“Where Do We Go From Here?” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (Book Review)

On January 16th, 2023 we took note of and celebrated the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a ‘Day of Service’ in the United States. I was privileged to have participated in a march a few days prior to honor Dr. King’s activism (see attached pictures). This year it was Dr. King’s daughter, Bernice King that stirred my thoughts through her social media post. She wrote, “If you’re going to quote and authentically honor my father on #MLKDay, commit to embracing a ‘World House’ perspective. Determine how you’ll disrupt unjust systems and thinking with nonviolent strategy. Support policies that reflect higher consciousness”. 

Amen. That statement drove me to dig up the book, Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?, wherein Dr. King explains the ‘World House’ perspective. 

It was one of those books full of thought-provoking statements and ideas regarding social change, necessary social change that stirs the soul. I’ll share many of the quotes I took from the book below, however I urge you consider these points by Dr. King regarding the ‘World House’ perspective; 

“Arnold Toynbee has said that some twenty-six civilizations have risen upon the face of the earth. Almost all of them have descended into the junk heaps of destruction. The decline and fall of these civilizations, according to Toynbee, was not caused by external invasions but by internal decay. They failed to respond creatively to the challenges impinging upon them. If Western civilization does not now respond constructively to the challenge to banish racism, some future historian will have to say that a great civilization died because it lacked the soul and commitment to make justice a reality for all men.” 

“We are inevitably our brother’s keeper because we are our brother’s brother. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly.”

“Therefore I suggest that the philosophy and strategy of nonviolence become immediately a subject for study and for serious experimentation in every field of human conflict, by no means excluding the relations between nations.” 

“These are revolutionary times. All over the globe men are revolting against old systems of exploitation and oppression, and out of the wombs of a frail world new systems of justice and equality are being born.” 

“The answer was only to be found in persistent trying, perpetual experimentation, and persevering together”. 


You can read the book yourself online for free at the following link, https://www.uni-five.com/upload/doc/82818file.pdf


Consider these quotes from the book to bless your being: 

“Truth is found neither in traditional capitalism nor in classical Communism. Each represents a partial truth. Capitalism fails to see the truth in collectivism. Communism fails to see the truth in individualism. Capitalism fails to realize that life is social. Communism fails to realize that life is personal. The good and just society is neither the thesis of capitalism nor the antithesis of Communism, but a socially conscious democracy which reconciles the truths of individualism and collectivism.”

“To guard ourselves from bitterness we need the vision to see in this generation’s ordeals the opportunity to transform both ourselves and American society”. 

“Thus America, with segregation obstruction and majority indifference, silently nibbled away at a promise of true equality”. 

“Social justice and progress are the absolute guaranteers of riot prevention. There is no other answer. Constructive social change will bring certain tranquility, evasions will merely encourage turmoil”. 

“The job of arousing manhood within a people that have been taught for so many centuries that they are nobody is not easy.” 

“a slogan “Power for Poor People” would be much more appropriate than the slogan “Black Power.””

“Alfred the Great are still true: “Power is never good unless he who has it is good.””

“Violence is the antithesis of creativity and wholeness. It destroys community and makes brotherhood impossible…Nonviolence provides a healthy way to deal with understandable anger.”

“Ultimately a genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus… I would rather be a man of conviction than a man of conformity.”

“The greatest blasphemy of the whole ugly process was that the white man ended up making God his partner in the exploitation of the Negro”. 

“No human being is perfect. In our individual and collective lives every expression of greatness is followed, not by a period symbolizing completeness, but by a comma implying partialness. Following every a¤rmation of greatness is the conjunction “but.” Naaman “was a great man,” says the Old Testament, “but . . .”—that “but” reveals something tragic and disturbing—“but he was a leper.” 

“Now you are free.” What greater injustice could society perpetrate?… Yet this is exactly what America did to the Negro. In 1863 the Negro was given abstract freedom expressed in luminous rhetoric. But in an agrarian economy he was given no land to make liberation concrete…As Frederick Douglass came to say, “Emancipation granted the Negro freedom to hunger, freedom to winter amid the rains of heaven. Emancipation was freedom and famine at the same time.”” 

“The ubiquitous discrimination in his daily life tells him that laws on paper, no matter how imposing their terms, will not guarantee that he will live in “the masterpiece of civilization.”” 

“A people who began a national life inspired by a vision of a society of brotherhood can redeem itself. But redemption can come only through a humble acknowledgment of guilt and an honest knowledge of self.” 

“If America would come to herself and return to her true home, “one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all,” she would give the democratic creed a new authentic ring, enkindle the imagination of mankind and fire the souls of men.”

“To ignore evil is to become an accomplice to it.” 

“If we reversed investments and gave the armed forces the antipoverty budget, the generals could be forgiven if they walked off the battlefield in disgust.” 

“No worker can maintain his morale or sustain his spirit if in the market place his capacities are declared to be worthless to society.”

“If the society changes its concepts by placing the responsibility on its system, not on the individual, and guarantees secure employment or a minimum income, dignity will come within reach of all.” 

“The white liberal must see that the Negro needs not only love but also justice. It is not enough to say, “We love Negroes, we have many Negro friends.” They must demand justice for Negroes.”

“The white liberal must honestly ask himself why he supported the movement in the first place. If he supported it for the right reasons, he will continue to support it in spite of the confusions of the present moment.”

“Today the judgment of God is upon the church for its failure to be true to its mission. If the church does not recapture its prophetic zeal, it will become an irrelevant social club without moral or spiritual authority.”

