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October 12 - Morning

"The Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said,
'It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables. Brothers and sisters, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word.'
So the word of God spread. The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly, and a large number of priests became obedient to the faith."
- Acts 6:2-4, 7

Serving Bread and Serving the Word of God


The apostle’s ministry to people was prayer and the teaching of the word of God. When the demands of serving the people began to be neglected or began to require more of the apostle’s time and energy than was available it is important to understand how the apostles resolved this tension. They did not stop teaching the people the word of God in order to meet the people’s needs, but neither did they neglect the people’s needs. Instead, the apostle’s clearly considered prayer, teaching and taking care of people as important. To resolve the need the apostles did not take all the responsibility on themselves, but distinguished between what they were going to do and what other people in the church could do.
The apostles where not willing to take time away from prayer and teaching just so that they could serve meals to people who were in need of food. Yet, the serving of the food was very important and the issue of negligence was addressed. The correction the apostles made was the addition of more people being involved in the ministry of the church instead of themselves investing more time, which of course, was not available. They said:
“It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables.” – Acts 2:2

Just because people have physical needs, does not mean the ministers of the Word of God need to stop teaching. The Word of God is the transforming, renewing power in the soul of the church. Obviously the physical needs of people can also be met by the church without having to neglect Bible teaching. The apostles figured out a way of doing both by having more and more people serve. These additional servants were also empowered by the Spirit of God. What was the result of this balanced approach?
“So the word of God spread. The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly.” – Acts 6:7
Chalom (Hb) - Dream (Eng) - the Hebrew noun chalom is translated "dreams." It comes from the Hebrew verb chalam which means "to dream."
Am I doing my part to help fulfill the ministries of the church?
I will find a need and begin serving today.



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Personal

Safety on roads

Church

Avoid self-righteous attitudes
Foreign conflicts
Russia - civilization in a deadly decline



Hebrew inscription in a Herodian ashlar under Robinson's Arch on the west wall near the southwest corner of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.
The inscription may have been engraved around 900 AD to commemorate the Jewish graves found in the rubble under the arch from that same time period.  The inscription comes from Isaiah 66:14. This inscription was discovered by Benjamin Mazar during his excavations that began after the Six-Day war in 1967. The inscription reads:
You shall see and your heart shall rejoice. Their bones shall flourish like grass.
It appears to be a paraphrase of Isaiah 66:14:
When you see this, your heart will rejoice and you will flourish like grass.
Mazar believes this inscription was placed here on the west wall of the Temple Mount by the Jews who were allowed back into the city to rebuild the Temple in Emperor Julian’s day in 363. Others recognize that about four feet below theinscription 30-40 burials had taken place around 900 AD.
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Lands around Judea in Jeremiah's day.
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Someone to Quote

"Within the covers of the Bible are all the answers for all the problems men face." - Ronald Reagan

Something to Ponder

For three straight years Bach composed a new cantata for every Sunday service! This involved composing, writing out and copying the music for the singers and players, rehearsing and then performing in church.

Here’s a Fact

The modern media and liberal skeptics like to promote the writings of the Gnostics (Gospel of Thomas, Gospel of Judas, etc.) which date from the second century at best. But, skeptics continue to neglect the fact that the letters and books collected in the New Testament are clearly provable first century documents.
("Dating the NT")

Proverb

"Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue lasts only a moment." - Proverbs 12:19

Coach’s Corner

We don’t always know the answer, but we can always trust the One who does.

