Day 5/20 – Skepticism and Faith

Purity  – Ephesians 5:3 (ESV)  “But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints.”  Ephesians 5:3

“The difference between a knife in the hand of an assassin and a surgeon is intent.  Both inflict severe pain.  You must decide whether God is an assassin or a surgeon.  But remember, your choice does not change God, only your opinion.  All the risk of making the wrong choice is on you.”   Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt”)



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Skepticism and Faith

Day One Hundred Forty

“If any man’s will is to do his will, he shall know whether the teaching is from God or whether I am speaking on my own authority.” John 7:17

An agnostic holds that the existence of God and the essential nature of things are unknown and unknowable.  He is skeptical of the existence of absolutes of any kind.  Faith cannot exist in such an environment; it paralyzes a person in inaction.  If you are skeptical regarding something happening, you are reluctant to commit in an act of faith.

As our culture embraces secularism, where nothing can be known for sure, with the exception that man ought to be autonomous, skepticism results.  The scientific method was founded on the belief that transcending creation and ruling over it reigns a Sovereign God who established inviolable laws governing the universe.  With the erosion of this belief in the God of Scripture, certainty that such laws exist begins to wane.  Some university professors despair because they see in their students the fruit of secularism, a profound skepticism of anything absolute.  They worry that it undermines the scientific method, for agnosticism questions the foundation upon which the scientific method exists.

By definition, faith is commitment without knowing, and you will not commit if you are a skeptic, any more than an astronaut will commit to space travel if he doesn’t have faith in the laws governing science.  Faith can only thrive in an environment in which commitment is predicated on the veracity of laws under­ girding faith.  As a follower of Christ you assume that the Revelation of God in Scripture can be trusted, the same assumption the secular scientist must also make if he will take the risks inherent in the scientific method.


1 Chronicles 10-12 John 6:45-71 (New King James Version)

1 Chronicles 10-12

Tragic End of Saul and His Sons

10 Now the Philistines fought against Israel; and the men of Israel fled from before the Philistines, and fell slain on Mount Gilboa. Then the Philistines followed hard after Saul and his sons. And the Philistines killed Jonathan, [a]Abinadab, and Malchishua, Saul’s sons. The battle became fierce against Saul. The archers hit him, and he was wounded by the archers. Then Saul said to his armorbearer, “Draw your sword, and thrust me through with it, lest these uncircumcised men come and abuse me.” But his armorbearer would not, for he was greatly afraid. Therefore Saul took a sword and fell on it. And when his armorbearer saw that Saul was dead, he also fell on his sword and died. So Saul and his three sons died, and all his house died together. And when all the men of Israel who werein the valley saw that they had fled and that Saul and his sons were dead, they forsook their cities and fled; then the Philistines came and dwelt in them.

So it happened the next day, when the Philistines came to [b]strip the slain, that they found Saul and his sons fallen on Mount Gilboa. And they stripped him and took his head and his armor, and sent word throughout the land of the Philistines to proclaim the news in the templeof their idols and among the people. 10 Then they put his armor in the [c]temple of their gods, and fastened his head in the temple of Dagon.

11 And when all Jabesh Gilead heard all that the Philistines had done to Saul, 12 all the valiant men arose and took the body of Saul and the bodies of his sons; and they brought them to Jabesh, and buried their bones under the tamarisk tree at Jabesh, and fasted seven days.

13 So Saul died for his unfaithfulness which he had [d]committed against the Lord, because he did not keep the word of the Lord, and also because he consulted a medium for guidance. 14 But hedid not inquire of the Lord; therefore He killed him, and turned the kingdom over to David the son of Jesse.

David Made King over All Israel

11 Then all Israel came together to David at Hebron, saying, “Indeed we areyour bone and your flesh. Also, in time past, even when Saul was king, you werethe one who led Israel out and brought them in; and the Lord your God said to you, ‘You shall shepherd My people Israel, and be ruler over My people Israel.’ ” Therefore all the elders of Israel came to the king at Hebron, and David made a covenant with them at Hebron before the Lord. And they anointed David king over Israel, according to the word of the Lord [e]by Samuel.

The City of David

And David and all Israel went to Jerusalem, which is Jebus, where the Jebusites were,the inhabitants of the land. But the inhabitants of Jebus said to David, “You shall not come in here!” Nevertheless David took the stronghold of Zion (that is, the City of David). Now David said, “Whoever attacks the Jebusites first shall be [f]chief and captain.” And Joab the son of Zeruiah went up first, and became chief. Then David dwelt in the stronghold; therefore they called it [g]the City of David. And he built the city around it, from [h]the Millo to the surrounding area. Joab [i]repaired the rest of the city. So David went on and became great, and the Lord of hosts waswith him.

