Over on the Happenings Page, in the list of links, is a link to BibleGateway.com. Bible Gateway is, in my opinion, an excellent online site for bible reading and/or study. Additionally, its content can be listened to via audio bibles.
I find that I use Bible Gateway daily. Its tools and bible options/versions are tremendously useful in one's ongoing bible reading, study and research. Moreover, if you are a user of a mobile device, iPhone, iPad, Android phone or Kindle Fire, the BibleGateway app is extremely useful, convenient and powerful. With its tools for searching, adding notes, pinning favorite verses, instantly switching between bible versions, and of course, audio (Max McLean is by far my favorite reader) so much can be experienced anytime, anywhere, right at one's fingertips.
I highly recommend this site and its mobile app for our mobile users. Head over to the Happenings page and check it out!
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A Maundy Thursday service will be held on April 2, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. in the church function room. The service is open to all - church members and any visitor wishing to attend! The evening will include a "primitive" Seder service as depicted in the Book of Exodus and Communion, as depicted in the gospels. Communion will be conducted by our Pastor, the Reverend Carroll C. Moore. Following will be a pot luck meal. It is requested that all wishing to attend notify this website at email@example.com, make note on the sign-up sheet at Sunday service or call: 603.560.4443 Anyone wishing to contribute to the pot luck, please include that information as well.
...but do you know about God's Week, God's seven day/seven thousand year Week? Consider what Peter wrote in his letter: 2 Peter, Chapter 3:3-4,8-9
"...scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires. They will say, 'Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation.' "
"But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness..."
Over the coming weeks keep checking "The View From The Pew" as this matter will be explored in some depth. This is a concept that all Christians today should know and understand -- and understand clearly!
March 25, 2015
One of the gifts were given on a daily basis is the ability to be open and to be an instrument. If we reflect upon our life we can remember some of those moments when the shell of our life was broken open like a robin’s egg when a new life emerges. Frederick Buechner has written:
“Who knows how the awareness of God’s love first hits people? Every person has his own tale to tell, including the person who would not believe in God if you paid him. Some moment happens in your life that makes you say Yes right up to the roots of your hair, that makes it worth having been born just to have happen. Laughing with somebody till the tears run down your cheeks. Waking up to the first snow. Being in bed with somebody you love. Whether you thank God for such a moment or thank your luckystars, it is a moment that is trying to open up your whole life. If you try to turn your back on such a moment and hurry along to Business as Usual, it may lose you the whole ball game. If you throw your arms around such a moment and hug it like crazy, it may save your soul. How about the person you know who as far as you can possibly tell has never had such a moment? Maybe for that person the moment that has to happen is you.”
Easter is such a moment for everyone of us and as we enter Holy Week this coming week may we be open to how God is calling us through breaking us open and inviting us to help another into new birth and awareness.
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Below is a link to a YouTube video of poor visual quality, but of immense informational content. It is about the Star of Bethlehem. However, it is much more than that; it is about our time, and how we, today, can understand things of Scripture, because of present technologies, that none in the past could fully comprehend. Truly, it is, in the opinion of this writer, an indication of our special place now in the Plan of God. The video is long, 1hr5min, and of poor quality, but indicative of what the angel said to Daniel: "Go your way, Daniel, because the words are rolled up and sealed until the time of the end." (Daniel 12:9)
Sunday School has started up for its new season. Be sure to visit the "Sunday School" page (see above) for all the happenings going on with our kids and with any ways you might help out the staff. They work hard for our little ones. Let us give them all the support they need!
An excellent video offered by Elaine Heinrich of David Archuleta singing "to" the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. It's beautiful!
March 29, 2015
Day(s) of the Lord - Part 7 - Day 5
And God said, “Let the waters swarm with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the heavens.” So God created the great sea creatures and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarm, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. And God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” And there was evening and there was morning, the fifth day. (Genesis 1:20-23)
Pentecost marked the end of one age, the age of Abraham/Israel, and the beginning of a new age, a two thousand year age of the messiah, the church and gentiles. It is at this point that I began this series of essays on the Seven Day/Seven-Thousand-Year design of God for this planet. (Please see Part 1.) As Peter said at Pentecost, and as I hope I have so far made clear, the last Days Peter was referring to were 1,000-year-long Days, and that he was speaking from the perspective of the latter three Days of God’s Seven Day creation narrative. Once again, when Peter referenced Joel on that first Pentecost morning after the crucifixion, he was prophesying in the most fundamental way to the next two thousand years of the messiah/church/gentiles age. Peter began Joel’s reference with the identification of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Peter closed Joel’s reference with a description of the time of Christ’s return, marked by:
“...wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below, blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke; the sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood, before the day of the Lord comes, the great and magnificent day. And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.’” Acts 2:19-21 (These events are pretty well described in detail in the Book of Revelation which deals exclusively with the end of the present age, the second advent and the commencement of the last 1000 years of the biblical narrative.)
