TONIGHT at Discovery Center – Bro Jerry’s D-Group will sponsor our MOVIE NIGHT. The movie will begin at 7:00 PM…..the title is:
GOD IS NOT DEAD
This film packs a tremendous punch – and everyone should see it. There are several sub-plots which will demand your attention. In the words of the famous bass singer – George Younce – if this doesn’t light your fire – your woods wet. It would be tremendous for older youth to observe the position this student finds himself – and the sacrifices he is willing to make to uphold his CONVICTIONS.
In light of our Daniel study – putting together prophetic pieces of Daniel in light of global events – I am seeing the continuation of Dan 2 –Dan 7 and Dan 8 –through a much clearer lens!!! The current Pope says that more Christians are suffering today from discrimination and violence than in the early days of Church History. One of the text books for the Daniel series quoted in chapter 7 that since 1990 around 160,000 Christians have been put to death annually for their faith. The precise number is not my point. The statement is that 2/3 of the 2.3 billion Christians in the world today live in dangerous neighborhoods. Do we know how God views the death of a Christian martyr? If my son were to die for his faith – it would dominate every waking moment of my day. Our Lord is the Father of each martyr (Matt 23:9) – here is how closely our Saviour identifies with us: when Saul of Tarsus was killing Christians, Jesus warned him in that special encounter in Acts I Saul – you are “persecuting me” (Acts 9:4) Every Christian is my brother or sister (1 John 4:20)….I should PRAY for those whoa re oppressed for their faith as I would pray for my brother in such circumstances. Today, there are at least 28 countries where the Church is being Persecuted. They range from Afghanistan to Yemen – including Iran, Iraq Pakistan, Nigeria and Saudi Arabia – places where Christians are under fire for Christ. We must pray regularly for these persecuted believers in Christ. Acts 1:8 tell us that we are to be Jesus witnesses in Jerusalem, Samaria and to the ends of the earth. The Greek word for witnesses is MARTYRES – from which we get “martyrs.” Our Lord literally to us that we would be martyrs for Him all over the world. Here is a trick many Christians are doing – they set the alarm on their phone for 1:08 PM – in light of Acts 1:8 = and each day they intercede for believers who are being persecuted for following Jesus. Let us remember Jesus 2 promises to us FIRST – Jn 16:33 in the world you will have tribulation…..SECOND – John 16:33 but take heart – I have overcome the world. When you face the 1st – claim the 2nd.
Monday of this week Emery Sapp and Sons spent the entire day at Discovery solving our erosion control problem. They were able to dig out all the dirt that had eroded into the lake and developed a berm to They hauled in a couple dozen loads of topsoil around the lake. I didn’t see the entire procedure but I know they also sowed tons of grass seed in the topsoil – then put down the straw mats to hold the seed – the straw – and topsoil from ending up in the lake. Next spring this will greatly intensify the beauty of our campus. It was not a budgeted item – and the bid price was $3,300. If you could help defray this expense – it would be most appreciated.
Better Late Than Never Halloween FilmFest. Next Sunday night November 2nd 2014. Sunday Night Thing will host an extended edition creepy movie night, with snacks and games. Starting at 4:30pm and ending at 8pm. We will be showing 2 spooky movies for the THING crowd and anyone else brave enough to come! These films are genuinely creepy, but family friendly (i.e. No nudity or foul Language) They do contain instances of some mild blood and violence. If you have concerns about The appropriateness of these films for your young person feel free to contact Doug for additional information.
Please read Daniel 8 prior to our weekend Celebration Service. Daniel has another vision in the 3rd year of Belshazzar’s reign – it centers on a ram and a goat. What is unique about Daniel 8 is that the time frame does not involve the beginning of the Babylonian Empire ending with the 2nd coming of Jesus as we encountered last with in Dan 7. Dan 8’s time frame concerns the Medo-Persian and Greek Empires, which were the two world powers mentioned in Nebuchadnezzar’s vision of Daniel 2. The vision Daniel experienced would not come to pass for another 400 years. ***What country represents the RAM?
