On a deeper level, where a young one’s character is formed, children want to be told what they can and cannot do. They need guidance to help them adapt themselves to the world without becoming part of the world. Children need to look to their parents for this biblically guided direction throughout their childhood. If parents are inattentive, indifferent, or over-indulgent, is there any wonder that a child loses love and respect for them? How can a child continue to view the parents as a loving, kind, authority, who continually fails to offer biblically sound guidance, while continually giving them their way and conceding to the child? Young ones need a lot of parental guidance and love in their lives. However, some parents confuse permissiveness (allowing the child great or excessive freedom of behavior) with love. Rather, they need to supply them with sturdy discipline they require and unknowingly want. This means giving wisely of yourself, your experience and judgment. Therefore, we do not hold back discipline from our children. We offer a loving pat on the back to allow our child to know we are proud of them and approve of their behavior. In addition, a loving pat on the back only lower on the but is never going to hurt the child but rather is a loving way to let our children know we disapprove of their behavior. Both of these will let the child know of our love and concern and that we care for them. The following Proverbs emphasize the wisdom of the use of discipline: Proverbs 3:11, 12; 4:1; 13:1, 24; 19:18; 22:15; 23:13, 14.
However, spanking is not always the answer when we are disciplining our children. Moreover, spanking is never done in anger or is it ever abusive. Spanking a child is not to cause pain, it is to get the attention of the child, so we can offer sound biblical guidance. We need to have good judgment, composure, wisdom and a little good sense on our part as parents. Our facial expressions are reflective of what message we want to send our children. A warm, loving smile of approval is very persuasive, little children cannot resist it, just as is true of a frown of disapproval. However, we should never scold our children. Scolding is abusive criticism. What we need is the correct level of tone in our voice, so our child knows our intent and that he or she has done wrong. Most importantly, a child should know that they have done bad not that they are bad. First, we need to inquire about the guilt of what we believe the child has done wrong without jumping to conclusions.
For example, think things through. We allow our child to scribble in certain books and our children see us making notes in our Bible, so one day Johnny is holding our Bible in Church and we look down to find him scribbling in our Bible. You lean over and firmly say, “Johnny, don’t scribble in the Bible, or else you’ll be punished!” While that makes sense to us, is it clear in Johnny’s young mind? We have allowed him to make marks other books. He sees us underlining our Bible, so in his little mind the thought is simply, “Why not this one?” So, when we are training our child we do what the Father, the Creator has done for us. The Father has given us sixty-six Bible books as a guide to how we are to walk through this imperfect age. He has thoroughly and clearly explained all that we need to know, especially the all-important “why.” We need to not only correct our children, but we need to explain the reasons “why,” which persuades and builds appreciation as to the why. We might say to Johnny “This book [the Bible] is a loving letter from our heavenly father, we can make study notes in it, but we never want to damage it with scribbling, as it was a loving gift from our heavenly Father. It is different from your other books.” Ask the child if they understand and if time permits, ask them to explain back to you what you just told them in their own words. We need to give them a reason for our instructions and we need to make certain that they understand that reason. A spanking is not always the answer. Moreover, remember, the firm, loving tap on the but is only to get their attention. In short, another example of being too permissive might be a time when we are walking through the mall and Johnny is running his plastic toy car over the new cars in the mall. We might think nothing of it because we feel the plastic car cannot hurt anything. However, what about when it is a different day and Johnny is holding your car keys and does the same thing and now we find ourselves paying to paint a new car.
Permissiveness, excessive freedom of behavior, easily leads to future bad behavior. The greatest gift that a father [or mother] can pass on to his [or her] son is wisdom and the longing for continued wisdom. Solomon begins chapter 4 with an exhortation that his sons be attentive to his instruction.
The Father’s Wisdom
Proverbs 4:1-2 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
4 Hear, O sons, the instruction of a father,
and be attentive, that you may know understanding,
2 for I give you good instruction;
do not forsake my teaching.
Hear, O sons, the instruction of a father: Proverbs 1:8 reads, “Hear, my son, your father’s instruction.” Again, the Hebrew term (šā·mǎʿ) for “hear” means more than simply taking in information through our ears; it also involves listening, wherein we take notice of and act on (ready to obey) the teaching and thoughts of proverbs; responding to the advice and guidance that the proverbs contain. Those translations (GNT, NRSV, LEB) that render (banim) “sons” as “children” or the CEV as “my child,” so as to be progressive and inclusive are obscuring the intended meaning because “child” conveys the idea of dependence and inability to make decisions, as opposed to the author’s intended meaning. It is rendered “O sons” by some translations (ESV, NASB, UASV), to specify that the sons are being addressed formally, which is not found in the Hebrew text but is suggested.
Instruction (mû·sār) renders the same word used in 1:8 and has the sense of teaching how something is to be done or the content of what the father teaches his sons. The father giving instructions is the teaching of a principle or established, accepted, or self-evident life-lessons that are true (Ps 50:17; Prov. 15:33; 23:12). The advice to sons is that they listen to the sound instruction of their godly parents, particularly to that of a father. He has the Scriptural duty to provide the physical as well as spiritual needs of his family. (Deut. 6:6-7; 1 Tim. 5:8) Without this instruction, it will be far more difficult for the young ones to reach maturity! Should not a son or daughter, therefore, willingly accept the discipline of their father?
And be attentive that you may know understanding: The Hebrew verb (qā·šǎḇ) be attentive means listening and paying close attention, giving heed (i.e., obeying), accepting the instruction as being true and responding to it favorably. Understanding (Heb. teḇû·nā(h)) is the ability to see how the parts or aspects of something are connected to one another. One who possesses understanding can see the big picture (the entire matter) and not just the isolated facts. – Prov. 2:5; 9:10; 18:15.
For I give you good instruction: Here the father or teacher is offering the reason as to why he should be readily and favorably heard. The Hebrew verb give (nā·ṯǎn) in this context means to place idea into the mind of another by teaching or showing. The Hebrew adjective good (ṭôḇ) used to qualify instruction is stating the obvious positive results of paying close attention, giving heed (i.e., obeying), accepting the instruction as being true and responding to it favorably.
Do not forsake my teaching: The Hebrew verb forsake (ʿā·zǎḇ) means to abandon, give up, turn away from, reject, desert. The Hebrew noun teach (tô·rā(h)) has the sense of teaching or instruction, imparting information to the student or in this case, from the father to the sons.
This instruction is meant in such a way that it includes what is necessary for a successful life. While teaching is literally the Hebrew term for the “law,” which had been handed down by Moses, yet the personal preposition of “my” suggests the best rendering is my teaching or instructions. Solomon or rather Jehovah’s inspired Word offers the best direction, and not paying attention would be very foolish.
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Choose Life by Willing Keeping the Commandments
Proverbs 4:3-4 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
3 When I was a son with my father,
tender, the only son in the sight of my mother,
4 he taught me and said to me,
“Let your heart hold fast my words;
keep my commandments, and live.
When I was a son with my father: Here Solomon is showing that he too was a young learner like his own children are now. He is, in essence, saying, “I also had a father who educated me as well.” “I was a son once also.
Tender, the only son in the sight of my mother: Here in this context, the Hebrew adjective tender (rǎḵ) means a son who is young in years, that is, a small child. Solomon is emphasizing when he too was an only child. The Hebrew phrase in sight of (pā·ně(h)) is literally “in the face of,” meaning being before someone in front of someone as to the proximity, with emphasis his having received special care and love from his mother, especially being the only son. Here Solomon is painting a picture for us of his loving childhood. He was the son of King David, living in the home of David, having constant access to his father. While he was the only child for some time, David and Bathsheba devoted much training, attention, and love to him.
He taught me and said to me: This line introduces us to the quoted material from his father David in the second line and runs through verse 9.
Let your heart hold fast my words: The Hebrew noun heart (lēḇ), as is used here is referring to the seat or center of intellect. For the Hebrew, it is the heart that keeps knowledge, wisdom, discernment, understanding, and insight in the mind. In Proverbs 2:2, we find, “inclining your heart to understanding.”
Keep my commandments, and live: Provers 7:2 begins with the exact same words. My commandments of this line is the same as my words of the previous line, conveying the same thought. The Hebrew (miṣ·wā(h)) is the same word from 2:1 and 3:1, where it is referring to the wisdom, discernment, understanding, the teaching (instruction, orders) given by the one who is wise. If these commandments are kept, it means life. Solomon must wholeheartedly hold to his father’s word. He must also choose life by willing keeping the commandments.
Solomon was very fortunate, as he was the Son of King David, who had his mistakes but was by far one of the closest human friends Jehovah God has had. Solomon spent his childhood being taught by loving parents before any siblings came along. We see this direction being given to young Solomon starting in verse 4-9. He is determined to pass on this wisdom of his father King David, to his sons. He begins with the command that they get his words deep down in their heart, to pay attention to his commandments so that they may live.
Acquire Wisdom and Understanding
Proverbs 4:5 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
5 Acquire wisdom, acquire understanding;
do not forget, and do not turn away from the words of my mouth.
Acquire wisdom, acquire understanding: Understanding (Heb. teḇû·nā(h)) is the ability to see how the parts or aspects of something are connected to one another. One who possesses understanding can see the big picture (the entire matter) and not just the isolated facts. (Prov. 2:5; 9:10; 18:15) Wisdom: (Heb. ḥāḵ·mā(h)) is sound judgment, based on knowledge and understanding. It is the balanced application of that knowledge to answer difficulties, achieve objectives, sidestep or ward off dangers, not to mention helping others to accomplish the same. The wise person is often contrasted with the foolishness or stupid person. (Deut. 32:6; Prov. 11:29; Eccles. 6:8) King David advised his son to get wisdom, which could have prompted Solomon to ask God for wisdom later in life – 1 Kings 3:5-14.
Do not forget, and do not turn away from the words of my mouth: Here we are having the second line of 4:2 reinforced, where Solomon says, “for I give you good instruction; do not forsake my teaching.” The Hebrew verb forget (šā·ḵǎḥ) means to dismiss from the mind, to stop remembering, to ignore, to overlook, to be unmindful. In essence, failing to remember the information one has taken into the mind and thus it becomes insignificant. Like the Hebrew verb forsake (ʿā·zǎḇ), which means to abandon, give up, turn away from, reject, desert; the Hebrew verb turn away from (nā·ṭā(h)) also means to abandon or give up, to turn aside. The son must also keep up the pursuit of wisdom and understanding; he will suffer the consequences if he disregards his instructions or turns aside.
Proverbs 4:6 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
6 Do not forsake her, and she will guard you;
love her, and she will safeguard you.
Do not forsake her: 4:2 reads, “do not forsake my teaching.” The Hebrew verb forsake (ʿā·zǎḇ) means to abandon, give up, turn away from, reject, desert. Her here refers to wisdom, which is pictured as a gracious, desirable woman in verses 6-9.
And she will guard you: The Hebrew verb guard (šā·mǎr) means to keep watch over, to protect or look after. Who is you, who is wisdom guarding? You in the Hebrew (ʾǎt·tā(h)) is masculine singular, as it is referring back to Solomon who is quoting his father, King David’s, counsel to him.
Love her, and she will safeguard you: The Hebrew verb (nā·ṣǎr) safeguard means to watch over, to keep safe from injury, harm, or danger, or to protect. Wisdom will protect those who remain loyal in their love for her.
Above All Acquire Wisdom
Proverbs 4:7 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
7 The beginning of wisdom is this: Acquire wisdom,
and with all you acquire, acquire understanding.
The beginning of wisdom is this: Acquire wisdom: Here the Hebrew has two detached phrases that are literally “the first thing of wisdom” and “get wisdom.” Here King David in his advice to his son when Solomon was young was that wisdom is the most important thing, and therefore, he should pursue it so as to obtain it.
Wisdom: (Heb. ḥāḵ·mā(h)) is sound judgment, based on knowledge and understanding. It is the balanced application of that knowledge to answer difficulties, achieve objectives, sidestep or ward off dangers, not to mention helping others to accomplish the same. The wise person is often contrasted with the foolishness or stupid person. – Deut. 32:6; Prov. 11:29; Eccles. 6:8.
And with all you acquire, acquire understanding is again places the highest importance on obtaining or acquiring but this time it is in the pursuit of understanding or insight.
Understanding (Heb. teḇû·nā(h)) is the ability to see how the parts or aspects of something are connected to one another. One who possesses understanding can see the big picture (the entire matter) and not just the isolated facts. – Prov. 2:5; 9:10; 18:15.
Insight (Heb. bî·nā(h)) is the ability to see into a situation. One who possesses insight acts with wisdom, caution, and discretion. Insight is closely related to understanding, but there is a fine distinction between the two terms. Says the Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament: “While bîn [understanding] indicates “distinguishing between,” śākal relates to an intelligent knowledge of the reason. There is the process of thinking through a complex arrangement of thoughts resulting in a wise dealing and use of good practical common sense. Another end result is the emphasis upon being successful.” – Psa. 14:12.
