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"For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope." The Romans 15:4 Project
Mick Dobra

Friday, October 30, 2009

Bible Challenge 2009 - Week 30

The Bible Knights Quest! - Bible Challenge 2009 - Week 30

Sunday --- Matthew 21
Monday --- Matthew 22
Tuesday --- Matthew 23
Wednesday --- Matthew 24
Thursday --- Matthew 25
Friday --- Matthew 26
Saturday --- Matthew 27

Knights and Ladies,

"But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, 'Lord, save me!'"
Matthew 14:30

Distractions and fear cause even the most faithful to stumble. But Jesus is always there to pick us up!

If a rock of the faith like Peter can become distracted and fall, so will we. It's an encouragement that Jesus will lift us up. What fears are distracting you today? The economy? The flu season? Let's lift our eyes to Jesus and declare "Lord, save me!"

"As his father's words caused Norman Vincent Peale to restudy his life, he recalled what he had long told others who had been caught in the darkness of doubt: 'Through persistence, self-knowledge, prayer, commitment, optimism, a resolute trust in God, and the building of your own personal moral strength, you can enjoy the blessings of a deeper faith, and face the difficulties of life with courage and confidence.'

When Norman opted to lose his fears and shyness by immersing himself in faith, his life dramatically changed. When he completely embraced the lessons given to him by his father, teachers, and mentors and finally wiped the 't' away from can't, he was ready to accept his call. His life proved that through faith we can do anything God calls us to. His can-do attitude changed not just his life but also millions of other lives."
(From "Stories behind Men of Faith" by Ace Collins)

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Accept the challenge, take the quest!

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
(2 Timothy 3:16-17)

A prayer for the use of Holy Scripture:

O Gracious God and most merciful Father, who has granted us the rich and precious jewel of Your holy word, assist us with Your Spirit, that it may be written in our hearts to our everlasting comfort, to reform us, to renew us according to Your own Image, to build us up, and to instruct us into the perfect building of Christlikeness, sanctifying and increasing in us all heavenly virtues. Grant this, O heavenly Father, for Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen.
(adapted from the “1599 Geneva Bible” Tolle Lege Press, 2006-2007)


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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Bible Challenge 2009 - Week 29 - Very Late!

The Bible Knights Quest! - Bible Challenge 2009 - Week 29

Sunday --- Matthew 14
Monday --- Matthew 15
Tuesday --- Matthew 16
Wednesday --- Matthew 17
Thursday --- Matthew 18
Friday --- Matthew 19
Saturday --- Matthew 20

Knights and Ladies,

Sorry so late, the family fought the flu last week and over the weekend!

"Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me;"
Matthew 10:37

It is a question we don't face in the free world (for now): "Deny Jesus or lose your children?"

Do I love my children so much that I would deny Jesus? Or, do I LOVE my children and my God enough to bear witness to Jesus, even unto separation from them or even unto death, so that my soul and hopefully their souls might be secure for eternity? Our brothers and sisters in restricted nations face this reality even today!

"On Sept. 21, [2009] Pastor Manuel was shot and killed by The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrillas in San Jose del Guaviare, Colombia, according to The Voice of the Martyrs contacts.

FARC guerrillas made an appointment with Pastor Manuel and his family. 'He thought they were going to authorize him to have a church officially, which he had discuss[ed] and asked [for] before,' said VOM contacts. 'One of them came in [the house] with the pastor’s wife, Gloria, and his daughter while the pastor was outside. He was shot five times.'

A FARC guerrilla who was in the house with the rest of the family yelled 'Make sure that dog stays dead,' referring to the pastor. The guerrillas then shot the pastor again, this time in the neck. Following the shooting, Pastor Manuel’s wife ran outside and cleaned his face. With the help of her children, she dragged his body under a tree. 'She ran and got her Bible and, shaking with tears, preached to all those who got near,' VOM contacts said. '[Her] 10-year-old son said "mum, don’t worry, dad died for Christ and now he is with Christ."'"
(http://www.persecutionblog.com/2009/10/colombiapastor-martyred.html)

Accept the challenge, take the quest!