The Mighty Men of David

10 Now these werethe heads of the mighty men whom David had, who strengthened themselves with him in his kingdom, with all Israel, to make him king, according to the word of the Lord concerning Israel.

11 And this isthe number of the mighty men whom David had: Jashobeam the son of a Hachmonite, chief of [j]the captains; he had lifted up his spear against three hundred, killed by himat one time.

12 After him wasEleazar the son of Dodo, the Ahohite, who was oneof the three mighty men. 13 He was with David at [k]Pasdammim. Now there the Philistines were gathered for battle, and there was a piece of ground full of barley. So the people fled from the Philistines. 14 But they [l]stationed themselves in the middle of thatfield, defended it, and killed the Philistines. So the Lord brought about a great victory.

15 Now three of the thirty chief men went down to the rock to David, into the cave of Adullam; and the army of the Philistines encamped in the Valley of [m]Rephaim. 16 David wasthen in the stronghold, and the garrison of the Philistines wasthen in Bethlehem. 17 And David said with longing, “Oh, that someone would give me a drink of water from the well of Bethlehem, which is by the gate!” 18 So the three broke through the camp of the Philistines, drew water from the well of Bethlehem that wasby the gate, and took itand brought itto David. Nevertheless David would not drink it, but poured it out to the Lord. 19 And he said, “Far be it from me, O my God, that I should do this! Shall I drink the blood of these men who have puttheir lives in jeopardy?For at the risk of their lives they brought it.” Therefore he would not drink it. These things were done by the three mighty men.

20 Abishai the brother of Joab was chief of another[n]three. He had lifted up his spear against three hundred men,killed them,and won a name among thesethree. 21 Of the three he was more honored than the other two men. Therefore he became their captain. However he did not attain to the firstthree.

22 Benaiah was the son of Jehoiada, the son of a valiant man from Kabzeel, who [o]had done many deeds. He had killed two lion-like heroes of Moab. He also had gone down and killed a lion in the midst of a pit on a snowy day. 23 And he killed an Egyptian, a man of greatheight, [p]five cubits tall. In the Egyptian’s hand there wasa spear like a weaver’s beam; and he went down to him with a staff, wrested the spear out of the Egyptian’s hand, and killed him with his own spear. 24 These thingsBenaiah the son of Jehoiada did, and won a name among three mighty men. 25 Indeed he was more honored than the thirty, but he did not attain to the firstthree. And David appointed him over his guard.

26 Also the mighty warriors wereAsahel the brother of Joab, Elhanan the son of Dodo of Bethlehem, 27 [q]Shammoth the Harorite, Helez the [r]Pelonite, 28 Ira the son of Ikkesh the Tekoite, Abiezer the Anathothite, 29 [s]Sibbechai the Hushathite, [t]Ilai the Ahohite, 30 Maharai the Netophathite, [u]Heled the son of Baanah the Netophathite, 31 [v]Ithai the son of Ribai of Gibeah, of the sons of Benjamin, Benaiah the Pirathonite, 32 [w]Hurai of the brooks of Gaash, [x]Abiel the Arbathite, 33 Azmaveth the [y]Baharumite, Eliahba the Shaalbonite, 34 the sons of [z]Hashem the Gizonite, Jonathan the son of Shageh the Hararite, 35 Ahiam the son of [aa]Sacar the Hararite, [ab]Eliphal the son of [ac]Ur, 36 Hepher the Mecherathite, Ahijah the Pelonite, 37 [ad]Hezro the Carmelite, [ae]Naarai the son of Ezbai, 38 Joel the brother of Nathan, Mibhar the son of Hagri, 39 Zelek the Ammonite, Naharai the [af]Berothite (the armorbearer of Joab the son of Zeruiah), 40 Ira the Ithrite, Gareb the Ithrite, 41 Uriah the Hittite, [ag]Zabad the son of Ahlai, 42 Adina the son of Shiza the Reubenite (a chief of the Reubenites) and thirty with him, 43 Hanan the son of Maachah, Joshaphat the Mithnite, 44 Uzzia the Ashterathite, Shama and Jeiel the sons of Hotham the Aroerite, 45 Jediael the son of Shimri, and Joha his brother, the Tizite, 46 Eliel the Mahavite, Jeribai and Joshaviah the sons of Elnaam, Ithmah the Moabite, 47 Eliel, Obed, and Jaasiel the Mezobaite.

The Growth of David’s Army

12 Now these werethe men who came to David at Ziklag while he was still a fugitive from Saul the son of Kish; and they wereamong the mighty men, helpers in the war, armed with bows, using both the right hand and the left in hurlingstones and shootingarrows with the bow. They wereof Benjamin, Saul’s brethren.

