North Salem United Methodist Church
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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The North Salem United Methodist Church men’s fellowship group is sponsoring The Great Courses American Lecture Series titled How Jesus Became God. Meetings are tentatively planned for the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. The agenda includes a pre-meeting meet and greet, an opening prayer, presentation of the Video Lecture, followed by an open discussion. All men interested in Christian fellowship and exploring the history and teachings of Jesus Christ are Welcome to attend. The meeting will be held at the North Salem Church located at 389 North Main St., Salem, NH. There is no charge to attend. Coffee & doughnuts will be provided!
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...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 3, 2015
AWAY AND BACK
I am reminded whenever we leave home for a trip as recently we did to Costa Rica how good it is to come home. We have been AWAY AND BACK and not quite sure there was any radical change in the landscape here in New Hampshire. We still have about 3 or 4 feet of snow hugging the ground about everywhere….but today we were up above freezing. I can smell spring in the air and soon the sap will be flowing from our maples.
Seed catalogs continue to arrive and I am an unbelievable gardener until I have to pull the weeds on hot sticky days. But I still love to do it. Our trip was blessed with beautiful flowers and wonderful people. The gardener within me was awakened by what I saw and experienced. Perhaps you feel the same joy I feel with the sweetness of a fresh picked strawberry, by the chatter of birds in the trees nearby, the sound of wind in the trees or moving the chimes, and drawing us closer to the miracle of life.
It has been a hard winter for many but pausing to reflect as my vacation time allowed me to do, and what I seek to do each day is to free ourselves from only thinking of winter and to realize it will be AWAY in a few weeks and spring will be BACK. In the same sense of the phrase I know there are times when I feel I am AWAY from God but God hasn’t left – God always has our BACK winter or spring, summer or fall. The grace is God is here with us and showers us with love in so many ways that we say it is a miracle when we realize that when we acknowledge this we are always at home.
Allow me to be still in spirit
To listen to your heartbeat
In my life and to relish the joy
of your nearness to me.
An understanding heart;
A sense of joy;
A sense of love;
And the grace to be a friend
A must see video. Check it out!
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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!
Day(s) of the Lord - Part 5 - Day 3
In Parts 3 & 4 of this series we examined the first two days of Creation and how it is believed by some writers, both ancient and contemporary, to foreshadowed high points of the first two millennia of a seven thousand year plan of God for his Elect. Here in Part 5 we will examine Day Three of the Creation narrative and the Creation highlight foreshadowed in the 3rd millennium.
And God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.” And it was so. God called the dry land Earth, and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And God saw that it was good. (Genesis 1:9-10)
Here at the beginning of God's third Day of Creation, God performs another separation, but this time the separation concerns only the waters under heaven, humanity. And the result of this separation produces land. And, this land represents not just Terra firma but a very special person, Abraham, and a very special land, the land of Israel. It is believed by this writer that by bringing together the water and revealing dry land, He foreshadows Abraham being called out from all the rest of humanity, making Abraham (land) quite different and distinct from the rest of humanity (water) and promising to set Abraham apart into a great and special nation -- Israel.
God further foreshadowed that Abraham, though Israel, would flourish, and produce great abundance of many different kinds:
"And God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth.” And it was so. The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening and there was morning, the third day". (Genesis 1:11-13)
The highlight of the third Day of Creation (the third millennium) is, as shown above, the foreshadow of Abraham being called out to be special, for Abraham and his descendants to be God’s very own people, separate, distinct. Unlike the rest of humanity, like many waters constantly shifting, moved about by any passing wind, sometimes madly so, Abraham, like solid ground, is steadfast and sure. Moreover, by the abundant produce of the land, God also foreshadows the abundant favor He will promise and provide to Abraham and his descendants (both physical and spiritual).
Such was the first half of the two thousand year age of Abraham/Israel -- the Third Day.
The latter part of the 2000 year age of Abraham/Israel, the fourth millennium, the fourth Day of Creation will prove pivotal in God's work, and that will be examined in Part 6 of Day(s) of the Lord.
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