Day 5/22 – Hope and Skepticism

Honesty  – Leviticus 19:11 (ESV)  “You shall not steal; you shall not deal falsely; you shall not lie to one another.”  Leviticus 19:11

“No matter who we are, we all have presuppositions that we are forced to base our lives on but cannot prove. It is as though God has woven faith into the fabric of the universe. The unavoidability of death forces us each to make a choice what to believe. There is no escape: everybody must have faith. The thesis of the Scripture is, chose wisely in what you place your faith.” from “The Discipline of Delusion: How Secular Ideas Became the New Idolatry” by Jerry Bangert

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This email contains, sequentially: Memory Verse (above), Daily Devotion from “Thoughts From The Diary of A Desperate Man” by Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt”), Scripture Reading  (read the entire Bible in 1 year), and Prayer Requests. 

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Hope and Skepticism

Day One Hundred Forty-two

“For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?” Romans 8:24

Skepticism destroys hope, for it questions the possibility of expectations.  George Meredith once said, ‘Who can think and not think hopefully?”  Only the skeptic can, for he lacks faith.  Hope is the reason a person takes the risk of faith.

You would love to marry and have a family, but you are skeptical that anyone could love you.  So you don’t take the risk and ask the person you love to be your spouse.  Thus your hope never materializes, simply because you are a skeptic. In this we see that skepticism destroys hope.

If you become skeptical of the historicity of biblical events, you will discover that your hope in God will erode, for your hope of eternal life flows from your trust in the Revelation of God found in Scripture.   If you are skeptical regarding Jonah and the fish, or the virgin birth, then on what basis do you hope in the promises of God?  If you are skeptical regarding some parts of Revelation, then how can you legitimately hope in other parts?

The Bible is reasonable if you accept the assumption of its writers that the Sovereign of the Universe both acts and speaks.  Thus Scripture does not seek to prove, it only declares.  “For I delivered unto you that which I also received…”219 The assumption of the follower of Christ is that the Bible in its entirety is God’s revelation.  If you are skeptical of its parts, how can you have confidence in its whole?  And if you question the validity of one part, how can you hope in another part?

219  I Corinthians 15:3

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1 Chronicles 16-18 John 7:28-53 (New King James Version)

1 Chronicles 16-18

The Ark Placed in the Tabernacle

16 So they brought the ark of God, and set it in the midst of the tabernacle that David had erected for it. Then they offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before God. And when David had finished offering the burnt offerings and the peace offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the Lord. Then he distributed to everyone of Israel, both man and woman, to everyone a loaf of bread, a piece of meat,and a cake of raisins.

And he appointed some of the Levites to minister before the ark of the Lord, to commemorate, to thank, and to praise the Lord God of Israel: Asaph the chief, and next to him Zechariah, thenJeiel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Mattithiah, Eliab, Benaiah, and Obed-Edom: Jeiel with stringed instruments and harps, but Asaph made music with cymbals; Benaiah and Jahaziel the priests regularly blewthe trumpets before the ark of the covenant of God.

David’s Song of Thanksgiving

On that day David first delivered this psalminto the hand of Asaph and his brethren, to thank the Lord:

Oh, give thanks to the Lord!

Call upon His name;

Make known His deeds among the peoples!

Sing to Him, sing psalms to Him;

Talk of all His wondrous works!

10 

Glory in His holy name;

Let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the Lord!

11 

Seek the Lord and His strength;

Seek His face evermore!

12 

Remember His marvelous works which He has done,

His wonders, and the judgments of His mouth,

13 

O seed of Israel His servant,

You children of Jacob, His chosen ones!

14 

He isthe Lord our God;

His judgments arein all the earth.

15 

Remember His covenant forever,

The word which He commanded, for a thousand generations,

16 

Thecovenant whichHe made with Abraham,

And His oath to Isaac,

17 

And confirmed it to Jacob for a statute,

To Israel foran everlasting covenant,

18 

Saying, “To you I will give the land of Canaan

As the allotment of your inheritance,”

19 

When you were few in number,

Indeed very few, and strangers in it.

20 

When they went from one nation to another,

And from onekingdom to another people,

21 

He permitted no man to do them wrong;

Yes, He rebuked kings for their sakes,

22 

Saying,“Do not touch My anointed ones,

And do My prophets no harm.”

23 

Sing to the Lord, all the earth;

Proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day.