As we learned in Proverbs chapter three, wisdom is the ability to apply knowledge and understanding effectively, to have success. Knowledge is acquired by our taking in facts that were gained by paying attention and experience, as well as through reading and study. However, all of that is useless if one cannot put that information to work for them. Insight is the ability to see into a situation. When one acts with insight, he has good sense in dealing with practical matters, using good judgment to consider likely consequences and act accordingly, as well as discretion. We are foolish if we forsake wisdom, as she will protect us from the difficulties of this system of things, but that protection only comes to those that remain loyal in our love for her. If we lack wisdom, then we must begin to pursue it, in addition to insight.
The education of an Israelite child was taken very seriously, as Jehovah himself commanded that parent, “You shall teach them [the law] diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up.” (Deut. 6:7) However, before they were to teach their child, it was commanded “these words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart.” (Deut. 6:6) As Deuteronomy, 6:7 made quite clear there is no excuse for not spending time with your child and passing on wisdom and insight is paramount.
Acquire wisdom, and with all you acquire, acquire understanding. commands King David to his young son Solomon. How can you apply this counsel to our Bible reading? The Bible of sixty-six books is the only book to be authored by God as he used 40+ men, moving them along with the Holy Spirit as they wrote. The Bible contains God’s thoughts. There is more to acquiring God’s thoughts than merely reading the printed words on a page. We must understand what we read. Moreover, we must understand what the author meant by the words that were used, as opposed to interjecting what we feel, think, or believe God meant by those words. So, we need to meditatively read, study, and research the Bible, then, acquiring an understanding of what God meant to convey to us by the words of wisdom that he used.
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Fondly Embrace Wisdom Tightly with Tender Love
Proverbs 4:8 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
8 Prize her, and she will exalt you;
she will honor you if you embrace her.
Prize her, and she will exalt you: The Hebrew verb (sā·lǎl) prize means to highly value, extol, praise, to speak words that elevate the status of a person. This means to raise someone or something higher and higher in value. The Hebrew verb (rûm) exalt means to honor, be lifted up, exalted, elevate. When you prize or esteem wisdom, she will exalt you into a higher position of respect and honor.
She will honor you if you embrace her: The principal Hebrew term denoting honor is (kabed), which literally means “to be heavy, weighty.” Thus, a person who is honored is seen as being weighty, that is, they amount to something. To Honor someone means that we hold them in high esteem, to recognize them as being great and worthy of our respect. The Hebrew verb (ḥā·ḇǎq) embrace means to fondly hold someone tightly in your arms, showing close association and affection. You need to fondly embrace wisdom with tender love, holding her tightly close to you, for she will then honor you with self-respect and respect of others.
Acquiring wisdom is well worth the effort! She will make you far more valuable to all who listen to you. If you honor and embrace her, she will make your advice, guidance, and counsel highly respected. This does not necessarily mean that you are going to be sought after by the powerful of the world. It means that everyone you touch in life, by their hearing your voice, they are going to be the better for it. Are you diligently improving our knowledge of God’s Word, doing so steadily? Are you taking in accurate knowledge, pressing on to the goal of being a full-grown in the faith?
Falling in Love with Lady Wisdom
Proverbs 4:9 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
9 She will place on your head a garland of grace;
she will bestow on you a crown of beauty.”
She will place on your head a garland of grace: The Hebrew noun (liw·yā(h)) garland is a decorative headdress or wreath that serves as a symbol of adornment and honor.
She will bestow on you a crown of beauty: The Hebrew noun (ʿǎṭā·rā(h)) crown is an ornamental, jeweled, precious metal adornment often worn on the head of a ruler, symbolizing rulership or a high station in life.
Your falling in love with Lady Wisdom offers you great advantages to life than anything the unbeliever has. She “will honor you if you embrace her” (vs 8) by bestowing you with a crown of beauty, that is, guiding you to a better position in life. Yes, wisdom offers you a better life now, blessings that result from heeding her direction. It is as though your eyes will see the way that you should go when multiple paths or choices are open before you. While garland of grace and crown of beauty may make you think of a life of prestige and pomp, this is really not the case, it merely refers to all blessings that may be available to you in your everyday life because you heeded wisdom.
Take Hold of the Right Path
Proverbs 4:10-11 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
10 Hear, my son, and accept my words,
that the years of your life may be many.
11 In the way of wisdom I have taught you;
I have led you in the paths of uprightness.
Hear, my son, and accept my words: The Hebrew verb (šā·mǎʿ) for hear means more than simply taking in information through our ears; it also involves listening and paying attention, wherein we take notice of and act on (ready to obey) the teaching and thoughts of proverbs; responding to the advice and guidance that the proverbs contain. – Prov. 1:5; 4:10
That the years of your life may be many: If the son will trust in and seize on what he hears, he will enjoy many years of life.
In the way of wisdom I have taught you: In the way (Heb. dě·rěḵ) is a course of conduct, what is done, the manner in which you conduct yourself on this journey filled with life-choices that you make in this imperfect age of Satan’s world. The father is giving the son the way to go by way of wisdom. Wisdom: (Heb. ḥāḵ·mā(h)) is sound judgment, based on knowledge and understanding. It is the balanced application of that knowledge to answer difficulties, achieve objectives, sidestep or ward off dangers, not to mention helping others to accomplish the same. The wise person is often contrasted with the foolishness or stupid person. (Deut. 32:6; Prov. 11:29; Eccles. 6:8) Taught: (yā·rā(h)) means to communicate or convey knowledge. It means to teach, to instruct, give guidance, direct, that is, the one teaching is giving information either in a formal or an informal setting, which implies the authority of the teacher, as well as the content of the teaching. – Ex 4:12.
I have led you in the paths of uprightness: The Hebrew noun paths (Heb. mǎʿ·gāl) is figuratively referring to teaching as a well-worn path. It can all figuratively refer to the way you conduct yourself in life as a well-worn path. This is conforming to the moral standard of God as you focus on the proper spiritual goals of life. The Hebrew noun uprightness: (Heb. yō·šěr) is the quality of one who conforms to God’s moral standards. He is honest in both his words and his actions to what is real. (1Ch 29:17; Job 6:25; Prov. 11:24; 17:26) Upright (Heb. yā·šār) are God’s true believers, his holy ones, who are diligently seeking and searching to know, love, and obey God and to live righteously as one can within their human imperfection. – Gen. 6:5; 8:21; Jer. 17:9; Rom. 5:12.
Solomon must have appreciated the loving discipline that gave his life the instruction he needed to walk with God, even correction that weeded out undesirable traits. Here again, Solomon is making his case that his sons do the same so that they may enjoy the years of their lives. More often than not, if these sons heed his voice, and follow the paths of uprightness, they will not be hampered by the troubles in life that stumble so many others. Imagine the path of the wicked one, as his sinful ways trip him up at every turn. This will not be the case for the morally upright one as his paths will be cleared of most of these obstacles, even to the point that he could break out into a run.
Heed the Wisdom of the Father
Proverbs 4:12 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
12 When you walk, your step will not be hampered,
and if you run, you will not stumble.
When you walk, your step will not be hampered:
The Hebrew verb walk: (Heb. hā·lǎḵ) used illustratively normally suggests a state of blamelessness, being declared righteous, being free of guilt. (Prov. 2:7) In the Bible, the expression “to walk” is illustrative and can mean to follow a certain course of action, as “Noah walked with God.” (Gen. 6:9; 5:22) Those who walk with God follow the life course outlined by God’s Word and will find his favor, that is, be pleasing to him. Pursuing such a life-course makes you different from most of the unbelievers. The Greek New Testament uses the same illustrative expression, contrasting two different courses of action sought by one before and after becoming a servant of God. (Eph. 2:2, 10; 4:17; 5:2) The Hebrew verb (ṣā·rǎr) hampered in this context means that if you are following a life course, walking with God, your life paths of uprightness will not be impeded or hindered by obstacles (life problems and difficulties) that prevent you from going forward. This is not an absolute, it is a, generally speaking, situation, in that, to the degree that you heed wisdom, you will face far fewer hindrances than the unbeliever.
And if you run, you will not stumble: Similarly, the Hebrew run (Heb. rûṣ) “running” is also used to symbolize a course of action. God tells us that the prophets in Judah “ran” (i.e., took the prophetic course) though he did not send them, that is, they prophesied falsely. (Jer. 23:21) Similarly in the New Testament, “running” is also used to symbolize a course of action. (1 Pet. 4:4) Paul gives us a visual picture of the Christian course in terms of “running.” He compares it to a race that a person must run, while also obeying the rules of the race if they are to win the prize. (1 Cor. 9:24; Gal. 2:2; 5:7) The Hebrew verb stumble (Heb. kā·šǎl) means to walk unsteadily. Figuratively, in this context, it refers to a weak, troubled, failing person. When you walk on the paths of uprightness under the direction of the wisdom of the Father, your steps will not be hampered. In other words, you will not be stumbled by the obstacles of your sinful nature, your human imperfection, and your human weaknesses, but you will have adequate room to walk. Even if you run, the paths of uprightness will be without the obstacles to the degree that you heed the wisdom of the Father and there are no unforeseen occurrences, and you will not stumble if you stay the course.
Take Hold of Instruction
Proverbs 4:13 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
13 Keep hold of instruction; do not let go;
guard her, for she is your life.
Keep hold of instruction; do not let go: The Hebrew (ḥā·zǎq) to grasp (hold), hold firmly, the great significance or value of dedication, loyalty, and devotion to the instruction that is in these chapters. Instruction (mû·sār) is communication relating to how something is to be accomplished. It is the teaching of a fundamental truth (rule or belief governing one’s personal behavior) or a proverb for life. (Psa. 50:17; Prov. 1:8; 15:33; 23:12) Do not let go (rā·p̄ā(h)) here means to not abandon, forsake, withdraw, give up, or leave behind the instruction you have received in these chapters.
Guard her, for she is your life: In 4:6 it was wisdom that will guard and safeguard you. The Hebrew verb guard (šā·mǎr) means to keep watch over, to protect or look after. Here you are told to guard, protect, look after, or watch over instruction. What is meant by this command is for the learner, you, to grasp or hold firmly to understanding, to never let it out of your sight, as it will guide you through life. She [instruction] is your life meaning that in all things it will guide you through life.
As a son to his father, King David, Solomon must have welcomed the advantage of loving instruction that teaches and corrects. Without balanced instruction, how could you expect to make progress spiritually or hope to improve your quality of our life? You need to learn from mistakes that are inevitable in your human imperfection. You need to be quick and receptive to correcting wrong ideas. Otherwise, your spiritual growth will be insignificant. Reasonable instruction leads to godly behavior and thus helps us to walk with God on the paths of uprightness. Solomon is, therefore, telling his son that instruction is the key to life.
Shun Wicked Paths
Proverbs 4:14-15 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
14 Do not enter the path of the wicked,
and do not walk in the way of evil men.
15 Avoid it; do not pass by it;
turn away from it and pass on.
Do not enter the path of the wicked: the Hebrew noun (ʾō·rǎḥ) road, way, path is figuratively speaking of a manner or course of conduct that we should not imitate. We should not live, do, or be like the wicked.
And do not walk in the way of evil men: In the Bible, the expression “to walk” (Heb. hā·lǎḵ) is illustrative and can mean to follow a certain course of action, as “Noah walked with God.” (Gen. 6:9; 5:22) Those who walk with God follow the life course outlined by God’s Word and will find his favor, that is, be pleasing to him. Pursuing such a life-course makes you different from most of the unbelievers. The Greek New Testament uses the same illustrative expression, contrasting two different courses of action sought by one before and after becoming a servant of God. (Eph. 2:2, 10; 4:17; 5:2) Similarly “running” is also used to symbolize a course of action. (1 Pet. 4:4) God tells us that the prophets in Judah “ran” though he did not send them, yet they took the prophetic course, that is, prophesied falsely. (Jer. 23:21) Paul gives us a visual picture of the Christian course in terms of “running.” He compares it to a race that a person must run, while also obeying the rules of the race if they are to win the prize. (1 Cor. 9:24; Gal. 2:2; 5:7) Therefore, you would not want to behave or follow the lifestyle of the wicked.
Avoid it; do not pass by it: The Hebrew (pā·rǎʿ) avoid means staying clear from, stay away from someone or something. You will stay clear of any person, so as to not walk in the way or the path of evil men.
Turn away from it and pass on: The Hebrew (śā·ṭā(h)) for turn away from is different from avoiding. This means that you are to turn away from the way or the path of evil men.
You should never enter the path (life course) of the wicked, do not walk down it even for a moment. Stay clear of that path as your life depends on it. Avoid the path of the wicked. However, if you happen upon the path of the wicked unexpectedly, turn away from it at once. Do not pause even for a moment.
The Wicked Cannot Sleep Until They Have Quenched Their Desire to Do Wrong
Proverbs 4:16-17 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
16 For they cannot sleep unless they have done wrong;
they are robbed of sleep unless they have made someone stumble.
17 For they eat the bread of wickedness
and drink the wine of violence.
