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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, March 26, 2010

Bible Challenge 2009 - Week 52

The Bible Knights Quest! - Bible Challenge 2009 - Week 52 - 03/28/2010

Sunday --- John 15
Monday --- John 16
Tuesday --- John 17
Wednesday --- John 18
Thursday --- John 19
Friday --- John 20
Saturday --- John 21

Knights and Ladies,

So the other disciples told [Thomas], "We have seen the Lord!" But he said to them, "Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe it."
John 20:25

Jesus has risen! He has overcome death!

It's interesting that Thomas' doubt is recorded. He eventually sees the Lord and believes (John 20:28), and history records that the Apostles and early disciples were given a choice, recant the lie that they had seen Jesus alive after his crucifixion or die. They chose death. Why die for a lie? They wouldn't. It is true, Jesus has risen!

"Then Jesus told him, 'Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.'" (John 20:29)

Peoples lives are still being transformed today by the true and living God! We may not see Him in physical form, but we can see the results of faith in Him, the hope and life transformation, the miracles and wonders.

"But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name." (John 20:31)

The Scriptures are written so we may hear and read the truth of God the creator, Jesus Christ the savior, and the Holy Spirit and believe!

"Jesus is the Son of God with all that this high term implies, the Logos of John 1:1-18 (the Prologue). 'Very God of very God,' Incarnate Revealer of God. . . 'Life' is eternal life so often mentioned in this Gospel, life to be found only in the name (and power) of Jesus Christ the Son of God."
("The Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament" Broadman Press 1932,33, Renewal 1960)

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“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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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

The Bible Knights Quest! - Bible Challenge 2010

The Bible Knights Quest! - Bible Challenge 2010
 
Knights and Ladies,
 
So Jesus said. . . "If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." John 8:31-32 ESV

Abide in God's word! To truly be Jesus' disciples, we must know, study, and live out His word!
 
Bible Challenge 2010: A commentary study of Luke and Acts

Readings will be one chapter a week starting Sunday, April 11. The first devotional will be posted and emailed Friday, April 9.

It's only one chapter a week, but I will be reading through a commentary at the same time. I will make online commentary resources available as well as links to the resources I'm using. This will be a study of Christ's bride, the Church, and my devotional emphasis will be on our part in Acts chapter 29 today!
(see details at www.BibleKnights.com/theQuest.aspx)

I pray you will take the challenge to abide in God's word!
 
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 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
 
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.’


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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Liberty Counsel Plans to Fight Un-Constitutional Obamacare!

“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.” -- C. S. Lewis (1898 - 1963)

Obamacare passed this weekend, but it's not too late, now the Constitutional and State's Rights battles begin!

Liberty Counsel Plans to Fight!

"Because the bill that passed Sunday night mandates individual coverage and requires private employers to provide coverage,Liberty Counsel is FILING SUIT IN FEDERAL COURT THIS WEEK to challenge the bill's constitutionality!

We need hundreds of thousands of Americans to sign our Statement of Support for this litigation. Given the sad spectacle we saw play out in the House of Representatives this weekend, we must now win this battle in a courtroom."

Please go here to sign your official Statement of Support:

http://www.libertyaction.org/r.asp?u=26419&RID=17937600



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Friday, March 19, 2010

Bible Challenge 2009 - Week 51

The Bible Knights Quest! - Bible Challenge 2009 - Week 51 - 03/21/2010

Sunday --- John 8
Monday --- John 9
Tuesday --- John 10
Wednesday --- John 11
Thursday --- John 12
Friday --- John 13
Saturday --- John 14

Knights and Ladies,

Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies;
John 11:25

Jesus is the resurrection and the life! Only Jesus can give and sustain life.

Can anyone maintain a life? I had this "moment" with our first child, Luke. Laying in the bassinet in our bedroom gurgling and coughing. I was a wreck! Every odd noise I would sit up and make sure he was still breathing. I was becoming a sleepless zombie! And why? Did I give my child the breath of life? Could I possibly maintain his life? No! And that's when I gave him over to Jesus, the true giver, sustainer, and maintainer of LIFE!

"Jesus said, I am the resurrection and the life--'The whole power to restore, impart, and maintain life, resides in Me.' . . . The temporary separation of soul and body is here regarded as not even interrupting, much less impairing, the new and everlasting life imparted by Jesus to His believing people."
(The Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, Jamieson, Fausset and Brown, 1871)

Special Prayer:
Heavenly Father, Jesus the resurrection and life, grant your people wisdom in this dark time. I pray that the infanticide (abortion) promoting and funding health care bill does not become the law of our land! In Jesus Christ's life giving name I pray - Amen

Special Healing:
For those that have had abortions, we all, everyone of us myself included, fall short of the glory of God and do not deserve His mercy. But Jesus is the greatest example of God's unfailing mercy and grace. We can all be forgiven and made new through His death and resurrection on our behalf. For those that have accepted this gift we can forget what is behind and strain toward what is ahead, eternal life. "I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 3:13-14)

Accept the challenge, take the quest!

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“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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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

ObamaCare health care reform poses a serious threat to parental rights [update x2]

HSLDA believes that the current health care reform legislation in Congress poses a serious threat to parental rights and homeschool freedom.

“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.” -- C. S. Lewis (1898 - 1963)

It passed this weekend, but it's not too late, now the Constitutional and State's Rights battles begin!

Liberty Counsel Plans to Fight!

"Because the bill that passed Sunday night mandates individual coverage and requires private employers to provide coverage,Liberty Counsel is FILING SUIT IN FEDERAL COURT THIS WEEK to challenge the bill's constitutionality!

