Use the Keys

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Use the Keys! 
More on Prayer from Matthew 16:13-19
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This sequel follows two other writings – Spiritual Warfare – Arise! and Prayer – the Work of the Kingdom.

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Prayer - The Work of the Kingdom

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Prayer
The Work of the Kingdom
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The King of the universe created us for relationship with Himself! He is the Lover of our souls! Hearing His voice is our greatest joy! He invites us into prayer that brings light into His kingdom!

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The Charges of Paul to Timothy for All Soldiers

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The Charges of Paul to Timothy 
for All Soldiers
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Dear beloved of God, you may replace Timothy's name with your own as you continue reading these charges.

Jesus said, "In this world you will have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world." (John 16:33) These are just a few of Paul’s encouragements to his beloved son in the faith as Paul faced serious persecution.

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Spiritual Warfare - Arise!

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Spiritual Warfare – Arise! 
Lessons in the Book of Daniel for Today
Written December 2018, Revised January 12, 2021
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We are all soldiers. We are not all on the physical front lines, but we are all on the front lines in prayer.

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A Chronology of Jesus' Birth

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A Chronology of Jesus’ Birth 
A Family Reading and A Fun Quiz
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The following passages are taken from the three Gospels accounts in the Bible that contain portions of the story of Jesus’ birth. As best as I could, I wove them together in the order that the events took place, gave subtitles, and color-coded the portions. I hope you enjoy reading the complete story with your family and friends.
Matthew 1-2 – Verses are in red.
Luke 1-2 – Verses are in black.
John 1 – Verses are in green.

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A Baptism to Undergo

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A Baptism to Undergo
Passing through the waters
A Short Scripture Study and Personal Story
Luke 12:49-50
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Last July 7, 2020, I awoke with Luke 12:50a on my mind – “I have a baptism to undergo…” This morning, November 16, 2020, I awoke with the verse on my mind again. I had not been reading in the Gospel of Luke on either day, so I believe the Lord brought this verse to my mind to consider.

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The Highway

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The Highway and Messiah’s Return! 
In Celebration of the Feast of Trumpets
A Scripture Study in Isaiah 35
Written for September 18, 2020
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The Feast of Trumpets begins at sunset on September 18th in this year 2020. This celebration foreshadows the return of our Beloved Messiah Jesus! Christians and Christian leaders all over our nation and the globe have joined hands to declare September 18th through the 29th as a time to turn to the Lord in personal and national repentance (See 2 Chronicles 7:14). We have been asked to pray for revival in our land at this critical time. Saturday, September 26th will be a National Day of Prayer on the National Mall in Washington D.C., as well as in State Capitols, in our churches, and in our homes.

This time between September 18th and 29th is also known as The Days of Awe on the Hebrew calendar. These days are marked by repentance and preparation and end with a day of fasting called Yom Kippur or the Day of Atonement.

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Living in God's Undeserved Love

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Living in God’s Undeserved Love (Hesed) 
A Devotional Scripture Study
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Last October 15th 2019, I woke up to this message. In 2020, it became a Scripture Study on the Shale Fragments website called The Tabernacle Hesed Moon, Living in God’s Undeserved Love. Now, almost a year later, I have been asked to share this message at a conference, so I am sharing this more ordered version with you.

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Abiding Tools

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Abiding Tools
A Scripture Study in John 15:1-17
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First written, September 2004
Final revison, August 2020

This study is 16 years old. It began as a 15-minute message I gave in my teaching class in Bible school in the fall of 2004. The message impacted me so much that I revisited it often. At one point, I developed it into material for a weekend retreat. This week, it became a Scripture Study to share with you!

Introduction
Hudson Taylor was the founder of the China Inland Mission. At his death in 1905, there were 125,000 Chinese Christians in the mission – a fruitful life! But Hudson writes about a time in the early years of his ministry when his life was marked by exhaustion and deadness in his spirit. He belonged to God, but he was not experiencing joy and rest. He said, “I prayed, agonized, fasted, strove, read the Word diligently, sought more time for meditation, but all without avail. I strove for faith, but it would not come.”

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The Great Transition

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The Great Transition
Maundy Thursday and The New Covenant Given
Compiled in 2014, revised for April 3, 2020
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Contents

  • The Passover Meal and the Last Supper
  • The Passover and the New Covenant Connection
  • The Intimate Transition
  • The Scriptural Anticipation and Fulfillment
  • Addendum: Explanation of the Last Supper Timeline of the Last Supper.
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The Master Marksman

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The Master Marksman
The Sword/Mouth Connection
A Personal or Group Scripture Study with Conclusions and Questions
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What is the Word of God?

