June 29, 2010
The Audience of One
A story is told of a famous violinist who was to perform at a concert hall of world renown. As he stood before the packed house that night and played his violin, he mesmerized the audience with his prowess and skill. As he lifted his bow off the string on his final note, the hall erupted with thunderous applause and he was given a standing ovation. He looked at the crowd for a moment and walked off the stage only to return to render an encore performance. To the amazement of the masses gathered there that night, his encore performance was even more beautiful and flawless than the first.
He looked to the audience and left the stage for the second time, but was beckoned back by the deafening roar of the multitudes that once again stood to their feet in adulation. He gave yet another encore number, leaving the audience fumbling for words that could describe what their eyes and ears just experienced. This sequence was repeated several more times until finally this virtuoso of virtuosos finished his piece, looked to the audience, nodded his head and simply walked off the stage while the ferocious cheers could still be heard long after he exited.
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June 22, 2010
Text: Hebrews 11:7
Title: “A Faithful Father”
A hard-working single dad named William Jackson Smart was the inspiration for the creation of Father’s Day. His wife died in 1898 while giving birth to their sixth child, and the Civil War veteran was left to raise the children alone in rural Washington.
In May 1909, Smart’s daughter, by then a married woman named Sonora Dodd, heard a sermon enumerating the virtues of motherhood. It was Mother’s Day, a new American holiday that had begun the previous year. Sonora decided to honor her dad’s dedication to his children by seeking to have a Father’s Day designated on the calendar. The day caught on, but it wasn’t permanently established as an annual holiday in the US until 1972.
We honor our godly fathers by obeying their instruction. And we should pray for all dads to recognize their God-given role of training in the home. —JDB
We’re thankful for good fathers, Lord,
They’re special gifts from You;
Help us to show we honor them
By what we say and do. —Sper
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June 4, 2010
Text: 2 Peter 1:19-21
Title: Why We Use the King James Bible 1611 and avoid new Translations?
Psalm 12:6-7: God promised He would preserve His Inspired Word.
Psalm 119:160; Matthew 5:18; Matthew 24:35; 1 Pet. 1:25; 2 Tim. 3:16
Terms we need to understand:
Bibliology is the study of the Bible.
Inspiration: the recording, or giving of God’s Word. The Holy Spirit used holy men to give us the holy Scriptures. The literal definition of the word translated “inspiration” in 2 Tim. 3:16 is “God-breathed”
Revelation: The act whereby God communicates truth to mankind that was previously unknown (and no other way to be known). God reveals truth.
Note – During Bible times, God used dreams and visions as a means to reveal His truth.
We no longer have those since we have God’s final revelation.
Illumination: The act in which God clarifies His Word so that man can understand and apply it.
Quote – You may get illumination on the already-given revelation, that was written down by verbal inspiration but you don’t get new revelation!
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