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1 3 generations influenced by 1 verse Note Phil 4:19 Jalek Wed 04/23/14, 11:22pm 240259

This verse was my grandmother's favorite verse. She told me once that this verse helped her raise five children through poverty stricken times. She, my grandpa, and their children never had much, but she said God always provided what they needed.

She would write to my dad every week when he was serving his country in Vietnam. She would end each letter with this verse. My dad said it was the one thing that kept his hopes alive during that traumatic time.

She could write the verse down on ever card she gave me for my birthday and for Christmas. She even had a plaque in her room with this verse on it. For years, I knew the theology and meaning behind it, the context of the passage, but it didn't really hit home until today.

I've been going through a personal financial crisis where I was going to be homeless in under four days if a miracle didn't happen. My dad, my pastor, my church, and my friends have been praying with me for a miracle to happen. Every avenue seemed to stop in a dead end, and I was growing more and more depressed.

I e-filed my taxes a couple weeks ago, and put my bank account on the forms for a direct deposit of my tax refund. I wasn't expecting them since for the past ten years, they have been garnished and given towards my student loans. Tonight, after church, I logged onto my account online to view my balance of my account. I was floored when my tax returns had been deposited a few hours before. The amount of the refund is the perfect amount needed for me to get into a new apartment.

I wanted to share this with my friends here as a story of renewed hope in this simple verse.

2 Conviction Note Acts 5:33 DocTrinsograce Wed 04/23/14, 4:43pm 240258
  "Be very sure of this: people never reject the Bible because they cannot understand it. They understand it only too well; they understand that it condemns their own behavior; they understand that it witnesses against their own sins, and summons them to judgment." --J. C. Ryle
3 Religious Men Note John 15:24 DocTrinsograce Tue 04/22/14, 6:14pm 240257
  "There is a deep-seated hatred for God and His law in the heart of every lost man. It is for this reason that 'those who are in the flesh cannot please God.' In the religious man this enmity is often well hidden, but under the right circumstances it will lash out viciously." --Charles Leiter
4 rope on the priest ankle Note Ex 28:33 Ed O. Mon 04/21/14, 6:42pm 240253

Bible Question:In the Old Testament times when a priest entered the Holy of Holies, was a rope tied to him in case he died so that he could be pulled out?
Bible Answer: The Holy of Holies (also called the Holy Place, Ex. 28:35) was the most sacred room within the Tabernacle or the Temple. The High Priest was allowed to enter this room only once a year on the Day of Atonement. When He entered, he had to wear the clothes that God specified in Exodus 28. If he did not, he would die. Nothing is said in the Old Testament about a priest having a rope tied around his ankle or waist. However, we do know that bells, blue and purple pomegranates, and scarlet material were attached to the bottom of the High Priest's garment.
You shall make pomegranates, woven of violet. purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen twined, with gold bells between them. v35 Aaron shall wear it when ministering, that its tinking may be heard as he enters and leaves the Lord's presence in the sanctuary else he will die . . . (NAB)Ex.28:33-35
They also made bells of pure gold, and put the bells between the pomegranates all around on the hem of the robe, alternating a bell and a pomegranate all around on the hem of the robe for the service, just as the LORD had commanded Moses. (NASB) Ex. 39:25-26
As long the bells could be heard, others would know that he was still alive and that he had been accepted by God.
A reference to a rope being attached to the ankle or leg of a priest has not been found in the Bible, Josephus, Philo, or in the writings of the church fathers. But our Jewish friends state that this was the ancient practice. Here is a quote from a Jewish rabbi,
According to the account of our rabbis preserved in the Talmud, the High Priest wore a rope around his waist as he made his way - absolutely alone - into the holy of holies. The rope he wore served a very practical purpose. Because, in the event that the High Priest said or did something wrong, it was generally believed that he would be struck dead for his offense. Yes, right then and there. As only the High Priest could enter the Holy of Holies, the rope enabled his assistants to safely pull the corpse of the High priest out of the inner-sanctum in the event of mishap. (
The absence of a historical reference in some significant documents is not proof that the High Priest did not have a rope tied around his ankle in later times. Not everything is recorded in books and parchments. The printing press, CD burners, tape recorders, and typewriters have not always existed in mass quantities
5 Increasing in Real Evidences Note 1 Thess 3:12 DocTrinsograce Mon 04/21/14, 4:49pm 240252
  "The avoidance of little evils, little sins, little inconsistencies, little weaknesses, little follies, little indiscretions and imprudences, little foibles, little indulgences of self and of the flesh, little acts of indolence or indecision, or slovenliness or cowardice, little equivocations or aberrations from high integrity, little touches of shabbiness or meanness... little indifferences to the feelings or wishes of others, little outbreaks of temper, or crossness, or selfishness, or vanity -- the avoidance of such little things as these goes far to make up at least the negative beauty of a holy life." --Horatius Bonar (1808-1889)
6 rope on the priest ankle Note Ex 28:33 Beja Mon 04/21/14, 5:55am 240250