“Many of the ugly pages of American history have been obscured and forgotten. A society is always eager to cover misdeeds with a cloak of forgetfulness, but no society can fully repress an ugly past when the ravages persist into the present.”

“…a need for a radical restructuring of the architecture of American society”. 

“Among the moral imperatives of our time, we are challenged to work all over the world with unshakable determination to wipe out the last vestiges of racism.”

“A final problem that mankind must solve in order to survive in the world house that we have inherited is finding an alternative to war and human destruction…President John F. Kennedy said on one occasion, “Mankind must put an end to war or war will put an end to mankind.””

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A Contextual Study on the Hope of Israel/ Resurrection of the Dead (Pt. 27) 

You can review this week’s study session at the following link, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AExHCELV4FE


Context of Jeremiah 

  • Pick any resource and simply read the intro 

Jeremiah 31 reviewed & explained 
– Read Jer. 30: 1- 11

– Read Jer. 30:12 – 17
Fill up the measure of your sin.

– Jer. 30:18 – 22

– Jer. 30:23 – Jer. 31:3
“At that time…”
– At what time

– Jer. 31:4 – 6

– Jer. 31: 7 – 14

– Jer. 31: 15 – 22
cf. Matt. 2:18

– Jer. 31:23 – 30

Jer. 31: 31 – 40

Jer 31:31-34- “Behold, days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah, 32not like the covenant which I made with their fathers in the day I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, although I was a husband to them,” declares the Lord. 33“But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days,” declares the Lord, “I will put My law within them and on their heart I will write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. 34“They will not teach again, each man his neighbor and each man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they will all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them,” declares the Lord, “for I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no moreHeb 8:8-12; Heb 10:16-17; Rom 11:26 

Jeremiah 30:22, 31:1 or 32:38

2 Corinthians 6:16

Revelation 21:3



“The prophesied regathering of Israel into the New Covenant was no mystery (Jer. 31:31; Ezek. 36:24-27), but the inclusion of actual Gentiles–people from “all the nations”, into the “one body”  (Eph. 4:4-6) most certainly was!”- Larry Siegle


Comparison Chart provided by Joel Sexton

From an article I’ve written (taken from a mss I was working on), comparing Jer 30-31 & Eze 36-37

When we compare Jer 30-31 and Ezek 36-37 we see they speak of the same themes, motiffs, and in general, Israel’s restoration.

1.Both speak of Israel restored to the land (Jer 30:3, 10, 18; 31:8-11, 16-17; Ezek 36:24, 28; 37:1-14, 21-22)

2. Both speak of David as King (Jer 30:9; Ezek 37:22, 24-25)

3. Both speak of Zion restored (Jer 30:18; 31:2-7, 12-15, 23-26; Ezek 36:33-36)

4. Both speak of second exodus (Jer 31:2-4, 7-9, 21; Ezek 36:24)

5. Both speak of the New Covenant (Jer 31:31-34; Ezek 36:25-27; 37:24-27)

6. Both speak of New Covenant written on the heart (Jer 31:33; Ezek 36:26)

7. Both speak of God being their God, and them His people (Jer 30:22; 31:1, 9; Ezek 36:28; 37:23)

8. Both speak of Israel and Judah reunited (Jer 31:31-34; Ezek 37: 15ff)

9. Both speak of the Messianic Temple (Jer 30:18; Ezek 37:24-27)

https://www.scribd.com/document/342546543/Paul-s-Apologetic-the-Fulfillment-of-the-Abrahamic-Davidic-New-Covenants-an-Exposition-of-2-Cor-2-7?fbclid=IwAR1R0Zkxbz_ap4PA657nEop98S3pMBOZsYvjAFLrevJtL-GAkkfPus1KEN8


Resources 


Next week – Ezekiel chapters 18 & 34

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Things To Understand (1 Cor. 11) #CrazyCorinthians

You can listen to this sermon at the the following link, https://www.buzzsprout.com/11630/12046564-1-15-23-bpbc-worship-service-crazycorinthians-1-cor-11?t=0


Introduction 

In our Saturday Morning Bible Church we are studying through Church History, and more recently we have been looking at the life and writings of Irenaeus, the pastor, apologist, and bishop of the congregation at Lyons, who lived in the period of 150 – 190 AD. Irenaeus made it a point of his defense of the faith to try and avoid speculative thought and not go beyond what was written and passed down from other Church leaders in history. Ironically, we coined the phrase in our study, “Thinking Irenaeusly” which means to speculate and go beyond what is written. The irony is that unless we are care and are aware, we can all too easily become what we are striving against. Much is the case with the Church at Corinth. And the point I just made about becoming what we are striving against is exactly what the Apostle Paul and Sosthenes are writing to tell them. 

The term ‘Church’, ekklesia is the Greek, literally means  “called out”. We the Church have been called ‘out of the world’ in regards to our perspective and reality. We are “Spiritual”, which means we offer the perspective and reality of what is not natural to man, “wisdom from above”, “on earth as it is in heaven”, and that is how we are called to be “in the world, not of the world”. We worship a God who calls His people out of darkness, confusion, and death, and equips them with light, clarity, and life. This was the responsibility of the Corinthian Church and our responsibility as Christ’s Church, as well. A ‘city on a hill’ so to speak, shining, gleaming, and inspiring. 