24 

Declare His glory among the nations,

His wonders among all peoples.

25 

For the Lord isgreat and greatly to be praised;

He isalso to be feared above all gods.

26 

For all the gods of the peoples are[a]idols,

But the Lord made the heavens.

27 

Honor and majesty arebefore Him;

Strength and gladness are in His place.

28 

Give to the Lord, O families of the peoples,

Give to the Lord glory and strength.

29 

Give to the Lord the glory dueHis name;

Bring an offering, and come before Him.

Oh, worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness!

30 

Tremble before Him, all the earth.

The world also is firmly established,

It shall not be moved.

31 

Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad;

And let them say among the nations, “The Lord reigns.”

32 

Let the sea roar, and all its fullness;

Let the field rejoice, and all that isin it.

33 

Then the trees of the woods shall rejoice before the Lord,

For He is coming to judge the earth.

34 

Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He isgood!

For His mercy enduresforever.

35 

And say, “Save us, O God of our salvation;

Gather us together, and deliver us from the Gentiles,

To give thanks to Your holy name,

To triumph in Your praise.”

36 

Blessed bethe Lord God of Israel

From everlasting to everlasting!

And all the people said, “Amen!” and praised the Lord.

Regular Worship Maintained

37 So he left Asaph and his brothers there before the ark of the covenant of the Lord to minister before the ark regularly, as every day’s work required; 38 and Obed-Edom with his sixty-eight brethren, including Obed-Edom the son of Jeduthun, and Hosah, to begatekeepers; 39 and Zadok the priest and his brethren the priests, before the tabernacle of the Lord at the [b]high place that wasat Gibeon, 40 to offer burnt offerings to the Lord on the altar of burnt offering regularly morning and evening, and to doaccording to all that is written in the Law of the Lord which He commanded Israel; 41 and with them Heman and Jeduthun and the rest who were chosen, who were designated by name, to give thanks to the Lord, because His mercy enduresforever; 42 and with them Heman and Jeduthun, to sound aloud with trumpets and cymbals and the musical instruments of God. Now the sons of Jeduthun weregatekeepers.

43 Then all the people departed, every man to his house; and David returned to bless his house.

God’s Covenant with David

17 Now it came to pass, when David was dwelling in his house, that David said to Nathan the prophet, “See now, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of the covenant of the Lord isunder tent curtains.”

Then Nathan said to David, “Do all that isin your heart, for God iswith you.”

But it happened that night that the word of God came to Nathan, saying, “Go and tell My servant David, ‘Thus says the Lord: “You shall not build Me a house to dwell in. For I have not dwelt in a house since the time that I brought up Israel, even to this day, but have gone from tent to tent, and from onetabernacle to another.Wherever I have moved about with all Israel, have I ever spoken a word to any of the judges of Israel, whom I commanded to shepherd My people, saying, ‘Why have you not built Me a house of cedar?’ ” ’ Now therefore, thus shall you say to My servant David, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts: “I took you from the sheepfold, from following the sheep, to be [c]ruler over My people Israel. And I have been with you wherever you have gone, and have cut off all your enemies from before you, and have [d]made you a name like the name of the great men who areon the earth. Moreover I will appoint a place for My people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in a place of their own and move no more; nor shall the sons of wickedness oppress them anymore, as previously, 10 since the time that I commanded judges to beover My people Israel. Also I will subdue all your enemies. Furthermore I tell you that the Lord will build you a [e]house. 11 And it shall be, when your days are fulfilled, when you must [f]go to bewith your fathers, that I will set up your seed after you, who will be of your sons; and I will establish his kingdom. 12 He shall build Me a house, and I will establish his throne forever. 13 I will be his Father, and he shall be My son; and I will not take My mercy away from him, as I took itfrom himwho was before you. 14 And I will establish him in My house and in My kingdom forever; and his throne shall be established forever.” ’ ”

15 According to all these words and according to all this vision, so Nathan spoke to David.

16 Then King David went in and sat before the Lord; and he said: “Who amI, O Lord God? And what is my house, that You have brought me this far? 17 And yetthis was a small thing in Your sight, O God; and You have alsospoken of Your servant’s house for a great while to come, and have regarded me according to the rank of a man of high degree, O Lord God. 18 What more can David sayto You for the honor of Your servant? For You know Your servant. 19 O Lord, for Your servant’s sake, and according to Your own heart, You have done all this greatness, in making known all these great things. 20 O Lord, there isnone like You, nor is there anyGod besides You, according to all that we have heard with our ears. 21 And who islike Your people Israel, the one nation on the earth whom God went to redeem for Himself asa people—to make for Yourself a name by great and awesome deeds, by driving out nations from before Your people whom You redeemed from Egypt? 22 For You have made Your people Israel Your very own people forever; and You, Lord, have become their God.

