HOPE DEFINED

The view from the top floor of the Crestwood Cancer Institute in Huntsville, Alabama

 
ELECTION RETURNS UPSET BUT DEPLORABLE COLLEGE RULES

This morning we are at Dr. Dang’s Office, here is the view from the Clearview Institute. We have been coming here over a decade, but today, following The election of Donald Trump as President, my heart is singing with hope. [Hope is defined as to expect or confide, trust.] Having a theist as President is gloriously better than an atheist. (Do we know this yet?)

We both voted this time. And even though it was mid morning when we voted, the line was long. A good turnout, but a new process of electronic recognizing, recording of drivers licenses was used. Still, voting in the nearby church building was smoothly run and very peaceful. [Oh, Viv has a blood problem similar to what I had. She is being healed like I was.]

I have got to hear Hillary’s concession speech. (watching) What a graceous lady is she! A veritable act of God. I am so proud of our country. We can rest assured that, a new cabinet, and a republican congress will come to the aid of our country. (As soon as I was alerted in my spirit to google her speech, there she was, live.)

. . .

The sun is setting just now with a deep red glow on the horizon. I am reminded of our prayers having been answered, all our hearts are going to sleep much better tonight. The news media is falling all over itself having to admit the polling that predicted Hillary would win, is broken. Broken if it was done mathematically, like machines don’t lie. LOL

NEW OPPORTUNITY FOR THIS MINISTRY

I have been contacted by email concerning an interest of mine. I was asked to participate on a Christian book publisher panel. An ‘Insider Panel’ they call this. I was given a series of questions to test my knowledge of theology: My understanding of biblical principles that Christian authors create stories from. I am willing to read book proposals.

I have said things like I hold no church office, I’m a college graduate, and willing to take what they offer for the service. The big plus is the editorial experience as well as learning to listen for godly insight. This is all about God and his call in my life. Just the fact that our loving Lord is alive and active for my professional existance for him is encouraging.

Here is an example: The Wycliffe Bible Translators went into collaboration with Christian Muslim groups to produce a new translation of the New Testament. The wording in question by Eric Barger (.com) claims they ‘Yank Father and Jesus as Son of God.’  You can see his website and read their mission statement at this link. Even using Allah as reference to Messiah. 

FAILURE TO TRANSLATE CORRECTLY IS THE ISSUE

This brings up a whole bag of worms. My solution is to research anything said about this from the Roman Catholic Church. The reason for this is not only to discern the usage of the New Testiment Greek, but also, the attempts of Church tradition to define by both Arabic and Hebrew translations, to compare them. Who knows? Scholars may be right (as they often are).

SOME BACKGROUND

“An Arabic version of the Hebrew Bible was made in the tenth century by. Saadia ha Gaon. Only its Pentateuch, Minor Prophets, Isaias, Psalms, and Job have been preserved. In 1671 an Arabic Bible was published at Rome under the direction of Sergius Risi, Archbishop of Damascus. It appeared in numerous later editions. A mutilated reprint of it (London, 1822) was circulated by the Bible Society. To offset this Protestant influence, complete Arabic versions were issued both by the Dominicans at Mossul (1875-8) and the Jesuits at Beirut (1876-8).

“Carshuni (Karshuni) Version.—This is an Arabic version made in Syriac characters for Syrian Christians chiefly of Mesopotamia, Aleppo, and adjacent parts. A New Testament in Carshuni characters containing in two columns the Syriac Peschitto and the Arabic of the Codex of Erpenius was published at Rome (1703) for the Maronites of Lebanon. A Bible Society edition appeared at Paris (1827). [catholicanswers.com]

THE WYCLIFFE DEFENCE

The Wycliffe translation of the text in question is made according to the usage. “Matthew 28:19,” says Michael Carl, “refers to the Father as Allah, which is not doctrinally correct.” Allah means, God according to the Wikipedia article that gives us the history and edymology. Remember, a new language version is supposed to be in the most common, current usage.

