Bible Study June 9

June 9, 2023

Job allowed fear to enter his life.

Mark 4:36-40

New Living Translation

36 So they took Jesus in the boat and started out, leaving the crowds behind (although other boats followed). 37 But soon a fierce storm came up. High waves were breaking into the boat, and it began to fill with water. 38 Jesus was sleeping at the back of the boat with his head on a cushion. The disciples woke him up, shouting, “Teacher, don’t you care that we’re going to drown?” 39 When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Silence! Be still!” Suddenly the wind stopped, and there was a great calm. 40 Then he asked them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?”

Earlier today I was reading about Job and the problems he faced in his life with all that happened to him. He had seven sons and three daughters, 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, five hundred yoke of oxen, 500 she asses, and a very great household. But he also had one other thing he had fear. So often we read the scriptures and miss the subtle things. God had put a hedge around Job that hedge was God himself. The Bible says he continually offered sacrifices for his children in Job 1:4-5. “It may be that my sons have sinned.” He had the fear they had sinned.

Fear got into Job as it did with the disciples we read above. Faith replaces fear and conversely fear can replace faith. Which is better for the believer? The scriptures say Job continually offered sacrifices out of fear something would happen to his children.

Satan is the author of fear in our lives, God is a good God, Satan is the enemy. The scriptures tell us the hedge was placed around Job by God and Job allowed the hedge to be breached because of his fear.

Bible Study June 8

June 8

I’m going to continue down the path we began yesterday in sharing some insights from “Kicking Over Sacred Cows” by Charles Capps.

Capps says Satan came for three reasons: kill, steal, and destroy. Jesus said I come that you may have life. What a contrast yet people follow the devil daily to destruction. In the Old Testament there is not much said about the devil. They lived under the covenant law and as long as they followed the law – all was well. But many times the Israelites were rebellious against God and there we consequences. We see one instance where they said “We wish we would have stayed in Egypt. We’re going to all die in the wilderness.” Sure enough serpents came, bit them, and many died.  They believed that the serpents came from God but if they were obedient there was no need for the serpents to come. This was a result of their disobedience.

It was their disobedience that caused their death. God does nurture (chasten) us but it is for our good. It is not abuse but teaching. We taught our children what was right if they disobeyed, they were reprimanded and shown what was right (trained) the same is true for us from God. God gets blamed for many things he never did. Capps says if God lived on the earth and did some of the things, he is accused of He’d spend all His time in the penitentiary.

Think about this for a moment – God is a Spirit; He chastens us by spiritual means. He does not bring on physical illness. It is our spirit that lives on that is the concern of God the Father. He teaches us for profit. Many people believe that sickness is from God – here is thought to ponder if sickness were a chastisement for us then everyone who is sick would become more holy. According to Capps if sickness was a chastisement the sicker you got the more righteous you become.

Many people believe God will whip us, beat us down until we come into line with Him. That is simply not true for if it was then He would save everybody but He has given us free will to choose the path to follow.

Faith is what it takes to follow God. It is the faith he has given to all of and it begins by our believing what he said in His Word “rightly dividing it.”

Bible Study June 7

June 7

I’m going to continue down the path we began yesterday in sharing some insights from “Kicking Over Sacred Cows” by Charles Capps.

How many of us if asked this simple question, “Are trials and troubles blessings in your life?” I know many people would answer that question in the affirmative. That is some of the teaching people receive. God gave me cancer so He could teach me something. If He did teach you something, what was it? The same is true with problems, finances, relationships. God cannot give both problems and grace. He is our God of grace.

Fact is, sickness comes from Satan – Why you ask, there is no sickness in heaven so how could it come from God?

Trials and troubles come from Satan in order to steal, kill, and destroy our soul, our relationships, and our families. If he can steal your joy, peace, your knowledge of the scripture or make you misunderstand it then he has you.

Let us consider this thought. Does everything that happens to us – do we consider that God’s will for our life? If we have an automobile accident is that God’s will? I honestly do not believe it was God’s will for my son to die in an automobile accident Satan caused the accident not God.

But I do believe that God will “chasten” us but that is not a bad thing. Chasten from Strongs Concordance means “to nurture.” It is the same idea that we as fathers nurture and teach our children. As parents we do not give our children things that will hurt them but we nurture them helping them to develop into the person they can become.

Well the same thing is true with God an obedient child does not need anything but encouragement that is our responsibility to help them grow, God has given us His Word to help us grow and we must rightly divide the Word.  2 Timothy 2:15 “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” We rightly divide the Word.

