
Flavius is tasked with finding the body of Yeshua after He is
resurrected and, in this hunt, he changes a whole lot. Keep in mind this
movie is fiction based on the Gospels. The movie is fiction much like
CS Lewis’s works were fiction: it’s based on the Gospels and inserts a
fictional character to show the application of the faith and the journey
many take to conversion. Many people can’t take fictional Gospel
renderings if they look too much like the real thing. Some of us go
through phases where we can’t stand to see anything that looks like the
faith adulterated in any way. If you’re one of these folks, this movie
will irritate you, particularly at the end. But if you can look at it as
a purposely crafted fictional work to illustrate a very good Biblical
lesson, then it will be of much benefit to you and is a powerful thing.
Keep in mind the move is fiction.
Keeping in mind this movie is
fiction, what it shows is an incredible lesson of conversion. It shows
with, remarkable clarity, the struggle when the conversion process
starts. It shows in a very unique way the contrast of contemplating the
lives we used to live against the doubts and reluctance to fully submit
to our Messiah and His Father. And it shows that once one commits and
comes to Yeshua, there really is no turning back.
It took me two
flights to finish this film and I am glad I did. If you can look past
the fictional aspects and a couple of doctrinal glitches to see the
bigger picture, then this movie will be a positive experience in the
same way that the great works of the past are.
Drain Pipes and Unleavened Bread (Sabbath Meditations)
I finally began to tackle a project that has been on my ‘to do’ list
for quite some time ... finishing the master bathroom that we added on
to our home years ago. Having run out of energy and funds, this final
addition sits, mothballed, gradually becoming the dumping ground for
seldom used treasures.
Well, this last Sunday, thanks to a block of
free time, a spurt of energy and a little
prodding encouragement from my
wife, I enthusiastically dove in, intent on crashing through this
project in record time. I mean, after all, I remodeled an entire house a
few years ago, how much trouble could a little bathroom be? A great
deal, as it turns out. It’s not that I didn’t go into this with a plan,
it’s just that, in my impatience to get started, I didn’t take the time
to make sure my plans and my actual house would cooperate. To coin a
phrase, I had a serious case of ‘irrational exuberance’.
task was to frame up a couple of walls. No big deal, right? Except,
after laying down the base plate and a couple of studs, I realized that
the configuration of the floor trusses were going to require me to
relocate some major plumbing connections, right beneath the wall I was
framing. To get at them, I would need to tear up the floor. You guessed
it. My newly erected wall came down. So, wall down and 3x5 foot square
opening cut in the floor, I began to fit pieces of drain pipe together. I
was mid way through this endeavor when it hit me; the pipe I planned to
route through the wall, to my sink, and up through the roof were too
large for the size of the studs. So, you guessed it, apart came the
drain pipe. Thankfully I hadn’t glued anything yet. It was just a dry
In the end, the only work I actually accomplished that day
was two hours spent in the plumbing department of our local hardware
store, staring at various sizes and configurations of drain pipe
fittings. Oh well, there’s always next Sunday.
Sometimes our struggle
against sin can seem a little like that, can’t it? We launch into this
project of becoming like our Elder Brother with great zeal, building
walls and piecing together the plumbing of our character, and just when
we think we’re ready to move on to the next phase, we realize that the
work we’ve done wasn’t as thorough as we thought. The same weaknesses we
believed we had once and for all overcome resurface, forcing us to go
back and tackle them once again. It can be discouraging to say the
Paul expressed the discouragement we all experience with overcoming perhaps better than anyone: Romans
7:14-25 “For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am carnal, sold
under sin ... For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I
will not to do, that I practice. ... I see another law in my members,
warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to
the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! Who
will deliver me from this body of death?”
Reading this, after my
struggles with our bathroom, I can almost envision Paul exclaiming while
tearing down a wall he just erected with a sledge hammer, “O ... crash,
bang ... wretched ... pound, crack ... man that I ... crush, grunt ...
Maybe the purpose of all this overcoming we are supposed to do
in this life is to lead us to the same conclusion. No matter how hard we
struggle against our sinful nature; no matter how much effort and zeal
we expend; we can never fully eradicate it from our lives. We will
always be, in a sense, tearing down, rebuilding, tearing down again.
Bottom line: We are wretched.
But Paul didn’t leave us, to quote a
line from one of my favorite movies, in the ‘pit of despair’
spiritually. He goes on to answer his own question, and what an
encouraging answer it is.
