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    1. Insight from Butler's Daily Bible Reading: Psalm 23—Shepherd. •Person: portrait of Christ. •Prudence: knows where to lead sheep (green pastures, still waters). •Purity: paths of righteousness. •Peace: “I will fear no evil” and “comfort me.” •Provisions: “preparest a table … cup runneth over.” •Prospects: dwell in God’s house forever.
  • Here's this week's Scripture passage!
    1. Insight from Butler's Daily Bible Reading: Psalm 23—Shepherd. •Person: portrait of Christ. •Prudence: knows where to lead sheep (green pastures, still waters). •Purity: paths of righteousness. •Peace: “I will fear no evil” and “comfort me.” •Provisions: “preparest a table … cup runneth over.” •Prospects: dwell in God’s house forever.
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    1. Insight from Butler's Daily Bible Reading: Proverbs 3—This chapter is divided into five sections. •Profit of wisdom (vv. 1–18): this and section three and five all speak of the great profit of obeying wisdom. •Power of wisdom (vv. 19, 20): God by wisdom created the universe. The most conspicuous characteristic of the evolution theory is its total lack of wisdom—evolution thinking is utterly ludicrous. •Profit of wisdom (vv. 21–26): the second section on the profit of wisdom cites more rewards for obeying it. •Practice of wisdom (vv. 27–31): this section speaks specifically about the treatment of others. •Profit of wisdom (vv. 32–35): the third section on the profit of wisdom given here is in both the negative and positive—the negative predicts a curse upon and shame for those who do not honor wisdom, while glory is predicted for those who honor wisdom in their lives.
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  • Here's this week's Scripture passage! Have a Happy New Year!
    1. Insight from Butler's Daily Bible Reading: Isaiah 43—Redemption. Israel’s return to the land is spoken of as redemption. •Reassurance of redemption: Israel is not to fear; God will redeem and preserve them. •Reason for redemption: Israel is precious to and loved by God. •Ransom for redemption: Egypt, Ethiopia, etc. are made a ransom for Israel—they died (in judgment) so Israel could return to the land. •Regathering in redemption: Israel will be regathered from around the world and taken back to Palestine. •Reporting of the redemption: Israel will be witnesses of Jehovah’s redemptive work (the true Jehovah witnesses are the Jews not the cult that claims this name). •Revenge in the redemption: God will take vengeance on Israel’s enemies. •Rebuke for the redeemed: for their lack of devotion to God—“thou has been weary of me, O Israel.” •Removal in redemption: God will blot out their sins and not remember their sins.
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  • Here's this week's Scripture passage! Have a blessed Christmas!
    1. Insight from Butler's Daily Bible Reading: Luke 2—Coming of Christ. Luke gives some valuable details of Christ’s birth not in the other Gospels. •Advent in Bethlehem: this involved the decree of Caesar (a census); the dislodgement of citizens (the decree forced Joseph and Mary to go from Nazareth to Bethlehem); the delivery of Christ (in a manger, no room elsewhere). •Announcement by angels: the shepherds for the announcement (angels came to them); the statements in the announcement (about the scare, Savior, and sign); the song in the announcement (message of praise). •Action of shepherds: they believed the truth (believed what the angels said and visited Christ); they broadcast the truth (told others what they had seen and heard). •Adoration in the Temple: prompting of the adoration (an offering was made at the Temple because of the birth); prophet in the adoration (Simeon the saint); prophetess in the adoration (Anna the aged). •Astonishment in the Temple: at the age of twelve, Christ amazed the religious teachers with His wisdom.
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  • was doing some reading and got to thinking, I know who Jesus is to me, but as christians, do we individually know who Jesus is? Yeah we can give Peters answer, but is there something we can say that makes Christ personal for us in our testimony and then when we give that testimony to a nonbeliever just might make them think about what we said? We live in an age where a nonbeliever knows the bible just as well as some believers, this is why we must be equipped in being able to answer the question, who is Jesus? “Then Jesus and His disciples went out to the villages of Caesarea Philippi; and on the way He asked His disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” They answered Him, “John the Baptist; and others say Elijah; but others, one of the prophets.” And He asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter replied to Him, “You [in contrast to the others] are the Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed).”” MARK 8:27-29 AMP
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    1. Here's this week's Scripture passage!
      1. Insight from Butler's Daily Bible Reading: Isaiah 7—Villains. •Suppression by the villains: Samaria (northern Israel led by their king Remaliah) and Syria (led by their king Rezin) united to attack Judah whose king at that time was Ahaz. •Sign about the villains: the virgin birth (v. 14) was the sign that the villains would not succeed against Judah—this sign was a prophesy of the virgin birth of Jesus Christ as referred to in Matthew 1:22, 23. •Siege after the villains: Judah would be attacked by Assyria because of Judah’s wickedness.
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      1. Insight from Butler's Daily Bible Reading: Proverbs 5—This chapter is all about the peril of immoral women. •Seduction by immoral women: emphasis is put on the seduction of her speech; it is deceptive, defiling, and deadly. •Separation from immoral women: wisdom exhorts men to stay far away from these women. •Sequel of immoral women: the evil sequel of fraternizing with immoral women includes shame (you lose honor), slavery (you lose strength so become enslaved—“wealth” means strength), sickness (flesh consumed—VD problems), and sorrow (great regret). •Steadfastness against immoral women: the best way to avoid this peril is to be earnestly faithful to one’s wife.
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      1. Insight from Butler's Daily Bible Reading: Nahum—Judgment for Nineveh. Nahum is a sequel to the book of Jonah. The revival under Jonah postponed judgment upon Nineveh for a century or more. But now in Nahum, judgment is again predicted. •Certainty of the judgment (chapter 1): seen in the character of God (His purity and power); and in the command of God (when He orders judgment, it will come to pass). •Character of the judgment (chapter 2): the judgment included fierceness (invasion by a vicious army, viz. the Babylonian army); flood (river was used to flood part of Nineveh); fetters (many citizens taken captivity); fleeing (many citizens fled the city); fleecing (plunder of city by invading army); fear (great fear comes to the city when invaded); feebleness (the once strong nation becomes too feeble to resist invasion); finality (Nineveh would never again rise to power—today her ruins are in northern Iraq). •Cause of judgment (chapter 3): the sins of Nineveh were many—they were a bloody city, full of lies and robbery and other cruelties, immorality abounded, and they were given to heathen religion and these sins would bring great judgment upon the city of Nineveh.
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    4. Here's this week's Scripture passage! Wanted to give one more Thanksgiving-themed verse!
      1. Insight from Butler's Daily Bible Reading: Ezra 3—Piety After the Return. After the people had returned, they set about restoring worship at Jerusalem. This noble restoration is recorded here. •Convocation: this occurred in the seventh month and consisted of observing the feast of Tabernacles, building the altar, making sacrifices on the altar, and giving money to obtain material and hire workers to make a new Temple. •Construction: a year after the return, material and manpower were ready to start construction on the foundation of the new Temple. •Celebration: after the foundation was laid, a service was held which included singing (the Levite singers furnished the music); praising (the people “praised the LORD, because the foundation of the house of the LORD was laid” [v. 11]); weeping (the old timers who remembered Solomon’s Temple wept—for this new Temple was going to be much less in size and grandeur than Solomon’s Temple); and rejoicing (the younger people who had not seen Solomon’s temple rejoiced at the fact the Temple was being made).
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