For they cannot sleep unless they have done wrong: They, the wicked ones, are nothing like the Psalmist, who says, “In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O Jehovah, make me dwell in safety.” No, the wicked ones here are a special breed of evil, as they are unable to sleep unless they have wronged someone in some way. As we will notice from the parallel line of verse 16, they are not purposely laying awake, so as to commit some crime in the middle of the night, but rather they have a conscience that desires evil to the point of not being able to sleep until it has been quenched (satisfied). They cannot sleep unless they have been busy wronging another to the point where the victim stumbles.
They are robbed of sleep unless they have made someone stumble: Here robbed (gā·zǎl) the passive form of the verb, which means to take someone’s possessions unlawfully (to seize or tear away) from them by force or threat of force against their will. In both Hebrew and English, someone can be robbed (deprived) of sleep if his thoughts or anxieties keep him from sleeping. In this case, the wicked one is being robbed of sleep because he is anxious to do evil to another. The Hebrew verb stumble (Heb. kā·šǎl) means to walk unsteadily. Figuratively, again, in this context, it refers to a weak, troubled, failing person.
For they eat the bread of wickedness: Yes, the wicked seem to sustain themselves on evil deeds. Doing what is evil is like food to the wicked one. They are incapable of sleeping unless they engage in acts of wrongdoing to the point of causing another to stumble. Their very nature is depraved! Can you really safeguard your heart while in association with them?
And drink the wine of violence: “The metaphor of ingesting food and drink is used to indicate the deeply engrained wickedness of the wicked. Again, doing what is evil is like wine to the wicked one. How foolish to walk on “the path of the wicked” or “walk in the way of evil men” (vs 14) by exposing ourselves to the violence of their companionship, the violence of their mindset! Endeavoring to be tenderly compassionate utterly is not harmonious with taking in the thinking of these wicked ones by thinking that you can convert him to the faith through your association. When a clean glove and a dirty glove come into contact with each, it is the dirty glove that rubs off on the clean glove, not the other way.
Solomon makes it all too clear to his son; he must cling to this instruction as if it is a life preserver. Solomon goes into a bit of an outburst of warning, to get the point across that the path of the evil one is filled with sin, vile acts, and violence. How many different ways can he stress the need to avoid that path? These ones are so deplorable that they “cannot sleep unless they have done wrong.” The righteous one is very foolish if he believes that he can walk on the path of the wicked one, and at the same time, keep his heart pure. His feeding his mind on, entertaining his thinking with, cultivating violence, will only lead to sin and death. Imagine walking on the railing of the Niagara Falls, and that is what it is like even considering the idea of entering the path of the wicked.
Proverbs 4:18-19 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
18 But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn,
which shines brighter and brighter until full day.
19 The way of the wicked is like deep darkness;
they do not know over what they stumble.
But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn: The conjunction but shows us that verse 18 and 19 will be contrasting the righteous person with the wicked person. The path of the righteous refers to the life course of the upright person, the blameless person. Blameless: (Heb. tam, tamim; Gr. amomos, amometos) means “perfect, blameless, sincerity, entire, whole, complete, and full.” Of course, Noah, Jacob, and Job were said to be blameless and they were not literally perfect. When used of imperfect humans, the terms are relative, not absolute. However, if we are fully committed to following, a life course based on God’s will and purposes, fully living by his laws, repent when we fall short, he will credit us righteousness. – Gen. 6:6; 25:27; Job 9:20-22l Ps. 119:1; Pro. 11:20; Phil 2:15; 1 Thess. 5:23.
The path of the righteous is like … is a simile. Similes are normally introduced with the word “like” or “as.” They compare two things that are very different, highlighting something these two things have in common. “He is like a tree planted by streams of water …” (Psalm 1:3) In this simile, the path of righteousness is being compared to the light of dawn. What is the commonality between the two? Dawn occurs before sunrise before the top of the Sun reaches the horizon. So, the path of righteousness (life course of a blameless upright believer) is being compared rising sunlight, meaning the way in which they are to go is made clear, so they can be aware of the unseen dangers.
Which shines brighter and brighter until full day: The path or life course of the believer is one where there is increased light, just as the sunlight of dawn pulls the righteous one out of the darkness and into the light of the full day.
The way of the wicked is like deep darkness: This too is a simile, as it is introduced with the word “like.” The way of the wicked is being compared to deep darkness. The deep darkness (ʾǎp̄ē·lā(h)) spoken of here is mental darkness, not literal physical darkness. What is the commonality between the two? Like deep darkness, the wicked are in mental darkness in that they cannot see any light whatsoever. Mental darkness is a sort of mental blindness where one sees what others see and even understands the meaning, but their mind is beyond repentance, unreceptive, closed, so they see it as foolish. They are in darkness mentally.
The apostle Paul warns the reader at 2 Corinthians 4:4, “the god of this world [Satan] has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” The apostle John says of Jesus Christ, “In him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overpowered it.” (John 1:4-5) However, even the light of the truth cannot penetrate the mental darkness of some.
They do not know over what they stumble: When you are in mental darkness, you are so blinded by your closed heart and mind, you cannot even see what is making you stumble. The Hebrew verb stumble (Heb. kā·šǎl) means to walk blindly. In this context, it refers to a wicked, evil, person who basks in their willful ignorance (darkness).
A believer can pass from death to life by choosing Christ. However, he can also pass from life to death if he stumbles to the point of spiritual shipwreck. There are times when these ones can be recovered. (Gal 6:1) However, if he rejects the help from spiritual leaders within the congregation because his heart has grown callused, he can go to the point of being beyond repentance. He would come to the point of having no desire to be restored. (Heb. 6:4-8; 10:26-29) The wicked, foolish ones are beyond repentance and refuse to be corrected by Wisdom; therefore, they shall eat the fruit of their way (1:31), namely, suffer the consequences of their conduct. These ones have thrown their faith to the wind and have rejected God and have moved over to the point of being beyond repentance. Truly wicked ones will not change their ways, as they are in mental darkness, beyond repentance, unable to see any light whatsoever, and are blinded by the god of this wicked age. (2 Cor. 4:3-4) However, we can rescue the young one, who may fall prey to their seductive ways.
The contrast is all too clear, as the path of the righteous is one that grows brighter throughout his or her life, everything becoming clearer. On the other hand, the way of the wicked is so dark that they cannot even see what causes them to stumble. Those on the path of righteousness possess moral insight that adds joy to their life, while the way of the wicked possesses ignorance that leads to unhappiness. The objective of Solomon here is that he wants to whet the appetite of his sons for wisdom and insight, knowing the result will be that their actions will come thereafter.
Staying the Course
Proverbs 4:20-22 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
20 My son, be attentive to my words;
incline your ear to my sayings.
21 Do not let them depart from your eyes;
keep them in the midst of your heart.
22 For they are life to him who finds them,
and a healing to all his flesh.
My son, be attentive to my words: The Hebrew (qā·šǎḇ) be attentive means to pay close attention, to listen, give heed, accept information as being true, while usually following it.
Incline your ear to my sayings: The Hebrew (nā·ṭā(h)) incline is when one leans their ear in the speaker’s direction so that they can hear better. This is simply a more literary way of saying be attentive or pay attention. The believer needs to carefully listen to the Father and heed his words.
Do not let them depart from your eyes: Them is a reference to “my words” and “my sayings” in verse 20. This is an appeal to the believer to not lose sight of the words and sayings of the Father. In other words, you would say do not let wisdom, knowledge, discernment, understanding, and thinking ability that the Father has given us out of your sight. Do not let them depart from your eyes (Heb. ʿǎ·yin), which has the sense of paying attention, concentrating on the qualities of God to the exclusion of Satan’s world that surrounds us.
Keep them in the midst of your heart: Hear heart is being used figuratively, which refers to the interior of the believer: such as the desires, affections, emotions (15:15, 30), passions, purposes (11:20; 14:14), center of thinking and reasoning (3:3; 6:21; 7:3), perceptions, wisdom (4:24), knowledge, and the motivating force behind one’s conduct (4:26-27).
For they are life to him who finds them: Again, here them is referring to the words and the sayings, that is, the teachings of the Father. The Hebrew (mā·ṣā(ʾ)) find (discover, uncover) has the sense of discovering something by searching for it.
And a healing to all his flesh: Here his is referring to all who find the teachings of the Father. His flesh both narrowly and broadly refers to the person’s body and his wellbeing as a whole (mental, moral, and physical well-being), respectively.
Solomon is closing this message out, and he needs to get their undivided attention one last time. They need to be actively listening to his every word. Again, he promises life and good health to those that heed the words and sayings. Yes, this section is referring to Solomon and his son but, in the end,, it on a larger scale is referring to the Father and all the believers who heed his words and his says, namely, his teachings.
You can never go wrong by obeying the Father. What he instructs and counsels you through his Word, it is for your best interests and for the improvement of your life now and eventually your eternal life. Do not be like some who get an exaggerated opinion of their own wisdom when they gain a little knowledge. You should never foolishly think you are wiser than God and can direct your lives better than the Father, your Creator. He is infinitely wiser that could ever be imagined. While the world foolishly rejects his wisdom, you should not follow in its folly. The wickedness that you see in the world today is evidence of that foolishness. Your best teacher is the Father; so, respect his words and sayings.
Safeguard Your Heart
Proverbs 4:23 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
23 Keep your heart with all vigilance,
for from it flow the springs of life.
Keep your heart with all vigilance: The heart (Heb. lēḇ) in the Old Testament seldom has anything to do specifically with emotions. The heart is the “center of the physical, mental, and spiritual life of humans. The heart and the intellect are closely connected, the heart being the seat of intelligence.” The heart is to be kept (Heb. nā·ṣǎr) with all vigilance (Heb. miš·mār). To keep has the sense of safety: to keep, protect, or preserve something safe from injury, harm, or danger. It suggests a relationship with the protector. (Psa. 40:12) Vigilance means to guard or keep careful watch over for protection against possible danger or difficulties. It is constant reminders that keep these things close to the heart. This is why the writers of the Hebrew Old Testament repeated things so often or made the same point but in different ways. Without constant watchfulness, the heart can be caught off guard and lured into wrongdoing. If you keep a careful watch over your mind and your eyes, you will, in essence, be keeping a careful watch over your heart.
For from it flow the springs of life: From it, namely, the heart, figuratively, the mind, the element of a person that enables them to be aware of the world and their experiences, to think, and to feel; the faculty of consciousness and thought. The centerpiece of it all is the mind. Our moods, behaviors and body responses result from the way we view things. It is a proven fact that we cannot experience any event in any way, shape, or form unless we have processed it with our mind first. No event can depress us; it is our perception of that event that will depress us. If we are only sad over an event, our thoughts will be rational, but if we are depressed wrathful, or anxious about an event, our thinking will be bent and irrational, distorted and utterly wrong.
It may be difficult for each of us to wrap our mind around it, but we are superb at telling ourselves outright lies and half-truths, repeatedly throughout each day. In fact, some of us are so good at it that it has become our reality and led to annoyance, stress, irritation, anger, even depression, and anxiety. In many ways, our lives are somehow defined by the thoughts stored in and running through the heart or mind. How we think is how we feel.
Speak truth by Your Words and by Your life You live
Proverbs 4:24 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
24 Put away from you crooked speech,
and put devious talk far from you.
Put away from you crooked speech: The Hebrew for put away (sûr) is to remove something concrete or abstract, to take it away, to cause it to go away. Crooked (ʿiq·qešûṯ) speech is literally “crookedness of mouth.” Crooked speech is unwise speech in that it is false speech, lies, and deception. This speech is a perversion, a moral corruptness that deviates from what is right and just. The true servant of God speaks the truth by his words and by the life he lives.
And put devious talk far from you: The Hebrew for devious (lā·zûṯ) talk is perverse and corrupt, deceitful and underhanded, any kind of speech that is misleading, untrue, or deviates from an acceptable moral standard. The second line here is simply expanding on the first lines as it also repeats it.
Once the heart or the inner person is protected from the wicked thinking, Solomon moves on to what one says, crooked speech. However, we are not moving too far from the heart, as Jesus said, “the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart.” (Matt. 15:18) We must avoid speech that is misleading with untruth or stained with deceitfulness.
Do Not Allow Your Eyes to Wander from the Path of Life
Proverbs 4:25 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
25 Let your eyes look straight ahead,
and your gaze be straight ahead of you.
Let your eyes look directly ahead: This is an idiom for staying the course. We are now returning to the idea of walking down the path imagery of before (the path of the righteous), and now the father is imploring the son to focus on what lies ahead and not be distracted by what lay off the path of life. Look straight ahead as a believer. With the eyes of faith, we see the life that lies directly ahead.
And your gaze be straight ahead you: The gaze (Heb. ʿǎp̄·ʿǎp·pǎ·yim) is the part of the body that blinks and covers the eyes. In other words, it is the eyelids, which you use to make a long-fixed look at something. If you allow your gaze to wander from the path, you may be led astray by the temptations of Satan’s world. The path of righteousness (life course of a blameless upright believer) is straight ahead of you, meaning the way in which you are to go is very clear, so you can be aware of the unseen dangers that lay outside the boundaries of the path of the righteous. Great effort is needed to keep looking ahead in the flashy images of this world. “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world.” (2 John 2:16) The natural inclination of our human imperfection is to give up and look away from the path of life.