Romans 7:25 “I thank God - through Jesus
Christ our Lord! So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God,
but with the flesh the law of sin.”
Isn’t that really the lesson of
the Days of Unleavened Bread that are soon approaching? While Passover
brings us into remembrance of the death of our Savior, and our entering
into a covenant relationship with Him, Unleavened Bread reminds us of
our continual need for His life living in us and through us.
preparation for those days, we attempt to remove all of the leaven, the
biblical symbol for sin, from our lives. Anyone who has undertaken this
process seriously has discovered that it’s pretty much impossible to get
all of the leaven out. Somehow, no matter how determined our effort, a
slice of bread or a packet of yeast gets overlooked. We just can’t
eradicate all of the sin from our lives. But really, isn’t that the
point of the exercise?
If the Days of Unleavened Bread were only
about getting the leaven out, it would be quite a discouraging
observance. We would all be left exclaiming with Paul, “O wretched man
that I am! Who shall deliver me from this body of death?”
we aren’t left there. In fact, it isn’t even the main focus. God gives
us these days, not to discourage, but to encourage us. The days of
self-examination and recognition of our wretched sinful nature are
quickly followed by a powerful reminder of His righteousness and power
living within us through His Son. For seven days, we are commanded to
take in of unleavened bread. We take in, symbolically, of Jesus Christ,
the Unleavened Bread of sincerity and truth. His life in us, His
sacrifice, continually covering our sinful, weak, backsliding nature,
making possible our continued access to and relationship with the
Father. It’s an awesome reminder that it is He who works in us both to
do and to will of His good pleasure.
I’ve got quite a bit more work
left to do on our master bathroom. But I know that, regardless of how
many stops and starts lay ahead, regardless of how many hours I will
spend tearing down and rebuilding walls and walking the aisles of the
local hardware store, the outcome isn’t in doubt. With a little
determination and continued
prodding encouragement from my wife, it will
eventually get finished.
My effort to become like my Elder Brother ...
now that’s a different story. I’ll keep working at it, but thankfully my
effort isn’t responsible for the outcome. He’s a much better Master
Builder than I am.
The Empty Tomb (New Horizons)
fact was undisputed - even to the Jewish authorities: The tomb was
empty. The body of Jesus had disappeared! Since the hour of this
discovery, much has been penned to explain - or to explain away - this
startling discovery. That Sunday morning at first light the rock tomb in
which Jesus of Nazareth had been laid after his crucifixion was bare
Within hours of the first report by the women, the guards
had roused from their coma and staggered into Jerusalem bearing a weird
tale of an earth tremor followed by a blinding light. And, after they
recovered, they said Jesus’s body was gone. The authorities disputed the
story, but it was true - the tomb was really empty.
How could it be
possible? Was Jesus spirited away by some cunningly contrived human
plot? Were the disciples hallucinating? Had Jesus merely swooned? What
really did take place?
The Jewish authorities admitted the fact that
Jesus had gone - and they ‘knew’ the answer: the body had been stolen by
the disciples. They had pierced the almost impenetrable defence set to
forestall this very act. Thus were doubts smoothed away and conscience
eased! Such explanations were widespread even a century later in the
time of Justin Martyr. Later still, Tertullian reported the account
extant in his time: The gardener had stolen the body to protect his
More seriously, in modern times various ideas have
circulated among scholars. For family reasons, Joseph of Arimathea
buried the body elsewhere without telling anyone (Holtzmann). The women,
in the darkness, went to the wrong tomb (Lake). It was all a clever
invention by the disciples (Reimarus). Jesus had swooned on the cross,
recovering later in the coolness of the tomb (Venturini,
Schleiermacher). The Gospel story was a myth (Arthur Drew: The Christ
Myth). Or the resurrection appearances were merely visions: There had
been no resurrection (S.V. McCasland).
Of course, all such attempts
to explain away the Bible record are designed to eliminate the
miraculous. The aim - to negate the intervention of a divine Creator.
Yet, aside from this, they fail to account for the facts as recorded by
These facts pose too many questions. Who moved the
stone? When? How? What about the missing body? And the wraps? And the
guards? Why the strange reaction of the disciples in the tomb? What
then, is the answer?
