The Chronicles Of Belteshazzar Chapter 8 by David Lantz

Chronicles Of Belteshazzar Chapter 8

In Chapter Eight of The Chronicles of Belteshazzar, Daniel meets Naaman, the Captain of the Babylonian Guard while breaking up a fight between a Hebrew and an Askelonite.

The two trade stories about what they believe, and their different understandings of the Great Flood. In reading the story of how Daniel will later interpret a dream by King Nebuchadnezzar, it is clear that the two must have had a relationship before The Captain of the Guard was sent to find him (see Chapter 2 of the Book of Daniel).

Daniel exhibits the quality of forgiving others – something that is demonstrated in the movie, Pay it Forward. I’ll use that movie, plus a story about the life of Corey Ten Boom, to help flesh out this episode’s Question for Reflection.

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The Chronicles Of Belteshazzar Chapter 7 by David Lantz

Chronicles Of Belteshazzar Chapter 7

In Chapter Seven of The Chronicles of Belteshazzar, Daniel and his friends are entered into a training program which will allow them to serve King Nebuchadnezzar.

One of the things they are told is that they must eat the food of the Babylonians. Daniel and his friends do not wish to violate the dietary laws of their faith, and so Daniel proposes an alternative to their Babylonian trainer, Potiphar.

In this retelling of the story of Daniel and his meeting with Nebuchadnezzar, I share a story from my own life: Would I be willing to go to a Casino in London? What was God demanding of me – and what were the consequences of that small, seemingly insignificant decision? I’ll use the movie Pinocchio and the story of letting “your conscience be your guide” to help flesh out this episode’s Question for Reflection

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The Chronicles Of Belteshazzar Chapter 6 by David Lantz

Chronicles Of Belteshazzar Chapter 6

In Chapter Six of The Chronicles of Belteshazzar, Nebuchadnezzar returns to Babylon with the exiles.

The Chief Priest, Hamon, greets the King. We learn that Hamon is secretly plotting to cause riots and gang warfare among the rival Immigrant groups. The Chief Priest hopes that this will trigger a revolt against the rule of King Nebuchadnezzar – a revolt that will lead to the eventual crowning of himself as the new king.

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The Chronicles Of Belteshazzar Chapter 5 by David Lantz

Chronicles Of Belteshazzar Chapter 5

In Chapter Five of The Chronicles of Belteshazzar, Nebuchadnezzar reviews the list of Jews exiles and makes plans to take them back to Babylon. He wonders to himself if he is living up to his father’s expectations.

Meanwhile, Daniel is bitter about the fact that he is being sent into exile. As he sees his parents for the last time, he thinks about a gift his father has given him. In that moment, he comes to realize that his father truly loves him.

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The Chronicles Of Belteshazzar Chapter 4 by David Lantz

Chronicles Of Belteshazzar Chapter 4

In Chapter Four of The Chronicles of Belteshazzar, the story switches to 600 B.C. and the life of the prophet Daniel.

Nebuchadnezzar, the King of Babylon, had defeated the Egyptians at the Battle of Carchemish. He has now come to the gates of Jerusalem and demands that Jehoiakim, King of Judah, surrender. He demands that King Jehoiakim prepare a list of people to send into exile to Babylon.

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Believers Salvation: The New Identity & Wellness in Christ Jesus by Grace Selah Penuel

Believers Salvation

Believers Salvation: The New Identity & Wellness in Christ Jesus

Believers salvation, the new identity & wellness in Christ Jesus is a tool for preaching the glorious, life transforming gospel of Jesus Christ.

In this tool, believers gets to know:

  • how to get saved through faith in Christ Jesus
  • how salvation that is in Christ Jesus gives them a new royal and priestly identity
  • how their wellness for spirit, soul and body is provided for through salvation.

In the book are also heartily reflections, testimonies, prayers and confessions to glorify God and help new believers know who they are in Christ Jesus. This knowledge helps them develop their love for God and faith in God. Faith in God works by love.

Grace Selah Penuel

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The Power of Christ Like Thinking

Christ Like Thinking

The Power of Christ Like Thinking by Edward A. Morrison

As I begin to write, even now the words and the complexity of the subject that I have felt the need to express in these pages is immeasurable. Well beyond what a simple man like me can put into words. But I do believe that with the help of the Holy Spirit perhaps it can be inspiring. If not to others, then maybe to me.

