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Issue No: 248     Published: 24 Jul 2006

THE MISSING LINK

The 'monkey' on believers backs has nothing to do with the 'missing link' of Evolution Theory. The debate on that subject is never ending, and not one being entered into here!

But there certainly is a 'missing link' in most Christians lives, one which prevents us from 'evolving' into the fullness of becoming 'sons of God'. (and daughters too - although in heaven there are no sexes. What will we all be called?) One of truly growing into the image of Jesus.

This morning, in my time with the Lord, I was again reading the story of King Solomon in Chronicles. Those who know me well will know that Solomon is not one of my favorite Bible characters! He was given everything, materially, spiritually and intellectually, yet 'blew it' with God, setting the platform for the decline and ultimate disintegration of the Jewish nation. Even this man, rich beyond his wildest dreams, and the wisest to ever live, was unable to cope with the temptations riches bring and fell from God's grace. Surely, this has to be a huge warning to all who preach an unbridled prosperity doctrine today!

As I was reading the story, reacting with my usual (righteous, of course!) anger, my attention was drawn to the footnote referred to in my Bible, at the last sentence of Solomon's prayer at the dedication of the Temple. The footnote succinctly identified Solomon's problem, a problem we believers still face today.

Solomon's prayer ended, "O Lord God, turn not away from the face of [me] Your appointed one; [earnestly] remember Your good deeds, mercy and steadfast love for David Your servant." (2 Chronicles 6:42 The Amplified Bible)

The footnote, in part, read, "How could Solomon have begun his career like this, and have written his unquestionably inspired divine books, and yet have fallen eventually into utter defiance of God's will?...... Possibly in this closing sentence of Solomon's prayer we detect the fallacy in the young king's thinking. He seems to be saying in substance, "O Lord God, I am Your responsibility now; it will be for You to see that my face does not turn away from You: not for my sake, but [since my name is identified with this temple as well as Yours, You must keep my face turned towards You] for Your own sake!

Wow! That hits a tender point! How often do we, like Solomon, arrogantly pass the buck, the responsibility for looking after ones self, back to God? God you saved me. I am assured of salvation, and it is your responsibility to look after me now, no matter what I do! I have (or haven't) given my tithe. So I want wealth! I want health! And I want it now! Well, Solomon got it all - and what good did it do him? A great man before the world, but a sorry failure in God's sight. If you don't believe me, read ALL his story!

His father, King David, didn't have Solomon's riches. He had to fight, literally, for everything he got. He wasn't the one to build the Temple for God's presence to reside in, as he was a man of war, not peace. Nor did he, on occasions, have huge amounts of wisdom, as we all know. But what do we all want? We want riches given to us on a plate. We want a peaceful existence. We want all knowing wisdom. Everything that Solomon had. But reality is, these weren't the characteristics that endeared David to his God.

Rather, he had a single, vital ingredient, setting him apart from others in God's sight. ‘I have found David son of Jesse a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.’ (Acts 13:22b) David, in spite of his failings, repented quickly when he went wrong and genuinely sought to please God by being obedient to His will. He discovered, and applied the 'missing link' of GODLINESS to his life.

Yes, King David is such an inspiration to me! For I find we share similar weaknesses! Let's be honest, most men do! Women may not, but they do have others! Yet, in spite of all my deficiencies, I can still become a man after God's own heart if I live a life of godliness. Godliness is not perfection (I have well failed in that) but one of keeping short accounts with Him and others, one of doing His will to the best of our ability. As Jesus did - perfectly. The extent to which we put this principle of godliness into action largely determines how Christ-like we become.

The 'missing link' in God is not so much missing, as ignored! For few are prepared to pay the price required. The ultimate price of the submission of our life to His. Okay, we are not perfect and, like David, all fail from time to time, but with hearts of godliness, we will quickly reach out for the 'blood of Jesus' to cleanse us, returning to 'walk with Jesus,' following God's will rather than our own. In the eyes of the world and indeed, most Christians, the cost is too great, but the rewards - well, they are eternal.

Which path will we walk?

