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Sura107 Neighbourly needs, 108 Abundance, 109 Those who reject faith, 110 Help, 111 The father of flame, 112 Purity, 113 The dawn, 114 Mankind,

Fri, 26 May 2017 04:26:00 +0000

7 verses. Do you see the one who denies judgement? He repulses the orphan.
3 verses. We have granted you the fount of abundance so turn to your Lord in prayer and sacrifice.
6 verses. Say to those that reject faith I do not worship that which you worship.
3 verses. When the help of God comes and victory celebrate the praises of your Lord.
5 verses. Perish the hands of the father of flame. He will burn soon in a fire of blazing flame.
4 verses. He is God the one and only, eternal, absolute, begetting not.
5 verses. I seek refuge with the Lord odf the dawn from the mischief of created things.
5 verses. I seek refuge with the Lord cherisher of mankind

To those born between 1925 and 1955

Thu, 25 May 2017 17:04:00 +0000

No matter what our kids And the new generation think about us,WE ARE AWESOME !!! OUR Lives are LIVING PROOF !!! > To Those of Us Born 1925 - 1955: > > At the end of this email is a quote of the month by Jay Leno.If you don't read anything else, Please read what he said. ~~~~~~~~~ TO ALL THEKIDS WHO SURVIVED THE 1930s, '40s, 'and50s, !! First, we survived being born to mothers who may have smoked and/or drank While they were pregnant. They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can, and didn't get tested for diabetes. Then, after that trauma, we were put to sleep on our tummies in baby cribsCovered with bright coloredLead-based paints. We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, locks on doors or cabinets, And, when we rode our bikes, We had baseball caps, Not helmets, on our heads. As infants and children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, no booster seats, no seat belts, no air bags, bald tires and sometimes no brakes.. Riding in the back of a pick- up truck on a warm day was always a special treat. We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle. We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle, and no one actually died from this. We ate cupcakes, white bread, real butter, and bacon. We drank Kool-Aid made with real white sugar.And we weren't overweight. WHY? Because we were always outside playing...that's why! We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on. No one was able to reach us all day. --And, we were OKAY. We would spend hours building Our go-carts out of scraps and then ride them down the hill, Only to findOut we forgot the brakes.. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned To solve the problem.. We did notHave Play Stations, Nintendos and X-boxes. There were No video games,No 150 channels on cable, No video moviesOr DVDs, No surround-sound orCDs, No cell phones, No personal computers, No Internet andNo chat rooms. WE HAD FRIENDS And we wentOutside and found them! We fell out oftrees, got cut, Broke bones andTeeth, And there wereNo lawsuits From those accidents. We would getSpankings with wooden spoons, switches, ping-pong paddles, or just a bare hand, And no one would call child services to report abuse. We ate worms,And mud pies Made from dirt,And The worms didNot live in us forever. We were givenBB guns for our 10th birthdays, 22 rifles for our 12th, rode horses, made up games with sticks and tennis balls, and-although we wereTold it would happen- we did not put out very many eyes. We rode bikesOr walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just Walked in and talked to them. Little League had tryouts And not everyoneMade the team. Those who didn'tHad to learn To deal withDisappointment. Imagine that!! The idea of a parent bailingUs out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law! These generations haveProduced some of the best risk-takers,Problem solvers, andInventors ever. The past 60To 85 years have seen an explosion of innovation and new ideas.. We had freedom,Failure, success and responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all. If YOU areOne of those born Between 1925-1955, CONGRATULATIONS! You might wantto share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids before the lawyersand the government regulated so much of our lives for our own good. While you areat it, forward it to your kids, so they will know how brave and lucky their parentswere. Kind of makesyou want to run through the house with scissors, doesn't it ? ~~~~~~~ The quote ofthe month by Jay Leno: "With hurricanes, tornados,fires out of control, mud sli[...]

Sura 102 Piling up, 103 Time through the ages, 104 The scandal monger, 105 The elephant 106 The custodians of the Ka'aba,

Thu, 25 May 2017 15:04:00 +0000

8 verses.  Piling up good things of the world in rivalry diverts you until you visit the graves.
3 verses. By time through the ages, man is in loss except such as have faith.
9 verses. Woe to every kind of scandal monger, who piles up wealth thinking it would make him last forever.
5 verses. Did you not see how your Lord dealt withe companions of the elephant? Did he not make their treacherous plan go astray?
4 verses. For the covenants of the custodians of the Ka'aba let them adore the Lord of this house.

