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  • Please pray.

    I request prayer for my healing. Dr.s. say I have to have a second surgery for returned thyroid cancer. I declare that I am healed. Been healed for 2000 years now. In the Holy Name of Jesus, Amen. Thank you and God Bless.
    1. Hallelujah. Give Him the highest praise. I thought of Hezekiah as I laid in my hospital bed on dialysis and prayed for his healing and today I am healed. He can and will do it! Gods will, grace and mercy!
    2. that's great I am glad that you are healing.
  • New to this. Can anyone recommend free courses about using Logos 8 ? Also, where can I find more information about this Faithlife business, in particular, I am interested in book sale / review groups. Thanks in advance. Alex
    1. Oh, I forgot to mention that this group offers occasional free webinars, so you should follow it too:
    2. Thank you for the reply, guys. Very helpful indeed. Merry Christmas.
    3. Merry Christmas, Alex!
  • Marriage
    This section allows girls to be betrothed when ten but they may not marry until twelve and poses problems for women over 50 to marry.
    1. By the way, I am just learning to post to community notes and blogs. Wish you could have the notes just linked to the book you are commenting on.
    2. In answer to Helen Pierson, this post was a community note to a book I was reading, apparently to post community notes you do not do it to the book but to a blog. I am sorry it came to here. However, you ask why look at this information. The ten day study does not deal with marriage, but when you are studying a passage about marriage, it may provide insight to know the typical ages for the man and his bride. I have only found the answer for the bride so far. I got some other interesting information on the betrothal and marriage customs. Interesting information. The man can divorce his wife, not the reverse (at least in most situations). Read Mathew 5 re the husband causing his wife to commit adultery if he divorces a faithful wife. Christ is the Groom, we the church are His bride. The Bride cannot divorce the Groom, can you loose your salvation? You can, Christ can withdraw your Salvation. Will He? I doubt it. Can you turn your back (divorce the Groom) on your Salvation? Not in their marriage traditions! We are the Bride! The groom according to my readings, yes this is not from the Bible, normally lives with his parents and the bride moves into the home of the grooms parents. An interesting note on Jewish wedding ceremonies. The groom sees the bride before the ceremony! This is contrary to the Western Tradition. The Jewish tradition might be from the problem with Jacob's (Israel's) first marriage, he did not check beneath the veil! I have two or three books on the customs and manners of the Jews. I admit I also have learned from non-Logos sources. This from a non-Logos source I found interesting. Word of caution on this, the information is, I believe is accurate but a retired pastor is checking the information out. Even if, as I suspect the information is accurate, the suggestion as to the reasons this source gives for the facts might be wrong and it could be just co-incidence. Pontius Pilate had the charge for Christ's Crucifixion written in three languages, in Hebrew it said Jesus Christ, King of the Jews I believe, in Hebrew, original language on the one sign, it is four words. The first letter of each word gives us YHWH, if the words were one word per line, directly under the preceding word You have an acrostic spelling the name of God. The Pharisees were very offended with the Jewish wording in the Scriptures. Did Pontius Pilate deliberately have this particular wording and have it lined up as suggested? Even if the wording was lined up as suggested it does not mean Pilate was deliberate, but it gives one thought. Add to this fact a second fact, Pilate washed his hands of the matter before leaving the courtyard. You say so what? Consider another scripture passage, I forget where off hand, you can use Logos to find it. The Pharisees (or was it Sadducee) criticized Jesus because they did not wash their hands according to the traditions of the Elders. This was not strictly Biblical as it was the traditions of the elders. If Pilate washed his hands, in the manner of the traditions of the Elders, before leaving the courtyard, do you think that may provide some insight, and add to your thoughts on the first issue, the Hebrew script concerning the charges against Jesus? Might it add to the understanding of the message in the closing of the Roman trial against Jesus?
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      When you post a community note, you can choose which Faithlife Group to post it to, depending on which and how many groups you follow (https://faithlife.com/account/groups) and if you find one group more appropriate than another. Or you can post a note in your own resources without it being a community note. Not sure if that is more information than you already knew, but I thought that might be what you were wondering. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.