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FROM THE WORD

"King Solomon, however, loved many foreign women besides Pharaoh’s daughter—Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Sidonians and Hittites. They were from nations about which the LORD had told the Israelites, “You must not intermarry with them, because they will surely turn your hearts after their gods.” Nevertheless, Solomon held fast to them in love. He had seven hundred wives of royal birth and three hundred concubines, and his wives led him astray. As Solomon grew old, his wives turned his heart after other gods, and his heart was not fully devoted to the LORD his God, as the heart of David his father had been. He followed Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, and Molech the detestable god of the Ammonites. So Solomon did evil in the eyes of the LORD; he did not follow the LORD completely, as David his father had done. On a hill east of Jerusalem, Solomon built a high place for Chemosh the detestable god of Moab, and for Molech the detestable god of the Ammonites. He did the same for all his foreign wives, who burned incense and offered sacrifices to their gods. The LORD became angry with Solomon because his heart had turned away from the LORD, the God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice. Although he had forbidden Solomon to follow other gods, Solomon did not keep the LORD’s command. So the LORD said to Solomon, “Since this is your attitude and you have not kept my covenant and my decrees, which I commanded you, I will most certainly tear the kingdom away from you and give it to one of your subordinates. Nevertheless, for the sake of David your father, I will not do it during your lifetime. I will tear it out of the hand of your son." (1 Kings 11:1-12)

"Standing up, Paul motioned with his hand and said: “Men of Israel and you Gentiles who worship God, listen to me! The God of the people of Israel chose our fathers; he made the people prosper during their stay in Egypt, with mighty power he led them out of that country, he endured their conduct for about forty years in the desert, he overthrew seven nations in Canaan and gave their land to his people as their inheritance. All this took about 450 years. “After this, God gave them judges until the time of Samuel the prophet. Then the people asked for a king, and he gave them Saul son of Kish, of the tribe of Benjamin, who ruled forty years. After removing Saul, he made David their king. He testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.’ “From this man’s descendants God has brought to Israel the Savior Jesus, as he promised." (Acts 13:16-23)

"Brothers, I could not address you as spiritual but as worldly—mere infants in Christ. I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready. You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere men? For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not mere men? What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe—as the Lord has assigned to each his task. I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The man who plants and the man who waters have one purpose, and each will be rewarded according to his own labor. For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building. By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as an expert builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should be careful how he builds. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. If any man builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, his work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each man’s work. If what he has built survives, he will receive his reward. If it is burned up, he will suffer loss; he himself will be saved, but only as one escaping through the flames." (1 Corinthians 3:1-15)

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GODLINESS

1240. Wisdom is much admired upon the earth, while godliness reaches out to the very heart of God.

1241. The godly one keeps short accounts with both God and people, while seeking to do God's will with every fibre of their being.

1242. Godliness is not human perfection but the way of discipleship, lived by the blood of the Lamb, through the word of our testimony, and by 'dying' to self. (Revelation 12:11)

1243. Godliness is a partnership. God's offers the blood of Jesus and we are to offer our life in return.

1244. As worldliness goes, godliness grows.

1245. My desire is that God says about me, "David is a man after my own heart."

1246. Wisdom impresses the world, but godliness makes an impression on God's heart.

1247. The godly one has God's heart for others.

1248. God witnesses to to others through His godliness as developed in us.

1248. God gives us many gifts. Godliness is the the gift He most desires in return from us.

1249. To be 'good' is great, but being 'God' to others, is godly. The difference is 'o' for 'obedience'.

1250. 'Godliness' and 'self' are mutually exclusive.

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FROM YOU - TO ME - TO YOU

Dear David,

The Word Puzzle answer for today is a bit disappointing. I have looked in several dictionaries and have found no word spelled "i-m-a-g-e-n" nor have I ever personally seen the word in print before (of course, I am very limited in scope). The dictionaries I consulted seem to agree that the answer I came up with "gamine" would be a more suitable and universal choice. Perhaps the word imagen is imagined.

I DO appreciate the encouragement you provide each week. Keep on keepin' on and may the Lord continue to bless your work and the work of those you make such a difference for.

In the love of Christ our Savior,
George E. Fennema, Principal
East Martin Christian High School
Martin, Michigan USA
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CRANWELL'S CARTOON

POPEYE AND SPINNACH RATHER THAN SAMSON AND HAIR!

