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The Book of Ruth: Journey of Faith

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Noemi was a woman who had run out of faith and was not very happy with her God. Many years ago her husband had died.  However that was not enough grief. Now her only sons lay dead.  With no money, property or foreseeable source of income, she made the best decision she could. She turned to the only family she had left, her two daughters in law, Ruth and Orpha, and said “Go back, each of you, to your mother’s home. May the Lord show you kindness, as you have shown kindness to your dead husbands and to me. 9 May the Lord grant that each of you will find rest in the home of another husband.” (Ruth 1:8) Noemi kissed her daughters-in–law and believed she would never see them again.

Then they both began to cry and nobody was leaving. They both declared that they weren’t going anywhere. Noemi was not too happy.  Her best plan to save her daughter-in-laws was not working. She explained that she had nothing to offer them and finally convinced Orpha to leave, Ruth would be more challenging. Ruth displayed great courage, stubbornness and faith in God as she declared “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God.17 Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me.” (Ruth 1:16-17) Ruth was determined to be loyal to both Noemi and God.  Noemi must have thrown her hands up in defeat. Both women with nothing in this world to call their own would return to Bethlehem or as Noemi would say, ” the Almighty has made my life very bitter. I went away full, but the Lord has brought me back empty.” (Ruth 1:20-21)

It’s easy to understand Noemi’s bitterness. We’re supposed to raise our children and then help them raise their children. Hard work and proper planning is also supposed to provide us with a healthy income deep into our old age. It’s the plan for a whole lot of folks, including me. Then tragedy strikes. God is so merciful He can see us through the most desperate situations.

Although Ruth was a foreigner she found favor in the eyes of one of the most powerful men in Bethlehem, Boaz. He had heard the most improbable story of the foreign girl who had given up her family and homeland to stay loyal to her penniless mother-in-law. (Ruth 2:11-12)He allowed her to work his land and everything Ruth could gather was hers to keep. What would happen next would be a true shocker. Boaz fell in love with this penniless, Moabite woman, and married her. (Ruth 4:13)Noemi became the adopted grandmother of their son Obed, King David’s grandfather, and they all lived happily ever after.

God can take the worst situation and turn it completely around. Although Noemi was bitter and perhaps angry with God, He had a plan and had never forsaken her. God incorporated Ruth, the foreigner into not only David’s blood lines, but Jesus himself, also a descendant of Ruth. In this manner both Jew and Gentile were already included in the plan of salvation. Before we grow bitter consider that God knows what is best, has us in his hands and will surely fulfill his purpose in our lives.

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Verses on Hope

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Verses on Hope

Romans 12:12 

Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.

Romans 15:13 

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

Jeremiah 29:11 

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Deuteronomy 31:6 

Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”

Isaiah 40:31 

But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

Psalm 39:7 

“And now, O Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in you.

Isaiah 41:10 

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Mark 9:23 

And Jesus said to him, “‘If you can’! All things are possible for one who believes.”

Romans 8:24 

For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees?

Jeremiah 17:7 

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord.

Psalm 71:14 

But I will hope continually and will praise you yet more and more.

Hebrews 11:1 

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

Psalm 43:5 

Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.

1 Peter 3:15 

But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect,

Psalm 71:5 

For you, O Lord, are my hope, my trust, O Lord, from my youth.

Luke 1:37 

For nothing will be impossible with God.”

Psalm 33:18 

Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear him, on those who hope in his steadfast love,

Psalm 31:24 

Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord!

Lamentations 3:24 

“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.”

Psalm 38:15 

But for you, O Lord, do I wait; it is you, O Lord my God, who will answer.

Psalm 9:18 

For the needy shall not always be forgotten, and the hope of the poor shall not perish forever.

Romans 5:1-21 

Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

1 John 3:3 

And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure.

Acts 24:15 

Having a hope in God, which these men themselves accept, that there will be a resurrection of both the just and the unjust.

Mark 5:36 

But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.”

1 Peter 1:3 

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

2 Corinthians 4:18 

As we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.

Psalm 119:49 

Remember your word to your servant, in which you have made me hope.

Psalm 33:22 

Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in you.

Titus 3:7 

So that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

Titus 1:2 

In hope of eternal life, which God, who never lies, promised before the ages began

2 Timothy 1:7 

For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.

1 Thessalonians 5:8

But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation.

