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DECEMBER, 2010

     

THE APPOINTED TIME HAS

GROWN SHORT...

FOR THE PRESENT FORM OF THIS WORLD IS PASSING AWAY.

1 CORINTHIANS 7:29-31


THE HERALD OF TRUTH

Volume 56, Number 1

December, 2010

Board of Directors:

Paul Sandford,

Chairman Paul Woods, Secretary / Treasurer

Plus Board Members

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Editor: P. A. Woods

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The articles in this issue may or may not be the views of all Board Members.

We apologize for any mechanical errors that slipped by without our noticing it.


Editorial

The Word

For a number of years, in America, there has been a growing opposition to God's Holy Word. There have been many court battles over the past few decades concerning the Ten Commandments being displayed in a public place. Supposedly, it is against the "law" to men­tion God or the name of Jesus in a public school. However, it seems to be okay to speak of other gods and false prophets in our schools and public places. It's the name of Jesus that seems to be making the enemy really mad. But even with all the opposing forces of evil trying to destroy God's Word, it will NEVER happen! "Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away." Matthew 24:35.

THE BIBLE ENDURES

Someone has figured out that not one book in a thousand lives ten years, and not one in twenty thousand lives a century. The Bible was written many centuries ago and is still the Book of books, translated into more languages, more widely circu­lated and more eagerly read than any other book! Listen to what some of the great men of the past have said about the greatest Book:

"Above all, the pure and benign light of Revelation has had a meliorating influence on mankind, and increased the blessings of society."

~ George Washington ~

"I have always said, and always will say, that the studious perusal of the sacred volume will make better citizens, better fathers, and better husbands."

~ Thomas Jefferson ~

"The first and almost the only book deserving of univer­sal attention is the Bible. I speak as a man of the world, and I say to you, 'Search the Scriptures.”

~ John Quincy Adams ~

"It (the Bible) is the rock on which our Republic rests."

~ Andrew Jackson ~

"It was for the love of the truths of this great and good book that our fathers abandoned their native shore for the wilderness."

~ Zachary Taylor ~

"I am profitably engaged in reading the Bible. Take all of this book you can upon reason and the balance by faith, and you will live and die a better man."

~Abraham Lincoln ~

 

"Hold fast to the Bible as the sheet anchor of your liberties; write its precepts on your hearts and practice them in your lives. To the influence of this book we are indebted for the progress made, and to this we must look as our guide in the future."

~ Ulysses S. Grant ~

The Bible is not just another book. It is the Word of God! In it we find the words of life. By reading and adhering to its teachings we find eternal life.

James 1:22-25 says, "But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth him­self, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the word, this man shall be blessed in his deed."

Have you ever stopped to think where the Word of God came from? Did some reli­gious leaders of the past decide it would be a good idea to write a book and call it the Bible? Or was it that God, Himself, spoke to men (and women) who dedicated their lives to Him and they wrote as the Spirit of God told them what to write?

THE ORIGIN OF THE WORD

Before we can have the Bible, we have to have the WORD.

     2 Peter 1:20-21 says, "... no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost."

As we read the first 15 chapters of Genesis, we learn that God communed with many people from Adam to Abraham. In Genesis 15:1 and 4, notice the significant thing that happened. "After these things the word of the LORD came unto him, saying, This shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir."

When God spoke to Abram, He gave Abram the greatest promise mankind has ever had—the promise of our Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ!

The first recorded time God spoke was in Genesis 1:3. "And God said, Let there be light: and there was light."

According to Hebrews chapter 1, John 1:1-14, Colossians 1:15 and Revelation 3:14, Jesus was that Light, Who  became  the  Word  of  John 1:14.

This shows us the Word was from the beginning.

LISTENING TO THE WORD

Eugene Peterson said, "The Bible is not a medicine chest out of which we take things and swallow or apply them to improve ourselves before God. To use the word apply leads us to suppose that our job is to pick and choose from God's word, that we are in charge of what happens with it. But in actuality, we are being spoken to; we are be­ing shaped, created, and re­deemed by the Word."

You should never think of God's Word as a toolbox. With a toolbox, you take out the tool you need and use it. We should always remember that I'm the one the 'tool' needs to be used on. I need to listen to God's Word and allow it to work in my life.

When listening to God's Word, you should be hearing a story. You will find history, practical applications to daily life, mystery, and the future foretold. It's the most fasci­nating story ever told.

Listen to what the Psalmist said in Psalm 78:1-8:

(1)  Give ear, O my people, to my law: incline your ears to the words of my mouth.

(2)  I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old:

(3)  Which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us.

(4)  We will not hide them from their children, shewing to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength, and his works that he hath done.

(5)  For he established a testi­mony in Jacob, and ap­pointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children:

(6)  That the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children:

(7)  That they might set their hope in Cod, but keep his commandments;

(8)  And might not be as their fathers, a stubborn and re­bellious generation; a gen­eration that set not their heart aright, and whose spirit was not steadfast with God."

The time to start teaching our children the Word of God is when they are big enough to hear, not read. It is so im­portant to HEAR the Word of God and allow it to become a part of our lives. The more you hear and learn about something, the more you un­derstand and become affected by it.

DOERS OF THE WORD

After we know Who the Word is, and we have "heard" Him speak to our hearts, it is time to take action.

Remember, in James 1:22 we're told to be doers of the Word and not hearers only.

Jesus said, "If a man love me, he will keep my words... Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you." John 14:23; 15:14.

Revelation 22:14 says, "Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city."

CONCLUSION

The Bible is not just another story book full of man's ideas. It is the greatest story book of all ages. For it tells the story of a loving, just and righteous God Who desires a people for His very own. In this book of history, life applications, mys­tery, and prophecy, you will find God's way, the only way to have eternal life and be spared from the wrath of God which will come on those who refuse His Word. ~ Editor ~

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