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July 10 - Evening

"If you falter in a time of trouble,
    how small is your strength!"

- Proverbs 24:10

Times of Trouble Are Times for More Strength

Proverbs 24:10 should be a proverb of both great encouragement and great challenge to any believer who faces opposition, stress, difficulty or struggles of any kind. Anyone can be positive and productive during good times. But, if you instantly collapse when times become difficult, you are a man who has very little strength and very little faith.

The phrase “strength is small” is literally “restricted” in the Hebrew. There is more strength available, but it has been restricted because of your attitude, your experience, your faith, or for some other reason.

This verse is a call to arms. It is a challenge to meet the opposition, find the strength and finish the job. Wisdom tells us that instead of caving in and being the coward, we need to rise and meet the challenge.

It is the uncommitted man who will walk away. The man committed to the cause will find or create the strength needed to continue the fight and run to the finish.
Zemia (Gr) – penalty (Eng) – the Greek word zemia and zemioo refer to many examples of harm. Zemia can mean “fine,” “penalty,” “contribution,” “harm,” “loss,” and “disadvantage.” In Acts 27:10 and 27:21 zemia is used to refer to the loss of cargo and ruin of the ship. In Philippians 3:8 Paul says that everything is zemia compared to knowing Christ. Zemia is also used by Paul in 1 Corinthians 3:15 and 2 Corinthians 7:9. In references to business transactions zemia is the antithesis of gain and profit. This is how Jesus used zemia in Matthew 16:26 and Mark 8:36.
I will not give up just because things become difficult. I will resist quitting because I am discouraged. I will focus on continuing.

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Proclamation of God's Word
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Large Herodian ashlar stones skillfully cut and placed in the Western Wall of the New Testament retaining wall of the Temple Mount. This photo is in the Western Wall Tunnels.
Model with labels of the Pool of Bethesda in New Testament times.
(Details and Photos 1, 2)

Galyn's 2007 video of the Pool of Bethesda below:

Someone to Quote

"We are the same to emperors as to our ordinary neighbors. For we are equally forbidden to wish ill, to do ill, to speak ill, to think ill of any person. The things we must not do to an emperor, we must not do to anyone else." - Tertullian, 197 AD

Something to Ponder

Ebionism an early church heresy from 50-135 AD that claim the need for the Mosaic Law in Salvation. This was a Christological Heresy that did not agree with the Apostle Paul’s position. The Ebionites claimed that Jesus was the man anointed by the Spirit who became the Messiah. They did not believe that Jesus was not God. The followers of Ebionism where looking for the imminent Millennium. They used the books of Matthew and Hebrews to prove their position, but rejected the rest of Scripture.

Here’s a Fact

The names of three Roman generals who helped destroy Jerusalem in 70 AD in fulfillment of Jesus’ prophecy in Luke 21:5-17 and Matthew 24:1-3 were inscribed on a column found near the Temple Mount in 1970. The names were Vespasian, Titus and Flavius Silva. The inscription says:

Imperator Caesar Vespasianus Augustus, Imperator Titus Cae- sar Vespasianus Augustus Filius [Lucius Flavius Silva legatus] Augusti pro praetore Legio X Fretensis



"For lack of guidance a nation falls, but many advisers make victory sure."
- Proverbs 11:14

Coach’s Corner

The greatest miracle is salvation. The godliest spiritual manifestation is the transformed soul.

Ezekiel 4
New International Version (NIV)
Siege of Jerusalem Symbolized
“Now, son of man, take a block of clay, put it in front of you and draw the city of Jerusalem on it. Then lay siege to it: Erect siege works against it, build a ramp up to it, set up camps against it and put battering rams around it. Then take an iron pan, place it as an iron wall between you and the city and turn your face toward it. It will be under siege, and you shall besiege it. This will be a sign to the people of Israel.
“Then lie on your left side and put the sin of the people of Israel upon yourself. You are to bear their sin for the number of days you lie on your side. I have assigned you the same number of days as the years of their sin. So for 390 days you will bear the sin of the people of Israel.
“After you have finished this, lie down again, this time on your right side, and bear the sin of the people of Judah. I have assigned you 40 days, a day for each year. Turn your face toward the siege of Jerusalem and with bared arm prophesy against her. I will tie you up with ropes so that you cannot turn from one side to the other until you have finished the days of your siege.
“Take wheat and barley, beans and lentils, millet and spelt; put them in a storage jar and use them to make bread for yourself. You are to eat it during the 390 days you lie on your side. 10 Weigh out twenty shekels of food to eat each day and eat it at set times. 11 Also measure out a sixth of a hin of water and drink it at set times. 12 Eat the food as you would a loaf of barley bread; bake it in the sight of the people, using human excrement for fuel.” 13 The Lord said, “In this way the people of Israel will eat defiled food among the nations where I will drive them.”
14 Then I said, “Not so, Sovereign Lord! I have never defiled myself. From my youth until now I have never eaten anything found dead or torn by wild animals. No impure meat has ever entered my mouth.”
15 “Very well,” he said, “I will let you bake your bread over cow dung instead of human excrement.”
16 He then said to me: “Son of man, I am about to cut off the food supply in Jerusalem. The people will eat rationed food in anxiety and drink rationed water in despair, 17 for food and water will be scarce. They will be appalled at the sight of each other and will waste away because of their sin.
Isaiah 7-8
New International Version (NIV)
The Sign of Immanuel
When Ahaz son of Jotham, the son of Uzziah, was king of Judah, King Rezin of Aram and Pekah son of Remaliah king of Israel marched up to fight against Jerusalem, but they could not overpower it.
Now the house of David was told, “Aram has allied itself with Ephraim”; so the hearts of Ahaz and his people were shaken, as the trees of the forest are shaken by the wind.
Then the Lord said to Isaiah, “Go out, you and your son Shear-Jashub, to meet Ahaz at the end of the aqueduct of the Upper Pool, on the road to the Launderer’s Field. Say to him, ‘Be careful, keep calm and don’t be afraid. Do not lose heart because of these two smoldering stubs of firewood—because of the fierce anger of Rezin and Aram and of the son of Remaliah. Aram, Ephraim and Remaliah’s son have plotted your ruin, saying, “Let us invade Judah; let us tear it apart and divide it among ourselves, and make the son of Tabeel king over it.” Yet this is what the Sovereign Lord says:
“‘It will not take place,     it will not happen,