I think we have all had our share of doubts as to why God would want to use a sinner like me to reach the minds of the few, let alone the masses. But it is with all humility and trust in Jesus that I write. In hopes that He can use these words to help someone else figure out what it truly means to think like our Lord.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I certainly have not reached any kind of pinnacle in my spiritual walk with the Lord. These are merely a few thoughts on the subject. A subject that has been a part of my journey as a follower of Jesus Christ.

My life and journey with Christ have been one of many ups and downs.

I would like to share some of these personal experiences as a modern-day believer. With that, the many struggles and obstacles that we face particularly in North America where we are bombarded daily by the world views of a media-driven by plenty. So much so that our minds are consumed with the things which we can possess from cars to homes to beauty to sex only escalated by the day-to-day drama of the ones that society considers worth idolizing.

You know the ones that have it all, from sports to music, to acting, the gods of our popular culture, the ones our children idolize and wish they could become or at least dream about becoming. Even many of our churches have taken on these philosophies of narcissism, you can have it all, God wants to give you everything and anything that you so desire.

Preachers teaching congregations about the power of the mind and the laws of attraction.

If you just believe blessings, and I am talking about material and monetary blessings here, will rain down on you from heaven above. So my question is what does that do to the truths in the New Testament like Matthew 6:19-20 that talk about not storing up treasures here on earth where moth and rust destroy.

Many parts of scripture talk about wealth and poverty both in the Old and the New Testaments. If you do an extensive study on these two subjects you will find that wealth is looked upon very negatively, especially in the New Testament.

So, then, how do we deal with these conflicting philosophies as a Bible believing child of God? As in all instances, I believe the answers are found in the scriptures. So my goal in writing these few words is to come to a conclusion based upon scripture as well as personal experience.

1 Corinthians 2:16 says: “For who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him? But we have the mind of Christ.”

Why Do I Feel A Need To Express My Views On Such A Subject?

On the other hand, what would I know about the power of attraction as so many refer to it today?

I’m not approaching this with blind eyes. I have read most of the books by the modern-day positive attitude gurus and, there are plenty of them, both Christian and non-Christian. The profession that I spent a good number of my adult years working in, many of these books were in some ways required reading. Probably the most well-known of these is “Think and Grow Rich” by famed author, Napolean Hill.

Don’t get me wrong I think there are some good qualities found in each of these authors and I really believe their intentions are noble, but I also believe they have led many a person down a road that is not very Christ-like but rather stresses some of the very things that scripture warns us about.

It is sad to see many churches taking on this philosophy as part of their spiritual doctrine.

How Does The Bible Deal With Material Things?

My first suggestion to anyone wishing and praying for wealth so that they can be happy is to read the book of Ecclesiastes in the Old Testament. Solomon was not only the wisest man to ever live, he was very likely the richest as well.

There are countless examples of individuals reaching the pinnacle of what the world considers success, only to be disillusioned by it. Yet so many of us think it to be all that truly counts in this world.

So, why would we, as Christians, even want to test the waters in this? Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think that all people who reach acquire this kind of status are bad. Contrary to that, I have met many people whom the world would consider wealthy who are wonderful giving and loving to others.

But here is where the problem begins to infect us. Our human nature is such that we become obsessed with what others have. So begins our downward spiral of wanting and covetousness. So if we begin to set all our goals and dreams upon the world and its materials and pleasures, what happens to our desire for God and the furthering of His kingdom?

The Controversial Topic: The Prosperity Gospel.

If you want it, ask God for it and He will give it to you because you are, after all, a child of God. He is our father and He has given us the power to create our own lives just as we want it to be.

I agree that the mind is a very powerful part of our bodies and I also believe we need to think positively rather than the alternative. So, what exactly should we set our minds on? I would have to say that our wealth and comfort are not what God wants most for any of us.

I believe that we need to set our hearts on the things above, as taught to us by our Lord, not on the temporal materials of this world. Much of scripture warns us of the dangers of wealth and what it can do to our relationship with God. Jesus told us that we cannot serve both God and money.

