Bible Knights Bible Challenge

The Bible Knights Bible Challenge

The Bible Challenge!

The Bible Challenge is a yearly Quest, from Easter to Easter, through the word of God!

Will you take the challenge? Will you give God 15 to 30 minutes of your day to read, study, and meditate on His Word?

Learn more at: The Bible Knights Quest!

The weekly devotional are below. . .

Awakening!

Greetings Knights and Ladies,

"Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to rescue
us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be glory for ever and ever.
Amen.”
(Galatians 1:3-5) Amen!

Our need for an Awakening

"We confess that we have come to the end of ourselves and are in a desperate condition. Having examined the trends
in our culture, Church and especially among the young, we are grieved. We consider catastrophic a future without
The Spirit's extraordinary intervention. At the same time, we are encouraged by testimonies from The Scriptures,
American history and current evidences of an impending great work of grace. Historic opportunities lie before us.
For these reasons, we invite followers of Christ in every corner of our land, of every race and denominational
background, to unite in common pursuits to see God glorified, His Church revived and our nation transformed by an
awakening to the Supremacy of our Lord Jesus Christ."
- Awakening America Leadership Summit, Northampton, Massachusetts, 2008

What we can do right now:
1) Acknowledge the authority of Scripture
2) Acknowledge the need for Spiritual rebirth
3) Acknowledge the need for personal repentance and renewed faith in Christ

We, the Church, must act quickly and become the salt that stings the moral wounds and flavors the grace of our
Savior, Jesus Christ. As he said in Matthew chapter 5 verse 13 :

“‘You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer
good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.’"

Accept the challenge, take the quest!

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that
the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

(2 Timothy 3:16-17)

“. . . the foundations of our National policy will be laid in the pure and immutable principles of private morality . . .
we ought to be no less persuaded that the propitious smiles of Heaven, can never be expected on a nation that
disregards the eternal rules of order and right, which Heaven itself has ordained.”
- George Washington, 1789

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you!
Mick Dobra, Chaplain and Founder the Romans 15:4 Project

Bible Challenge Devotionals

Bible Challenge Devotionals

Bible Challenge - 2010: A Commentary Study of Luke and Acts!

For 2010 we will continue to abide in God's word and incorporate prayer meetings a few times a month at Copper River Coffee. Check the Calendar for specifics or call Chaplain Mick at 309-231-4542.

A Commentary Study of Luke and Acts! Readings will be one chapter a week of Luke and Acts, and I will be reading through commentaries. The devotional emphasis will be on the acts of the Church and our role today in writing and living Acts chapter 29!

The first reading of the 2010 challenge will be Sunday, April 11 (posted on Friday April 9), and will end near Easter 2011. But jump in at any time! Learn more at: The Bible Knights Quest!

0 - An Invitation to Join the 2010 Bible Knights Quest!

The Bible Knights Quest! - Bible Challenge 2010
 
Knights and Ladies,
 
So Jesus said. . . "If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." John 8:31-32 ESV

Abide in God's word! To truly be Jesus' disciples, we must know, study, and live out His word!
 
Bible Challenge 2010: A commentary study of Luke and Acts

Readings will be one chapter a week starting Sunday, April 11. The first devotional will be posted and emailed Friday, April 9.

It's only one chapter a week, but I will be reading through a commentary at the same time. I will make online commentary resources available as well as links to the resources I'm using. This will be a study of Christ's bride, the Church, and my devotional emphasis will be on our part in Acts chapter 29 today!

I pray you will take the challenge to abide in God's word!
 
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you!
Mick Dobra, Chaplain and Founder the Romans 15:4 Project
 
The Bible Challenge!
 
The Bible Challenge is a yearly Quest, from Easter to Easter, through the word of God! Will you give God 15 to 30 minutes of your day to read, study, and meditate on His Word? Will you take the challenge?

Awakening
 
". . . we invite followers of Christ in every corner of our land, of every race and denominational background, to unite in common pursuits to see God glorified, His Church revived and our nation transformed by an awakening to the Supremacy of our Lord Jesus Christ."
- Awakening America Leadership Summit, Northampton, Massachusetts, 2008
 
We, the Church, must act quickly and become the salt that stings the moral wounds and flavors the grace of our Savior, Jesus Christ. As he said in Matthew chapter 5 verse 13 :
 
“‘You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.’

“. . . the foundations of our National policy will be laid in the pure and immutable principles of private morality . . . we ought to be no less persuaded that the propitious smiles of Heaven, can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right, which Heaven itself has ordained.”
- George Washington, 1789 

Chaplain Mick Dobra
The Romans 15:4 Project
www.ChaplainMick.com

1 - Luke Chapter 1 - Luke's "carefully investigated" record of the accounts of the "eyewitnesses"

The Bible Knights Quest! - Bible Challenge 2010 - Week 1 - 04/11/2010

Week 1 - Luke Chapter 1
 
Knights and Ladies,
 
"Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us, just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word."
Luke 1:1-2

Luke's "carefully investigated" record of the accounts of the "eyewitnesses" so that we "may know the certainty of the things you have been taught." (Luke 1:1-4)

"Many had undertaken to give an account of that which was historically received among Christians, as related to them by the companions of Jesus; and Luke thought it well-having followed these things from the beginning, and thus obtained exact knowledge respecting them-to write methodically to Theophilus, in order that he might have the certainty of those things in which he had been instructed. It is thus that God has provided for the instruction of the whole church, in the doctrine contained in the picture of the Lord's life furnished by this man of God; who, personally moved by christian motives, was directed and inspired by the Holy Ghost for the good of all believers."
(John Darby Synopsis of the New Testament)

Commentaries:

commentaries

 
Accept the challenge, take the quest!

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
(2 Timothy 3:16-17)
 
A prayer for the use of Holy Scripture:
 
O Gracious God and most merciful Father, who has granted us the rich and precious jewel of Your holy word, assist us with Your Spirit, that it may be written in our hearts to our everlasting comfort, to reform us, to renew us according to Your own Image, to build us up, and to instruct us into the perfect building of Christlikeness, sanctifying and increasing in us all heavenly virtues. Grant this, O heavenly Father, for Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen.
(adapted from the “1599 Geneva Bible” Tolle Lege Press, 2006-2007)

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2 - Luke Chapter 2 - Jesus was born our Savior and Lord! Born "Messiah and Master."

The Bible Knights Quest! - Bible Challenge 2010 - Week 2 - 04/18/2010

Week 2 - Luke Chapter 2
 
Knights and Ladies,
 
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
Luke 2:11

Jesus was born our Savior and Lord! Born "Messiah and Master." (The Message)

"Compare Isaiah 9:6 , 'Unto us a Child is born.' It is a birth--'The Word is made flesh' ( John 1:14 ). When? 'This day.' Where? 'In the city of David'--in the right line and at the right 'spot'; where prophecy bade us look for Him, and faith accordingly expected Him. How dear to us should be these historic moorings of our faith! . . . a Saviour--not One who shall be a Saviour, but 'born a Saviour.'"
("The Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible" Jamieson, Fausset and Brown, 1871)

"These three titles [Savior, Christ, Lord] reveal the greatness of Mary's son. . . The astonishing announcement, probably not fully grasped by the shepherds, is that this Messiah who has been born as a baby is also the Lord God himself."
("The ESV Study Bible, English Standard Version" 2008, Crossway Bibles)

Commentaries:

www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/

 
Accept the challenge, take the quest!

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
(2 Timothy 3:16-17)
 
A prayer for the use of Holy Scripture:
 
O Gracious God and most merciful Father, who has granted us the rich and precious jewel of Your holy word, assist us with Your Spirit, that it may be written in our hearts to our everlasting comfort, to reform us, to renew us according to Your own Image, to build us up, and to instruct us into the perfect building of Christlikeness, sanctifying and increasing in us all heavenly virtues. Grant this, O heavenly Father, for Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen.
(adapted from the “1599 Geneva Bible” Tolle Lege Press, 2006-2007)

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3 - Luke Chapter 3 - John the Baptist as the fulfilling of Scripture

The Bible Knights Quest! - Bible Challenge 2010 - Week 3 - 04/25/2010

Week 3 - Luke Chapter 3
 
Knights and Ladies,
 
As is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet:
Luke 3:4

Luke describes, through testimonies of the eye witnesses, the ministry of John the Baptist, son of Zechariah, as the fulfilling of Scripture (Luke 3:4-6, Isaiah 40:3). "'And all mankind will see God's salvation.'"

"Here is the fulfilling of the Scriptures, ( Isaiah 40:3 ) , in the ministry of John. When way is made for the gospel into the heart, by taking down high thoughts, and bringing them into obedience to Christ, by leveling the soul, and removing all that hinders us in the way of Christ and his grace, then preparation is made to welcome the salvation of God."
(Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Concise), 1706)

"and every mountain and hill shall be brought low;
all such as are elated with their own abilities, and boast of their righteousness, trust in themselves, and look with disdain and contempt on others, their loftiness shall be bowed down, and their haughtiness made low; and the Messiah alone, in his person, grace, and righteousness, be exalted::
(John Gill's Exposition of the Bible)

Look at the current day implications of this old commentary:

"Commentators give detailed application of this prophecy, and, following their example, we may regard the Pharisees and Sadducees as mountains of self-righteousness, needing to be thrown down, and thereby brought to meekness and humility; the outcasts and harlots as valleys of humiliation, needing to be exalted and filled with hope; and the publicans [politicians] and soldiers as crooked and rough byways, needing to be straightened and smoothed with proper details of righteousness. But the application is general, and not to be limited to such details. However, civil tyranny, and ecclesiastical pride must be leveled, and the rights of the common people must be exalted before for kingdom of God can enter in."
("Harmony of the Four Gospels", by J. W. McGarvey and Philip Y. Pendleton)

Commentaries:

www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/

 
Accept the challenge, take the quest!

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
(2 Timothy 3:16-17)
 
A prayer for the use of Holy Scripture:
 
O Gracious God and most merciful Father, who has granted us the rich and precious jewel of Your holy word, assist us with Your Spirit, that it may be written in our hearts to our everlasting comfort, to reform us, to renew us according to Your own Image, to build us up, and to instruct us into the perfect building of Christlikeness, sanctifying and increasing in us all heavenly virtues. Grant this, O heavenly Father, for Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen.
(adapted from the “1599 Geneva Bible” Tolle Lege Press, 2006-2007)

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4 - Luke Chapter 4 - Even when tempted by good intentions, Jesus stayed focused on his purpose.

The Bible Knights Quest! - Bible Challenge 2010 - Week 4 - 05/02/2010

Week 4 - Luke Chapter 4
 
Knights and Ladies,
 
But he said, "I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent."
Luke 4:43

Even when tempted by good intentions, Jesus stayed focused on his purpose.

Love sometimes means saying no to the seemingly good things in order to focus on the truly better things. It's hard, and Lord knows I wrestle every day to figure out what needs to be first. Simple in thought, Christ and His kingdom, not so easy in practice. “And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.” (2 Corinthians 5:15)

We were not sent into this world to live to ourselves only, but to glorify God, and to do good in our generation. The people sought him, and came unto him. A desert is no desert, if we are with Christ there. He will continue with us, by his word and Spirit, and extend the same blessings to other nations, till, throughout the earth, the servants and worshippers of Satan are brought to acknowledge him as the Christ, the Son of God, and to find redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins.”
(“The Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (concise)” 1706, Matthew Henry) emphasis mine

“Power was in Him whose grace was rejected. Acknowledged by devils, if not by Israel, He expels them by a word. He heals the sick. All the power of the enemy, all the sad outward effects of sin, disappear before Him. He heals, He withdraws; and when entreated to remain (the effect of His works that procured Him that honour from the people which He did not seek), He goes away to labour elsewhere in the testimony committed to Him. He seeks to accomplish His work, and not to be honoured.

He preaches everywhere among the people. He casts out the enemy, He removes sufferings, and proclaims the goodness of God to the poor.”
(“John Darby Synopsis of the New Testament”) emphasis mine

Commentaries:

www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/

 
Accept the challenge, take the quest!

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
(2 Timothy 3:16-17)
 
A prayer for the use of Holy Scripture:
 
O Gracious God and most merciful Father, who has granted us the rich and precious jewel of Your holy word, assist us with Your Spirit, that it may be written in our hearts to our everlasting comfort, to reform us, to renew us according to Your own Image, to build us up, and to instruct us into the perfect building of Christlikeness, sanctifying and increasing in us all heavenly virtues. Grant this, O heavenly Father, for Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen.
(adapted from the “1599 Geneva Bible” Tolle Lege Press, 2006-2007)

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5 - Luke Chapter 5 - Why are we surprised at Jesus' all encompassing power? Why is it so hard to trust in Him sometimes?