Psalm 119:81 

My soul longs for your salvation; I hope in your word.

Psalm 119:74 

Those who fear you shall see me and rejoice, because I have hoped in your word.

1 Peter 1:21 

Who through him are believers in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.

1 Timothy 4:9-10 

The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance. For to this end we toil and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe.

Psalm 86:7

In the day of my trouble I call upon you, for you answer me.

Bold Bible Predictions for 2014

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Bold Biblical Predictions for 2014

1. The bible will still be the number 1 best seller of all time! Guinness world records

2. Despite concerns for global warming, we will have all four seasons. Genesis 8:22

3. Unfortunately not a single government led by mankind will be able to solve poverty. Matthew 26:11

4. Knowledge and information will continue to increase and be readily available. Daniel 12:4

5. If Christ returns in 2014, it will be as a thief in the night, no one will be expecting it. Matthew 24:43-44

6. Jesus will be with us until the end! Matthew 28:20

7. Nothing will separate us from the love of Christ. Romans 8:35-39

8. The Devil will still be a liar and working to deceive the nations! John 8:44

9. The Devil will continue to be our adversary. 1 Peter 5:8-9

10. The truth will still make us free! John 8:32

11. Those that believe in Jesus Christ will not perish but enjoy eternal life. John 3:16

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English: Gideon and His Three Hundred; as in J...

English: Gideon and His Three Hundred; as in Judges 7:9-23; illustration from a Bible card published by the Providence Lithograph Company (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Imagine being a farmer, like Gideon, out in the country having a nice peaceful time working on his land. The sun is shining and birds are chirping and all of a sudden a mighty Angel yells out at you “Yahweh is with you, you mighty man of valor!” (Judges 6:11) That would be startling. It would sound a bit insane as well, since you are just a farmer who quite cowardly is busy hiding his grain so that the enemy, the Midianites, won’t take it from you. However, God was getting ready to call Gideon to fight those same Midianites. God was ready to do something new.

Often in our lives we feel ill equipped for the task at hand. We are sure that someone else could do the job better. But then we find out God is not interested in someone else, He is interested in us. God sees into our hearts and knows that we are the right person at the right time.

Gideon looked to his flaws and answers God back. Would we dare do that? Maybe Gideon was valiant. However we should save our courage for facing the enemy and reserve our fear for when we face the almighty God. Gideon says “O Lord, how shall I save Israel? Behold, my family is the poorest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house.” (Judges 6:15)

While mighty men from great families have risen throughout history, God wanted to do something new. He lifted a humble man to greatness. We can be that humble man or woman God lifts up. Now God was about to get even more radical!

With God’s help Gideon was able to organize an army of 32,000 men. God decided that army was too big. Yeah you heard right, too big! God loves to try new things. Through Gideon God directed all the men that were fearful to just leave. (Judges 7:3) Apparently God likes to work with people of courage. Be brave! Now only 10,000 men were left. The army was still too big! Gideon must have been ready to lose his mind. We would be thinking “God have you ever fought a battle? Having more soldiers is a good thing.”

God caused 9,700 men to leave. (Judges 7: 4-7) God was just starting to get creative. He tells Gideon to give the remaining 300, trumpets, empty pitchers, and torches. (Judges 7:16) What happened to the swords?

Gideon now faced an army that the bible describes as follows

The Midianites and the Amalekites and all the children of the east lay along in the valley like locusts for multitude; and their camels were without number, as the sand which is on the seashore for multitude.(Judges 7:12)

Gideon did not run. He was not worried or scared. God had done something new. Listen to Gideon’s declaration to his brave 300, “Arise; for Yahweh has delivered the army of Midian into your hand!” (Judges 7:15) God had transformed him into a “mighty man of valor.”

The entire Midian/Amalekite army was defeated and sent running for their lives. God created so much confusion they actually killed themselves.(Judges 7:22)

In 2014 God is looking for a few brave men and women that He can lift up to take on the enemy. That problem or challenge can be defeated and God can turn us into “mighty men/women of valor!”

