Archive for: April, 2012

Creation Speaks

Apr 30 2012 Published by under Uncategorized

 by Alver Rance

Psalm 19:1 says, “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.”

When God created the heavens and earth, He put in place components, much of which humanity is just starting to discover today. The components have always been there, but it often takes humankind a while to figure it all out. The world has lived without much of what we consider essential to life today. If we could bring back our ancestors of only a century or two ago, they would be amazed by what they would find in our world.

In Daniel 12:4, the Scripture says, “But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.” This is an amazing prophecy given by Daniel over 500 years before Christ. He says that at the time of the end there will be distress of nations and an increase of knowledge.

Much of this knowledge has been hidden from humankind until recent years. In God’s plan, humanity did not discover these things until God allowed us to do so. Because of this knowledge today, other prophecies can now be fulfilled.

For instance, Revelation 11:9 tells of how the two witnesses, whom God will send during the tribulation period, will be killed and lie in the streets of Jerusalem for three and a half days and will be seen by people around the world. For years those who have faithfully preached about these prophecies have wondered how this could be possible. It isn’t hard to understand that now.

Also, Jesus said in Matthew 24:14, “This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.”

We at Global University are happy to be a part of the spread of the gospel to all parts of the earth through the technology the Lord has provided for such a time as this. What seemed impossible only a few years ago is now considered normal as we speed the light of the glorious gospel around the world for testimony to all nations. As a result, we can expect to see people in heaven one day from “every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation” (Revelation 5:9). What a day that will be!

Alver Rance serves as a missionary at Global University. Alver and his wife Linda served as missionaries to Latin America for 35 years. For more information about Global University, visit www.globaluniversity.edu

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Faith is a Risk.

Apr 23 2012 Published by under Uncategorized

 by Bina Richardson

 In all steps of faith there is an element of risk. In Hebrews 11:27 we find the key that enables us to take that risk and step out in faith. Moses “forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured as seeing Him who is invisible” (NKJV, emphasis added). “Seeing Him who is invisible” is the key to every step of faith.

If God is the originator of that step, you have nothing to fear—you step out and you find God is there. In the book of Joshua, we read of a Gentile lady named Rahab who was willing to take a risk and step out in faith because she saw Him who is invisible:

“I know that the LORD has given you the land, that the terror of you has fallen on us, and that all the inhabitants of the land are fainthearted because of you” (Joshua 2:9).

 After Rahab hid the two Israelite men who came to spy out Jericho, she asked them to favor her and her family when God would destroy the city. Her step of faith in hiding the men was rewarded, for she and all her house were saved from the destruction of Jericho. In fact, Rahab’s reward is recorded in the “Hall of Faith”: “By faith the harlot Rahab did not perish with those who did not believe, when she had received the spies with peace” (Hebrews 11:31).

Her reward did not stop there. In Matthew 1:5, we find Rahab in the ancestory line of Jesus the Messiah. Faith—seeing Him who is invisible and taking the risk—is rewarded. Amen!

Bina Richardson is an undergraduate Global University alumna. She ministers at Way of Faith in Fairfax, VA. Learn more about Way of Faith by visiting www.way-of-faith.org

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Is this what God meant?

Apr 16 2012 Published by under Uncategorized

by Dr. Randy Hedlun

I arrived early enough to be seated and still have time to let my mind roam freely, considering this new environment in which I found myself. The relaxed and well-dressed crowd was filling the room’s neatly arranged rows of chairs. Most seemed to know each other or at least found many close acquaintances in the room. It seemed I was one of the few guests attending the event and there was no attempt to integrate me into the various conversations that formed and reformed around the room. It was quite pleasant to be in such accommodating facilities with soft music being played skillfully by professional live musicians in the background.

 This was my first experience at a country club social pageant. My quizzical nature began probing the whole country club phenomenon. What motivated these people to join this club? Why invest time and money into maintaining these beautiful facilities and activities? My host that evening had been a member of several such organizations prior to his joining this one, and I couldn’t help wondering why this one was where he settled.

From the evidence in the parking lot outside and the attire of the crowd, substantial personal wealth was represented in that room. Of course, only a small portion was available to the club, that which was predetermined by the established dues and fees. However, a building program was underway at that time, and solicitation signs were posted, encouraging members to contribute more to the expansion of “their” club.

I don’t think I even began to formulate sufficient answers to my questions regarding the motivation to join such a club. But it did seem obvious from the composition of the crowd that commonality had a lot to do with it. It seemed these folks were seeking to associate more closely with people they were most like—ethnically, socially, and economically. At least this seemed to explain a lot to my wondering mind. There was justification for investing money, time, and energy into an organization that offered such engineered compatibility. It seemed the entire purpose was to participate in an organization that offered the greatest degree of commonality. This was an organization through which one could not only access social relationships with one’s own “kind” but also participate in activities that closely matched one’s personal interests.

How convenient and personally satisfying this arrangement seemed. And then another question occurred to me . . . What is the difference between this and the church?

God forgive us!

Dr. Randy Hedlun, is Dean of the Berean School of the Bible at Global University. For more information about Global, visit www.globaluniversity.edu

 

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Holy Week

Apr 06 2012 Published by under Uncategorized

by Dr. Mary Logan

Having just returned from Israel last month, the places where Jesus lived and walked as he healed the sick, raised the dead, and ministered to the multitudes are very vivid in my mind. So, this Holy Week has been even more meaningful to me. What were the major events that occurred during Jesus Christ’s week of Passion?

