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October 21 - Morning

"Five days later the high priest Ananias went down to Caesarea with some of the elders and a lawyer named Tertullus , and they brought their charges against Paul before the governor.. When Paul was called in, Tertullus presented his case before Felix."
-Acts 24:1-2

Paul in Court in Caesarea

The high priest and the elders (Sanhedrin) hired a lawyer named Tertullus to present their case against Paul (57 AD). The entire issue is a matter of Jewish law concerning a violation on the Temple Mount. This case was being judged by the Roman Governor (procurator), a gentile, named Felix, and it will ultimately be appealed all the way to Nero for a final verdict in 62 AD. Nero will basically throw the case out of court because it has to do with Jewish Law and religious ritual. This case does burn up 5 years of Paul's ministry and he is held in prison, not being allowed to travel. It is during those years, though, Paul writes the letters of Ephesians, Colossians, Philippi and Philemon.
On this day in court in Caesarea, Felix hears the both sides, but adjourns until he can hear a testimony of the Roman commander from Jerusalem concerning the events that transpired on the Temple Mount.
It is amazing how serious the Jews are about this case against Paul. Not only have they hired a lawyer to represent them in Caesarea, but the high priest himself and members of the Sanhedrin attend the case. Of course, they may know they are accusing one of the best legal minds of their generation and need to use all their resources. Either way, their forces and strategies were not enough to bring down Paul. It will take them five years of legal battles before they finally lose the case. Paul will be set free by Nero in 62 AD.
Nero will hear another case against Paul in 67-68 AD when the Ephesian businessmen and metal workers come against Paul in Roman court. In this second case, Paul will be found guilty and decapitated upon Nero's orders. A few weeks later Nero committed suicide.
'ahab (Hb) - Love (Eng) - the Hebrew 'ahab is not the Hebrew word hesed which means "covenant love" or "steadfast love." 'Ahab expresses emotional experience that arise from perceptions and interaction with people, things and situations in the world. It is used to refer to preferences, appetite, political alliances, friendship, lust, sex, romance, etc.
Do I worry about things before I pray about them? Do I allow myself to plan and strategize without letting God do his part? I will be diligent, I will make plans, but I will invite God to do his part and then wait to see him work.

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Illegal drugs
Senegal - dominated by Islam

Galyn in the Essene city of Qumran near the Dead Sea with a cave (cave #4) in the back ground where many of the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered.
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David's Jerusalem
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Someone to Quote

"The True Church can never fail. For it is based upon a rock." – T.S. Eliot

Something to Ponder

John Bunyan (1628-1688) wrote “The Pilgrim’s Progress” in a prison during the twelve years he was confined for having joined in a non-conformist religious meeting, which meant he went to a private Bible study instead of the established state church.

Here’s a Fact

A Silver Scroll amulet was found in 1979 in the tombs of the Hinnom Valley. It contains the text of Numbers 6:24-26 and is dated from the days of Josiah and Jeremiah around 625 BC. It is the oldest inscription of the Old Testament text we have found. (details)


"Better to live in a desert than with a quarrelsome and ill-tempered wife."
- Proverbs 21:19

Coach’s Corner

Never forget that God is good, God is sovereign and God has a plan. This God has transformed you into the image of the Son he loves and is preparing you for a tremendous future. Go with it and be faithful! 

Matthew 2:13-23
New International Version (NIV)
The Escape to Egypt
13 When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up,” he said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.”
14 So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, 15 where he stayed until the death of Herod. And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet: “Out of Egypt I called my son.”
16 When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi. 17 Then what was said through the prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled:
“A voice is heard in Ramah,     weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children     and refusing to be comforted,     because they are no more.”
The Return to Nazareth
19 After Herod died, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt 20 and said, “Get up, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel, for those who were trying to take the child’s life are dead.”
21 So he got up, took the child and his mother and went to the land of Israel. 22 But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning in Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. Having been warned in a dream, he withdrew to the district of Galilee, 23 and he went and lived in a town called Nazareth. So was fulfilled what was said through the prophets, that he would be called a Nazarene.
James 4
New International Version (NIV)
Submit Yourselves to God
What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.
You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. Or do you think Scripture says without reason that he jealously longs for the spirit he has caused to dwell in us? But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says:
“God opposes the proud     but shows favor to the humble.”
Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.
11 Brothers and sisters, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against a brother or sister or judges them speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it. 12 There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you—who are you to judge your neighbor?
Boasting About Tomorrow
13 Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” 14 Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. 15 Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” 16 As it is, you boast in your arrogant schemes. All such boasting is evil. 17 If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.
Matthew 17
New International Version (NIV)
The Transfiguration
17 After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus.
Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.”
While he was still speaking, a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!”
When the disciples heard this, they fell facedown to the ground, terrified. But Jesus came and touched them. “Get up,” he said. “Don’t be afraid.” When they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus.
As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus instructed them, “Don’t tell anyone what you have seen, until the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.”
10 The disciples asked him, “Why then do the teachers of the law say that Elijah must come first?”
11 Jesus replied, “To be sure, Elijah comes and will restore all things. 12 But I tell you, Elijah has already come, and they did not recognize him, but have done to him everything they wished. In the same way the Son of Man is going to suffer at their hands.” 13 Then the disciples understood that he was talking to them about John the Baptist.
Jesus Heals a Demon-Possessed Boy
14 When they came to the crowd, a man approached Jesus and knelt before him. 15 “Lord, have mercy on my son,” he said. “He has seizures and is suffering greatly. He often falls into the fire or into the water. 16 I brought him to your disciples, but they could not heal him.”
17 “You unbelieving and perverse generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy here to me.” 18 Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of the boy, and he was healed at that moment.
19 Then the disciples came to Jesus in private and asked, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?”
20 He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” [21] 
Jesus Predicts His Death a Second Time
22 When they came together in Galilee, he said to them, “The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men. 23 They will kill him, and on the third day he will be raised to life.” And the disciples were filled with grief.
The Temple Tax
24 After Jesus and his disciples arrived in Capernaum, the collectors of the two-drachma temple tax came to Peter and asked, “Doesn’t your teacher pay the temple tax?”
25 “Yes, he does,” he replied.
When Peter came into the house, Jesus was the first to speak. “What do you think, Simon?” he asked. “From whom do the kings of the earth collect duty and taxes—from their own children or from others?”
26 “From others,” Peter answered.
“Then the children are exempt,” Jesus said to him.
27 “But so that we may not cause offense, go to the lake and throw out your line. Take the first fish you catch; open its mouth and you will find a four-drachma coin. Take it and give it to them for my tax and yours.”

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