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Why the Hatred for Israel and God's Law? (Standing Watch) 12

Teach Me Thy Paths (Children of God)

God is filling positions for His Kingdom even now, and He's been training us up to be blameless, and bringing His righteous saints to perfection since the days of righteous Abel. We know that He has chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world and that we should be holy and without blame before him in love (Ephesians 1:4). All those who have been given God’s Spirit were judged in their time just as we are being judged now in our time.

The time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God.”

(1 Peter 4:17)

We are qualifying even now to be ready to take up positions of teaching and leadership in tomorrow’s world. We will have learned to be able to execute the duties and judgment of kings and priests in the millennium (Revelation 1:6, 5:10). It is Jesus Christ, Himself, who is training us and guiding us into these qualifications. Jesus said:

In my Father's house are many mansions [offices, positions, place to abide]: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” (John 14:2-3)

God is now filling “job-placement orders” for His Father’s Kingdom and He has chosen us to fill those appointments. What does God see in me? What does He see in you? He sees something! He knows that somewhere, somehow, in you there is something He wants and He will develop it and bring us to fruition. We see this in the life of our Patriarch, Jacob. We know more about Jacob and his life than any other man in the Bible.

What do we know about the God of Jacob? We learn a lot about how God deals with us by observing how He dealt with His servants, the patriarchs and prophets. As we look into the life of the Patriarch Jacob we see how God directed his life from youthful deception to faith in God at the end of his life.

By faith Jacob, when he was a dying, blessed both the sons of Joseph; and worshipped, leaning upon the top of his staff.” (Hebrews 11:21)

Jacob did not start life with faith. He possessed a strong trait of cunning craftiness in seeking his own selfish interests. All the tricks that Jacob foisted upon others came back on him in order to make him a true servant of God. As a young man, Jacob had distinct character weaknesses. Jacob’s life does not read like that of a holy man of God. But that should not surprise us. God is brutally frank in revealing the character of those He has called to perfection. He reveals the sins and weaknesses of all the important men of the Bible: Noah got drunk, Moses killed an Egyptian, David numbered Israel and committed adultery, Solomon loved many foreign women, Peter denied Jesus Christ, and Paul killed Christians. We should not be surprised that Jacob had a few skeletons in his closet.

Protestant ministers think that God is sometimes deceptive – and therefore approves of such shenanigans in His people. Protestant ministers believe that the Bible reveals that deception may sometimes serve the cause of righteousness and please God. What they do not understand is that there is always a penalty for unrighteousness.

Those that be planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing; To show that the LORD is upright: He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.” (Psalm 92:13-15)

God has a people and He is very specific about who His people are. They are special to God. Too many church people today think that they hold favor in God’s sight because of the corporate group with whom they attend. But do they? We did not choose God—He chose us. What is it that makes someone special to God?

For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He did predestinate, them He also called: and whom He called, them He also justified: and whom He justified, them He also glorified.” (Romans 8:29-30)

There are serious consequences when we do not follow God’s lead. Rebecca and her son, Jacob, never saw one another again as a result of their getting ahead of God in attempting to bring about His will. That was a terrible price to pay for their deceptive tactics used on Isaac. God does not change – so the way He dealt with Jacob must be a lot like the way God deals with us. Jacob’s life is the story of God bringing him to the point of faith, and being able to be used in the Kingdom of God.

God is doing the same with us if we wait on Him. King David prayed:

Show me thy ways, O LORD; teach me thy paths. Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.” (Psalm 25:4-5)

Ode to the ‘Hymnal Guy’ (Sabbath Meditations)

(Originally posted November 19, 2011. Re-posted in honor of the passing of Mitch, the Hymnal Guy’. Your labor of love will be greatly missed.)

