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Two Tales Of One City

Two Tales Of One City June 3, 2011 — by Dennis Fisher Our Daily Bread Radio is hosted by Les Lamborn Read: Nahum 1 The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; and He knows those who trust in Him. —Nahum 1:7 Bible in a year: 2 Chronicles 19-20; John 13:21-38 The book of Jonah has the makings of a great movie plot. It contains a runaway prophet, a terrible storm at sea, the prophet swallowed by a great fish, God sparing the prophet’s life, and the repentance of a pagan city. But Jonah’s sequel—the book of Nahum—might not be so popular. Nahum ministered in Nineveh just as Jonah had, but about 100 years later. This time, the Ninevites had no interest in repentance. Because of this, Nahum condemns Nineveh and proclaims judgment on the people. To unrepentant Nineveh, the prophet preached: “The Lord is slow to anger and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked” (Nah. 1:3). But Nahum also had a message of mercy. To comfort the people of Judah, he proclaimed: “The Lord…

Jesus Believed He Was the Only Means of Salvation?

Friday, June 3, 2011 Jesus Believed He Was the Only Means of Salvation? John Barnett In John 3 today we are looking at just one of these incredible presentations of the greatest message of all, the plan of salvation. As we look at this event note carefully that Jesus believed that He was the only means of salvation. Christ's presentation of salvation is clearly captured in John 3; and it is a very simple summary of salvation that contained three truths: "you" (salvation is a personal and individual transaction) "must be" (salvation is a very exclusive, narrow, and quite directive command from Jesus to lost sinners who need to be saved) "born again" (salvation is an obedient, personal confession that your first birth into what ever family, religion, heritage, ethnic group, and so on is insufficient to get you to Heaven, and unless a supernatural, conscious miracle called conversion takes place, only Hell lies ahead). What is most compelling about th…

You Are His Concern

Friday, June 03, 2011 You Are His Concern by Charles R. Swindoll Read Exodus 4:19–20 Isn't God gracious? We have a Lord who knows our hearts, knows our thoughts, and knows our fears. When Moses had left Egypt forty years before there were those who sought his life. He was probably featured at the top of the Egyptian version of The Ten Most Wanted list. Naturally, Moses had not forgotten. He was a family man now, headin' west with the wife and kids, and that potential danger must have been weighing on his mind. It was part of the reason he had been reluctant to go in the first place. But when he finally made the decision to embrace God's will, he determined to make the journey in spite of those concerns. He told the Lord, in effect, "Lord, I'm going to trust You with all my heart. I'm not going to lean on my own understanding. In all my ways I'm going to recognize You and let You take care of the obstacles." So he set his face toward Egypt and be…

Feasting on the Word

Friday, June 3, 2011 June 3 Feasting on the Word 1 Peter 2:2-3 Did you ever watch an infant take a feeding? Hungry little ones clutch the bottle, smack their lips, and make soft contented noises. They thoroughly enjoy their nourishment. But there comes a time when milk isn’t enough to satiate baby’s appetite anymore. That’s when a whole worldof culinary possibilities opens up. Comparing new believers to babies, Peter said that they “long for the pure milk of the word” (v. 2). You wouldn’t feed a newborn steak and spinach, would you? Well, baby Christians must sip scriptural truths that they understand. Then, like a growing child, they shoot up as they feast on Bible passages, gradually taking in more and meatier principles and topics. Believers are not left alone to make sense of Scripture any more than babies and young children are expected to get their own meals. The Holy Spirit, who indwells God’s followers, illuminates the Word. That is, He makes the meaning clear to those w…

Looking Forward

Looking Forward ...looking forward to these things... 2 Peter 3:14 Recommended Reading Titus 2:11-14 Whatever problems you're facing, news you're dreading, or burdens you're bearing--all will be resolved within two seconds of Christ's return. This world brings tribulations, yet we can be of good cheer for He has overcome the world (John 16:33). When He comes, He will give rest to the troubled, and an eternal weight of glory for those facing, "light momentary affliction" (1 Thessalonians 1:6; 2 Corinthians 4:17). The sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed (Romans 8:18). One day soon our sighs will become songs, our heartaches hallelujahs, and our worldly woes will be swallowed up in everlasting joy. There will be no heavy hearts in our heavenly homes. That's why the Bible tells us to seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Let's set our minds on things …

Lutheran Service Book Historic (One Year) Lectionary

THURSDAY, JUNE 2, 2011 | EASTER THE ASCENSION OF OUR LORD Old Testament 2 Kings 2:5–15 Psalm Psalm 110 Epistle Acts 1:1–11 Gospel Mark 16:14–20 or Luke 24:44–53 Lutheran Service Book Historic (One Year) Lectionary (Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 2009).

Lutheran Service Book Historic (One Year) Lectionary

SUNDAY, JUNE 5, 2011 | EASTER SEVENTH SUNDAY OF EASTER YEAR A First Reading Acts 1:12–26 Psalm Psalm 68:1–10 Epistle 1 Peter 4:12–19, 5:6–11 Gospel John 17:1–11 Lutheran Service Book Three Year Lectionary (Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 2009).