Consider Your steps Carefully
Proverbs 4:26-27 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
26 Make level the path of your feet;
then all your ways will be sure.
27 Do not turn to the right nor to the left;
turn your foot from evil.
Make level the path of your feet: The Hebrew expression make level (pā·lǎs) can mean to carefully consider, to weigh carefully, to ponder as you choose your steps carefully on the path of life.
Then all your ways will be sure: The Hebrew (kûn) be sure means to be established, to be firm, to be steadfast, to stand firm. Here the son is conforming his ways of life to the knowledge, wisdom, discernment, understanding, and insight of the father, which is evidence that he trusts (believes) the words and sayings of the father. He is committing his steps carefully, which gives him sure-footedness on the path of life.
Do not turn to the right nor to the left: The Hebrew for turn (nā·ṭā(h)) means to change direction or to deviate from a straight-line course, namely, turning or deviating off the path of life. If the son is busy being sidetracked by Satan, “the god of this world” (2 Cor. 4:4), he will be lost “the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life, [which] is not from the Father but is from the world.” (1 John 2:15-17) If the son wanders carelessly, it is only a matter of time before he turns his attention to the bright lights of Satan’s world to the right or to the left, which may very well stumble him off the path of life.
Turn your foot from evil: Clearly, the son must turn his foot from anything that is contrary to the words and the sayings of the father, anything that he knows is unacceptable to the father’s standards. So, we to, like the son, avoid anything that violates the standards of the Father that we know is bad, but we also carefully consider, weigh carefully, ponder anything that we suspect might not be good for us and might harm our relationship with the Father.
The counsel is that ‘our eyes look directly forward, and our gaze is straight before us.’ If we keep our eyes fixed on the path of carrying out the Father’s will and purposes according to Scripture, we will not be enticed by the things alongside the path. As we make life changing decision, we must see these as possibly stepping off the path, and they must be carefully considered, as nothing but evil lies to the right and the left of the path of our Father.
BIBLE DIFFICULTIES Proverbs Chapters 4
PROVERBS 4 No Bible Difficulties
- (4:1-2) Why is the Father’s wisdom and instructions so important?
- (4:3-4) How do we choose life by keeping God’s commandments?
- (4:5) What does it mean to acquire wisdom and understanding and why would you not turn away from the words of the Father’s mouth?
- (4:6) How is loving wisdom a protection?
- (4:7) Talk about the need to acquire wisdom.
- (4:8) What will happen if we embrace wisdom?
- (4:9) What will you receive for your loving wisdom?
- (4:10-11) Why is it important to accept the Father’s Word, resulting in what? How has the Father taught you, leading you to where?
- (4:12) What will happen if we heed the wisdom of the Father?
- (4:13) Why should you take hold of instruction and who is “her” and how is she your life?
- (4:14-15) What is all involved in shunning the wicked path?
- (4:16-17) Why can the wicked ones not sleep? To what extent are they wicked?
- (4:18-19) What is the contrast between the righteous and the wicked?
- (4:20-22) What does it mean to be attentive to the words of the Father and incline your ear to his sayings? What does it mean to not let the Father’s words and sayings not depart from your eyes and to keep them in the midst of your heart? How are the Father’s words and sayings life and a healing?
- (4:23) Why should you keep your heart with all vigilance?
- (4:24) What are crooked speech and devious talk and why should they be put away?
- (4:25) Why should you not allow your eyes to wander from the path of life?
- (4:26-27) How do you consider your steps carefully?
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The purpose of Waging War is to guide the youth of this program from start to finish in their therapeutic efforts to gain insight into their patterns of thinking and beliefs that have led to the current outcomes in their life thus far and enable them to change the path which they are on. Waging War is a guide to start the youth with the most basic information and work pages to the culmination of all of the facts, scripture, and their newly gained insight to offer a more clear picture of where they are and how to change their lives for the better. Every chapter will have work pages that Freeman has used and had found to be useful in therapy, but most importantly, this workbook will teach the Word to a population that does not hear it in its’ most correct form. What is the significance of controlling ones’ thoughts and how does that apply to you? Doubts, fears, and insecurities come from somewhere, especially when they are pervasive. Understanding this idea will help one to fight those thoughts and free them from the shackles their mind puts around their hearts, preventing them from achieving their dreams and the plans God had intended for them when they were created.
There are many reasons the Christian view of humanity is very important. The Christian view of humanity believes that humans were created in the image of God. We will look at the biblical view of humanity. We are going to look at the nature of man, the freedom of man, the personality of man, the fall of man, the nature of sin and death, as well as why God has allowed sin to enter into the world, as well as all of the wickedness and suffering that came with it. Andrews will answer the following questions and far more. How does the Bible explain and describe the creation of man and woman? Why is it imperative that we understand our fallen condition? What does it mean to be made in the image of God? …
In FOR AS I THINK IN MY HEART – SO I AM, Edward D. Andrews offers practical and biblical insights on a host of Christian spiritual growth struggles, from the challenge of forgiveness to eating disorders, anger, alcoholism, depression, anxiety, pornography, masturbation, same-sex attraction, and many others. Based on Proverbs 23:7 (NKJV): “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he,” Andrews’ text works from the position that if we can change the way that we think, we can alter the way we feel, which will modify the way we behave. FOR AS I THINK IN MY HEART – SO I AM offers far more than self-help to dozens of spiritual struggles, personal difficulties, and mental disorders. It will benefit Christian and non-Christian alike. The Scriptural advice and counsel coupled with cognitive behavioral therapy will be helpful even if every chapter is not one of your struggles. For As I Think in My Heart enables readers to examine the lies and half-truths …
THERE IS A GENUINE HAPPINESS, contentment, and joy, which come from reading, studying and applying God’s Word. This is true because the Scriptures offer us guidance and direction that aids us in living a life that coincides with our existence as a creation of Almighty God. For example, we have a moral law that was written on our heart. (Rom. 2:14-15) However, at the same time, we have a warring against the law of our mind and taking us captive in the law of sin, which is in our members. (Rom. 7:21-25) When we live by the moral law, it brings us joy, when we live by the law of sin; it brings about distress, anxiety, regrets to both mind and heart, creating a conflict between our two natures. In our study of the Bible, we can interact with a living God who wants a personal relationship with us. And in APPLYING GOD’S WORD MORE FULLY, we will learn how to engage His words like never before. Andrews helps his readers …
THERE IS ONE MAJOR DIFFERENCE between Christian living books by Andrews and those by others. Generally speaking, his books are filled with Scripture and offer its readers what the Bible authors meant by what they penned. In this publication, it is really God’s Word offering the counsel, which is “profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness.” (2 Tim. 3:16-17) From the moment that Adam and Eve were expelled from the Garden of Eden, humans have been brought forth in sin, having become more and more mentally bent toward evil, having developed a heart (i.e., inner person) that is treacherous, and unknowable to them, with sin’s law dwelling within them. Sadly, many of us within the church have not been fully informed …
A clean conscience brings us inner peace, calmness, and profound joy that is seldom found in this world under the imperfection of fallen flesh that is catered to by Satan, the god of the world. Many who were formerly living in sin and have now turned their life over to God, they now know this amazing relief and are able today to hold a good and clean conscience as they carry out the will of the Father. WALK HUMBLY WITH YOUR GOD, has been written to help its readers to find that same joy, to have and maintain a good, clean conscience in their lives. Of course, it is incapable of covering every detail that one would need to consider and apply in their lives …
This book is primarily for WIVES, but husbands will greatly benefit from it as well. WIVES will learn to use God’s Word to construct a solid and happy marriage. The Creator of the family gives the very best advice. Many have been so eager to read this new publication: WIVES BE SUBJECT TO YOUR HUSBANDS. It offers wives the best insights into a happy marriage, by way of using God’s Word as the foundational guide, along with Andrews’ insights. WIVES learn that marriage is a gift from God. WIVEStake in information that will help them survive the first year of marriage. WIVES will be able to make Christian marriage a success. WIVES will maintain an honorable marriage. WIVES will see how to submit correctly to Christ’s headship. WIVES will learn how to strengthen their marriage through good communication. …
This book is primarily for HUSBANDS, but wives will greatly benefit from it as well. HUSBANDS will learn to use God’s Word to construct a solid and happy marriage. The Creator of the family gives the very best advice. Many have been so eager to read this new publication: HUSBANDS LOVE YOUR WIVES. It offers husbands the best insights into a happy marriage, by way of using God’s Word as the foundational guide, along with Andrews’ insights. HUSBANDS learn that marriage is a gift from God. HUSBANDS take in information that will help them survive the first year of marriage. HUSBANDS will be able to make Christian marriage a success. HUSBANDS will maintain an honorable marriage. …
Technological and societal change is all around us. What does the future hold? Trying to predict the future is difficult, but we can get a clue from the social and technological trends in our society. The chapters in this book provide a framework as Christians explore the uncharted territory in our world of technology and social change. Some of the questions that Anderson will answer are: What are the technological challenges of the 21st century? How should we think about the new philosophies like transhumanism? Should we be concerned about big data? What about our privacy in a world where government and corporations have some much information about us? How should we think about a world experiencing exponential growth in data and knowledge? What social trends are affecting baby boomers, baby busters, and millennials?
Government affects our daily lives, and Christians need to think about how to apply biblical principles to politics and government. This book provides an overview of the biblical principles relating to what the apostle Paul calls “governing authorities” (i.e., government) with specific chapters dealing with the founding principles of the American government. This includes an examination of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Federalist Papers. The thirteen chapters in this book not only look at the broad founding principles but also provide an in-depth look at other important political and governmental issues. One section explains the history and application of church and state issues. Another section describes aspects of political debate and discourse. A final section provides a brief overview of the Christian heritage of this nation that was important in the founding of this country and the framing of our founding documents.
Economics affects our daily lives, and Christians need to think about how to apply biblical principles to money, investment, borrowing, and spending. They also need to understand the free enterprise system and know how to defend capitalism. Chapters in this book not only look at broad economic principles, but a section of the book is devoted to the challenges we face in the 21st century from globalization and tough economic times. A section of the book also provides an in-depth look at other important social and economic issues (gambling, welfare) that we face every day …
Do you desire to follow Jesus Christ and transform the culture around you? Are you sure you know what it means to be a disciple and follow a dangerous revolutionary who often comforts the afflicted and afflicts the comfortable? Jesus Christ is not the mild status quo rabbi you may have been taught in your local church. He is dangerous and anyone who follows him is on a dangerous journey. The demands he places upon you and the challenges you will encounter are necessary on the journey. The journey with Jesus Christ is not for the fainthearted. If you are really serious about joining Jesus Christ in the transformation of the culture around you, here is a raw outlook on what to expect on this DANGEROUS JOURNEY.
Each of the twenty-five chapters in the POWER THROUGH PRAYER provides helpful methods and suggestions for growing and improving your prayer life with God through the power of prayer. So, what can we expect if we make prayer a part of our life? Prayer can give you a peace of mind. Prayer can comfort and strength when facing trials. Prayer can help us make better life choices. The Bible says: “If any of you lacks wisdom [especially in dealing with trials], let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” (James 1:5) Prayer can help to avoid temptation. Prayer is the path yo forgiveness of sins. Your prayers can help others. You will receive encouragement when your prayers are answered.
DOZENS OF QUESTIONS WILL BE ANSWERED: Why is prayer necessary? What must we do to be heard by God? How does God answer our prayers? Does God listen to all prayers? Does God hear everyone’s prayers? What may we pray about? Does the Father truly grant everything we ask for? What kind of prayers would the Father reject? How long should our prayers be? How often should we pray? Why should we say “Amen” at the end of a prayer? Must we assume a special position or posture when praying? There are far more than this asked and answered.
What forms of prayer do you personally need to offer more often? Who benefits when you pray for others? Why is it important to pray regularly? Why should true Christians pray continually? To whom should we pray, and how? What are proper subjects for prayer? When should you pray? Does God listen to all prayers? Whose prayers is God willing to hear? What could make a person’s prayers unacceptable to God? When Jesus says, “whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive if you have faith,” an absolute guarantee that we will receive it? HOW TO PRAY by Torrey and Andrews is a spiritual gem that will answer all of these questions and far more. HOW TO PRAY is a practical guidebook covers the how, when, and most importantly, the way of praying. An excellent devotional resource for any Christian library.
Christian Apologetics and Evangelism
Was the Gospel of Mark Written First? Were the Gospel Writers Plagiarists? What is the Q Document? What about Document Q? Critical Bible scholars have assumed that Matthew and Luke used the book of Mark to compile their Gospels and that they consulted a supplementary source, a document the scholars call Q from the German Quelle, or source. From the close of the first century A.D. to the 18th century, the reliability of the Gospels was never really brought into question. However, once we enter the so-called period of enlightenment, especially from the 19th century onward, some critical Bible scholars viewed the Gospels not as the inspired, inerrant Word of God but rather as the word of man, and a jumbled word at that. In addition, they determined that the Gospels were not written by Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, saying the Gospels were written after the apostles, denying that the writers of the Gospels had any firsthand knowledge of Jesus; therefore, for these Bible critics such men were unable to offer a record of reliable history. Moreover, these critical Bible scholars came to the conclusion that the similarities in structure and content in the synoptic (similar view) Gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke), suggests that the evangelists copied extensively from one other. Further, the critical Bible scholars have rejected that the miracles of Jesus and his resurrection ever occurred as recorded in the Gospels. Lastly, some have even gone so far as to reject the historicity of Jesus himself.
