C. S. LEWIS ON CHILDREN…(The Bible’s Impact on the Academy – Education) [Sept 18]


Can you spot the deeper meaning? Can you hear the truth in the noise? Can you understand the message through the words? Can you find the application of what you read and apply? Are you finding reading that will get you ready? Are you finding reading that is useful? Are you finding reading that is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness? Are you careful what you allow into your mind? Are you careful what you allow into your heart?  Today’s reading comes to us from Matthew 18:
Who Is the Greatest? 1At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” 2And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them 3and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
5″Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me,6but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea. Temptations to Sin 7″Woe to the world for temptations to sin! For it is necessary that temptations come, but woe to the one by whom the temptation comes! 8And if your hand or your foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life crippled or lame than with two hands or two feet to be thrown into the eternal fire.9And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into the hell of fire. The Parable of the Lost Sheep 10″See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven. 12What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray? 13And if he finds it, truly, I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray. 14So it is not the will of my Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.
If Your Brother Sins Against You 15″If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. 16But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. 17If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. 18Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.19Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. 20For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant 21Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” 22Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times.
23″Therefore the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his servants. 24When he began to settle, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents. 25And since he could not pay, his master ordered him to be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and payment to be made. 26So the servant fell on his knees, imploring him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.’ 27And out of pity for him, the master of that servant released him and forgave him the debt. 28But when that same servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii, and seizing him, he began to choke him, saying, ‘Pay what you owe.’ 29So his fellow servant fell down and pleaded with him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you.’30He refused and went and put him in prison until he should pay the debt. 31When his fellow servants saw what had taken place, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their master all that had taken place. 32Then his master summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. 33And should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?’ 34And in anger his master delivered him to the jailers, until he should pay all his debt. 35So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart.”
from Matthew 18
Do you have childlike faith? Do you childlike humility to have a place in your life? Let’s avoid living immaturely and acting childish. Let’s keep things simple and receive them simply. Let’s believe God’s Word with childlike faith! Let’s live like we are the lowest rather than pumping ourselves up and acting like we are the highest. Let’s be humble to serve others in what we say and do. Let’s humble ourselves by being living sacrifices to God and by remaining humble before God so that He can be be exalted and lifted up. Today’s devotional from The Global Impact Bible on the theme of the Bible’s impact on Education or Academy on the subject C.S. Lewis view of children. C.S. Lewis is known for his popular kids series The Chronicles of Narnia. What some many not be as aware of are the number of letters he received and wrote to people about the books. We learn in today’s devotional about one such letter from a girl named Ruby where he shared with her how children tend to understand the hidden biblical meanings in his books better than adults, which we see reflected in today’s reading from Matthew 18:3

‘and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. ‘   from Matthew 18:3
when he wrote

If you continue to love Jesus, nothing much can go wrong with you, and I hope you may always do so. I’m so thankful that you realized the ‘hidden story’ in the Narnian books. It is odd, children nearly always do, grown ups hardly ever. from Letter to Ruth from C.S. Lewis
So how about you? Where are you at today? Are you able to see God’s hand in your life? Are you looking for God’s hand in your life? Are you inviting God’s hand into your life? Why not get today started with a prayer… Let’s pray… Be it a prayer of relationship with God…
For those who prayed this for the first time or as a recommitment to God, I celebrate with the angels in heaven that you made the greatest decision of your life. Will you leave a comment so that I know and pray for you? Will you leave a comment or question so we can have a conversation? Look for a local church that is a Bible believing, Bible preaching church that will be able to come alongside you and help you in this journey called life.Be it your daily prayer with God…
Be it a specific prayer from God’s Word like…
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Whatever or however you pray, it is all about having and building and living out your relationship with Jesus. So how will you start your today?
Heavenly Father,
I thank You Lord that You prove it over and over again that Your Word is true and that I need not lean on my own understanding but instead put my trust in You. I take hold of Your truth that I don’t need to be anxious about anything but rather pray about everything. I take hold of Your truth that I don’t need to fear but rather can put all my trust in You. I take hold of Your truth that You are for me and not against me, that Your plans for me are good and to give me a hope and a future. I take hold of Your truth that I need to be prepared to give an answer for the hope that is within me. I take hold of Your truth that I need to put on the full armor of God! Help me today Lord as I step out into this world to live my life in the light bringing light into dark places and bringing salt into the places that need to be spiced up. Lord help me to live out my today in a way that will bring You all the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’s name Amen.