23 “And now, O Lord, the word which You have spoken concerning Your servant and concerning his house, let itbe established forever, and do as You have said. 24 So let it be established, that Your name may be magnified forever, saying, ‘The Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, isIsrael’s God.’ And let the house of Your servant David be established before You. 25 For You, O my God, [g]have revealed to Your servant that You will build him a house. Therefore Your servant has found it in his heartto pray before You. 26 And now, Lord, [h]You are God, and have promised this goodness to Your servant. 27 Now You have been pleased to bless the house of Your servant, that it may continue before You forever; for You have blessed it, O Lord, and it shall beblessed forever.”

David’s Further Conquests

18 After this it came to pass that David [i]attacked the Philistines, subdued them, and took Gath and its towns from the hand of the Philistines. Then he [j]defeated Moab, and the Moabites became David’s servants, andbrought tribute.

And David [k]defeated [l]Hadadezer king of Zobah as far asHamath, as he went to establish his power by the River Euphrates. David took from him one thousand chariots, [m]seven thousand horsemen, and twenty thousand foot soldiers. Also David [n]hamstrung all the chariot horses,except that he spared enough of them for one hundred chariots.

When the Syrians of Damascus came to help Hadadezer king of Zobah, David killed twenty-two thousand of the Syrians. Then David put garrisonsin Syria of Damascus; and the Syrians became David’s servants, andbrought tribute. So the Lord preserved David wherever he went. And David took the shields of gold that were on the servants of Hadadezer, and brought them to Jerusalem. Also from [o]Tibhath and from [p]Chun, cities of [q]Hadadezer, David brought a large amount of bronze, with which Solomon made the bronze [r]Sea, the pillars, and the articles of bronze.

Now when [s]Tou king of Hamath heard that David had [t]defeated all the army of Hadadezer king of Zobah, 10 he sent [u]Hadoram his son to King David, to greet him and bless him, because he had fought against Hadadezer and [v]defeated him (for Hadadezer had been at war with Tou); and Hadoram brought with himall kinds of articles of gold, silver, and bronze. 11 King David also dedicated these to the Lord, along with the silver and gold that he had brought from all thesenations—from Edom, from Moab, from the people of Ammon, from the Philistines, and from Amalek.

12 Moreover Abishai the son of Zeruiah killed eighteen thousand [w]Edomites in the Valley of Salt. 13 He also put garrisons in Edom, and all the Edomites became David’s servants. And the Lord preserved David wherever he went.

David’s Administration

14 So David reigned over all Israel, and administered judgment and justice to all his people. 15 Joab the son of Zeruiah wasover the army; Jehoshaphat the son of Ahilud wasrecorder; 16 Zadok the son of Ahitub and [x]Abimelech the son of Abiathar werethe priests; [y]Shavsha wasthe scribe; 17 Benaiah the son of Jehoiada wasover the Cherethites and the Pelethites; and David’s sons were[z]chief ministers at the king’s side.

Footnotes:

  • 1 Chronicles 16:26 worthless things
  • 1 Chronicles 16:39 Place for pagan worship
  • 1 Chronicles 17:7 leader
  • 1 Chronicles 17:8 given you prestige
  • 1 Chronicles 17:10 Royal dynasty
  • 1 Chronicles 17:11 Die and join your ancestors
  • 1 Chronicles 17:25 Lit. have uncovered the ear of
  • 1 Chronicles 17:26 Or You alone are
  • 1 Chronicles 18:1 Lit. struck
  • 1 Chronicles 18:2 Lit. struck
  • 1 Chronicles 18:3 Lit. struck
  • 1 Chronicles 18:3 Heb. Hadarezer
  • 1 Chronicles 18:4 seven hundred,2 Sam. 8:4
  • 1 Chronicles 18:4 crippled
  • 1 Chronicles 18:8 Betah,2 Sam. 8:8
  • 1 Chronicles 18:8 Berothai,2 Sam. 8:8
  • 1 Chronicles 18:8 Heb. Hadarezer
  • 1 Chronicles 18:8 Great laver or basin
  • 1 Chronicles 18:9 Toi,2 Sam. 8:910
  • 1 Chronicles 18:9 Lit. struck
  • 1 Chronicles 18:10 Joram,2 Sam. 8:10
  • 1 Chronicles 18:10 Lit. struck
  • 1 Chronicles 18:12 Syrians,2 Sam. 8:13
  • 1 Chronicles 18:16 Ahimelech,2 Sam. 8:17
  • 1 Chronicles 18:16 Seraiah,2 Sam. 8:17, or Shisha,1 Kin. 4:3
  • 1 Chronicles 18:17 Lit. at the hand of the king

