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March 5 - Evening

"Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you."
-Deuteronomy 31:6

Do Not Be Terrified! He Will Never Leave You!

Moses will not be crossing the Jordan into the Promised Land, but Israel is assured that the Lord will be crossing with them. The presence of the Lord among the Israelites is more than a religious idea or an idle concept designed to inspire hope, but it is a fact that this generation has experienced for the last forty years. The Lord had entered their camp forty years before at Mount Sinai and had been with Israel through out the wilderness experience both in blessing and in judgment. The Lord had provided provisions such as the manna, but the Lord had also provided punishment such as the fiery serpents.

Now, before Israel crosses the Jordan they are told not to be afraid of the Canaanites. The reason they are not to fear is because this is the Lord’s will and his presence will continue with Israel even after they cross the Jordan. Israel has already experienced military victory as a result of the Lord’s presence with them when they defeated Sihon and Og, the kings of the Amorites east of the Jordan. The victory against them was a foretaste of what God’s presence would do for Israel when they fought the Canaanites on the west side of the Jordan.

Even though Moses is not crossing the Jordan, the Lord will go with Israel. Moses promises that the Lord “will never leave you nor forsake you.” These promises guarantee Israel’s success. But, from their experience in the wilderness Israel also has learned, that the Lord’s presence also demands obedience and holiness. If Israel does not obey and refuses to follow the commands of the Lord, then his presence will turn on them as punishment and discipline. Israel at this point in history understands this concept. They are not so foolish (as future generations will be) to think that the guarantee that the Lord “will never leave you nor forsake you” meant they could do whatever they wanted and live however they chose. The Lord can still keep his promise to “never leave…nor forsake” a disobedient people, but his presence would bring discipline and punishment instead of prosperity and peace.
Thlipsis (Gr) – Trouble (Eng) – thlipsis is a Greek word that is translated “trouble” and “tribulation.” It is used 45x in the Greek New Testament including Jesus in Matthew 13:21; 24:9; 24:21; 24:29 ; 1 Corinthians 7:28; 2 Corinthians 1:4 and 1:8; Philippians 4:14; Revelation 1:9; 2:9-10; 2:22; 7:14. read verses
Do I realize that no matter how difficult situations become the Lord will never leave me? My greatest fears can still conquered with this knowledge.

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Affirmative action

Basalt mill stone - This conical shaped basalt stone is the lower mill-stone that formed the base and the lower grinding surface of a mill that was used for grinding grain into flour. (Details here and here)
Brief outline of Ephesians chapter one.

Someone to Quote

“It is reassuring at the end to find that the general result of all these discoveries and all this study is to strengthen the proof of the authenticity of the Scriptures, and our conviction that we have in our hands, in substantial integrity, the veritable Word of God.” – Sir Frederic G. Kenyon, Director of British Museum

Something to Ponder

Read Martin Luther’s 95 Theses here:
"Those who believe that, through letters of pardon [indulgences], they are made sure of their own salvation, will be eternally damned along with their teachers.” – Martin Luther, #32 of the 95 Theses

Here’s a Fact

After the Assyrian’s defeat by the Angel of the Lord in 2 Kings 19:35 the Bible records that Sennacherib returned to Nineveh and was killed by two of his sons (Adrammelech and Sharezer) and was succeeded by a third son Esarhaddon (2 Kings 19:37). Both Assyrian records and the Babylonian Chronicle confirm the biblical account. Other documents from Nineveh list one of the sons as Arda-mulissi, an Assyrian spelling of Adrammelech. (Details here and here)


"Keep to a path far from her, do not go near the door of her house..."
- Proverbs 5:8

Coach’s Corner

Determination and focus achieves greatness.