  • Was Something Missed?
    in a new book, Bloody, Brutal and Barbaric... The authors are struggling with the conflict of the OT war passages and theology and modern Christian ethics. Focusing on two ethical issues: Genocide and War Rape. Dealing with War Rape, the authors see this as primarily for reproductive purposes, in the end of Judges, this can be seen as a primary issue, but that passage is man deciding how to deal with the issue of insuring the survival of Benjamin's tribe. King Saul is probably a result of this decision. This action is clearly not given as a directive of God. Looking at the issue of the slaughter of the children and virgins, there are questions that must be asked, and the authors are right, we look at the passages, seeing them with modern man's viewpoint. The children could have been adopted into Israelite families, but even today we find significant issues arise from this solution. Infants would probably not have the problems. If the children are not taken as slaves or adopted, how will they have sustenance? The virgins; who would be virgins in the society of that day? Families arranged for their daughters to married. The primary livelihood for females was their parents provided for them than their man. The book of Ruth, she had her husband's land, which was worth something, Boaz proves that with the deal made in the city gate. She still only had the livelihood of begging, not of her land's production. The families would arrange for their daughters to be married, probably before ate fourteen, my guess is before age twelve. A married women would not be counted as a virgin. How would these live? Would the other cultures which regularly raided Israel until the time of King David leave the town or city of children and virgins alone? What was the laws given to Israel concerning those taken as Slaves and or females taken in war? War Rape might be a result of what happened, but perhaps we can see God's redemptive goal even here, if we look at the right questions, as the authors suggest. Perhaps the authors could see other better questions to ask as well?
    1. What passage of the OT refers to War rape?
    2. First this was a comment I was making on the book mentioned, but you have war rape indicated in the women the Benjamites were allowed to take after there were told they were allowed to attack a village killing all but the virgins and taking the virgins. They took them as their wives, were the virgins willing mothers? Any story of the Israelis killing the town or city they attacked then having the virgin captives would seem to include the virgins being the sexual property of the warriors. This seems to have been common practice according to this book with the countries around Israel. Further, a male Slave (Jewish) was released in the Jubilee Year, unless the Slave became a Bond Slave, not the women. The women Slaves however were to be given much the same rights as a wife! Why was that? It seems the Mosaic Law assumes the Slave owner would enjoy the Female Slave. Consider both Abraham and Jacob in this matter! They had children not just by their wives but by their wives Slaves! This reflects on any case where women Slaves were taken in war, even with the Israelis taking Slaves, would the women Slaves taken in war have the right to say no to the men? If you get the book, you will find that the Bible gives a solid answer for this, which seems to suggest that Israel practices, when conforming to the Biblical Standard given by God, prevented the women from being raped during or even immediately after the battle and gave some standards for behaviour.
    3. So, a passage, please?
  • Joseph wept, probably because his brothers had not yet received his love, and he began assuring them again of his pardon, displaying mature faith when he asked, “Am I in the place of God?” (Gen. 50:18–19). What he really meant was this: “Brothers, I am not God, and it is not my place to take vengeance. I forgive you.” God’s people trust Him, not themselves, to repay transgressors (Prov 20:22). -- https://www.ligonier.org/learn/devotionals/joseph-and-his-brothers/ “Do not be afraid for am I in the place of God? But as for you, you meant evil against me but God meant it for good in order to bring it about as it is this day to save many people alive. Now, therefore, do not be afraid, I will provide for you and your little ones. And he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.” There was no vengeance here. There was no hatred. There was no animosity. Joseph treated his brothers with mercy. He treated them with loving kindness. He treated them with undeserved favor. But the question is this, How does kindness and love and mercy and grace become cultivated in the heart of one so wickedly treated? How does this attitude of complete forgiveness and compassion and affection and provision and comfort and kindness come out of the heart of one so horribly treated? The answer is found in Joseph’s theology. He had a clear understanding that what his brothers have done to him is evil. But though they meant it for evil, God meant it for good. He had a clear understanding that God was at work and God is in control and you can trust God for the outcome. It was his theology of the sovereign purpose and providence of God that generated the attitude of his heart. Boy, that’s a great lesson. Unless we see the big picture of what God is doing through the difficulties of life, the suffering, the pain, the iniquities, the injustices of life, we will miss the profound and foundational truth that God is using all of it for our ultimate good and His glory. The big picture that Joseph saw was the reality that though they had mistreated him, it was in the purpose of God. And that purpose was so vast, and so all encompassing, and so far-reaching as really to be staggeringly amazing. Bottom line, the Lord used Joseph’s suffering and his subsequent circumstances to accomplish His own sovereign purposes. Far bigger picture. God had a plan for the world and in order to fulfill that plan for the world, He had a plan for the nation Israel. And in order to fulfill the plan for the nation Israel, He had a plan for Joseph. And it all was tied together. The plan for His chosen people included their survival, their survival during a seven-year famine. During that seven-year famine they had no food in Israel. From <https://www.gty.org/library/sermons-library/80-388/Joseph-Because-God-Meant-It-for-Good>
    1. Knowing God is how we find rest and peace when we are tired and heavy-laden. When we know Him, and He is revealed to us, that is when the burden which we had taken up for God will be light, because it is with His strength that we take the burden.