Sura 97 The night of power, 98 The clear evidence, 99 The convulsion, 100 Those that run, 101 The day of noise and clamour

Tue, 23 May 2017 02:15:00 +0000

5 verses. We have revealed the message in the night of power. Therein come down the angels and the Sprit by God's permission.
8 verses. This who reject truth among the People of the Book and polytheists were not going to depart from their ways until clear evidence should come to them.An apostle from God repeating scriptures. Te People of the Book did not make schisms until after clear evidence came totem. Those rejecting the truth will be in hell fire.
8 verses. When the earth is shaken to her utmost convulsion men will proceed in companies sorted out to be shown the deeds they had done.
11 verses. Bu the steeds that run man is to his Lord ungrateful.
11 verses. By the day of noise and clamour a day when he whose balance of good deeds will be found heavy will be in a life of good pleasure.

Sura 92 The Night, 93 The glorious morning light, 94 The expansion, 95 The fig, 96 Read or proclain of the clot of congealed blood.

Mon, 22 May 2017 03:09:00 +0000

21 verses. By the night, he who gives and fears God, and testators to the best, we will make smooth for him the path to bliss.
11 Verses. By the glorious morning light thy guardian Lord has not forsaken you.
8 verses. Have we not expanded your breast and removed your burden?
8 verses. By the fig, the olive Mount Sinai and the city of security, those who believe and do righteous  deeds shall have an unfailing reward.
19 verses. The five first revealed verses. Proclaim in the name of the Lord who created man out of a clot of congealed blood. Your Lord is most bountiful.

Sura 87 The Most High, 88 The overwhelming event, 89 The break of day 90 The city, ,91 The sun

Sat, 20 May 2017 01:15:00 +0000

19 verses. Glorify the name of your Guardian Lord Most High. Creator, ordainer of laws and guidance. This is in the books of the earliest, Abraham and Moses.
26 verses. The overwhelming even is the day of blazing fire.
30 verses. Do you not see how your Lord dealt with the Ad of Iran, with Thamud and Pharaoh?
20 verses. Muhammad a freeman of Mecca.
15 verses. By the sun ... The Thamud rejected their prophet. Disobeying the apostle they hamstrung the she-camel.

Sura 82 The cleaving asunder, 83 Dealing in fraud, 84 The rending asunder 85 The zodiacal signs, 86 The night visitant

Fri, 19 May 2017 03:18:00 +0000

36 verses. When the sky is cleft asunder then each soul shall know what it has sent forward and kept back. Day of judgement.
36  verses. Woe to those dealing in fraud who do not think they will be called to account.
25 verses. When the sky is rent asunder you will meet your Lord.
22 verses. By the sky displaying the zodiacal signs the persecutors will have the penalty of hell.
17 verses. The night visitant is the star of piercing brightness. Every soul has a protector over it.

Sura 77 Rise sent forth, 78 the great news, 79 Those who tear out, 80 He frowned, 81 Folding up

Thu, 18 May 2017 03:35:00 +0000

50 Verses. The winds sent forth and spread abroad a message. Day of judgement.
40 verses. The great news is disputed. Warning of penalty near.
46 verses. The angels tear out the souks of the wicked with violence.
42 verse.The prophet frowned and turned away because there came a blind man interrupting.
29 verses. When the sun is folded up, the world on high unveiled and the scrolls laid open, go straight of hide.

Wine and strong drink in the books of Moses.