A few Sabbaths ago I found myself watching the ‘hymnal guy’ do his thing before and after services. This guy was everywhere; smiling and greeting members at the door; carrying a hymnal to an elderly woman who was already in her chair; scanning the congregation during the song service for anyone who may have forgotten to pick one up in the lobby; making his way down each isle to collect hymnals randomly strewn among the chairs after the service had ended; everywhere.
The care and concern this gentleman paid to such a seemingly mundane task was nothing short of amazing. The ‘hymnal guy’ had been quietly performing these acts of service, without accolades, without praise, without recognition, week after week, Sabbath after Sabbath, as long as I had been attending.

As I observed this man, the thought struck me that I wasn’t just watching someone pass out hymnals, I was observing true leadership in action.
When it comes to leadership, we Christians, including yours truly, are often overly influenced by the definitions of the culture around us. The quarterback on the field, the power player in the board room, the guy at the head of the table, the loudest, most eloquent, confident person in the room; these, our culture would have us believe, are true models of leadership. It’s the image on the outside, rather than the quality of the character on the inside, that is portrayed as the ideal.
Jesus came modeling, and teaching, a decidedly other worldly concept of leadership.

In Luke 22, he says, “The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them, and those who exercise authority over them are called ‘benefactors’. But not so among you; on the contrary, he who is greatest among you, let him be as the younger, and he who governs as he who serves. For who is greater, he who sits at the table, or he who serves? Is it not he who sits at the table? Yet I am among you as the One who serves.”
And, in a move which completely rocked the disciples worldly paradigm of leadership, Jesus performed what was, at that time, considered one of the lowliest, most menial of tasks. He stooped to wash their feet.
The true leader in God’s eyes? The person with the ability and confidence to stand in front and inspire others to follow? Maybe, sometimes, but not primarily. Leadership, as God sees it, is primarily defined by character, not ability. It’s the one who consistently and selflessly chooses to do for others what most would not.
It’s the person who sees the needs within their families, within their churches or their community and steps in to fill it. It’s the father or mother who goes to a thankless, unfulfilling job day after day, year after year, sacrificing personal goals and dreams, in order to provide food, shelter and clothing for their family. It’s the spouse who remains loving and faithful through good times or bad, through sickness and health. It’s the parent who not only teaches but also consistently strives to model God’s love and way of life to his or her children. It’s the person who refuses to compromise what is right, even in the face of ridicule and rejection by their peers.
It’s a type of leadership to which the world pays little respect these days, but one upon which our Savior, beginning with His disciples, began building and developing in His church two thousand years ago. It’s the kind of leadership He desires be promoted, encouraged and developed within His body still today.
1 Corinthians 1:27 tells us that “God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty.”
Ultimately, God is preparing leaders to rule with Him at His return to establish His Kingdom. It’s a government which will confound and bring to shame all false notions of leadership, for it will be a government led, not by quarterbacks and executive types, but by foot washers, and ‘hymnal guys’.

Nothing New Under the Sun (First Century Christianity)
‘That which has been is that which will be, and that which has been done is that which will be done. So there is nothing new under the sun.’ (Ecclesiastes 1:9)
Solomon remains the second wisest man to ever walk the earth. He held the 1st place record for a pretty long time until it was shattered by the son of a carpenter from Nazareth. However, being number 2 in this regard is still sufficient to consider Solomon an authority. I know, I know, in our society ‘number 2’ just means the last person to lose, but in the Bible, that’s not the case. I’m certain Solomon’s self-esteem will be just fine when he is resurrected and learns that his wisdom was actually surpassed and by whom.
Solomon goes on to impart incredible wisdom and philosophy in the book of Ecclesiastes. He speaks of many things being vain pursuits. We can relate to almost all of them and also draw analogies from them into our modern walk.

One of these vain endeavors is attaining great wealth. I don’t know about you, but I would like to experience the vanity of attaining wealth myself just to test this concept. They don’t call it ‘the show-me state’ for nothing!