Inside of some Christians unbeknownst to their family, friends or the church, they are screaming, “I doubt, I doubt, I have very grave doubts!” Ours is an age of doubt. Skepticism has become fashionable. We are urged to question everything: especially the existence of God and the truthfulness of his Word, the Bible. A SUBSTANTIAL PORTION of REASONABLE FAITH is on healing for the elements of emotional doubt. However, much attention is given to more evidenced-based chapters in our pursuit of overcoming any fears or doubts that we may have or that may creep up on us in the future.
How can you improve your effectiveness as teachers? Essentially, it is by imitating THE GREAT TEACHER: Jesus Christ. You may wonder, ‘But how can we imitate Jesus?’ ‘He was the perfect, divine, Son of God.’ Admittedly, you cannot be a perfect teacher. Nevertheless, regardless of your abilities, you can do your best to imitate the way Jesus taught. THE GREAT TEACHER: Jesus Christ will discuss how you can employ all of his teaching methods.
How can you improve your effectiveness as teachers? Essentially, it is by imitating THE TEACHER the Apostle Paul. You may wonder, ‘But how can we imitate Paul?’ ‘He was an inspired author, who served as an apostle, given miraculous powers.’ Admittedly, Paul likely accomplished more than any other imperfect human. Nevertheless, regardless of your abilities, you can do your best to imitate the way Paul taught. THE TEACHER the Apostle Paul will discuss how you can employ all of his teaching methods.
How true is the Old Testament? For over two centuries Biblical scholars have held to the so-called documentary hypothesis, namely, that Genesis – Deuteronomy was not authored by Moses, but rather by several writers, some of whom lived centuries after Moses’ time. How have many scholars questioned the writership of Isaiah, and are they correct? When did skepticism regarding the writership of Isaiah begin, and how did it spread? What dissecting of the book of Isaiah has taken place? When did criticism of the book of Daniel begin, and what fueled similar criticism in more recent centuries? What charges are sometimes made regarding the history in Daniel? Why is the question of the authenticity of the books of Moses, the Book of Isaiah and the Book of Daniel an important one? What evidence is there to show that the books of Moses, the Book of Isaiah and the Book of Daniel is authentic and true? Do these critics have grounds for challenging these Bible author’s authenticity and historical truthfulness? Why is it important to discuss whether Old Testament Aurhoriship is authentic and true or not?
Agabus is a mysterious prophetic figure that appears only twice in the book of Acts. Though his role is minor, he is a significant figure in a great debate between cessationists and continualists. On one side are those who believe that the gift of prophecy is on par with the inspired Scriptures, infallible, and has ceased. On the other side are those who define it as fallible and non-revelatory speech that continues today in the life of the church. Proponents of both camps attempt to claim Agabus as an illustration of their convictions. This study defends the position that Agabus’ prophecies are true in every detail. Beginning with a survey of major figures in the debate, the author conducts an exegetical analysis of passages where Agabus appears in defense of the infallible view.
Islam is making a significant mark on our world. It is perhaps the fastest-growing religion in the world. It has become a major obstacle to Christian missions. And Muslim terrorists threaten the West and modern democracies. What is the history of Islam? What do Muslims believe? Do Christians and Muslims worship the same God? Why do we have this clash of civilizations? Is sharia law a threat to modern democratic values? How can we fight terrorists in the 21st century? These are significant questions that deserve thoughtful answers. This book provides practical, biblical answers so Christians can understand Islam, witness to their Muslim friends, and support efforts by the government to protect all of us from terrorism.
IS THE QURAN THE WORD OF GOD? Is Islam the One True Faith? This book covers the worldview, practices, and history of Islam and the Quran. This book is designed as an apologetic evangelistic tool for Christians, as they come across Muslims in their daily lives, as well as to inform them, as a protection again the misleading media. The non-Muslims need to hear these truths about Islam and the Quran so they can have an accurate understanding of the Muslim mindset that leads to their actions. Islam is the second largest religion in the world. Radical Islam has taken the world by storm, and the “fake media” has genuinely misled their audience for the sake of political correctness. This book is not a dogmatic attack on Islam and the Quran but rather an uncovering of the lies and describing of the truths. The reader will be introduced to the most helpful way of viewing the evidence objectively. We will answer the question of whether the Quran is a literary miracle, as well as is there evidence that the Quran is inspired by God, along with is the Quran harmonious and consistent, and is the Quran from God or man? We will also examine Islamic teachings, discuss the need to search for the truth, as well as identify the book of truth. We will look at how Islam views the Bible. Finally, we will take up the subjects of Shariah Law, the rise of radical Islam, Islamic eschatology, and how to effectively witness to Muslims.
The average Christian knows somewhat how dangerous radical Islam is because of the regular media coverage of beheadings of Christians, Jews, and even young little children, not to mention Muslims with which they disagree. However, the average Christian does not know their true beliefs, just how many there are, to the extent they will go to carry out these beliefs. Daily we find Islamic commentators on the TV and radio, offering up misleading information, quoting certain portions of the Quran while leaving other parts out. When considering Islamic beliefs, other Islamic writings must be considered, like the Hadith or Sunnah, and the Shariah, or canon law. While Islam, in general, does not support radical Islam, the vast majority do support radical beliefs. For example, beheadings, stoning for adultery or homosexuality, suicide bombings, turning the world into an Islamic state, and far too many other heinous things. THE GUIDE TO ISLAM provides Christians with an overview of Islamic terminology. The reader will learn about Muhammad’s calling, the history of the Quran, how Islam expanded, the death of Muhammad and the splinter groups that followed. In addition, the three sources of their teaching, six pillars of belief, five pillars of Islam, the twelfth Imam, and much more will be discussed. All of this from the mind of radical Islam. While there are several books on Islam and radical Islam, this will be the first that will prepare its readers to communicate effectively with Muslims in an effort toward sharing biblical truths. …
If you have the desire to become better equipped to reach others for the lost or to strengthen your faith, Judy Salisbury’s guide—written specifically to meet the needs of Christian women today—offers you a safe, practical, and approachable place to start. In her lively, … If you have the desire to become better equipped to reach others for the lost or to strengthen your faith, Judy Salisbury’s guide—written specifically to meet the needs of Christian women today—offers you a safe, practical, and approachable place to start. In her lively, straightforward style, Salisbury covers such issues as: Does God exist? Can I trust the Bible? Does Christianity oppress women? Can we know truth? Why would God allow evil and suffering? Was Jesus God and did He really rise from the dead? How does or should my faith guide my life?
A Time to Speak: Practical Training for the Christian Presenteris a complete guide for effective communication and presentation skills. Discuss any subject with credibility and confidence, from Christian apologetics to the sensitive moral issues of our day, when sharing a testimony, addressing a school board, a community meeting, or conference. This exceptional training is the perfect resource for Christians with any level of public speaking ability. With its easy, systematic format, A Time to Speak is also an excellent resource for home-schooled and college students. The reader, in addition to specific skills and techniques, will also learn how to construct their presentation content, diffuse hostility, guidance for a successful Q&A, effective ways to turn apathy into action, and tips on gaining their speaking invitation.
Historical Criticism of the Bible got started in earnest, known then as Higher Criticism, during the 18th and 19th centuries, it is also known as the Historical-Critical Method of biblical interpretation. Are there any weakness to the Historical-Critical Method of biblical interpretation (Historical Criticism), and why is historical criticism so popular among Bible scholars today? Its popularity is because biblical criticism is subjective, that is, based on or influenced by personal feelings or opinions and is dependent on the Bible scholar’s perception. In other words, biblical criticism allows the Bible scholar, teacher, or pastor the freedom to interpret the Scriptures, so that God’s Word it tells them things that they want to hear. Why is this book so critical for all Christians? Farnell and Andrews will inform the reader about Biblical criticism (historical criticism) and its weaknesses, helping you to defend God’s Word far better.
Biblical criticism is an umbrella term covering various techniques for applying literary historical-critical methods in analyzing and studying the Bible and its textual content. Biblical criticism is also known as higher criticism, literary criticism, and historical criticism. Biblical criticism has done nothing more than weaken and demoralize people’s assurance in the Bible as being the inspired and fully inerrant Word of God and is destructive in its very nature. Historical criticism is made up of many forms of biblical criticism that are harmful to the authoritative Word of God: historical criticism, source criticism, form criticism, redaction criticism, social-science criticism, canonical criticism, rhetorical criticism, structural criticism, narrative criticism, reader-response criticism, and feminist criticism. Not just liberal scholarship, but many moderate, even some “conservative” scholars have …
APOLOGETICS: Reaching Hearts with the Art of Persuasion by Edward D. Andrews, author of over seventy books, covers information that proves that the Bible is accurate, trustworthy, fully inerrant, and inspired by God for the benefit of humankind. The reader will be introduced to Christan apologetics and evangelism. They will learn what Christian apologetics is. They will be given a biblical answer to the most demanding Bible question: Problem of Evil. The reader will learn how to reach hearts with are the art of persuasion. They will use persuasion to help others accept Christ. They will learn to teach with insight and persuasiveness. They will learn to use persuasion to reach the heart of those who listen to them.
REVIEWING 2013 New World Translation of Jehovah’s Witnesses is going to challenge your objectivity. Being objective means that personal feelings or opinions do not influence you in considering and representing facts. Being subjective means that your understanding is based on or influenced by personal feelings, tastes, or ideas. If the reader finds these insights offense, it might be a little mind control at work from years of being told the same misinformation repeatedly, so ponder things objectively. We can also have preconceived ideas that have been a part of our thinking for so long; we do not question them. Preconceived is an idea or opinion that is formed before having the evidence for its truth. If we are to be effective, we must season our words, so that they are received well. Then there is the term preconception, which means a preconceived idea or prejudice. Seasoned words, honesty, and accuracy are distinctive features of effective apologetic evangelism.
Use of REASONING FROM THE SCRIPTURES should help you to cultivate the ability to reason from the Scriptures and to use them effectively in assisting others to learn about “the mighty works of God.” – Acts 2:11. If Christians are going to be capable, powerful, efficient teachers of God’s Word, we must not only pay attention to what we tell those who are interested but also how we tell them. Yes, we must focus our attention on the message of God’s Word that we share but also the method in which we do so. Our message, the Gospel (i.e., the good news of the Kingdom), this does not change, but we do adjust our methods. Why? We are seeking to reach as many receptive people as possible. “You will be my witnesses … to the End of the Earth.” – ACTS 1:8.
Why should we be interested in the religion of others? The world has become a melting pot of people, cultures, and values, as well as many different religions. Religion has the most significant impact on the lives of mankind today. There are only a few of the major religions that make up billions of people throughout the earth. According to some estimates, there are roughly 4,200 religions in the world. God’s will is that “all sorts of men should be saved and come to an accurate knowledge of truth.” (1 Tim. 2:4) God has assigned all Christians the task of proclaiming the Word of God, teaching, to make disciples. (Matt. 24:15; 28:19-20: Ac 1;8) That includes men and women who profess a non-Christian religion, such as Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam to mention just a few. If there are Hindus, Buddhist or Muslims are in your community, why not initiate a conversation with them? Christians who take the Great Commission seriously cannot afford to ignore these religions. …
Evangelism is the work of a Christian evangelist, of which all true Christians are obligated to partake to some extent, which seeks to persuade other people to become Christian, especially by sharing the basics of the Gospel, but also the deeper message of biblical truths. Today the Gospel is almost an unknown, so what does the Christian evangelist do? Preevangelism is laying a foundation for those who have no knowledge of the Gospel, giving them background information, so that they can grasp what they are hearing. The Christian evangelist is preparing their mind and heart so that they will be receptive to the biblical truths. In many ways, this is known as apologetics. Christian apologetics [Greek: apologia, “verbal defense, speech in defense”] is a field of Christian theology which endeavors to offer a reasonable and sensible basis for the Christian faith, defending the faith against objections. It is reasoning from the Scriptures, explaining and proving, as one instructs in sound doctrine, many times having to overturn false reasoning before he can plant the seeds of truth. …
MOST Christian apologetic books help the reader know WHAT to say; THE CHRISTIAN APOLOGIST is HOW to communicate it effectively. The Christian apologist’s words should always be seasoned with salt as he or she shares the unadulterated truths of Scripture with gentleness and respect. Our example in helping the unbeliever to understand the Bible has been provided by Jesus Christ and his apostles. Whether dealing with Bible critics or answering questions from those genuinely interested, Jesus referred to the Scriptures and at times used appropriate illustrations, helping those with a receptive heart to accept the Word of God. The apostle Paul “reasoned with them from the Scriptures, explaining and proving” what was biblically true. (Ac 17:2-3) The material in THE CHRISTIAN APOLOGIST can enable us to do the same. Apologist Normal L. Geisler informs us that “evangelism is planting seeds of the Gospel” and “pre-evangelism is tilling the soil of people’s minds and hearts to help them be more willing to listen to the truth (1 Cor. 3: 6).”