The Bible Knights Quest! - Bible Challenge 2010 - Week 5

Week 5 - Luke Chapter 5
 
Knights and Ladies,
 
For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken
Luke 5:5

Why are we surprised at Jesus' all encompassing power? Why is it so hard to trust in Him sometimes?

These professional fishermen worked all night but didn't catch anything! (v.5) But because it was the Lord asking, Peter agreed to try again anyway. You can almost sense the reluctance. I often find myself reluctant to do it God's way, whatever “it” is, because of doubt or fear. My reason, experience and feelings tell me it's not going to work even when God says it will.

How should I be trusting in Christ today? What areas of my life do I need to let go of and trust in God's plan and power?

“Christ ordered Peter and his ship’s crew to cast their nets into the sea, which they did, in obedience to him, though they had been hard at it all night, and had caught nothing, v. 4, 5. We may observe here,(1.) How melancholy their business had now been: "Master, we have toiled all the night, when we should have been asleep in our beds, and have taken nothing, but have had our labour for our pains.’’ One would have thought that this should have excused them from hearing the sermon; but such a love had they to the word of God that it was more refreshing and reviving to them, after a wearisome night, than the softest slumbers. But they mention it to Christ, when he bids them go a fishing again. . . When we are tired with our worldly business, and crossed in our worldly affairs, we are welcome to come to Christ, and spread our case before him, who will take cognizance of it.(2.) How ready their obedience was to the command of Christ: Nevertheless, at thy word, I will let down the net. [1.] Though they had toiled all night, yet, if Christ bid them, they will renew their toil, for they know that they who wait on him shall renew their strength, as work is renewed upon their hands; for every fresh service they shall have a fresh supply of grace sufficient. [2.] Though they have taken nothing, yet, if Christ bid them let down for a draught, they will hope to take something. . . The draught of fish they caught was so much beyond what was ever known that it amounted to a miracle (v. 6) . . Christ intended to show his dominion in the seas as well as on the dry land, over its wealth as over its waves. Thus he would show that he was that Son of man under whose feet all things were put, and particularly the fish of the sea and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the sea, Ps. 8:8.”
(“Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible” 1706)

Commentaries:

www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/

 
Accept the challenge, take the quest!

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
(2 Timothy 3:16-17)
 
A prayer for the use of Holy Scripture:
 
O Gracious God and most merciful Father, who has granted us the rich and precious jewel of Your holy word, assist us with Your Spirit, that it may be written in our hearts to our everlasting comfort, to reform us, to renew us according to Your own Image, to build us up, and to instruct us into the perfect building of Christlikeness, sanctifying and increasing in us all heavenly virtues. Grant this, O heavenly Father, for Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen.
(adapted from the “1599 Geneva Bible” Tolle Lege Press, 2006-2007)
 

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8 - Luke Chapter 8 - Supporting the mission and ministry of Jesus Christ

The Bible Knights Quest! - Bible Challenge 2010 - Week 8 - 05/30/2010

Week 8 - Luke Chapter 8
 
Knights and Ladies,
 
. . . These women were helping to support them out of their own means.
Luke 8:3 (8:1-3)

If we are not called to ministry, we may be called to support the “preaching and telling the good news of the kingdom of God” through our vocation.

First, no respected rabbi of the day would allow women to be his disciples, but Jesus did. But what struck me this time reading through Luke is how Jesus was supported by the love of His disciples. We really should support the gospel of Jesus Christ.

If your like me, then you've wondered why your still working a “normal” or “secular” day job. But besides ministering and witnessing to our co-workers, we can support God's work through our local church for sure, but also ministries, evangelists, and missions as well. Like the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. (peoriafca.org) And, what God seems to bring me back to, is the support of our number one mission field, our families!

“That these women should attend the footsteps of Christ was opposed to the custom of Palestine. The admixture of the sexes was not common. The rabbis held that the law should not be taught to women. . . [these women] Contributed to his support. They used their means to support Jesus and the apostles while preaching.”
(“The People's New Testament” 1891)

“What a train! and all ministering unto Him of their substance, and He allowing them to do it and subsisting upon it! 'He who was the support of the spiritual life of His people disdained not to be supported by them in the body. He was not ashamed to penetrate so far into the depths of poverty as to live upon the alms of love. He only fed others miraculously; for Himself, He lived upon the love of His people. He gave all things to men, His brethren, and received all things from them, enjoying thereby the pure blessing of love: which is then only perfect when it is at the same time both giving and receiving. Who could invent such things as these? It was necessary to live in this manner that it might be so recorded' [OLSHAUSEN].”
(“The Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible” by Jamieson, Fausset and Brown, 1871)

Commentaries:

biblestudytools.com/commentaries/

 
Accept the challenge, take the quest!

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
(2 Timothy 3:16-17)
 
A prayer for the use of Holy Scripture:
 
O Gracious God and most merciful Father, who has granted us the rich and precious jewel of Your holy word, assist us with Your Spirit, that it may be written in our hearts to our everlasting comfort, to reform us, to renew us according to Your own Image, to build us up, and to instruct us into the perfect building of Christlikeness, sanctifying and increasing in us all heavenly virtues. Grant this, O heavenly Father, for Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen.
(adapted from the “1599 Geneva Bible” Tolle Lege Press, 2006-2007)

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9 - Luke Chapter 9 - Jesus Christ first, even before family

The Bible Knights Quest! - Bible Challenge 2010 - Week 9 - 06/06/2010

Week 9 - Luke Chapter 9
 
Knights and Ladies,
 
Jesus replied, "No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God."
Luke 9:62

Jesus Christ first, even before family.

Jesus' reply was in response to two potential disciples requests to first attend to family matters before following Him. (Luke 9:57-62) One living in the “land of the free” (praise God!) would wonder, “would God really ask me to abandon my family?” I know I wrestle with that question.

It is easy to forget that even in this enlightened day and age we have Christian brothers and sisters that must make this decision almost every day. “If I deny Christ my family will live in relative peace and safety in this life, but if I stand firm in the faith and do not deny my Saviour, then I could go to jail, be killed, or have my children taken from me. . .” what to do? God bless them!
(torturedforchrist.com is a must read, and visit persecution.com/newsletter for current news)

That is the extreme, but even more practically, I can see how I might sometimes use my family duties as an escape or excuse from being obedient to God! It can be a justification for having a “divided mind.” He who looks back is not fit for service, is not “well-placed, suited for, adapted to. 'The first case is that of inconsiderate impulse, the second that of conflicting duties, the third that of a divided mind' (Bruce).”
(“The Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament” Broadman Press 1932,33, Renewal 1960)

This commentary from the Geneva Bible really lays it out dead pan style, “Those who follow Christ must at once renounce all worldly cares.” I must say, I am daily being saved, and daily being molded and transformed. God worked some miracles in me from the moment I acknowledge the truth of the Gospel, but I am not yet complete, let alone at once free from all worldly cares. Hmmm, interesting meditation, that really we ARE at once FREE from ALL worldly cares through Jesus Christ, but it is the old sin nature and lies of the flesh that we must fight against as our faith grows and we actually accept that reality.
(“1599 Geneva Study Bible”)

Commentaries:

www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/

 
Accept the challenge, take the quest!

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
(2 Timothy 3:16-17)
 
A prayer for the use of Holy Scripture:
 
O Gracious God and most merciful Father, who has granted us the rich and precious jewel of Your holy word, assist us with Your Spirit, that it may be written in our hearts to our everlasting comfort, to reform us, to renew us according to Your own Image, to build us up, and to instruct us into the perfect building of Christlikeness, sanctifying and increasing in us all heavenly virtues. Grant this, O heavenly Father, for Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen.
(adapted from the “1599 Geneva Bible” Tolle Lege Press, 2006-2007)

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10 - Luke Chapter 10 - God has given us work to do and there is plenty of it, so Jesus challenges us to pray for more workers.

The Bible Knights Quest! - Bible Challenge 2010 - Week 10 - 06/13/2010

Week 10 - Luke Chapter 10
 
Knights and Ladies,
 
He told them, "The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.
Luke 10:2

God has given us work to do, a harvest, and there is plenty of it, so Jesus challenges us to pray for more workers.

Interesting, that while praying for more workers, I have to question my own Kingdom work ethic. Am I fully accepting my responsibility as a worker in God's harvest field? What if when I get to heaven the champions of the faith are there celebrating my arrival, but then they ask, “Where is everyone you invited? You received the gift of grace, but didn't you share the good news with others?”

“We are glad to find that Christ had so many followers fit to be sent forth; his labour was not altogether in vain, though he met with much opposition. Note, Christ’s interest is a growing interest, and his followers, like Israel in Egypt, though afflicted shall multiply. . . They must look about, and see how great the harvest was, what abundance of people there were that wanted to have the gospel preached to them and were willing to receive it, nay, that had at this time their expectations raised of the coming of the Messiah and of his kingdom. There was corn ready to shed and be lost for want of hands to gather it in. . . They must earnestly desire to receive their mission from God, that he would send them forth as labourers into his harvest who is the Lord of the harvest, and that he would send others forth; for, if God send them forth, they may hope he will go along with them and give them success. Let them therefore say, as the prophet (Isa. 6:8), Here I am, send me. It is desirable to receive our commission from God, and then we may go on boldly.”
(“Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible” 1706)

Commentaries:

www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries

 
Accept the challenge, take the quest!

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
(2 Timothy 3:16-17)
 
A prayer for the use of Holy Scripture:
 
O Gracious God and most merciful Father, who has granted us the rich and precious jewel of Your holy word, assist us with Your Spirit, that it may be written in our hearts to our everlasting comfort, to reform us, to renew us according to Your own Image, to build us up, and to instruct us into the perfect building of Christlikeness, sanctifying and increasing in us all heavenly virtues. Grant this, O heavenly Father, for Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen.
(adapted from the “1599 Geneva Bible” Tolle Lege Press, 2006-2007)

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11 - Luke Chapter 11 - We need to be bold and persistent in our prayer discipline.


The Bible Knights Quest! - Bible Challenge 2010 - Week 11 - 06/20/2010

Week 11 - Luke Chapter 11
 
Knights and Ladies,
 
I tell you, though he will not get up and give him the bread because he is his friend, yet because of the man's boldness he will get up and give him as much as he needs.
Luke 11:8

We need to be bold and persistent in our prayer discipline.

Jesus just finished giving a model prayer and then tells this parable about a man that is bold, or persistent as the HCSB translates it, in waking his neighbor for a favor (v. 5-13). Is Jesus teaching us to pester God with our prayers? No, He's telling us to be persistent and bold in our discipline of prayer.

“This parable is uttered to teach earnestness in prayer.”
(“The People's New Testament”, 1891)

“The word is a strong one--'shamelessness'; persisting in the face of all that seemed reasonable, and refusing to take a denial. . . how much more may the same determined perseverance in prayer be expected to prevail with Him whose very nature is 'rich unto all that call upon Him' ( Romans 10:12 ).”
(“The Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible” Jamieson, Fausset and Brown, 1871)

“The Lord then dwells on perseverance, that petitions should not be those of a heart indifferent to the result. He assures them that their prayers should not be in vain; also, that their heavenly Father would give the Holy Spirit to those that asked Him. He puts them into His own relationship on earth with God. Hearkening to God, applying to Him as a Father-it is the whole of practical christian life.”
(“John Darby Synopsis of the New Testament Commentary”)

Commentaries:

www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries

 
Accept the challenge, take the quest!

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
(2 Timothy 3:16-17)
 
A prayer for the use of Holy Scripture:
 
O Gracious God and most merciful Father, who has granted us the rich and precious jewel of Your holy word, assist us with Your Spirit, that it may be written in our hearts to our everlasting comfort, to reform us, to renew us according to Your own Image, to build us up, and to instruct us into the perfect building of Christlikeness, sanctifying and increasing in us all heavenly virtues. Grant this, O heavenly Father, for Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen.
(adapted from the “1599 Geneva Bible” Tolle Lege Press, 2006-2007)

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12 - Luke Chapter 12 - Don't waste effort in worry and strife, but steadily focus on our eternal purpose


The Bible Knights Quest! - Bible Challenge 2010 - Week 12 - 06/27/2010

Week 12 - Luke Chapter 12
 
Knights and Ladies,
 
And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it.
Luke 12:29

We should not waste effort in worry and strife, but should steadily focus on our eternal purpose.