Let’s look at just one convincing proof that
Jesus did rise and was not spirited away by the machinations of any
group of men, no matter how determined. Here’s proof that the
resurrection of Jesus the Messiah was real. First reports of the
disappearance of the body of Jesus were received with scepticism by the
disciples, who discounted them as ‘idle tales’. Even though they had
heard Jesus tell them time and time again that he would rise from the
dead, none of them were convinced. So how can we account for the
dramatic turnaround in attitude evoked by what they saw inside the
One Bible account reads, “Then the disciple who had
reached the tomb first went in, too, and he saw and believed.” Seconds
before he deemed the idea preposterous! What was the convincing proof?
a mere empty tomb work such an instantaneous, such a profound,
intellectual somersault? An empty tomb proves little. John had witnessed
a phenomenon that convinced him of the impossible. There had been a
resurrection! This was no physical resurrection such as John (ch.11)
had witnessed when Lazarus had stumbled from the tomb bound hand and
foot in his grave clothes, requiring that someone unwrap him (v.44).
This resurrection was different, unique.
John’s first glimpse of the
shadowy sepulchre through a narrow slit of a window seemed to confirm
that the women bore a wild and nonsensical tale. The body appeared
undisturbed. John saw the faint whiteness of the wrapped body gleam
against the blackness of the rock wall. But, when he went inside and had
a close look, he believed. Why? What had so disturbed his scepticism?
What startling proof of a resurrection did John now have?
evidence rests in the appearance of the clothes in which Nicodemus and
Joseph of Arimathea had wrapped Jesus’s body. The custom of the time was
to wrap the body from neck to toe in a long ‘bandage’ and with many
pounds of blended spices. The head was separately encased, leaving
visible the face: ‘the grave-cloth that was on His head was not lying
with the linens, but was wrapped up in one place by itself’ (John 20:7). [Incidentally, this negates the notion of the one-piece ‘Turin Shroud’ as the burial cloth of Jesus.]
then what John saw as he stood by the body. On the bench hewn from the
living rock lay the grave clothes packed with spices - as if Jesus’s
body were still within. In a depression in the rock lay the head napkin.
But ... the body was not there! The grave clothes were empty.
somehow, Jesus had recovered, where were the tangled yards of linen
evidence? If somehow, the disciples had stolen past or bribed the
guards, would they have stopped to unwrap, then rearrange, the wraps?
Could they indeed? The bandages were not in disarray. Nor had they
We are left with the rather uncomfortable fact that
Jesus’s human flesh had been transformed as spirit - and had passed
through the wraps as easily as he later passed through a solid door.
had risen! This was no human plot. The infinite power of the Almighty
Creator had worked a miraculous change and released His Son from the
bands of death forever. Jesus was - and is - alive!
convinced those men and women of the first century. Jesus was with them
on numerous occasions in the six weeks following that memorable morning.
When the apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthians some twenty years later,
he cited the living testimony of almost five hundred witnesses of the
greatest miracle ever to shake our world: ‘Christ died for our sins,
according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose
again the third day according to the Scriptures; and that He was seen
by Cephas, then by the Twelve. Afterward He was seen by over five
hundred brothers at once’ (1 Corinthians 15:3-6).
was the central teaching of the New Testament church of God, and upon it
is based the enduring religion of Christ. It is the ‘good news’ - the
The record of the momentous event remains preserved for 21st
century man in the Holy Bible. And the fact of the resurrection remains
as much a challenge to us - to all mankind of all faiths - as to those
men in the cold sepulchre 19 centuries ago. It’s a challenge none of us
can afford to ignore. It irrefutably proves God is alive.
evidence that He intervenes in human affairs. It affirms His intense and
loving concern for every human on this planet. It testifies to the
happy knowledge that we are not alone in this universe, that our Creator
will never allow His creation to drift to utter destruction.
resurrection of Jesus Christ is an uncompromising challenge to each of
us. It is a challenge to our readers to search out His plan for your own
life! Because the Father raised Jesus Christ from cold death and
transformed him from flesh to spirit - then you must face what that
means for you! Because Jesus Christ was without doubt raised from the dead, then God exists.
is life after life. And that means you must respond to Him - for He
holds you accountable! The Father is, in this age, ‘team building’. He
issues a universal invitation to everyone to enter into a relationship
with Him through Jesus with the ultimate purpose of working with Him
throughout eternity. Those who respond to His call He draws to Jesus:
‘No one can come to Me unless the Father who has sent Me draw him, and I
will raise him up at the last day’ (John 6:44).