Wycliffe consulted Mary Lederleitner seeking the best way to understand the truth about “the Father“:  “Whether or not one believes using the most common term in a receptor language — the familial terms for God — is the only acceptable translation, or there are times when other not so common terms can apply. 

“The titles are preserved in a way that does not tell incorrect meanings — fathers produce sons physically, which is not applicable spiritually as truer usage. The source of the problem is found in the Koran (Qur’an). It explicitly condemns either the Trinity or the Sonship of Christ.” [refer to: An Nisa, Surah  4:171] (note, the context is 4:163-172)

SOME IDIOMS ARE IDIOTIC

After reading the context of the Surah passage referenced above, like reading the Book of Mormon, I’m convinced only of some misguided authority who had to give a biased book report that must honor (what’s his name) who is not god. To say his name means you have to bless it, is religious. To try to please Islamic authorities in telling the Gospel is oxymoronic.


THE QUAGMIRE OF BIBLE INTERPRETATION IS HOLY SPIRIT WORK

The intercessory prayers of the saints is a church solution to such quagmires. Para ministries like Wychliffe Bible Translators are stuck to have to face attacks that the devil can throw at them. Only the church can have authority for the holy tradition that formed the original canon of Scripture in the first place. (See The intercession of the Saints).

The concept that is playing out here is like inviting neighborhood children to have some ice cream in the local church kitchen which seems appealing. Then, within such a sanctified (blessed) environment, God is able to help reach their hearts with desire and reasonable words. A seed is sown in hearts that enables the Truth to usurp closed minds.

Sure prayer and proper scholastic preparation is important, but the authority of the church over the forming of words is critical. Compromise is not sought here, as concensus with a majority and eventual, mutual agreement. We can only approach the truth as the spectacle it is. It is unique but universal. And more, it is alive and capable of convicting.

TRANSCENDING CULTURAL CONFLICTS

“Religious organizations have a major impact on inter-communal and international conflicts. During the Cold War, religious as well as ethnic and nationalist conflicts were relatively neglected in the study of international relations and peace research. After the implosion of the communist block, the escalation of nationalist violence was a surprise. 

“Some expect an escalation of religious conflicts as well. Despite an increase in the attention to the religious dimension of conflicts, it remains an under-researched field. There is no useful typology of religious conflicts; no serious study of the impact of religious organizations on conflict behavior; no comparative research of peace-making and peace-building efforts of different religious organizations.” Said Luc Reychler in his Religion and Conflict article with the International Journal of Peace Studies:

“The world cannot survive without a new global ethic, and religions play a major role, as parties in violent conflicts, as passive bystanders and as active peace-makers and peace-builders. Hans Küngs‘ thesis that there cannot be world peace without a religious peace is right. 

“Representing two thirds of the world population, religions have a major responsibility in creating a constructive conflict culture. They will have to end conflicts fueled by religion, stop being passive bystanders and organize themselves to provide more effective peace services. Religions and religious organisations have an untapped and under-used integrative power potential. 

“To assess this potential and to understand which factors enhance or inhibit joint peace ventures between the Christian religions, but also between the prophetic religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam), the Indian religions (Hinduism and Buddhism) and the Chinese wisdom religions, is an urgent research challenge.”
I am personally encouraged by the conclusion of this scholar from George Mason University. My view of our world ordering itself into peaceful relations has to be left completely in God’s hands. But, as we know about creation science; God made everything, man was formed in God’s image and likeness — yet given a law that he could not keep. Sin was so created.

HERE IS THE ONLY MESSAGE OF HOPE

With our humanity so caught up in sin, which is separation from God, only one world solution has been provided: Namely the Person of the living Word, Jesus. As the Messiah-Christ, Jesus is our sacrifice for sin that Father God accepts. [The conclusion here is the Good News post of mine that can take you down the Roman Road. Read it and agree.]