Just read the first 9 chapters of 1st Corinthians and you can see how this ‘called out’ group has become covered with sin and are continuing in it. Rather than being “clothed with Christ”, they have begun to cover themselves with their sins, fig leaves like Adam and Eve. Think about it, just like Adam and Eve disobeyed and began to cover themselves with fig leaves, a symbol of self-righteousness and coverings that don’t actually cover. This lead to division (which runs against the very point – “what God has brought together let no man divide”. Furthermore, in this continued arrogance,  Adam and Eve began to ‘play the blame game’, accusing one another and others. This is exactly what was going on in Corinth. 

As I preached last week, in 1st Corinthians chapter 10, the Apostles begin to exhort the Church at Corinth that it would do them well to review covenant history and not become what they have been set up to be against. It is explained that covenant history was all given as an example, “and they were written for our instruction, upon whom the end of the ages have come (1 Cor. 10:11)”. 

Interestingly enough, and I don’t believe in coincidences, the Jewish community around the world has begun reading the Exodus narrative in their weekly parshat’s, right as we moved into 1 Corinthians 10. 

The fact is that “the exodus narrative” has inspired many and continues to do so, prayerfully even us. 

  • 17th century Puritians against overbearing king
  • Pigrims searching for a new world 
  • Use in designs for the Great Seal of the United States
  • Arican American freedom songs
  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. last speech – “I just want to do God’s will. And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over. And I’ve seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight that we, as a people, will get to the promised land”.

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks has noted,  “No story has been more influential in sharing the inner landscape of liberty, teaching successive generations that oppression is not inevitable, that it is not woven into the fabric of history. There can be another place, another kind of society, a different way of living…If we are top build a society with a human face, we must always choose the way of the Exodus, with its message of hope and human dignity”. 

The goal of the ages, the Church, was being established through the work of Christ in the 1st century (what we often call “The 2nd Exodus), and it was and is beneficial to consider the errors of our covenant predecessors. In 1 Corinthians 10:12, the Apostles make the point I was making as I began this sermon this morning, “Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he falls”. The Apostle Peter later writes to the churches and says it this way, “Therefore, dear friends, since you have been forewarned, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of the lawless and fall from your secure position. (2 Pet. 3:17)” Or as a social media friend said it, “Be careful not to become what you hate in others” (Michael Siebel). 

Do not be like OC Israel when they were wandering through the wilderness. Rather, “Be imitators of me, just as I am also of Christ (1 Cor. 11:1)”. 

Now let’s begin to look at the text here in 1st Corinthians chapter 11. Notice what is written in verse 2. “Now I praise you because you remember me in everything, and hold firmly to the traditions, just as I delivered them to you”. 

  • They remember him (their apostle, teacher, leader)
  • Hold firmly to the traditions

v. 3 – “But I want you to understand…”
(You can be doing everything right, but do you understand?) 

It is important to keep in mind that much of what we are reading from chapter 7 forward is in response to questions and concerns the Corinthian church has written to the Apostles about. 

1 Cor. 7:1 – “Now concerning the things about which you wrote” 

  • The Calling of a man/woman (7:1 – 40) 
  • Things sacrificed to idols (8:1 – 11:1) 
  • Use of spiritual gifts (12:1 – 14:40)
  • No Resurrection of the Dead (1 Cor. 15:1-58)
  • Collection for the saints in Jerusalem, his visiting & fellowship (1 Cor. 16) 

Understand These Things 

Headship/Headcoverings 

(v. 3 – 16)

Key verses: 8 – 12, 13 16 

v. 16 – “no other practice” 

Divisions/heresies 

(1 Cor. 11:17-19)

Key verses: 17-19; 11:3; 1 Cor. 1-3 

v. 19 – “For there must be….in order….” 

The Lord’s Supper (Agape Feast) 

(1 Cor. 11:20-34)

 Key verses: 27-29, 31, 32, 33-34 

v. 31 – “If we judge ourselves (make right discernments), we should not be judged” 

In Conclusion 

As I had said and lamented quote a few times throughout this sermon series reviewing Corinthians, many of the issues found in the 1st century Corinthian Church plague the contemporary Church worldwide, as well. Division, arrogance, judgementalism, lack of good judgement effect us even to this day. We would do well to heed the wisdom shared by Christian rapper and pastor, Trip Lee, who said, “Every time we make decisions think of how the Lord can get glory out of the situation”. 

As Christ’s Church walking in #AThinkingFaith we must be aware, constantly walking in self-examination, imitating those who imitate Christ, and walk in true understanding. 

May we learn from and be inspired by the examples we have before us, especially in that we don’t become what we detest. 

Wilderness wandering Israel had the presence of God moving with them, yet they were idolaters, immoral, tried the Lord, grumbled against the Lord and suffered because of it. 

Yet on the other side of that story, prior to Israel’s exodus from Egypt, the Pharoah’s daughter walked in obedience. 

We’ve all heard the story, yet I often wonder if we truly understand. Pharoah’s daughter, not of the covenant, actually walked worthy of it. I encourage you to see the beauty in the account of Exodus chapter 2 in your own reading. Rabbi Jonathan Sacks sums up the narrative like this, “That the story itself tells the story the way it does has enormous implications. It means that when it comes to people, we must never generalize, never stereotype. The Egyptians were not all evil; even from the Pharaoh himself a heroine was born. Nothing could signal more powerfully that the Torah is not an ethnocentric text; that we must recognize virtue wherever we find it, even among our enemies; and that the basic core of human values  – humanity, compassion, courage – is truly universal. Holiness may not be; goodness is”.

Our Lord Jesus told us, “You have heard the law that says the punishment must match the injury: ‘An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.’ . . . You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbor’ and hate your enemy. But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:3843-45, NLT)

Let us understand. 