21 Then the Philistines seized him, gouged out his eyes and took him down to Gaza. Binding him with bronze shackles, they set him to grinding in the prison. 22 But the hair on his head began to grow again after it had been shaved. 23 Now the rulers of the Philistines assembled to offer a great sacrifice to Dagon their god and to celebrate, saying, “Our god has delivered Samson, our enemy, into our hands.” 24 When the people saw him, they praised their god, saying, “Our god has delivered our enemy into our hands, the one who laid waste our land and multiplied our slain.” 25 While they were in high spirits, they shouted, “Bring out Samson to entertain us.” So they called Samson out of the prison, and he performed for them. When they stood him among the pillars, 26 Samson said to the servant who held his hand, “Put me where I can feel the pillars that support the temple, so that I may lean against them.” 27 Now the temple was crowded with men and women; all the rulers of the Philistines were there, and on the roof were about three thousand men and women watching Samson perform. 28 Then Samson prayed to the LORD, “O Sovereign LORD, remember me. O God, please strengthen me just once more, and let me with one blow get revenge on the Philistines for my two eyes.” 29 Then Samson reached toward the two central pillars on which the temple stood. Bracing himself against them, his right hand on the one and his left hand on the other, 30 Samson said, “Let me die with the Philistines!” Then he pushed with all his might, and down came the temple on the rulers and all the people in it. Thus he killed many more when he died than while he lived. (Judges 16:21-30)

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A REVELATION OF....... THE TABERNACLE OF DAVID - Part 11

THE BLESSING OF OBEDIENCE
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LAUGHING AT OURSELVES

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516. THE TRINITY
A pastor asked a boy, "What is the Trinity?"

The boy had a weak voice and answered somewhat quietly, "Father, Son, and Holy Spirit."

Commented the pastor, "I'm sorry, I can't understand you."

To which the bright young man replied, "You're not supposed to - it's a mystery!"

515. THE WINNER
A minister and an unbeliever were engaged in a public debate.

The minister was announced the winner because at the end of the debate, the unbeliever declared, "Thank God I'm an atheist!"

514. THE TEN COMMANDMENTS IN CAJUN...
1. God is number one... and das' All.

2. Don't pray to nuttin' or nobody... jus' God.

3. Don't cuss nobody... 'specially da Good Lord.

4. When it be Sunday... pass yo'self by God's House.

5. Yo mama an' yo daddy dun did it all... lissen to dem.

6. Don't go killin' nobody.

7. God done give you a wife... sleep wit' jus' her.

8. Don't take nobody's boat... or nuttin' else.

9. Don't go wantin' somebody's stuff.

10. Stop lyin'... yo tongue gonna fall out yo mouf!

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FACTS FOR FUN

LAST WEEKS QUESTION: 1. What is the youngest book in the Old Testament?
2. What is the oldest book of the New Testament?

ANSWER: 1. The book of Malachi, written about 400 B.C.
2. Probably the book of James, written as early as A.D.45. (400 years of silence until God revealed himself personally through Jesus.)


THIS WEEK'S QUESTION: What did Chester Greenwood invent in 1873?

Answer Next Week.

SOME FUN FACTS

482. JUST TRY NOT TO!
In Pakistan, it is considered rude to show the soles of your feet or point a foot when you are sitting on the floor. (For inflexible Westerners this is almost impossible not to do. Try it now!)

483. PAY UP LEGAL OR NOT
The United States Supreme Court once ruled Federal income tax unconstitutional. Income tax was first imposed during the Civil War as a temporary revenue-raising measure. (Funny how the temporary has a habit of becoming permanent!)

484. COMPULSORY
The U.S. Congress passed a law in 1832 requiring all American citizens to spend one day each year fasting and praying. For the most part, people ignored the law, and no effort was made to enforce the legislation. (Compulsion is resented, compulsory religion, despised.)

A WORD PUZZLE FOR YOU

Make another word from this word using all the letters.

