Dec 05 2010

November 2, 2010 The Book of Isaiah! Self-Study Chapters 32 – 39

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Book of Isaiah

 Please click on the linkage to the Scripture and read the verses then we will summarize what we have learned.

Isaiah 32:1-20   Isaiah calls on the people to look for the Messiah, the coming King who will “reign in righteousness” (v. 1).  But before this King arrives, the people must turn from their sinful and complacent ways.

Isaiah 33:1-24 The Lord alone is the hope and salvation of His people:  “The LORD is our judge, the LORD is our lawgiver, the LORD is our king: He will save us” (v. 22)  see Ps. 77:1-2

Isaiah 34:1-17  Isaiah returns to the theme of God’s judgement against foreign nations (13:1-23:18).

Isaiah 35:1-10  This chapter portrays a future time when God will redeem and restore His people.  They will return to Jerusalem (“Zion,” v. 10) with songs of joy and gladness.

Isaiah 36:1-22  King Sennacherib of Assyria invades Judah and captures several walled cities.  He sends word to King Hezekiah of Judah that Assyria will attack with a superior force unless Judah surrenders.

Isaiah 37:1-38   King Hezekiah and the prophet Isaiah pray to the Lord , asking Him to save Judah from the Assyrian threat.  God miraculously delivers the nation by destroying 185,000 warriors in Sennacherib’s army (2 Kings 18:13 through 2 Kings 19:37).

Isaiah 38:1-22  King Hezekiah of Judah is seriously ill, and Isaiah tells him he will die.  But Hezekiah prays humbly to the Lord, who graciously extends the king’s life for fifteen more years (2 Kings 20:1-11).

Isaiah 39:1-8  Hezekiah foolishly shows off his royal riches to a messenger from the king of Babylon.  Isaiah predicts that the Babylonians will defeat the nation of Judah and carry off these treasures at some future time (2 Kings 20:12-19).

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Dec 03 2010

August 18, 2010 The Book of Isaiah! Self-Study Chapters 25-31

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Isaiah

Please click on the linkage to the Scripture and read the verses then we will summarize what we have learned.

Isaiah 25:1-12 Isaiah 26:1-21   Isaiah 27:1-13

These three chapters are affirmations of hope.  Although God will judge and discipline His people, He will not reject them.  After they have been exiled among a foreign nation for a time, they will be restored to their homeland ( 2 Chron. 36:22-23 ).  This brings a song of praise to the lips of God’s people:  “Trust ye in the Lord forever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength”  Isaiah 26:4

Isaiah 28:1-29 Isaiah condemns both Judah (Southern Kingdom) and Israel (Northern Kingdom) because they have turned away from the Lord to worship false gods.  He has harsh words especially for the leaders of these nations, who have led the people astray (Jer. 8:1-22).

Isaiah 29:1-24 A woe is pronounced against Ariel, or Jerusalem, “the city where David dwelt” (v. 1).  God is not impressed with those who flatter Him with words but refuse to obey His commands.

Isaiah 30:1-33 and  Isaiah 31:1-9 Through Isaiah the prophet, the Lord condemns the leaders of Judah who have formed an alliance with Egypt against the Assyrian threat.  They should be turning to the Lord instead for protection against their enemies.

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Aug 17 2010

August 15, 2010 The Book of Isaiah! Self-Study Chapters 17-24

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Please click on the linkage to the Scripture and read the verses then we will summarize what we have learned.

Isaiah 17:1-14 The nation of Syria, with its capital at Damascus, will be punished by the Lord for its idolatry and pride.

Isaiah 18:1-7 God’s punishment will also fall upon the Ethiopians.

Isaiah 19:1-25 The proud Egyptians will tremble in fear before the terrible punishment of the Lord.

Isaiah 20:1-6 At God’s command Isaiah walks around naked to show that Assyria will strip the Egyptians and the Ethiopians of their possessions and take them away as captives.

SYMBOLIC  ACTIONS

Isaiah’s walking around naked at the Lord’s command was a symbolic action designed to get the attention of the people and warn them to turn from their sinful ways ( Isa. 20:1-6 ).  The prophet also gave his sons symbolic names that predicted God’s judment ( Isa. 7:3-4 )  ( Isa. 8:1-4 ).  The prophets Jeremiah and Ezekiel also declared God’s message in dramatic fashion through symbolic actions ( Jer. 13:1-11 )  ( Ezekiel 4:1-17 ).

Isaiah 21:1-17 No nation will escape the marauding Assyrian army – not Babylon  (vv. 1-10), Edom (“Dumah,” vv. 11-12), or the tribes of Arabia (vv. 13-17).

Isaiah 22:1-25 In the midst of these prophecies of judgement against foreign nations, Isaiah declares that the city of Jerusalem, Judah’s capital, is also destined for destruction.  This prophecy was fullfilled about 135 years after Isaiah’s time when the Babylonians overran the nation of Judah  ( 2 Kings 25:1-12 ).

