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July 5 - Evening

"The simple believe anything,
    but the prudent give thought to their steps."

- Proverbs 14:15

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Think Before You Believe!    

The simple man and the foolish man are not willing to learn nor have they been trained to see beyond the surface of things.

Life is itself confusing and at times deceptive. This problem is complicated by people who willingly misrepresent reality either in an attempt to deceive or due to their own ignorance. The simple man has neglected to study and has refused to learn, but he is willing to believe the ridiculous. Usually
the simple believe what they wish were true and what they currently desire were true.

The prudent man has the patience, the self-control, and the training/education to “give thought to their steps.” The prudent man has the ability to see beyond superficial appearances.

Besides being n aïve in Proverbs 14:15, the simple or foolish man is also:

  Christian Quote from Church History
"There is almost no Bible preaching in the average church – too much allegorizing and metaphorizing. People can sit for a lifetime even in the modern fundamental church and not know anything about the Bible. Preaching should be plain simple Bible teaching.”
– Henry Halley (1874-1965), author of “Halley’s Bible Handbook” (Details here, book here)
Something to Ponder??

How the Church in Rome and the Roman Bishop Gained Absolute Power

Matthew 16:17-19 - Around 440 Leo I claimed that Jesus had given Peter authority over the whole church

Apostolic Succession - The apostles established churches and church leaders. It was assumed that Peter had given his authority to the leader in Rome

Head of Empire - Rome was the head of the empire that the church began in, so it was natural to look to Rome as the head of the Church

Size of Rome - Rome’s population, both pagan and Christian, was greater than any other city’s

Evangelism Success - While the barbarians were conquering the West, the church was converting them. When the Muslims came into the East the Eastern Church did not equal the evangelism success of the West

City of Peter and Paul’s Martyrdom - When the church began to seek after and honor the relics of saints, the Roman Church had the relics of the two superstars in its city

Latin Language - The Greek language offers more refined and precise expressions which is great for the preservation of Scripture, but could be very divisive at Church councils. The western world’s Latin was not as precise and so it was easier to align splintered theological groups and build unity. Use of Greek in the East would create divisions.
Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information
Euche (Gr) – wish or prayer (Eng) – the Greek word euche is often used to mean “wish” in the secular use. Euche appears to mean "wish" or "praye" that is made for other people, leaders and
the emperor. James uses euche in James 5:15, “The euche (prayer or wish) offered in faith...”

The Babylonian Chronicles records history beginning in 745 BC with a year by year account of political events. Many things documented in the Babylonian Chronicles can be correlated accurately with the same event documented in the Old Testament:

727 BC – Shalmanneser ascended the throne to rule over Assyria and Babylonia

722 BC – Shalmanneser shattered Samaria in his fifth year

722 BC – Shalmanneser died and Sargon ascended the Assyrian throne. Merodach-baladan ascended the Babylonian throne.

720 BC – Sargon claims Assyrian victory (again) over Samaria (likely a mop up mission following Shalmanneser’s victory of 722 BC.) Sargon records taking 27,290 people captive and 50 chariots. He left the rest of the people in the land and charged them a tribute.

These records agree with the biblical account in
2 Kings 17

(Babylonian Chronicles)

Confession to Action   Facts and Information
I will identify times when I make decisions without being prudent
or believe something without examining the evidence.
I will give thought to my ways and plan my steps with wisdom and information.
  "May your fountain be blessed, and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth."
- Proverbs 5:18
Read the Bible in a Year; Bible Reading Program
Read one chapter each day to read through the narrative portion (or, the story line) of the whole Bible Genesis-Acts in one year. Read the General Text of the Bible Read the Complete Text of the Bible in a Year
(morning only) Daniel 2 2 Chronicles 24
Prayer for Today
Personal Prayer Church Prayer Item National Prayer Concerns World Prayer Concerns
Ask God to convict
you of sin, error

Peace with

Local mayors
and city officials

Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram
Sunset on the Sea of Galilee Joshua 18, the details of the land allotted to the tribe of Benjamin on a map.
Sunset on the Sea of Galilee Joshua 18, the details of the land allotted to the tribe of Benjamin on a map.
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