Thu, 18 May 2017 02:36:00 +0000

WineNoah drunkGenesis 9:21 - He drank of the wine and became drunk and lay uncovered in his tent.Genesis 9:24 - When Noah awoke from his wine and knew what his youngest son had done to him,Melchisdek and AbrahamGenesis 14:18 - And Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. (He was priest of God Most High.)Lot's daughtersGenesis 19:32 - Come, let us make our father drink wine, and we will lie with him, that we may preserve offspring from our father.”Genesis 19:33 - So they made their father drink wine that night. And the firstborn went in and lay with her father. He did not know when she lay down or when she arose.Genesis 19:34 - The next day, the firstborn said to the younger, “Behold, I lay last night with my father. Let us make him drink wine tonight also. Then you go in and lie with him, that we may preserve offspring from our father.”Genesis 19:35 - So they made their father drink wine that night also. And the younger arose and lay with him, and he did not know when she lay down or when she arose.IsaacGenesis 27:25 - Then he said, “Bring it near to me, that I may eat of my son's game and bless you.” So he brought it near to him, and he ate; and he brought him wine, and he drank.Wine to be a blessingGenesis 27:28 - May God give you of the dew of heaven and of the fatness of the earth and plenty of grain and wine.Genesis 27:37 - Isaac answered and said to Esau, “Behold, I have made him lord over you, and all his brothers I have given to him for servants, and with grain and wine I have sustained him. What then can I do for you, my son?”Jacob's blessingGenesis 49:11 - Binding his foal to the vine and his donkey's colt to the choice vine, he has washed his garments in wine and his vesture in the blood of grapes.Genesis 49:12 - His eyes are darker than wine, and his teeth whiter than milk.Drink offeringExodus 29:40 - And with the first lamb a tenth measure of fine flour mingled with a fourth of a hin of beaten oil, and a fourth of a hin of wine for a drink offering.Leviticus 23:13 - And the grain offering with it shall be two tenths of an ephah of fine flour mixed with oil, a food offering to the LORD with a pleasing aroma, and the drink offering with it shall be of wine, a fourth of a hin.Numbers 15:5 - and you shall offer with the burnt offering, or for the sacrifice, a quarter of a hin of wine for the drink offering for each lamb.Numbers 15:7 - And for the drink offering you shall offer a third of a hin of wine, a pleasing aroma to the LORD.Numbers 15:10 - And you shall offer for the drink offering half a hin of wine, as a food offering, a pleasing aroma to the LORD.Priests to abstainLeviticus 10:9 - “Drink no wine or strong drink, you or your sons with you, when you go into the tent of meeting, lest you die. It shall be a statute forever throughout your generations.Numbers 6:3 - he shall separate himself from wine and strong drink. He shall drink no vinegar made from wine or strong drink and shall not drink any juice of grapes or eat grapes, fresh or dried.NaziritesNumbers 6:20 - and the priest shall wave them for a wave offering before the LORD. They are a holy portion for the priest, together with the breast that is waved and the thigh that is contributed. And after that the Nazirite may drink wine.In the promised landDeuteronomy 32:14 - Curds from the herd, and milk from the flock, with fat of lambs, rams of Bashan and goats, with the very finest of the wheat— and you drank foaming wine made from the blood of the grape.Deuteronomy 33:28 - So Israel lived in safety, Jacob lived alone, in a land[...]

Sura 72 The Spirits, 73 Folded in garments, 74 One wrapped up 75 the resurrection. 76 Time or Man

Wed, 17 May 2017 03:59:00 +0000

Meccan suras with no narrative
28 verses Some people took shelter among the Jinns which lied against God.
20 verses. The prophet who is folded in garments is to pray for less than half the night.
56 verses.  The wrapped up prophet is to deliver his warning.
40 verses. God is able to put the body together in perfect order at resurrection.
31 verses. Man created from a drop of mangled sperm in order to be tried.