{ Download The Bible Knights Quest! - Bible Challenge 2009 - Week 29 Devotional }

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
(2 Timothy 3:16-17)

A prayer for the use of Holy Scripture:

O Gracious God and most merciful Father, who has granted us the rich and precious jewel of Your holy word, assist us with Your Spirit, that it may be written in our hearts to our everlasting comfort, to reform us, to renew us according to Your own Image, to build us up, and to instruct us into the perfect building of Christlikeness, sanctifying and increasing in us all heavenly virtues. Grant this, O heavenly Father, for Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen.
(adapted from the “1599 Geneva Bible” Tolle Lege Press, 2006-2007)


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Friday, October 16, 2009

Bible Challenge 2009 - Week 28

The Bible Knights Quest!

Sunday --- Matthew 7
Monday --- Matthew 8
Tuesday --- Matthew 9
Wednesday --- Matthew 10
Thursday --- Matthew 11
Friday --- Matthew 12
Saturday --- Matthew 13

Knights and Ladies,

"Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me."
Revelation 3:20

Jesus, our God and Saviour, makes Himself available to us! Praise God!

Is there something keeping you from opening yourself to Christ today?

"If they would comply with his admonitions, he was ready to make them good to their souls: Behold, I stand at the door and knock, etc., v. 20. Here observe, [1.] Christ is graciously pleased by his word and Spirit to come to the door of the heart of sinners; he draws near to them in a way of mercy, ready to make them a kind visit. [2.] He finds this door shut against him; the heart of man is by nature shut up against Christ by ignorance, unbelief, sinful prejudices. [3.] When he finds the heart shut, he does not immediately withdraw, but he waits to be gracious, even till his head be filled with the dew. [4.] He uses all proper means to awaken sinners, and to cause them to open to him: he calls by his word, he knocks by the impulses of his Spirit upon their conscience. [5.] Those who open to him shall enjoy his presence, to their great comfort and advantage. He will sup with them; he will accept of what is good in them; he will eat his pleasant fruit; and he will bring the best part of the entertainment with him. If what he finds would make but a poor feast, what he brings will make up the deficiency: he will give fresh supplies of graces and comforts, and thereby stir up fresh actings of faith, and love, and delight; and in all this Christ and his repenting people will enjoy pleasant communion with each other. Alas! what do careless obstinate sinners lose by refusing to open the door of the heart to Christ!"
(Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary on the Bible)

Accept the challenge, take the quest!

{ Download The Bible Knights Quest! Bible Challenge 2009 - Week 28 Devotional }

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
(2 Timothy 3:16-17)

A prayer for the use of Holy Scripture:

O Gracious God and most merciful Father, who has granted us the rich and precious jewel of Your holy word, assist us with Your Spirit, that it may be written in our hearts to our everlasting comfort, to reform us, to renew us according to Your own Image, to build us up, and to instruct us into the perfect building of Christlikeness, sanctifying and increasing in us all heavenly virtues. Grant this, O heavenly Father, for Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen.
(adapted from the “1599 Geneva Bible” Tolle Lege Press, 2006-2007)


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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Bible Challenge 2009 - Week 27

Bible Challenge 2009 - Week 27

Sunday --- Revelation 3
Monday --- Matthew 1
Tuesday --- Matthew 2
Wednesday --- Matthew 3
Thursday --- Matthew 4
Friday --- Matthew 5
Saturday --- Matthew 6

Knights and Ladies,

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
Acts 1:8

Empowered by the Holy Spirit, we are to be Christ's witnesses to the ends of the earth! I find it easier to fulfill my purpose when I know what that purpose is, and we know our purpose, as children of God, is to bring glory to Him and be His witnesses throughout the world!