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New things and the New Year

Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. Isaiah 43:19

God loves to do new things. He made a new world and filled it with all kinds of living creatures. (Genesis 1) Then he decided to make unique creatures, in His image. He called them man and woman. (Genesis 1:27)Thousands of years later he saw that their descendants had become corrupt and violent. (Genesis 6:5-8) He decided to do a new thing. He wiped the world clean and started a new civilization with Noah. (Genesis 6:18)Then many years later He decided to do something new again. He called out Abram, gave him a new name Abraham, and told him to start a new nation and a new people. (Genesis 12:1-2,Genesis 17:5) We called them the chosen people. He then called Israel out of Egypt and sent them to the promise land to start a new nation and of course they had to wipe out the old civilization (Canaan) that was there. (Hosea 11:1, Joshua 3:10) The Canaanites were not very nice, they would sacrifice their children in fire and used prostitution in their religious ceremonies and had all kinds of gods. (Geneis 38:2, Deuteronomy 12:31, Psalm 106:37-38, 1 Kings 14:24) Then he started a new Davidic line of kings from a shepherd boy, of all things. (1 Samuel 16:13)That was definitely a new idea. Yet He wasn’t done doing new things.

Two thousand years ago He decided to do the newest thing of all. He sent His one and only begotten son to do away with all our sins past present and future. He would be the one great sacrifice to replace all other sacrifices. All we had to do was believe in Him and repent of our sins to be saved.(John 3:16)

Now everyone could have a new life. God was making things new everywhere and in everyone. Lots and lots of new things, glory to God! But He was not done. Jesus told his disciples that He was going to make new mansions for us to live in. Now there would be a new place in heaven, for us to live our new lives with God forever. (John14:6)

John prophesied that God was not done doing new things. He said that God was going to make a new heaven and new earth. Then He would make a new Jerusalem. It will be the greatest most beautiful city. It will be perfect in every way and it will be another new home. (Revelation 21:1-5)

If we have had any doubt before on how much God loves to do new things, well we can stop doubting! We can be sure that God wants to start something new in our lives. God is able to remove what is holding us back. He will help us overcome obstacles so that we can achieve new heights. God will give us new talents and abilities. Our Lord will bless our new missions and new ministries. He will show us new methods to take on old problems. With God we will have new and great victories in the New Year!

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Verses for the New Year

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Verses for the New Year

Exodus 12:1-2 

The Lord said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, “This month shall be for you the beginning of months. It shall be the first month of the year for you.

John 3:1-36 

Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him.” Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.

Isaiah 43:19 

Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.

John 3:16 

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

Genesis 1:1 

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.

Deuteronomy 28:1-68 

“And if you faithfully obey the voice of the Lord your God, being careful to do all his commandments that I command you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, if you obey the voice of the Lord your God. Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the field. Blessed shall be the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your ground and the fruit of your cattle, the increase of your herds and the young of your flock. Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl.

1 John 4:18 

There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.

Romans 8:31 

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?

2 Corinthians 5:17 

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

EPHESIANS 4:22-24 

To put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.

JOHN 5:24

Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.

JOHN 3:3

Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

REVELATION 21:1-5

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. 2 And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. 4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there 5 And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”

EZEKIEL 11:19 

And I will give them one heart, and a new spirit I will put within them. I will remove the heart of stone from their flesh and give them a heart of flesh,

JOHN 6:40 

For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”

COLOSSIANS 3:9-10

Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.

1 TIMOTHY 6:12-16

Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, to keep the commandment unstained and free from reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which he will display at the proper time—he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen.

ROMANS 6:4

We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.

JEREMIAH 29:11

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

JOHN 14:1-31 

“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?”

JOHN 3:16 

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

2 PETER 3:9

The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.

1 CORINTHIANS 15:51-58

Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality. When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?”

ROMANS 2:5-7 

But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed. He will render to each one according to his works: to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life;

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John 15:19 

If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.

2 Timothy 3:12 

Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted,

1 Peter 2:19-21 

For this is a gracious thing, when, mindful of God, one endures sorrows while suffering unjustly. For what credit is it if, when you sin and are beaten for it, you endure? But if when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God. For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps.

Philippians 4:13 

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

2 Corinthians 6:14 

Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness?

Romans 8:28 

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

Hebrews 10:25 

Not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

Ephesians 5:1-33 

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving. For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.

Romans 8:35-36 

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”

Acts 14:20-22 

But when the disciples gathered about him, he rose up and entered the city, and on the next day he went on with Barnabas to Derbe. When they had preached the gospel to that city and had made many disciples, they returned to Lystra and to Iconium and to Antioch, strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith, and saying that through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.