Whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.
And he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb
For His Glory!
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations…Mt 28:19
From Christian Educational Ministry
By Richard Glasgow
Are you a "low-information Christian"? Since the 2012 election we’ve been hearing a lot about "low-information voters" or Lo-Fo’s. The term was coined by political scientist Samuel Popkin in 1991 and it referred to people who voted for politicians based on popularity as opposed to having substantial knowledge of the candidate’s political philosophy or background. The uninformed voter is more likely to vote for someone they perceive as "cool" or "good looking" or on the basis of gender, race, or sexual preference.
What is a "low-information Christian"? Think of all the Christians who seldom, if ever question their own beliefs. For those who have questioned their belief system, is that a one-time proposition or a lifelong process of growth and overcoming?
In Matthew 5, Jesus likened Christians to salt. In verse 13, He said this: "You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by Men."
A "low-information Christian" might never have even heard that warning from Jesus if he wasn’t familiar with God’s Word. The Bible is replete with guidance about the need to self-examine and re-evaluate, and it shows us how to do it. It’s our "owner’s manual." It contains everything we need to know about the Christian way of life.
The "low-information Christian" is missing out on the profusely abundant blessings God pours out on those who enthusiastically seek to learn more about Him and His plan. Sadly-and scarily-too many Christians neglect the rich opportunity to learn more about God and Jesus and the adventure they are offering us. We can be involved in that adventure if we make it a daily part of our lives spending time reading that Book of Books.
To learn more about Him and His plan is the goal of being a well informed child of Elohim (God). There is no better place to learn than from the Scriptures; from Yeshua (Jesus) our Savior that came to give us life and teach us His purpose.
Matt 4:23And Jesus was going about in all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom… (NAS unless indicated)
Yeshua Speaks with Authority
Luke 4:32and they were amazed at His teaching, for His message was with authority.
John 7:16Jesus therefore answered them, and said, "My teaching is not Mine, but His who sent Me.
Yeshua Our Teacher
John 13:13"You call Me Teacher and Lord; and you are right, for so I am.
Matt 23:8"… for One is your Teacher, and you are all brothers.
Luke 20:21… "Teacher, we know that You speak and teach correctly, and You are not partial to any, but teach the way of God in truth.
What is Our Mission?
Matt 28:19"Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age."
How will we be taught today?
John 16:12"I have many more things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13 But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.
John 14:26"But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.
Luke 12:12for the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say."
What Tool did Yeshua use to teach Satan?
Matt 4:4But He answered and said, "It is written, 'Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.'"
Matt 4:7Jesus said to him, "On the other hand, it is written, 'You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.'"
Matt 4:10Then Jesus said to him, "Be gone, Satan! For it is written, 'You shall worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only.'"
The mark of a "Lo-Fo"
Proverbs 18:2A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion. (NAS unless indicated)
Hebrews 5:12For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you the elementary principles of the oracles of God, and you have come to need milk and not solid food. 13 For everyone who partakes only of milk is not accustomed to the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. 14 But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil.
1 Corinthians 6:2Or do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world is judged by you, are you not competent to constitute the smallest law courts?
What are we to do?
2Tim 2:15 KJVStudy to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
Clarke’s Commentary on this verse:
Endeavour so to cultivate and improve thy heart and mind, that thou may not be a reproach to him from whom thou professes to receive thy commission.
2Tim 3:16All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; 17 that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.
Ezra 7:10For Ezra had set his heart to study the law of the LORD, and to practice it, and to teach His statutes and ordinances in Israel.
Get Wisdom:(Good sense-the ability to make sensible decisions and judgments)
Proverbs 2:6For the LORD gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding.
Matthew 7:24"Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine, and acts upon them, may be compared to a wise man, who built his house upon the rock.
2Pet 1:10Therefore, brethren, be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you; for as long as you practice these things, you will never stumble;
Acts 1:8but you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth."
Psalms 139:23Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts; 24 And see if there be any hurtful way in me, And lead me in the everlasting way.
Ecclesiastes 12:13The conclusion, when all has been heard, is: fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person.
For Yeshua said:
John 14:15"If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.