Look, I don’t think being wealthy is a sin. I think when we become obsessed with it to the point we no longer consider God first in what we are doing with it, then it becomes a problem.

“Next time I will dig a little deeper into the philosophy of “The Law of Attraction”. Until then, God bless and stay safe.”

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Faithfulness- Mark 14- S1E13- John Stapleton

Mark 14 Faithfulness

YouTuber John Stapleton continues with the Gospel of Mark 14 – Faithfulness.

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BIG IDEA

Faithfulness– Jesus is faithful even when we are not.

Jesus had just celebrated the Passover celebration with his disciples and now they are in the garden of Gethsemane. Jesus had already predicted the pending failures of the disciples, especially Peter. They will all desert him, Judas will betray him, and Peter will disown him 3 times!

1). Mark 14:43-50 / Judas Betrays Jesus

The second half of Mark 14 is another sandwich. Jesus’ brave declaration of being the Messiah is surrounding by 2 accounts of cowardice. The first is when Judas betrays Jesus. Nobody ever would have suspected that Judas would betray Jesus. Nobody ever would have thought that they would run away from Jesus during his darkest hour. But, “They all left him and fled” (14:50).  

Peter has a little courage that was motivated by his curiosity, so he “followed him at a distance, right up to the courtyard of the high priest. He entered and sat down with the guards to see the outcome” (Matthew 26:58 NIV).

2). Mark 14:53-65 / Jesus Stands His Ground

In stark contrast to the cowardly disciples, is Jesus. The plots of the Pharisees have finally succeeded. This is an illegal trial in the middle of the night on trumped charges. They are breaking the law (Exodus 20:16). Looking copiously for excuses to execute Jesus. They get false witnesses to testify against him but they only contradict themselves.

  • Mark 14:57 | “Made with hands” denotes something unholy, like a carved idol. They finally asked him the million-dollar question (Mark 14:61).

This answer (Mark 14:62) is Jesus’ way of showing from Scripture that he is the Chosen One, God become human, the Judge of the Universe.

Why do we need other witnesses (Mark 14:63)? The priest noted that Jesus had given them all they needed as testimony to take to Rome. Ironically, Jesus had provided the testimony the Jews could not supply themselves, and this testimony would send him to the cross. Jesus’ reply—that he was their judge and would come with authority—identified him as the final deliverer, the Messiah, King of the Jews. (NLT Cornerstone Commentary)

This answer infuriates his accusers which solidifies Jesus’ fate. If there was ever a time for Jesus to recant his claims to save his life, its now. But he keeps saying what he always said that will lead to his death. They then disrespect him in a number of grievous ways.

  • Mark 14:65 | “Some began to spit on him… to cover his face and to strike him.” Spit is not only disgusting, but it is ceremonially unclean. They also misapplied Scripture (Deuteronomy 18:22).

3). Mark 14:66-72 / Peter Disowns Jesus

While Jesus is assaulted, Peter is confronted 3 times about his allegiance to Jesus. Peter keeps denying that he is one of his disciples, each time for emphatically vulgar than the previous.

Deny (Gr. Arneomai) = to repudiate; disown

  • Matthew 10:33
  • Acts 3:14 (NLT) “You rejected this holy, righteous one and instead demanded the release of a murderer.”
  • Hebrews 11:24 (refusal)

It was shameful for a teacher to be disowned by their own disciples.

Now look at Mark 14:72. No one can know the future in great detail unless they are God.
Sin should break our hearts. It should make us feel sick inside.

CONCLUSION

The faithfulness of Jesus shines the brightest during his follower’s weakest, most shameful moments. He is the Son of the Blessed, come to deal with our sins.

May 10 Q&A

1). What are the different ranks and characteristics of angels in the Bible?

I could write a book attempting to exhaust the answers to this question, but I’ll try to be concise.

Characteristics of Angels

  • Angels are created supernatural beings (Ps 148:1-5).
  • Witnessed the creation of the world (Job 38:4-7).
  • They are countless (Hebrews 12:22).
  • They are persons (intellect, emotion, & will) (Ezekiel 28:12; Matthew 28:5; Luke 15:7).
  • They are within time. Not knowing the future (1 Cor 2:8).
  • They can only be in one place at one time (Luke 11:24).
  • They are powerful (Rev 7:1; 2 Ki 19:35).
  • There are good and bad angels (2 Peter 2:4).
  • There is no hope of salvation for an angel (Matthew 25:41).