God is a good God who would not bring trouble into your life. Be encouraged, study His Word in order that we can overcome the ruler of this world by rightly dividing the Word.

What happens when we begin to believe that God gives us problems, we then have exchanged God for Satan. John said the Spirit of truth will guide you into all truth. The Holy Spirit is the one to perfect the church not the devil.

Satan came to destroy us not to give us life.

Bible Study June 6

June 6

I’m going to continue down the path we began yesterday in sharing some insights from “Kicking Over Sacred Cows” by Charles Capps.

Many of us are steeped into tradition for a couple of reasons. One. The church taught us I what I believe, second, a failure to read and grasp the true meaning of the Bible which is a result of what we were taught.

Let’s decide to put away old thinking and look at what the Word tells us.

Yesterday we alluded to the Israelites in the desert. God gave them the land of Canna but they did not have the faith to possess it they did not grasp the concept that god will reward those who seek Him. They waited, became disobedient, then suffered the consequences of their ack of faith.

Hebrews 12:1 2 tells us God is the author and finisher of our faith.  If he wrote the book on it (faith) then He knows how to finish our faith. He wrote the manual in what we know as the Bible.

When we read John, we see in the very early part of the Gospel John says, “In the beginning was the Word…” We know that Word to be Jesus. Concerning faith, Paul says in Romans 12:3 “God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.” That tells me He gives everyone the same measure of faith – what do we do with what He has given us?

If we live by what we were taught years ago rather than what we have learned by renewing our minds, being open to the Word through the Spirit we will not grow spiritually. It’s hard to unlearn things. I know I left a very legalistic church and I had to unlearn things and I am still unlearning what they taught me.

But we have to change our thinking. Bad things that happen in our lives are from Satan, God through His Word, our faith, and trust leaning on Him will make us an overcomer.

This may fall hard on some but trials are not blessings – trials are trials there is no blessing in losing a business, there is no blessing in bankruptcy, there is no blessing in sickness I do not care what we have been taught. God did not send a trial Satan sent the trial to get you out following the Word of God when that happens get His Word out and follow it.  

Bible Study June 5

For the first five months of 2023 we have been doing a study from the Old Testament. I decided to do something different for a while. I ma going to share some thoughts from the reading I am doing along with some comments from the author.

I have been reading a book entitled “Kicking Over Sacred Cows” by Charles Capps. He was a farmer from England, Arkansas that became an internationally known Bible teacher, who had published twenty-four books prior to his death. I think you will enjoy and grow from what he has to say.

Chapter One – “The Chastening of the Lord”

Hosea said in 4:6 “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, (NKJV).

Capps says God didn’t say people are destroyed by the devil but by a lack of knowledge.

John 8:31 – 32 tells us “Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. 32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

The truth is what sets us free from Satan. We all have the truth in our homes and many of us have it on our phones, the truth is the Bible. But to have it and to know it are two different things. Notice John says “And you shall know the truth…”

Capps says when we rightly divide the Word of God, we will kick over sacred cows.

Faith pleases God. “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6 NKJV). Every promise of God is given to us through faith. Think about that statement for moment. What have you ever received that was not received in faith?

Faith is a law of God. Under the old covenant (or the time before Jesus) people lived under the law in essence they found righteousness under the law but under the new covenant we find righteousness through faith in the new covenant.

Capps says this from Romans 3:31 “Do we then make void the law through faith? Certainly not! On the contrary, we establish the law.” (NKJV). The law Paul is referring to is the law of faith. We know without faith it is impossible to please God and that He will reward all who seek Him. We must believe that God rewards those who seek Him. In order to be rewarded we must come to Him.

Many of us have heard that an undercurrent in religious circles is that God gives us trials, troubles, and times of testing to make us stronger. Nothing could be farther from the truth.

Looking at the Israelites on their journey through the desert for some insight on that idea. It was not God’s desire for them to travel for forty years – it was because of their disobedience. If we think trials and tests make us stronger, we must ask ourselves – did it help the Israelites? In fact it killed them it did not make them stronger. I love what Capps says about this idea “It will kill you, if you stay there long enough.” God rewards those who seek Him with all they have.

Sunday at Asbury June 4

Sunday at Asbury we are looking at the topic of the Pentecost and the formation of the New Testament Church from Acts chapter 2. “In the Breath of God Came Fire” is out title as we explore the shift from telling the story of Jesus, our Savior, to telling the story of the church, the ones who choose to be disciples of Jesus Christ.

Join us at 9:00 AM at 2704 South Highway W in Foley or on Facebook for the entire worship experience.

