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Book Review XXXVIII: What the Bible is All About

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Awesome gem from The Ink Room bookstore.
Purchased this copy a few years back. Only managed to read it this year.
It gives an overview of each book in the Bible and the story flow from Genesis to Revelation.
Not gonna summarize this book here, ok? :p
After all, I have posted the snippets of this book under the category “Henrietta C. Mears”
Next time I will really study one particular book of the Bible then use this hand book as companion.

Do visit The Ink Room and get a copy of this book too!! :D

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The Seven Churches

Dear all ^___^
Another sharing from the book What the Bible is All About (page 662)

 

The churches named were churches that actually existed in John’s day.
In dealing with them, He seems to give us a brief church history from the first-century church to the church of today, in seven periods:

Ephesus – the church of the first love, the apostolic church (2:1-7)

Smyrna – the persecuted church – Diocletian to Constantine (2:8-11)

Pergamos – the church under imperial favor – under Constantine (2:12-17)

Thyatira – the papal church – the Dark Ages (2:18-29)

Sardis – the reformation church – protestantism, sixteenth and seventeenth centuries (3:1-6)

Philadelphia – the missionary church – period ushered in by the Puritan movement (3:7-13)

Laodicea – the rejected church – church of the final apostasy (3:14-19)

Posted May 8, 2017 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Henrietta C. Mears

The Throne of Judgment

Dear all ^__^ 
Another sharing from the book  What the Bible is All About (page 663)
 
 
The great revelation proper unfolds with the sound of the trumpets and "A door standing open in heaven. And the voice… said, ‘Come up here and I will show you what must take place after this.’ "
 
First the throne of God comes into view (4:1-3). 
Revelation becomes the "book of the throne." 
This is the great central fact that pervades the book.
This throne speaks of judgment.
The throne of grace is no longer seen.
The scene is a courtroom.
The Judge of all the earth is on the bench;
The twenty four elders, representing the twelve patriarchs of the Old Testament and the twelve apostles of the New, are the jury (4:4)
The seven spirits of God (4:5, 5:6) are the prosecutor,
And the four living creatures are the court attendants, ready to carry out the will of the Judge.

Posted May 7, 2017 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Henrietta C. Mears

What is Faith?

Hi everyone :)
Another sharing from the book What the Bible is All About:

The secret of Christian living is simply allowing Christ to meet our needs.
Some say, “I have no faith; I can’t believe.”
Yet we constantly place our faith in our fellow humans.

You want to go to New York from San Francisco.
You buy your ticket and get on the airplane.
In the course of your journey, a pilot will guide your plane.
Without seeing him or knowing a thing about his ability, you trust your life to him.

Faith is just trusting God, believing Him.
There is nothing mysterious about faith.
It is a simple act of the will.
Either we will believe God or we won’t.
We decide

It is as simple as turning on an electric light switch.
This is not a difficult or baffling or mysterious thing to do.
But the result?
Light and power.

When we decide to believe God absolutely, then supernatural life and power enter our lives.

Posted May 1, 2017 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Henrietta C. Mears

Overview of the Gospel

Dear all :)

Just another sharing from the book What The Bible is All About.

The overview of 4 Gospels:

Matthew
Matthew wrote the Gospel to the Jews who understood the Old Testament.
He showed that Lord Jesus is the King, the long awaited Messiah.
Compared to other Gospel writers, Matthew quoted a lot more prophecies from the Old Testament.
Lord Jesus is the King not by popular ballot but by birth.
Hence, Matthew traced His genealogy back to David: Lord Jesus is David’s descendant and He has the right to claim the throne.
In Matthew, we see a balance between Lord Jesus’ teaching and action as the King.

Mark
Mark wrote the Gospel to the Romans.
Romans were busy business people who emphasized action more than words.
To them, Mark pictured Lord Jesus as the Servant.
Mark omitted His genealogy because, after all, no one is interested with the genealogy of a servant.
Mark did not quote extensively from the Old Testament as Romans did not have background of the Scripture.
Mark wrote about the action of Lord Jesus much more than His words.
In Mark, He is the busy Servant, doing miracles after miracles and serving the community.

Luke
Luke wrote the Gospel to the Greeks who were immersed in poetry and art.
Hence, in the beginning of the book of Luke, we read songs of Zechariah, of Mary and of the angels.
Luke pictured Lord Jesus as the Son of Man
Hence, Luke traced His genealogy back to Adam to show forth His humanity.
Only in Luke we have a glimpse of His childhood.
As 100% human, He sympathizes with human plight. The keyword of His ministry is compassion.
Luke is the Gospel for the outcast of the earth.
In it, we find the story of the good Samaritan, the publican, the prodigal son, Zaccheus and the thief on the cross

John
John wrote this Gospel to the general public.
During his time, many denied Jesus’ deity.
John countered this framework by showing that He is God in human flesh.
This claim is supported by 7 witnesses and 7 miracles.
John omitted Lord Jesus’ genealogy as God has no human genealogy.
Instead, John wrote, "In the beginning was the Word. The Word was with God and the Word was God."
In fact, it is His claim to be equal with God which infuriated the Jews, hence they accused Him of blasphemy and demanded His crucifixion.

Posted April 15, 2017 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Henrietta C. Mears

Jonah and Nahum

Dear all :)
Another sharing from the book What the Bible is All About
 
Do you know that the book of Jonah and Nahum are actually connected?
 
God first sent Jonah to Nineveh, the capital city of Assyria kingdom.
We are familiar with this story in which Jonah reluctantly obeyed God.
Jonah preached repentance. 
So, the Ninevites repented and God did not punish them.
 
However, this spiritual revival only lasted for 150 years.
 
God then sent Nahum to Nineveh to preach judgment.
In fact, the judgment was so complete that Nineveh was levelled to the ground.
 
After that, for ages, no one realized the existence of Nineveh.
When Alexander the Great fought the battle of Arbela nearby in 331 BC, he did not even know there was a city there.
When Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821) encamped near this site, he too was unaware of the existence of Nineveh.
 
Eventually, modern excavation led by British excavator Sir Austen Henry Layard in 1845 discovered the ruins of Nineveh.
 
Moral of the story:
God is slow to anger. However, it does not mean He will never get angry at all.
If we do not repent, eventually His judgment will come.

Posted April 11, 2017 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Henrietta C. Mears

Kicking Against the Goads

Dear all :)
Just wanna share with you what I have read in this book What the Bible is All About

In Acts 9. Lord Jesus appeared in Saul when he was on the way to Damascus to persecute the Christians.
Then, Lord Jesus told him, ‘Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.’ (Acts 26:14)

What does it mean that it was hard for him to kick against the goads?

It turned out that Saul was struggling with his own conscience as he had consented/approved Stephen’s death (Acts 8:1).
Saul knew he was in the wrong, but he would not give up.
Hence, it was hard for him to convince himself that he was doing the right thing.

Hopefully this sharing above helps us understand the Bible a little bit more :D

Posted April 10, 2017 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Henrietta C. Mears