Lift Him Up Don’t Pull Him Down

Book review by Laura Martin

My book reviewed by Laura Martin.

Laura Martin, daughter of Christ, has diligently blogged over 850 posts proclaiming her understanding and love of God, Jesus, faith and Bible study. For this reason, I asked her to set aside some of her time back in May of 2015, to please review my book.

Laura’s positive response to my writing was much appreciated, so I decided to repost her review.  For those of you who have not yet ordered my book for yourself or a Bible study, her critique my help you with that decision for the new year.  

 My goal is to always transfer thoughts to paper as straightforwardly as Laura does. Thank you, Laura. Continue reading

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Thank The LORD, Today!

Thank the LORD, today!

Happy Thanksgiving! What a wonderful day to remember and be thankful for the promises of God, what He did for His people, and to acknowledge we believe He is here for us always!

1 Chronicles 16:34 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.

In the Bible, the phrases “Give thanks to the Lord” and “his love endures forever” appear often. They can can be  found in these verses from the New International Version Bible: Continue reading

Old Testament Writings Reveal Jesus!

 Old Testament writings reveal Jesus!

Through The Word, God reveals Himself and communicates to humanity.

The Bible consists of sixty-six individual books. Thirty-nine books in the Old Testament, originally written mostly in Hebrew and some parts in Aramaic. The New Testament contains twenty-seven books and was first written in Greek.

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

The time span for writing the Bible’s individual books, written by approximately forty different authors, is over a period of 1,500 years. Each book is written as God’s Word, and was recognized as such by God’s people of Israel. The Old Testament writings were finished approximately 400 years before the birth of Christ and Israel’s kings referred to the books as Scripture.

Although 1,500 years is a long span of time, the Bible is unwavering from Genesis – the first book in the Old Testament, to Revelation – the last book in the New Testament. The Old Testament was written by a unique list of many writers. A partial list includes:

  • Moses, a shepherd who became the greatest Jewish leader and spoke with God face-to-face.
  • Joshua, a mighty warrior and God chosen successor of Moses.
  • Nehemiah, a faithful king’s cupbearer who became a respected governor.
  • David, a shepherd boy who killed a giant and became a mighty king.
  • Solomon, son of David and king by birthright.
  • Daniel, a captive prisoner turned king’s chosen advisor.

Prophets of the Old Testament shared prophecies inspired by God. Jesus was prophesied about throughout the Old Testament. One of these prophecies is Micah 5:2,  “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.”

Micah 5:2 prophesied Jesus would be born in the city of Bethlehem, and that was affirmed in the New Testament book of Matthew 2:1, After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem

Jesus was indeed born in Bethlehem.

Another Old Testament prophecy, Isaiah 9:6-7, tells us Jesus would descend from the house of David: For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this.

Romans 1:3 confirms Jesus’ earthly life as a descendant of David: regarding his Son, who as to his earthly life  was a descendant of David,

Old Testament Zechariah 12:10, tells us Jesus’ body will be pierced. In New Testament John 20:25-27, we read Jesus’ disciple Thomas at first doubted the resurrected Jesus, until Jesus stood before him and told Thomas to touch the pierced marks from the Cross on His body. After touching Jesus’ wounds, Thomas believed in the risen Lord.

The Bible tells us about Jesus long before His birth in a manger. Other prophesies include some will cast lots for His garments, as revealed in Psalm 22:18, and proved true in Matthew 27:35.

Isaiah 53:5-12 states Jesus will be the sacrifice for our sins. This prophecy was acknowledged in a letter written by the apostle Paul. It is in Romans 5:6-8 where Paul writes to the Romans explaining how God demonstrated His love for us by having Christ die for the ungodly.

What God predicts, will eventually come true.  All of these prophecies were fulfilled in Jesus Christ, confirming Him as the Son of God. Let us remember the history of the name Jesus. Let us remember to lift Him up as the true prophesied king.



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More and more followed JESUS

More and more followed Jesus

I participated in the study of THE STORY – THE BIBLE AS ONE CONTINUING STORY OF GOD AND HIS PEOPLE. Foreword by Max Lucado and Randy Frazee.  

This post reflects chapter twenty-eight in THE STORY. It reveals how the disciples continued to follow Jesus after He ascended to heaven.  On a side note, of the remaining original eleven disciples, ten of them died horrific deaths for their believing in the power of name of Jesus. Continue reading

You are loved by a Big God!

How wonderful to be know and loved by a big God!How wonderful to be known and loved by a big God!

Have you ever thought about how big our God really is? When we acknowledge the differences between our big God and those little gods, we begin to understand His true awesomeness.                            

Our big God sent His Son to offer us salvation from sin. We do not gain salvation by living a good life, though many folks believe that idea . No, we are saved only through faith in Jesus Christ and the blood that He shed for us on The Cross. Continue reading