Forty (ESV) Significance of forty

Wed, 17 May 2017 02:41:00 +0000

During my morning devotion, periods of forty days or years seemed frequent in the books of Moses.1. God provided for them 40 yearsExodus 16:35 - The people of Israel ate the manna forty years, till they came to a habitable land. They ate the manna till they came to the border of the land of Canaan.2.40 days for Moses to receive the lawExodus 24:18 - Moses entered the cloud and went up on the mountain. And Moses was on the mountain forty days and forty nights.Deuteronomy 9:9 - When I went up the mountain to receive the tablets of stone, the tablets of the covenant that the LORD made with you, I remained on the mountain forty days and forty nights. I neither ate bread nor drank water.Exodus 34:28 - So he was there with the LORD forty days and forty nights. He neither ate bread nor drank water. And he wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant, the Ten Commandments.Deuteronomy 9:11 - And at the end of forty days and forty nights the LORD gave me the two tablets of stone, the tablets of the covenant.3. 40 more days after Israel sinned for Moses to intercede and again receive the lawDeuteronomy 9:18 - Then I lay prostrate before the LORD as before, forty days and forty nights. I neither ate bread nor drank water, because of all the sin that you had committed, in doing what was evil in the sight of the LORD to provoke him to anger.Deuteronomy 9:25 - “So I lay prostrate before the LORD for these forty days and forty nights, because the LORD had said he would destroy you.Deuteronomy 10:10 - “I myself stayed on the mountain, as at the first time, forty days and fortynights, and the LORD listened to me that time also. The LORD was unwilling to destroy you.4. 40 days to spy out the land with 40 year old Joshua as a spyJoshua 14:7 - I was forty years old when Moses the servant of the LORD sent me from Kadesh-barnea to spy out the land, and I brought him word again as it was in my heart.Numbers 13:25 - At the end of forty days they returned from spying out the land.5. 40 years wandering for faithlessnessNumbers 14:33 - And your children shall be shepherds in the wilderness forty years and shall suffer for your faithlessness, until the last of your dead bodies lies in the wilderness.Numbers 14:34 - According to the number of the days in which you spied out the land, forty days, a year for each day, you shall bear your iniquity forty years, and you shall know my displeasure.’Numbers 32:13 - And the LORD's anger was kindled against Israel, and he made them wander in the wilderness forty years, until all the generation that had done evil in the sight of the LORD was gone.Joshua 5:6 - For the people of Israel walked forty years in the wilderness, until all the nation, the men of war who came out of Egypt, perished, because they did not obey the voice of the LORD; the LORD swore to them that he would not let them see the land that the LORD had sworn to their fathers to give to us, a land flowing with milk and honey.6. In the 40th year of Exodus Aaron diesNumbers 33:38 - And Aaron the priest went up Mount Hor at the command of the LORD and died there, in the fortieth year after the people of Israel had come out of the land of Egypt, on the first day of the fifth month.7. The same year, six moths later Moses addresses IsraelDeuteronomy 1:3 - In the fortieth year, on the first day of the eleventh month, Moses spoke to the people of Israel according to all that the LORD had given him in commandment to them,Deuteronomy 2:7 - For the LORD your God has blessed you in a[...]

May 16: Rabbi Duncan

Tue, 16 May 2017 07:04:00 +0000

A Scottish Missionary to the Jewsby Rev. David T MyersHow about another mystery quiz on This Day in Presbyterian History? Who said the following:  “I am first a Christian. Second, I am a catholic. (Author: note the small “c”); Third, I am a Calvinist.  Next, I am a paedobaptist. Fifth, I am a Presbyterian. I cannot reverse this order.” If you answered, “John Duncan,” or better yet, “Rabbi Duncan,” give yourself a proverbial pat on the back.John Duncan's years were 1796  to 1870, mostly in Scotland. His parents were  humble but pious Christians. They had a trying time in that all of their children had died in infancy. Indeed, son John developed a a case of small pox at a young age which almost killed him. In the process, it left him blind in one eye. Despite  his father's employment as a shoemaker, son John entered at age 9 the prestigious grammar school in Aberdeen, Scotland, from which he graduated at age 14. With that he entered Manschal University, earning a master of arts in 1814.His interest was that of becoming a minister. There was only one problem. Despite his parent's godly heritage in the Associate Church of Scotland, young John was an atheist. Entering the theological college of the Presbyterian Church in Scotland, he graduated in 1821, still holding atheistic views! After being denied entrance into the Presbytery of Aberdeen because he couldn't affirm the Westminster Standards, he switched from atheism to theism. But he was still without Christ as Lord and Savior.His licensure took place by the Presbytery of Aberdeen on June 24, 1825 however! (Author: Where were their minds?) John Duncan was still outside of Christ. One year later, after a personal conversation with  Rev. Cesar Milan, he finally bent his knee to Jesus Christ as personal Lord and Savior. After this experience, he had a lifelong dread of  superficial Christianity. On April 28, 1836, he was ordained a minister of the gospel.In 1837, he married Janet Tower, with whom he had one child.  The difficult birth of their second child ended in both the death of his wife and child.  Looking at his wife's body in the casket, he quoted Shorter Catechism number 37, “The souls of believers are at their death make perfect in holiness, and do immediately pass into glory; and their bodies, being still united to Christ, do rest in their graves, till the resurrection.”  This  catechism answer comforted him.It was around this time that he began to have an interest in, and sympathy for, the Jewish people, especially for their salvation. The Church of Scotland set up in 1839 a Committee for the Conversion of the Jews. Two years later, on This Day in Presbyterian History, May 16, 1841, John Duncan, his new wife, and two others moved to HungaryHis ministry there was only for two short years, but his passion for the souls of Jews caused many to dub him “Rabbi Duncan.”  Through Sabbath peaching of the gospel and what we would call “friendship evangelism” today, countless Jews became Christians.  Famous among the latter was Alfred Edersheim.  The Disruption of 1843 took place in Scotland and John “Rabbi” Duncan traveled home to his mother country.  Joining the Free Church of Scotland, he took the chair of Hebrew and Oriental Lanuages at their new college, where he stayed until his death of 1870.Words to Live By:There is no doubt John “Rabbi” Duncan had a spiritual journey which was long in coming.   His story cries out for our Sessions and Presbyters to make sure  that a work of saving grace has occurred in the souls of our members and candidates for church office.  Remember Jude 3 and 4.[...]