EMBRYOS

Answer at the end of A David Musing

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BIBLE QUESTION - THE EXODUS

What did manna taste like?
a. Bread frosted with sugar
b. Bread with butter
c. Matzo bread
d. Bread made with honey

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IF ONLY I'D THOUGHT OF IT!

"""OTHER'S SAYINGS TO ENLIGHTEN, AMUSE, OR BEMUSE"""

RANDOM ACTS of THINKING
!!!!!!! If you cross a zebra with a chicken, will you get an egg with a bar code?

!!!!!! I knew a gal who couldn't see a movie because she didn't have 16 friends. The theater had told her Under 17 Not Admitted.

!!!!! Organized people are just too lazy to look for things.

!!!! My wife and I took a massage class, but she didn't enjoy my participation. Apparently I rub her the wrong way.

!!! Some bankers are generous to a vault.

!! Is a hypocrite someone who writes a book on atheism and prays it will sell?

! If God *really* wanted us to use the metric system, there would have been ten disciples.

I actually have too much will power. It's won't power that's in short supply.

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WHY?

224. If procrastinators had a club, would they ever have a meeting?

225. When sign makers go on strike, is anything written on their signs?

226. Does killing time damage eternity?

227. Why is it when you turn on the TV you see ads for telephone companies, and when you turn on the radio you hear ads for TV shows, and when you get put on hold on the phone you
hear a radio station?

228. If a picture is worth a thousand words, what is a picture of a thousand words worth?

229. Did you ever notice: If you put the 2 words "THE" and "IRS" together it spells "THEIRS"?

230. Why do people say "close proximity"? Is there a "far proximity?"

231. How old would you be if you didn't know how old you are?

232. Is it possible to be totally partial?

233. If swimming is so good for your figure, how do you explain whales?

234. If people from Poland are called "Poles"…then how come people from Holland aren’t called "Holes?

235. Why do women go to the bathroom in pairs?

236. If 91 is pronounced ninety-one…how come 11 isn’t pronounced onety one?

237. If the buck stops here…then how come I see so few of them?

238. If #2 pencils are so good…how come they don’t ever become #1?

239. If a person leaves the church…how come we don’t say he is having an out-of-the-Body experience?

240. If Wal-Mart is always lowering their prices why isn't anything free yet?

241. If a book about failures sells well…how come they call it a success?

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MANNERS AND CUSTOMS IN BIBLICAL LANDS

FOOD: EATING OF RAW GRAIN

This is a modern custom in Palestine that dates back to ancient days. Today's Arabs still pick heads of grain, rub them in their hands, and then eat them. Just as Jesus and His disciples did and were rebuked by the Pharisees for doing so on the Sabbath. (Luke 6:1)

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SOME INTERESTING BIBLE FACTS

1. Number of Authors -- 40

2. The Garden verse of the scripture -- Num. 11:5

3. The Metal verse of the scripture -- Ezek. 22:19

4. Word "God" occurs -- 4,370 times

5. Word "Jehovah" occurs -- 6,855 times

6. Word "Lord" occurs -- 7,736 times

7. First complete English Bible -- 1380 A.D.

8. First chapter divisions made -- 1227 A.D.

9. The Greatest Word -- JESUS

10. These Words appears only once in Bible
-- Reverend (Psalms 111:9)
-- Eternity (Isaiah 57:15)
-- Grandmother (2 Tim 1:5)

11. Verse containing all letters except J -- Ezra 7:21

12. Verse containing all letters except Q -- Daniel 4:37

13. The word "God" appears in every book of the Bible except Esther and Song of Solomon

14. There is one book of prophecy and it is Revelation, written by the apostle, John. It has seven letters to the churches and a number of visions about God.

15. History states that all of the writers of The New Testament, but the apostle John, were martyred.

16. The Old Testament; God's laws (the laws of Moses some call them) about how to live are located in 5 books; Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.

17. The Blessing and the Curse, our choice whether to be obedient to God, is in Deuteronomy Chapter 28.

18. The 12 historical books covering the crossing over to the Promised Land, the time of the Judges, the kings of Israel, the fall of the two kingdoms and a return to Jerusalem are; Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 Samuel, 2 Samuel, 1 Kings, 2 Kings, 1
Chronicles, 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther.