The HCSB translates “do not set your heart on” as “do not strive for.” Striving is to “devote serious effort to” or to “struggle in opposition.” (m-w.com) We only have so much “effort” to give, so much time and so much energy, and it is wasted if used on the temporary cares of this world. Instead we should focus our efforts on the affairs of our eternal Kingdom purpose.

“'do not you afflict yourselves with perplexing cares, nor weary yourselves with constant toils . . . but maintain a consistency with yourselves; be even and steady, and have your hearts fixed.'

Let not the children of God make themselves uneasy; for,
(1.) This is to make themselves like the children of this world. . . They that take care for the body only, and not for the soul, for this world only, and not for the other, look no further than what they shall eat and drink; and, having no all-sufficient God to seek to and confide in, they burden themselves with anxious cares about those things. . .

(2.) It is needless for them to disquiet themselves with care about the necessary supports of life; for they have a Father in heaven who does and will take care for them. . .

(3.) They have better things to mind and pursue. . . 'Mind the affairs of your souls with diligence and care, and then trust God with all your other affairs.' . . .

(4.) They have better things to expect and hope for. . . When we frighten ourselves with an apprehension of evil to come, we put ourselves upon the stretch of care how to avoid it, when after all perhaps it is but the creature of our own imagination.”
(“The Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible” 1706)

Commentaries:

biblestudytools.com/commentaries

 
Accept the challenge, take the quest!

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
(2 Timothy 3:16-17)
 
A prayer for the use of Holy Scripture:
 
O Gracious God and most merciful Father, who has granted us the rich and precious jewel of Your holy word, assist us with Your Spirit, that it may be written in our hearts to our everlasting comfort, to reform us, to renew us according to Your own Image, to build us up, and to instruct us into the perfect building of Christlikeness, sanctifying and increasing in us all heavenly virtues. Grant this, O heavenly Father, for Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen.
(adapted from the “1599 Geneva Bible” Tolle Lege Press, 2006-2007)

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14 - Luke Chapter 14 - What is your cross today? What is keeping you from fully following Jesus?


The Bible Knights Quest! - Bible Challenge 2010 - Week 14 - 07/11/2010

Week 14 - Luke Chapter 14
 
Knights and Ladies,
 
Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple.
Luke 14:27

What is your cross today? What is keeping you from fully following Jesus?

Specifically, is there something I have an affection for that is keeping me from fully giving myself as a disciple to Jesus Christ? What is “my cross?” Our cross is deeply personal, and can change over time. Any time anything becomes more important to us than obeying God, we have a cross we must bear.

“I know this TV show is really dishonoring to God and gives me a skewed vision of reality, but I love it so. . .”

“I know I should spend more time with my family, but I just want to get ahead at the office. . .”

“I know I should apologize and ask for forgiveness, but it's so hard to admit my guilt. . .”

“. . . those who entered in must count the cost (v. 25-33). All must be forsaken in this world; every link with this world must be broken. The nearer anything was to the heart, the more dangerous, the more it must be abhorred. Not that the affections are evil things; but, Christ being rejected by this world, everything that binds us to earth must be sacrificed for Him. Cost what it may, He must be followed; and one must know how to hate one's own life, and even to lose it, rather than grow lax in following the Lord. All was lost here in this life of nature. Salvation, the Saviour, eternal life, were in question. To take up one's cross, therefore, and follow Him, was the only way to be His disciples. Without this faith, it were better not to begin building; and, being conscious that the enemy is outwardly much stronger than we are, it must be ascertained whether, come what may, we dare, with settled purpose, go out to meet him by faith in Christ. Everything connected with the flesh as such must be broken with.”
(“John Darby Synopsis of the New Testament Commentary”) Emphasis mine

Commentaries:

www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries

 
Accept the challenge, take the quest!

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
(2 Timothy 3:16-17)
 
A prayer for the use of Holy Scripture:
 
O Gracious God and most merciful Father, who has granted us the rich and precious jewel of Your holy word, assist us with Your Spirit, that it may be written in our hearts to our everlasting comfort, to reform us, to renew us according to Your own Image, to build us up, and to instruct us into the perfect building of Christlikeness, sanctifying and increasing in us all heavenly virtues. Grant this, O heavenly Father, for Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen.
(adapted from the “1599 Geneva Bible” Tolle Lege Press, 2006-2007)
 

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15 - Luke Chapter 15 - Rejoice in God's Grace!


The Bible Knights Quest! - Bible Challenge 2010 - Week 15 - 07/18/2010

Week 15 - Luke Chapter 15
 
Knights and Ladies,
 
Now the tax collectors and "sinners" were all gathering around to hear him. But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, "This man welcomes sinners and eats with them."
Luke 15:1-2

How hard to remember how far we all are from God's standard, and how gracious God is even to the worst of us!

“. . . and such as these Christ 'receives': hence no man should be discouraged from coming to Christ, on account of sin; all that do come to him, should come as sinners, for he receives them as such; nor does he receive any for any worthiness there is in them”
(“John Gill's Exposition of the Bible”)

“these three parables which we have in this chapter, the scope of all of which is the same, to show, not only what God had said and sworn in the Old Testament, that he had no pleasure in the death and ruin of sinners, but that he had great pleasure in their return and repentance, and rejoices in the gracious entertainment he gives them thereupon.”
(“The Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible” 1706)

“I repeat, ... that God finds His own joy in shewing grace. What an answer to the horrid spirit of the Pharisees who made it an objection!

It is the Shepherd who rejoices when the sheep is found, the woman when the piece of money is in her hand, the Father when His child is in His arms. What an expression of that which God is! How truly is Jesus the one to make it known! It is on this that all the blessing of man can alone be founded. It is in this that God is glorified in His grace. . .

Thus God acts in the world, seeking sinners. The hateful and hating jealousy of self-righteousness finds no place in the mind of heaven, where God dwells, and produces, in the happiness that surrounds Him, the reflex of His own perfections. . .

Yet man's righteousness, which is but selfishness and sin, rejects grace. But God will not give up His grace. It becomes Him. God will be God; and God is love”
(“John Darby Synopsis of the New Testament”)

Commentaries:

www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries
 
Accept the challenge, take the quest!

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
(2 Timothy 3:16-17)
 
A prayer for the use of Holy Scripture:
 
O Gracious God and most merciful Father, who has granted us the rich and precious jewel of Your holy word, assist us with Your Spirit, that it may be written in our hearts to our everlasting comfort, to reform us, to renew us according to Your own Image, to build us up, and to instruct us into the perfect building of Christlikeness, sanctifying and increasing in us all heavenly virtues. Grant this, O heavenly Father, for Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen.
(adapted from the “1599 Geneva Bible” Tolle Lege Press, 2006-2007)

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16 - Luke Chapter 16 - “Unbelief is due, not to a lack of evidence, but to a rebellious heart.”


The Bible Knights Quest! - Bible Challenge 2010 - Week 16 - 07/25/2010

Week 16 - Luke Chapter 16
 
Knights and Ladies,
 
"He said to him, 'If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.' "
Luke 16:31

The rich man in hell asks for a sign to be sent warning his family. But would they believe it? “Unbelief is due, not to a lack of evidence, but to a rebellious heart.”

I used to be a die hard anti-religious skeptic. Of course, as I investigated the evidence in order to shred it and humiliate those that followed it in “blind” faith, I couldn't help but notice that it took more faith to not believe! God captured my heart. Jesus did what he said he did and is who he says he is. “He claimed to be God, and He promised to die and come back to life. Then He did it. . . the foremost thing that sets Jesus and Christianity apart from every other 'belief system' is the resurrection of Christ.” (1)

There was once another die hard skeptic, “Saul had killed numerous Christians, yet when Jesus (after His resurrection) appeared to Saul, the man became one of the greatest defenders of Christianity. It is an undisputed fact of history that Saul was a prominent persecutor of Christians. It is also a matter of record that he changed radically and became known as Paul, a powerful leader of the early church.”

Yeah, but didn't he just do it for fame and fortune? “With the exception of John, every one of Jesus' disciples died a martyr's death. Peter was crucified, Paul was killed after several long imprisonments, and Thomas, who had been a 'doubter' until he saw the resurrected Christ, carried the message all the way to India, where he ministered for many years before finally being martyred. It is simply not plausible that so many disciples would endure martyrdom for a lie.” They saw Jesus return from the dead, they knew His claims were true!

Believe it! Jesus is the Christ! He died, taking the punishment for my sins, and rose again!

Receive it! All of us deserve the punishment Jesus endured, and none of us deserved the free gift He gave by taking our punishment for us. It is a gift from God, receive it.

Become a child of God! Grow in the love of a heavenly father.

Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.
John 1:12

“The Jews refused to accept Christ, though Moses and the prophets testified of him. They asked for a sign, and 'the sign of the prophet Jonah,' his resurrection from the dead, was given. Still they refused to repent. Unbelief is due, not to a lack of evidence, but to a rebellious heart. The seat of skepticism is in the moral nature. ”
(“The People's New Testament” 1891)

Commentaries:
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Accept the challenge, take the quest!

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
(2 Timothy 3:16-17)
 

1. “Christian Worldview For Students: A Priceless Gift in 30 Daily Readings” Brannon Howse, Worldview Weekend Publishing, 2006

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17 - Luke Chapter 17 - The kingdom of God is not a worldly nation, location, building, institution, or denomination


The Bible Knights Quest! - Bible Challenge 2010 - Week 17 - 08/01/2010

Week 17 - Luke Chapter 17
 
Knights and Ladies,
 
"The kingdom of God does not come with your careful observation, nor will people say, 'Here it is,' or 'There it is,' because the kingdom of God is within you."
Luke 17:20-21

The kingdom of God is not a worldly nation, location, building, institution, or denomination. The kingdom of God is within His people, wherever they may be, as evidenced by their transformed hearts and lives of devotion.

“That the kingdom of the Messiah was to be a spiritual kingdom, and not temporal and external. . . Those who confine Christianity and the church to this place or that party, cry, Lo here, or Lo there, than which nothing is more contrary to the designs of catholic [true universal] Christianity; so do they who make prosperity and external pomp a mark of the true church. . . Then it comes when it makes those humble, and serious, and heavenly, that were proud, and vain, and carnal,—when it weans those from the world that were wedded to the world; and therefore look for the kingdom of God in the revolutions of the heart, not of the civil government.”
(“Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible” 1706)

“for behold the kingdom of God is within you:
in the elect of God among the Jews, in their hearts; it being of a spiritual nature, and lying in righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. . . it does not lie in words, in an outward profession of religion: it is oil in the vessel of the heart, and is distinct from the lamp of a visible profession; it does not lie in external works and duties, but it is an inward principle of holiness in the soul, or spirit of man, produced there by the Spirit of God, and is therefore called by his name. . . and by it, Christ, as king of saints, dwells and reigns in his people.”
(“John Gill's Exposition of the Bible”)

“For the kingdom of God was among them. To those who could discern it, the King was there in their midst. The kingdom did not come in such a manner as to attract the attention of the world. . . He then announces the pretensions of false Christs, the true having been rejected, so that the people would be left a prey to the wiles of the enemy. His disciples were not to follow them. In connection with Jerusalem they would be exposed to these temptations, but they had the Lord's directions for guidance through them.” Note that all preaching should be checked against Scriptures so that the faithful will not be led astray by false teachers!
(“John Darby Synopsis of the New Testament”)

Commentaries:
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Accept the challenge, take the quest!

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
(2 Timothy 3:16-17)
 
A prayer for the use of Holy Scripture:
 
O Gracious God and most merciful Father, who has granted us the rich and precious jewel of Your holy word, assist us with Your Spirit, that it may be written in our hearts to our everlasting comfort, to reform us, to renew us according to Your own Image, to build us up, and to instruct us into the perfect building of Christlikeness, sanctifying and increasing in us all heavenly virtues. Grant this, O heavenly Father, for Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen.
(adapted from the “1599 Geneva Bible” Tolle Lege Press, 2006-2007)
 

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19 - Luke Chapter 19 - Don't let anything get in your way of seeing Jesus!


The Bible Knights Quest! - Bible Challenge 2010 - Week 19 - 08/15/2010

Week 19 - Luke Chapter 19
 
Knights and Ladies,
 
“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost."
Luke 19:10

Jesus came to find you. Jesus died to save you. Jesus rose from the dead to prepare a place in eternity for you. No matter your background, not matter what you've done, Jesus Christ has come to free you. Don't let anything get in your way of seeing Jesus!

“God has his remnant among all sorts. Christ came to save even the chief of publicans [sinners]... [Zaccheus] had a great curiosity to see Jesus, what kind of a man he was, having heard great talk of him... He could not get his curiosity gratified in this matter because he was little, and the crowd was great.

