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Genesis: Book of Beginnings (Journey Through the Bible 1) 4/12/2022

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Genesis: Book of Beginnings

(Journey Through the Bible 1)

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Genesis: Book of Beginnings

Genesis: Book of Beginnings

 

This book is a Bible Study of the Book of Genesis in the Holy Bible. The Bible text used for this study is the King James Version (KJV). This Book is the first book in the Series entitled Journey Through the Bible.

This book is a Study Guide for the Book of Genesis in the Holy Bible. The Bible text used for the study is the King James Version (KJV). It is fitting that we should start with Genesis, which is the book of Beginnings. Genesis: The Book of Beginnings is the first book in this series of Journey Through the Bible.

Genesis means “the beginning” and it is a book of beginnings. It records the creation of the world and the beginning of the nation of Israel. Chapters 12-50 focus on one man, Abraham, and his descendants. Abraham, his son Isaac and his grandson Jacob are called the patriarchs of Israel. Jacob’s twelve sons are the beginnings of the twelve tribes of Israel. Through Joseph, one of Jacob’s sons, the whole family settles in Egypt.

The word Genesis means origin or creation. Genesis, the first book of the Old Testament, is a book of beginnings. It has been said that every major doctrine has its seed or beginning in Genesis. For example, the material universe, the human race, sin, the promise of the Messiah, languages and the Hebrew nation all have their beginnings in the book of Genesis. For this reason Genesis is called the seed pot of the whole Bible. Every great fact, truth and revelation is found in this book in germ form. The book of Genesis is essential to the understanding of all the other books of the Bible.

Moses wrote the book of Genesis about 1500 years before Christ. Moses received the oracles directly from God. They were not handed down by word-of-mouth (Acts 7: 37, 38). God can just as easily tell a person the past as he can the future. The book Genesis covers a time period of nearly 2500 years, from the Creation to the journey of Israel into Egypt.

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Weekly Devotional: Gems From Pastor Jim 4/11/2022

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CrossMatt. 18:15-17 “If another believer sins against you, go privately and point out the fault. If the other person listens and confesses it, you have won that person back. But if you are unsuccessful, take one or two others with you and go back again, so that everything may be confirmed by two or three witnesses. If that person still refuses to listen, take your case to the church. If the church decides you are right, but the other person won’t accept it, treat that person as a pagan or a corrupt tax collector.”

These verses have been used and abused so often in the church. Because of our sinful nature and often spiritual immaturity, we have used them for our own advantage. Jesus gives us clear instructions on the right way to deal with sin in the church, but most churches either don’t understand them or ignore them altogether. The purpose of Jesus is reconciliation, not alienation.

Notice first of all that this passage deals with private matters of sin between believers. It is about issues that affect personal relationships, not community relationships. We are to deal with personal issues as they come up so that they do not become issues that affect the whole body.

It is so easy to sit in judgment of another. It’s another thing to work with another with the intent of reconciliation. When someone sins against you, you are to go to that person in love and humility and seek peace. If that doesn’t happen, take one or two others with you who are spiritually mature and do so that they may be able to offer wisdom on how to restore peace between you and to God. If that doesn’t work, then the matter needs to be brought before the church so that the church can decide what must be done for the good of the body and individuals involved.

Also, before a person is judged to be in the wrong, the accuser must first be sure that his own sins are dealt with before God. Only the pure in heart should ever try to hold another believer accountable for sin.

Needless to say, everyone involved seeking peace should first of all be much in prayer so that the discernment given will be from God and not man. It is only when all efforts fail that a person is then alienated from the church’s fellowship. As long as a person is stubborn and too proud to listen to wise and godly counsel he cannot be a part of the fellowship of the church. When the will is broken and the offending party humbles himself before God and man, peace can then be restored.

I believe that applying these verses in the life of the church is needed, but it should be done sparingly. It is necessary to hold one another accountable for sinful behavior, but it is a very serious matter to remove someone from the fellowship of the church. We better be right before God before we exercise this step in the peacemaking process of the church.

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Jim Hughes

Spending his formative years in Ft. Wayne, IN, Jim followed the love of his life to southeast Iowa where they married and have spent the majority of their lives. Jim has pastored several churches throughout his life and has worked many years in local factories to help support his family. The father of two married adult children and one son still at home, Jim is a first-time author.

C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chapter on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.

I am a firm believer in order to make sense out of life you have to use much common sense. We need to get back to the basics of what has worked for many, many generations. If is isn’t broke, why try to fix it? I strive to return to the basics of what really works in all my writings.

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Christian Books of the Week – Marriage 4/8/2022

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Verse of the Day and Devotional 4/7/2022

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Verse of the Day

April 7th, 2022

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The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. – Psalm 111:10 ESV

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Our verse of the day appears in four places in the Bible; three times in Proverbs and once in Psalms. Psalms 111 was written by David; we know that David followed our verse of the day as a principle in life. He understood this from his experience, and we can assume that he taught his children the same. David was crowned king, but he had to wait for that title. Saul threatened his life on many occasions, and he had to make wise decisions to survive. David ruled with wisdom and he instructed his son Solomon to love and fear God.