19. The 5 poetic books of the Bible that speak of our questions of love, joy, wisdom, evil, and pain are; Psalms, Proverbs, Job, Ecclesiastes, and The Song of Solomon.

20. The 17 prophetic books take up about one fourth of the whole Bible. They are divided into 2 parts. The first 5 are 'Major Prophets' and the last 12 are the 'Minor Prophets', but only because they are shorter.

21. The authors were from various walks of life, including; some prophets, some fishermen, a tax collector, a herdsman, a philosopher, a doctor, a king, a statesman, and a rabbi.

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VICTORY!

The inspiration for the first two parts of this poem came from a cross-island trek Kathy
and I went on when we were staying on the beautiful Island of Rarotonga, in the Cook
Islands. For those who don’t know, The Cooks are situated around the Tropic of Capricorn
in the Pacific Ocean. A great place to visit! The last part is based loosely on the book
of Revelation, Chapters 21 and 22, the biblical promise of what is to come. Hope it is
both enjoyable and challenging to you. Of course it is just verse, so is not all strictly
theologically accurate! Called poetic licence! (Part 9 of 9)

Having got to the top of the mountain and come down, we can now enjoy the beautiful waterfall, a picture of the Holy Spirit. Now desiring to move on to the realm of living in the Father's will. This week, we are entering the New Jerusalem. Of victory in our journey of life!

VICTORY!

RIDING THE RIVER OF LIFE

The river, from the very throne of God does flow,
Yes, I am in his will, that much I certainly know.
For the river flows through the main street of the city,
Its gurgling waters bubbling, bouncing - oh so pretty.

Looking to the left, then to the right,
The trees of life there, what a sight!
Twelve crops of fruit each year they bear,
An abundance of goodness for all to share.

Then coming to the final, eternal destination,
On a throne of gold sits the author of creation.
Welcoming there, truly magnificent in his glory,
I see it is my Jesus, long promised in his story.

Falling at his feet, overwhelmed by his glorious presence,
The air being charged with the most delightful fragrance.
His face smiling, radiating so much love and care,
I know it is he, for he still has his long black hair!

Then, the most amazing thing I have ever known,
A culmination of all that in my life has been sown,
By so many helpmates on my journey through.
He held out his hand saying, “David, I love you.”

As my hand grasps His, He gently raises me up,
Saying, “Come, be with me and share of my cup,
For you have overcome, won the final victory,
Earning the right, to rule and reign with me.”

Guiding me to my personal, hand built throne,
My heavenly glory reflects a little of his own.
For no longer does my earthly body smother,
The joy and fulfilment, of being his brother.

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A DAVID MUSING

During the week, both my wife Kathy, and the Lord (both of whom must be obeyed!) told me to travel 300km to our previous city of Tauranga to attend the funeral of a friend.

As I was driving north in my car, the Lord said to 'enjoy myself'! Not the sort of thing you would normally expect to do at a friend's funeral, particularly of one who died well before his time!

At the funeral I met my former hairdresser. I had no idea that we were both friends of my friend Peter, who had died. I found out that he had given his heart to the Lord, mainly through Peter's influence, since we had left town. 'Encouraged' in making his decision by the fact that he was to have a heart transplant the next day! Wow! What the Lord does to get our attention! A younger man, his new heart is still going strong 2 1/2 years later, and he can look forward to many more years of life on this earth, plus now, eternity!

At the funeral also, I was told that some other, more senior friends of mine, Len (my comedy partner) and Jean, were celebrating their Golden Wedding (50th) Anniversary the next day. So after an overnight diversion to another town, I was able to return and take them out to lunch to celebrate, before heading home.

Will have more news to share about other 'good times' of this trip next issue.

Just goes to show, the Lord knows better than I! And often, Kathy does too!

So until next week...

MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND YOU BLESS GOD.

His servant and yours

David Tait

Today's 'Word Puzzle' Answer: MORESBY

TODAY'S 'DO YOU KNOW?' ANSWER: d. Bread made with honey. Exodus 16:31. And the food became known as "manna" (meaning "What is it?"); it was white, like coriander seed, and flat, and tasted like honey bread. (TLB)

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