Christ did not study to show himself, was not carried on men’s shoulders (as the pope is in procession), that all men might see him; neither he nor his kingdom came with observation. He did not ride in an open chariot, as princes do, but, as one of us, he was lost in a crowd; for that was the day of his humiliation...

Those that sincerely desire a sight of Christ will use the proper means for gaining a sight of him, and will break through a deal of difficulty and opposition, and be willing to take pains to see him... Those that are faithful in a little shall be entrusted with more. And sometimes those that come to hear the word of Christ, as Zaccheus did, only for curiosity, beyond what they thought of, have their consciences awakened, and their hearts changed...

When Christ calls to us we must make haste to answer his calls; and when he comes to us we must receive him joyfully. Lift up your heads, O ye gates. We may well receive him joyfully who brings all good along with him, and, when he takes possession of the soul, opens springs of joy there which shall flow to eternity. How often has Christ said to us, Open to me, when we have, with the spouse, made excuses! …

The gracious design of the Son of God: he came to seek and save, to seek in order to saving. He came from heaven to earth (a long journey), to seek that which was lost (which had wandered and gone astray ), and to bring it back (Mt. 18:11, 12), and to save that which was lost, which was perishing, and in a manner destroyed and cut off. Christ undertook the cause when it was given up for lost: undertook to bring those to themselves that were lost to God and all goodness. Observe, Christ came into this lost world to seek and save it. His design was to save, when there was not salvation in any other. In prosecution of that design, he sought, took all probable means to effect that salvation. He seeks those that were not worth seeking to; he seeks those that sought him not, and asked not for him, as Zaccheus here.”

(“Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible” 1706)

Commentaries:
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Accept the challenge, take the quest!

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
(2 Timothy 3:16-17)
 
A prayer for the use of Holy Scripture:
 
O Gracious God and most merciful Father, who has granted us the rich and precious jewel of Your holy word, assist us with Your Spirit, that it may be written in our hearts to our everlasting comfort, to reform us, to renew us according to Your own Image, to build us up, and to instruct us into the perfect building of Christlikeness, sanctifying and increasing in us all heavenly virtues. Grant this, O heavenly Father, for Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen.
(adapted from the “1599 Geneva Bible” Tolle Lege Press, 2006-2007)

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20 - Luke Chapter 20 - Jesus warns us to beware church leaders that try and trap us in religion.


The Bible Knights Quest! - Bible Challenge 2010 - Week 20 - 08/22/2010

Week 20 - Luke Chapter 20
 
Knights and Ladies,
 
Jesus said to his disciples, "Beware of the teachers of the law. . . They devour widows' houses and for a show make lengthy prayers. Such men will be punished most severely."
Luke 20:45-47

Jesus warns us to beware church leaders that try and trap us in religion. Religion, the rules and traditions of men, can not save us! Only Jesus can set us free!

Do not be misled by “official” and holy looking churches and leaders. Religious traditions and acts can not earn you entrance into heaven! Romans 10:9 says “if you confess with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” It is only by God that we are saved!

Just to be clear, though, religious traditions themselves are not bad. Traditions (and spiritual disciplines) are a means to an ends, not the end itself. Our end should be a deeper relationship with God. The danger is that our pride can overcome us and cause us to elevate our traditions above God's grace and those in leadership can use them for their own personal and sinful gain.

“The scribes would receive the severest judgement for defrauding the poor widows, and for their abuse of religion, particularly of prayer, which they used as a pretence for carrying on worldly and wicked plans. Dissembled piety is double sin. Then let us beg of God to keep us from pride, ambition, covetousness, and every evil thing; and to teach us to seek that honour which comes from him alone.”
(“Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (concise)” 1706)

Commentaries:
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Accept the challenge, take the quest!

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
(2 Timothy 3:16-17)
 
A prayer for the use of Holy Scripture:
 
O Gracious God and most merciful Father, who has granted us the rich and precious jewel of Your holy word, assist us with Your Spirit, that it may be written in our hearts to our everlasting comfort, to reform us, to renew us according to Your own Image, to build us up, and to instruct us into the perfect building of Christlikeness, sanctifying and increasing in us all heavenly virtues. Grant this, O heavenly Father, for Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen.
(adapted from the “1599 Geneva Bible” Tolle Lege Press, 2006-2007)

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21 - Delight in the Lord!


Delight in the Lord"

Delight yourself in the LORD
and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Psalm 37:4

The last two days I fasted lunch and went to a park and sat and read my bible and just delighted in the Lord. No agenda, no program, just me and my Heavenly Father sitting on a park bench listening, looking, and delighting.

Thank you Father.

Psalm 63
A psalm of David. When he was in the Desert of Judah.

1 O God, you are my God,
earnestly I seek you;
my soul thirsts for you,
my body longs for you,
in a dry and weary land
where there is no water.

2 I have seen you in the sanctuary
and beheld your power and your glory.

3 Because your love is better than life,
my lips will glorify you.

4 I will praise you as long as I live,
and in your name I will lift up my hands.

5 My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods;
with singing lips my mouth will praise you.

6 On my bed I remember you;
I think of you through the watches of the night.

7 Because you are my help,
I sing in the shadow of your wings.

8 My soul clings to you;
your right hand upholds me.

9 They who seek my life will be destroyed;
they will go down to the depths of the earth.

10 They will be given over to the sword
and become food for jackals.

11 But the king will rejoice in God;
all who swear by God's name will praise him,
while the mouths of liars will be silenced.

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22 - Luke Chapter 22 - if we believe and place our faith in Him, by His blood, we are forgiven!


The Bible Knights Quest! - Bible Challenge 2010 - Week 22 - 09/05/2010

Week 22 - Luke Chapter 22
 
Knights and Ladies,
 
In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.
Luke 22:20

Jesus is the final passover lamb. His sacrifice and blood make the final atonement for our sins. Praise God!

Jesus and the disciples just finished the Passover or paschal meal established at the time of the exodus. The lamb was sacrificed and the blood used to identify those that placed their faith in God. By the sacrifice and blood of the lamb, God's judgment would passover His people. This was the prophetic symbolism of God's final sacrificial lamb, Jesus Christ.

Jesus laid down his life sacrificially, and if we believe and place our faith in Him, by His blood, we are forgiven!

“For my Father's will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.” John 6:40

“The Lord's supper is a sign or memorial of Christ already come, who by dying delivered us; his death is in special manner set before us in that ordinance, by which we are reminded of it. The breaking of Christ's body as a sacrifice for us, is therein brought to our remembrance by the breaking of bread. Nothing can be more nourishing and satisfying to the soul, than the doctrine of Christ's making atonement for sin, and the assurance of an interest in that atonement. Therefore we do this in rememberance of what He did for us, when he died for us; and for a memorial of what we do, in joining ourselves to him in an everlasting covenant. The shedding of Christ's blood, by which the atonement was made, is represented by the wine in the cup.”
(“Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Concise)” 1706)

“He then took the cup, and gave thanks. The cup was provided for the celebration of the paschal feast, and was at hand as well as the bread. Drink ye all of it. Observe that he simply said of the bread, 'Take, eat;' but of the wine, 'Drink ye all,' as if he intended to uproot the Catholic innovation of denying the cup to the laity... the new covenant is contrasted with 'the covenant which God made with our fathers' ( Acts 3:25 ). Shed for many. Shed, in one sense, for all, for the benefits of the blood are offered to all; but 'many' accept it and are saved.”
(“The People's New Testament” 1891)

Commentaries:
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Accept the challenge, take the quest!

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
(2 Timothy 3:16-17)
 
A prayer for the use of Holy Scripture:
 
O Gracious God and most merciful Father, who has granted us the rich and precious jewel of Your holy word, assist us with Your Spirit, that it may be written in our hearts to our everlasting comfort, to reform us, to renew us according to Your own Image, to build us up, and to instruct us into the perfect building of Christlikeness, sanctifying and increasing in us all heavenly virtues. Grant this, O heavenly Father, for Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen.
(adapted from the “1599 Geneva Bible” Tolle Lege Press, 2006-2007)
 

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23 - bible burning issue - Jesus is the living Word of God. What he speaks will come to be.


The Bible Knights Quest! - Bible Challenge 2010 - Week 23 - 09/12/2010

Week 23 - Luke Chapter 23
 
* Special September 11 Koran and Bible burning issue!

Knights and Ladies,
 
Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.
Luke 21:33

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.
John 1:1-2

Jesus is the living Word of God. Jesus is Truth. What he speaks will come to be.

“a Florida [church] plans to burn Qurans [in 2010]... the U.S. military incinerated Bibles that were sent to Afghanistan in May 2009.” (1) It is just a book. It physically has no power. Symbolically and spiritually (meta-physically) however, it is the revealed word of our Creator God! In Jesus' time, the written word was rare, God's revealed word was passed on verbally. The Truth of Jesus Christ will never be lost.

Luke 21:33 “It was sure; the sentence was irreversible; it was a consumption determined; the decree was gone forth (v. 33): 'Heaven and earth shall pass away sooner than any word of mine: nay, they certainly shall pass away, but my words shall not; whether they take hold or no, they will take effect, and not one of them fall to the ground,' 1 Sa. 3:19”
(“Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible” 1706)

John 1:1-2 “The evangelist here lays down the great truth he is to prove, that Jesus Christ is God, one with the Father... The Word —ho logos... There is the word conceived, that is, thought, which is the first and only immediate product and conception of the soul (all the operations of which are performed by thought ), and it is one with the soul. And thus the second person in the Trinity is fitly called the Word; for he is the first-begotten of the Father, that eternal essential Wisdom which the Lord possessed, as the soul does its thought, in the beginning of his way, Prov. 8:22... There is the word uttered, and this is speech, the chief and most natural indication of the mind. And thus Christ is the Word, for by him God has in these last days spoken to us (Heb. 1:2), and has directed us to hear him, Mt. 17:5. He has made known God’s mind to us, as a man’s word or speech makes known his thoughts, as far as he pleases, and no further. Christ is called that wonderful speaker (see notes on Dan. 8:13), the speaker of things hidden and strange. He is the Word speaking from God to us, and to God for us. John Baptist was the voice, but Christ the Word: being the Word, he is the Truth, the Amen, the faithful Witness of the mind of God”
(“Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible” 1706)

1) “Holy book burnings spark hypocrisy” by Chad Groening - OneNewsNow - 9/9/2010 3:55:00 AM
www.onenewsnow.com/Culture/Default.aspx?id=1160612

Commentaries:
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Accept the challenge, take the quest!

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
(2 Timothy 3:16-17)
 
A prayer for the use of Holy Scripture:
 
O Gracious God and most merciful Father, who has granted us the rich and precious jewel of Your holy word, assist us with Your Spirit, that it may be written in our hearts to our everlasting comfort, to reform us, to renew us according to Your own Image, to build us up, and to instruct us into the perfect building of Christlikeness, sanctifying and increasing in us all heavenly virtues. Grant this, O heavenly Father, for Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen.
(adapted from the “1599 Geneva Bible” Tolle Lege Press, 2006-2007)

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24 - Luke Chapter 24 - The tomb was empty! Jesus died... and rose again! Jesus defeated death!


The Bible Knights Quest! - Bible Challenge 2010 - Week 24 - 09/19/2010

Week 24 - Luke Chapter 24
 
Knights and Ladies,
 
He is not here; he has risen!
Luke 24:6

The tomb was empty! Jesus died, taking the punishment for my sins, and rose again! Jesus defeated death!

Jesus did what he said he did and is who he says he is. “He claimed to be God, and He promised to die and come back to life. Then He did it. . . the foremost thing that sets Jesus and Christianity apart from every other 'belief system' is the resurrection of Christ.” (1)

Can it really be true? There was once another die hard skeptic, “Saul had killed numerous Christians, yet when Jesus (after His resurrection) appeared to Saul, the man became one of the greatest defenders of Christianity. It is an undisputed fact of history that Saul was a prominent persecutor of Christians. It is also a matter of record that he changed radically and became known as Paul, a powerful leader of the early church.”

“With the exception of John, every one of Jesus' disciples died a martyr's death. Peter was crucified, Paul was killed after several long imprisonments, and Thomas, who had been a 'doubter' until he saw the resurrected Christ, carried the message all the way to India, where he ministered for many years before finally being martyred. It is simply not plausible that so many disciples would endure martyrdom for a lie.” They saw Jesus return from the dead, they knew His claims were true!

Believe it! Jesus is the Christ! He died, taking the punishment for my sins, and rose again!

