Winter 2016-2017 Scripture Memory #267

#1- Joshua 1:8-9 8Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you …succeed in all you do. 9This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go. NLT

This quarter we will also memorize scripture to use in sharing our faith:

John 3:3 Jesus replied, “I assure you: Unless someone is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

Romans 3:23 All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 5:8  But God proves His own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us! 

Romans 10:9 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.
Romans 10:13 Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

Ephesians 2:8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—9 not by works, so that no one can boast.

John 1:12 But to all who did receive Him, He gave them the right to be children of God, to those who believe in His name,

Click here for evangelism helps using these verses: https://thehlukejourney.wordpress.com/2016/02/25/go-making-disciples-tools-for-evangelism-teaching-197/

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Has there been enough time since Noah’s World-wide flood for the population to exceed 7 Billion?

It has been 4,365 years since the flood in about 2350 BCa  to 2015. From 2350 BC to 1804 or 4,154 years the population increased from 8 people to 1 billion or a compound annual growth rate of 0.45%. Then from 1804 to 1927 or 123 years the population increased another 1 billion or a annual growth rate of 0.57%. From 1927 to 2015 or 88 years the population increased from 2 billion  to 7.36 billion, a annual growth rate of 1.5%.

Before 1804 AD there is no credible estimates for world-wide population and from 1804 to 2015these annual growth rates are factual. The compound annual growth rate from the flood to 1804 seems reasonable.

In the early years after the flood the life span of people was much longer than today and the families likely had many more children than today. For example Abraham after the flood lived 175 years, Abraham’s son Isaac 180 years, Isaac’s son Jacob 147 years and Jacob’s son Joseph 110 years. Joseph died about 1850 BC or about 500 years after the flood.

For the data in a table click here: world-population-change-11-28-2016

Footnotes: a- The dates vary depending on the source, but I have mostly used the dates from #8 in this link   https://thehlukejourney.wordpress.com/2013/08/22/bible-prophecy-timelines/

b- http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0883352.html

g1 to j11-see footnotes here: https://thehlukejourney.wordpress.com/2016/11/12/the-bible-the-story-of-redemption-available-to-every-person-260/

Henry Luke 11/28/2016 Revised 11/30/2016

 

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FBC SS Personal Study Guide (PSG) & Lessons Winter 2016-17 “Joshua, Judges & Ruth” #265

From the link print pages 12-18 fr December 5-December 11 for Bible study for 12/11/2016 Lesson.  winterdailydevotional2016_web

#1- 12/4/2016 “Nothing is Impossible with God” Joshua 1-5; click here for lesson: 12-4-2016-joshua-1-5

 

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Parents: It’s Time to Wake Up About Pornography, Sexting, and Your Children!

Randy wrote this powerful challenge for parents in the Fall/Winter 2016 Eternal Perspectives Magazine.

“That Porn is harmless is a lie from the pit of hell” Parents should read this article with 4 action steps parents can take.   parents-its-time-to-wake-up-about-porngraphy or read below:

Parents: It’s Time to Wake Up About Pornography, Sexting, and Your Children BY RANDY ALCORN; Eternal Perspectives Magazine Fall/Winter 2016

While speaking about sexual purity at my church several years ago, I told parents that if they’re going to let their children have unrestricted Internet access in the privacy of their own rooms, through computers, tablets, phones, or any other device, they might as well buy thousands of pornographic magazines and stack them in their children’s closets and say, “Don’t ever look at those.” It amounts to the same thing.

After my message, a sincere Christian mother came up to me. She was offended by my warning to parents not to allow their children to have unmonitored Internet access. “I can’t believe you said that,” she began. “My son has Internet access in his room, and I trust him! He’s a good boy.”

I told her, “I was once a seventh grade boy. I’ll tell you right now, you think you’re honoring your son by trusting him, but you are setting him up for a fall. You could hand him a gun, and his life might turn out better than if you just hand him over to the Internet.”

If this strikes you as an overstatement, you simply do not understand the devastating effects of pornography. The great majority of children, especially boys but also girls, who are allowed access to pornography will view it, either inadvertently or purposefully, and many of those will become addicted to it, ruining their lives and in many cases ruining their future marriages.

That pornography is “harmless” is a lie from the pit of Hell. Scripture says that Satan goes around like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour, and sadly, we’re losing our daughters and our sons.

For years, such warnings sounded like the overreactions of religious zealots. But recently an outpouring of information on the negative impact of pornography is available from mainstream researchers and secular sources. (Even GQ Magazine for men shared a piece in 2013 titled, “10 Reasons Why You Should Quit Watching Porn.”) Many researchers recognize, even from their non-Christian worldview, that children’s early exposure to addictive pornography and behavior such as sexting (taking and sharing provocative selfies) is harming them deeply.