The chief wasAhiezer, then Joash, the sons of [ah]Shemaah the Gibeathite; Jeziel and Pelet the sons of Azmaveth; Berachah, and Jehu the Anathothite; Ishmaiah the Gibeonite, a mighty man among the thirty, and over the thirty; Jeremiah, Jahaziel, Johanan, and Jozabad the Gederathite; Eluzai, Jerimoth, Bealiah, Shemariah, and Shephatiah the Haruphite; Elkanah, Jisshiah, Azarel, Joezer, and Jashobeam, the Korahites; and Joelah and Zebadiah the sons of Jeroham of Gedor.

SomeGadites [ai]joined David at the stronghold in the wilderness, mighty men of valor, men trained for battle, who could handle shield and spear, whose faces were likethe faces of lions, and wereas swift as gazelles on the mountains: Ezer the first, Obadiah the second, Eliab the third, 10 Mishmannah the fourth, Jeremiah the fifth, 11 Attai the sixth, Eliel the seventh, 12 Johanan the eighth, Elzabad the ninth, 13 Jeremiah the tenth, and Machbanai the eleventh. 14 These werefrom the sons of Gad, captains of the army; the least was over a hundred, and the greatest was over a thousand. 15 These arethe ones who crossed the Jordan in the first month, when it had overflowed all its banks; and they put to flight all thosein the valleys, to the east and to the west.

16 Then some of the sons of Benjamin and Judah came to David at the stronghold. 17 And David went out [aj]to meet them, and answered and said to them, “If you have come peaceably to me to help me, my heart will be united with you; but if to betray me to my enemies, since there isno [ak]wrong in my hands, may the God of our fathers look and bring judgment.” 18 Then the Spirit [al]came upon Amasai, chief of the captains, and he said:

We areyours, O David;

We areon your side, O son of Jesse!

Peace, peace to you,

And peace to your helpers!

For your God helps you.”

So David received them, and made them captains of the troop.

19 And somefrom Manasseh defected to David when he was going with the Philistines to battle against Saul; but they did not help them, for the lords of the Philistines sent him away by agreement, saying, “He may defect to his master Saul and endangerour heads.” 20 When he went to Ziklag, those of Manasseh who defected to him were Adnah, Jozabad, Jediael, Michael, Jozabad, Elihu, and Zillethai, captains of the thousands who werefrom Manasseh. 21 And they helped David against the bands of raiders,for they wereall mighty men of valor, and they were captains in the army. 22 For at thattime they came to David day by day to help him, until it wasa great army, like the army of God.

David’s Army at Hebron

23 Now these werethe numbers of the [am]divisions that wereequipped for war, andcame to David at Hebron to turn overthe kingdom of Saul to him, according to the word of the Lord: 24 of the sons of Judah bearing shield and spear, six thousand eight hundred [an]armed for war; 25 of the sons of Simeon, mighty men of valor fit for war, seven thousand one hundred; 26 of the sons of Levi four thousand six hundred; 27 Jehoiada, the leader of the Aaronites, and with him three thousand seven hundred; 28 Zadok, a young man, a valiant warrior, and from his father’s house twenty-two captains; 29 of the sons of Benjamin, relatives of Saul, three thousand (until then the greatest part of them had remained loyal to the house of Saul); 30 of the sons of Ephraim twenty thousand eight hundred, mighty men of valor, [ao]famous men throughout their father’s house; 31 of the half-tribe of Manasseh eighteen thousand, who were designated by name to come and make David king; 32 of the sons of Issachar who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do, their chiefs were two hundred; and all their brethren were at their command; 33 of Zebulun there were fifty thousand who went out to battle, expert in war with all weapons of war, stouthearted men who could keep ranks; 34 of Naphtali one thousand captains, and with them thirty-seven thousand with shield and spear; 35 of the Danites who could keep battle formation, twenty-eight thousand six hundred; 36 of Asher, those who could go out to war, able to keep battle formation, forty thousand; 37 of the Reubenites and the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh, from the other side of the Jordan, one hundred and twenty thousand armed for battle with every kindof weapon of war.

38 All these men of war, who could keep ranks, came to Hebron with a loyal heart, to make David king over all Israel; and all the rest of Israel wereof one mind to make David king. 39 And they were there with David three days, eating and drinking, for their brethren had prepared for them. 40 Moreover those who were near to them, from as far away as Issachar and Zebulun and Naphtali, were bringing food on donkeys and camels, on mules and oxen—provisions of flour and cakes of figs and cakes of raisins, wine and oil and oxen and sheep abundantly, for there wasjoy in Israel.