But I digress. What I want to focus on is how Solomon spent time specifically on books and learning.
‘The Preacher sought to find delightful words and to write words of truth correctly. The words of wise men are like goads, and masters of these collections are like well-driven nails; they are given by one Shepherd. But beyond this, my son, be warned: the writing of many books is endless, and excessive devotion to books is wearying to the body.’ (Ecclesiastes 12:10-12)

Solomon spent time in the ‘studying and blogging’ phase! But he warns that excessive devotion to books is wearying to the body and endless. This is a phenomenom that happens on no small scale in our circles. I call it ‘studying yourself stupid’.

Many of us land in this stage of the walk and spend considerable time there. It’s intoxicating to keep learning new things and honing and perfecting our faith from an academic perspective. Solomon enjoyed writing and consuming words of truth. One can only imagine the level of wisdom there must have been in the books Solomon studied for him to be impressed by them. But studying is not the destination, it’s a way point on the journey.
Our way of approaching the scriptures is exploding today. A great calling has been heard and thousands of people are coming to the knowledge of the 1st century believers at an astounding pace. This learning is happening largely to people who are all by themselves for a long time with no assembly to visit. Learning takes place with one-way conversations, as many receive information from YouTube (or by listening to mp3 sermons, hint, hint) and never have a chance to bounce those ideas off other believers or enjoy the blessings of a fellowship. This is not where our faith is supposed to land. Take a look at Solomon’s last words of the book:
‘The conclusion, when all has been heard, is: fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person. For God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil.’ (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14)
We have been told that the goal of the learning, the earning, and all the other wonderful things articulated by King Solomon is to fear God and keep His commandments. Guess what? Many of those commandments are about having assemblies. Like the whole chapter of Leviticus 23. We’re supposed to get together. This requires action and effort. We have to learn how to get along on a weekly and annual basis. Take a break from the independent studying, brethren. Even Solomon did. Get together, share a meal, discuss some scripture, sing, laugh, pray, listen, console, etc. For in doing this, we keep the commandments and grow as body. And those commandments are not burdensome.

God Is Kind (and He wants you to be too!) (Guardian Ministries)
There 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’.
Look 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 sad!
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.”
The apostle 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).
In 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.”
In 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.
Since we 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.
You 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.

A Trump-et Call (New Horizons)