“He appoints them their work, and with authority assures them of an ability to go on with it, and of success in it. 'It is not for you to know the times and the seasons—this would do you no good; but know this (v. 8) that you shall receive a spiritual power, by the descent of the Holy Ghost upon you, and shall not receive it in vain, for you shall be witnesses unto me and my glory; and your testimony shall not be in vain, for it shall be received here in Jerusalem, in the country about, and all the world over,' v. 8. If Christ make us serviceable to his honour in our own day and generation, let this be enough for us, and let not us perplex ourselves about times and seasons to come. Christ here tells them,

1. That their work should be honourable and glorious: You shall be witnesses unto me. (1.) They shall proclaim him king, and publish those truths to the world by which his kingdom should be set up, and he would rule. They must openly and solemnly preach his gospel to the world. (2.) They shall prove this, shall confirm their testimony, not as witnesses do, with an oath, but with the divine seal of miracles and supernatural gifts: You shall be martyrs to me, or my martyrs, as some copies read it; for they attested the truth of the gospel with their sufferings, even unto death.”
(Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary on the Bible)


Accept the challenge, take the quest!

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
(2 Timothy 3:16-17)

A prayer for the use of Holy Scripture:

O Gracious God and most merciful Father, who has granted us the rich and precious jewel of Your holy word, assist us with Your Spirit, that it may be written in our hearts to our everlasting comfort, to reform us, to renew us according to Your own Image, to build us up, and to instruct us into the perfect building of Christlikeness, sanctifying and increasing in us all heavenly virtues. Grant this, O heavenly Father, for Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen.
(adapted from the “1599 Geneva Bible” Tolle Lege Press, 2006-2007)



To the Bible Challenge participants,
“Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” (Galatians 1:3-5) Amen!

We will be doing a Words of Jesus four times in a Year reading plan. Readings will be 7 days a week, Sunday through Sunday, one chapter a day. (see details at www.BibleKnights.com)

Weekly prayer and devotional meetings will be mornings from 6:30 - 7:00am. Check the calendar for details: (www.ChaplainMick.com/calendar.aspx)

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you!
Mick Dobra, Chaplain and Founder the Romans 15:4 Project

The Bible Challenge!

The Bible Challenge is a yearly Quest, from Easter to Easter, through the word of God! Will you give God 15 to 30 minutes of your day to read, study, and meditate on His Word? Will you take the challenge?

Awakening

"We confess that we have come to the end of ourselves and are in a desperate condition. Having examined the trends in our culture, Church and especially among the young, we are grieved. We consider catastrophic a future without The Spirit's extraordinary intervention. At the same time, we are encouraged by testimonies from The Scriptures, American history and current evidences of an impending great work of grace. Historic opportunities lie before us. For these reasons, we invite followers of Christ in every corner of our land, of every race and denominational background, to unite in common pursuits to see God glorified, His Church revived and our nation transformed by an awakening to the Supremacy of our Lord Jesus Christ."

- Awakening America Leadership Summit, Northampton, Massachusetts, 2008
1) Acknowledge the authority of Scripture
2) Acknowledge the need for Spiritual rebirth
3) Acknowledge the need for personal repentance and renewed faith in Christ

We, the Church, must act quickly and become the salt that stings the moral wounds and flavors the grace of our Savior, Jesus Christ. As he said in Matthew chapter 5 verse 13 :

“‘You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.’

“. . . the foundations of our National policy will be laid in the pure and immutable principles of private morality . . . we ought to be no less persuaded that the propitious smiles of Heaven, can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right, which Heaven itself has ordained.”
- George Washington, 1789


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Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Darwins Dilemma Documentary Now Available!



Darwin’s Dilemma explores one of the great mysteries in the history of life: The geologically-sudden appearance of dozens of major complex animal types in the fossil record without any trace of the gradual transitional steps Charles Darwin had predicted. Frequently described as “the Cambrian Explosion,” the development of these new animal types required a massive increase in genetic information. “The big question that the Cambrian Explosion poses is where does all that new information come from?” says Dr. Stephen Meyer, a featured expert in the documentary and author of the book Signature in the Cell: DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent Design.