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      2. lets start
    2. exceptionally interesting.
      1. Esboços de Sermões 02 TEMA: AS TRÊS IMPORTÂNTES OBSERVAÇÕES Texto: Apocalipse 3-11 Objetivo Estimular o crente a se preparar , vigiar e aguardar com mais diligencia a vinda de Jesus INTRODUÇÃO Ao que parece, a igreja Filadelfia não era grande nem forte; no entanto, era uma congregação fiel. Mantinha-se firme na Palavra de Deus e não tinha medo de levar seu nome. Apocalipse 3:10 da a entender que a igreja passara por alguma provação especifica e havia se mostrado fiel. “Filadélfia” significa amor fraternal, e a igreja ali prega o evangelho com esse amor. É a igreja avivada e missionária. Representa a igreja cristã nessa fase, a partir de 1750, especialmente nos séculos XVIII, XIX e início do século XX. Esta igreja recebe de Jesus vários elogios e Três importantes observações 1.Venho Sem Demora 1.1 O Apocalipse inteiro é dedicado ao ensino da segunda vinda de Jesus Cristo. Estudiosos da Bíblia afirmam cerca de 1863 afirmações bíblicas falan-do da volta do Senhor. A Bíblia é enfática em dizer que não nos compete avaliar os tempos em que o Pai reservou a sua exclusiva autoridade (At: 1.7, Mt: 24,26). E a mesma Bíblia que cita uma serie de razões pelas quais à volta de Cristo é uma verdade imprescindível. ü Ele vem porque prometeu (Jô: 14.1,3) ü Ele vem porque o Pai determinou (Mt: 24,36) ü Ele vem porque os anjos declararam (At: 1.11,12) ü Ele vem porque a criação o aguarda (Rm: 8.19,32) ü Ele vem porque está escrito (Bíblia Sagrada) ü Ele vem porque os apóstolos anunciaram ü Ele vem porque a igreja e o Espírito aguardam na expectativa de um gemer profundo (Rm: 8.23,26). ü Ele vem porque Ele é fiel 2.1 E finalmente voltará sim, por causa dos vários sinais precedentes deste dia que estão escritos na Bíblia, proferidos pelos apóstolos e pelo Senhor Jesus Cristo. Guerras: (Mt. 24.6,7) Fomes: (Mt. 24.7 ; Am: 8.11) Terremotos: (Mt. 24.7) Distúrbios familiares: (Lc. 21.16) Falsos ensinadores: (Mt. 24.11) Sinais no céu: (Lc: 21.11) Ódio e ausência do amor: (Mt. 24.9-12) Apostasia: (1Tm. 4.1-3) Declínio moral dos homens: (2º Tm. 3.1-9) Israel ? o brotar da figueira: (Mt 24.31, Lc 21,29) Diante de tudo concluímos que aquele que há de vir virá e não tardará? (Hb 10.37).os cristão na a igreja primitiva ,amavam tanto a vinda do Senhor que saudavam com “MARANATA” que traduzido quer dizer “Ora vem Senhor Jesus. Venho sem demora” “ ou cedo venho” é uma palavra que estimula o preparo de cada crente para sua volta imediata. A bíblia diz que sua vinda será como Ladrão da noite. Como ladrão, significa que: Ele virá de maneira Ø imperceptível. Ø Ele virá ágil e apressado. Ø Ele virá para levar o que é precioso. Ø Ele virá inesperadamente para muitos. 1.4 A igreja que fará parte do Arrebatamento será constituída de um povo aguerrido e que está fazendo a diferença aqui na terra. Tal igreja será cheia do EspíritoSanto.com joelhos calejados de oração uma igreja vencedora em todas as batalhas De repente, num breve e intenso momento, no instante mais feliz e espe-rado durante séculos pela Igreja de Jesus, o próprio Senhor que estará voltando chamará os Seus: Ele vai chamá-los dos vales silenciosos, das coli-nas banhadas de sol, dos cemitérios das aldeias, das profundezas dos mares, dos cenários de guerra, das selvas da Índia, das terras pantanosas da África, das ilhas dos mares longínquos. De qualquer lugar solitário onde Seus filhos tiverem morrido sofrendo a Seu serviço, eles ressuscitarão glori-ficados para ir ao encontro do seu Senhor. Os crentes que ainda estiverem vivos