Tonight, we are snug in our home with the heat turned on for the first time. Watching the violent reactions of young Democrats on the news is sad, but I prayed with my new pastor yesterday agreeing the protests will be peaceful, God willing and the creeks don’t rise. (Wife was up till 3 am, but I was exercising my hope in trusting for the miracle to happen.)

On that note, we must end this. Please pray for my new involvement with Christian Book Insider Panel. God bless you.

Charles Bundschu

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ASSURANCE

HOW TO KNOW GOD AND THAT HE IS DELIVERING YOU

The prophet Daniel at 85, reading Jeremiah, and writing Chapter 9. (plaintruth.org, 1975)

The message last Sunday at Saddleback Church was one of the best authoritative sermons on prayer I’ve ever heard. I get to receive Pastor Rick Warren’s excellent presentations with their Saddleback App. The reception is dependant upon the weather, and my faith in hearing the Holy Spirit impress me with a leading to attend. 

Also, Friday, at our favorite craft store, I saw Anne Graham Lotz’ book, The Daniel Prayer, ‘Prayer that moves heaven and changes nations’, describes her experience using the same text. Her story is something we want to read! Her personal stories we can easily relate with, knowing and loving her. [I linked it to Amazon.com, so you might see it too.]

My past most recent post on prayer by pastor Rick was in August also about the prophet Daniel at age 15. Last Sunday was about Daniel at age 85. (WordPress.com link) Seventy years were significant because of the period Israel was actually in exile under Babylonian rule. [Link is for ‘Overcoming Impossible Demands, 8-26-16]

My question this week was, how did Daniel know about the limit of 70 years? “He was acquainted with Jeremiah . . .”

(I looked in my chronological bible and found where Jeremiah’s prophecy was written in Jerusalem and given to Daniel before Nebuchadnezzar captured them and brought them both to Babylon. . .a study text and context for another time.)

SIX POINTS TO HEAR FROM GOD

(gospelherald.com)

Jeremiah chapter 9, we can find six clues to learn how to get answers from our Heavenly Father:

1. LET GOD SPEAK TO YOU (LISTEN)

Texts: Daniel 9:1,2 (John 15:7, Jeremiah 29:10-12; James 4:2) “In the first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus, of Median descent, who was made king over the realm of the Chaldeans— in the first year of his reign, I, Daniel, understood from the books the number of years which, according to the word of the Lord to Jeremiah the prophet, must pass before the desolations [which had been] pronounced on Jerusalem would end; and it was seventy years.”

“God always makes the first move. We pray because he gave us his promises. I learn from God’s word. The apostle John tells us about God’s blank check. The context of Daniel 9 is the Torah that says, “If you stay connected to me, and my words stay in your mind, ask anything. (A blank check)” Pastor Rick said.

[“34 Days of seeking God” is Saddleback’s teaching for next year. Sign up by November 21. Six thousand have signed up with Pastor Tom’s (Holliday) Daily Hope.]

“When you pray, God will listen. Two factors apply, our praying, and God’s timing. Man’s responsibility and recognizing God’s sovereignty. [How do we know we are waiting on God, or He is waiting on us?] We have not because we ask not.”

2. FOCUS YOUR ATTENTION ON GOD

Text: Daniel 9:3 (Amos 5:4, Proverbs 8:17; Jeremiah 29:13, #unshakablelife, Hebrews 11:6, Hosea 5:15-6:1, Luke 12:31) 

So I directed my attention to the Lord God to seek Him by prayer and supplications, with fasting, sackcloth and ashes.”(AMP)

“So I gave my attention to God. (NIV) I turned my face to God–seeking Him, find Him, He is #unshakable.” Rick told of how when his wife calls him, he physically has to turn his face toward her, and she knows she has his attention. And he put both hands flat on the sides of his face, and slowly turned his head, as if forcing it to turn. (Audience laughed.)