***What country represents the GOAT?
***What are you to make of the horns on both animals?
Many prosperity preachers indicate if we have faith – God will bless us with abundant health and finances. If we lack faith it might manifest itself in illness and lack of funds. The Greek word of this teaching is Poppycock!!!!! — Daniel never left captivity — he died in Babylon – he never went back to Jerusalem and enjoyed the worship in the temple….what would prosperity preachers say to Daniel…..please look at Heb 11:35…others who trusted God were tormented preferring to die rather than turn from God….others were mocked and their backs were cut open with whips — others were chained in dungeons…some died by stoning some were sawed in half – others were killed by the sword. I would love to see the day in eternity that these prosperity preachers tell THIS GROUP OF SPECIAL SACRIFICAL CHRISTIANS – they didn’t have enough faith – or these events would not befall them. Check v39 all these people we have mentioned received God’s approval because of their F A I T H!!!! WOW!!! Hope this whetted your spiritual appetite so you’ll come with anticipation as we grow in our faith looking at Daniel 8.
WOW – Last Tuesday will be a day I’ll never forget. Yes it was my Birthday. My daughters took me out to breakfast – and that was wonderful….the only other thing I wanted to do on this special day was to get some grass fed stakes and have share them with the family. Other friends picked us up and took Annie and I out to lunch – which was great fellowship. It was around 4:00 PM when we arrived back at our home. 4 of my grandchildren were sitting on the ledge of our home and had an interesting aura about them – but I didn’t pick up on it. As I stepped inside other grandchildren were jumping up and down like they were standing on hot coals – one said – “grandpa go in the living room. As I stepped in the living room – it was full of Christians from the church Annie and I served fro 1975 – 1985 —- WOW — the door continued to open – Christians from the church we were at when Amee was born – 1970 -1975 – came in – think they came in 3 cars….they were 1 hour north of Quincy, ILL. For the next 3 hours – Christians came ate – fellowshipped at departed…. Others came from St. Charles – Edwardsville – 1 flew an airplane he made – my buddy Fleetwood….several from Forum Christian – and Discovery. Shocked – Surprised – Overwhelmed – might come close to explain the remainder of the day. Little Max told his mom – “mom I have never seen such love.” These are precious words from an 8 year old. My running partner said – “this is just a foretaste of what heaven is going to offer.” To be together with Christians from 4 churches over the last 40 years – was Joy Unspeakable and Full of Glory. Precious memories were rehearsed as several spoke of the month/day/year of their baptism and/or wedding – and 1000 memories were made by the interaction and fellowship of the evening. I am blessed with 2 daughters who know how to “throw a party.”
FREE BOOKS – In the front office/classroom (1st door on your right after entering Discovery) There are a couple of boxes of books which are free for the taking. Feel free to browse through then and help yourself to whatever strikes you. All Christian material, some text books, some devotional, inspirational and so forth. ENJOY!
20 I went on praying and confessing my sin and the sin of my people, pleading with the Lord my God for Jerusalem, his holy mountain. 21 As I was praying, Gabriel, whom I had seen in the earlier vision, came swiftly to me at the time of the evening sacrifice. 22 He explained to me, “Daniel, I have come here to give you insight and understanding. 23 The moment you began praying, a command was given. And now I am here to tell you what it was, for you are very precious to God. Listen carefully so that you can understand the meaning of your vision.24 “A period of seventy sets of seven[a] has been decreed for your people and your holy city to finish their rebellion, to put an end to their sin, to atone for their guilt, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to confirm the prophetic vision, and to anoint the Most Holy Place.[b] 25 Now listen and understand! Seven sets of seven plus sixty-two sets of seven[c] will pass from the time the command is given to rebuild Jerusalem until a ruler—the Anointed One[d]—comes. Jerusalem will be rebuilt with streets and strong defenses,[e] despite the perilous times.26 “After this period of sixty-two sets of seven,[f] the Anointed One will be killed, appearing to have accomplished nothing, and a ruler will arise whose armies will destroy the city and the Temple. The end will come with a flood, and war and its miseries are decreed from that time to the very end. 27 The ruler will make a treaty with the people for a period of one set of seven,[g] but after half this time, he will put an end to the sacrifices and offerings. And as a climax to all his terrible deeds,[h] he will set up a sacrilegious object that causes desecration,[i] until the fate decreed for this defiler is finally poured out on him.”