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Friday, October 02, 2009

Bible Challenge 2009 - Week 26

Sunday, October 4, 2009 John 18
Monday John 19
Tuesday John 20
Wednesday John 21
Thursday Acts 1
Friday Revelation 1
Saturday Revelation 2

Knights and Ladies,

“This is to my Father's glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.”
John 15:8

By our fruit people will know we are Christ's disciples. Out of our utter dependence on the grace of God for salvation and a growing love for Jesus Christ grows a personal transformation that results in righteousness and works of love that are evident to those around us. All for the glory of God!

“Just as good fruit does not make the tree good; the tree is first good, and therefore it brings forth good fruit; but shows it to be good: as by continuing in his word, abiding by his Gospel they appeared to be 'disciples indeed,' John 8:31, really and truly such; and as by loving one another, so by other fruits of righteousness, other men, all men know that they are the disciples of Christ.”
(John Gill's Exposition of the Bible)

“Fruit should be the proof. . . That which is looked for is the glorifying the Father by fruit-bearing. It is this which will shew that they are the disciples of Him who has borne so much. . . They were to abide in Him, which is realised by not thinking to produce any fruit except as in Him, looking to Him first. Christ precedes fruit. It is dependence, practical habitual nearness of heart to Him, and trust in Him, being attached to Him through dependence on Him.”
(John Darby's Synopsis of the Bible)


Accept the challenge, take the quest!

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
(2 Timothy 3:16-17)

A prayer for the use of Holy Scripture:

O Gracious God and most merciful Father, who has granted us the rich and precious jewel of Your holy word, assist us with Your Spirit, that it may be written in our hearts to our everlasting comfort, to reform us, to renew us according to Your own Image, to build us up, and to instruct us into the perfect building of Christlikeness, sanctifying and increasing in us all heavenly virtues. Grant this, O heavenly Father, for Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen.
(adapted from the “1599 Geneva Bible” Tolle Lege Press, 2006-2007)

To the Bible Challenge participants,

“Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” (Galatians 1:3-5) Amen!

We will be doing a Words of Jesus four times in a Year reading plan. Readings will be 7 days a week, Sunday through Sunday, one chapter a day. (see details at www.BibleKnights.com)

Weekly prayer and devotional meetings will be mornings from 6:30 - 7:00am. Check the calendar for details: (www.ChaplainMick.com/calendar.aspx)

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you!
Mick Dobra, Chaplain and Founder the Romans 15:4 Project

The Bible Challenge!

The Bible Challenge is a yearly Quest, from Easter to Easter, through the word of God! Will you give God 15 to 30 minutes of your day to read, study, and meditate on His Word? Will you take the challenge?

Awakening

"We confess that we have come to the end of ourselves and are in a desperate condition. Having examined the trends in our culture, Church and especially among the young, we are grieved. We consider catastrophic a future without The Spirit's extraordinary intervention. At the same time, we are encouraged by testimonies from The Scriptures, American history and current evidences of an impending great work of grace. Historic opportunities lie before us. For these reasons, we invite followers of Christ in every corner of our land, of every race and denominational background, to unite in common pursuits to see God glorified, His Church revived and our nation transformed by an awakening to the Supremacy of our Lord Jesus Christ."

- Awakening America Leadership Summit, Northampton, Massachusetts, 2008
1) Acknowledge the authority of Scripture
2) Acknowledge the need for Spiritual rebirth
3) Acknowledge the need for personal repentance and renewed faith in Christ

We, the Church, must act quickly and become the salt that stings the moral wounds and flavors the grace of our Savior, Jesus Christ. As he said in Matthew chapter 5 verse 13 :

“‘You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.’"

“. . . the foundations of our National policy will be laid in the pure and immutable principles of private morality . . . we ought to be no less persuaded that the propitious smiles of Heaven, can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right, which Heaven itself has ordained.”
- George Washington, 1789


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