3. EXPRESS YOUR DESIRES WITH EMOTION

Text: Daniel 9:3b, (Jeremian 50:4b-5a) “3 So I directed my attention to the Lord God to seek Him by prayer and supplications, with fasting, sackcloth and ashes.”

“God feels very deeply for you–only look at the cross. . .express all your feelings! Emotionally means anger, sadness, happiness, joyfulness–earnestly pleading–loudly, intense; I poured out my heart, baring my soul, I cried out to God!” Ask the way home. . .[don’t tweet, weep!]

4. DEMONSTRATE YOUR SERIOUSNESS

Text: Daniel 9:3c, “So I directed my attention to the Lord God to seek Him by prayer and supplications, with fasting, sackcloth and ashes. Even for 34 days to Monday of Thanksgiving Week–fast, wear rough clothes, put ash on your face.”

5. BE THANKFUL FOR GOD’S ANSWER

Text: Daniel 9:4-9 “I prayed to the Lord my God and confessed and said, 

“O Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant and extends lovingkindness toward those who love Him and keep His commandments, we have sinned and committed wrong, and have behaved wickedly and have rebelled, turning away from Your commandments and ordinances. 

“Further, we have not listened to and heeded Your servants the prophets, who spoke in Your name to our kings, our princes and our fathers, and to all the people of the land. 

“Righteousness belongs to You, O Lord, but to us confusion and open shame, as it is this day—to the men of Judah, to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and to all Israel, those who are nearby and those who are far away, in all the countries to which You have driven them, because of the treacherous acts of unfaithfulness which they have committed against You.

“O Lord, to us belong confusion and open shame—to our kings, to our princes, and to our fathers—because we have sinned against You. To the Lord our God belong mercy and lovingkindness and forgiveness, for we have rebelled against Him.”

6. HUMBLY CONFESS SIN TO OPEN WINDOW (OF HEAVEN)

Text: Daniel 9:10,  “And we have not obeyed the voice of the Lord our God by walking in His laws which He set before us through His servants the prophets.”

Daniel 9:13-14, 16, 18 “Just as it is written in the Law of Moses, all this tragedy has come on us. Yet we have not wholeheartedly begged for forgiveness and sought the favor of the Lord our God by turning from our wickedness and paying attention to and placing value in Your truth.

“Therefore the Lord has kept the tragedy ready and has brought it on us, for the Lord our God is uncompromisingly righteous and openly just in all His works which He does—He keeps His word; and we have not obeyed His voice. O Lord, in accordance with all Your righteous and just acts, please let Your anger and Your wrath turn away from Your city Jerusalem, Your holy mountain. 

“Because of our sins and the wickedness of our fathers, Jerusalem and Your people have become an object of scorn and a contemptuous byword to all who are around us. 

“O my God, incline Your ear and hear; open Your eyes and look at our desolations and the city which is called by Your name; for we are not presenting our supplications before You because of our own merits and righteousness, but because of Your great mercy and compassion.”

 “No pride, but humble confession–humility opens the windows of heaven.  Admit: Spiritual adultery . . . That we ignored You . . . We kept on sinning . . . We sought all nation’s desires.” Pastor said.

CONCLUSION

2 Chronicles 7:14 Promise: The context is prayer God will answer — all elements of Daniel’s prayer included. Pastor prayed for all the church, and then all the church (audience) is led in prayer for our nation.

 “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

(charisma news.com)

Today, as we were riding to the Earth Fare store, where we were to fill up our water bottles (our water run) I heard these words in my spirit: “If the prayer of a ministry is given to you, and you receive it and pray its words; then you are partnering with them and their mission, and need to openly subscribe and support that ministry.” 

I remembered to record that word, go to their website and subscribe. [Ransomed Heart Ministries]

If you have gotten anything from this humble post, (my notes are sketchy, except for the texts are accurate) Be obedient to God in this posting. He is real. God is really good! You can trust him completely. He wants to show himself perfectly toward you, if you will let him.

Bless you,

Charles 

@wordlifejournal

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