 Jesus of Nazareth, who claimed to be the Messiah, had been preaching the Kingdom of God for three years and was growing in popularity. The High Priest and the Jewish authorities saw Him as a serious threat, especially after Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, which caused many to believe in Him.

Being a subject nation, the Jewish leaders knew that they did not have the power to condemn Jesus to death. Only the Roman Governor could do so. Since this was Passover Week, with many pilgrims coming to Jerusalem, thus began the Holy Week.

 Palm Sunday

On His way to Jerusalem, as they neared Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples ahead to find a donkey tied and her colt with her. Jesus instructed the disciples to untie the donkey and bring the donkey and the colt to Him.

Sitting on the donkey, Jesus made His triumphal entry into Jerusalem, which fulfilled the prophecy of Zechariah 9:9.

The multitudes cried out, saying “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest.” (Matt. 21:9)

 Jesus and his disciples probably spent the night with Mary, Martha, and Lazarus in Bethany, a town about two miles east of Jerusalem.

 Monday of Holy Week

 On Monday morning Jesus and His disciples returned to Jerusalem. On the way, Jesus cursed a fig tree which had leaves but no fruit, a symbol of God’s judgment on Israel’s spiritually dead religious leaders. Some scholars believe the symbolism extends to all believers and that true faith must bear spiritual fruit.

Jesus went into the temple, drove out everyone who was buying and selling and kicked over the tables of money changers and stalls of dove merchants.

He said “It is written . . . ‘My house is a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a ‘den of robbers.’” (Luke 19:46)

 That evening Jesus stayed in Bethany again.

 Tuesday of Holy Week

 As Jesus and His disciples passed by the withered fig tree on their way to Jerusalem, Jesus taught them about faith.

 When Jesus came into the temple, the religious leaders aggressively confronted Him, hoping for an opportunity to arrest Him. Jesus pronounced judgment on them:

“. . . blind guides! . . . You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful

            on the outside but on the inside are full of dead men’s bones and everything

            unclean.” (Matt. 23:24-27)

 That afternoon Jesus and His disciples went to the Mount of Olives, which overlooks Jerusalem east of the Temple. Jesus prophesied the destruction of Jerusalem and taught in parables about the end times. That night Jesus and the disciples stayed again in Bethany.

 Wednesday of Holy Week

The Scriptures do not say what Jesus and His disciples did on this day. Scholars speculate that the day was spent resting in Bethany.

 Holy Thursday

Jesus sent Peter and John from Bethany to Jerusalem to reserve a place for the Passover meal. After sunset that evening, Jesus and the disciples gathered together for the meal, and Jesus washed the disciples feet, humbly demonstrating how they were to love one another.

Our Lord established the Lord’s Supper, or Communion, at this last Passover meal. Jesus himself, about to fulfill the meaning of the Passover, instructed His followers to remember His sacrifice by sharing in the bread and wine.

 After leaving the Upper Room, Jesus and the disciples went to the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus cried out, just like a child, in brokenness and dependency

 “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” (Matt. 26:39).

The cup that He asked God to remove from Him was not death itself. Instead, it was the separation from His Father.

Later that evening in the garden, Judas Iscariot betrayed Jesus with a kiss. Jesus was arrested by the Sanhedrin and taken to the High Priest. A case was made against Jesus by the whole council. In the early morning hours as the trial began, Peter denied Christ.  After the rooster crowed, he wept bitterly. Hearing of the death sentence, Judas committed suicide.

 Good Friday

This day was the most difficult day of the entire week. Jesus was mocked, beaten, falsely accused, and sentenced to death by crucifixion. Soldiers spit on Him, tormented Him, and placed a crown of thorns upon His head.

 Jesus carried His own cross to Calvary, where the Roman Soldiers nailed Him to that wooden cross. His first words from the cross were

 “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing . . .” (Luke 23:34)

 Around 3 p.m., Jesus breathed His last breath and died. By 6 p.m., His body was taken down from the cross and laid in a tomb.

Saturday of Holy Week

 Throughout this Sabbath day, Roman soldiers guarded the tomb where Jesus’ body lay. When the Sabbath ended, Nicodemus

“. . . brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds. Taking Jesus’ body, the two of them wrapped it, with the spices, in strips of linen. This was in accordance with Jewish burial customs.” (John 19:39-40)

 On this day, Jesus did battle in the grave. Not only did He bear our sins on the cross, but He also carried them to the grave, leaving them buried forever. He became the perfect, spotless sacrifice.

   “For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that

            you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your

            forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or

            defect.” (I Peter 1:18-19)

Resurrection Day

 The resurrection of Jesus Christ, which we call Easter, is the crux of the Christian faith.  All of the doctrine of Christianity hinges on the truth of this event.

Early that morning, several women went to the tomb and discovered the stone had already been rolled away. An angel told them

“Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay” (Matt. 28:5-6).

 On this day, Jesus Christ made several appearances to others. These eyewitness accounts provide undeniable evidence of His resurrection.

 Why is Jesus Christ’s resurrection so important to us? It not only shows God’s power, but it also is a testimony to the resurrection of human beings, which is a tenet of the Christian faith.

 Only Christianity has a founder who transcends death and promises that, as His followers, we will do the same. The grave could not hold Him. HE LIVES!

Mary Logan, Ed.D., is a Course Development Specialist and Professor of Business and Education at Global University. For more information visit www.globaluniversity.edu

 

 

 

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