Sorry, just noticed that you wanted a reference to ankles specifically as distinct from the hem. So much for reading when I first wake up! The previous poster probably was thinking of the hem bells.

In Christ, Beja
7 rope on the priest ankle Note Ex 28:33 Beja Mon 04/21/14, 5:52am 240249
  Exodus 28:21-35
8 rope on the priest ankle Note Ex 28:33 Ed O. Sun 04/20/14, 9:34pm 240248
  If God would accept the offering the priest would shake causing the bells to ring and the people outside would know that it was accepted, if not accepted the priest was slain and the rope around the ankles was used to pull the dead priest out. That's the way it was explained to me. ED O.
9 He is Risen! Note Luke 24:34 DocTrinsograce Sun 04/20/14, 6:50am 240244
  Christ is risen! Christ is risen!
He hath burst his bonds in twain;
Christ is risen! Christ is risen!
Alleluia! swell the strain!
For our gain he suffered loss
by divine decree;
he hath die upon the cross,
but our God is he.

See the chains of death are broken;
earth below and heaven above
joy in each amazing token
of his rising, Lord of love;
he for evermore shall reign
by the Father's side,
till he comes to earth again,
come to claim his Bride.

Glorious angels downward thronging
hail the Lord of all the skies;
heaven, with joy and holy longing
for the Word Incarnate, cries,
"Sun and stars and earth rejoice!
Christ is risen again!
All creation find a voice;
he o'er all shall reign."

--Archer Thompson Gurney (1862)
10 Word of God Incarnate Note Heb 10:7 DocTrinsograce Sat 04/19/14, 5:54pm 240243
  O Word of God incarnate, O Wisdom from on high,
O Truth unchanged, unchanging, O Light of our dark sky:
We praise You for the radiance that from the hallowed page,
A Lantern to our footsteps, shines on from age to age.

The Church from You, our Savior, received the Gift divine,
And still that Light is lifted over all the earth to shine.
It is the sacred Vessel where gems of truth are stored;
It is the heaven drawn Picture of Christ, the living Word.

The Scripture is a banner before Godís host unfurled;
It is a shining Beacon above the darkling world.
It is the Chart and Compass that over lifeís surging tide,
Mid mists and rocks and quicksands, to You, O Christ, will guide.

O make your Church, dear Savior, a lamp of purest gold,
To bear before the nations Your true light as of old.
O teach your wandering pilgrims by this their path to trace,
Till, clouds and darkness ended, they see You face to face.

--William W. Howe (1867)
11 How can I understand the Bible? Note Bible general Ed O. Fri 04/18/14, 10:48pm 240242
  Hi Wendy,
A very good source of understanding the Bible from Genesis to Revelation quickly, is "The New Panorama Bible Study Course #1". By Fleming H. Revell division of Baker Book House Grand Rapids, Michigan 49516 ISBM 0-8007-1578-0 It's a visual aid to bible study. It's a book of about 15 pages (8" x 16") When each page is spread open you'll be able to visualize about a 1,000 years of Bible history. Then starting with the creation until the new heavens and earth it's a summery of the 6,000 years of Bible history. It's like a road map it gives a birds eye view of the entire Bible. Following the creation story, it begins with Adam and Eve and throughout all of the pages a red line is used to show how God used various individuals until the birth of Christ followed by His ministry then up until the present day. The study is very effective to visualize and understand what will take place during the Great Tribulation period. In picture form along with the accompanied Bible verses it explains what the Bible is all about.----After knowing this then yes if you are Christian ask the Holy Spirit to teach you as you read the Scriptures and don't get bogged down when you don't understand something because the next time around you'll get it. Ed O.
12 Tenebrae Note John 12:46 DocTrinsograce Fri 04/18/14, 3:37pm 240240

O people, lament your great sin,
for the sake of which Christ
left His Fatherís bosom
and came to earth.