  • 1 Chronicles 10:2 Jishui,1 Sam. 14:49
  • 1 Chronicles 10:8 plunder
  • 1 Chronicles 10:10 Lit. house
  • 1 Chronicles 10:13 Lit. transgressed
  • 1 Chronicles 11:3 Lit. by the hand of Samuel
  • 1 Chronicles 11:6 Lit. head
  • 1 Chronicles 11:7 Zion,2 Sam. 5:7
  • 1 Chronicles 11:8 Lit. The Landfill
  • 1 Chronicles 11:8 Lit. revived
  • 1 Chronicles 11:11 So with Qr.; Kt., LXX, Vg. the thirty(cf. 2 Sam. 23:8)
  • 1 Chronicles 11:13 Ephes Dammim,1 Sam. 17:1
  • 1 Chronicles 11:14 Lit. took their stand
  • 1 Chronicles 11:15 Lit. Giants
  • 1 Chronicles 11:20 So with MT, LXX, Vg.; Syr. thirty
  • 1 Chronicles 11:22 was great in deeds
  • 1 Chronicles 11:23 About 7 1⁄2 feet
  • 1 Chronicles 11:27 Shammah the Harodite,2 Sam. 23:25
  • 1 Chronicles 11:27 Paltite,2 Sam. 23:26
  • 1 Chronicles 11:29 Mebunnai,2 Sam. 23:27
  • 1 Chronicles 11:29 Zalmon,2 Sam. 23:28
  • 1 Chronicles 11:30 Heleb,2 Sam. 23:29, or Heldai,1 Chr. 27:15
  • 1 Chronicles 11:31 Ittai,2 Sam. 23:29
  • 1 Chronicles 11:32 Hiddai,2 Sam. 23:30
  • 1 Chronicles 11:32 Abi-Albon,2 Sam. 23:31
  • 1 Chronicles 11:33 Barhumite,2 Sam. 23:31
  • 1 Chronicles 11:34 Jashen,2 Sam. 23:32
  • 1 Chronicles 11:35 Sharar,2 Sam. 23:33
  • 1 Chronicles 11:35 Eliphelet,2 Sam. 23:34
  • 1 Chronicles 11:35 Ahasbai,2 Sam. 23:34
  • 1 Chronicles 11:37 Hezrai,2 Sam. 23:38
  • 1 Chronicles 11:37 Paarai the Arbite,2 Sam. 23:35
  • 1 Chronicles 11:39 Beerothite,2 Sam. 23:37
  • 1 Chronicles 11:41 The last sixteen are not added in 2 Sam. 23.
  • 1 Chronicles 12:3 Or Hasmaah
  • 1 Chronicles 12:8 Lit. separated themselves to
  • 1 Chronicles 12:17 Lit. before them
  • 1 Chronicles 12:17 Lit. violence
  • 1 Chronicles 12:18 Lit. clothed
  • 1 Chronicles 12:23 Lit. heads of those
  • 1 Chronicles 12:24 equipped
  • 1 Chronicles 12:30 Lit. men of names

John 6:45-71

45 It is written in the prophets, ‘And they shall all be taught by God.’ Therefore everyone who [a]has heard and learned from the Father comes to Me. 46 Not that anyone has seen the Father, except He who is from God; He has seen the Father. 47 Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes [b]in Me has everlasting life. 48 I am the bread of life. 49 Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and are dead. 50 This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that one may eat of it and not die. 51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world.”

52 The Jews therefore quarreled among themselves, saying, “How can this Man give us Hisflesh to eat?”

53 Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you. 54 Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. 55 For My flesh is [c]food indeed, and My blood is [d]drink indeed. 56 He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him. 57 As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who feeds on Me will live because of Me. 58 This is the bread which came down from heaven—not as your fathers ate the manna, and are dead. He who eats this bread will live forever.”

59 These things He said in the synagogue as He taught in Capernaum.

Many Disciples Turn Away

60 Therefore many of His disciples, when they heard this,said, “This is a [e]hard saying; who can understand it?”

61 When Jesus knew in Himself that His disciples [f]complained about this, He said to them, “Does this [g]offend you? 62 Whatthen if you should see the Son of Man ascend where He was before? 63 It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and theyare life. 64 But there are some of you who do not believe.” For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were who did not believe, and who would betray Him. 65 And He said, “Therefore I have said to you that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted to him by My Father.”

66 From that timemany of His disciples went [h]back and walked with Him no more. 67 Then Jesus said to the twelve, “Do you also want to go away?”

68 But Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. 69 Also we have come to believe and know that You are the [i]Christ, the Son of the living God.”

70 Jesus answered them, “Did I not choose you, the twelve, and one of you is a devil?” 71 He spoke of Judas Iscariot, the sonof Simon, for it was he who would betray Him, being one of the twelve.


  • John 6:45 M hears and has learned
  • John 6:47 NU omits in Me
  • John 6:55 NU true food
  • John 6:55 NU true drink
  • John 6:60 difficult
  • John 6:61 grumbled
  • John 6:61 make you stumble
  • John 6:66 Or away;lit. to the back
  • John 6:69 NU Holy One of God.



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:[/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)


Stand with your Brothers and Sisters in Prayer and Support. (See: The Voice of the Martyrs:

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

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:

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