November 18, 2013
We live in the midst of the Muslim world. Not only that, but we live in a city where many different religions are represented. We have a Seikh Temple right down the road, and many of us have Hindu and Buddhist friends we interact with in our daily lives. Of course, there are many in our city who are completely secular and donâ€™t believe in God at all. To our friends from other backgrounds, Jesus is a controversial figure.>>>Continue Reading...>>>
September 26, 2013
Before we dive in to a Bible study, we should ask ourselves, â€œWhy?â€ Why do we daily read and study our Bibles, and why do we gather together to talk about what we have learned?
The answer is simply that we believe this book to be the very words of God, as 1 Timothy 3:16 says, â€œBreathed out by [Him].â€ We were created to know and enjoy the God who spoke the universe into being, and we know him by reading what he has revealed about himself in the Bible. >>> Continue Reading >>>
September 26, 2013
"Who do you think Jesus is?" Islam teaches that Jesus was a great prophet who lived in Palestine, was taken up to paradise and will come again. Hindus believe he was a wise guru or even a godï¿½ï¿½"one of the many in their pantheon of gods. New Agers believe that Jesus was a spiritual master who attained enlightenment.>>> Continue Reading >>>
April 23, 2013
â€‹Do you remember the story of Balaam from Numbers? King Balak of the Moabites hired the pagan prophet, Balaam, to curse the Israelites, but Balaam was unable to pronounce a curse on Godâ€™s people. God stopped his mouth and then opened it with a blessing on the people. The account of Balaam is in Numbers 22-24, but the very next chapter, Numbers 25:1-3, we read:
â€œWhile Israel lived in Shittim, the people began to whore with the daughters of Moab. These invited the people to the sacrifices of their gods, and the people ate and bowed down to their gods. So Israel yoked himself to Baal of Peor.â€ >>> Continue Reading >>>
January 22, 2013
The first Friday Magazine in the Gulf News 2013 was full of encouragements to make this a better year. In fact, flashed across the cover was â€œ2013: Why it will be your best year yet!â€ Inside the magazine there were articles on people who achieved great things in 2012, like conquering a shopping and hoarding addiction, giving up binge eating, quitting smoking and losing 52 KGs.
As inspirational as those stories are, studying the book of Nehemiah is perfect for the beginning of a new year. Nehemiah is a man who accomplished great things and the book is the story of a new beginning for his people, the people of Israel. While the book doesnâ€™t end on a triumphant note, we can be encouraged by Godâ€™s mercy and kindness towards his people, and Nehemiahâ€™s faithfulness to his God. Before we decide what will make 2013 our best year yet, we should consider what this short book has to teach us about being the people of God.
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