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October 23 - Evening

"Indeed, when Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature things required by the law, they are a law for themselves, even though they do not have the law. They show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts sometimes accusing them and at other times even defending them. This will take place on the day when God judges people’s secrets through Jesus Christ, as my gospel declares."
- Romans 2:14-16

The Universal Law on All of Our Hearts

The Old Testament makes it clear that God appeared to men like Abraham and Moses, that God gave Israel the written Law and the Tabernacle worship, and that God sent prophets who spoke his word to them. So, it is clear Israel knew what God wanted, because he told them. But, what about the rest of the world? What about the non-Jewish people called the Gentiles? God didn't appear on Mount Sinai and speak to every culture, race, language and society! How do they know what God wants? How do people know what is right and wrong? Is there things that are absolutely wrong in every culture for every age? And, if people do not know or if right and wrong are different for every culture, how can we say God will ultimately be able to judge all mankind?
This is the subject Paul is addressing in Romans 2:14-16. Paul says that even the Gentiles naturally do things required by the law. In all cultures it is not considered right to steal, to murder, to destroy your family through disobedience to parents or abandoning your wife and children. Indeed, these things happen in every culture, including Jewish culture, but that doesn’t mean that culture considers these “sins” good, wholesome and right.
Paul says that because men universally know what is right in certain areas of morality, ethics and social expectations mankind is showing:
“that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts.”

Just like birds know when to migrate, so men know what is right or wrong in these general areas. God has established right and wrong, and God has then written that standard on the heart of every man. Because these requirements of the law are written on their hearts man’s conscious will at times defend his actions and at other times that same man’s conscious will accuse him of the wrong he has done, just as Paul writes:
“Their consciences also bearing witness and their thoughts sometimes accusing them and at other times even defending them.”

Remember, Paul is talking about non-believing Gentiles in these verses. He is not talking about Christians who have been born-again and are indwelt by the Holy Spirit. These people and the subject of the believer’s renewed mind and the ministry of the Holy Spirit will be a topic discussed by Paul later in this book.
Because, there is an absolute standard of right and wrong it is possible for Christians and unbelievers to live productively together in the same culture and even interact supportively of the same political agenda. Because of our universal Creator we can share universal values.
Porosis (Gr) - Blindness (Eng) - the Greek word porosis means both "blindness" and "hardness." Porosis comes from poroo which has the meaning of "to harden, to form a callous." The Greek definition includes "covering with a calus," "dulled perception," "a blunted or blocked mental discernment."
Do I seek to obey the absolute standard that God has given to all men?
Do I do what is right according to the law of God that is written on my heart?
I will honor my Creator by living in a way that he intended mankind to live.

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Enough income to meet your needs


Attitude of repentance
Serbia - new religion law oppress Evangelicals

Excavation in Beth Shemesh with the Sorek Valley in the background. This is the valley that the Philistines sent the Ark of the Covenant when it came to this Levitical city of Beth Shemesh. During this excavation in 2012 a coin from around 1050 BC commemorating Samson was found here. See details of coin.
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Someone to Quote

"You might as well try to hear without ears or breathe without lungs, as to try to live a Christian life without the Spirit of God in your heart." - D.L. Moody

Something to Ponder

Israel (150 by 55 miles) has wide variety of habitat (deserts, mountains, forests, grasslands, lakes, seashores, hill country, plains, plateaus) which provide home to 2,350 species of plant life and 700 species of animals.

Here’s a Fact

It is interesting to note that Jacob blesses his twelve sons with equal shares of the inheritance. This practice was changed 400 years later in Deuteronomy 21:15-17 when the Mosaic Law required that the firstborn son receive a double inheritance.


"The laborer's appetite works for him; his hunger drives him on."
- Proverbs 16:26

Coach’s Corner

Know the difference between stretching yourself to accomplish your purpose and overextending yourself with stress and counter-productive activity. The difference is as clear as stretching before a workout and a torn muscle that ends your season. 