2 Kings 19:35
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35 That night the angel of the Lord went out and put to death a hundred and eighty-five thousand in the Assyrian camp. When the people got up the next morning—there were all the dead bodies!
2 Kings 19:37
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37 One day, while he was worshiping in the temple of his god Nisrok, his sons Adrammelek and Sharezer killed him with the sword, and they escaped to the land of Ararat. And Esarhaddon his son succeeded him as king.
Matthew 13:21
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21 But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away.
Matthew 24:9
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“Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me.
Matthew 24:21
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21 For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now—and never to be equaled again.
Matthew 24:29
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29 “Immediately after the distress of those days
“‘the sun will be darkened,     and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky,     and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.’
1 Corinthians 7:28
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28 But if you do marry, you have not sinned; and if a virgin marries, she has not sinned. But those who marry will face many troubles in this life, and I want to spare you this.
2 Corinthians 1:4
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who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.
2 Corinthians 1:8
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We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about the troubles we experienced in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself.
Philippians 4:14
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14 Yet it was good of you to share in my troubles.
Revelation 1:9
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John’s Vision of Christ
I, John, your brother and companion in the suffering and kingdom and patient endurance that are ours in Jesus, was on the island of Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus.
Revelation 2:9-10
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I know your afflictions and your poverty—yet you are rich! I know about the slander of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. 10 Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you life as your victor’s crown.
Revelation 2:22
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22 So I will cast her on a bed of suffering, and I will make those who commit adultery with her suffer intensely, unless they repent of her ways.
Revelation 7:14
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14 I answered, “Sir, you know.”
And he said, “These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
Deuteronomy 34
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The Death of Moses
34 Then Moses climbed Mount Nebo from the plains of Moab to the top of Pisgah, across from Jericho. There the Lord showed him the whole land—from Gilead to Dan, all of Naphtali, the territory of Ephraim and Manasseh, all the land of Judah as far as the Mediterranean Sea, the Negev and the whole region from the Valley of Jericho, the City of Palms, as far as Zoar. Then the Lord said to him, “This is the land I promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob when I said, ‘I will give it to your descendants.’ I have let you see it with your eyes, but you will not cross over into it.”
And Moses the servant of the Lord died there in Moab, as the Lord had said. He buried him in Moab, in the valley opposite Beth Peor, but to this day no one knows where his grave is. Moses was a hundred and twenty years old when he died, yet his eyes were not weak nor his strength gone. The Israelites grieved for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days, until the time of weeping and mourning was over.
Now Joshua son of Nun was filled with the spirit of wisdom because Moses had laid his hands on him. So the Israelites listened to him and did what the Lord had commanded Moses.
10 Since then, no prophet has risen in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face, 11 who did all those signs and wonders the Lord sent him to do in Egypt—to Pharaoh and to all his officials and to his whole land. 12 For no one has ever shown the mighty power or performed the awesome deeds that Moses did in the sight of all Israel.
Numbers 25
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Moab Seduces Israel
25 While Israel was staying in Shittim, the men began to indulge in sexual immorality with Moabite women, who invited them to the sacrifices to their gods. The people ate the sacrificial meal and bowed down before these gods. So Israel yoked themselves to the Baal of Peor. And the Lord’s anger burned against them.
The Lord said to Moses, “Take all the leaders of these people, kill them and expose them in broad daylight before the Lord, so that the Lord’s fierce anger may turn away from Israel.”
So Moses said to Israel’s judges, “Each of you must put to death those of your people who have yoked themselves to the Baal of Peor.”
Then an Israelite man brought into the camp a Midianite woman right before the eyes of Moses and the whole assembly of Israel while they were weeping at the entrance to the tent of meeting. When Phinehas son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron, the priest, saw this, he left the assembly, took a spear in his hand and followed the Israelite into the tent. He drove the spear into both of them, right through the Israelite man and into the woman’s stomach. Then the plague against the Israelites was stopped; but those who died in the plague numbered 24,000.
10 The Lord said to Moses, 11 “Phinehas son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron, the priest, has turned my anger away from the Israelites. Since he was as zealous for my honor among them as I am, I did not put an end to them in my zeal. 12 Therefore tell him I am making my covenant of peace with him. 13 He and his descendants will have a covenant of a lasting priesthood, because he was zealous for the honor of his God and made atonement for the Israelites.”
14 The name of the Israelite who was killed with the Midianite woman was Zimri son of Salu, the leader of a Simeonite family. 15 And the name of the Midianite woman who was put to death was Kozbi daughter of Zur, a tribal chief of a Midianite family.
16 The Lord said to Moses, 17 “Treat the Midianites as enemies and kill them. 18 They treated you as enemies when they deceived you in the Peor incident involving their sister Kozbi, the daughter of a Midianite leader, the woman who was killed when the plague came as a result of that incident.”

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