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#TestimonyTuesday – Recent Interviews

My new year, 2023, has begun with an obsession for increased authenticity and grace, in my life, in the Church, ultimately in all my dealings. In the past few weeks I have had the privilege to speak about this in 2 particular interviews. 


I joined with The Burros of Berea Podcast in Hendersonville, North Carolina, which you can listen to at the following link, https://rss.com/podcasts/burrosofberea/774410/



Just last night, my interview with Johnny Ova from Sound of Heaven Church, on the podcast Dig In was released. 

You can listen at this link – https://open.spotify.com/episode/5DpvkzWlf00iJpFcwaUJDT?si=AS0PjcvhQyyqhdMTPhB_gA

OR, you can watch the session at this link – https://subsplash.com/sohchurch/media/mi/+cf98hwv

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Be Aware of Israel’s Example (A Type) #CrazyCorinthians

Our text – 1 Corinthians 10:1 – 11:1 

Lacking knowledge (Hosea)/ Zeal without knowledge (Romans 10)
Apostolic doctrine – not wanting the people of God, the Church, to be unaware (1 Cor. 10:1) 


Review
1 Corinthians chapters 1-9 

  • Chaos & conflict
  • Has Christ been divided? 
  • Cleverness of man or the cross of Christ? 
  • A mature wisdom
  • The mind of Christ 
  • The Temple & It’s responsibilities
  • Servants & stewards of God’s judgement 
  • You have become arrogant
  • Do you not know…
  • You have been bought for a price…
  • For the sake of the Gospel 

The Apostles not only labor to plant communities of faith, but they continue to exhort them to live worthy of such blessings, which surely includes responsibility. A large part of our ‘making known the manifold wisdom of God’ (which Ephesians 3:10 qualities as the very purpose of the Church), is that we would not be unaware of what God has already made know and what should be evident. 

Unaware 

  • Lev. 5:17 
  • Psalm 35:8 
  • Prov. 28:22 (NIV) 
  • 1 Cor. 10:1
  • 1 Cor. 12:1 
  • 2 Cor. 1:8 
  • 2 Cor. 2:11 
  • Romans 1:13 

We are not to lack knowledge. We are not to have a zeal for God without knowledge. We are not to be unaware of what has been done, is being done, or what will be done. Rather, we know, we are sensible and Spiritual, we are aware. 

“Aware that I am unable to do anything without God’s help, I do pray that, by his grace, he will enable me to keep these Resolutions, so far as they are in line with his will, and that they will honor Christ.” – Jonathan Edwards 

(2nd Sunday of the New Year) 

Read 1 Corinthians 10:1 – 6

  • Our fathers (Israel) were all under the cloud & passed through the sea
  • All were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea
    cf. Exodus 13:21; 14:22; Ps. 66:6
  • All ate the same Spiritual food and drank the same Spiritual drink
    cf. Exodus 16:4, 15, 35; Deut.8:3; Nehemiah 9:15, 20
  • “From the Rock which followed them, and that Rock was Christ”
    cf. Exodus 17:6; Numbers 20:11

    “In the exodus story the Israelites smeared the lamb’s blood on their doorpost and they ate its body in haste, anticipating their release from bondage. In the same way, we eat the bread and drink the wine…to proclaim our liberty: our freedom that God has given us from the condemnation of sin and death, and the inheritance that we have forever and ever in a promised eternity with God himself. All because Jesus was and is the true lamb of God.” – Travis Drum
  • “Nevertheless, with most of them God was not well pleased: for they were laid low in the wilderness”
    cf. Numbers 14:22, 29, 32, 37; Deut. 1:35;

Verse 6 – “Now these thing happened as examples (types) for us, that we should not crave evil things, as they also craved” 

cf. Ps. 106:14 

One commentary noted, “St. Paul regards everything that has happened in history as having a divine purpose of blessing for others. All this material suffering on their part will not be in vain if it teaches us the spiritual lesson which God would have us learn from it.” 

Israel was the example. They had the favour of God, they were the people of God, yet they acted irresponsibly with the blessings and suffered loss. May the Church learn from this example and not suffer loss. (Consider how that applies to the chaos, confusion, and carnality going on in Corinth). 

BEWARE! 

v. 7 – 10 

  • “And do not be idolaters” 
  • “Nor let us act immorally” 
  • “Nor let us try the Lord”
  • “Nor let us grumble”

v. 11 – type; “our instruction” (as we noted in verse 6); “upon whom the ends of the ages has come” 

What the Apostles are revealing is that Christ and His church are the antitype to which all of Old Covenant history pointed to. 

antitype. / (ˈæntɪˌtaɪp) / noun. a person or thing that is foreshadowed or represented by a type or symbol, esp a character or event in the New Testament prefigured in the Old Testament. an opposite type.

Age/generation – Old Covenant (wilderness); already but not yet (wilderness); land (promise fulfilled) 

v. 12 – “Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall”
Is the Church made up of good and perfect people? Or, forgiven people? Don’t forget this!
cf. Ps. 32:1-2, 5; 37:23-24 

v. 13 -14 

“No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man”/ idolatry

“The human heart is a manufacturers of idols”. – John Calvin 

As our Lord taught us to pray, “Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil” 

“God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you can handle, but with temptation, will….

“Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry”. 

