The Theme

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Welcome to The Central Theme Of The Bible

 My word given today came to me when looking at my desk and seeing the books piled up of which they have book-marking various references about many different topics which I need to put in some order or sequence for their presentation.  And it suddenly occured that they all need to relate under a theme.  Each word could be the theme itself, I thought.  No, the theme is what carries the topical words, so I looked for the word theme in my bible dictionary and found a worthy quote which can be used to represent our theme. (Photo from Wikipedia Commons)

“Despite being of non-Biblical origin, the phrase topped a poll of the most widely known Bible verses. Seventy-five percent of American teenagers said they believed that (God helps those that help themselves) was the central message of the Bible.” (Wikipedia)

What is the book about?  It is about the salvation or deliverance of a person or a people.  I thought.  So I looked up ‘salvation‘  I found the topic, looked it over quickly, as I was about to leave — someone was calling for me to hurry up — then I glanced at the summary.  It said, “Both the OT and the NT present a basis for confidence in the Lord.”  That was it.  The last sentence of that made my theme question become resolved.  “To all believers, faith is an expression of a person’s confidence in the trustworthiness of God.”  So, we can say with some certainty, the Holy Bible is alive and powerful enough to convince us of its truth.(from The Expository Dictionary of Bible Words by Richards, Zondervan, 1985, pg 542)

A Rev, Dan McManigal tells us through his Reformation Theology website that includes some interesting comments:  Reformation Theology taken from his series in Covenant Theology.  “The diversity of the Bible is unified in Christ. He is the center that holds all of the biblical data together.”  He said.  “The bible is the Infinite Existence self-disclosure about how famous He really is as He shines this beauty centrally through His Son Jesus Christ on the cross.”  Stated Oshea Davis, author, with his comment

Rev. Ralph A. Smith in chapter one of his Introduction to the Bible is a bit more wordy but thorough in his presentation.  “The covenantal kingdom of God is the central theme of Biblical revelation.”  He concluded.

Here the pastor of PeWee Valley SDA Church expresses his ideas from a wordpress.com article by Rev. Douglas Na’a.  “The greatest proof that Christ is the central theme of the Bible is John 5:39.  ‘You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; it is these that testify about Me’ ”. (Pastor Douglas Na’a)

These sources have a lot to say, and I believe all concur.  The last few verses of the Gospel of St. John tell us if all that Jesus did could be reduced to writing — into books, there would not be room in the earth to keep them. (John 21:25)  Then, what made it into the bible to become the church canon required a true act of congress

In my bible, which is the New Living Translation, published by the Tyndale House, Wheaton, IL, 1996, it shows four basic topics that list life, relationships, future, and faith, that each include 21, 5, 4, and 6 subtopics, respectively, in a comprehensive overview. My point is that in this overview, there needs to be a fomula, which I cannot find, but has proven true in my own experience.  The topic of Faith is most basic with its six subtopics, and needs to be primarily considered. 

For without faith, opening each of the other topics, the book has no life, no relationships, and no future.  So get ‘Born Again’, find God, learn to know God, learn to know Jesus Christ (Yeshua Ha-Mashiach), learn to know the Holy Spirit (Ruach Ha-Kodesh), and enroll in the school of prayer — before learning all the rest of the topics.  The Holy Bible is a spiritual book of life’s personal values.  It has its own regeneration, inspiration, and motivation.

I conclude with saying, check this out.  The next time we try explaining all we know about the bible, we may just simply say what the central theme of the bible is, and leave it at that.  The central theme of the Bible is the defining and demonstrating of personal confidence in the trustworthiness of God’s love.

Charles

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Revival

Welcome to Revival!

Christian revival is a term that generally refers to a specific period of increased spiritual interest or renewal in the life of a church congregation or many churches, either regionally or globally. This should be distinguished from the use of the term “revival” to refer to a evangelistic meeting or series of meetings.

“While elements such as mass conversions of non-believers and beneficial effects on the moral climate of a given culture may be involved, revivals are seen by leaders as the restoration of the church itself to a vital and fervent relationship with God after a period of decline.