Euphoria from half the nation’s electors as newly-elected Donald J Trump takes over the most influential political office in the world, President of the United States of America. The other half? Bitter disappointment, tears - and riots - follow the announcement. Then violence and invective followed (from those who condemned it in the election run-up). Due democratic (of a sort) process was faithfully followed, but that didn’t satisfy the ‘losers’.
President Trump was born to an immigrant mother, climbing the success tree to reach this highest office. During the campaign he talked tough and rough, offending many. Not so dignified for an aspiring President, though now that ‘it’s in the bag’ a different ‘The Donald’ might show!
Every time we have a change of leadership (wherever we live) there’s hope of ‘better times’. Each time it will be different, we think. A new broom will sweep in policies that will usher in Utopia - or at least put more money in my pocket. It doesn’t happen - or not sustained for long. For history shows mankind simply doesn't know ‘the way to peace’ (Heb. shalom: a Hebrew word meaning peace, harmony, completeness, prosperity - Romans 3:17).
Will the Trump Presidency be any better? Can America - still the world’s most powerful nation - truly be ‘great again’? That greatness was the result of the diligent use of the vast resources gifted to the nation - coupled with the acknowledgement of their true source, the Creator of all things and the fulfilment of millennium-old promises.
That relationship with the Creator, however tenuous it was, has been broken. The principles on which the nation was founded (based largely on the Christian Scriptures) have been undermined.
Disappointment, despair, disenchantment, alienation from the nation’s leadership - all contributed to the cry from the heart that surfaced as a massive rebellion against the alien and out-of-touch values imposed by successive administrations.
But it’s not just the United States, for the same populist sentiment is wide-spread among the Western democracies, with ‘right-wing’ parties in the ascendant - several of which, notably in Europe, have elections looming. Political tremors are shaking the nations!
It’s tempting for Christians to see such seismic changes as the ‘end of the age’ as predicted by Jesus Christ. In due time that’s a certainty - but His inauguration date is not spelled out! At an unspecified time selected by the Father He will, as promised, facilitate the return of Jesus from Heaven, as political and religious Supremo, to wrest the reins of government from every human ruler.
For now, a variety of ‘prophets’ are positioning President-elect Trump as a saviour - or, as a destroyer. The only certainty is that, whichever role he might assume, he is in office by divine authority - the ‘man for the moment’ - and he will be called on to answer for how he performs in office.
A 6th century BC Babylonian King was given such a lesson:‘to the intent that the living may know that the most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomsoever he will, and sets up over it the basest [lowest] of men’ (Daniel 4:17). That’s a concept unexplored by present-day leadership.
God intimately knows each of us and how we may respond to circumstances. The Egyptian Pharaoh of the Exodus (who ‘hardened his heart’ against the LORD - Exodus 8:15) was thus selected by Him: ‘in very deed for this cause have I raised you up, for to shew in you my power; and that my name may be declared throughout all the earth’ (ch 9:16). We know the well-documented consequences!
The people of Israel in the 8th century BC sank morally to rock bottom. To correct them God raised up the fierce nation of Assyria: ‘I use Assyria like a club to punish those with whom I am angry. I sent Assyria to attack a godless nation’ (Isaiah 10:5-6). The population was deported from their homeland and have not returned to this day.
A century and a half before his birth, King Cyrus (of the Medes and Persians) was prophesied by Isaiah to initiate the restoration of the people of Judah, taken captive into Babylon by Nebuchadnezzar: ‘You [Cyrus] are the one who will rule for me; you will do what I want you to do: you will order that Jerusalem be rebuilt and that the foundations of the Temple be laid’ (Isaiah 44:28). Ezra the priest (Ezra 1) records the fulfillment of the prophecy.
‘Trump good’ or ‘Trump bad’? Is the President-elect a parallel to King Nebuchadnezzar who enslaved the nation of Judah? Or does he parallel King Cyrus who facilitated their restoration? Secular pundits leap on bandwagons heading in both directions. And so, too, do the religious pundits, each claiming insight as to our world’s trajectory over the next few years - their projected ‘end time’.
Each ‘prophet’, of course, has (in his own eyes) the ‘right’ interpretation of the Bible prophecies. But the prophecies as given are right - and will in time be proven so to the last jot and tittle. And maybe someone will inadvertently ‘hit the jackpot’ and get it right - but evidenced only by the ultimate fulfilment of the prophecies. Truth is, there’s no virtue in speculation.
Century after century has witnessed the failures of prophetic interpretation - even to our own era: Christ will return in 1000, 1844, 1914, 1975, 2000, 2012, 2017, 2019, 2021, 2033. (Well - those last four have not yet stood the test of time.) Wrote Paul: ‘we know in part and we prophesy in part’ adding, ‘now we see through a mirror [indirectly], but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I will know completely, just as I have also been completely known’ (1 Corinthians 13:9,12).
The bed-rock of Bible prophecy, the foundation on which all our futures is built, is the coming ‘new world order’. It is certain. It is ‘in the bag’. It is the imposed direct rule of the Creator, the Kingdom and Family of God, over all mankind. In coming days ‘…in a moment, in a glance of an eye, at the last trumpet; for a trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall all be changed’ (1 Corinthians 15: 52). For, ‘the Lord Himself shall come down from Heaven with a commanding shout of an archangel's voice, and with God’s trumpet’ (1 Thessalonians 4: 16).
That return of Christ as ‘King of kings and Lord of lords’ (Revelation 19:16) will herald an unprecedented thousand years of peace and prosperity for all mankind. Making his return a necessity, however, the institutions that underpin civilization will crumble to dust. Destructive forces, a ‘day of darkness and not light’, will engulf us’ .
We must each heed the warning signs and become spiritually prepared. As Christians our views on polity are in general at odds with the spirit of the times. Let’s heed Paul’s admonition: ‘I urge first of all that petitions, prayers, requests, and thanksgiving be made on behalf of all people, on behalf of kings and all those who are in authority [Gk. pre-eminence], in order that we may live a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. This is good and acceptable before God our Saviour’ (1 Timothy 2:1-3).
In other words, don’t panic. Our lives are in God’s safe hands and it is for us to pray - not that our leaders will bring in Utopia - they don’t know how - but for those who control the levers of power that they will so order conditions that we can, until Christ does return, live peaceably and godly. We live in peace, we live in conflict. In either state we are sustained by our loving and caring heavenly Father.