Bible Study May 29

May 29, 2013

Reading today from 1 Kings 1 and 2 along with Psalms 37, 71 and 94.

1 Kings 1

1 Kings opens with the search for a young woman whose body heat will warm the king. The servants political motivation is evident when Abishag is found from the village of Shunem – a nice union of north and south. Their plan is foiled when David is not intimate with her.

Adonijah is determined to get into the picture believing there is vacuum in leadership with David growing old. He Like Absolom before him he flaunts his royal desires to become king and gathers some followers to a feast. Nathan and Bathsheba conference and they agree for Bathsheba to go to the king and petition for Solomon to become king announcing that Adonijah has declared himself king, followed in agreement with Bathsheba Nathan enters and related the same story.

David give the order that Solomon is to become king with the anointing ceremony led by Nathan, Benaiah, and Zadok. Adonijah is tole of the news that Solomon is the king rather than him. Upon hearing this news he heads to that refuge in the horns of the altar that sets the stage for the confrontation between him and his brother Solomon.

During all this Solomon lifts not a finger nor has0 he spoken a word about this issue.

2 Kings

David mentions Solomon’s wisdom during his speech to his heir to the throne. His speech has two parts:

  • An injunction to walk in the ways of the law,
  • On the other hand David could be offering some hard-earned advice since his life would have been easier if he had always walked in the way of the law.

David mentions Joab and he should be dealt with as with Barzillai, and Shimei. David breathes his last. Adonijah seems to harbor some additional desires for a wife and takes the risk of talking to Bathsheba. Solomon in meeting with Bathsheba takes the conversation to treasonous. Joab comes back into the picture by also grasping the horns of the altar for protection. It seems as though Joab is struck down near the altar and buried in the wilderness.

Sunday at Asbury

This Sunday at Asbury we are looking at the subject of church again. We have been doing a series on the church and this Sunday the message is entitled “Why Do We Go To Church” from our scripture reading of Hebrews 10:19-31.

People go to church for various reasons but what is the true reason we should attend? If you do not have a church home, I invite you to join us. Come early for a cup of coffee prior to the service, you can even take your coffee to worship.

We will explore it this Sunday at 9:00 AM. Consider joining us at 2704 South Highway W in Foley, MO or on Facebook.

Bible Study May 25

Thursday May 25, 2023

1 Chronicles 23 – 25 is our reading for Thursday.

Chapter 23

Chapters 23 – 27 are dominated by lists of personnel within the kingdom appointed by David for support of the temple and its services after his death. The list of names provide us with David’s preparation for the temple construction and worship by provision of personnel for both temple and state.

The writer depicts both David and Solomon as team for the temple project. These lists provide us with the genealogy of Levites as we proceed through the chapters. The initial list provides a basic orientation of the three clans of Levites: Gershom, Kohath, and Merari.

Chapter 24

The next list then focuses on the Aaronic priestly line in Israel. After referring in passing to the tragedy that came to Aaron’s sons the list focuses on the remaining clans of Aaron’s other two sons. Each clan is provided a role in the temple service. Each of the divisions established (19) emphasizes the need for priestly clans to follow the regulations established by the Lord through Aaron. Following this list is a list of those involved in non-priestly functions.

Chapter 25

This chapter recounts the commissioning of the Levitical musicians. Levitical music is identified as prophesying and in 25:2-5 the various clans are associated with prophetic activity. As with the priestly appointments earlier in chapter 24, so here the musicians are appointed by sacred lot and divided into twenty- four clans as a parallel to the Levitical ministry.

Bible Study May 24

May 24, 2023

For today we look at the book of Psalms specifically chapters 108 – 110.

Psalm 108

The fact that David is committed to the Lord allows him to boldly trust God for deliverance, even though God has rejected His people. David has not yet been rescued so he pleads with God seeking human help would be futile.

Psalm 108 is compilation of Psalm 57:7-11 (1-5) and 60:5-12 (6-13).

Psalm 109

David still has been released from his attackers who abuse him verbally, accusing him deceptively in spite of his kindness. David begins his counterattack by enlisting God’s help. He seeks God’s wrath to crush his enemy. He wants his enemy to be pronounced guilty and to die. Being confident of the deliverance, David affirms that God gives victory to His people who are in need.

Psalm 110

The writer is in dire need of deliverance he calls out to God for help but at the end of the Psalm he still faces his adversaries. Psalm 110 relieves the tension as to whether God will respond favorably or whether He rejects His people. In this Psalm he conquers the nations of the world. The Lord is the eternal priest of the nations