John 7:28-53

28 Then Jesus cried out, as He taught in the temple, saying, “You both know Me, and you know where I am from; and I have not come of Myself, but He who sent Me is true, whom you do not know. 29 [a]But I know Him, for I am from Him, and He sent Me.”

30 Therefore they sought to take Him; but no one laid a hand on Him, because His hour had not yet come. 31 And many of the people believed in Him, and said, “When the Christ comes, will He do more signs than these which this Manhas done?”

Jesus and the Religious Leaders

32 The Pharisees heard the crowd murmuring these things concerning Him, and the Pharisees and the chief priests sent officers to take Him. 33 Then Jesus said [b]to them, “I shall be with you a little while longer, and thenI go to Him who sent Me. 34 You will seek Me and not find Me,and where I am you cannot come.”

35 Then the Jews said among themselves, “Where does He intend to go that we shall not find Him? Does He intend to go to the Dispersion among the Greeks and teach the Greeks? 36 What is this thing that He said, ‘You will seek Me and not find Me, and where I am you cannot come’?”

The Promise of the Holy Spirit

37 On the last day, that great dayof the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. 38 He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” 39 But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those [c]believing in Him would receive; for the [d]Holy Spirit was not yet given,because Jesus was not yet glorified.

Who Is He?

40 Therefore [e]many from the crowd, when they heard this saying, said, “Truly this is the Prophet.” 41 Others said, “This is the Christ.”

But some said, “Will the Christ come out of Galilee? 42 Has not the Scripture said that the Christ comes from the seed of David and from the town of Bethlehem, where David was?” 43 So there was a division among the people because of Him. 44 Now some of them wanted to take Him, but no one laid hands on Him.

Rejected by the Authorities

45 Then the officers came to the chief priests and Pharisees, who said to them, “Why have you not brought Him?”

46 The officers answered, “No man ever spoke like this Man!”

47 Then the Pharisees answered them, “Are you also deceived? 48 Have any of the rulers or the Pharisees believed in Him? 49 But this crowd that does not know the law is accursed.”

50 Nicodemus (he who came to [f]Jesus [g]by night, being one of them) said to them, 51 “Does our law judge a man before it hears him and knows what he is doing?”

52 They answered and said to him, “Are you also from Galilee? Search and look, for no prophet [h]has arisen out of Galilee.”

An Adulteress Faces the Light of the World

53 [i]And everyone went to his ownhouse.

Footnotes:

  • John 7:29 NU, M omit But
  • John 7:33 NU, M omit to them
  • John 7:39 NU who believed
  • John 7:39 NU omits Holy
  • John 7:40 NU some
  • John 7:50 Lit. Him
  • John 7:50 NU before
  • John 7:52 NU is to rise
  • John 7:53 NU brackets 7:53through 8:11as not in the original text. They are present in over 900 mss. of John.

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PRAYER REQUESTS 

Please pray for Brother Kevin Parkinson’s daughter, Amber Lee, who had been a meth addict for many years…She recently had a massive stroke.   Please Pray she receives Jesus. 

Please continue to Pray for Brother K and his family. The enemy is working overtime on this Brother and his family.  He and his wife have children from two different marriages including their own. The children are manipulating each other and the parents; and, trying to put a wedge between the Brother and his wife. 

Please Pray for Sister Anna who is now home in El Salvador taking care of her mother.  

Please Pray for Brother Walt and His Friday Bible Study.

Please continue to Pray for the Women’s Resources ministry in Las Vegas that they would lead women to the Lord and save babies. 