serão arrebatados ao encontro do Senhor nos ares. 2.Conservas o que Tens 1.2- A vida do cristão no corpo é habilitada por extraordinárias riquezas espirituais. Diríamos que o cristão é como um carro forte,transportando na terra tesouros de valor incalculável . - O mundo perde os seu valores mas a igreja não pode perder o que Deus lhe deu em 2 Corintios 4-7 Paulo escreveu: Temos porém esse tesouro em vaso de barros... O vaso de barro é referente ao cristão. Quais são os tesouros que Deus colocou no vaso de barro a qual devemos conservar? a fé Paulo um homem que termina seu ministério, numa prisão fazendo declarações de campeão Escrevendo a Timóteo disse; Combati o bom combati acabei a carreira e conservei a fé. A fé é tão importante e indispensável para a vida do cristão. Jesus certe vez declarou se tiverdes fé ....... ® A fé cria movimento quando tudo está parado. ® A fé toma decisões e põe mãos a obra. ® A fé atravessa barreiras e abre caminho. ® A fé de fato remove montanhas. ® A fé triunfa em meio os obstáculos a fé cura, salva. ® A fé ela nunca diz não. ® A fé faz o impossível acontecer. ® A fé garante êxito em momento de batalha A fé vence o mundo 2.2 a alegria da salvação- O profeta Joel prediz que chegaria um dia quando a alegria iria se apagar na casa de Deus. “...já não há alegria entre os filhos dos homens...não está destruído da casa do nosso Deus, a alegria e o regozijo?” (v. Joel 1:12, 16). Este apagamento da alegria e do júbilo dos crentes está evidente em todos os lugares para onde se olha atualmente! Muitos no povo de Deus se mostram tristes e abatidos, porque perderam a alegria do Senhor. Muitos cristãos parecem tão sós, entristecidos e temerosos quanto o incrédulo. Tornou-se um testemunho vergonhoso diante do mundo, e está mais do que na hora de todo cristão se perguntar: como estou servindo o Senhor? O Espírito Santo deseja ardentemente levar o povo de Deus a servir novamente ao Senhor com alegria e júbilo. A Palavra de Deus ordena: “Celebrai com júbilo ao Senhor, todos as terras. Servi ao Senhor com alegria...” (Salmo 100:1,2). “A esperança dos justos é alegria...” (Provérbios 10:28). “Os justos, porém, se regozijam, exultam na presença de Deus e folgam de alegria” (Salmo 68:3). “Vós, com alegria, tirareis água das fontes da salvação” (Isaías 12:3). Jesus diz aos discípulos: “...se me amásseis, alegrar-vos-íeis...” (João 14:28). O salmista declara “...bem-aventurado é o povo cujo Deus é o Senhor!” (Salmo 144:15). Alegria quer dizer “satisfação, felicidade, regozijo de espírito, entusiasmo causado pela esperança.” Regozijo quer dizer “alegria em intensidade máxima, estar intensamente alegre.” Felicidade quer dizer “plena satisfação, prazer abrangente.” Houve época em que Deus era mais real para você? A Bíblia mais atraente? Você tinha maior desejo de orar? De participar dos cultos? De falar sobre Jesus? Se você perdeu a alegria da Salvação, então precisa ser revitalizado. Como uma árvore que está secando, você precisa que o Espírito de Deus renove a sua vida. “Torna a dar-me a alegria da salvação” o crente alegre é assim o dinheiro pode estar curto mais alegria está boa, a saúde pode não estar perfeita mais a alegria está contagiante. 