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Heartless

Two places in scripture the ostrich is mentioned. This large six to eight foot high bird is an illustration of the heartless people of Judah immediately after the capture of Jerusalem and its ultimate destruction by Babylonian soldiers. Jeremiah expresses the lost-ness of his people as destruction overtakes them. He compares Jews to ostriches. He says, "my people have become heartless like ostriches in the desert." (Lamentations 4:3) To what does this refer? It is explained by a passage in Job which says, "The wings of the ostrich flap joyfully…She lays her eggs on the ground and lets them warm in the sand, unmindful that a foot may crush them, that some wild animal may trample them. She treats her young harshly, as if they were not hers, she cares not that her labor was in vain, for God did not endow her with wisdom or give her a share of good sense. Yet when she spreads her feathers to run, she laughs at horse and rider." (Job 39:13-18) The Davis dictionary reveals …

Deceit - Deceit Series #1

This is the action of lying or tricking someone. It is a dishonest act and tries to persuade a person to buy something they would not otherwise buy or do something they would not otherwise do or believe something they wouldn't otherwise believe. It is also used in referencing a person's character, as if they are deceptive or perpetrating an act of deception. Job did not know why he was suffering great physical and emotional pain but his friends felt there was a very simple answer for that…Job was a sinner and had acted in some deceitful way for which God was now punishing him. Job declared, "my tongue will utter no deceit." (Job 27:4) I am blameless of being deceitful. Eliphaz implied Job was in the company of the godless who deceive. Zophar felt that God "recognizes deceitful men." (11:11) Implying that Job was in suffering because God did recognize him as a deceitful person. Job confidently stated that "both deceiver and deceived are God's." (…

God's Son

We think of him as Jesus Christ. How often, however, do we think of him as the second person of the Trinity? The book of Hebrews is written to show the supremacy of Jesus Christ over any human leader, i.e. prophets, Moses, Joshua, Aaron and many more, and even over the angels who are very powerful and are the messengers of God . The Son of God is described as, "heir of all things, and through whom He made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of His being, sustaining all things by his powerful word." He also, "provided purification for sins" and then "sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven." (Hebrews 1:2b-3) Consider these six phrases: "Heir of all things" There is no one who stands between him and the Father. He is heir, therefore the one who will reign on earth at a later time."made the universe" He is the creator. There was no ooze that evolved to man. All …

Mentoring Believers

Our churches spend much time developing or finding curriculum for study in classes. There are many ways to walk through biblical truth but Paul gives words of wisdom to Titus, a young pastor, as requirements for four groups of people in the church. A general thought was to teach that which would be in harmony with "sound doctrine." This means that all that was taught had to be measured by soundness and unity with the faith. In Titus 2:15 Paul also augmented teaching with encouragement and rebuke (confrontation). This was a powerful combination. So, Paul tells Titus in Titus 2:1-10 that there should be mentoring going on for four groups of people: ·Older men were to be taught to be temperate (sober, as related to wine), worthy of respect(venerable or reverent), self-controlled (curbing desires and impulses), and sound (in good health) in the faith, in the love and in the patience. ·Older women were to be taught to be reverent in their lifestyle covering all occasions, not slander…