Sura 69 Sure Reality, 70 The ways of ascent. 71 Noah

Tue, 16 May 2017 03:26:00 +0000

52 verses.  Meccan. What is real? Thamud and Ad branded as false calamity to come. Thamud destroyed by storm, Ad by furious wind. Pharaoh, those before an the cities overthrown committed habitual sin. Disobeyed apostles so their Lord punished them with abundant penalty. The flood of Noah is a message to bear lessons in remembrance. So on that Day you will be brought to judgement.
44 verses. God is Lord of the ways of ascent and the judgement day.
28 verses. Noah sent as a warner. People refused to listen. Would not leave their gods. So drowned in flood and entered the fire.

Sura 65 Divorce, 66 Holding something to be forbidden, 67 Dominion, 68 The pen

Mon, 15 May 2017 05:19:00 +0000

11 verses. Two people to hear evidence. Prescribed period before divorce, for post menstrual women, three months, for pregnant, until birth.
12 verses. Wives of Noah and Lot false to husbands. Mary guarded her chastity and God created into her body of his spirit.
30 verses. Blessed be God in whose hands is Dominion. He over all things has power.
52 verses. Muhammad is not mad or possessed. God knows who has strayed and who received guidance.

Sura 62 The assembly, 63 the hypocrites. 64M muual loss and gain.

Sat, 13 May 2017 05:44:00 +0000

11 verses. When the call to prayer is proclaimed on Friday hasten earnestly to the remembrance of God and leave of business.
11 verses Hypocrites say Muhammad is the apostle of God but they lie.
18 verses. The day God assembles you all will be a day of mutual loss and gain. Believers will have ills removed and admission to gardens where rivers flow. Those who reject faith will be for ever companions of the fire. No king of calamity can occur except by the leave of God.

Sura 59 The gathering, 60 The woman to be examined 61 Battle array

Fri, 12 May 2017 05:25:00 +0000

24 verses. God got out the unbelievers among the People of the Book from their homes. Banishment for them.
13 verses. Take not God's enemies as your friends. Abraham prayed that his father be forgiven. Examine believing women refugees. Do not send them back to unbelievers but pay their dowry.
14 verses. Jesus, son of Mary, spoke to Children of Israel saying he was apostle of God. He came to confirm the previous law and give glad tidings of an apostle to come, Ahmad (Muhammad),

Sura 57 Iron, 58 the woman who pleads

Thu, 11 May 2017 03:17:00 +0000

This is the start of the Medinan suras.
30 verses. We sent down iron for mighty war. Sent Noah, Abraham, apostles and Jesus son of Mary. Bestowed on him gospel and some who followed had compassion and mercy. But monasticism not prescribed. People of the Book have no power over the grace of God It is entirely in his hand to bestow on whomsoever he wills.
22 verses. God has heard the statement of the woman who pleads concening her husband, carrying her complaint to God. God hears the arguments between both sides. Divorce by pagan custom, Zihar, is iniquitous and false. Penalty was to give a slave freedom.