Receive it! All of us deserve the punishment Jesus endured, and none of us deserved the free gift He gave by taking our punishment for us. It is a gift from God, receive it.

Become a child of God! Grow in the love of a heavenly father.

Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.
John 1:12

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1. “Christian Worldview For Students: A Priceless Gift in 30 Daily Readings” Brannon Howse, Worldview Weekend Publishing, 2006
 
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A prayer for the use of Holy Scripture:
 
O Gracious God and most merciful Father, who has granted us the rich and precious jewel of Your holy word, assist us with Your Spirit, that it may be written in our hearts to our everlasting comfort, to reform us, to renew us according to Your own Image, to build us up, and to instruct us into the perfect building of Christlikeness, sanctifying and increasing in us all heavenly virtues. Grant this, O heavenly Father, for Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen.
(adapted from the “1599 Geneva Bible” Tolle Lege Press, 2006-2007)

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25 - Acts Chapter 1 - the work of the Apostles and Christ's church to be witnesses to Him


The Bible Knights Quest! - Bible Challenge 2010 - Week 25 - 09/26/2010

Week 25 - Luke Chapter 25
 
Knights and Ladies,
 
and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.
Acts 1:8

And thus starts the work of the Apostles and Christ's church to be witnesses to Him.

“and ye shall be witnesses unto me; of the person of Christ, of his deity and sonship, of his incarnation, his ministry, and his miracles, of his suffering and death, of his resurrection from the dead, and his ascension to heaven. This was to be their work, and what belong to them, and not to enquire about a temporal kingdom, and the setting up of that, and the times and seasons of it; their business was to testify of the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that followed, and to preach a crucified Jesus, as the only Saviour of lost sinners: and this. . . throughout the whole world, whither the sound of the apostles, and their words went, ( Romans 10:18 ).”
(“John Gill's Exposition of the Bible”)

“He appoints them their work, and with authority assures them of an ability to go on with it, and of success in it. 'It is not for you to know the times and the seasons —this would do you no good; but know this (v. 8) that you shall receive a spiritual power, by the descent of the Holy Ghost upon you, and shall not receive it in vain, for you shall be witnesses unto me and my glory; and your testimony shall not be in vain, for it shall be received here in Jerusalem, in the country about, and all the world over,' v. 8. . .

Christ here tells them,1. That their work should be honourable and glorious: You shall be witnesses unto me. (1.) They shall proclaim him king, and publish those truths to the world by which his kingdom should be set up, and he would rule. They must openly and solemnly preach his gospel to the world. (2.) They shall prove this, shall confirm their testimony, not as witnesses do, with an oath, but with the divine seal of miracles and supernatural gifts: You shall be martyrs to me, or my martyrs, as some copies read it; for they attested the truth of the gospel with their sufferings, even unto death. . .

That their influence should be great and very extensive: 'You shall be witnesses for Christ, and shall carry his cause. . . Your usefulness shall reach to the uttermost part of the earth, and you shall be blessings to the whole world.'”
(“The Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible” 1706)

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O Gracious God and most merciful Father, who has granted us the rich and precious jewel of Your holy word, assist us with Your Spirit, that it may be written in our hearts to our everlasting comfort, to reform us, to renew us according to Your own Image, to build us up, and to instruct us into the perfect building of Christlikeness, sanctifying and increasing in us all heavenly virtues. Grant this, O heavenly Father, for Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen.
(adapted from the “1599 Geneva Bible” Tolle Lege Press, 2006-2007)

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26 - Acts Chapter 2 - The first preaching of the Gospel, or Good News, of Jesus Christ.


The Bible Knights Quest! - Bible Challenge 2010 - Week 26 - 10/03/2010

Week 26 – Acts Chapter 2
 
Knights and Ladies,
 
"Brothers, what shall we do?" Peter replied, "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Acts 2:37-38

The first preaching of the Gospel, or Good News, of Jesus Christ. Once convicted of our sin and God's righteousness: Repent, Believe, be Baptized and Receive forgiveness of your sins and a renewed relationship with God through the Holy Spirit.

Note that it is a conscious choice, a conscious act of confession, belief, and surrender to the grace and authority of Jesus Christ. Infants can not make this choice, so why baptize them?

“What shall we do? Is there any way that such sinners can be pardoned?

38. Repent, and be baptized. For the first time the terms of pardon under the New Covenant and the Great Commission are given; given once for all time, and always the same. The convicted, broken-hearted, sorrowing sinner, believing that Jesus is the Christ, is to repent and be baptized. Repent. Not sorrow. They already sorrowed; but a change of purpose; the internal change which resolves to serve the Lord. The Greek term rendered repent, means a change of mind. The act of obedience in baptism is an outward expression of both faith and repentance. In the name of Jesus Christ. 'Upon the name' (Revised Version). Upon the ground of the name. In submission to the authority of Jesus Christ. For the remission of sins. Thus, by complying with the conditions just named, they shall receive remission of sins. No man can receive pardon without faith and repentance, nor can he without submission to the will of Christ.”
(“The People's New Testament” 1891)

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(2 Timothy 3:16-17)
 
A prayer for the use of Holy Scripture:
 
O Gracious God and most merciful Father, who has granted us the rich and precious jewel of Your holy word, assist us with Your Spirit, that it may be written in our hearts to our everlasting comfort, to reform us, to renew us according to Your own Image, to build us up, and to instruct us into the perfect building of Christlikeness, sanctifying and increasing in us all heavenly virtues. Grant this, O heavenly Father, for Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen.
(adapted from the “1599 Geneva Bible” Tolle Lege Press, 2006-2007)
 

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27 - Acts Chapter 3 - Power and righteousness are Jesus Christ's alone


The Bible Knights Quest! - Bible Challenge 2010 - Week 27 - 10/10/2010

Week 27 – Acts Chapter 3
 
Knights and Ladies,
 
“Men of Israel, why does this surprise you? Why do you stare at us as if by our own power or godliness we had made this man walk? The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesus... By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus' name and the faith that comes through him that has given this complete healing to him, as you can all see.”
Acts 3:12-16

It's all Jesus. We have no power, no righteousness, of our own. Power and righteousness are Jesus Christ's alone and are only seen in our lives through our faith in Him.

“His name. Not Peter's power, but Christ's name, had done all. Through faith in his name. Not only the faith of Peter and John, but the faith created in the lame man. In an act of faith he was made strong. 'The faith alike is in the healer and the healed.'--Plumptree.”
(“The People's New Testament” 1891)

“... the apostles referred all to their Lord, and refused to receive any honour, except as his undeserving instruments... Useful men must be very humble. Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us, but to thy name, give glory. Every crown must be cast at the feet of Christ.”
(“Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Concise)” 1706)

“For miracles are marvels only in relation to the limited powers of man... Neither the might nor the merit of the cure are due to us, mere agents of Him whom we preach.”
(“Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible” 1871, by Jamieson, Fausset and Brown )

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(2 Timothy 3:16-17)

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A prayer for the use of Holy Scripture:
 
O Gracious God and most merciful Father, who has granted us the rich and precious jewel of Your holy word, assist us with Your Spirit, that it may be written in our hearts to our everlasting comfort, to reform us, to renew us according to Your own Image, to build us up, and to instruct us into the perfect building of Christlikeness, sanctifying and increasing in us all heavenly virtues. Grant this, O heavenly Father, for Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen.
(adapted from the “1599 Geneva Bible” Tolle Lege Press, 2006-2007)

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28 - Acts Chapter 4 - There is no higher authority on heaven or earth than Jesus Christ.


The Bible Knights Quest! - Bible Challenge 2010 - Week 28 - 10/17/2010

Week 28 – Acts Chapter 4
 
Knights and Ladies,
 
Then they called them in again and commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John replied, "Judge for yourselves whether it is right in God's sight to obey you rather than God. For we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard."
Acts 4:18-20

Salvation must be preached! There is no higher authority on heaven or earth than Jesus Christ. Why do the authorities of darkness in this world wish that the Gospel would not be preached even today? The Gospel is the power of God to save men's souls and make them free from the condemnation of sin. It is the ultimate eternal liberty and freedom. It is the total freedom of conscience.

“Whether it be just to obey you rather than God, judge ye - Was it not by the same spirit, that Socrates, when they were condemning him to death, for teaching the people, said, 'O ye Athenians, I embrace and love you; but I will obey God rather than you. And if you would spare my life on condition I should cease to teach my fellow citizens, I would die a thousand times rather than accept the proposal.'”
(“John Wesley's commentary on the whole Bible”)

“19. Whether it be right in the sight of God. They appeal to the higher law. Their earthly government commanded them not to do what God had directed them to do. In a conflict of this kind there is only one course, that is, to obey God.
20. We cannot but speak. Are under a moral and spiritual obligation to speak. They had a Divine message, and must tell it.”
(“The People's New Testament” 1891)

“We have here the issue of the trial of Peter and John before the council... They could not prove that they had said or done any thing amiss, and yet they must no more say nor do what they have done. All their care is that the doctrine of Christ spread no further among the people... See how the malice of hell fights against the counsels of heaven... There is not a greater service done to the devil’s kingdom than the silencing of faithful ministers; and putting those under a bushel that are the lights of the world...

Peter and John needed not confer together to know one another’s minds... but agree presently in the same sentiments, and jointly put in the answer: 'Whether it be right in the sight of God, to whom both you and we are accountable, to hearken unto you more than unto God, we appeal to yourselves, judge you; for we cannot forbear speaking to every body the things which we have seen and heard, and are ourselves full of, and are charged to publish.' The prudence of the serpent would have directed them to be silent, and, though they could not with a good conscience promise that they would not preach the gospel any more, yet they needed not tell the rulers that they would. But the boldness of the lion directed them thus to set both the authority and the malignity of their persecutors at defiance...

Here they appeal to one of the communes notitiae—to a settled and acknowledged maxim in the law of nature, that if men’s commands and God’s interfere God’s commands must take place. It is a rule in the common law of England that if any statute be made contrary to the law of God it is null and void. Nothing can be more absurd than to hearken unto weak and fallible men, that are fellow-creatures and fellow-subjects, more than unto a God that is infinitely wise and holy, our Creator and sovereign Lord, and the Judge to whom we are all accountable.”
(“Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible” 1706)

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30 - Acts Chapter 6 - The truth will drive some to bear false witness in order to justify persecution and murder.


The Bible Knights Quest! - Bible Challenge 2010 - Week 30 - 10/31/2010

Week 30 – Acts Chapter 6
 
Knights and Ladies,
 
Then they secretly persuaded some men to say, "We have heard Stephen speak words of blasphemy against Moses and against God." So they stirred up the people and the elders and the teachers of the law. They seized Stephen and brought him before the Sanhedrin.
Acts 6:11-12

We should be merciful, compassionate, and loving in order to help in Christ's work to redeem the world not condemn it. But the truth that Jesus is the Christ, the way, the truth, and the life will always be offensive to some no matter how loving we are. To the extent that some will bear false witness in order to justify persecution and murder. “He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.” John 1:10-11

“When they could not answer Stephen's arguments as a disputant, they prosecuted him as a criminal, and brought false witnesses against him. And it is next to a miracle of providence, that no greater number of religious persons have been murdered in the world, by the way of perjury and pretence of law, when so many thousands hate them, who make no conscience of false oaths. Wisdom and holiness make a man's face to shine, yet will not secure men from being treated badly. What shall we say of man, a rational being, yet attempting to uphold a religious system by false witness and murder! And this has been done in numberless instances. But the blame rests not so much upon the understanding, as upon the heart of a fallen creature, which is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked. Yet the servant of the Lord, possessing a clear conscience, cheerful hope, and Divine consolations, may smile in the midst of danger and death.”
(“Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Concise)” 1706)

“False teachers, because they will not be overcome, flee from disputations and resort to manifest and open slandering and false accusations... The first bloody persecution of the Church of Christ, began and sprang from a council of priests, by the suggestion of the university teachers.”
(“The 1599 Geneva Study Bible”)

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(2 Timothy 3:16-17)
 
A prayer for the use of Holy Scripture:
 
O Gracious God and most merciful Father, who has granted us the rich and precious jewel of Your holy word, assist us with Your Spirit, that it may be written in our hearts to our everlasting comfort, to reform us, to renew us according to Your own Image, to build us up, and to instruct us into the perfect building of Christlikeness, sanctifying and increasing in us all heavenly virtues. Grant this, O heavenly Father, for Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen.
(adapted from the “1599 Geneva Bible” Tolle Lege Press, 2006-2007)

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31 - Acts Chapter 7 - Stephen, the first Christian martyr.