How do we do this? 

v. 15 – 24  (’Table Talk’) 

  • “I speak to you as wise men; you judge (discern) what I say”  (mature); be aware and use wisdom 
  • v. 16-17 – our unity by the blood and the bread
    “We who are many are one body” (a call to unity) 
  • v. 18 – “Look to the nation Israel” – we become sharers in the altar, designating privilege and responsibility
    v. 19 – 24 should bring our mind back to what we discussed in 1 Corinthians chapters 8-9 (liberties)
  • v. 23 – 24 – sin = it’s situational, a matter of perspective, and all about your attitude 


“Let no one seek his own good, but that of his neighbour” 

(Context! We are to love ourselves. This is speaking to the issues in 1 Cor. 8:10-13; 9:14-15, 24-25) 

This is what the outworking of your liberties should look like… 

v. 25 – 33

cf. 1 Cor. 9:19 – 23 

(Partakers of the good news; in our love others and living out our liberties in such a way, we truly participate in God’s work in this world) 

11:1 – “Be imitators of me, just as I am of Christ” 

Amen! 

Conclusion 

Much of what we read through this morning is further exhortation to the Corinthian Church to shape up, know better, and do better. Two examples were brought forth – Israel and Paul. We learn that despite Israel being blessed with the knowledge, presence, and identity with God, they failed to live it out and suffered loss. Paul, though dealing with trial and tribulation, endeavours to walk worthy of his calling and election, and urges us to do so as well. “Be imitators of me, just as I am of Christ”. 

We are to be wise men. As the popular phrase goes, “Wise men still seek Him”. 

We are not to lack knowledge. We are not to have a zeal for God without knowledge. We are not to be unaware of what has been done, is being done, or what will be done. Rather, we know, we are sensible and Spiritual, we are aware. 

Hearkening back to the quote I shared earlier in the sermon from Johnathan Edwards, I paraphraser and make our closer prayer, 

Lord, we are aware that that we are unable to do anything without Your help. We do pray that, by Your grace, You will enable us to be mindful of these things, so that we live in line with Your will, and that we, and through us others, will honor the glories of Your presence, power, and purpose in Your Church. 

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A Contextual Study on the Hope of Israel/ Resurrection of the Dead (Pt. 26) 

You can review this week’s study session at the following link, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMMwx94koYQ


Do you claim to “know the Gospel”? 

Can you answer the following questions? 

What was the ‘hope of Israel’ during the time of Joshua, Judges, Samuel, & Kings? 

What was the ‘hope of Israel’ found in the Latter Prophets? 

What was the ‘hope of Israel’ found in the Minor Prophets? 


In the Hebrew canon the Prophets are divided into 

(1) the Former Prophets 

Joshua, Judges, Samuel, and Kings

What was the ‘hope of Israel’ during the time of Joshua, Judges, Samuel, & Kings? 

(2) the Latter Prophets 

Isaiah – Judgement/ Salvation/ Righteousness (establishment of Mt. Zion) 

Jeremiah

Ezekiel

What was the ‘hope of Israel’ found in the Latter Prophets? 

(3) Twelve, or Minor, Prophets: 

Hosea – return of the 10 Northern tribes 

Joel 

Amos 

Obadiah

Jonah – salvation of the nations 

Micah 

Nahum 

Habakkuk

Zephaniah 

Haggai 

Zechariah

Malachi 

What was the ‘hope of Israel’ found in the Minor Prophets? 


Prophet Study @ BPBC
(16 weeks) – https://www.immersebible.com/prophets/


Our plan – moving forward 

Next session starts at (1);

(1) Jeremiah 31 

(2) Ezekiel 18 & Ezekiel 34 

(3) Ezekiel 37:1-14, 19-23

(4) Amos 9:11

(5) Zechariah 12 & 14 

(6) Daniel 12: 1-3, 10

(7) Matthew 22:30 

(8) Mark 9:42-48 

(9) John 3:14-21 

(10) John 5:24 – 29 

(11) John 6:38 – 40, 44-45 

(12) John 11:23-25 

(13) Acts 24:14-15 

Acts 26:6 – 8, 22-23 

(14) Rom. 6:4 -11 

Romans 7:5-6, 18-24

(15) Romans 8:18-23

Romans 9:3 – 5, 22-24 

(16) Romans 15:8-9 

(17) 1 Corinthians 15:1-58

(18) 2 Corinthians 3-5  

(19) Ephesians 1:20-23 

Ephesians 2:4 – 7, 11 – 22 

(20) Philippians 3:18-21

(21) Colossians 1:18

(22) 1 Thessalonians 1:9-10 

(23) 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

(24) 2 Timothy 1:8-10, 10-13; 2:16 – 19; 4:7-8

(25) Hebrews 11:39-40 

(26) 1 Peter 1:3, 6 – 12, 21-23 

(27)) 1 John 3:2 

(28) Revelation 14:3 (cf. Hebrews 9:8) 

(29) Revelation 20:4-6, 11-15

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2022 – A Personal Review & Renew 

Well, I started out the year with the idea and vision of keeping things – Simple, Peaceful, and Beautiful. I say vision because I also maintained that in public and ministry life. And for the most part, the year was exactly that. Simple does not mean easy or less full of activity, just not complicated or overly involved. Peaceful is mores a state of mind that an outwardly reality, which allows even the most trying times to be peaceful, if appropriately maintained. And lastly, this year was nothing short of beautiful – I got married, have the privilege to be a parent to Kaiden, and my wife is now pregnant. I could have surely done without catching Coronavirus, the horrible sunburn in the Bahamas, and being removed from the assembly of a local church while I was visiting with my family (see article link below). Yikes! 

https://www.fulfilledcg.com/Magazine/previous-issues-2021-2025/2022-winter/miano.htm

I will soon enough be asking others at The Blue Point Bible Church if and what they found simplicity, peacefulness, and beauty in this year. Was that the reality? How so? If not, why not? 