THE EVANGELISM HANDBOOK is a practical guide (for real-life application) in aiding all Christians in sharing biblical beliefs, the Good News of the Kingdom, how to deal with Bible critics, overturning false beliefs, so as to make disciples, as commanded by Christ. (Matthew 24:14; 28:19-20; Ac 1:8) Why do Christians desire to talk about their beliefs? Jesus said, “And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed in the whole inhabited earth for a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.” (Matt 24:14) This is the assignment, which all Christians are obligated to assist in carrying out. Jesus also said, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matt. 22:39) Jesus commanded that we “go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them” and “teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” (Matt. 28:19-20) If one failed to be obedient to the great commission of Matthew 28:19-20, he or she could hardly claim that they have genuine faith. All true Christians have a determination to imitate God, which moves us to persist in reflecting his glory through our sharing Bible beliefs with others.
“Absorbing, instructional, insightful. Judy Salisbury’s book Divine Appointments embodies examples of truly speaking the truth in love. The stories she weaves together provide perfect examples of how to relate to others through conversational evangelism… Divine Appointments is an apt companion to any apologetics book, showing how to put principles into practice. It’s an apologetics manual wrapped in a warm blanket. Snuggle up with it.”— Julie Loos, Director, Ratio Christi Boosters
The reader will receive eight small introductory books in this one publication. Andrews’ intention is to offer his reader several chapters on eight of the most critical subject areas of understanding and defending the Word of God. This will enable the reader to lay a solid foundation for which he can build throughout his Christian life. These eight sections with multiple chapters in each cover biblical interpretation, Bible translation philosophies, textual criticism, Bible difficulties, the Holy Spirit, Christian Apologetics, Christian Evangelism, and Christian Living.
“‘Deep’ study is no guarantee that mature faith will result, but shallow study guarantees that immaturity continues.”(p. xiii)—Dr. Lee M. Fields.
The Culture War. How the West lost its greatness and was weakened from within outlines how the West lost its values, causing its current decline. It is a forceful attack on the extreme liberal, anti-religious ideology which since the 1960’s has permeated the Western culture and weakened its very core. The West is now characterized by strict elitist media censorship, hedonism, a culture of drug abuse, abortion, ethnic clashes and racial divide, a destructive feminism and the dramatic breakdown of the family. An ultra-rich elite pushes our nations into a new, authoritarian globalist structure, with no respect for Western historical values. Yet, even in the darkest hour, there is hope. This manifesto outlines the remedy for the current malaise and describes the greatness of our traditional and religious values that once made our civilization prosper. It shows how we can restore these values to bring back justice, mercy, faith, honesty, fidelity, kindness and respect for one another. Virtues that will motivate individuals to love one another, the core of what will make us great again.
EARLY CHRISTIANITY IN THE FIRST CENTURY will give its readers a thrilling account of first-century Christianity. When and how did they come to be called Christians? Who are all obligated to be Christian evangelists? In what way did Jesus set the example for our evangelism? What is the Kingdom of God? What was their worship like and why were they called the Truth and the Way? How did 120 disciples at Pentecost grow to over one million within 70-80-years? What was meant by their witness to the ends of the earth? How did Christianity in its infancy function to accomplish all it did? How was it structured? How were the early Christians, not of the world? How were they affected by persecution? How were they not to love the world, in what sense? What divisions were there in the second and third centuries? Who were the Gnostics? These questions will be answered, as well as a short overview of the division that grew out of the second and third centuries, pre-reformation, the reformation, and a summary of Catholicism and Protestantism. After a lengthy introduction to First-Century Christianity, there is a chapter on the Holy Spirit in the First Century and Today, followed by sixteen chapters that cover the most prominent Christians from the second to fourth centuries, as well as a chapter on Constantine the Great.
Inside of some Christians unbeknownst to their family, friends or congregation, they are screaming, “I doubt, I doubt, I have very grave doubts!” OURS is an age of doubt. Skepticism has become fashionable. We are urged to question everything: especially the existence of God and the truthfulness of his Word, the Bible. A half brother of Jesus warned us against doubting: “the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.” (Jam. 1:6) When insidious doubts begin to creep into the mind and the heart, it is only a matter of time before a CRISIS OF FAITH gives way spiritual shipwreck. Since we have been warned that “some will fall away from the faith,” we should be ready “to save some,” even ourselves. …
The intention of this book is to investigate the biblical chronology behind Jehovah’s Witnesses most controversial doctrinal position that Jesus began to rule invisibly from heaven in October 1914. This biblical chronology of the Witnesses hinges upon their belief that the destruction of Jerusalem by the Babylonians, which they say occurred in 607 B.C.E. The Witnesses conclude that Chapter 4 of the book of Daniel prophesied a 2,520 year period that began in 607 B.C.E. and ended in 1914 C.E. They state, “Clearly, the ‘seven times’ and ‘the appointed times of the nations’ refer to the same time period.” (Lu 21:24) It is their position that When the Babylonians conquered Jerusalem, the Davidic line of kings was interrupted, God’s throne was “trampled on by the nations” until 1914, at which time Jesus began to rule invisibly from heaven. …
In order to overcome and church problems, we must first talk about the different problems of the church. Many of the church problems today stem from the isms: liberalism, humanism, modernism, Christian progressivism, theological liberalism, feminism, higher criticism, and biblical criticism. Moreover, many are simply not a biblically grounded church regardless of how much they claim to be so. The marks of a true Christian church would be like the different lines that make up a church’s fingerprint, a print that cannot belong to any other church. The true Christian church contains their own unique grouping of marks, forming a positive “fingerprint” that cannot belong to any other church. William Lange Craig wrote, “Remember that our faith is not based on emotions, but on the truth, and therefore you must hold on to it.” What truth? Jesus said to the Father in prayer, “Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.” (John 17:17) Are you doing the will of the Father? Is your church doing the will of the Father? – Matthew 7:21-23; 1 John 2:15-17.
Evangelist Norman Robertson claims that “Tithing is God’s way of financing His kingdom on the earth.” He asserts that “It is His system of economics which enables the Gospel to be preached.” Not bashful about telling his followers of their duty to give, he flatly states: ‘Tithing isn’t something you do because you can afford it. It is an act of obedience. Not tithing is a clear violation of God’s commandments. It is embezzlement.’ Most likely you accept that giving should be part of Christian worship. However, do you find continuous demanding appeals for money disturbing, perhaps even offensive? FLEECING THE FLOCK by Anthony Wade is an exhaustive examination of all of the popular tithing arguments made from the pulpit today. …
DECEPTION IN THE CHURCH by Fred DeRuvo asks Does It Matter How You Worship? There are 41,000 different denominations that call themselves “Christian” and all would claim that they are the truth. Can just any Christian denomination please God? Can all be true or genuine Christianity if they all have different views on the same Bible doctrines? DeRuvo will answer. He will focus on the largest part of Christianity that has many different denominations, the charismatic, ecstatic Signs and Wonders Movements. These ecstatic worshipers claim … DeRuvo will answer all these questions and more according to the truth of God’s Word.—John 8:31-32; 17:17.
Plunkett exposes the errors corrupting the Christian church through the Word of Faith, New Apostolic Reformation, and extreme charismatic movements. LEARN TO DISCERN, by author Daniel Plunkett highlights how an encounter with a rising star in the Word of Faith / “Signs and Wonders” movement was used by God to open his eyes to the deceptions, false teachings, and spiritual abuses running rampant in the charismatic movement today. These doctrines are thoroughly explored as taught by some of today’s most prominent speakers and evangelists and contrasted with the clear teachings of Scripture. LEARN TO DISCERN is an invaluable resource …
Translation and Textual Criticism
The King James Bible was originally published in 1611. Some have estimated that the number of copies of the King James Version that have been produced in print worldwide is over one billion! There is little doubt that the King James Version is a literary masterpiece, which this author has and will appreciate and value for its unparalleled beauty of expression. This book is in no way trying to take away from what the King James Version has accomplished. The King James Version is a book to be commended for all that it has accomplished. For four centuries, when English-speaking people spoke of “the Bible,” they meant the King James Version. The question that begs to be asked of those who favor the King James Bible is, Do You Know the King James Version? What do most users of the King James Bible not know about their translation? Whether you are one who favors the King James Version or one who prefers a modern translation, Andrews will answer the questions that have long been asked for centuries about the King James Bible and far more.
THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO BIBLE TRANSLATION (CGBT) is for all individuals interested in how the Bible came down to us, as well as having an insight into the Bible translation process. CGBT is also for those who are interested in which translation(s) would be the most beneficial to use. The translation of God’s Word from the original languages of Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek is a task unlike any other and should never be taken lightly because it carries with it the heaviest responsibility: the translator renders God’s thoughts into a modern language. It is CGBT’s desire to take challenging and complex subjects and make them easy to understand. CGBT will communicate as clearly and powerfully as possible to all of its readers while also accurately communicating information about the Bible. …
We have come a long, long way from the time that the KJV was The Bible in English and the many translations available today. Finding the right Bible for the right person can be daunting, with almost too many choices available. However, it is still possible to divide the options into two broad categories: literal translations and dynamic equivalents. What is the difference, and why should you care? Bible publishers used to say that literal translations are good for study purposes, and dynamic equivalents are better for reading. So literal translations were advertised with terms like “accurate,” “reliable,” and, of course, “literal.” For dynamic equivalent translations, terms like “contemporary,” “easy to read,” and “written in today’s English” were used. Naturally, publishers do not advertise the negatives, so they did not point out that the literal translations might be a little harder to read, or that the dynamic equivalents might not be entirely faithful to the original languages of the Bible. However, more recently, some scholars have been taking this analysis in a new direction, assessing literal translations as less desirable than dynamic equivalents even for accuracy and reliability.
There are more than 150 different Bible translations in the English language alone. Some are what we call literal translations, which seeks to give the reader the exact English equivalent of what was written in the original language text, thus allowing the reader access to the actual Word of God. Then, there are dynamic equivalents, where the translator determines what the author meant by the original language text, and this is what they give the reader. There is also a paraphrase translation, which is an extremely interpretive translation. Exactly what are these differences? Are some translations better than others? What standards and principles can we use to determine what makes a good translation? Andrews introduces the readers to the central issues in this debate and presents several reasons why literal translations are superior to dynamic equivalent and paraphrase translations. We do not need to be a Bible scholar to understand these issues, as well as the importance of having the most accurate and faithful translation that is reflective of the original text. …
THE TEXT OF THE NEW TESTAMENT (TTNT) is an introduction, intermediate and advanced level coverage of the text of the New Testament. Andrews introduces the new and relatively new reader to this subject in the first few chapters of the TTNT. Andrews deepens his handling of the material, while still making it easy to understand in the next few chapters of the TTNT, all the while being very informative in both sections. All of this prepares the reader for Wilkins’ advanced chapters. THE TEXT OF THE NEW TESTAMENT was copied and recopied by hand for 1,500 years. Regardless of those scribes who had worked very hard to be faithful in their copying, errors crept into the text. How can we be confident that what we have today is the Word of God? Wilkins and Andrews offer the reader an account of the copying by hand and transmission of the Greek New Testament. They present a comprehensive survey of the manuscript history from the penning of the 27 New Testament books to the current critical texts. What did the ancient books look like and how were documents written? How were the New Testament books published? Who would use secretaries? Why was it so hard to be a secretary in the first century? How was such work done? What do we know about the early Christian copyists? What were the scribal habits and tendencies? Is it possible to establish the original text of the NewTestament? …
THE EARLY CHRISTIAN COPYISTS OF THE NEW TESTAMENT intends to examine and evaluate the making of New Testament books, the book writing process of the New Testament authors and early Christian Scribes, the original or earliest text of the New Testament, and the secretaries in antiquity and their materials. We will also assess the early Christian copyists, the reading culture of early Christianity and their view of the integrity of the Greek New Testament, scribal tendencies or habits, as well as the sources of New Testament textual criticism, which would include a lengthy chapter on ancient versions of the New Testament. We will also look into how paleographers date the ancient manuscripts and how did textual variations and manuscript families arise? Just how many textual variants are there and how are they to be counted? All of this to determine what guarantee do we have as to the reliability of the Greek text. What sort of changes did scribes make to the text and can we restore the Greek New Testament to its original state. NOTE: If you have read THE TEXT OF THE NEW TESTAMENT by Andrews and Wilkins, you need not read this publication, as it is select chapters from TTNT.