Thy Kingdom come… Amen
(* editing is done to shorten length - you are encouraged to read the full commentary where applicable)
How not to be a Low information Son of God
Proverbs 1:1The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel: 2 To know wisdom and instruction, To discern the sayings of understanding, 3 To receive instruction in wise behavior, Righteousness, justice and equity; 4 To give prudence to the naive, To the youth knowledge and discretion, 5 A wise man will hear and increase in learning, And a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel, 6 To understand a proverb and a figure, The words of the wise and their riddles.
1:7The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge…
YHVH, help us to be informed, to grow in Your knowledge and wisdom - for Your glory.
"The neglected heart will soon be a heart overrun with worldly thoughts; the neglected life will soon become a moral chaos; the church that is not jealously protected by mighty intercession and sacrificial labors will before long become the abode of every evil bird and the hiding place for unsuspected corruption. The creeping wilderness will soon take over that church that trusts in its own strength and forgets to watch and pray." - A. W. Tozer
When we become complacent, fail to grow, to learn, to pray, or seek to understand YHVH’s way we are doomed to failure and being ineffective.
1Tim 4:14Do not neglect the spiritual gift within you…
Heb 2:3how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation? …
Heb 13:16And do not neglect doing good and sharing; for with such sacrifices God is pleased.
YHVH, keep us ever mindful of our need to continually seek Your will.
In our pursuit of humility:
(Lessons from humility and faith.)
"We go to such lengths to believe, while the old self in its pride seeks to avail itself of God’s blessing and riches. No wonder we can’t believe. We need to change our course. We need to humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God: He will exalt us." Andrew Murray
We go to such lengths to believe but fail to seek the true path of humility. It is our failure to put down the self and seek the will of the Father; "Thy will be done…". Are we guilty of wanting to just feel loved, but not struggling to walk the rugged, straight and narrow path? Being exalted by God is being made in the likeness of His beloved Son - our Savior Yeshua.
Matt 23:12"And whoever exalts himself shall be humbled; and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted. (Made like Yeshua)
Isa 57:15For thus says the high and exalted One Who lives forever, whose name is Holy, "I dwell on a high and holy place, And also with the contrite and lowly of spirit In order to revive the spirit of the lowly And to revive the heart of the contrite.
Yeshua, Savior, we need Your humility that we be like You.
Understanding the precepts of prayer.
YHVH’s answer to Solomon’s wise and comprehensive prayer at the dedication of the Temple.
2Chr 7:1Now when Solomon had finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices; and the glory of the LORD filled the house. 2 And the priests could not enter into the house of the LORD, because the glory of the LORD filled the LORD's house. 3 And all the sons of Israel, seeing the fire come down and the glory of the LORD upon the house, bowed down on the pavement with their faces to the ground, and they worshiped and gave praise to the LORD, saying, "Truly He is good, truly His lovingkindness is everlasting."
2Chr 7:8So Solomon observed the feast at that time for seven days, and all Israel with him, a very great assembly… 10 Then on the twenty-third day of the seventh month he sent the people to their tents, rejoicing and happy of heart because of the goodness that the LORD had shown to David and to Solomon and to His people Israel.
2Chr 7:12Then the LORD appeared to Solomon at night and said to him, "I have heard your prayer, and have chosen this place for Myself as a house of sacrifice. 13 If I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or if I command the locust to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among My people, 14 and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray, and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. 15 Now My eyes shall be open and My ears attentive to the prayer offered in this place. 16 For now I have chosen and consecrated this house that My name may be there forever, and My eyes and My heart will be there perpetually.
Our Father in heaven - forgive us our transgressions as we learn to forgive those that transgress against us.
How does God feel about issues we face today?
Have you noticed the trend over time of popular music? Things that appear to have no appeal can gain wide acceptance quickly. This is not merely a matter of taste. People will listen to music that speaks to them no matter how good or bad it is by measures of musical integrity. Therefore popular music is an indicator of the state of culture and society, for better or for worse. What sort of music speaks to you? For that is an indicator of the state of your soul. Scripture says to think on those things that are pure and lovely and true, so you should make the same choices in what you listen to for they will influence you. (Adopted from a blog post by Dale Cresap)
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.(Phil 4:8)
Material in this section is based on various prayer diaries.
The Transistor was invented by John Bardeen, Walter Brattain and William Shockley. It was later presented to the world in 1948.