Esther 7
New International Version (NIV)
Haman Impaled
So the king and Haman went to Queen Esther’s banquet, and as they were drinking wine on the second day, the king again asked, “Queen Esther, what is your petition? It will be given you. What is your request? Even up to half the kingdom, it will be granted.”
Then Queen Esther answered, “If I have found favor with you, Your Majesty, and if it pleases you, grant me my life—this is my petition. And spare my people—this is my request. For I and my people have been sold to be destroyed, killed and annihilated. If we had merely been sold as male and female slaves, I would have kept quiet, because no such distress would justify disturbing the king.”
King Xerxes asked Queen Esther, “Who is he? Where is he—the man who has dared to do such a thing?”
Esther said, “An adversary and enemy! This vile Haman!”
Then Haman was terrified before the king and queen.
The king got up in a rage, left his wine and went out into the palace garden. But Haman, realizing that the king had already decided his fate, stayed behind to beg Queen Esther for his life.
Just as the king returned from the palace garden to the banquet hall, Haman was falling on the couch where Esther was reclining.
The king exclaimed, “Will he even molest the queen while she is with me in the house?”
As soon as the word left the king’s mouth, they covered Haman’s face.
Then Harbona, one of the eunuchs attending the king, said, “A pole reaching to a height of fifty cubits stands by Haman’s house. He had it set up for Mordecai, who spoke up to help the king.”
The king said, “Impale him on it!”
10 So they impaled Haman on the pole he had set up for Mordecai. Then the king’s fury subsided.
Acts 11
New International Version (NIV)
Peter Explains His Actions
11 The apostles and the believers throughout Judea heard that the Gentiles also had received the word of God. So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcised believers criticized him and said, “You went into the house of uncircumcised men and ate with them.”
Starting from the beginning, Peter told them the whole story: “I was in the city of Joppa praying, and in a trance I saw a vision. I saw something like a large sheet being let down from heaven by its four corners, and it came down to where I was. I looked into it and saw four-footed animals of the earth, wild beasts, reptiles and birds. Then I heard a voice telling me, ‘Get up, Peter. Kill and eat.’
“I replied, ‘Surely not, Lord! Nothing impure or unclean has ever entered my mouth.’
“The voice spoke from heaven a second time, ‘Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.’ 10 This happened three times, and then it was all pulled up to heaven again.
11 “Right then three men who had been sent to me from Caesarea stopped at the house where I was staying. 12 The Spirit told me to have no hesitation about going with them. These six brothers also went with me, and we entered the man’s house. 13 He told us how he had seen an angel appear in his house and say, ‘Send to Joppa for Simon who is called Peter. 14 He will bring you a message through which you and all your household will be saved.’
15 “As I began to speak, the Holy Spirit came on them as he had come on us at the beginning. 16 Then I remembered what the Lord had said: ‘John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’ 17 So if God gave them the same gift he gave us who believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I to think that I could stand in God’s way?”
18 When they heard this, they had no further objections and praised God, saying, “So then, even to Gentiles God has granted repentance that leads to life.”
The Church in Antioch
19 Now those who had been scattered by the persecution that broke out when Stephen was killed traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus and Antioch, spreading the word only among Jews. 20 Some of them, however, men from Cyprus and Cyrene, went to Antioch and began to speak to Greeks also, telling them the good news about the Lord Jesus. 21 The Lord’s hand was with them, and a great number of people believed and turned to the Lord.
22 News of this reached the church in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch. 23 When he arrived and saw what the grace of God had done, he was glad and encouraged them all to remain true to the Lord with all their hearts. 24 He was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and faith, and a great number of people were brought to the Lord.
25 Then Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul, 26 and when he found him, he brought him to Antioch. So for a whole year Barnabas and Saul met with the church and taught great numbers of people. The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch.
27 During this time some prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch. 28 One of them, named Agabus, stood up and through the Spirit predicted that a severe famine would spread over the entire Roman world. (This happened during the reign of Claudius.) 29 The disciples, as each one was able, decided to provide help for the brothers and sisters living in Judea. 30 This they did, sending their gift to the elders by Barnabas and Saul.
Matthew 11:1-19
New International Version (NIV)
Jesus and John the Baptist
11 After Jesus had finished instructing his twelve disciples, he went on from there to teach and preach in the towns of Galilee.
When John, who was in prison, heard about the deeds of the Messiah, he sent his disciples to ask him, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?”
Jesus replied, “Go back and report to John what you hear and see: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor. Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me.”
As John’s disciples were leaving, Jesus began to speak to the crowd about John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed swayed by the wind? If not, what did you go out to see? A man dressed in fine clothes? No, those who wear fine clothes are in kings’ palaces. Then what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. 10 This is the one about whom it is written:
“‘I will send my messenger ahead of you,     who will prepare your way before you.’
11 Truly I tell you, among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist; yet whoever is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. 12 From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been subjected to violence, and violent people have been raiding it. 13 For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John. 14 And if you are willing to accept it, he is the Elijah who was to come. 15 Whoever has ears, let them hear.
16 “To what can I compare this generation? They are like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling out to others:
17 
“‘We played the pipe for you,     and you did not dance; we sang a dirge,     and you did not mourn.’
18 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’ 19 The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’ But wisdom is proved right by her deeds.”

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