Edward D. Andrews boldly answers the challenges Bart D. Ehrman alleges against the fully inerrant, Spirit-inspired, authoritative Word of God. By glimpsing into the life of Bart D. Ehrman and following along his course of academic studies, Andrews helps the reader to understand the biases, assumptions, and shortcomings supporting Ehrman’s arguments. Using sound reason, scholarly exegesis, and the Historical-Grammatical method of interpretation, as well as New Testament textual criticism, Andrews helps both churchgoer/Bible students, as well as scholars, overcome the teachings of biblical errancy that Ehrman propagates.—Easy to read and understand. …
CALVINISM VS. ARMINIANISM goes back to the early seventeenth century with a Christian theological debate between the followers of John Calvin and Jacobus Arminius, and continues today among some Protestants, particularly evangelicals. The debate is centered around soteriology, that is, the study of salvation, and includes disputes about total depravity, predestination, and atonement. While the debate has developed its Calvinist–Arminian form in the 17th century, the issues that are fundamental to the debate have been discussed in Christianity in some fashion since the days of Augustine of Hippo’s disputes with the Pelagians in the fifth century. CALVINISM VS. ARMINIANISM is taking a different approach in that the issues will be discussed as The Bible Answers being that it is the centerpiece.
A comprehensive book on HOW TO STUDY YOUR BIBLE by observing, interpreting, and applying, which will focus on the most basic Bible study tools, principles, and processes for moving from an in-depth reading of the Scriptures to application. What, though, if you have long felt that you are not studiously inclined? Realize that the primary difference between a serious Bible student and a less serious Bible student is usually diligence and effort, not being a gifted student. Being a gifted Bible student alone is not enough. Efficient methods of Bible study are worth learning, for those seeking to become serious Bible students. The joy missing from many Bible students is because they do not know how to study their Bible, which means they do not do it well. Perhaps you dislike Bible study because you have not developed your study skills sufficiently to make your Bible study enjoyable. Maybe you have neglected your Bible study simply because you would rather be doing something else you enjoy.
How can we find more enjoyment in studying the Bible? How can we make our study periods more productive? What circumstances contribute to effective personal study? How can we derive real benefit and pleasure from our Bible reading? From what activities can time be bought out for reading and studying the Bible? Why should we watch our spiritual feeding habits? What benefits come from reading and studying the Scriptures? There is a great and constantly growing interest in the study of the English Bible in these days. However, very much of the so-called study of the English Bible is unintelligent and not fitted to produce the most satisfactory results. The authors of this book already have a book entitled “HOW TO STUDY: Study the Bible for the Greatest Profit,” but that book is intended for those who are willing to buy out the time to put into thorough Bible study.
Why is personal and family Bible study so important in our life now? How can we apply the Word of God in our lives? How can we use the Bible to help others? How can we effectively use the Scriptures when teaching others? How can we make decisions God’s way? How can Bible principles help us to decide wisely? Why should we have faith in God and his word? The Psalmist tells us, God’s Word “is a lamp to my foot, and a light for my path.” (Psalm 119:105) Since the Bible is a gift from God, the time and effort that we put into our personal Bible Study is a reflection of how much we appreciate that gift. What do our personal Bible study habits reveal about the depth of our appreciation of God’s Word? Certainly, the Bible is a deep and complex book, and reading and studying are not easy at times. However, with time and effort, we can develop a spiritual appetite for personal Bible study. (1 Peter 2:2)
Correctly interpreting the Bible is paramount to understanding the Word of God. As Christians, we do not want to read our 21st-century worldview INTO the Scriptures, but rather to takeOUT OF the Scriptures what the author meant by the words that he used. The guaranteed way of arriving a correct understanding of God’s Words is to have an accurate knowledge of the historical setting, cultural background, and of the people, governments, and religious leaders, as well as the place and time of the New Testament writings. Only with the background, setting, and context can you grasp the author’s intended meaning to his original readers and …
The life of Christ is an exhaustless theme. It reveals a character of greater massiveness than the hills, of a more serene beauty than the stars, of sweeter fragrance than the flowers, higher than the heavens in sublimity and deeper than the seas in mystery. As good Jean Paul has eloquently said, “It concerns Him who, being the holiest among the mighty, and the mightiest among the holy, lifted with His pierced hands empires off their hinges, turned the stream of centuries out of its channels, and still governs the ages.” …
Stalker’s Life of St. Paul became one of the most widely read and respected biographies of the Apostle to the Gentiles. As an insightful compendium on the life of Paul, this work is of particular interest to pastors and teachers who desire to add realism and vividness to their account of one of the greatest Christians who ever lived. Stalker’s work includes a section at the back entitled “Hints for Teachers and Questions for Pupils.” This supplement contains notes and “further reading” suggestions for those teaching on the life of St. Paul, along with a number of questions over each chapter for students to discuss. In addition, seventeen extra chapters have been added that will help the reader better understand who the Apostle Paul was and what first-century Christianity was like. For example, a chapter on the conversion of Saul/Paul, Gamaliel Taught Saul of Tarsus, the Rights, and Privileges of Citizenship, the “Unknown God,” Areopagus, the Observance of Law as to Vows, and much more.
With solid scholarship and exceptional clarity, beginning in Gethsemane, Stalker and Andrews examine Jesus’ trial and crucifixion. Their work is relevant, beneficial and enjoyable because they cover this historical period of Jesus’ life in an easy to understand format. Stalker’s expressive and persuasive style provides a great resource to any Bible study of the events leading to the death of Jesus Christ. THE TRIAL AND DEATH OF JESUS CHRIST is an academicish book written with a novelish style.
Delving into the basics of biblical interpretation, Edward D. Andrews has provided a complete hands-on guide to understanding what the author meant by the words that he used from the conservative grammatical-historical perspective. He teaches how to study the Bible on a deep, scholarly level, yet making it understandable to all. He has sought to provide the very best tool for interpreting the Word of God. This includes clarification of technical terms, answers to every facet of biblical interpretation, and defense of the inerrancy and divine inspiration of Scripture. Andrews realizes that the importance of digging deeper in our understanding of the Bible, for defending our faith from modern-day misguided scholarship. Andrews gives the reader easy and memorable principles and methods to follow for producing an accurate explanation that comes out of, not what many read into the biblical text. The principal procedure within is to define, explain, offer many examples, and give illustrations, to help the reader fully grasp the grammatical-historical approach. …
Anybody who wants to study the Bible, either at a personal level or a more scholarly level needs to understand that there are certain principles that guide and govern the process. The technical word used to refer to the principles of biblical interpretation is hermeneutics, which is of immense importance in Biblical Studies and Theology. How to Interpret the Bible takes into consideration the cultural context, historical background and geographical location in which the text was originally set. This enables us to obtain clarity about the original author’s intended meaning. Linguistic and literary factors are analyzed so that the various genres of Scripture are examined for their true meaning. The importance of having sound principles of interpretation cannot be overstated as …
Once upon a time, Postmodernism was a buzzword. It pronounced Modernism dead or at least in the throes of death. It was a wave that swept over Christendom, promising to wash away sterile, dogmatic and outmoded forms of church. But whatever happened to postmodernism? It was regarded as the start of a major historical transition to something new and promising and hailed as a major paradigm shift. Is it a philosophy that has passed its “sell-by” date? No! The radical fringe has become the dominant view and has been integrated into all aspects of life, including the Christian church. With the emergence of multicultural societies comes interaction with different belief systems and religions. Values like tolerance and a dislike of dogmatism have become key operating concepts, which reflect a change in worldview. …
In an age obsessed with physical and psychological health the author emphasizes the importance of spiritual well-being as an essential element of holistic health for the individual Christian and for Christian communities. This work constitutes a template for a spiritual audit of the local church. It offers an appointment with the Great Physician that no Christian can afford to ignore. Developing Healthy Churches: A Case-Study in Revelation begins with a well-researched outline of the origins and development of the church health movement. With that background in mind the author, aware that throughout the history of the church there have been a number of diverse views about how Revelation ought to be interpreted, presents the reader with four distinct interpretive models. These are the idealist, preterist, historicist, and futurist. Beville explains these interpretive approaches simply and critiques them fairly.e …
This is a comprehensive study of euthanasia and assisted suicide. It traces the historical debate, examines the legal status of such activity in different countries and explores the political, medical and moral matters surrounding these emotive and controversial subjects in various cultural contexts. The key advocates and pioneers of this agenda-driven movement (such as the late Jack Kevorkian, popularly known as “Dr. Death” and Philip Nitschke, founder of Exit International) are profiled. Not only are the elderly and disabled becoming increasingly vulnerable but children, psychiatric patients, the depressed and those who are simply tired of life are now on a slippery slope into a dystopian nightmare. The spotlight is brought to bear on the Netherlands, in particular, where palliative care and the hospice movement are greatly underdeveloped as a result of legalization. These dubious “services” are now offered as part of “normal” medical care in Holland where it is deemed more cost-effective to be given a lethal injection. The vital role of physicians as healers in society must be preserved and the important but neglected spiritual dimension of death must be explored. Thus a biblical view of human life is presented. …
Journey with Jesus through the Message of Mark is an insightful and engaging survey of Mark’s Gospel, exploring each major section of the text along with key themes. It is a work that can be enjoyed by laypersons as well as pastors and teachers. Pastors will find the abundant use of illustrations to be helpful in preparing their own messages and as such, it will find a welcome place in the preacher’s library. Simply, powerfully, with great precision, and exegetical accuracy, Kieran Beville masterfully brings us on a life-transforming journey. Readers will be both inspired and challenged as they hear the words of Jesus speaking afresh from the page of Scripture and experience the ministry of Jesus in a spiritually captivating way. The author has a pastor’s heart, a theologian’s mind, and a writer’s gift. His style is gripping, as he beautifully explains and illustrates Mark’s Gospel. Kieran Beville has done a great service to the church, and especially to true believers, who desire to grow in grace, increase in their knowledge of truth, and experience the intimacy, joy, and underserved and unspeakable privilege of walking, as disciples, with Jesus. This book is ideal as a study companion for Mark’s Gospel. One can read a section from the gospel and then read the corresponding section to receive a fresh viewpoint and a practical application. …
What are angels & demons? Can angels help us? What does the Bible say about angels? What is the truth about angels? Can Angels affect your life? Who were the “sons of God” in Genesis 6:2? Who were the Nephilim in Genesis 6:2? Who is Michael the archangel? Can Satan the Devil control humans? How can we win our struggle against dark spiritual forces? How can you resist the demons? Do evil spirits exercise power over humankind? Is Satan really the god of this world and just what does that mean? What did Jesus mean when he said, “the whole world lies in the power of the evil one [i.e., Satan]”? Andrews using the Bible will answer all of these questions and far more. …
Donald T. Williams learned a lot about the Christian worldview from Francis Schaeffer and C. S. Lewis, but it was actually Tolkien who first showed him that such a thing exists and is an essential component of maturing faith. Not only do explicitly Christian themes underlie the plot structure of The Lord of the Rings, but in essays such as “On Fairie Stories” Tolkien shows us that he not only believed the Gospel on Sunday but treated it as true the rest of the week and used his commitment to that truth as the key to further insights in his work as a student of literature. “You can do that?” Williams thought as a young man not yet exposed to any Christian who was a serious thinker. “I want to do that!” His hope is that his readers will catch that same vision from this book. An Encouraging Thought elucidates the ways in which Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings are informed by and communicate a biblical worldview. This book will help readers appreciate the ways in which a biblical worldview informs Tolkien’s work, to the end that their own faith may be confirmed in strength, focused in understanding, deepened in joy, and honed in its ability to communicate the Gospel.
People grow old, get sick, and die. Even some children die. Should you be afraid of death or of anybody who has died? Do you know what happens if we die? Will you ever see your dead loved ones again? “If a man dies, shall he live again?” asked the man Job long ago. (Job 14:14) Did God originally intend for humans to die? Why do you grow old and die? What is the Bible’s viewpoint of death? What is the condition of the dead? Are the dead aware of what is happening around them? What hope is there for the dead?