Isaiah 23:1-18 Isaiah pronounces God’s judgement against Tyre, a flourishing seaport and trade center north of Judah.

Isaiah 24:1-23 This chapter summarizes the impact of God’s judgment against Israel (Northern Kingdom) and Judah (Southern Kingdom) as well as the foreign nations.  The entire earth will be shaken by His judgment against sin.

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May 10 2010

Charlie Pierce…We Knew You For Such A Short While

Oh Charlie, we really didn’t have a chance to get to know you.  Rita and I met Charlie almost two years ago at a RV park in Orange Beach, Alabama.  Charlie was the “top dog” at the RV park.  Whatever Charlie did was perfect…whenever Charlie did what he did was perfect timing…and Charlie could never do any wrongs.  Charlie’s “parents” were blinded by all of the love and companionship that Charlie gave them.  Carl and Jane acted as silly as they could be over Charlie because they loved him so much.

I was so saddened to hear from Carl this week about Charlie’s passing.  Carl sent me the following message about Charlie.  He lived to the fine ole age of thirteen and his “mama and daddy” will miss him always.  Charlie, we just knew you for a short while.  Farewell to you little “doggie” friend.

 

For those of you who really know us, you know how important Charlie was to us and our life.
 
One of the reasons we got into anything including RV’ing was so Charlie could travel with us and we could spend more time with him.
 
I’m sorry to say, Charlie passed away tonight about 9:45PM. 
 
Charlie had been fighting congestive heart failure and was on a large number of drugs and was fighting a great battle with breathing and his over all heart failure.  He had fought a great battle and was such a great champion in his battle.  You know Charlie, always smiling, always wagging his tail and always the best behaved little fellow I’ve ever known.
 
Well, tonight when I let him out for his “Pee Pee” (more often now because of his Lasix pills) he went running out to his favorite fence post and a copperhead snake bit him somewhere and within 10 minutes Charlie had lost the battle and died in Jane’s arms.  We could not have saved him if we had been anywhere else, maybe though he wouldn’t have been bitten by a snake in many places other than out here.
 
In thirteen years I’ve never had a better friend and companion than ole Charlie.  We walked together; we talked to each other and in all parts of the US.  He was poisoned in Gulf Shores but recovered after a great battle and a lot of talented people at the University of Auburn Small Animal Clinic.  We got another 2 ½ years of Charlie that we probably should not have had.
 
Charlie walked all the golf courses with me I’ve played in the past 10 years and he had more golf manners than most humans I’ve played with.  He never tired, even in the greatest heat or the coldest of cold.  Charlie always met every person I ever met and most often people liked him better than me.  After all, he was a better person than I’ll ever be.
 
Charlie always loved all the people he met and I think most of the people that met him loved him in return.  I can learn a lot from that example and I will hold his manners and love of people as a true example of how to live and love people.
 
Its true what they say, “I only hope that I can become the person that my dog thinks I am.”
 
Charlie would have wanted me to share this with his close friends and I trust you understand our hurt and loss.  Charlie was like a child to us and yes,,,, we admit it and I think he knows just how we feel right now.
 
Never forget to say “I love you” even to your animals,,, they’ll remember it and it’ll make you feel so much better in tough times.
 
Charlie says thank you for being his friend.

CP and JP

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Jan 30 2010

January 22, 2010 The Book of Isaiah! Self – Study Chapters 11-16

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Jesus

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Isaiah 11:1-16 and  Isaiah 12:1-6  The coming messianic King will rule with righteousness and perfect justice.  Although He will spring from the lineage of David as “a root of Jesse” (verse 10), He will be sought by the Gentiles and all nations of the earth.

Isaiah 13:1-22  and  Isaiah 14:1-23   Just as God’s people will be judged for their sins, His judgment will also fall on the Babylonians.  They will be defeated by the Medes and the Persians (verse 13:17).

Isaiah 14:24-27   The nation of Assyria is also destined to feel God’s wrath.

Isaiah 14:28-32   The remnants of the Philistines who still live among the Jewish people will be judged by the Lord.

Isaiah 15:1-9  and  Isaiah 16:1-14    Isaiah delivers God’s message of judgement against the Moabites, ancient enemies of  His people.

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Jan 20 2010

January 20, 2010 – The Book of Isaiah! Self – Study Chapters 6-10

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Scroll of Isaiah

Isaiah is called to be a prophet…HIS Name is Wonderful!  Let’s begin our self-study of Isaiah.  Please click on the linkage to the Scripture and read the verses then we will summarize what we have learned.