“Historians have different numbering and dating systems. There were “Awakenings” around the years 1727, 1792, 1830, 1857, 1882 and 1904. More recent revivals include those of 1906 (Azusa Street Revival), 1930s (Balokole), 1970s (Jesus people) and 1909 Chile Revival (Revival in Chile) which spread in the Americas, Africa, and Asia among Protestants and Catholics.” (Quoted from Wikipedia/Revivalism)

“Great Awakening Atlanta, GA Day 1 – We had a great start here at World Harvest Church. Men, women, & children came to the altar in all 4 services and the power of the Lord touched many. Dr. Rodney Howard-Browne preached powerfully and exhorted everyone that the only hope for America is a Spiritual Awakening – a Great Awakening.” (from Revival.com )

This website shows tons of photos that describe a definite awakening. Even on the streets of Tampa Florida, people are turning out to hear there is hope for our country — right here at River Church.

Then there was a one night Holy Ghost meeting in Hawaii.

Interview with Dr. Rodney Howard Browne by YouTube (feelwellmonavie). 

 Rodney Howard Browne and his wife found an effective way of teaching people to fish symbolicly speaking. As a pastor Rodney’s passion is to help people spiritually but helping physically is also very important to Rodney and his wife. Get a fish or learn to fish. Which would you choose. Choose wisely because if you can fish, you can teach others to do the same. What better way to put a dent in poverty. God wishes for us to prosper not suffer. That’s what the other guy wants. Password for the opportunity is (freedom). http://www.thegreatproduct.com/thegoodlife “Mona-Vie

“Revival is the Touch of God” YouTube (RowdyRevivalist) April 30, 2009.

The World Revival Church of Kansas City Missouri.

I personally see a big movement of God which can be received.  What faith is — is receiving.  If we want what God has to offer?  Then all we have to do is ask, for Him and His presence, and receive Him and His presence, along with His gifts.

Watch Revival Television Network here.

I have just researched all the verses in the Bible that tell us about the only four words that describe revival in context of both Hebrew and Greek documents.(The Inspired Words)

   1) Revive, Hebrew: “chayah” (khaw-yaw) to live, to revive, be whole

Nehemiah 4:2:  “And in the presence of his associates and the army of Samaria, he said, ‘What are those feeble Jews doing? Will they restore their wall? Will they offer sacrifices? Will they finish in a day? Can they bring the stones back to life from those heaps of rubble–burned as they are?'”

Psalms 85:6:  Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you?

Ps 138:7:  Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life; you stretch out your hand against the anger of my foes, with your right hand you save me.”

Isaiah 57:15:  For this is what the high and lofty One says– he who lives forever, whose name is holy: ‘I live in a high and holy place, but also with him who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite.'”

Hosea 6:2:  After two days He will revive us; On the third day He will raise us up,
That we may live in His sight.”

Hosea 14:7:  People will dwell again in his shade; they will flourish like the grain,
they will blossom like the vine— Israel’s fame will be like the wine of Lebanon.”

Habakkuk 3:2:  LORD, I have heard of your fame; I stand in awe of your deeds, LORD.
Give new life to your work in our day, in our time make them known; in wrath remember mercy.”

 2) Reviving,  Hebrew : michyah (mikh-yaw’)

Ezra 9: 9:  “For we were slaves, but in his unfailing love our God did not abandon us in our slavery. Instead, he caused the kings of Persia to treat us favorably. He revived us so we could rebuild the Temple of our God and repair its ruins. He has given us a protective wall in Judah and Jerusalem. 

    3) Revived. Hebrew: “chayah” (khaw-yaw) to live, to revive, be whole

Genesis 45:27:  “But when they told him everything Joseph had said to them, and when he saw the carts Joseph had sent to carry him back, the spirit of their father Jacob revived.”

Judges 15:19:  “Then God opened up the hollow place in Lehi, and water came out of it. When Samson drank, his strength returned and he revived. So the spring was called En Hakkore, and it is still there in Lehi.”

1 Kings 17:22:  “The LORD heard Elijah’s cry, and the boy’s life returned to him, and he lived.”

2 Kings 13:21:  “Once while some Israelites were burying a man, suddenly they saw a band of raiders; so they threw the man’s body into Elisha’s tomb. When the body touched Elisha’s bones, the man came to life and stood up on his feet.”

 4)  Greek:  anazao (an-ad-zah’-o) to recover life: live again.

Romans 7:9:  Once I was alive apart from the law; but when the commandment came, sin sprang to life and I died.”

Romans 14:9:  “For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life so that he might be the Lord of both the dead and the living.”

There we have it.  Only four words that can give biblical (Scriptural) authority about Revival.  It is something available for us.  And if you missed it, you are personally invited to every meeting.  Learn about how God is alive and well today.  His love is a mandatory attribute for the revived life.  How you will grow in faith is directly related to you’re hearing Him.  God speaks through the proclaiming of His word.  (Romans 10:17)

See you there!

Charles