Herein Andrews will give the reader exactly what the Bible offers on exposing who the Antichrist and the Man of Lawlessness are. If we look at the texts that refer to the antichrist and the man of lawlessness, we will have lines of evidence that will enable us to identify them. Why is it important that we know who the antichrist and the man of lawlessness are? The antichrist and the man of lawlessness have had a greater impact on humanity and Christianity over the past centuries than many know. Moreover, the influence on the true worshipers of Christianity today has been even more significant and will only go from bad to worse as we come closer to the second coming of Christ. …
Throughout the Scriptures, God is identified as the Creator. He is the One “who created the heavens (He is the God who formed the earth and made it, He established it.” (Isa 45:18) He is the One “who forms mountains and creates the wind” (Am 4:13) and is the One “who made the heaven and the earth and the sea, and all that is in them.” (Ac 4:24; 14:15; 17:24) “God . . . created all things.” (Eph. 3:9) Jesus Christ tells us that it is the Father who “created them [humans] from the beginning made them male and female.” (Matt. 19:4; Mark 10:6) Hence, the Father is fittingly and uniquely called “the Creator.” (Isa 40:28) It is because of God’s will that we exist, for He has ‘created all things, and because of his will they existed and were created.’―Revelations 4:11 …
Eschatology is the teaching of what is commonly called the “Last Things.” That is the subject of Andrews’ book, which will cover, Explaining Prophecy, Explaining Clean and Pure Worship, The New Testament Writers Use of the Old Testament, Explaining the Antichrist, Explaining the Man of Lawlessness, Explaining the Mark of the Beast, Explaining Signs of the End of the Age, Explaining the Rapture, Explaining the Great Tribulation, Explaining Armageddon, Explaining the Resurrection Hope, Explaining the Millennium, Explaining the Final Judgment, Explaining the Unevangelized, Explaining Hell
The information herein is based on the disciples coming to Jesus privately, saying, “Tell us, (1) when will these things be, and (2) what will be the sign of your coming, and (3) of the end of the age?” (Matthew 24:3) What will end? When will the end come? What comes after the end? Who will survive the end? These questions and far more will be answered as Andrews delves into The SECOND COMING of CHRIST. In chapters 1 and 2, we must address why Jesus is saying there would be an end to the Jewish age. In chapter 3, we will take a deep look at the signs that establish the great tribulation is closing in, and when is it time to flee. In chapter 4, we will go over the signs of the end of the Jewish age. In chapter 5, we will walk through the events leading up to the end of the Jewish age from 66 – 70 C.E., and how it applies to our Great Tribulation in these last days. In chapter 6, we will cover the second coming of Jesus where the reader will get the answers as to whether verses 3-28 of Matthew Chapter 24 apply to Christ’s second coming. We will close out with chapter 7, and how we should understand the signs, and how we do not want to be led astray, just as Jesus warned even some of the chosen ones would be misled. We will also address what comes after the end.
What Really Is Hell? What Kind of Place is Hell? What Really Happens at Death? What Did Jesus Teach About Hell? How Does Learning the Truth About Hell Affect You? Who Goes to Hell? What Is Hell? Is It a Place of Eternal Torment? Does God Punish People in Hellfire? Do the Wicked Suffer in Hell? What Is the Lake of Fire? Is It the Same as Hell or Gehenna? Where Do We Go When We Die? What Does the Bible Say About Hell? Andrews Shares the Truth on WHAT IS HELL From God’s Word.
Miracles were certainly a part of certain periods in Bible times. What about today? Are miracles still taking place? There are some very important subjects that surround this area of discussion that is often misunderstood. Andrews will answer such questions as does God step in and solve every problem if we are faithful? Does the Bible provide absolutes or guarantees in this age of imperfect humanity? Are miracles still happening today? Is faith healing Scriptural? Is speaking in tongues evidence of true Christianity? Is snake handling biblical? How are we to understand the indwelling of the Holy Spirit? The work of the Holy Spirit. Andrews offers his readers very straightforward, biblically accurate explanations for these difficult questions. If any have discussed such questions, without a doubt, they will be very interested in the Bible’s answers in this easy to read publication.
Today there are many questions about homosexuality as it relates to the Bible and Christians. What does the Bible say about homosexuality? Does genetics, environment, or traumatic life experiences justify homosexuality? What is God’s will for people with same-sex attractions? Does the Bible discriminate against people with same-sex attractions? Is it possible to abstain from homosexual acts? Should not Christians respect all people, regardless of their sexual orientation? Did not Jesus preach tolerance? If so, should not Christians take a permissive view of homosexuality? Does God approve of same-sex marriage? Does God disapprove of homosexuality? If so, how could God tell someone who is attracted to people of the same sex to shun homosexuality, is that not cruel? If one has same-sex attraction, is it possible to avoid homosexuality? How can I as a Christian explain the Bible’s view of homosexuality? IT IS CRUCIAL that Christians always be prepared to reason from the Scriptures, explaining and proving what the Bible does and does not say about homosexuality, yet doing it with gentleness and respect. Andrews will answer these questions and far more.
If you’ve struggled in the world of difficulties that surround you, you’re not alone. Maybe you have looked for help, and you have been given conflicting answers. 40 DAYS DEVOTIONAL FOR YOUTHS: Coming-of-Age In Christ, can help you. Its advice is based on answers that actually work, which are found in the Bible. God’s Word has helped billions over thousands of years to face life’s challenges successfully. Find out how it can help you! 40 DAYS DEVOTIONAL FOR YOUTHS includes seven sections, with several chapters in each. It includes the following sections: Sexual Desires and Love, your friends, your family, school, recreation, your health. You need advice you can trust! 40 DAYS DEVOTIONAL FOR YOUTHS will give you that. This author has worked with thousands of youths from around the world. The Bible-based sound advice helped them. Now you can discover how it can help you.
Young ones and teens, you are exposed to complex problems that your parents may not understand. Young Christians, you are bombarded with multiple options for solving everyday problems through social media. Where do you turn to find answers? Where can you look to find guidance from Scripture? In order to provide a Christian perspective to problem-solving, the author of this devotional book decided to take a different approach. Terry Overton was determined to find out what problems middle school children and teens were worried about the most. While visiting her grandchildren one weekend, she asked her granddaughter to send topics to her so that she could write a devotional about the topic. In a matter of weeks, not only did her granddaughter send her topics, but the other grandchildren and their friends sent topics of concern. Once the author wrote a devotional for a topic, it was sent to the teen requesting the devotional. Soon, these requests were happening in real time. Students sent text requests about problems happening in school and asked what the student should do? How should this be handled?
This devotional book follows the author’s own faith journey back to God. Significant life events can shake our world and distort our faith. Following life’s tragedies, a common reaction is to become angry with God or to reject Him altogether. Examples of tragedies or traumas include life-changing events such as physical or sexual assault, destruction of one’s home, the tragic death of a loved one, diagnoses of terminal diseases, divorce, miscarriages, or being a victim of a crime. Tragedies or traumas can cause feelings of anxiety, depression, shame, and guilt.
Throughout the book, common themes emerge to support caregivers. The reader will find interesting Bible Scriptures, offering a Christian perspective, for handling issues that may arise. These inspiring passages will assist the caregiver in finding peace and faith as they travel their journey as a caregiver. Although caregivers may not know how long they will play this role, they take on the responsibility without any question. Taking care of others is often mentioned in the Bible and, as noted in this devotional, this self-sacrificing, highly valued, and often challenging service will ultimately be rewarded.
Humans must breathe in the air of our atmosphere to survive. Many cities because of pollution face a dangerous level of contamination in their air. However, an even more deadly air affects both Christians and nonChristians. Ordinary methods or devices cannot detect this poisonous air. The apostle Paul, in his letter to the Ephesians, spoke of the “air,” when he said that Satan was “the ruler of the authority of the air.” (Eph. 2:2) In that, very same verse Paul said the “air” is “the spirit now working in the sons of disobedience.” If we breathe in this “air,” we will begin to adopt their attitude, thoughts, speech, and conduct.
Humans must breathe in the air of our atmosphere to survive. Many cities because of pollution face a dangerous level of contamination in their air. However, an even more deadly air affects both Christians and nonChristians. Ordinary methods or devices cannot detect this poisonous air. The apostle Paul, in his letter to the Ephesians, spoke of the “air,” when he said that Satan was “the ruler of the authority of the air.” (Eph. 2:2) In that, very same verse Paul said the “air” is “the spirit now working in the sons of disobedience.” If we breathe in this “air,” we will begin to adopt their attitude, thoughts, speech, and conduct.
BREAD OF HEAVEN helps the reader to have a greater understanding of the timeless truths of Scripture and a deeper appreciation of the grandeur of God. It offers meditations on selected Scriptures which will draw the reader’s attention upwards to the Savior. Kieran Beville’s daily devotional combines down-to-earth, unstuffy humanity in today’s world with a biblical and God-centered approach, and draws on rich theology in a thoroughly accessible way. He addresses not just the intellect and the will but gets to the heart, our motivational center, through the mind. If your Christian life could benefit from a short, well-written daily blast of Christ’s comfort and challenge, get this book and use it! These short Bible-based meditations are fresh and contemporary. Beville gives to the twenty-first-century reader what earlier authors have given to theirs. Here is practical wisdom that is a helpful guide to stimulate worship and set you thinking as you begin each day with God.
The Conversation: An Intimate Journal of the Emmaus Encounter is a unique and riveting reconstruction from the unnamed disciple’s account found in Luke 24 regarding his journey with Cleopas on the road to Emmaus after witnessing Jesus’s crucifixion and burial, along with hearing claims of His empty tomb. Suddenly, a Stranger begins walking with them. With their eyes “prevented” from recognizing Him as the risen Lord Jesus Christ—Yeshua the Messiah, their new, wise Traveling Companion correlates the Old Covenant Scriptures, by way of Moses and the prophets, with what they witnessed.
This “journal” is your opportunity to eavesdrop and learn what that conversation might have been like, as pertinent prophecies unfold revealing evidence that the Messiah’s suffering, death, burial, and resurrection were, in fact, specifically foretold.
Unique and life-changing, More Than Devotion, through a melding of accounts from both the Old Covenant and New, proves that our trustworthy God truly is the same yesterday, today, and forever. All fifty convicting devotions draw from a rich scriptural context, concluding with a practical, achievable call to action, plus journaling space for personal reflection. New believers and veteran followers of our Lord can grow in the innermost areas of their lives and enjoy a more intimate walk with the Savior.
AN APOCALYPTIC NOVEL: As you are no doubt are aware, Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim LaHaye in 1995 wrote a novel entitled “Left Behind.” Jerry and Tim had some prior success with a major publisher and were able to get their novel published. The Left Behind novel was published by Tyndale House beginning in 1995 within a multiple volumes Left Behind series resulting in sales exceeding 60 million books. In 1992 Don Alexander wrote the storyline embedded in Left Behind. He copyrighted the novel in 1992 under the title “Oren Natas” [who is the Anti-Christ in his storyline]. The entire novel is contained in a single volume. It is a novel written depicting a colorful and witty cast of characters who live through all the “end time” Bible prophecies.
A routine classified telepathic interrogation of a potential terrorist, followed by an assignment that doesn’t go as planned thrusts Tabatha – the world’s only telepathic human – into the public eye. The exposure leads an evil neuro-scientist requesting a meeting with her in hopes of luring her to his cause as well as unveiling a deadly creative work that has spanned three decades of research and development.
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In June 1985, an excavation project was undertaken by The British Antiquities Volunteers (BAV) at a plot of rocky land where the Kidron and Hinnom Valleys meet near the eastern side of Old Jerusalem. That year many hundreds of (mostly redundant) ‘small finds’ were recovered in the Judean desert but none of such significance as a handful of scrolls retrieved from a buried Roman satchel (presumed stolen) at this site. The discovery has since come to be known as ‘The Diary of Judas Iscariot.’ In The Diary of Judas Iscariot Owen Batstone relates the observations and feelings of Judas, a disgruntled disciple, as he accompanies Jesus of Nazareth during His ministry, and uses this fable and allegory to explore some of the ways a person might resist becoming a Christian.
Kevin Trill struggles with the notion that he may have missed the Rapture. With nothing but the clothes on his back and a solid gold pocket watch, he sets off towards Garbor, a safe haven for those who haven’t yet taken the mark of the beast. While on his way to Garbor, he meets up with an unlikely trio who befriends him. Together, they set out towards Garbor. Unfortunately, however, they are soon faced with their first major catastrophe, which sparks debate among them as to whether or not they really are in the Great Tribulation. On their journey, the group meets up with many people, some of them good and some of them evil. …
There grew an element in the valley that did not want to be ruled by the Light of the Word. Over time, they convinced the people to reject it. As they started to reject this Light, the valley grew dim and the fog rolled in. The people craved the darkness rather than the Light because they were evil. They did not want to embrace the Light because it exposed their wickedness. They rejected the Light of the Word and ruled themselves. Those few who had embraced the Light and hated the darkness were killed. Since that time anyone who embraced the Light of the Word, pursued or talked about it were arrested. Those arrested were sentenced to death by stoning. The last prophet gave a prophecy before he was martyred. “The whisperer will come and empower three witnesses that will make manifest the works of darkness and destroy it, and deliver my people from the grip of darkness to the freedom found in the light.” All the Children of the Light were killed off or went into hiding living among the Children of Darkness in secret, not mentioning the Light for fear of death. Generations grew up being ignorant of the Light of the Word and never knowing the difference. No one ever mentioned the Light or dared to even talk about the Light. …
When an ancestor saddles them with the responsibility to purge Australia of a demon threatening to wipe out humanity with black flames, fraternal siblings Amber and Michael Hauksby lay their lives on the line. As the world crumbles around them into chaos, and ancient marsupials wreack havoc in their hometown, they must journey into the treacherous wild lands of the outback to extinguish the black flames that loom on the horizon. First, Amber must seek the counsel of a mysterious being, who calls himself the light spirit. …
“Write Place, Right Time” follows the pre-apocalyptic misadventures of freelance journalist Don Lamplighter. While on what he expects to be a routine Monday night trip to a village board meeting, Lamplighter’s good nature compels him to help a stranded vehicle. Little does he know that by saving one of the car’s occupants, he sets forth a chain of what to him seem to be unrelated events where he must use his physical and social skills to save himself and others from precarious situations.