The 'Howdy Doody Show' appeared on NBC and ran until 1960. Host Buffalo Bob Smith was from Buffalo, New York. Howdy Doody had/has a freckle for every state in the United States.
Wham-O introduced its first product - a slingshot. The company name came from the sound of a slingshot hitting a target.
The first Cannes Film Festival was held in Cannes, France.
Chuck Yeager became the first person to fly faster than the speed of sound, piloting a Bell XS-1.
Extraterrestrials 'allegedly' crash-landed near Roswell, New Mexico.
Mikhail Kalashnikov presented his invention, the Avtomat Kalashnikova Obrazets 1947, better known as the AK-47.
After World War II, Americans craving a front yard and home of their own began moving out of the crowded cities and into the suburbs. The first and most famous suburb, Levittown, opened in New York this year and was named after Levitt and sons, the construction firm that built the suburb.
Miss America: Barbara Walker (Memphis, TN)
Best Film Oscar Winner: Gentlemen's Agreement
Most Popular Gifts: Steel Pogo Sticks, John Deere Die-Cast Tractor, Lionel Trains Milk Car, Tonka Trucks.
Taken from UpChUcKy.Org
An Obituary printed in the London Times -
- Knowing when to come in out of the rain
- Why the early bird gets the worm
- Life isn't always fair
- and maybe it was my fault
- I Know My Rights
- I Want It Now
- Someone Else Is To Blame
- I'm A Victim
The tool of man’s choosing
A portable cutting tool used to make studs too short.
Have a good day!
95 Theses to the Modern Evangelical Church
by Greg Gordon - (founder of SermonIndex.net)
93. A holy Church is God’s blessing to the world; an unholy "church" is God’s judgment upon the world. (Mt 5:14,16; Eph 4:1; 1Ths 2:12)
94. If Christianity is to make any headway in the present time, it must be proved to be more than a theory. (2Ths 3:6-7; 1Ths 4:1,11-12)
95. Unbelief has gagged and bound us as risen Lazarus! We need release in this final hour! (Heb 3:12-14; 1Cor 3:21-23; Heb 11:6)
(By Michael Boldea Jr.)
Continue to Stand
Now is not the time for slumber, now is not the time for rest, now is the time to watch and pray, now is the time to build up our spiritual man and know the power of the God we serve.
Although you may have been feeling alone, I assure you dear friend that you are not. Just as God reminded Elijah that there were 7000 others who had not defiled themselves, and that he was not alone, I want to remind you today that God still has His servants, who have not bowed, who have not compromised, who continue to battle the enemy and stand against the deception that is so prevalent today.
Rev 20:10And the devil who deceived them …
1Cor 15:33Do not be deceived: "Bad company corrupts good morals."
Gal 6:7Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.
The best time to reconcile is at once.
Giving is an exercise that makes a healthy heart.
Life is a bank - the more you put into it, the more it grows.
That which we do for ourselves dies with us; that which we do for others remains.
Success consists of getting up just one more time than you’ve fallen down.
Good deeds don’t get lost in space; they return sometime, someplace;
Prayer doesn’t need proof; it needs practice.
God's Words - No More, No Less
Everything that I command you, you shall be careful to do. You shall not add to it or take from it.(Deuteronomy 12:32 ESV)
Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. Do not add to his words, lest he rebuke you and you be found a liar.(Proverbs 30:5,6; ESV)
By Alan Gilman
*(This document was edited for length)
Ps 18:1-3"I Love Thee, O LORD, my strength." The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised, And I am saved from my enemies.
Can we, with the psalmist, express our love for YHVH’s total protection and salvation? Troubles, worries, doubts? Call on He who hears - with power to deliver - the One worthy of all praise.
Ps 18:6In my distress I called upon the LORD, And cried to my God for help; He heard my voice out of His temple, And my cry for help before Him came into His ears.
Blessed be YHVH(Genesis 14:20 And blessed be God Most High…)
2Tim 3:16Every scripture inspired of God is also profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for instruction which is in righteousness. 17 That the man of God may be complete, furnished completely unto every good work.
1. The sign of Jonah the prophet - Luke 11:29
3. Shunem - 2 Kings 4:8-37
4. Faith - Ephesians 6:16
5. Hail - Exodus 9:13-35
6. Barnabas - Acts 13:1-5
7. Paul - Romans 14:3
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