MONTANISTS…(The Bible’s Impact on the Academy – Education) [Sept 18]


Do you really know what it says? If someone was gave you a statement would you know if it was or wasn’t from a given source? If someone says something close to what is real do you realize in the long run how off track that can be? Imagine heading out on a walk with two others, 1 going down the straight path, 1 being 1 degree off course and 1 being 2 degrees off course. How far off track do you think the other 2 will be after 10 miles. If you decided to try and get back to the original path via a straight line down in the first case, you would walk another 0.175 miles and be a bit behind at 9.998 miles point. If you decided to try and get back to the original path via a straight line down in the first case, you would walk another 0.349 miles and be a bit behind at 9.994 miles point and had you gone 100 miles you would end up being 3.49 miles off track. So it may seem close to the truth but if it isn’t then it can get you way off track over time. So imagine if you took a part of the Bible but then added or removed something from it. Ever read we aren’t to add or remove from God’s Word? Do you know God’s Word well enough to be able to distinguish if what is being said is really from God, is close to what God says, or is something that is just nice? Would you be willing to make time to hear and learn God’s Word so that you know for sure? Would you consider reading His Word? Would you consider memorizing His Word? Would you consider meditating on God’s Word so that you receive God’s instruction, conviction, correction, and training in righteousness, so that you may be complete, fully equipped for every good work? Let’s get started with today’s reading from Matthew 1

The Genealogy of Jesus Christ

1The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.
2Abraham was the father of Isaac, and Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, 3and Judah the father of Perez and Zerah by Tamar, and Perez the father of Hezron, and Hezron the father of Ram, 4and Ram the father of Amminadab, and Amminadab the father of Nahshon, and Nahshon the father of Salmon, 5and Salmon the father of Boaz by Rahab, and Boaz the father of Obed by Ruth, and Obed the father of Jesse, 6and Jesse the father of David the king.
And David was the father of Solomon by the wife of Uriah, 7and Solomon the father of Rehoboam, and Rehoboam the father of Abijah, and Abijah the father of Asaph, 8and Asaph the father of Jehoshaphat, and Jehoshaphat the father of Joram, and Joram the father of Uzziah, 9and Uzziah the father of Jotham, and Jotham the father of Ahaz, and Ahaz the father of Hezekiah, 10and Hezekiah the father of Manasseh, and Manasseh the father of Amos, and Amos the father of Josiah, 11and Josiah the father of Jechoniah and his brothers, at the time of the deportation to Babylon.
12And after the deportation to Babylon: Jechoniah was the father of Shealtiel, and Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel, 13and Zerubbabel the father of Abiud, and Abiud the father of Eliakim, and Eliakim the father of Azor, 14and Azor the father of Zadok, and Zadok the father of Achim, and Achim the father of Eliud, 15and Eliud the father of Eleazar, and Eleazar the father of Matthan, and Matthan the father of Jacob, 16and Jacob the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was born, who is called Christ.
17So all the generations from Abraham to David were fourteen generations, and from David to the deportation to Babylon fourteen generations, and from the deportation to Babylon to the Christ fourteen generations.