As I begin my review of the year, I realize how fast it went, and how full it was. 

I debated Sean Griffin, of Kingdom in Context, regarding the coming of the Lord back in January 2022. Find links and other details regarding that debate at the following link, https://powerofpreterism.wordpress.com/2022/01/12/griffin-miano-dialogue-has-the-dy-of-the-lord-already-happened/

Early in the year I was desirous, and still am, of getting as many involved in working in a 5Q/APEST fashion, especially with the ministries I am involved in. You can learn more about APEST and how it helps us work better together at the following link, https://mianogonewild.wordpress.com/2022/02/26/apest-better-together/


If you look at the pictures scattered throughout this blog, you will see that this year was full of activity and travel, as well as much fellowship and outreach at BPBC. In the midst of all of that, I got married, went on my honeymoon, and we had a gender-reveal party (my mom picked the pink cake pop, it’s a girl!). 

In March I was blessed to visit with Holston PBU Church in Rogersville, TN, to speak at the “Rethinking The Resurrection” Conference (which led to the extensive study I have been leading on Tuesday nights on Youtube – ‘A Contextual Study on the Hope of Israel/Resurrection of the Dead). You can review that conference and find some notes at the following link, https://powerofpreterism.wordpress.com/2022/04/02/2022-rethinking-the-resurrection-conference/

(Also, I drove from New York to Tennessee and then to Florida to see my aunts and Nana, then stopped in North Carolina and visited with my Aunt Jo, before driving back up the coast to New York. Quite the trip, however scary stuff driving through through the Blue Ridge Mountains).

In April I had the privilege of joining Ward Fenley for a time of Conference & Fellowship at Prospect Baptist Church in Sulligent, AL, hosted by Pastor Tony Gallop. You can find those conference sessions and notes at the following link, https://powerofpreterism.wordpress.com/2022/05/07/conference-fellowship-prospect-baptist-church/

Continuing the talk about conferences, I’ll make mention of and share my notes from The Resilient Pastor Conference that was hosted in New York City. See the following link, https://mianogonewild.wordpress.com/2022/10/06/throwbackthursday-the-resilient-pastor/?fbclid=IwAR04ELZWwKnRuZZRTvelLD1zVcumwd-SxKs15nlt5KhXGYVtq1FYCUUHoG4

In my teaching and preaching I surely went through a host of different subjects. In the preacher/teachers life, it is often wise to heed the wisdom of Ecclesiastes 12:12, “Of making many books there is no end, and much study wearies the body.”. I am glad that I foster Spiritual disciplines that allow for R&R. 

In my sermons at The Blue Point Bible Church (www.bluepointbiblechurch.org) I have taught through Galatians, Thessalonians, and have moved into 1st Corinthians, this year. Of course mixed in there were some topical sermons, as well. 

(The rest of the recorded sermons from this year can be found on our YouTube page which you can find and review at this link – https://www.youtube.com/@bluepointbiblechurch2059

On Tuesday nights, as previously mentioned, I have been taking us through A Contextual Study on the Hope of Israel/Resurrection of the Dead, and in our BPBC Adult Sunday School we have been studying through prophetic books, namely Isaiah this whole year). In our Saturday Morning Bible Study we going through a generation by generation study through Church History called #AfterAD70. 

On the Preterist Power Hour we have gone through quite a few studies and discussions (quite a bit of fellowship has been had as well).  You can find blogs on each of the following details at www.powerofpreterism.wordpress.com. We reviewed Don Stevens’ resources early in the year, and prayed for his family as he passed into eternity. We talked through the 2nd Exodus and shared a bunch of resources. A few interviews and resources were highlighted regarding the “Mark of the Beast”. We also had a host of interviews and discussions regarding Preterism & The Church, as well as Leadership, Vision, & The Preterist Movement. We had an Esther sudsy, talked about Gog & Magog, ventured into Preterism & Creation, and currently find ourselves in continuing in our Fall study, #FallBackToGenesis 


Due to a host of scattered studies and discussions, I only read and reviewed a few books this year: 

– Speaking The Truth in Love
https://mianogonewild.wordpress.com/2022/04/28/speaking-the-truth-in-love-book-review/

– What He Must Be…

– Morality 

https://mianogonewild.wordpress.com/2022/07/27/book-review-morality-restoring-common-good-in-divided-times-by-rabbi-jonathan-sacks/

– The Millennial Man

– The Circumcision & Uncircumcision of Genesis 1
https://powerofpreterism.wordpress.com/2022/12/21/the-circumcision-uncircumcision-of-genesis-1-interview-review/


I mentioned above that there was a lot of fellowship had this year and I relish every minute of it. Just some of the names that come to mind are; 

Some of our ministry at The Blue Point Bible Church found its way into local newspapers. 

https://www.longislandadvance.net/stories/local-church-honors-pandemic-victims-with-ringing-of-the-bells,89608

Why Not Engage your Local Church (see attached graphic) 

https://www.brookhavenny.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=3249


Of course I must mention the exciting new podcast that my wife and I launched, You’ve Got Mail: The Pastor & The Mail Lady. You can listen on Buzzsprout (which I will put a link to below), or on Apple Podcasts or Spotify. 

https://www.buzzsprout.com/2059990


In closing, I ask you to consider the closing pieces of varied wisdom that blessed my 2022: 

“…that soul motion that begins when a man realizes who he is and that he has a purpose in life that is uniquely his own!”. – T.D. Jakes, He-Motions 

(1 Cor. 13:11-12; Prov. 23:7; Rom. 12:1-2) 

“When you think about this dominion it has to get personal”. – Ward Fenley, Connecting The Cross & The Crown (Pt. 1) 

“Every conversation is a presentation” – Diego Beas, Dale Carnegie Training of L.I. 