It’s a life-time
commitment along a narrow and difficult pathway, and ‘narrow is the gate
and constricted is the way which leads to life, and there are few who
find it. Beware of false prophets who come to you in sheep’s clothing’.
Along this pathway we are assured of the guidance and support of the only person raised from the dead to spirit life.
How Long Until Christ Returns? (Children of God)
close is Christ's return? We in God’s Church often wonder how much time
is left before Christ returns to set up the Kingdom of God. We
especially wonder this when we are going through severe trials or see
others that we are fond of having difficulties. We know that the only
cure for this sick world is for Jesus Christ to come and remove Evil
from this earth and to bring all people to the knowledge of God’s most
So how close is the return of Christ? To answer this
question, we can start by trying to imagine what the world around us
will be like just before Christ’s return. Christ is going to come back
to a world that has rejected Him and has completely gone the way of
Satan. So let’s take a look at the status of our society now and see how
close we are to seeing it go over the brink.
Can we imagine living
in a country: Where the name of God or His Word cannot be mentioned or
displayed in any governmental or business setting? Where science’s
primary objective is to prove that God doesn’t exist rather than to seek
true knowledge? Where business cheating is the rule rather than the
exception? Where countless unborn babies are killed because their
parents see them as an inconvenience? We can see that most of these
trends are already characteristic of our society.
Are we able to
imagine living in a world: Where all forms of sexual deviancy are not
only accepted but widely practiced? Where most entertainment, television
programs, music, movies and advertisements are blatantly showing filth,
perversion and indecency? Where lewd people flaunt their lifestyles in
public, and the few remaining decent people are continually vexed by
their blatant indecent behavior? Society is reaching that point, and it
continues to get worse day by day.
“And [God] delivered just Lot,
vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked: (For that righteous
man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul
from day to day with their unlawful deeds).” (2 Peter 2:7-8)
world, the decency practiced by our forefathers, both in this country
and abroad, has almost completely been replaced by the perverted way of
life espoused by Satan. It is becoming harder and harder to live God’s
way of life, and many people who once were in the Church have given up
“It is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and
have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy
Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world
to come, If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance;
seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to
an open shame.” (Hebrews 6:4-6)
We are going to find ourselves being
more and more tested as we see these things happening, but we have to be
patient. God does not want us to put our heads in the sand. He wants us
to watch what is happening and “sigh and cry” because of what we see
The Lord said unto him, “Go through the midst of the city,
through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of
the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in
the midst thereof.” (Ezekiel 9:4)
How bad does it have to get before
Christ’s return? We understand that God will allow great suffering to
come upon the world due to perversities of all kinds. It has to get so
bad that people will finally have to admit that living Satan’s way of
life will always bring pain. Only when the conditions just mentioned
become normal, and evil has grown to unimaginable proportions, will God
finally say “Forgive them not”. Then mankind will be thrown into the
final crucibles of the Tribulation and the Day of the Lord.
pray not thou for this people, neither lift up cry nor prayer for them,
neither make intercession to me: for I will not hear thee.” (Jeremiah
7:16) “[When everyone is involved] therefore forgive them not.” (Isaiah
We can see that day rapidly approaching. As we mourn for the
people of this godless society, we can also rejoice because we know that
our salvation is near. The time won’t be long now. Almost every day we
see society reaching new lows. It is like a snowball rolling downhill
rapidly picking up speed, and there are no strong forces in society that
can stop it.
“Be ye also patient; establish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draws near.” (James 5:8)
of our calling, we are able to face the future with confidence.
Although we also share in the suffering now, we have the assurance that
our suffering will be turned into joy. As we count down the days, let’s
take heart in knowing that Christ’s return cannot be long now.
The Gods of Egypt (Morning Companion)
I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all
the firstborn of the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all
the gods of Egypt I will execute judgement.” (Exodus 12:12)
Israel came out of Egypt, God brought a series of plagues upon the
Egyptian people. Most scholars believe that the plagues were God’s
systematic rebuttal of the gods of Egypt, for each plague showed their
impotence and even destroyed the objects of worship.
The Nile, the
giver of life to the nation, was the greatest of the gods, and it was
the first to be cursed. Frogs were the symbol of fruitfulness of
offspring, and God cursed the land by an overabundance of them.
plague of flies was a repudiation of Beelzebub, the Lord of the Flies.
Moses initiated the plague of boils by sprinkling ashes, which was a
repudiation of the god Typhon, whom the Egyptians tried to appease by
burnt human sacrifice. And the locusts revealed that the god Serapis was
powerless to stop the infestation that he was responsible to prevent.