1 Thessalonians 4
New International Version (NIV)
Living to Please God
As for other matters, brothers and sisters, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more. For you know what instructions we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus.
It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control your own body in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the pagans, who do not know God; and that in this matter no one should wrong or take advantage of a brother or sister. The Lord will punish all those who commit such sins, as we told you and warned you before. For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life. Therefore, anyone who rejects this instruction does not reject a human being but God, the very God who gives you his Holy Spirit.
Now about your love for one another we do not need to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love each other. 10 And in fact, you do love all of God’s family throughout Macedonia. Yet we urge you, brothers and sisters, to do so more and more, 11 and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you, 12 so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.
Believers Who Have Died
13 Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. 14 For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. 15 According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.
John 8
New International Version (NIV)

but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.
At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him.
But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.
At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. 10 Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”
11 “No one, sir,” she said.
“Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”

Dispute Over Jesus’ Testimony
12 When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
13 The Pharisees challenged him, “Here you are, appearing as your own witness; your testimony is not valid.”
14 Jesus answered, “Even if I testify on my own behalf, my testimony is valid, for I know where I came from and where I am going. But you have no idea where I come from or where I am going. 15 You judge by human standards; I pass judgment on no one. 16 But if I do judge, my decisions are true, because I am not alone. I stand with the Father, who sent me. 17 In your own Law it is written that the testimony of two witnesses is true. 18 I am one who testifies for myself; my other witness is the Father, who sent me.”
19 Then they asked him, “Where is your father?”
“You do not know me or my Father,” Jesus replied. “If you knew me, you would know my Father also.”
20 He spoke these words while teaching in the temple courts near the place where the offerings were put. Yet no one seized him, because his hour had not yet come.
Dispute Over Who Jesus Is
21 Once more Jesus said to them, “I am going away, and you will look for me, and you will die in your sin. Where I go, you cannot come.”
22 This made the Jews ask, “Will he kill himself? Is that why he says, ‘Where I go, you cannot come’?”
23 But he continued, “You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world. 24 I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not believe that I am he, you will indeed die in your sins.”
25 “Who are you?” they asked.
“Just what I have been telling you from the beginning,” Jesus replied.
26 “I have much to say in judgment of you. But he who sent me is trustworthy, and what I have heard from him I tell the world.”
27 They did not understand that he was telling them about his Father. 28 So Jesus said, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he and that I do nothing on my own but speak just what the Father has taught me. 29 The one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what pleases him.” 30 Even as he spoke, many believed in him.
Dispute Over Whose Children Jesus’ Opponents Are
31 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
33 They answered him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?”
34 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. 35 Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. 36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. 37 I know that you are Abraham’s descendants. Yet you are looking for a way to kill me, because you have no room for my word. 38 I am telling you what I have seen in the Father’s presence, and you are doing what you have heard from your father.”
39 “Abraham is our father,” they answered.
“If you were Abraham’s children,” said Jesus, “then you would do what Abraham did.
40 As it is, you are looking for a way to kill me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God. Abraham did not do such things. 41 You are doing the works of your own father.”
“We are not illegitimate children,” they protested. “The only Father we have is God himself.”
42 Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I have come here from God. I have not come on my own; God sent me. 43 Why is my language not clear to you? Because you are unable to hear what I say. 44 You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. 45 Yet because I tell the truth, you do not believe me! 46 Can any of you prove me guilty of sin? If I am telling the truth, why don’t you believe me? 47 Whoever belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God.”
Jesus’ Claims About Himself
48 The Jews answered him, “Aren’t we right in saying that you are a Samaritan and demon-possessed?”
49 “I am not possessed by a demon,” said Jesus, “but I honor my Father and you dishonor me. 50 I am not seeking glory for myself; but there is one who seeks it, and he is the judge. 51 Very truly I tell you, whoever obeys my word will never see death.”
52 At this they exclaimed, “Now we know that you are demon-possessed! Abraham died and so did the prophets, yet you say that whoever obeys your word will never taste death. 53 Are you greater than our father Abraham? He died, and so did the prophets. Who do you think you are?”
54 Jesus replied, “If I glorify myself, my glory means nothing. My Father, whom you claim as your God, is the one who glorifies me. 55 Though you do not know him, I know him. If I said I did not, I would be a liar like you, but I do know him and obey his word. 56 Your father Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing my day; he saw it and was glad.”
57 “You are not yet fifty years old,” they said to him, “and you have seen Abraham!”
58 “Very truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!” 59 At this, they picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus hid himself, slipping away from the temple grounds.

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