Research from Stanford University has also found that complaining reduces the size of our hippocampus, which, is responsible for memory and problem solving. The study found that engaging in complaining or simply hearing someone complain for more than 30 minutes could physically damage our brains.

Reformation Day blog – https://mianogonewild.wordpress.com/2022/11/01/called-to-conviction-doctrinal-minimalism-robust-theology/

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A Contextual Study on the hope of Israel/Resurrection of the Dead (Pt. 25)  

You can review the video for this study session at the following link, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jz9VDaJFhOE


“When the Bible is mishandled and sloppily proclaimed men’s ideas replace God’s truth. Reading into the text ideas and concepts that would have been foreign to the original writers and beyond their intention is called eisegesis rather than the appropriate activity of exegesis.” – Dr. James White 

(White, Pulpit Crimes, The Criminal Mishandling of Scripture, Solid Ground, 2006, p.55)

“Isaiah was not predicting the raising of corpses out of the ground, but the restoration of Israel to the fellowship of YHVH, and as a result of the eschatological gathering, to offer that same kind of life to all men (cf. Isaiah 49.6f)” -Dr. Don K. Preston 

“You must understand the death of Isaiah 25:8 before trying to figure out the resurrection of the dead of 1 Corinthians 15.” – Pastor Michael Miano 

Take note of: 

  • Despair of Israel
  • Hope of Israel 

Isa. 65- 66

  • Be careful what you call “happiness” 
  • Work is required; you reap what you sow 

Isa. 65: v. 2-3, 8-10, 15-16, 17-18, 21-23 

Isa. 66:1-2, 10, 14  

“But my servants will be called by another name…Because the former troubles are forgotten and because they are hidden from My sight”. – Isa. 65:15-16 

  • Heaven and Earth 

“John Owen, the Puritan scholar, knows his Bible better than most of the rest of us, and he tells us exactly where the Old Testament foretells a ‘new heaven and earth.” “Owen is right on target, asking the question that so many expositors fail to ask: Where had God promised to bring “new heavens and a new earth” The answer, as Owen correctly states, is only in Isaiah 65 and 66 – passages which clearly prophesy the period of the Gospel, brought in by the work of Christ.” (ibid., p. 495) “Because of what may be called the ‘collapsing universe’ terminology used in this passage, many have assumed that St. Peter is speaking of the final end of the physical heaven and earth, rather than the end of then the dissolution of the Old Covenant world order.” (Last Days Madness, p. 540) – Gary DeMar 


The new heavens and new earth Peter writes about are an echo from Isaiah sixty-five and sixty-six. In those chapters we read where God will pour out His wrath on Jerusalem (which fact happened in AD 70) and on His rebellious people before He creates (spiritually, not physically) the new heavens and new earth. In the New Jerusalem of the new heavens and new earth, physical death will remain (Isa.65:20; 66:24) home building and agriculture will continue (Isa.65:21–22) there will be descendants (Isa.65:23; 66:22), there will be a new priestly group (Isa.65:24 which is describing the believer church – which we believing Christians are! (see 1 Peter 2:9). The new heavens and new earth is referring to the New Covenant, which is the eternal state while we are still in the third dimension (the physical realm) in our earthly bodies. This is the kingdom of God where Christ indwells the believer (Col.1:26–27) a kingdom not made with hands (Dn.2:44–45; Col.2:10–11).

  • Wedding Prophecies 

“The wedding prophecies demanded : 1.) fulfillment of God’s promises to Israel 2.) Fulfillment at the time of the judgment of Judah (Isaiah 62 & 65)….when Revelation depicts the wedding of Christ at the time of the judgement of the city “where the Lord was slain” and in the promise of His coming alludes directly to Isaiah 62:10-11 (Revelation 22:12), this amounts to proof positive that Babylon was none other than Old Covenant Jerusalem.

  • Syllogisms 

Matthew 24 is 1 Thessalonians 4

1 Thessalonians is 1 Corinthians 15 

Matthew 24 is 1 Corinthians 15

Genesis 3 is Isaiah 65

Isaiah 65 is Revelation 21-22

Genesis 3 is Revelation 21-22. 

  • Outworking of a Fulfilled Understanding 

Ward Fenely (2021 Bible Conference) 

“Do you want to know how to fulfil the Law of Christ? Bear someone’s burden”. 

cf. Isaiah 65:3-5; Matt. 23:29-32 Luke 7:39; 15:2; 18:9-14; John 8:41; Revelation 11:8 

Isa. 65:3 cf. Matt. 8:28-34 

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New Year. New Opportunities. (2023 New Year’s Day Sermon)

Ecc. 3: ; Isa. 65-66

Read Ecclesiastes 3:1-14 

  • Consider that this morning. There is an appointed time, a season for everything. 
  • God has given His people a task
  • Set eternity in their hearts
  • Nothing better than to rejoice and do good
  • See the good in your labor; this is the gift of God

If you don’t intentionally mark out the opportunity for change, it will pass on by, and you will remain the same, if not worse off. 

  • New Year’s resolutions 
  • New Year’s goals and ideas 

New Year Resolution 

As society around us urges us toward an increased authenticity and graciousness toward ourselves and others, especially in how we find solutions to perceived problems, I resolve to allow such authenticity and graciousness to be seen in my life. 

To resolve is to decide firmly. 