The Birth of Jesus Christ

18Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. 19And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. 20But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” 22All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet:
23 “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
and they shall call his name Immanuel”
(which means, God with us). 24When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, 25but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus.
–from Matthew 1
Ever considered the genealogy of Jesus and how none of us are perfect, yet God is able to work in and through us? God isn’t looking for perfect people but willing people. God is in the perfecting job as we live to become more and more like Jesus. We don’t have to have everything buttoned up before we turn to God, we start to get buttoned up once we choose to invite Jesus into our lives and start to follow after Him. Don’t let your past keep you from the future God desires for you. Don’t let your family tree define your future. Invite Jesus into your life and start to pursue after Him and His ways and allow the Holy Spirit to get you to plans of God which are good and to give you a hope and a future. Does that mean it will be easy? Nope, just that you won’t have to go through it alone or in your own strength. God’s Word tells us that in this world we will have troubles but doesn’t end there but rather speaks encouragement to take heart because Jesus has overcome the world. Does that mean we won’t face trials? Nope, but we are to consider them pure joy because what we know they will do in and through our lives. We read that when we read from James where it says:
2Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. –from James 1:2-4
So don’t be deceived! Don’t be lied to! Put your trust in God! Test what you hear against what God’s Word says as it won’t contradict itself. God’s Word is to bring unity and truth and hope and love. There are many who pretend to be of God and so we need to take what they say, test it against God’s Word, and then decide if it is good or not. Today’s devotional from The Global Impact Bible on the theme of the Bible’s impact on Education or Academy on the subject of Montanists which was named after their founding teach Montanus. We learn that this group was a controversial Christian movement that spoke of a “New Prophecy” back in the late second century. We learn how it received many challenges and was eventually deemed a heresy. We learn how the Montanists drew from Matthew 1:12-13
‘and Zerubbabel the father of Abiud, and Abiud the father of Eliakim, and Eliakim the father of Azor, And after the deportation to Babylon: Jechoniah was the father of Shealtiel, and Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel, ‘ — Matthew 1:12-13 
believing that God was speaking through Mantanus and his prophets, and that the second coming of Christ was imminent. Even today there are some that are close and may even use God’s Word or something close and then add or remove things that take it off track. We need to test what is being said against God’s Word! We need to let the Bible interpret the Bible. We need to allow God to be God and for us to be us. Will you invite Jesus into Your heart? Will you allow God to start a true and intimate relationship with You? Will you allow Him into every aspect of your life? Is today going to be your day of rebirth and renewal and transformation?
So no matter if it is the best of time or the worst of times. No matter what happens today. Let’s take hold of the truth of God’s Word and wait upon the Lord so that we can renew our strength. Let’s take hold of the truth of God’s Word and allow the joy of the Lord to be our strength. We don’t know what today will bring, and yesterday is behind us, so let’s make the most out of our today! Let’s pray… Be it a prayer of relationship with God…

For those who prayed this for the first time or as a recommitment to God, I celebrate with the angels in heaven that you made the greatest decision of your life. Will you leave a comment so that I know and pray for you? Will you leave a comment or question so we can have a conversation? Look for a local church that is a Bible believing, Bible preaching church that will be able to come alongside you and help you in this journey called life.

Be it your daily prayer with God…
Be it a specific prayer from God’s Word like…
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Whatever or however you pray, it is all about having and building and living out your relationship with Jesus. So how will you start your today?
Heavenly Father, I thank You Lord for this new day and for everything that will be in it. Help me Lord to stay on track and to measure everything that is said against Your Word to test it and verify it and validate it. Help me Lord to lean not on my own understanding but rather in all my ways acknowledge You so that You will make my path straight. I invite You tino my life and ask that Your Spirit guide my every thought, word, and deed so that in and through it all, You will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’s name. Amen.

ABRAHAM JOSHUA HESCHEL…(The Bible’s Impact on the Academy – Education) [Sept 17]


Consider what it is you are wanting to communicate. Consider the purpose and the intent. Consider the audience that is to receive it. Consider the best medium to be able to get the message across. It has to be understandable! It has to be simple! So will you share the message in a way that is simple and understandable so that your audience can receive it and respond to it? Today’s reading comes to us with a similar tone to these questions from Habakkuk 2…
1 I will take my stand at my watchpost
and station myself on the tower,
and look out to see what he will say to me,
and what I will answer concerning my complaint.

The Righteous Shall Live by His Faith

2And the Lord answered me:
“Write the vision;
make it plain on tablets,
so he may run who reads it.
3 For still the vision awaits its appointed time;
it hastens to the end—it will not lie.
If it seems slow, wait for it;
it will surely come; it will not delay.
4 “Behold, his soul is puffed up; it is not upright within him,
but the righteous shall live by his faith.
5 “Moreover, wine is a traitor,
an arrogant man who is never at rest.
His greed is as wide as Sheol;
like death he has never enough.
He gathers for himself all nations
and collects as his own all peoples.”