The Bible Knights Quest! - Bible Challenge 2010 - Week 31 - 11/07/2010

Week 31 – Acts Chapter 7
 
Knights and Ladies,
 
While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.”
Acts 7:59

Stephen, the first Christian martyr. And so it is even today. People hate, insult, slander, persecute, and murder Christ's followers. “Blessed are you” Jesus said (Luke 6:22-23). And yet, Stephen's last request of God is that He not charge them for his murder (Acts 7:60).

Pray for our persecuted brothers and sisters, and pray for the persecutors, that they may be redeemed and forgiven!
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“7:57 They rushed upon him - Before any sentence passed.
7:58 The witnesses laid down their clothes at the feet of a young man, whose name was Saul - O Saul, couldst thou have believed, if one had told thee, that thou thyself shouldst be stoned in the same cause? and shouldst triumph in committing thy soul likewise to that Jesus whom thou art now blaspheming? His dying prayer reached thee, as well as many others. And the martyr Stephen, and Saul the persecutor, (afterward his brother both in faith and martyrdom,) are now joined in everlasting friendship, and dwell together in the happy company of those who have made their robes white in the blood of the Lamb.
7:59 And they stoned Stephen, invoking and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit ... such a solemn prayer to Christ, in which a departing soul is thus committed into his hands, is such an act of worship, as no good man could have paid to a mere creature; Stephen here worshipping Christ in the very same manner in which Christ worshipped the Father on the cross.”
(“Wesley's Explanatory Notes”)

“In presenting to Jesus the identical prayer which He Himself had on the cross offered to His Father, Stephen renders to his glorified Lord absolute divine worship, in the most sublime form, and at the most solemn moment of his life. In this commitment of his spirit to Jesus, Paul [Saul] afterwards followed his footsteps with a calm, exultant confidence that with Him it was safe for eternity ( 2 Timothy 1:12 ).”
(“Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible” by Jamieson, Fausset and Brown. 1871)

“Either voluntarily, or brought to his knees by the cruel blows. The point is that in his sufferings, like his Master, he prayed for his enemies. Saul, no doubt, noted this, and it had its effect. He fell asleep. To wake again at his Savior's voice. The death of Stephen was a murder, instead of an execution, because (1) no vote of the Sanhedrim was taken, and (2) the consent of the Roman governor, requisite to capital punishment, was not obtained.”
(“People's New Testament” 1891)

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O Gracious God and most merciful Father, who has granted us the rich and precious jewel of Your holy word, assist us with Your Spirit, that it may be written in our hearts to our everlasting comfort, to reform us, to renew us according to Your own Image, to build us up, and to instruct us into the perfect building of Christlikeness, sanctifying and increasing in us all heavenly virtues. Grant this, O heavenly Father, for Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen.
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34 - Acts Chapter 10 - We should respect and support God's apostles, preachers, servants, and saints, but never worship them.


The Bible Knights Quest! - Bible Challenge 2010 - Week 34 - 11/28/2010

Week 34 – Acts Chapter 10
 
Knights and Ladies,
 
As Peter entered the house, Cornelius met him and fell at his feet in reverence. But Peter made him get up. “Stand up,” he said, “I am only a man myself.”
(Acts 10:25-26)

We must remember that God's apostles, preachers, servants, and saints are just men and women. We should respect them and support them, but never worship them.

“Observe Peter's conduct: Instead of receiving worship, as the popes who claim to be his successors, he forbade him, as he was "only a man." Not even an angel ought to be worshiped ( Revelation 22:8 Revelation 22:9 ), only God.”
(“The People's New Testament” 1891)

“Cornelius met him--a mark of the highest respect.
fell down at his feet, and worshipped him--In the East this way of showing respect was customary not only to kings, but to others occupying a superior station; but among the Greeks and Romans it was reserved for the gods. Peter, therefore, declines it as due to no mortal [GROTIUS]. 'Those who claim to have succeeded Peter, have not imitated this part of his conduct' [ALFORD] (therein only verifying 2 Thessalonians 2:4 , and compare Revelation 19:10 , 22:9 ).”
(“Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible” by Jamieson, Fausset and Brown, 1871)

“I myself also am a man - And not God, who alone ought to be worshipped, 4:10 . Have all his pretended successors attended to this?”
(“Wesley's Explanatory Notes”)

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(2 Timothy 3:16-17)
 
A prayer for the use of Holy Scripture:
 
O Gracious God and most merciful Father, who has granted us the rich and precious jewel of Your holy word, assist us with Your Spirit, that it may be written in our hearts to our everlasting comfort, to reform us, to renew us according to Your own Image, to build us up, and to instruct us into the perfect building of Christlikeness, sanctifying and increasing in us all heavenly virtues. Grant this, O heavenly Father, for Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen.
(adapted from the “1599 Geneva Bible” Tolle Lege Press, 2006-2007)

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35 - Acts Chapter 11 - Be ready and willing to share with those in need!


The Bible Knights Quest! - Bible Challenge 2010 - Week 35 - 12/05/2010

Week 35 – Acts Chapter 11
 
Knights and Ladies,
 
The disciples, as each one was able, decided to provide help for the brothers and sisters living in Judea. This they did, sending their gift to the elders by Barnabas and Saul.
(Acts 11:29-30)

The church in Antioch was ready and willing to share with those in need. By the Holy Spirit they were warned about a coming famine, and “as each one was able” they were determined to be prepared to help those in need.

“True Christians will feel for their brethren under afflictions. Thus will fruit be brought forth to the praise and glory of God. If all mankind were true Christians, how cheerfully would they help one another! The whole earth would be like one large family, every member of which would strive to be dutiful and kind.”
(“Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Concise)” 1706)

“Josephus (Antiquities, 20: 2, 6) describes a great famine that prevailed in Palestine in the reign of Claudius Cæsar, beginning about the close of A. D. 44, and lasting three or four years. Food had to be imported by the benevolent persons from Egypt and Cyprus, yet many perished... Those at Antioch. They were informed that the famine would be very severe in Judea. Hence they contributed, each as he could, for the relief of their Jewish brethren, and sent it by the hands of Barnabas and Saul. The love of Christ was in their hearts. We see here the dawn of that new spirit that was to revolutionize the Gentile world. The Gentiles of Antioch extend their hands to relieve the distress of the Jews of Palestine.”
(“People's New Testament” 1891)

“... that there should be great dearth throughout all the world--the whole Roman empire.
which came to pass in the days of Claudius Cæsar--Four famines occurred during his reign. This one in Judea and the adjacent countries took place, A.D. 41 [JOSEPHUS, Antiquities, 20.2,5]. An important date for tracing out the chronology of the Acts. (But this subject is too difficult and extensive to admit of being handled here).

29. Then the disciples, every man according to his ability, determined to send relief, &c.--This was the pure prompting of Christian love, which shone so bright in those earliest days of the Gospel.”
(“Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible” by Jamieson, Fausset and Brown, 1871)

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(2 Timothy 3:16-17)
 
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O Gracious God and most merciful Father, who has granted us the rich and precious jewel of Your holy word, assist us with Your Spirit, that it may be written in our hearts to our everlasting comfort, to reform us, to renew us according to Your own Image, to build us up, and to instruct us into the perfect building of Christlikeness, sanctifying and increasing in us all heavenly virtues. Grant this, O heavenly Father, for Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen.
(adapted from the “1599 Geneva Bible” Tolle Lege Press, 2006-2007)

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37 - Acts Chapter 12 - There are many imprisoned for their faith even today. Are we praying?


The Bible Knights Quest! - Bible Challenge 2010 - Week 37 - 12/19/2010

Week 37 – Acts Chapter 12
 
Knights and Ladies,
 
So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him.
Acts 12:5

There are many imprisoned for their faith even today. The battle of the enemy continues against the truth of God. Are we praying? Are we sharing in their suffering for the Gospel Truth of Jesus Christ?

Said Musa
Location: Afghanistan, Arrested: May 2010
Musa has openly professed his faith, and he was interrogated about his conversion to Christianity on national television in June.
www.prisoneralert.com/pprofiles/vp_prisoner_208_profile.html

Asia Bibi
Location: Pakistan, Arrested: June 2009
Asia Bibi, a 37-year-old Pakistani woman from the village of Ittanwali, was arrested by police on Friday, June 19, and faces possible blasphemy charges.
www.prisoneralert.com/pprofiles/vp_prisoner_197_profile.html

Pastor Youcef Nardarkhani
Location: Iran (Islamic Republic of), Arrested: October 2009
Recently, Pastor Youcef Nardarkhani was reportedly sentenced to death for apostasy.
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“James was one of the sons of Zebedee, whom Christ told that they should drink of the cup that he was to drink of, and be baptized with the baptism that he was to be baptized with, Mt 20:23. Now the words of Christ were made good in him; and if we suffer with Christ, we shall reign with him. Herod imprisoned Peter: the way of persecution, as of other sins, is downhill; when men are in it, they cannot easily stop. Those make themselves an easy prey to Satan, who make it their business to please men. Thus James finished his course. But Peter, being designed for further services, was safe; though he seemed now marked out for a speedy sacrifice. We that live in a cold, prayerless generation, can hardly form an idea of the earnestness of these holy men of old. But if the Lord should bring on the church an awful persecution like this of Herod, the faithful in Christ would learn what soul-felt prayer is.”
(“Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Concise)” 1706)

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(2 Timothy 3:16-17)
 
A prayer for the use of Holy Scripture:
 
O Gracious God and most merciful Father, who has granted us the rich and precious jewel of Your holy word, assist us with Your Spirit, that it may be written in our hearts to our everlasting comfort, to reform us, to renew us according to Your own Image, to build us up, and to instruct us into the perfect building of Christlikeness, sanctifying and increasing in us all heavenly virtues. Grant this, O heavenly Father, for Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen.
(adapted from the “1599 Geneva Bible” Tolle Lege Press, 2006-2007)

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38 - Acts Chapter 13 - Spiritual disciplines, like fasting and praying, are important


The Bible Knights Quest! - Bible Challenge 2010 - Week 38 - 12/26/2010

Week 38 – Acts Chapter 13
 
Knights and Ladies,
 
While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, "Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them." Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off.
Acts 13:2-3

Spiritual disciplines, like fasting and praying, are important, not as rote religious rituals, but so that our hearts are in tune with God's will. So we can hear God's call and discern His desires.

“These men worshiped before the Lord, fasting, and no doubt asking for guidance in the extension of Christianity... God called; men separated, or formally set apart... This verse shows how they were set apart. It was by fasting, prayer, and the laying on of hands. They were not thus set apart to an order or rank in the kingdom, but to a work unto which they were called. They were not made priests, or bishops, but missionaries. This act did not make Paul an apostle. Christ chose him, as he had Peter, John and the others.”
(“The People's New Testament” 1891)

“This was not ordaining them. St. Paul was ordained long before, and that not of men, neither by man: it was only inducting him to the province for which our Lord had appointed him from the beginning, and which was now revealed to the prophets and teachers. In consequence of this they fasted, prayed, and laid their hands on them, a rite which was used not in ordination only, but in blessing, and on many other occasions.”
(“Wesley's Explanatory Notes”)

“Christ's ministers are to be employed in Christ's work, and, under the Spirit's guidance, to act for the glory of God the Father. They are separated to take pains, and not to take state. A blessing upon Barnabas and Saul in their present undertaking was sought for, and that they might be filled with the Holy Ghost in their work. Whatever means are used, or rules observed, the Holy Ghost alone can fit ministers for their important work, and call them to it.”
(“Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Concise)” 1706)

Commentaries:
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“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
(2 Timothy 3:16-17)
 
A prayer for the use of Holy Scripture:
 
O Gracious God and most merciful Father, who has granted us the rich and precious jewel of Your holy word, assist us with Your Spirit, that it may be written in our hearts to our everlasting comfort, to reform us, to renew us according to Your own Image, to build us up, and to instruct us into the perfect building of Christlikeness, sanctifying and increasing in us all heavenly virtues. Grant this, O heavenly Father, for Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen.
(adapted from the “1599 Geneva Bible” Tolle Lege Press, 2006-2007)

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39 - Acts Chapter 14 - The Christian life will have hardships, but will be rewarded with eternal life.


The Bible Knights Quest! - Bible Challenge 2010 - Week 39 - 1/2/2011

Week 39 – Acts Chapter 14
 
Knights and Ladies,
 
… [Paul and Barnabas] returned to Lystra, Iconium and Antioch, strengthening the disciples and encouraging them to remain true to the faith. “We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God,” they said.
(Acts 14:21-22)

Paul and Barnabas encourage and strengthen the disciples, and this after returning to Lystra where Paul was stoned and left for dead! (Acts 14:19-20) Paul's encouragement comes not from the hope of an easy life in this world, but that, “through many hardships” or “tribulations,” we will one day enter the kingdom of God! The Christian life will have hardships, but will be rewarded with eternal life.