Authenticity is simply being genuine and real. 

Graciousness is seeking the building up, the mutual happiness, and liberties of difference, error, and mistakes to be welcomed and encouraged on every level. 

Utilizing authenticity and grace in my self-examination, my fellowship with and living amongst others, my methods of finding solutions to the problems we deal with, on every level of life and thought, should help me become healthy, helpful, and happy. And who doesn’t want to be happy! 

Review & Renew

I.) What are you currently studying? Alone? With others? 

II.) Goals & Ideas 

  • Break into categories (priorities); different for each of us

Personal Life 

Marriage & Family 

Church 

MGW Apologetics

The Power of Preterism Network 


Exhortation (continued) 

“The times are bad! The times are troublesome! This is what humans say. But we are our times. Let us live well and our times will be good. Such as we are, such are our time”. – Augustine of Hippo 

Let us begin to agree together to see new things, healing, and the glory of God in our days ahead! 

“Of all persons the Christian should be best prepared for whatever the New Year brings. He has dealt with life at its source. In Christ he has disposed of a thousand enemies that other men must face alone and unprepared. He can face his tomorrow cheerful and unafraid because yesterday he turned his feet into the ways of peace and today he lives in God. The man who has made God his dwelling place will always have a safe habitation.” – A.W. Tozer


III.) Consider and ponder the following points: 

  • Biblical manhood/womanhood 

“Where there are no men, be thou a man”. – Rabbi Hillel 

  • Hunger for God 

“We all have to figure out how to hunger for more from God. King David had problems when he lost his hunger…When we are hungry for more responsibility and more fruit , we embrace learning from anyone and anything” – Brian Tome 

  • How are you hungering for more?
  • What is the next level? 
  • Examine relationships (need more, need lesss) 

“The Christian life needs both vertical and horizontal love relationships in order to be complete”. – Tom Eisenman, The Accountable Man

  • Better encouragers
  • Sincere forgivers
  • Holy listeners
  • Unconditional lovers
  • Wise counsellors
  • Spiritual guides
  • Bold challengers
  • Christlike leaders 

  • Learn new things 

“When you learn new things, these tiny connections in the brain actually multiply and get stronger. The more you challenge your mind to learn, the more your brain cells grow. Then, things you once found hard or even impossible, seem to become easy. The result is a stronger, smarter brain”. – Carol Dweck, Mindset 

#AThinkingFaith

  • Want for and love yourself; Want for your brother what you want for yourself. 

“The world will be saved by beauty”. – Fyodor Dosteyevesky 

#ProjectRESTORE 

Conclusion 

“But my servants will be called by another name…Because the former troubles are forgotten and because they are hidden from My sight”. – Isa. 65:15-16 

Isa. 65- 66 

  • Be careful what you call “happiness” 
  • Work is required; you reap what you sow 

Isa. 65: v. 2-3, 8-10, 15-16, 17-18, 21-23 

Isa. 66:1-2, 10, 14  

(More on Tuesday Night) 

Happy New Year. 

Seize the day. Seize the opportunities. 

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A Contextual Study on the Hope of Israel/Resurrection of the Dead (Pt. 24) 

You can review the study session on YouTube at the following link, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7hL8PemWUM


Isaiah chapters 62-64

  • Note the hope
  • Note the despair 

Isa. 62 

“For Zion’s sake…”

“For Jerusalem’s sake…”

v. 1-5 – the Hope of Israel

v. 1 – “righteousness”; “salvation”

Covenant details 

v. 2 – the nations will see! 

v. 3 – a crown of beauty; a diadem (cf. Isa. 28:5; Zech. 9:16) 

v. 4 – no longer “forsaken”, “desolate” 

v. 5 – “married”; the Lord delights in you! 

“And as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so your God will rejoice over you”. 

The watchmen failed! 

v. 6 – 7 – “…you who remind the Lord, take no rest for yourselves and give Him no rest until He establishes Jerusalem a praise in the earth”./ 

I will not because I hope in the Lord 

v. 8-9 – “The Lord has sworn” 

cf. Genesis 22:16-17; Exodus 32:13; Deut. 7:8; Psalm 110:4; 132:11-12; Isa. 54:9; Hebrews 6-7 

v. 11 – “Salvation comes”; “His reward is with Him”; “His recompense is with Him”. 

This is coming of the Lord language. Judgement. 

v. 12 – “The holy people”; “The redeemed of the Lord”

“Sought out city, not a forsaken city” 

cf. Isa. 2

  • How many times are we going to read about the nations coming to Israel to learn of God and righteousness, before we realize that was their hope? To be such a people that can lead the nations. 

Isa. 63 – Treading of the Winepress 

“Who is this who comes…” (v. 1-6) 

v. 8-10 – ‘days of vengeance’ 

v. 11-14 – then He remembered 

v. 15-19 – “Look down”; Hope

“We have become like those whom Thou has never ruled, like those who were not called by Thy name”. 

God looks down and see’s a people who have become like their adversaries (Wicked) 

Isa. 64 

v. 1 – “Come down” 

v. 2 – “To make Thy name known to Thine adversaries, that the nations may tremble at Thy presence” 

v. 4 – cf. 1 Cor. 2:9 – eye has not seen, ear has not heard; Spiritually discerned 

v. 6-7 – “The menustrual flux”; “The rags used by woman in their monthly periods” 

v. 8 – cf. Exodus 4:22; Isa. 19:25; John 8:41; Romans 9

v. 12 – “Will you restrain yourself…?”; Will you keep silent and afflict us, beyond measure?” 

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