The cover title for Time Magazine’s April 2016 issue was “PORN: Why young men who grew up with Internet Porn are becoming advocates for turning it off.” This article highlighted the real-life sexual problems that men who grew up with Internet porn are facing in relationships (like not being physically able to become aroused by a real encounter with a woman because of the way porn use has altered their brain’s chemistry/functionality).

The New York Times tweeted this tag line to a recent article: “The longer you wait to give your children a smartphone, the better.” Brian X. Chen writes about how increasingly younger kids are being impacted by pornography and sexting:

Ms. Weinberger, who wrote the smartphone and Internet safety book “The Boogeyman Exists: And He’s in Your Child’s Back Pocket,” said she had surveyed 70,000 children in the last 18 months and found that, on average, sexting began in the fifth grade, pornography consumption began when children turned 8, and pornography addiction began around age 11.

In an article for The Atlantic, Hanna Rosin cites research about the widespread practice of sexting:

A recent study of seven public high schools in East Texas, for example, found that 28 percent of sophomores and juniors had sent a naked picture of themselves by text or e-mail, and 31 percent had asked someone to send one. …boys and girls were equally likely to have sent a sext, but girls were much more likely to have been asked to—68 percent had been.

A police officer friend told me that hardly a week goes by when he doesn’t get a call from a distraught parent who’s discovered that nude pictures of their daughter are being sent all over the school or across the country because she posed for a friend, or took the picture herself. Those images can never be fully recalled, nor the shame erased from memory.

Officer John Rasmussen, a school resource officer in my area, explained he often shares with families how the devastating effects of sexting and pornography knows no bounds. “I’ve frequently found the youth involved come from believing families who have raised ‘good kids.'”

Christian parents would never have believed it if you had told them 25 years ago that one day most kids would be carrying around a little device that would allow them access to pornography and on which they could receive naked images sent by their classmates.

Hanna Rosin explains how Major Donald Lowe and his fellow officers at the Louisa County Sheriff’s Office have talked to kids about the consequences of sexting: s That porn is “ harmless” is a lie from the pit of Hell.

Lowe’s team explained to both the kids pictured on Instagram and the ones with photos on their phones the serious legal consequences of their actions. Possessing or sending a nude photo of a minor—even if it’s a photo of yourself—can be prosecuted as a felony under state childporn laws. He explained that 10 years down the road they might be looking for a job or trying to join the military, or sitting with their families at church, and the pictures could wash back up; someone who had the pictures might even try to blackmail them.

“Locally we see a blackmail tactic used time and again. It usually starts with ‘send me just one pic’,” says Officer Rasmussen. “That first picture may not be considered too provocative by most, but the kid is manipulated with shame and fear that someone will find out. Coercive requests follow, like, ‘Send me more or I’ll send this one out to your friends and family.’ This can very quickly progress to, ‘Now meet me for “_______” (sex act) or I’ll share all the photos.’”

I’m a grandparent to five boys, the oldest of them 12. Like many of you, I find this information, and the related statistics, chilling. (And remember, it’s not just boys who are looking at pornography; young girls are too. Nor are girls the only ones participating in sending inappropriate pictures.) The reality is, if you have children in grade school and older, even if they themselves aren’t exposed to or involved in these practices, some of their classmates certainly are, and as the years go on, more will be. So what can concerned parents do?

1. Realize your responsibility to protect your children. If your child has a smartphone or has access to a phone, a tablet, online gaming console, or a computer, they are vulnerable. As a parent you might wonder, “Do I have the right to interfere? Isn’t that being nosey?” Your job is to interfere, and to know what is going on in your children’s lives, as well as what happens when they’re at friends’ houses and at school.

You and your spouse need to decide what age is appropriate for your children to have their own phone, as well as the capabilities their phone has when do they do get one. (Some parents concerned about being able to safely reach their children have provided a phone that can only make calls and text certain numbers.)

2. Start the conversations about the dangers of pornography now. Given the ever-younger ages of kids affected, there’s a great advantage in talking to your kids early—probably much earlier than you might think. Several parents I respect have used and recommended the book Good Pictures, Bad Pictures by Kristen A. Jenson to talk with their children about the dangers of pornography in an age-appropriate format. (The book also provides positive, practical steps for kids when they are inadvertently exposed to inappropriate images.) Older teens could benefit from the many purity-related resources available from ministries. (For instance, see my article “Guidelines for Sexual Purity” at http://www.epm.org/ guidelines and Dannah Gresh’s “Seven Secrets to Purity for Every Teen Girl” at http://www.purefreedom. org/7-secrets-to-purity-for-every-teen-girl.)

Realize too that the conversations shouldn’t be one time, but ongoing. One mom of boys writes, “What I am coming to see is that my boys and I just have to have conversation after conversation after conversation about the topic and about how most of their friends are going to struggle with this.”

