For a variety of reasons, I have decided to stop blogging here and move over to karikingdent.com. I will leave Precept Camden open and all past blog posts will remain accessible as well as all recorded classes on the Listen Here page. However, all Key Word Symbol Sheets – plus a lot of new ones! – will move over to karikingdent.com. I hope you will follow me over at karikingdent.com!
Have you ever been to Israel? I have always wanted to go and must admit that I was pretty jealous of everyone I knew that was able to go. Every person I’ve ever known who has made a trip to the Holy Land has come back saying it is life changing. They say that you will never read the Bible in the same way again. I thought this trip-of-a-lifetime would always be just out of my financial reach and probably would never happen. However, a few years ago it happened! I went to Israel! And I must tell you, that everyone was right. It is, indeed, life changing and you will not view the Scriptures – or really the world – in the same way again.
David and BJ Lawson of Hope and Help International are leading a tour to Israel and you are invited! The Lawsons are seasoned teachers of the Word and have led tours to the Holy Land with Precept Ministries International and now with Hope and Help International. The Scriptures will literally come to life as you sit among the backdrop of history while receiving biblical teaching on site.
Don’t let this opportunity pass you by. Don’t say, “I can’t afford it!” Start saving (and praying) now! Forget Disney World and all those other vacations that will have no lasting impact on your life. Take the vacation of a lifetime and go to Israel with the Lawsons! For more information, click here.
There’s a familiar story in the Bible about Jesus’ encounter with a woman who was living a lifestyle of sin until the day she met the Giver of Life. It is called “The Woman at the Well” and its beauty is not diminished by its familiarity.
Jesus, weary, hungry and thirsty from his journey and waiting for His disciples while they presumably had gone to find food, sat down by a well where women came every day to draw water. But this was the hottest part of the day and no women came to draw water during this time. Except for one. She was an outcast on every level: a Samaritan with whom Jews did not associate, a five time divorcee who was living with a man who was not her husband, and not least of all, a woman. She is astonished when this Jewish man asks her for a drink of water. That request opens the door to a conversation that literally changes her life. She comes to realize that this man is not just a man – He is the promised Messiah, the Savior of the world – and He offered her living water that would forever satisfy her spiritual thirst.
Water. It is the elixir of life and no less important and hard to come by in 2016 than it was 2,000 years ago when Jesus was sitting beside that well. Oh sure, in the US of A we simply turn the tap and out it flows. But it isn’t that easy in other parts of the world.
That’s where Water4 comes in. Founded in 2008 by Richard and Terri Greenly, they are committed to “eradicating the world water crisis.” This video called Sweet Water explains it so much more clearly than I. Please watch it. In a nutshell, the Greenly’s friend Steve Stewart invented a hand pump and a drilling technique that can be done manually without expensive, hard to repair parts like well pumps. (In Africa alone there are over 200,000 BROKEN well pumps!)
Water4 is not just interested in quenching physical thirst either. They are empowering local communities by providing clean water which leads to good health, local jobs, and opportunities to share about Jesus and His living water that truly and permanently satisfies the deepest spiritual thirst. Check out their website at water4.org and see how you can get involved. One way is to give a well to a village without one. (Some women spend 6+ hours per day just getting water.) The website has information on many ways you can help.
The next time you turn on the tap and fill a glass with fresh clean water, remember those who don’t have that luxury. Visit water4.org and see how you can make a difference in the world water crisis.
Have you finished your Christmas shopping yet? Or have you barely begun? Most people on your list are probably just like the people on my list: they really don’t need anything. We give them gifts because we love them and it’s just what we do during this time of year. So we end up buying things like sweaters to put in already-full closets, video games for kids who should be playing outside in the fresh air and sunshine, and boxes of Christmas cookies and candies for people who already have too much to eat. We rarely give gifts that will endure until next Christmas much less gifts with eternal value.
But what if we decided to do it differently this year? What if we decided to truly honor the season of the Savior with a gift of hope to a persecuted believer? Open Doors has compiled a Gifts of Hope Catalog to help you choose gifts that not only encourage Christians suffering for their faith but also give real help and hope to those who share our faith but not our freedom.
For $58 you can provide job training for women to help them support their families. For only $5 you can provide biblical resources in digital media format to help train and disciple a believer. $1565 will sustain a whole family for a year. These are just a few of the gifts available in the Gifts of Hope Catalog. Click here to view the entire catalog.
Don’t let this Christmas be another year of giving meaningless gifts that do little to honor the greatest gift of all – Jesus the Messiah! Purchase with purpose this Christmas and give the gift of hope to persecuted Christians around the world.
One year ago today an unspeakable tragedy occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT. Twenty children and six adults were killed in what is known as the second deadliest mass shooting in the history of our country. One of those victims was Emilie Parker (pictured above). On December 14, 2012, it seemed that evil triumphed with each blast of the shooter’s gun. However, Emilie’s mother declares that evil did NOT win that day. Click here to watch a short video chronicling her story of grief and hope. I know that it will give you hope as well.
Take time today to pray for all of the people whose lives are forever changed because of that day.
This year Hanukkah begins the evening of November 27 and ends the evening of December 5. Also called Chanukkah or the Festival of Lights, it is a Jewish holiday which not only celebrates a extraordinary victory of a small group of brave and vastly outnumbered Jews over the mighty Syrian-Greek army, but it also commemorates a miracle that took place in the Temple after the battle. When the Jews took back possession of the Temple from their foes in the 2nd century B.C., they wanted to light the candelabrum that was supposed to burn continually in the Temple. However, there was only enough properly consecrated oil to burn for one day. They lit the candles anyway, and that one day supply of oil miraculously burned for eight days until more oil could be prepared.
A fascinating fact about Hanukkah 2013 is that it begins the evening of our Thanksgiving Day which is November 27 this year. This hasn’t happened since 1888, and some say it won’t happen again until the year 79,811!
You can find more information about the history and celebration of this special Jewish holiday at the very informative website www.chabad.org.
Today is the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. All over the world people are praying for Christians who are suffering for their faith in Jesus Christ. In honor of this day, I am re-posting this which was originally posted on September 21, 2012. Won’t you pray with us?
Did you know that 70% of the world’s population lives in countries with heavy restrictions on religion? Did you know that more than one hundred million Christians worldwide are currently suffering interrogations, arrest, and even death for their faith in Jesus Christ? All of this happens on a daily basis around the world while Christians in the West enjoy relative peace, security, and freedom.
First Corinthians Chapter 12 compares the church, the body of Christ, to a physical body with each member having a different function. Verse 26 says that if one member suffers, then all the members suffer with it. Open Doors is a ministry dedicated to serving persecuted Christians worldwide and they would like to invite you to share the wonderful privilege of standing in solidarity with our brothers and sisters who share our faith but not our freedom.
Please visit onewiththem.com and order a barbwire wristband today. Then be prepared to share with others who ask why you are wearing barbwire.
On behalf of suffering saints all over the world, THANK YOU.
I have decided that I need several of these Kokuyo NeoCritz Transformer Pencil Cases from JetPens. (Also available from Amazon by clicking here.)Not only do they hold your writing instruments, but as their name indicates, they transform into something else – a standing pencil holder! I’d like to have different colors to hold the different kinds of marking tools that I use when doing inductive Bible study. I think I’ll get the orange one to hold my favorite pens, the green one for my favorite colored pencils, and the yellow one for the new markers I got on my trip to Japan this past summer.
Which one(s) do you think you need?