3.2 O altar aceso Existe um altar no templo, existe um altar na Igreja, existe um altar no céu, e é necessário que exista um altar em nossos corações e em nossa vida cristã. Um altar em nossa casa, um altar nos nossos relacionamentos, para que haja sempre momentos de adoração, de sacrifícios à Deus, de Orações e clamores e de ofertas voluntárias, e é deste altar que procede as benção de Deus, as respostas de Deus. O Altar é utilizado para reconhecimento da Soberania de Deus sobre as nossas vidas Quando não existe um altar, não existe lugar para adoração, para cultos e para manifestações divinas em favor do homem. O holocausto ficaria no altar durante toda a noite e o fogo estaria queimando-o. Pela manhã, o sacerdote tiraria as cinzas e colocaria mais lenha; a chama não deveria, nunca, apagar. O fogo era um elemento indispensável ao altar; altar sem fogo era altar sem a presença de Deus; altar sem fogo era altar em ruínas. Fogo sobre altar era a confirmação da aceitação de Deus do sacrifício recebido. Deus recebe os sacrifícios com fogo. Fogo em nosso altar, no altar do nosso coração, significa fervor, dedicação, entusiasmo, a presença de Deus sentida. veja os discípulos a caminho de Emaús (Lc 24.32), enquanto Jesus lhes falava: ardia-lhes o coração. Paulo sofreu um naufrágio na ilha de malta e todos ficaram a deriva. Cada um se salvou como pode .alguns em tabuas ,remos. E os habitantes da ilha acolheram e abrigaram a todos eles acenderam fogueiras. Paulo começou a apanhar alguns gravetos para aquecer e reativar a força. A obra de Deus está precisando urgentemente de catadores de gravetos e manter aceso o fogo do espírito. § Há muita gente com frio, com fome, cansada. § Muitos chegam a igreja para aquecer a alma e o espírito, e não encontram o fogo aceso. Paulo não ficou esperando alguém acender ele mesmo saiu apanhar gravetos. irmãos cada um deve acender a sua fogueira. E sem lenha o fogo se apagara. 3.Que Ninguém Tome a Tua Coroa A coroa representa autoridade e também salvação. Autoridade como de um rei, onde a Bíblia diz que fomos constituídos como reis(Ap 1.6) e também a coroa da vida, que representa nossa salvação(Ap 2.10). A Bíblia ainda diz que nosso adversário, o diabo, anda ao nosso derredor procurando uma brecha para poder nos tragar. Cabe a nós vigiarmos e orarmos, para que não caiamos em alguma tentação que nos faça pecar e perder a coroa de autoridade e consequentemente a coroa da salvação. Saul e Vasti é um exemplo de alguém que perdeu sua coroa de autoridade, por ter se rebelado e desobedecido a Deus. Diz a história que o procônsul romano, Antonino Pius, e as autoridades civis tentaram persuadi-lo Policarpo a abandonar sua fé em sua avançada idade, a fim de alcançar sua liberdade. Ele entretanto, respondeu com autoridade: “Eu tenho servido Cristo por 86 anos e ele nunca me fez nada de mal. Como posso blasfemar contra meu Rei que me salvou? Eu sou um crente”! No ano 156, em Esmirna, Policarpo é colocado na fogueira. Milagrosamente as chamas não o queimaram. Seus inimigos, então, o apunhalaram até a morte e depois queimaram o seu corpo numa estaca. Conclusão O mundo perde seus valores mais a igreja não pode perder o que Deus lhe deu. 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    3. How do I start the 10 days bible study training?
      1. "you'll need to download and install it" I would say to install the Logos desktop software for the _best_ experience, but it's not required. The Logos web app has most of the tools, and you can skip over the parts of the lesson that prompt you use a certain Logos tool you don't have. I mean, you don't even have to use Logos at all. The most important part is to work through the lessons and understand the _steps_ to understanding the Bible, not the particular tools you use to help you along the way.
      2. Thanks, , I tend to forget about the web app, even though I do use it sometimes at work!
    4. Wow. A prophet ran away from presence of the Lord. When we disobey God, we are running away from his presence.