And when there was darkness of the land for three days, Ra was shown to be nothing when compared to the great Yahweh.
have our own false gods today to whom we pay our homage. It has been
said that, in order to get the attention of an American, simply kick him
in the pocketbook. We worship the goddess named Fortune, because we
hold wealth and possessions as a measure of success.
We worship the god named Status, for we crave position and the adulation of others.
worship a goddess called Liberty (whom we should really call
Libertine), and in the name of that god claim the right to do whatever
we please with no regard for consequences.
We sacrifice babies on the altar of Erotica, claiming freedom of choice, but only in matters from the waist down.
We bow at the altar of Narcissus, where self-made men worship their creator.
god is what you think about most of the time. Your god is the one you
trust for deliverance, sustenance, and meaning in life.
As we enter
this Passover season, we should think long and hard about the gods we
worship. The true God systematically removed the objects of Egyptian
worship until all were forced to acknowledge the One who is supreme.
Will God be forced to remove from us our false gods before we finally
and completely turn to him?
God Is Kind (and He wants you to be too!) (Guardian Ministries)
are two Greek words translated ‘kindness’ in the New Testament. They
are (in a transliteration) ‘chrestotes’ and ‘philanthropia’. The first
of these words is used much more often and means ‘moral excellence in
character and demeanor, goodness of heart, kindness, and gentleness’.
again at these definitions They describe God Himself - ‘moral
excellence in character and demeanor’. Is God good? That’s another
definition of ‘chrestotes’ - ‘goodness of heart’. Also our English words
‘kindness’ and ‘gentleness’. God is all these in His character. That is
why this word is used to describe God. Here’s an example: “so that in
the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in
kindness toward us in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:7 NAU).
God grants us
His grace in kindness!
In the United States today, we could use more
kindness, especially in what has been a tumultuous election year. People
get on social media sites and just lambast, insult, name-call, deride
and verbally insult others who do not agree with them. Some have had
their reputations trashed because they voted differently from others.
Friendships have ended over differences of choices of candidates. How
We ought to follow the example of Thomas Jefferson who said:
“When I hear another express an opinion which is not mine, I say to
myself, he has a right to his opinion, as I to mine.” He gave this
advice to his grandson: “Why should I question it (another’s opinion).
His error does me no injury, and shall I become a Don Quixote, to bring
all men by force (or intimidation) of argument to one opinion? Be a
listener only, keep within yourself, and endeavor to establish with
yourself the habit of silence, especially in politics.”
Paul said that the proofs of his ministry were many. He outlines them in
2 Corinthians chapter 6:3-6, “Giving no offence in anything, that the
ministry be not blamed: but in all things approving ourselves as the
ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in
distresses, in stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labors, in
watchings, in fastings; by pureness, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by
kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned.”
Please notice that
kindness is one of the proofs Paul cites of his ministry. In his list of
the fruit of the spirit Paul mentioned ‘kindness’ (Galatians 5:22).
order to be a new person in Christ, we have to put off the old man with
its evil deeds. And we must put on the new man. One of the things we
must put on is ‘kindness’ (Colossians 3:12). In his list of the
qualities of love, Paul places kindness. He says, “love is kind” (1Corinthians 13:4). And Proverbs 19:22 says, “What is desirable in a man
is his kindness, And it is better to be a poor man than a liar.”
counseling with young single people, especially women, I emphasize that
one of the most important qualities in a man is kindness.
There is a
second Greek word used that is translated kindness. It is
‘philanthropia’, which comes from two Greek words combined. One is
‘phileo’, which means love or deep friendship, and the other is
‘anthropos’. Literally, this Greek word means a love for mankind. Luke
tells us in the Book of Acts that the natives of Malta extended kindness
(philanthropia) to Paul and the members of the ship who were stranded
on that island. See Acts 28:2.
When Paul wrote the letter to Titus,
he used both these Greek words in chapter 3:4. “But when the kindness
(‘chrestotes’) of God our Savior and his love for mankind
(‘philanthropia’) appeared ...” The kindness of God reflects his
wonderful character. With that wonderful character God then expresses
his love for mankind. God manifested his wonderful qualities and His
love for mankind after humans have been foolish, disobedient, deceived,
enslaved the various lusts and pleasures, hateful and hating one another
(the opposite of kindness). For more details see Titus 3:3.
are to manifest the fruit of the spirit and are to put on the wonderful
qualities of love in the new man, there is no doubt we should have
kindness. Kindness is definitely a Christian quality. If you and I are
not kind, we are not manifesting the love of God or the fruit of the
spirit. There are people who have kindness who are not Christians. But
no one can claim to be a Christian who does not have kindness.
and I must follow in the footsteps of our Lord and Savior, of our God
and Father, and in the admonitions of the apostles of Jesus Christ.