“He revisited the places where he had been reviled and persecuted, but where he had left as sheep in the desert the disciples whom his Master had enabled him to gather. They needed building up and strengthening in the faith, comforting in the midst of their inevitable suffering, and fencing round by permanent institutions. Undaunted therefore by the dangers that awaited them, our missionaries return to them, using words of encouragement which none but the founders of a true religion would have ventured to address to their earliest converts, that 'we can only enter into the kingdom of God by passing through much tribulation' [HOWSON].”
(“The Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible” by Jamieson, Fausset and Brown, 1871)

“See how restless the rage of the Jews was against the gospel of Christ. The people stoned Paul, in a popular tumult. So strong is the bent of the corrupt and carnal heart, that as it is with great difficulty that men are kept back from evil on one side, so it is with great ease they are persuaded to evil on the other side... It is true, we must count upon much tribulation, but it is encouragement that we shall not be lost and perish in it.”
(“Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Concise)” 1706)

“They taught them that they must expect trials and persecutions. All have to bear the cross. See Romans 5:3 Romans 5:2 2 Cor. 4:17 Heb. 12:5-11.”
(“The People's New Testament” 1891)

Commentaries:
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“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
(2 Timothy 3:16-17)
 
A prayer for the use of Holy Scripture:
 
O Gracious God and most merciful Father, who has granted us the rich and precious jewel of Your holy word, assist us with Your Spirit, that it may be written in our hearts to our everlasting comfort, to reform us, to renew us according to Your own Image, to build us up, and to instruct us into the perfect building of Christlikeness, sanctifying and increasing in us all heavenly virtues. Grant this, O heavenly Father, for Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen.
(adapted from the “1599 Geneva Bible” Tolle Lege Press, 2006-2007)

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42 - Acts Chapter 17 - Example of Bible Study to test truth claims against Scripture


The Bible Knights Quest! - Bible Challenge 2010 - Week 42 - 1/23/2011

Week 42 – Acts Chapter 17
 
Knights and Ladies,
 
[The Bereans] received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.
Acts 17:11

What an example the Jews of Berea set for us. Luke records that they examined the Scriptures daily to test or determine if the accounts of Jesus as the Christ were true, and “Many of them therefore believed.” (v.12) We should follow this example of Bible Study to test what we see, hear, and learn in the world against the truth of the Word!

“The Jews in Berea applied seriously to the study of the word preached unto them. They not only heard Paul preach on the sabbath, but daily searched the Scriptures, and compared what they read with the facts related to them. The doctrine of Christ does not fear inquiry; advocates for his cause desire no more than that people will fully and fairly examine whether things are so or not. Those are truly noble, and likely to be more and more so, who make the Scriptures their rule, and consult them accordingly. May all the hearers of the gospel become like those of Berea, receiving the word with readiness of mind, and searching the Scriptures daily, whether the things preached to them are so.”
(“Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Concise)” 1706)

“... they received the word with all readiness of mind--heard it not only without prejudice, but with eager interest, "in an honest and good heart" ( Luke 8:17 ), with sincere desire to be taught aright (see John 7:17 ). Mark the "nobility" ascribed to this state of mind. searched the scriptures daily whether those things were so--whether the Christian interpretation which the apostle put upon the Old Testament Scriptures was the true one...

Therefore many of them believed--convinced that Jesus of Nazareth whom Paul preached was indeed the great Promise and Burden of the Old Testament. From this it is undeniable, (1) that the people, no less than the ministers of the Church, are entitled and bound to search the Scriptures; (2) that they are entitled and bound to judge, on their own responsibility, whether the teaching they receive from the ministers of the Church is according to the word of God; (3) that no faith but such as results from personal conviction ought to be demanded, or is of any avail.”
(“Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible” by Jamieson, Fausset and Brown 1871)

Commentaries:
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“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
(2 Timothy 3:16-17)
 
A prayer for the use of Holy Scripture:
 
O Gracious God and most merciful Father, who has granted us the rich and precious jewel of Your holy word, assist us with Your Spirit, that it may be written in our hearts to our everlasting comfort, to reform us, to renew us according to Your own Image, to build us up, and to instruct us into the perfect building of Christlikeness, sanctifying and increasing in us all heavenly virtues. Grant this, O heavenly Father, for Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen.
(adapted from the “1599 Geneva Bible” Tolle Lege Press, 2006-2007)
 

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44 - Acts Chapter 19 - Spiritual Possession. Holy Spirit filled?


The Bible Knights Quest! - Bible Challenge 2010 - Week 44 - 2/6/2011

Week 44 – Acts Chapter 19
 
Knights and Ladies,
 
But the evil spirit answered them, Jesus I know, and Paul I recognize, but who are you?
Acts 15:19

Who are you? Do you faithfully know and serve Jesus, or are you self serving.

Spiritual possession is a bit out of my league, but this I know, it is for real. We are souls, spirits. We inhabit a physical body, but this body will one day die and our souls will live. Truth of Scripture confirms the reality of the spiritual realm. “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 6:10-12)

“It was common, especially among the Jews, for persons to profess or to try to cast out evil spirits. If we resist the devil by faith in Christ, he will flee from us; but if we think to resist him by the using of Christ's name, or his works, as a spell or charm, Satan will prevail against us... If we desire to be in earnest in the great work of salvation, every pursuit and enjoyment must be given up which hinders the effect of the gospel upon the mind, or loosens its hold upon the heart.”
(“Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Concise)” 1706)

“The manifestations of the enemy's power disappear before the action of this liberative power of the Lord, and the name of Jesus was glorified. Now the reality of this action was demonstrated in a striking way, that is, its source in the personal, positive, and real action of the Lord on the one side, and on the other, the mission of Paul, and faith as the instrument by which this supernatural power wrought. Certain Jews desired to avail themselves of it for their own self-interest; and devoid of faith, they use the name of 'Jesus whom Paul preached' as though it had been a kind of charm. But the evil spirit, whose power was as true and real in its way as that of the Lord which he was forced to acknowledge when it was in exercise, knew very well that here it was not so, that there was neither faith nor power. 'Jesus I know,' said he, 'and who Paul is I know; but who are ye?' And the man who was possessed attacked and wounded them. Striking testimony to the action of the enemy, but at the same time to that superior force. to the reality of that intervention of God. which was carried into effect by means of Paul.”
(“John Darby Synopsis of the New Testament”)

Commentaries:
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“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
(2 Timothy 3:16-17)
 
A prayer for the use of Holy Scripture:
 
O Gracious God and most merciful Father, who has granted us the rich and precious jewel of Your holy word, assist us with Your Spirit, that it may be written in our hearts to our everlasting comfort, to reform us, to renew us according to Your own Image, to build us up, and to instruct us into the perfect building of Christlikeness, sanctifying and increasing in us all heavenly virtues. Grant this, O heavenly Father, for Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen.
(adapted from the “1599 Geneva Bible” Tolle Lege Press, 2006-2007)

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45 - Psalms Chapter 78 - The first and primary mission for parents is to pass the faith on to their children


The Bible Knights Quest! - Bible Challenge 2010 - Week 45 - 2/13/2011

Week 45 – Psalm Chapter 78
 
Knights and Ladies,
 
We will not hide them from their children,
but tell to the coming generation
the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might,
and the wonders that he has done.

Psalm 78:4

The first and primary mission for parents is NOT to make sure their children are “entertained,” as a mentor of mine says, but that they are made aware of the truth of God.

There seems to be a push for the government of man to step in and take over the fundamental duty of parents to raise, educate, and nurture their children. What do we do when the laws of man conflict with our command from God? "Judge for yourselves whether it is right in God's sight to obey you rather than God. For we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard." (Acts 4:18-20)

Two examples, the UN CRC nationally, and SB136 locally, may be well intentioned, but present a serious threat to God's design and purpose for families. America's first President, George Washington, understood that man's sinfulness impacts both church and government institutions, “The blessed Religion revealed in the word of God will remain an eternal and awful monument to prove that the best Institutions may be abused by human depravity; and that they may even, in some instances be made subservient to the vilest of purposes.” (1 emphasis mine) Even the most well intentioned and noble causes, apart from God, will become corrupted and used for evil because of man's sin nature. (ie. Recent revelation of Planned Parenthood supporting the exploitation of underage girls)

“Many parents, by negligence and wickedness, become murderers of their children. But young persons, though they are bound to submit in all things lawful, must not obey sinful orders, or copy sinful examples.”
(“Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Concise)” 1706)

1. Lillback, Peter A. “George Washington's Sacred Fire” Providence Forum Press. 2006 by Peter A.Lillback.

Commentaries:
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“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
(2 Timothy 3:16-17)
 
A prayer for the use of Holy Scripture:
 
O Gracious God and most merciful Father, who has granted us the rich and precious jewel of Your holy word, assist us with Your Spirit, that it may be written in our hearts to our everlasting comfort, to reform us, to renew us according to Your own Image, to build us up, and to instruct us into the perfect building of Christlikeness, sanctifying and increasing in us all heavenly virtues. Grant this, O heavenly Father, for Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen.
(adapted from the “1599 Geneva Bible” Tolle Lege Press, 2006-2007)

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46 - Acts Chapter 21 - Opposition and false charges if we are obediently following Christ


The Bible Knights Quest! - Bible Challenge 2010 - Week 46 - 2/20/2011

Week 46 – Acts Chapter 21
 
Knights and Ladies,
 
Then all the city was stirred up, and the people ran together. They seized Paul and dragged him out of the temple, and at once the gates were shut. And as they were seeking to kill him, word came to the tribune of the cohort that all Jerusalem was in confusion.
Acts 21:30-31

We can expect opposition and false charges from time to time if we are obediently following Christ. Sharing the Gospel, full of God's love, compassion, mercy and grace, is also a revelation of our sinfulness and need of a Savior, and that is offensive to those living in the darkness.

“'We Believe when you have a calling or clear direction from God, you have to take the opposition that comes along with it as evidence that you're on the right path.' This goes along with what Paul said in 1 Corinthians 16:9, 'A great door of opportunity has opened to me and there are many adversaries.'”
(“One Million Arrows” Julie Ferwerda)

“In the temple, where Paul should have been protected as in a place of safety, he was violently set upon. They falsely charged him with ill doctrine and ill practice against the Mosaic ceremonies. It is no new thing for those who mean honestly and act regularly, to have things laid to their charge which they know not and never thought of. It is common for the wise and good to have that charged against them by malicious people, with which they thought to have obliged them... And here see what false, mistaken notions of good people and good ministers, many run away with. But God seasonably interposes for the safety of his servants, from wicked and unreasonable men; and gives them opportunities to speak for themselves, to plead for the Redeemer, and to spread abroad his glorious gospel.”
(“Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Concise)” 1706)

Commentaries:
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Accept the challenge, take the quest!

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
(2 Timothy 3:16-17)
 
A prayer for the use of Holy Scripture:
 
O Gracious God and most merciful Father, who has granted us the rich and precious jewel of Your holy word, assist us with Your Spirit, that it may be written in our hearts to our everlasting comfort, to reform us, to renew us according to Your own Image, to build us up, and to instruct us into the perfect building of Christlikeness, sanctifying and increasing in us all heavenly virtues. Grant this, O heavenly Father, for Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen.
(adapted from the “1599 Geneva Bible” Tolle Lege Press, 2006-2007)

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47 - Acts Chapter 23 - Our citizenship, earthly and eternal


The Bible Knights Quest! - Bible Challenge 2010 - Week 47 - 3/6/2011

Week 47 – Acts Chapter 23
 
Knights and Ladies,
 
This man was seized by the Jews and they were about to kill him, but I came with my troops and rescued him, for I had learned that he is a Roman citizen.
Acts 23:27

God uses the turmoil and Paul's earthly Roman citizenship to carry out His plan to spread the testimony of Jesus Christ to the Romans (23:11). Because of the legal considerations of dealing with a Roman citizen and the plot to murder him, Paul gets an armed escort to send him on his journey.

Our first and primary citizenship is to the Kingdom of Heaven, but as Christ's ambassadors on earth we can use our earthly associations and circumstances for the good of His kingdom. Our faith and eternal mission should influence our earthly communities.