Sura 55 God most gracious, 56 The inevitable event,

Wed, 10 May 2017 04:41:00 +0000

78 verses. Which of the favours of your Lord will you deny? Two gardens with all kinds of trees, two springs, fruits. Recline on carpets. Chaste maidens.
96 verses.Mountains fall. Three classes. Comanions of right hand and left hand. Left hand on thrones of gold served by youths of perpetual freshness. Right handshake, water, fruit, thrones, Others from left in fire.
So far 9/10 of Quran covered and it is Meccan Now come 10 Medinan suras.

Sura 52 The Mount, 53 The Star, 54 The moon

Tue, 09 May 2017 05:13:00 +0000

62 verses. The doom of thy Lord will indeed come to pass. Thrust down to the fire of hell. The righteous in gardens and happiness.
62 verses. Star went down and conveyer inspiration to the Prophet. Pagan Arabs had three female gods, Lat, Uzza and Manat. They are human inventions with no authority. God is lord of Sirius the mighty star. He destroyed the Ad, Thamud, people of Noah, Sodom and Gomorrah.
55 verses. People of Noah rejected their apostle. Flood but Noah borne in Ark. Sent against Ad a furious wind. Thamud rejected warners. They hamstrung the she camel and tried to monopolise the water depriving the poor. Great wind sent. People of Lot rejected his warning of showers of stones. God blinded them when they tried to seize Lot's guests. People of Pharaoh rejected all the signs sent. Unbelieving Quraish will have no immunity.

Sura 50 Qaf, 51 the Winds that Scatter

Mon, 08 May 2017 04:00:00 +0000

45 verses. People of Noah, the companions of the Rass, the Thamud, the Ad, Pharaoh, the brethren of Lot, the companions of the Wood and the people of Tubba all rejected the apostles. God nearer to man than his jugular. Two guardian angels on right and left noting deeds and words. They will bear witness on the day of resurrection.
5 - 60 verses. Guests of Abraham said, peace. Brought them fatted calf. Did not eat. Gave glad tidings of a son but the wife laughed. Messengers would go on to people deep in sin and bring a shower of brimstone, only evacuating one house of believers. Moses sent to Pharaoh who rejected him as a sorcerer. God threw him and his forces into the sea. The Ad ruined by devastating wind. Thamud judged with an earthquake.

Sura 46 Winding sand-tracts, 47 Muhammad, 48 Victory, 49 Inner apartments

Sat, 06 May 2017 04:23:00 +0000

35 verses. Quran similar to earlier scripture given to Israel. Moses age forty prays to work righteousness. Hud (Ever) prophesied to Ad concerning winding sand-tracts. They accepted they would not turn from their gods bur receive calamity a great wind.
47 - 29 verses. Those who believe the revelation sent to Muhammad will have there ills removed., their condition improved.
48 29 verses. God forgives and punished whom he wills. Gave the victory in the midst of Mecca so they could enter the sacred mosque.
49 -18 verses. Those who shout out to God from without the inner apartments, most of the lack understanding.

Sura 42 Consultation, 43 Gold adornments, 44 Smoke, 45 Bowing the knee

Fri, 05 May 2017 05:39:00 +0000

53 verses.  Same religion established for you as for Noah, Abraham, Moses and Jesus.
43. 89 verses. Abraham said to his father and people he would only worship his creator. Moses sent to Pharaoh with signs. Ridiculed. Jesus son of Mary ridiculed too.
44. 59 verses. The book was sent down at night. Pharaoh was aggressive. Israel to march through the sea.
45. 30 verses. Granted to the Children of Israel, the book.

Sura 39 The Crowds, 40 The believer, 41 Abbreviated letters

Thu, 04 May 2017 06:27:00 +0000

85 verses. Unbelievers will be led to hell in a crowd.
40 - 85 verses. Pharaoh, Hasan and Korah wanted to slay the sons of Moses' people. Pharaoh wanted to kill Moses but God protected him. Pharaoh wanted Hasan to build him a palace to reach up to heaven.
41 54 verses The Ad rejected apostles dos God sent furious wind. Thamud preferred blindness to guidance and suffered humiliation.