Of a pure, gentle virgin
Jesus was born for us;
He gave life to the dead
and put aside all sickness
until the time arrived
that He should be sacrificed for us.

He bore the heavy burden of our sins
stretched out on the cross.

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

13 We are not lonely, but He was...for us! Note Mark 14:34 DocTrinsograce Fri 04/18/14, 5:38am 240238
  Amen! Thank you, Sister Azure.
14 How can I understand the Bible? Note Bible general DocTrinsograce Fri 04/18/14, 5:38am 240237
  Good, Jalek... this is what is called the historical-grammatical method of interpretation. That is an essential presupposition to the doctrine of sola Scriptura.

"It will greatly help you to understand scripture if you note not only what is spoken and written, but of whom and to whom, with what words, at what time, where, to what intent, with what circumstances, considering what goes before and what follows." --Miles Coverdale (1488-1569)
15 We are not lonely, but He was...for us! Note Mark 14:34 azurelaw Thu 04/17/14, 8:34pm 240233
  "Could ye not watch with me one brief hour? Could ye not pity my sorest need? Ah! If ye sleep while the tempests lower, surely, my friends, I am lone indeed."(The Agony from the Cruxificion by John Stainer)

What a lonely Jesus, sorrow Jesus! Yet, He is the Joy of men's desiring....
16 Humbling Doctrine Hard to Receive Note John 6:66 EdB Wed 04/16/14, 7:20pm 240229
  I suspect this is a comment is in a veiled rebuttal to something I said earlier. However I never said draw people to Jesus when I commented about Jesus feeding the thousands.
I said what I said because that is what happened. Jesus' disciples wanted to send the people away so they could find food. But Jesus not finished with his teaching told them to stay and then provided for them.
They were drawn to Jesus not by promise of food but by the drawing of the Holy Spirit. However reality is still reality and they needed to eat.

As in my example reality is what it is today in our society and many times the church must learn it needs to meet physical needs along with spiritual needs.

There is nothing the church can do in the physical to top the drawing of world. And yes it is foolishness to try. However that does not mean the church can't use some things of the world to make church life more enjoyable. If not then perhaps we should get rid of our heat and air conditioning. :-)
17 Humbling Doctrine Hard to Receive Note John 6:66 DocTrinsograce Wed 04/16/14, 6:58pm 240228
  I read recently where a "preacher" actually suggested that the feeding of the 5,000 was an effort by Christ to draw non-believers to Himself! Really? A cursory -- very cursory indeed -- reading of John 6 will make such a theory as shipwreck as the seeker sensitive techniques themselves.

Our Lord Jesus did, indeed, feed the 5,000 (v10b). Furthermore, there was a great response to this miracle: "This is truly the Prophet who is to come into the world," they said (v14b) and they were going to forcibly make Him king. As a consequence, our Lord left them. Now, these folks weren't about to leave it be. Indeed, they followed Him all the way to Capernaum (v24).

What a perfect opportunity to draw all those seekers in! But Christ doesn't do that. Instead, He faults their motives (vv26-33). Even that does not deter them, however, they want in (v34). Jesus presses them, asserting His own purpose (vv35-59). This teaching was so problematic, in fact, that even His followers had issues with it (vv60-65).

Christ finally explicitly says, "No one can come to Me unless it has been granted him from the Father" (v65b). "As a result of this," John then tells us, "many of His disciples withdrew and were not walking with Him anymore" (v66).