Woe to the Chaldeans

6Shall not all these take up their taunt against him, with scoffing and riddles for him, and say,
“Woe to him who heaps up what is not his own—
for how long?—
and loads himself with pledges!”
7 Will not your debtors suddenly arise,
and those awake who will make you tremble?
Then you will be spoil for them.
8 Because you have plundered many nations,
all the remnant of the peoples shall plunder you,
for the blood of man and violence to the earth,
to cities and all who dwell in them.
9 “Woe to him who gets evil gain for his house,
to set his nest on high,
to be safe from the reach of harm!
10 You have devised shame for your house
by cutting off many peoples;
you have forfeited your life.
11 For the stone will cry out from the wall,
and the beam from the woodwork respond.
12 “Woe to him who builds a town with blood
and founds a city on iniquity!
13 Behold, is it not from the Lord of hosts
that peoples labor merely for fire,
and nations weary themselves for nothing?
14 For the earth will be filled
with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord
as the waters cover the sea.
15 “Woe to him who makes his neighbors drink—
you pour out your wrath and make them drunk,
in order to gaze at their nakedness!
16 You will have your fill of shame instead of glory.
Drink, yourself, and show your uncircumcision!
The cup in the Lord‘s right hand
will come around to you,
and utter shame will come upon your glory!
17 The violence done to Lebanon will overwhelm you,
as will the destruction of the beasts that terrified them,
for the blood of man and violence to the earth,
to cities and all who dwell in them.
18 “What profit is an idol
when its maker has shaped it,
a metal image, a teacher of lies?
For its maker trusts in his own creation
when he makes speechless idols!
19 Woe to him who says to a wooden thing, Awake;
to a silent stone, Arise!
Can this teach?
Behold, it is overlaid with gold and silver,
and there is no breath at all in it.
20 But the Lord is in his holy temple;
let all the earth keep silence before him.”
Ever noticed that everyone worships something? Ever noticed that their means of worship may differ but they each have something they worship? What is it that has your attention? What is it that has your focus? What is your heart focused on? We know from God’s Word that where our treasure is so our heart will be. What have you chosen to put in the center of your life? Will you put Jesus in the center so that no matter what comes your way, you can stand firm on the fact that a cord of three strands is not easily broken? Will you stand for justice? Will you stand for redemption? Will you be active and alive in justice and point people to the redemptive power of Jesus? Let’s turn to our devotional for today. Today’s devotional from The Global Impact Bible on the theme of the Bible’s impact on Education or Academy on the subject of Abraham Joshua Heschel, a Jewish Rabbi who wrote about the Bible’s prophets. We learn in today’s devotional how in his book The Prophets how he reflects on the different visions of justice and redemption. We learn about his journey through Europe and eventually to the US after starting living in Germany, being arrested by the Gestapo – Nazi police – and being sent to Poland and eventually making it to the US before the beginning of the Holocaust. He became an active member of the US civil rights movement alongside Martin Luther King Jr, frequently writing on the theme of justice. We see how he even wrote about our reading from today from Habakkuk 2:4
‘ “Behold, his soul is puffed up; it is not upright within him, but the righteous shall live by his faith.’ — Habakkuk 2:4
when Habakkuk questions God over the issue of injustice in the world where Heschel wrote these observations:
True, the interim is hard to bear; the righteous one is horrified by what he sees. To this the greater answer is giving: “The righteous shall live by faith.” It is an answer, again not in terms of thought, but in terms of existence. Prophetic faith is trust in Him, in Whose presence stillness is a form of understanding. … What the prophet faces is not his own faith. He faces God. To sense the living God is to sense infinite goodness, infinite wisdom, infinite beauty. Such a sensation is a sensation of joy. The world may be dismal; the wrath may turn the gardens into a desert; yet the prophet “will rejoice in the Lord.” –from The Prophets (p. 143)
So no matter if it is the best of time or the worst of times. No matter what happens today. Let’s take hold of the truth of God’s Word and wait upon the Lord so that we can renew our strength. Let’s take hold of the truth of God’s Word and allow the joy of the Lord to be our strength. We don’t know what today will bring, and yesterday is behind us, so let’s make the most out of our today! Let’s pray… Be it a prayer of relationship with God…

For those who prayed this for the first time or as a recommitment to God, I celebrate with the angels in heaven that you made the greatest decision of your life. Will you leave a comment so that I know and pray for you? Will you leave a comment or question so we can have a conversation? Look for a local church that is a Bible believing, Bible preaching church that will be able to come alongside you and help you in this journey called life.

Be it your daily prayer with God…
Be it a specific prayer from God’s Word like…
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Whatever or however you pray, it is all about having and building and living out your relationship with Jesus. So how will you start your today?
Heavenly Father, I wait upon You today as I prepare for what today will bring. I ask Lord for Your wisdom and discernment for each situation and conversation that I will have. I ask Lord that You will help me to be prepared when asked for the reason for the hope that is within me. I thank You Lord for Jesus who give His all that I can have life and a relationship with You. I thank You for the Holy Spirit that prompts and guides and comforts me pointing me back to Jesus for Your glory. Lord, I give this day up into Your hands and choose to live it out as a living sacrifice unto You so that in and through it all, in the name of Jesus, You will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory. Amen.      