Roles of Angels

  • They are called the “holy ones” (they are in close proximity to God, therefore being “holy”). They are referred to as heavens (Job 15:15), “stars” (Job 38:7), and “gods” (Ps 82:1; 97:9).
  • Ministers / Messengers (Ps 103:21).
  • Watcher (Daniel 4:13, 17) Angels are watching God (Luke 15:10; 1 Cor 4:9).
  • Hosts, mighty ones, God’s navy seals (Ps 24:10; 103:20). Cherubim guard the throne of God (Ez 1:5-8).
  • Elders, wise counselor angels (Rev 4:10).

Functions of Angels

  • Contribute to the divine counsel (Psalm 82:1; Job 1:6; 2 Chron 18:18-21; Is 37:5-7).
  • God appoints them to carry out his decrees. Millions of angels attend Jesus because millions of things are going on (Dan 7:9-10).
  • Assist in governing the world (Deut 32:8).
  • Territorial spirits (Daniel 10:12-13, 20).
  • Deliver divine decrees and explain divine activity (Daniel 10:14).
  • They execute divine judgment (Gen 19:12-13).
  • They give glory and praise to God (Hebrews 1:6).

Jews were very tempted to worship angels because when you study them, it a new world will open up to you and it is very fascinating! But remember, Jesus is greater than the angels (Hebrews 1:6-7).

2). Why does the Bible not contain all 12 disciples gospels?

This question assumes that every disciple wrote a gospel when only some of them did. In addition, we have “gospels” that are really fake. For example, the Gospel of Thomas was not written by Thomas. It was written years after the evangelist’s death. Also, when you read through his gospel, you’ll find some sayings of Jesus which seam identical to the ones in our Bible, and then you have crazy statements from Christ like suggesting that women need to be men before entering the kingdom of God. Ridiculous! The Gospel of Judas is not even authentic. He died before he could write anything and its not like he’s keeping a journal on him at all times. Have you tried to read his supposed “gospel”? The manuscript is so fragmented that it is basically nonsense.

So why do we have the gospels we have? We have them because they were either written by eye-witnesses or they contain the account of what the eyewitness saw. Matthew and John were eyewitnesses. Mark and Luke weren’t, but Mark interviewed Peter and Luke interviewed several eyewitnesses (Luke 1:1-4).

3). Is it possible that Second Thessalonians is the biblical disagreement with the values of socialism?

When you apply 2 Thessalonians 3 to the problems of modern-day society, you could argue that way. Of course, I always want to point you to the original context this was written in. Christians were quitting their jobs and giving in to idleness under the pretense of “waiting for Jesus to come back.” And Paul’s response is a stern one. He essentially tells them to get back to work. After all, when Jesus comes back, wouldn’t he want to find us doing good things?

As for today, the principle is still strong. Paul in his letter to the Ephesians basically says you are either giving or taking. He tells idle people to get a job so they contribute (Ephesians 4:28). Jesus himself said its more blessed to give than receive (Acts 20:35).

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I Like To Cheat On My Wife (Is It Sinful Part 2) by Michael Furlonger

Be Selfish

In Part 2 of Michael Furlonger’s Is It Sinful? series, Michael confesses that he knowingly cheats on his wife. After he says, “I like to cheat on my wife,” be sure to listen as he explains that, as Christians, we aren’t only to “believe” in Jesus Christ, but be faithful to him.

In his book, God: The Master of Sin and Satan the Beautiful, Michael shares the conclusion of his journey of faith. What is sin? Why is it sinful? What’s Satan up to during all of this God smiting the earth?

In Is It Sinful? series, Michael will open up the Bible as he discusses the important role of addressing sin. In Is It Sinful part 2, Michael carefully explains that Belief and Faith are two different things: Even though he believes he is married to his wife, doesn’t mean he can be unfaithful.

Not shying away from his own battles with sin, Michael Furlonger opens up, pouring out his own heart on sins.

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