Isaiah 6:1-13 Isaiah is called to the prophetic ministry in a dramatic encounter with the awe-inspiring Lord in the temple.   Isaiah’s encounter with the Lord is one of the most dramatic call experiences in the Bible.  In a vision, apparently while worshiping in the temple, he saw the Lord seated upon a throne.  Winged angelic beings known as seraphim surrounded the Lord and declared His holiness.  This moved Isaiah to recognize his unworthiness.  After his lips were cleansed by a hot coal, Isaiah accepted God’s call to the prophetic ministry:   “Here am I; send me” (verse 8).

Isaiah 7:1-25 Through the prophet Isaiah, God warns King Ahaz of Judah not to form an alliance with the Assyrians against other enemy nations.  Assyria will eventually become an instrument of judgement in God’s hands against His people.

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Isaiah 8:1-22 Isaiah names his new-born son Maher-shal-hash-baz, meaning “fast plunder.”  This signifies that the nations that oppose Assyria will fall quickly, leaving other nations an easy target for the mighty Assyrian army.

Isaiah 9:1-21 Although dark days are just ahead for God’s people, He will eventually restore them by sending the Messiah, the Prince of Peace.  As the leader of a spiritual kingdom, He will become the heir to the “throne of David” (see verse 7; see 2 Samuel 7:1-17).

Isaiah 10 Israel (the Northern Kingdom), with Samaria as its capital, will be overrun by the Assyrians.  The people will be carried away as captives, but the Lord will preserve a remnant of His people who remain faithful to Him.

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Jan 18 2010

Please Pray for Our Country 2 Chronicles 7:14

 

 

He Died for You

 

I ask that you turn your speakers up, click on this link, listen and pray for our beautiful United States of America according to

2 Chronicles 7:14    Please pray for our country as you seek His face.

http://www.greatdanepro.com/Pray%20For%20America/index.htm

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Jan 10 2010

January 10, 2010 – The Book of Isaiah; the First of the Major Prophets. Self-Study Chapters 1-5

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The Book of Isaiah stands as the first of the major prophets (Isaiah to Daniel).  Isaiah is quoted in the New Testament more than any other Old Testament book.  Isaiah’s name means “The Lord Saves”.  He ministered for nearly sixty years, from 740 B.C. to 681 B.C.  Because of its anticipation of the coming of Jesus Christ and His message of redemption, the Book of Isaiah is sometimes called the fifth Gospel.  About seven hundred years before Jesus was born, Isaiah foretold His coming as a spiritual ruler who would bring redemption for His people.  He would be known as “Wonderful, Counsellor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, and The Prince of Peace.” 

Book of Isaiah

Book of Isaiah

Let’s begin our self-study of Isaiah.  Please click on the linkage to the Scripture and read the verses then we will summarize what we have learned.

Isaiah 1:1-31        Isaiah compares the sins of idolatry in the nation of Judah to the evils committed by the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah.  Judah must Repent and turn back to God or suffer the Lord’s punishment.

Isaiah 2:1-22    Isaiah 3:1-26    Isaiah 4:1-6   In the future, Jerusalem will become the City of God and a safe haven for all people of the earth  (  Isaiah 2:1-5  ).  But before that happens, God will judge His people severely because of their pride, rebellion, and evil deeds.

Isaiah 5:1-7   These verses are known as Isaiah’s “Song of the Vineyard.”  He compares the nation of Judah to a vineyard that God has preserved and cultivated.  But the people have produced nothing but bitter, useless grapes.  Jesus also used this imagery of the vineyard for the Jewish people  (see  Matt. 21:33-41  ).

Isaiah 5:8-30   Because of Judah’s sins of idolatry, injustice, and rebellion, God will raise up an enemy nation to carry  His people into captivity:  “They shall roar, and lay hold of the prey, and shall carry it away safe, and none shall deliver it”  (verse 29).

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Jan 01 2010

January 01, 2010 – Welcome to Another Year of GreatOutdoorBlessings.com

God Bless each of you dear friends in this new year of 2010.  I pray that every step you take and every mile you make today will be with one eye on the road, one eye on the Great Outdoor Blessings that surround you, both hands on the wheel and your mind on Jesus Christ as Lord! 

We have new plans for our ministry this year and I pray that God will allow us to accomplish these plans with His blessings.  Two of our goals that come to mind are a study and review of  “The Book of the Prophet ISAIAH” written by ISAIAH 700-690 B.C..  What a task to undertake, but I look forward to it.

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The second goal is our plans for a springtime 2010 Mission tour.  We have been blessed with a new motorcoach in order to take this trip in and we plan on filling it with Bibles as we depart Mississippi sometime around April 1st.  Matthew 28:16-20

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Dec 01 2009

From the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

Come to know Peace With GOD….click the links below:

http://www.billygraham.org/SH_StepsToPeace.asp?QR=210&BA=1239

http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid1137883230?bctid=1509297822

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