All manner of techniques may be employed by one group or another. With little understanding of the purpose of the church, they rest their success by counting noses. Such efforts are probably not to be unexpected in groups that draw their thinking from the world. What is far more worrying is the final destruction of the untaught and unstable who twist the Scriptures (2 Peter 3:16). How much worse will it be for those who teach! (Matthew 23:14; James 3:1)

As we are particularly in this time of year in remembrance of our Saviour's death and resurrection, let us remember Paul's admonition to pray for all men (1 Timothy 2:1-2). Let's petition our Lord to grant mercy and grace to such as these and the many who follow them. Further, let us ask that the Lord will grant that we rightly use the treasure of His Word to His glory (2 Peter 3:18).
18 Resurrection or Easter sunday? Note 1 Cor 15:32 justme Wed 04/16/14, 11:55am 240226
  Edb: Oh how well I remember that so many insisted on all the "stuff with trimings" at the "but we have always done it for the kinds" blessings to you dear friend.

19 Resurrection or Easter sunday? Note 1 Cor 15:32 justme Wed 04/16/14, 11:52am 240225
  Doc: You are a wealth of great information, thank you, and blessings to you.

20 Resurrection or Easter sunday? Note 1 Cor 15:32 DocTrinsograce Wed 04/16/14, 10:30am 240224
  Hi, justme...

I do not believe that the origins of holiday has much to do with how it is commemorated ages later. Nobody sees a Christmas tree in someone's home thinks, "Oh, that family must be Druid." :-)

Nonetheless, I have attached a response by R. C. Sproul, Jr. that might be of interest.

In Him, Doc

Question: "Should Christians celebrate eggs, bunny rabbits and candy with the risen Christ on Easter?"

Answer: "No, though it is possible that Christians ought to celebrate the risen Christ in and through colored eggs, chocolate bunny rabbits and candy. At least candy. Before we even begin to try to answer questions like these we need to be sure we are on solid ground on foundational issues. This particular application or that is less important than this bedrock commitment or that. The first principle here is that the resurrection of Jesus is something worth celebrating. This is why we celebrate it each and every Lordís Day. All of our lives should be marked by joy in light of this reality that changes everything.

"I would argue in turn that there is nothing wrong with devoting a particular Lordís Day to a particularly strong focus on this reality. It is true enough that the Bible does not command that the church set apart a solemn holy day each year to commemorate the resurrection. And it would be wrong for the church to impose such a thing. But there is nothing at all wrong with a service focusing on this event or that in the life and ministry of Jesus. Iím allowed, though not required, to preach from a resurrection text in the Spring, just as I am allowed, though not required to preach from texts regarding the birth of Christ in December.

"If we, either as a family, or as a church, do give peculiar attention to the resurrection of Christ in the Spring, it is fitting and proper that said attention should be marked by joy and feasting. We are not remembering a somber occasion, but the great definitive victory over the serpent, and the vindication of our Lord. This is why I suggest that candy may be perfectly fitting. It is a time to feast. We ought not let any concern over the way the rest of the world marks the day make us so reactionary that we are left being grumpy because they are having fun.

"What I would warn against, on the other hand, is an attempt to replace or fill in for the more secular versions of the worldís holidays. That is, I donít like the idea of Bible egg hunts or chocolate Reformers. One reason is that we donít want to take our cues from the world. The second is that our celebrations are genuine and purposeful, and so ought to shame theirs rather than mimic them. This, as we argued in a previous ask RC, is why we donít celebrate Halloween. We have something far more significant to celebrate in the Reformation. In like manner, though this may be picking at nits, we donít celebrate nor observe ďEasterĒ but rather we feast on Resurrection Sunday.

"Finally, remember this. While it could be argued that the birth of Christ is good news to all men, and thus it may be fitting that their celebration and ours has some overlap, the resurrection of Jesus is only darkness to those outside the kingdom. To join them in their ďcelebrationĒ is to be, in my estimation, unequally yoked, and to fail to love our enemies.

"To celebrate as we ought, on the other hand, is to recognize that the resurrection of Jesus has set us apart from the world. He will come again to judge both the living and the dead. For those found in Him, we will without shame or fear, rejoice to behold His appearing. They will cry out for the mountains to cover them. The difference is the resurrection." --R. C. Sproul, Jr (2012)
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