Solomon learned that wisdom from the Lord is far greater than wealth and riches. When given the chance to ask for anything, Solomon, a young man enthroned as a king, requested wisdom from God. In response to his humble wish, God said to Solomon: “God answered Solomon, “Because this was in your heart, and you have not asked for possessions, wealth, honor, or the life of those who hate you, and have not even asked for long life, but have asked for wisdom and knowledge for yourself that you may govern my people over whom I have made you king, wisdom and knowledge are granted to you. I will also give you riches, possessions, and honor, such as none of the kings had who were before you, and none after you shall have the like.” (2 Chronicles 1:11-12).

Solomon ruled the nation with that wisdom. He says three times in Proverbs that the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom. An example of Solomon’s wisdom is his judgment in the dispute over who was the actual mother of an infant child. Solomon offered to split the living child in half, understanding that the true mother would choose to give the child to another woman instead of seeing him killed (1 Kings 3:16-28). The Queen of Sheba travelled 1,200 miles to confirm the stories of his wisdom and dignity. Every question that she raised was solved by King Solomon (1 Chronicles 9:1-5).

We also need God’s wisdom to live in this world. Wisdom will not come naturally to us; rather we have to ask the Giver for the wisdom. Paul says: “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise” (Ephesians 5:15).

God’s wisdom is available for ordinary Christians like you and me. Many think that we cannot gain that wisdom from God. But the Word promises us “God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God” (1 Corinthians 1:28-30). If we are in Him, we have His wisdom and we can grow in that wisdom.

By Subish Johnson, Bible League International partner, India

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Book Spotlight: Words of Jesus Bible American Standard Version 4/5/2021

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Words of Jesus Bible

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Words of Jesus Bible American Standard Version

Words of Jesus Bible American Standard Version

Words of Jesus Bible – American Standard Version. This Bible is NOT a complete Bible, it just contains the words of Jesus. Therefore, it does not contain any of the Old Testament. If you look at any Bible that has “a red letter edition” you will have a “Words of Jesus Bible”. Since the Kindle is in black, white, and shades of gray, you cannot easily tell what the Words of Jesus are. This edition puts the words of Jesus in Red. On the Kindle they appear a lighter grey than the rest of the text. Of course, on the Kindle apps for iPhone, iPad, Blackberry, Kindle for PC, Kindle for Mac or the Kindle Fire these words appear in red. To try and keep the context the entire verse which Jesus speaks is included.

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Weekly Devotional: Gems from Pastor Jim 4/4/2022

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CrossMatt. 18:6-7 “How terrible it will be for anyone who causes others to sin. Temptation to do wrong is inevitable, but how terrible it will be for the person who does the temptation.”

The world is full of people who make it their life to tempt others to sin. We cannot escape them. They infiltrate every area of our lives. They have become such a part of living that we scarcely recognize them anymore and don’t seem to care. We accept their presence and allow them to influence our thinking and living.

Think about it. Take note of everyone today who offers you some way to sin. Listen to the lyrics of the songs you hear. Pay attention to what you read. Look around you at work and take note of how things are being done. Pay attention to the ads on TV and the content of the shows you watch. Listen to what others are saying to you. If you take note of these things, you will discover just how much temptation to sin you encounter each day of your life.

It takes great determination to resist the temptations to sin. It takes a lot of prayer and exposure to God and His Word to have the willpower to say no. It takes staying close to the Lord to even recognize much of the temptations we encounter to lure us away from God.

It is a terrible thing to fall into sin. But it is even worse to be the one who leads others into sin. Stay alert and don’t let sin have a foothold in your life. And, make sure that you don’t cause others to sin along the way. There are people watching you. They notice how you live and talk. If they respect you, they will conclude that if it’s okay for you then they can do it, too. If you are a believer, then it is obvious how you can influence others to sin.

Guard your soul and strive to live a godly life always. Sin is a big deal to God as is being the cause of another person falling into sin. Terrible is the fate of those who lead others into sin. Terrible is the fate of those who fall into sin and do not repent. How we live does matter to God.

About the Author:

Jim Hughes

Spending his formative years in Ft. Wayne, IN, Jim followed the love of his life to southeast Iowa where they married and have spent the majority of their lives. Jim has pastored several churches throughout his life and has worked many years in local factories to help support his family. The father of two married adult children and one son still at home, Jim is a first-time author.

C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chapter on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.

I am a firm believer in order to make sense out of life you have to use much common sense. We need to get back to the basics of what has worked for many, many generations. If is isn’t broke, why try to fix it? I strive to return to the basics of what really works in all my writings.

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Christian Books of the Week – Marriage 4/1/2022

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