Wed, 03 May 2017 07:57:00 +0000

John Knox's name is now nearly synonymous with the Scottish Reformation. History remembers him as the “Thundering Scot”—so outspoken by the standards of his own age that even his own friends sometimes considered him an embarrassment. But the movement got started before he did. Patrick Hamilton (martyred in 1528) and George Wishart began the preaching of Lutheran doctrine in Scotland. Knox was a friend of Wishart’s. When Cardinal Beaton arrested and burned Wishart in 1546, some young noblemen retaliated by assassinating Beaton. These noblemen persuaded Knox to serve as their chaplain. When Scotland’s French allies captured his noble patrons, he was sent to the galleys (galleys were ships propelled by rowers, who often endured difficult and dangerous conditions). The galleys were a dreadful experience for Knox. He stoutly resisted re-conversion to Catholicism but fell ill and nearly died. In a dark hour when it seemed his life was over, his galley rowed within sound of St. Andrews Cathedral. There he gained hope for the future. “I shall yet live to preach there,” he resolved. It was then that his health began to mend. After he escaped the galleys, Knox journeyed to England and then to Geneva before returning to Scotland in 1555, where he did missionary work in secret. Other Protestants preaching in Scotland at that time included John Willock, John Row, John Douglas, William Harlaw, and Paul Methven. Three of these men, along with Knox and two others, later drafted the first Confession and first Book of Discipline of the Presbyterian church. Many nobles—including as William Keith, the Earl Marischal—heard Knox describe the new Scotland he envisioned in which the true kirk (church), with Christ at its head, would triumph. They supported him when the queen regent forced him to appear for trial at Blackfriars in Edinburgh in 1556. The regent had to drop the case against Knox, but Scotland was not hospitable to his brand of reform, and so he returned to Geneva. Not until this day, 2 May 1559 did Knox return to Scotland for good. As he writes in his own history of the Scottish Reformation, “the second of May 1559, arrived John Knox from France, who lodging two nights only in Edinburgh, hearing the day appointed to his brethren, repaired to Dundee, where he earnestly entreated them ‘that he might be permitted to assist his brethren, and to give confession of his faith with them,’ which granted unto him, he departed unto St. Johnstone with them, where he began to exhort, according to the grace of God granted unto him.”* He thundered so loudly for reform that riots broke out in Perth. The rioters smashed Roman Catholic images and looted the wealthy friaries of the city. These riots provoked the Queen Regent, Mary of Guise, to raise an army. Protestant and Catholic forces clashed for several years. After Mary Queen of Scots, daughter of Mary of Guise, assumed the throne, Knox confronted her, solemnly warning her, “I am sent to preach the evangel of Jesus Christ to such as please to hear it; and it has two parts, repentance and faith.”Mary, who continued in the Catholicism of her parents, fought two battles with the Protestants. She routed them at Stirling in 1565, but suffered defeat at the Battle of Langside in 1568. Although John Knox drifted in and out of favor with the Scottish people and was in danger of losing his life several times, he remained promi[...]

The Burning Bush and the Presbyterian Holocaust

Wed, 03 May 2017 06:50:00 +0000

From John RossThe Burning Bush holds a special place in the hearts of Scottish Presbyterians. In May 1691, the Assembly papers printed by a George Mossman included for the first time a symbol of the Burning Bush, surrounded by a Latin motto. Why the burning bush? 1691 was no ordinary year. For years before, both Charles II and James II tried to dictate their people’s religion. The Presbyterian Church of Scotland was repressed and persecuted. Services were held in remote corners of hills and glens. And as the ministers preached and prayed, armed guards kept watch. During those Killing Times, there had been a holocaust of Presbyterian ministers and Christians. They were driven out of their churches. Hundreds had been killed, many more imprisoned and some sold as slaves in America. And all for no greater crime that obeying their conscience and, against the law, attending services held by Presbyterian ministers. In 1690 all this changed. William III became king, James II was defeated, and Presbyterianism restored to Scotland. For Mossman the burning bush was a parable of Presbyterian survival. The church had seemed to go up in flames, but it had not been consumed. The motto Mossman chose was Exodus 3.2 from the Latin text of a Bible version by a Jewish Christian called Immanuel Tremellius. Tremellius translated Exodus 3.2, "Yet it was not consumed" as: "Nec Tamen Consumebatur". Ever since Mossman's unofficial decoration it has been the Scottish Presbyterian motto.Picture: Illustration from H.E. Marshall's 'Scotland's Story', 1906.[...]