Please continue to Pray for Simon, Sister Sonia’s friend, he needs heart and kidney transplant; and, above all needs to receive Jesus.  

Please continue to Pray for Dave Ubank and his family. They are ministering and rescuing children and families in Syria directly affected by  Isis – Pray for their protection and their ministry.  For a short 2 minute video about Ubanks: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_htIgIvgDM[/embedyt

Please continue to Pray for Jim Nelson and family ministering in China. 

Please continue to Pray for Sister Diana who is witnessing to young persons with confused doctrine.  Pray God would speak through her and provide His Holy Clarity directly these young people. 

Please continue to Pray for our nation that God would open all our eyes to the sin that is drowning us. Abortion, sex outside of marriage, hatred & divisiveness, greed, pride, only to name a few.  Please Pray and Fast for our nation to turn from this evil that is enveloping us.   

II Chronicles‬ ‭7:14‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

“If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

Please continue to Pray for our Brothers’ and Sisters’ struggling with various addictions. Pray that God would reveal Himself to them that all things are possible through Him… He can Cure any addiction … He is our Great Creator, He is our Savior, He is our Healer …He is our All and All!  

Please continue to Pray for the healing of baby Caden (Kevin Odor’s grandson) – born with Agenesis of the corpus callosum (rare neurological birth defect). 

Please continue to Pray for Sister Fabiola and her children in Mexico. And, please continue to Pray for her church caught up in the tragedies surrounding the murder of her husband, x-husband and one of her children.

Please continue to Pray for the Salvation of Hagen who is HIV positive and is deathly ill. 

We continue to ask for Prayers and Gods Grace and Mercy for Baby Grace and her parents, Lisa and Darren. 

Please continue to Pray for Alejandro Corral, his son Alejandro Jr., and his aunt Josefina. 

Please continue to Pray for Brother Steve Venable dealing with ALS. 

Please continue to Pray for our Persecuted Brothers and Sisters and their families that are suffering and giving their lives for our Faith.  10 WAYS TO PRAY FOR OUR PERSECUTED CHRISTIAN FAMILY.. Pray our brothers and sisters will:

1. Sense God’s presence (Heb. 13:5) 

2. Know we are praying for them (2 Tim. 1:3) 

3. Experience God’s comfort (2 Thess. 2:16–17) 

4. See God open doors to evangelism (Col. 4:3) 

5. Boldly share the gospel (Acts 4:29) 

6. Mature in their faith (Col. 1:28–29) 

7. Be granted wisdom in covert ministry work (Acts 9:23–25) 

8. Remain joyful amid suffering (Acts 5:41) 

9. Forgive and love their persecutors (Matt. 5:44) 

10. Be rooted in God’s Word (2 Tim. 3:16–17)

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Stand with your Brothers and Sisters in Prayer and Support. (See: The Voice of the Martyrs: https://www.persecution.com)

Please continue Pray for our President & government leaders that they will would seek God and Walk in His Ways.    

Please continue to pray for Biblical “headship” in families.

Please continue to Pray for all our children. 

Please continue to Pray that there would be a resurgence of Biblical “Fear of the Lord” in the church and in each of us… “to fear the Lord is the beginning of Wisdom.”

Please continue to Pray for Brother Ron Brink’s son who had 3+ military tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and who is now suffering brain damage and PTSD.  Pray for God’s Healing Power to fall upon Johnathon. (Ron is a 20 plus year missionary in Mexico with Touch Baja… for info on Touch Baja and how to touch the Mexican people for Christ, see http://www.touchbaja.com.)

Please continue to Pray for the Sharon India Foundation (“SIF”) to assisting the poor of India.  Through SIF: Widows have received medical treatment and been given quality sewing machines and training on how to use them to make a living. Orphans have been given free education in their neighborhood slum areas.  After natural disasters relief has been provided in the nature of medical, food items, blankets, clothing and building materials.  Bore wells have been successfully dug to provide fresh water to affected areas.  Water purification systems have also been given out on a limited basis. Special shoes have been purchased for lepers with ulcerated feet.  Thousands of books have been translated to assist in the ever growing discipleship outreach of E-Squared (Evangelism and Edification/Disciples).  Sharon India Foundation has no administrative costs and 100% of all donations go directly to the Indian pastors and their ministries. (Let’s reach India and beyond for Christ…see how you can help: https://sharonindia.org.)

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