Famine of the Word (Legacy Institute)
world is changing rapidly. We know that someday there will be a famine
of the word. Amos 8:11-12 says: “Behold, the days come, saith the Lord
GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a
thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD: And they shall
wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall
run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it.”
is a crime in Canada to talk about what God says about homosexuality in
the Bible. How long before preachers and televangelists start being
imprisoned for so-called “hate speech”? The LGBT and atheist lobbies
are gaining in strength daily and any mention of God or Jesus as an
important part of the fabric of our Western society is targeted. God
must be removed, they say!
A recent PEW research survey shows that
an alarming number of Americans are just giving up on God. “Half of
Americans who have left their church no longer believe in God, leading a
surge of nearly one quarter of the nation who have no affiliation with
any religion, according to a new survey.”
For those who have stopped
looking for the Word of God, a famine of the Word will not affect
them—that is, until they realize they need God and start to seek out
those who are preaching and teaching His Holy Word.
Will they find
Him? Not if the media, internet and other public forums are all
controlled by those who want to erase God out or our Western
This famine will affect the whole world, not just the
U.S.A. All of us involved in preaching the Gospel to the whole world
must step up our efforts to make the Word of God available to many, many
more who thirst for the Truth.
It is getting more and more
difficult to bring young people from Burma here to Thailand to prepare
them to return home and preach the Gospel. Satan always uses governments
to squelch the true Gospel message, even if those governments do not
even know they are being used as tools of Satan. Satan is the god of
this world, never forget!
Legacy cannot and will not stop preaching
and teaching the word of God. There is much more work to be done. We may
just have to do it in a different way. One door closes and another
Science Catches Up! (OzWitness)
you noticed that scientists recently have begun to discover that more
long held ‘unscientific’ beliefs which they had scoffed at, have
been discovered to be true after all? Today in one newspaper was the
news that ‘mother was right after all’. You’ll catch a
cold if you don’t put on a coat in winter! Scientists have long
claimed that coughs and colds are not caused by a drop in temperature
but more likely by warm stuffy rooms where he cold virus can spread
more easily, though now thy have recognized that our immune systems
work better when we are kept warm with coat and scarf!
‘new’ discovery mentioned in today’s news is that whole milk
may actually help to reduce blood pressure because it apparently
contains high levels of nitric oxide, which widens blood vessels, and
this improves blood flow to the heart. That information joins other
recent news that full cream milk is better for us than half cream
milk, and even that butter may be better for us than vegetable oil
I would not be surprised if that were true. Years ago I had a
recurring problem like King Henry the Eighth. Gout in my big toe!
Every year I would get an attack and have to hobble about with an
unbending toe until someone told me about cherries. OK, so it was
unscientific, but apparently several cherries each day keeps the gout
away (By the way, I don’t drink much wine or alcohol!). I
tried it, and the gout disappeared, never to return. Any cherries
will do – tinned, fresh or bottled – only a few each day and
information can point us to another source of ‘unscientific’
information that we can refer to for even more authoritative health
guidance. The Bible. The Bible is the handbook the Creator provided
with His product – us. You may not realize it but it contains
a great deal of advice on how to live long, and stay healthy.
it is simply promises – keep this commandment and you will live
long e.g. Exodus
your father and your mother, so that
you may live long
in the land the LORD your God is giving you.”
it is guidance on which foods are designed to be good for us to eat,
and which bad, and elsewhere we are advised on which behavior and
attitude will help our mental state to remain healthy and avoid
psychosomatic illness. Also, God incidentally mentions things
that His people eat, and food which some shared
with God Himself, when
He has appeared on earth. Food like fish, whole grains, meat, milk,
butter, honey, which in that way gain God’s stamp of approval.
yes, as the years go by, more and more of the Bible’s teaching is
being shown to be true after all. You can be in there in advance of
science, and enjoy the health benefits before science catches up.
Just study the Bible! Joshua
this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and
night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it.
you will be prosperous and successful.’