If Hes God's Choice, Is That Always Good? (Morning Companion)
Is Mr. Trump Gods choice for president? Or was he merely The Peoples choice?

I am one who believes that God does not always intervene in American elections, but often just lets us go our own way, just as a good parent might do. Frankly, at this point there is no way to know if God intervened in order to have His man sit in the Oval office, and I am a massive skeptic that he did. But as a practical matter we dont need to know the extent of Divine intervention, and as a matter of biblical history, even if someone is Gods man, that is no assurance that things will end well with him.
The first king of Israel, King Saul the son of Kish, was God
s choice (see Samuel 9), but the power of the office ruined him. Solomon is still one of the most celebrated kings of ancient Israel, a man with whom God visited personally (1 Kings 3: 4-15). Yet his reign ended with a nation steeped in idolatry and near civil war. His fame, power, and wealth that could have been used for the realms good became the ruin of him. (1 Kings 11).
King Jeroboam, who was the first king of the Northern Kingdom (the Ten Tribes that split from King David
s dynasty after the death of Solomon) was a man God selected and appointed through his prophet. God even made the same promise to Jeroboam that he had made to David: remain faithful to God and his ways, and not only would he and the nation be blessed, but his dynasty would last as long as there was an Israel. (1 Kings 11:34-39)
Here was a man, clearly God
s anointed - clearly Gods man - yet he so led the nation in a direction away from God that he is mentioned again and again in the ancient annals as the reason for the nations downfall (see II Kings 17: 7-23). Some legacy for Gods man!
If you believe that Mr. Trump, or any other leader for that matter, is God
s choice, understand that this is no guarantee of Gods blessing. The blessing depends on what the man does.
If you believe as I do that Mr. Trump is The People
s choice, there is no guarantee that the nation will be cursed. The blessing or the curse will depend on what the leader does and what we do. So as a practical matter, regardless of whether hes Gods man or The Peoples choice, our obligations as citizens of both the Kingdom of God and the City of Man remain the same. Those obligations begin with what Paul wrote to Timothy:
I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people - for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. (1 Timothy 2:1-4 NIV)
Prayer is a good place to start, but there is more we must do. Consider the instruction to the Jewish people of the Babylonian captivity. They were going to be strangers in a foreign land for a long time, and through Jeremiah the Prophet they were told what they needed to do:
This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says to all those I carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: Build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce. Marry and have sons and daughters; find wives for your sons and give your daughters in marriage, so that they too may have sons and daughters. Increase in number there; do not decrease. Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.” (Jeremiah 29:4-7 NIV)
Pray for certain, but also work to make the society of your residence a better place. Seek its peace and prosperity. As a practical matter, whether he
s Gods man or not, you have your own responsibilities to live by.

Famine of the Word (Legacy Institute
The 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.”
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 consciousness.
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 opens.

Science Catches Up! (OzWitness)

Have 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!

Another ‘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 margarine.

Actually, 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 goodbye gout!

That 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.

Sometimes, it is simply promises – keep this commandment and you will live long e.g. Exodus 20:12“Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.”

Sometimes 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.

So, 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 1:8  ‘Keep 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. Then you will be prosperous and successful.’