We need hundreds of thousands of Americans to sign our Statement of Support for this litigation. Given the sad spectacle we saw play out in the House of Representatives this weekend, we must now win this battle in a courtroom."

Please go here to sign your official Statement of Support:

http://www.libertyaction.org/r.asp?u=26419&RID=17937600

More reasons why God fearing and Liberty loving families should oppose Obamacare Health Care Reform!
1) The Intrusion into family sovereignty!
"The problem is found in Section 2951 on page 568 of this 2,074-page bill. This section is titled Maternal, Infant, And Early Childhood Home Visiting Programs . . . Under the terms of this program, government officials, including social workers, will be able to visit the homes of certain families . . . all the details of the home visitation programs are open to being politically influenced by government bureaucrats . . . They may pressure parents to adopt child-rearing methods that are against the family's religious beliefs. Home visitation officials may even threaten families with abuse and neglect investigations if the families do not choose to follow the official parenting education models."
Learn more and Take Action here: Calls Needed: Government Home Visitations in the Health Care Reform Bill

2) Federally Mandated and Funded Infanticide (ie. Abortions)
"For the first time in history, the bill would create authority for the federal government to MANDATE ABORTION COVERAGE . . . Individuals and families would be FORCED into insurance plans with mandatory abortion coverage . . . American taxpayers would be forced to pay a new 'ABORTION PREMIUM FEE' to cover the costs of abortions for other people . . . The bill WOULD NOT adequately protect the consciences of medical providers who refuse to participate in life-destroying practices" (David Bereit, National Director, 40 Days for Life)
Learn more and Take Action here: Stop the Abortion Mandate!

3) ObamaCare Will Cost You!
"There are many reasons to be concerned ObamaCare, and one of the biggest is its $500 billion in tax increases. To pay for their socialized medicine scheme, congressional liberals are proposing a slew of new tax hikes. . . New 'fees' on drug companies, insurance companies and producers of medical devices. These new taxes are expected to raise $100 billion. . . The 'Cadillac' excise tax on employer-provided insurance plans is expected to raise $150 billion. . . There are taxes on employers and individuals who refuse to buy government-mandated health plans. These taxes are supposed to raise $40 billion. . . Imposing one of the largest tax hikes in history in the middle of a recession will not help boost the economy. With unemployment anywhere from 9.7% to 17%, why isn’t Obama focused solely on pro-growth job creation?" (Gary Bauer, End of Day Report, 3/17/2010)

Do Not be fooled! "No dictatorship or godless form of government can tolerate any authority superior to its own, so religion and family are authorities that must be eradicated or, at least, discredited and smothered."
(Dr. John Howard, founder of the Howard Center for Family, Religion and Society. Addressed to the Philadelphia Society, 2/28/2009)

We therefore declare our family sovereign and ordained by God!
We hope to live out our vision and mission to honor and glorify God and to leave a Godly legacy by modeling God's plan and purpose for our marriage and family!
(The Dobra Family Mission, 2010)

More on Family and Education:

I don't think we always grasp just how important our families are in the big picture. Are you obeying God, teaching your children, and leaving a legacy for God?

Another study confirms. . .
It's best NOT to send your kids to preschool!


"federalization of education" for a mere $75 a student!

Family Alert: Huge marriage penalty in both healthcare bills (Updated x5)

Swedish government taking children by U.N. authority

1 in 7 Students Pregnant in Planned Parenthood Public High School!


"The Natural Family: Bulwark of Liberty" Awesome! Must have handbook for Godly family leaders!
More Family Resources in the Bookstore!



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Friday, March 12, 2010

Bible Challenge 2009 - Week 50

The Bible Knights Quest! - Bible Challenge 2009 - Week 50 - 03/14/2010

Sunday --- John 1
Monday --- John 2
Tuesday --- John 3
Wednesday --- John 4
Thursday --- John 5
Friday --- John 6
Saturday --- John 17

Knights and Ladies,

". . . whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life."
John 4:14 (John 4:13-26)

God fill me with Your living water! Holy Spirit open the spring within me!

God I want to worship you in spirit and truth! (John 4:21-24)
Apart from Jesus the Messiah we have no hope! (John 4:25-26) Thank you Jesus!

Accept the challenge, take the quest!

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“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, March 05, 2010

Bible Challenge 2009 - Week 49

The Bible Knights Quest! - Bible Challenge 2009 - Week 49 - 03/07/2010

Sunday --- Luke 18
Monday --- Luke 19
Tuesday --- Luke 20
Wednesday --- Luke 21
Thursday --- Luke 22
Friday --- Luke 23
Saturday --- Luke 24

Knights and Ladies,

O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you. . . Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. . .
Psalm 63:1, 3 (from this years Lent readings Psalm 63:1-8)

We must earnestly seek God. His love for us is so great, and nothing else can satisfy our desires!

Only four weeks to go in the Bible Challenge 2009. God be glorified! A full year of reading God's word and earnestly seeking Him! Stay tuned for Bible Challenge 2010 plans.

Speaking of earnestly seeking God, "I look at the stars in the night sky or reflect on the structure and information-bearing properties of the DNA molecule, and these are occasions for me to worship the Creator who brought them into existence. . . exploring the scientific and historical evidence for God. . . [is] a way of giving the Creator the credit and honor and glory that are due to him."
(Stephen C. Meyer, qouted in "The Case for the Creator" page 91)

Accept the challenge, take the quest!

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“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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