3. Establish clear guidelines in your family. Install a pornographyfiltering and accountability-reporting program on computers, tablets, and smartphones (realizing it can’t screen out everything). See www. epm.org/filters for various options. Establish, and enforce, rules in your home about keeping electronic devices, including phones, out of private rooms. (Some families have a “drop basket” where everyone, including parents, deposits their phones when they come through the door.) Require that computers and televisions stay in high-traffic areas.

4. Talk to your children about the great rewards and happiness of purity, and the destruction and unhappiness of impurity. Talk about how good sex can be inside marriage. Explain how sex is one of the best things God has made, but it becomes the very worst—the most devastating—when it is taken out of its God-given context. Scripture, especially in Proverbs 5-7, provides a great basis to talk to kids about the dangers of impurity and lust. (Some parents have gone through my book The Purity Principle with their teens.)

This is a battle for our children, with their lives and futures at stake. May Christian parents answer the Lord’s call to protect their children, and train them in the joys of purity.

See http://www.epm.org/blog/2016/Nov/21/parents-wake-up-porn-sexting for the sources used in this article, and for additional recommended resources.

Permissions Articles in this publication (and on our website) written by Randy Alcorn may be freely quoted or copied, in part or in whole, provided EPM’s name and website are placed on the copy.

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Henry Luke 11/25/2016

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The Heartbeat of the Godly #263

I am thankful for Jerry Bridges teaching on grace and sanctification. I read his devotional first thing every morning as part of my Daily Quiet Time and am always challenged and blessed.  Subscribe to the free daily devotional at bottom of post.  Henry Luke  

Devotional for 11/16/2016      “My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.” Psalm 42:2 

In Psalm 27:4, David expressed an intense desire for God: “one thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple.” David yearned intensely for God himself that he might enjoy his presence and his beauty. Because God is a spirit, his beauty obviously refers not to a physical appearance but to his attributes. David enjoyed dwelling upon the majesty and greatness, the holiness and goodness of God. But David did more than contemplate the beauty of God’s attributes; he sought God himself, for elsewhere he says, “earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you” (Psalm 63:1, NIV).

The apostle Paul also experienced this longing for God: “I want to know Christ” (Philippians 3:10, NIV). The Amplified Bible forcefully catches the intensity of Paul’s desire in this passage: “[For my determined purpose is] that I may know him [that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of his Person more strongly and more clearly].”

This is the heartbeat of the godly person. As he contemplates God in the awesomeness of his infinite majesty, power, and holiness, and then as he dwells upon the riches of his mercy and grace poured out at Calvary, his heart is captivated by this one who could love him so. He is satisfied with God alone, but he is never satisfied with his present experience of God. He always yearns for more.

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The 5 Sola’s of the Reformation

 

  1.  “Scripture alone”: The Bible alone is our highest authority. Sola Scriptura
  2. “Faith alone”: We are saved through faith alone in Jesus Christ. Sola Fide
  3. “Grace alone”: We are saved by the grace of God alone. Sola Gratia
  4. “Christ alone”: Jesus Christ alone is our Lord, Savior, and King. Solus Christus
  5. “to the glory of God alone”: We live for the glory of God alone. Soli Deo Gloria

http://www.christianity.com/church/church-history/the-five-solas-of-the-protestant-reformation.html

Martin Luther’s nailing of his ninety-five theses to the church door on October 31, 1517, provoked a debate that culminated finally in what we now call the Protestant Reformation. Every year October 31 is celebrated as Reformation Day. Five Bible verses to read on Reformation Day

https://www.biblegateway.com/blog/2013/10/five-bible-verses-to-read-on-reformation-day/

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With Trust #261

 2 Peter 1:12-21    God’s Word is trustworthy in all ways.

Summary/Application [1-5 From Personal Study Guide (PSG)]

  1. Pray that, like Peter, you will impart the gospel to someone else on a regular basis and that you will have someone in your life doing the same. Go Make Disciples!
  1. Pray for Jesus’ return to come quickly and reveal His glory to the world.
  1. Praise God for the truth and power of His Word. Ask the Holy Spirit to illuminate your path.
  1. Ask the Holy Spirit to give you discernment as you sift through the various sources of information in this world. Choose to trust and lean on the Word of God.
  1. Pray that you would be open to the teaching and correcting of God’s Word as you strive to bring glory to Him in all you do.
  1. Memory verses: 2 Peter 1:21 for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.

2 Timothy 2:2 The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men * who will be able to teach others also. [*and women]

2 Timothy 3: 16 All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; 17 so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.

  1. The Bible, the Story of Redemption https://thehlukejourney.wordpress.com/2016/11/12/the-bible-the-story-of-redemption-available-to-every-person-260/

For complete Lesson: 11-13-2016-with-trustl-2-peter-1_12-21

Henry Luke November 13, 2016

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