AFRICAN PEDAGOGY…(The Bible’s Impact on the Academy – Education) [Sept 14]


How do you learn? How do they teach? Is it working? Is the information sticking? Are you able to remember it? Are you able to repeat it?  Does reading it work? [hence I try to read my Bible] Does hearing it work? [hence I try to listen to my Bible via bible.com’s reading option] Does writing it out work? [hence I take lots of notes] Does presenting it work? [having to teach something can help you understand it better] How do you learn? Today’s reading comes from Daniel 7

Daniel’s Vision of the Four Beasts
1In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon, Daniel saw a dream and visions of his head as he lay in his bed. Then he wrote down the dream and told the sum of the matter. 2Daniel declared, “I saw in my vision by night, and behold, the four winds of heaven were stirring up the great sea. 3And four great beasts came up out of the sea, different from one another. 4The first was like a lion and had eagles’ wings. Then as I looked its wings were plucked off, and it was lifted up from the ground and made to stand on two feet like a man, and the mind of a man was given to it. 5And behold, another beast, a second one, like a bear. It was raised up on one side. It had three ribs in its mouth between its teeth; and it was told, ‘Arise, devour much flesh.’ 6After this I looked, and behold, another, like a leopard, with four wings of a bird on its back. And the beast had four heads, and dominion was given to it. 7After this I saw in the night visions, and behold, a fourth beast, terrifying and dreadful and exceedingly strong. It had great iron teeth; it devoured and broke in pieces and stamped what was left with its feet. It was different from all the beasts that were before it, and it had ten horns. 8I considered the horns, and behold, there came up among them another horn, a little one, before which three of the first horns were plucked up by the roots. And behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of a man, and a mouth speaking great things.
The Ancient of Days Reigns
9″As I looked,

thrones were placed,
and the Ancient of Days took his seat;
his clothing was white as snow,
and the hair of his head like pure wool;
his throne was fiery flames;
its wheels were burning fire.
10 A stream of fire issued
and came out from before him;
a thousand thousands served him,
and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him;
the court sat in judgment,
and the books were opened.

11″I looked then because of the sound of the great words that the horn was speaking. And as I looked, the beast was killed, and its body destroyed and given over to be burned with fire. 12As for the rest of the beasts, their dominion was taken away, but their lives were prolonged for a season and a time.
The Son of Man Is Given Dominion
13″I saw in the night visions,

and behold, with the clouds of heaven
there came one like a son of man,
and he came to the Ancient of Days
and was presented before him.
14 And to him was given dominion
and glory and a kingdom,
that all peoples, nations, and languages
should serve him;
his dominion is an everlasting dominion,
which shall not pass away,
and his kingdom one
that shall not be destroyed.

Daniel’s Vision Interpreted
15″As for me, Daniel, my spirit within me was anxious, and the visions of my head alarmed me. 16I approached one of those who stood there and asked him the truth concerning all this. So he told me and made known to me the interpretation of the things. 17’These four great beasts are four kings who shall arise out of the earth. 18But the saints of the Most High shall receive the kingdom and possess the kingdom forever, forever and ever.’
19″Then I desired to know the truth about the fourth beast, which was different from all the rest, exceedingly terrifying, with its teeth of iron and claws of bronze, and which devoured and broke in pieces and stamped what was left with its feet, 20and about the ten horns that were on its head, and the other horn that came up and before which three of them fell, the horn that had eyes and a mouth that spoke great things, and that seemed greater than its companions. 21As I looked, this horn made war with the saints and prevailed over them, 22until the Ancient of Days came, and judgment was given for the saints of the Most High, and the time came when the saints possessed the kingdom.
23″Thus he said: ‘As for the fourth beast,

there shall be a fourth kingdom on earth,
which shall be different from all the kingdoms,
and it shall devour the whole earth,
and trample it down, and break it to pieces.
24 As for the ten horns,
out of this kingdom ten kings shall arise,
and another shall arise after them;
he shall be different from the former ones,
and shall put down three kings.
25 He shall speak words against the Most High,
and shall wear out the saints of the Most High,
and shall think to change the times and the law;
and they shall be given into his hand
for a time, times, and half a time.
26 But the court shall sit in judgment,
and his dominion shall be taken away,
to be consumed and destroyed to the end.
27 And the kingdom and the dominion
and the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven
shall be given to the people of the saints of the Most High;
his kingdom shall be an everlasting kingdom,
and all dominions shall serve and obey him.’