for the head of Aram is Damascus,     and the head of Damascus is only Rezin. Within sixty-five years     Ephraim will be too shattered to be a people.

The head of Ephraim is Samaria,     and the head of Samaria is only Remaliah’s son. If you do not stand firm in your faith,     you will not stand at all.’”
10 Again the Lord spoke to Ahaz, 11 “Ask the Lord your God for a sign, whether in the deepest depths or in the highest heights.”
12 But Ahaz said, “I will not ask; I will not put the Lord to the test.”
13 Then Isaiah said, “Hear now, you house of David! Is it not enough to try the patience of humans? Will you try the patience of my God also? 14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. 15 He will be eating curds and honey when he knows enough to reject the wrong and choose the right, 16 for before the boy knows enough to reject the wrong and choose the right, the land of the two kings you dread will be laid waste. 17 The Lord will bring on you and on your people and on the house of your father a time unlike any since Ephraim broke away from Judah—he will bring the king of Assyria.”
Assyria, the Lord’s Instrument
18 In that day the Lord will whistle for flies from the Nile delta in Egypt and for bees from the land of Assyria. 19 They will all come and settle in the steep ravines and in the crevices in the rocks, on all the thornbushes and at all the water holes. 20 In that day the Lord will use a razor hired from beyond the Euphrates River—the king of Assyria—to shave your head and private parts, and to cut off your beard also. 21 In that day, a person will keep alive a young cow and two goats. 22 And because of the abundance of the milk they give, there will be curds to eat. All who remain in the land will eat curds and honey. 23 In that day, in every place where there were a thousand vines worth a thousand silver shekels, there will be only briers and thorns. 24 Hunters will go there with bow and arrow, for the land will be covered with briers and thorns. 25 As for all the hills once cultivated by the hoe, you will no longer go there for fear of the briers and thorns; they will become places where cattle are turned loose and where sheep run.
Isaiah and His Children as Signs
The Lord said to me, “Take a large scroll and write on it with an ordinary pen: Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz.” So I called in Uriah the priest and Zechariah son of Jeberekiah as reliable witnesses for me. Then I made love to the prophetess, and she conceived and gave birth to a son. And the Lord said to me, “Name him Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz. For before the boy knows how to say ‘My father’ or ‘My mother,’ the wealth of Damascus and the plunder of Samaria will be carried off by the king of Assyria.”
The Lord spoke to me again:

“Because this people has rejected     the gently flowing waters of Shiloah and rejoices over Rezin     and the son of Remaliah,

therefore the Lord is about to bring against them     the mighty floodwaters of the Euphrates—     the king of Assyria with all his pomp. It will overflow all its channels,     run over all its banks

and sweep on into Judah, swirling over it,     passing through it and reaching up to the neck. Its outspread wings will cover the breadth of your land,     Immanuel!”

Raise the war cry, you nations, and be shattered!     Listen, all you distant lands. Prepare for battle, and be shattered!     Prepare for battle, and be shattered!
Devise your strategy, but it will be thwarted;     propose your plan, but it will not stand,     for God is with us.
11 This is what the Lord says to me with his strong hand upon me, warning me not to follow the way of this people:
“Do not call conspiracy     everything this people calls a conspiracy; do not fear what they fear,     and do not dread it.
The Lord Almighty is the one you are to regard as holy,     he is the one you are to fear,     he is the one you are to dread.
He will be a holy place;     for both Israel and Judah he will be a stone that causes people to stumble     and a rock that makes them fall. And for the people of Jerusalem he will be     a trap and a snare.
Many of them will stumble;     they will fall and be broken,     they will be snared and captured.”
Bind up this testimony of warning     and seal up God’s instruction among my disciples.
I will wait for the Lord,     who is hiding his face from the descendants of Jacob. I will put my trust in him.
18 Here am I, and the children the Lord has given me. We are signs and symbols in Israel from the Lord Almighty, who dwells on Mount Zion.
The Darkness Turns to Light
19 When someone tells you to consult mediums and spiritists, who whisper and mutter, should not a people inquire of their God? Why consult the dead on behalf of the living? 20 Consult God’s instruction and the testimony of warning. If anyone does not speak according to this word, they have no light of dawn. 21 Distressed and hungry, they will roam through the land; when they are famished, they will become enraged and, looking upward, will curse their king and their God. 22 Then they will look toward the earth and see only distress and darkness and fearful gloom, and they will be thrust into utter darkness.

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