Children’s Corner – A Child’s Pilgrim Path -5

A Child’s Pilgrim Path -5

by Gary Bertnick

IN THE DESERT  preview

Time Speeds with the river behind them, the children moved up a long incline dotted here and there by unusual flowered shrubs. They had colorful berries also which the children ate as they made their way along.

Finally they stood at the crest and looked with amazement. As far as the eye could see there was white sand. Nothing but drifts and dunes in an ocean of white, lifeless sand

“It’s a desert:” said Amy. “What if we get thirsty?” added Meg. Nathaniel remained silent. He knew that every time so far they were somehow guided through each hard part. And when they left the difficulty behind, they were changed for good. They had grown in strength and in much more. He stepped out moving straight ahead.

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Greetings to our Jewish Brethren in Yeshua

To Yeshua be the glory!

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Joyful ‘Toons – Caterpillar

Caterpillar - John 3:3

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Nuggets – Zechariah’s Visions: Man’s Attempt to Measure

Zechariah’s Visions: Man’s Attempt to Measure
“I lifted up mine eyes again, and looked, and behold a man with a measuring line in his hand. Then said I, Whither goest thou? And he said unto me, To measure Jerusalem, to see what is the breadth thereof, and what is the length thereof.” (Zechariah 2:1-2)

Seeing a human in the vision is a departure from the earlier visions of Zechariah. Each of the prior three visions included only angelic beings interacting with the Lord of hosts. Suddenly a man emerges holding a measuring rod attempting to measure Jerusalem.

Immediately, a second angel is sent to the angel who has been explaining the visions to Zechariah, instructing him to “run, speak to this young man, saying, Jerusalem shall be inhabited as towns without walls for the multitude of men and cattle therein” (Zechariah 2:4). Obviously, whatever time is anticipated by the vision, it is not the time of the present Jerusalem. God sees a vast Jerusalem that cannot be measured (Zechariah 14:8-11).

Not only will the city grow beyond historical memory, but the Lord “will be unto her a wall of fire round about, and will be the glory in the midst of her” (Zechariah 2:5). No longer will Jerusalem be the pawn of other nations, no longer will she be subject to the whims of rival nations and competing religions. The Lord Himself will become a wall around her similar to the way God protected them as they fled from Egypt (Exodus 13:21-22).

Yet beyond even that wonderful promise, the Lord insists that “many nations shall be joined to the LORD in that day, and shall be my people: and I will dwell in the midst of thee, and thou shalt know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me unto thee” (Zechariah 2:11). Not only will God restore the city to prominence, but the nation itself will become the center of His global government. “Be silent, O all flesh, before the LORD: for he is raised up out of his holy habitation” (Zechariah 2:13). HMM III

From the Institute for Creation Research

 

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BIBLE DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Deut 15 – The poor, always with us

The Poor, always with us – Deuteronomy 15

by Dr Bob Dellinger

https://oneyeardevotional.wordpress.com/2014/02/17/the-poor-always-with-us-deuteronomy-15/

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Today’s reading: Deuteronomy 14-16.

Mark Twain said, “It ain’t those parts of the Bible that I can’t understand that bother me, it is the parts that I do understand.” That’s a good summary of how many people feel about tithing, one of the topics in today’s reading. But I don’t want to write about tithing today. Let’s look at what Deuteronomy has to say about poverty.

There should be no poor among you, for in the land the LORD your God is giving you to possess as your inheritance, he will richly bless you, if only you fully obey the LORD your God and are careful to follow all these commands I am giving you today… There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore I command you to be openhanded toward your brothers and toward the poor and needy in your land. Deuteronomy 15:4-5, 11

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Urdu Blog No 179 – My Advocate

Without Jesus Christ our Advocate we should all perish for our sins. Do you know your Advocate before the Father in heaven?

Blog 179  – My Advocate written by JDM of the Institute for Creation Research

 http://ptl2010.com/2014/03/28/nuggets-my-advocate/

Share the Urdu translation with friends, family and associates.

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Pray for ChristianBlessings in Pakistan

Imagine you are a person of Christian faith living as a citizen in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan: every moment your life is at risk. It is a tough life.

We thank God that in 2011 He led us to a teacher who since then has translated specified ChristianBlessings blogs every month, printed them in the Urdu language and mailed them to 75 churches as not many have internet access. In 2013, 100 ChristianBlessings urdu blogs were compiled into a booklet and 100 copies were printed and distributed to women who could influence and encourage their husbands and children with the word from  the blogs. We have recently polled with recipients on the impact of the monthly Urdu blogs. We are  encouraged by the positive feedback to continue with this work.

This month we are extending the ChristianBlessings Urdu blogs to 25 Bible school classmates of our translator. May they be encouraged and share these with their church friends and families.

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Our translator has also formed a group  of children from the slums, who experience God’s love and are fed with spiritual food from the Bible and a meal of rice and lentils (picture) each time they meet. May they grow in grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. Please pray for wisdom,  discernment and anointing for our translator as she is involved in evangelistic outreach in the difficult slum environment.

Thank God for the temporary open door which remains open dependent on God’s will and local religious sentiments. Please pray for protection of our Pakistani translator , the children and all who are reached by ChristianBlessings with the gospel and encouragement to live for Christ  Pray that the word will be spread and extended in reach while it is yet day for the night comes when no man can work.

We appreciate your joining in   prayer  for  the Lord to supply the needs for this ministry work in Pakistan.

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HE LIFTS US UP: My Journey… From Brokenness to Whole

I have talked about my journey…
from brokenness to whole.
And I am still on this journey…
as the truth will be told.
For the enemy comes frequently…
to kill, steal and destroy.
And he will use who he can…
for this is his worldly ploy.
But though I have been broken…
he will not get the best of me.
For I have held onto God…
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Dim Sum – The Lord’s Favor Campaign – 5

Prayer for Relationships – for Real Friends and sense of belonging 

This is a prayer (fourth  of eighteen – please see categories of prayer in 1 March, 2015 blog introducing this campaign) ) prepared by the loveSingapore network of Singapore churches in celebration of Singapore’s Golden Jubilee in 2015 to be used by Singaporean Christians to bless those The Lord prompts to bless.

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Children’s Corner – A Child’s Pilgrim Path – 4

A Child’s Pilgrim Path - Chapter 4

by Gary Bertnick

THE CRYSTAL CAVE preview
Across the Water

Nathaniel felt it was time to move on across the water. They were well rested and in good spirits. He believed they were more than ready for the next part of their journey of discovery.

The children walked along the bank until they found the narrowest part. There they could easily see the bottom all the way across. Surely they could wade across the river. Nathaniel carried Meg. Amy held on to Nathaniel’s shirt. The water felt good to the touch. It wasn’t even a bother to get their clothes wet. One step at a time they headed into the water. But the water got deep quickly. Nathaniel took a step near the center and he and Meg both slipped under the water.

“Oh, Jeez:” yelled Nathaniel. Meg was choking and started to cry. They headed frantically back to the grass. “What are we going to do,” said Amy. “It’s too deep.”

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