“God has instruments for every work. The natural abilities and moral virtues of the heathens often have been employed to protect his persecuted servants. Even the men of the world can discern between the conscientious conduct of upright believers, and the zeal of false professors, though they disregard or understand not their doctrinal principles. All hearts are in God's hand, and those are blessed who put their trust in him, and commit their ways unto him.”
(“Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Concise)” 1706)

“Christians, when they have lived up to the highest ideals of their faith, have defended the weak and vulnerable and worked tirelessly to protect and strengthen vital institutions of civil society, beginning with the family.”
(The Manhattan Declaration manhattandeclaration.org)

Commentaries:
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“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
(2 Timothy 3:16-17)
 
A prayer for the use of Holy Scripture:
 
O Gracious God and most merciful Father, who has granted us the rich and precious jewel of Your holy word, assist us with Your Spirit, that it may be written in our hearts to our everlasting comfort, to reform us, to renew us according to Your own Image, to build us up, and to instruct us into the perfect building of Christlikeness, sanctifying and increasing in us all heavenly virtues. Grant this, O heavenly Father, for Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen.
(adapted from the “1599 Geneva Bible” Tolle Lege Press, 2006-2007)

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50 - Acts 26 - Paul's testimony. 2000 years later it still can't be denied. Jesus has risen!


The Bible Knights Quest! - Bible Challenge 2010 - Week 50 - 3/27/2011

Week 50 – Acts Chapter 26
 
Knights and Ladies,
 
“‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,’ the Lord replied. ‘Now get up and stand on your feet. I have appeared to you to appoint you as a servant and as a witness of what you have seen and will see of me.”
Acts 26:15-16

Paul's testimony. 2000 years later it still can't be denied. On his way out of town to arrest and persecute more followers of Jesus (v9-14), he is confronted with Jesus Himself, the risen Lord! Of course, everything changes for Paul. Now he has a new mission,”... 'I am sending you to them to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.’” (v17-18)

How fitting to reflect on Paul's meeting with Jesus as we near Easter. Jesus is unlike any other gods of the world. He lived and walked among us. He was hung on a cross for us. He rose from the dead for us. The tomb is empty, He is Risen!

“Paul was made a Christian by Divine power; by a revelation of Christ both to him and in him; when in the full career of his sin. He was made a minister by Divine authority: the same Jesus who appeared to him in that glorious light, ordered him to preach the gospel to the Gentiles. A world that sits in darkness must be enlightened; those must be brought to know the things that belong to their everlasting peace, who are yet ignorant of them. A world that lies in wickedness must be sanctified and reformed; it is not enough for them to have their eyes opened, they must have their hearts renewed; not enough to be turned from darkness to light, but they must be turned from the power of Satan unto God. All who are turned from sin to God, are not only pardoned, but have a grant of a rich inheritance. The forgiveness of sins makes way for this.”
(“Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Concise)” 1706)

Commentaries:
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Accept the challenge, take the quest!

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
(2 Timothy 3:16-17)
 
A prayer for the use of Holy Scripture:
 
O Gracious God and most merciful Father, who has granted us the rich and precious jewel of Your holy word, assist us with Your Spirit, that it may be written in our hearts to our everlasting comfort, to reform us, to renew us according to Your own Image, to build us up, and to instruct us into the perfect building of Christlikeness, sanctifying and increasing in us all heavenly virtues. Grant this, O heavenly Father, for Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen.
(adapted from the “1599 Geneva Bible” Tolle Lege Press, 2006-2007)

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Chaplain Dictionary and Commentary

The Bible Knights Chaplain Dictionary and Commentary

Matthew 22:21 - Give to God what is God's! civil disobedience is not only permitted, but sometimes required

The Bible Knights Quest! - Bible Challenge 2009 - Week 43 - 01/31/2010

Week 43
 
Knights and Ladies,
 
Then [Jesus] said to them, "Give to Caesar what is Caesar's, and to God what is God's."
Matthew 22:21 (15-22)

Give to God what is God's! Do not bend to worldly cultural influences. Be a light of the Gospel at all costs!

"Going back to the earliest days of the church, Christians have refused to compromise their proclamation of the gospel. In Acts 4, Peter and John were ordered to stop preaching. Their answer was, 'Judge for yourselves whether it is right in God's sight to obey you rather than God. For we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.' Through the centuries, Christianity has taught that civil disobedience is not only permitted, but sometimes required. There is no more eloquent defense of the rights and duties of religious conscience than the one offered by Martin Luther King, Jr., in his Letter from a Birmingham Jail. Writing from an explicitly Christian perspective, and citing Christian writers such as Augustine and Aquinas, King taught that just laws elevate and ennoble human beings because they are rooted in the moral law whose ultimate source is God Himself. Unjust laws degrade human beings. Inasmuch as they can claim no authority beyond sheer human will, they lack any power to bind in conscience. King’s willingness to go to jail, rather than comply with legal injustice, was exemplary and inspiring.

Because we honor justice and the common good, we will not comply with any edict that purports to compel our institutions to participate in abortions, embryo-destructive research, assisted suicide and euthanasia, or any other anti-life act; nor will we bend to any rule purporting to force us to bless immoral sexual partnerships, treat them as marriages or the equivalent, or refrain from proclaiming the truth, as we know it, about morality and immorality and marriage and the family. We will fully and ungrudgingly render to Caesar what is Caesar’s. But under no circumstances will we render to Caesar what is God’s."
("Manhattan Declaration: A Call of Christian Conscience" November 20, 2009 www.manhattandeclaration.org)
 
Accept the challenge, take the quest!

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
(2 Timothy 3:16-17)
 
A prayer for the use of Holy Scripture:
 
O Gracious God and most merciful Father, who has granted us the rich and precious jewel of Your holy word, assist us with Your Spirit, that it may be written in our hearts to our everlasting comfort, to reform us, to renew us according to Your own Image, to build us up, and to instruct us into the perfect building of Christlikeness, sanctifying and increasing in us all heavenly virtues. Grant this, O heavenly Father, for Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen.
(adapted from the “1599 Geneva Bible” Tolle Lege Press, 2006-2007)

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Mark 1:4, 14-15 - Repentance. The prophecy of Isaiah.

The Bible Knights Quest! - Bible Challenge 2009 - Week 44 - 02/07/2010

Week 44
 
Knights and Ladies,
 
And so John came, baptizing in the desert region and preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. . . After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. "The time has come," he said. "The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!"
Mark 1:4, 14-15

Repent and believe the good news that Jesus has paid the price for our sins!

The prophecy of Isaiah has been fulfilled! (Isaiah 40:3 Mark 1:1-1)

Repent:
1. change ways: to feel regret about a sin or past actions and change your ways or habits (Encarta World English Dictionary)
2. A change of mind, a reorientation of one's thought and action away from what it was before. (spirithome.com)

Acknowledge our sins and sin nature, change our ways or turn away from our sin, and believe that Jesus Christ has paid off our debt and we are now free from the debt of sin!

 
Accept the challenge, take the quest!

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
(2 Timothy 3:16-17)
 
A prayer for the use of Holy Scripture:
 
O Gracious God and most merciful Father, who has granted us the rich and precious jewel of Your holy word, assist us with Your Spirit, that it may be written in our hearts to our everlasting comfort, to reform us, to renew us according to Your own Image, to build us up, and to instruct us into the perfect building of Christlikeness, sanctifying and increasing in us all heavenly virtues. Grant this, O heavenly Father, for Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen.
(adapted from the “1599 Geneva Bible” Tolle Lege Press, 2006-2007)

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John 11:25 - Jesus, the true giver, sustainer, and maintainer of LIFE!

The Bible Knights Quest! - Bible Challenge 2009 - Week 51 - 03/21/2010

Week 51
 
Knights and Ladies,
 
Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies;
John 11:25

Jesus is the resurrection and the life! Only Jesus can give and sustain life.

Can anyone maintain a life? I had this "moment" with our first child, Luke. Laying in the bassinet in our bedroom gurgling and coughing. I was a wreck! Every odd noise I would sit up and make sure he was still breathing. I was becoming a sleepless zombie! And why? Did I give my child the breath of life? Could I possibly maintain his life? No! And that's when I gave him over to Jesus, the true giver, sustainer, and maintainer of LIFE!

"Jesus said, I am the resurrection and the life--'The whole power to restore, impart, and maintain life, resides in Me.' . . . The temporary separation of soul and body is here regarded as not even interrupting, much less impairing, the new and everlasting life imparted by Jesus to His believing people."
(The Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, Jamieson, Fausset and Brown, 1871)

Special Prayer:
Heavenly Father, Jesus the resurrection and life, grant your people wisdom in this dark time. I pray that the infanticide (abortion) promoting and funding health care bill does not become the law of our land! In Jesus Christ's life giving name I pray - Amen

Special Healing:
For those that have had abortions, we all, everyone of us myself included, fall short of the glory of God and do not deserve His mercy. But Jesus is the greatest example of God's unfailing mercy and grace. We can all be forgiven and made new through His death and resurrection on our behalf. For those that have accepted this gift we can forget what is behind and strain toward what is ahead, eternal life. "I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 3:13-14)

 
Accept the challenge, take the quest!

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
(2 Timothy 3:16-17)
 
A prayer for the use of Holy Scripture:
 
O Gracious God and most merciful Father, who has granted us the rich and precious jewel of Your holy word, assist us with Your Spirit, that it may be written in our hearts to our everlasting comfort, to reform us, to renew us according to Your own Image, to build us up, and to instruct us into the perfect building of Christlikeness, sanctifying and increasing in us all heavenly virtues. Grant this, O heavenly Father, for Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen.
(adapted from the “1599 Geneva Bible” Tolle Lege Press, 2006-2007)

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John 20:25 - Thomas' doubt is recorded. Testimony of the Martyrs. Why die for a lie?

The Bible Knights Quest! - Bible Challenge 2009 - Week 52 - 03/28/2010

Week 52

Knights and Ladies,

So the other disciples told [Thomas], "We have seen the Lord!" But he said to them, "Unless I see the nail marks in
his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe it."

John 20:25

Jesus has risen! He has overcome death!

It's interesting that Thomas' doubt is recorded. He eventually sees the Lord and believes (John 20:28), and history
records that the Apostles and early disciples were given a choice, recant the lie that they had seen Jesus alive after
his crucifixion or die. They chose death. Why die for a lie? They wouldn't. It is true, Jesus has risen!
"Then Jesus told him, 'Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet
have believed.'" (John 20:29)

Peoples lives are still being transformed today by the true and living God! We may not see Him in physical form,
but we can see the results of faith in Him, the hope and life transformation, the miracles and wonders.
"But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may
have life in his name." (John 20:31)

The Scriptures are written so we may hear and read the truth of God the creator, Jesus Christ the savior, and the
Holy Spirit and believe!

"Jesus is the Son of God with all that this high term implies, the Logos of John 1:1-18 (the Prologue). 'Very God of
very God,' Incarnate Revealer of God. . . 'Life' is eternal life so often mentioned in this Gospel, life to be found only
in the name (and power) of Jesus Christ the Son of God."
("The Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament" Broadman Press 1932,33, Renewal 1960)

Accept the challenge, take the quest!

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that
the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

(2 Timothy 3:16-17)

A prayer for the use of Holy Scripture:
O Gracious God and most merciful Father, who has granted us the rich and precious jewel of Your holy word, assist us with
Your Spirit, that it may be written in our hearts to our everlasting comfort, to reform us, to renew us according to Your own Image, to build us up, and to instruct us into the perfect building of Christlikeness, sanctifying and increasing in us all heavenly virtues. Grant this, O heavenly Father, for Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen.
(adapted from the “1599 Geneva Bible” Tolle Lege Press, 2006-2007)

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Anoint, Anointing

Anoint, Anointing

Ceremonial application of fragrant olive oil in combination with prayer for the purpose of grooming, healing, consecrating (giving over to God or setting apart for the service of God), or embalming.

Through Moses, the LORD gave the ingredients for anointing oil and said, “Make these into a sacred anointing oil, a fragrant blend, the work of a perfumer. It will be the sacred anointing oil. . . Anoint Aaron and his sons and consecrate them so they may serve me as priests.” (Exodus 30:25, 30)

Consecrating
- Aaron and his sons consecrated as Holy Priests. “Take the anointing oil and anoint [Aaron] by pouring it on his head.” (Exodus 29:7)

- The Prophet Samuel anoints the shepherd boy, David, as instructed by God to consecrate him as the future king. “So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed [David] in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the LORD came upon David in power.” (1 Samuel 16:13)

Grooming, Prayer, and Fasting
- Jesus instructs His disciples to anoint themselves with oil while fasting. “But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to men that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” (Matthew 6:17-18)

Healing and Prayer
- The Apostle James notes, “Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” (James 5:14-16)