That one short pronouncement by Peter incorporated Days Five and Six of the Seven Day/Seven-Thousand-Year design of God. They were not identified in their entirety of course, but were simply noted as the beginning and end of the messiah/church/gentile age bracketed up front by the pouring out of the Holy Spirit and then bracketed at the other end by the “great and magnificent day of the Lord.”
This essay, Part 7 of the series, addresses only of the first half of the 2000 year long messiah/church/gentile age, the fifth millennium of God’s Seven Thousand Year design for us, and which foreshadows the fifth day of the creation narrative.
After Peter’s explanation at Pentecost regards the Holy Spirit, we must acknowledge Peter's vision in the book of Acts where he witnesses something like a sheet descending from heaven with unclean (non kosher) creatures upon it, and hearing the command to "kill and eat". (Acts 10:9-16)
It is in the fifth day of the creation narrative that God creates all manner of creatures out of the “waters.” It is not the creatures of the Land (a metaphor for Abraham/Israel) that are depicted, but the creatures of the “waters” (recall that waters are a metaphor for humanity -- and in this case, Gentiles). Recall how God separated the Land from the Waters in Day Three? Through Peter’s vision of formerly unclean foods and the command to “kill and eat”, he see there is now no separation, no clean or unclean, no simply common, all are now subject to God’s election. Peter's subsequent interpretation of this vision was that God now made no distinction between gentiles and Israel regards the promises of God to Abraham, and thus, the subsequent outpouring of the Holy Spirit on “all flesh”, including gentiles. This inclusion of the gentiles is also shown by Peter's being commanded to visit Cornelius’ home, a gentile, to preach to Cornelius and his household and to baptise them as Peter and the other Jews with him, witnessed the power of the Holy Spirit as it was granted to the whole household.
It is in the narrative of the fifth day of creation that God foreshadows how He will declare all made clean (meaning the gentiles are now also offered the Holy Spirit). Moreover, we see where God commands all the things He creates in the fifth day of creation to be fruitful and to multiply -- a foreshadow of the gentiles to abound in the Holy Spirit, the fruits thereof and to spread the Good News of the coming Kingdom of God.
This declaration that the gentiles are now not unclean or common is a significant demarcation in God’s seven-thousand-year timeline. There is no longer a separation of peoples (Israel versus everyone else) but all are now offered the promise of the Holy Spirit as was seen in the book of Acts and via the nation of Israel.
It is also noteworthy how birds are highlighted in the fifth day creation narrative -- where God commands, “and let birds multiply on the earth.”
In 1962 B.H. Phipps wrote in Ministry, an International Journal for Ministers.
"...the prophet Isaiah had visions of Gentiles coming in large numbers to worship the God of the Jews; and they too would possess the same ennobling virtues of the dove: 'Who are these that fly as a cloud, and as the doves to their windows?'" (Isa. 60:8).
And, of course, a bird, a dove, was used as a symbol of the Holy Spirit at the baptism of Jesus.
Thus, Day five of the creation narrative foreshadows the fifth millennium of biblical history where at the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost commenced the age of the messiah/Church/gentiles and the Church's mission to preach the good news of the Kingdom of God to the ends of the earth -- multiplying as the birds of the sky.
As shown above, Day Five, and subsequently the fifth millennium, highlights upon gentiles. However, the Hebrews are not excluded or replaced by the church regards the promises of God to Abraham and his descendants. Yes, Israel had a two-thousand-year age where the great bulk of the biblical narrative was revealed through them. Now, however, is the time of the gentiles, a two thousand year age where gentiles are being gathered into God’s purpose. But Paul assures us that Israel is not now, nor will ever be, completely out of the picture. He instructs us:
“Lest you be wise in your own sight, I do not want you to be unaware of this mystery, brothers: a partial hardening has come upon Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in”. Romans 11:25
Day Six of the creation narrative is another Day, and a Day that foreshadows the second half of this age. In that Day, as it foreshadows the sixth millennium, many of Israel will be revealed once again in a significant way regards God's seven-thousand-year-plan for mankind. But before that occurs…
“And there was evening and there was morning, the fifth day.” Genesis 1:23 ESV
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