28″Here is the end of the matter. As for me, Daniel, my thoughts greatly alarmed me, and my color changed, but I kept the matter in my heart.” from Daniel 7

Even in the time of Daniel it was foretold about the coming of Jesus. Even in the time of Daniel it was foretold about the end times. What did you hear? What did you read? What did you learn? Does the fact that in the end Jesus wins bring you comfort and peace? Does the troubles and trials that are yet to come make you want to share the truth and the hope and the love of God through Jesus with the people around you? Will you help others to hear the Good News? Will you share with others what you have learned?
Today’s devotional from The Global Impact Bible on the theme of the Bible’s impact on Education or Academy on the subject of African Pedagogy and the impact of the book of Daniel on the education and leadership training in Africa. I had to look up pedagogy and found that it means:

ped·a·go·gy
[ˈpedəˌɡäjē]
NOUN
pedagogies (plural noun)
the method and practice of teaching, especially as an academic subject or theoretical concept.
“the relationship between applied linguistics and language pedagogy” · “subject-based pedagogies”
synonyms: teaching · schooling · tuition · tutoring · instruction · pedagogy · andragogy · coaching · training · tutelage · drilling · preparation · guidance · indoctrination · inculcation · enlightenment · edification · cultivation · development · improvement · bettering


ORIGIN
late 16th century: from French pédagogie, from Greek paidagōgia ‘office of a pedagogue’, from paidagōgos ( see pedagogue). Powered by Oxford Dictionaries · Bing Translator
In today’s devotional we learn how the practice of Bible memorization help Africans to read. We learned about Dutch missionaries who used Bible memorization as a teaching method for illiterate adult Africans. We learn how it didn’t stop there but the training included getting them to teach it to their wives all they had learned that day. Hearing and then speaking it helped not only the men but their wives to learn to read too. To complete the process and help with the retention, they would then be asked to repeat what they taught their wives from the day before as they started the new day. We learn through today’s devotional how the repetitive nature of the lesson helped to cement the concepts into the minds of the men. We also learn how by them sharing with their wives, they also learned to read and it was able to extend into their villages when their wives would share with other women all they had learned. We learned how this technique made it so that within a few short weeks an entire community could learn basic reading skills. So how do you learn? Are you using any repetitive methods? What about those around you? Is it expanding beyond just you? Is it impact your community? Is it helping others to learn the truth, the hope, and the love of God? Do you realize the importance to leadership? Are you helping improve it? Are you helping get beyond the issues of bad leadership?  So let’s pray
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Let’s pray…
Prayer of Salvation Example
For those who prayed this for the first time or as a recommitment to God, I celebrate with the angels in heaven that you made the greatest decision of your life. Will you leave a comment so that I know and pray for you? Will you leave a comment or question so we can have a conversation? Look for a local church that is a Bible believing, Bible preaching church that will be able to come alongside you and help you in this journey called life.
Heavenly Father,
I thank You for this new day and for everything that is and will be in it. Help me Lord to see beyond myself and help me to be Your hands and arms extended. Help me Lord to see beyond my woes and be able to step up and stand up for the realities around me. Help me Lord to speak truth and life into the people around me in a way that will use Your Word to bring hope and life, truth and hope, in love to the world around me. Help me Lord to take hold of Your Word and to hear where people are at and forthtell from Your Word what it is You would have me speak into and over their lives. Help me Lord to be prepared to speak of Your hope that is within me. Help me Lord to be prepared to speak over their situation and invite Jesus into the situation for we know there is victory when Jesus is in the middle. Lord give me eyes to see, ears to hear, and a heart to go and the courage and boldness to speak out what words You give me so that in and through it all, You will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’s name. Amen.

ISAIAH’S INFLUENCE ON THE CHRISTIAN SCRIPTURES…(The Bible’s Impact on the Academy – Education) [Sept 12]


Ever wanted to understand the Bible? Ever tried to let the Bible interpret the Bible? Ever tried to let God’s Word speak for itself? Ever seen someone do that and show how it is done? Ever been to a Bible believing, Bible preaching church where the Word of God is read, spoken, studied, and explained? It is an amazing experience and helps make it more tangible, more understandable, more applicable into everyday life. Ever realized the connections between the Old Testament that foreshadows the coming of Jesus and the New Testament links back to the foundation of God’s Word?   Today’s reading comes to use from Isaiah 53…
1 Who has believed what he has heard from us?
And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
2 For he grew up before him like a young plant,
and like a root out of dry ground;
he had no form or majesty that we should look at him,
and no beauty that we should desire him.
3 He was despised and rejected by men,
a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief;
and as one from whom men hide their faces
he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
4 Surely he has borne our griefs
and carried our sorrows;
yet we esteemed him stricken,
smitten by God, and afflicted.
5 But he was pierced for our transgressions;
he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
and with his wounds we are healed.
6 All we like sheep have gone astray;
we have turned—every one—to his own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.
7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted,
yet he opened not his mouth;
like a lamb that is led to the slaughter,
and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent,
so he opened not his mouth.
8 By oppression and judgment he was taken away;
and as for his generation, who considered
that he was cut off out of the land of the living,
stricken for the transgression of my people?
9 And they made his grave with the wicked
and with a rich man in his death,
although he had done no violence,
and there was no deceit in his mouth.
10 Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him;
he has put him to grief;
when his soul makes an offering for guilt,
he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days;
the will of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.
11 Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see and be satisfied;
by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant,
make many to be accounted righteous,
and he shall bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore I will divide him a portion with the many,
and he shall divide the spoil with the strong,
because he poured out his soul to death
and was numbered with the transgressors;
yet he bore the sin of many,
and makes intercession for the transgressors. –from Isaiah 53
Today’s devotional from The Global Impact Bible on the theme of the Bible’s impact on Education or Academy through Isaiah’s influence on the Christian Scripture. We learn how other than book of Psalms, the book of the Bible most quoted in the New Testament is Isaiah. It points us to the fact that Jesus quotes from Isaiah at least 8 times for varying purposes: to warn people of the coming of God’s judgment as well as to give them comfort and hope of God’s provision. As you probably noticed in today’s reading from Isaiah 53 and as we learn through today’s devotional, Isaiah is written in a poetic style that contains powerful language, allusions, and images. We can learn about many of the central themes of Judaism like social justice, the importance of Jerusalem, and the coming Messiah. Check out this picture from the Global Impact Bible that shows a list of New Testament references right out of the Book of Isaiah.
Copied from page 980 of the Global Impact Bible grab a copy at any book store or directly from the Museum of the Bible
So where are you at today? Are you walking in a relationship with Jesus? I realized when I was about 30 that this was the missing piece of the puzzle for me. Having gone to church with my family. Having gone through the confirmation process. Somehow through it all I missed the memo that it isn’t about routine and rituals but it is about starting and living in relationship with Jesus. Allowing God into your heart and allowing your life to be lead and directed by the voice of the Holy Spirit as our counselor. My life was transformed by this realization. My life when I invited Jesus into my heart and started a living relationship with Him was transformed, the old was gone and the new had come. It opened my eyes to be able to see and go and do things that were so beyond what I could have asked or imagined. It showed me how I could never outgive God as I am blessed with an incredible wife and children. It showed me how I could break free from things in the past that I hadn’t even realized were holding me back till I went to Cleansing Stream where the cause for one of my responses got revealed and the chains were broken through the power of forgiveness. God has been able to show me through forgiveness of others as well as asking for forgiveness myself brings real freedom to be able to live life the way God planned and intended us to.  Are you ready and willing to invite Jesus into your heart and your life? Is today Your day of transformation and celebration of coming home?  So let’s pray
the-lords-prayer
Let’s pray…
Prayer of Salvation Example
For those who prayed this for the first time or as a recommitment to God, I celebrate with the angels in heaven that you made the greatest decision of your life. Will you leave a comment so that I know and pray for you? Will you leave a comment or question so we can have a conversation? Look for a local church that is a Bible believing, Bible preaching church that will be able to come alongside you and help you in this journey called life.
Heavenly Father,
I thank You Lord for this new day and for everything that will be in it. I thank You Lord for Your Word that brings wisdom and revelation that helps me walk out each day. I thank You Lord that Your Word is alive and never returns void but can speak right into my life right here and right now so that in and through it all You will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’s name. Amen.