Psalm 138:2   

I will bow down toward Your holy temple and give thanks to Your name for Your lovingkindness and Your truth for You have magnified Your Word above all Your Name.

The Word of God is the expression of His heart that reflects His character.

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What is the Prayer of Faith? Part 2

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What is the Prayer of Faith?
Part 2
A Scripture Study in Hebrews 11:1
February 28, 2020
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To read What is the Prayer of Faith, Part 1click here.

I was looking at Hebrews 11:1 in a new Bible translation. It stated that faith is a way to acquire what we long for. This is not the conclusion from my study.

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What is the Prayer of Faith? Part 1

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What is the Prayer of Faith? Part 1
A Scripture Study in Luke 18:1–8
February 21, 2020
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Jesus uses a parable to encourage His disciples to be faithful in prayer and to prepare them for the response that would come when they poured out their longings and questions to God.

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The Tabernacle Hesed Moon

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The Tabernacle Hesed Moon
Living in His Undeserved Love
October 15, 2019
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Note:  On October 16, 2019 at 10:30 p.m., we received a phone call from my sister that my brother had passed away unexpectedly. We arrived at my mother’s home about midnight. This blog was posted the day before on October 15. We were told the following Saturday that the “presumed date” of his death was October 15. So, this blog was written in the early morning of the day my brother died.

Dear friends,

The week-long Feast of Tabernacles began this year [2019] at sunset on Sunday, October 13th and will culminate on Sunday, October 20th – “the last day of the great feast” (John 7:37-38). 

My heart has been filled with a warm longing for more of Yeshua as I look at the Tabernacle full moon outside our east window at night and outside our west window in the early morning. Both sights are gentle reminders that Father has enclosed me behind and before and laid His hand of love upon me. (Psalm 139:5)

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Praying Isaiah’s Hope

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Praying Isaiah's Hope
A Request for Healing
September 11, 2019
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Do you need to be healed in any aspect of your life today? I do. Let’s come into His presence with prayers for healing, praying from Isaiah 52 through 58.

I wrote this prayer in the first person, but you can fill in your name and the names of all those who God is placing on your heart. I encourage you to read it along with your Bible, since these are my own prayers taken from the passages. I’ve noted the Chapter and Verse where applicable.

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Basking in Matthew 13

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Basking in Matthew
A walk through Chapter 13
September 3, 2019
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Dear friends,

I’ve been basking in the book of Matthew since this past April. Every sentence is exploding with meaning! I have just waded through Yeshua’s parables in Matthew 13. He had been teaching by the Galilean Sea where He had established a temporary home (Matthew 4:13). I always picture the profile of Him sitting on a hill overlooking the Sea.

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Missing Perspectives

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Missing Perspectives
The Ministry of Jesus through the Women of the Church
A Greek-Word Study
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My soul continues to magnify the utter beauty of God’s Word as I write this study of key passages about women in the New Testament. I give credit to the New American Standard Bible (NASB) Greek Dictionary for helping me discover the meanings of these passages.

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Choice Children, Part 2

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Choice Children, Part 2
Choice or Chaff—The Daniel 12/Matthew 3/Isaiah 40 Connection
August 2019
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From the Hebrew word study of Daniel 12:3  from Choice Children, Part 1:  
“Those who abide in God consider their steps deeply. They receive discernment, direction and wisdom that causes them to shine so brightly that their lives enlighten, warn, admonish, and teach those around them without speaking a word. Their lives gleam with God’s purifying message, and many are drawn to Him through their brightness.”

In about AD 26-30, John, son of Zacharias and Elizabeth, emerged in the wilderness of Judea immersing Jewish people in the Jordan River. They would have seen this act as bathing for cleansing. John said he came to immerse for repentance. Repentance means to turn. John cried out in the wilderness for the people to turn from sin to God – to be cleansed from their own ways to walk in God’s ways.

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Choice Children, Part 1

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Choice Children, Part 1
Bright like the stars
August 2019
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Dear friends,

Daniel 12:10 says “Many will be purged, purified and refined” referring to the Lord’s people in the end times.

When I think of the word purge, I think of getting rid of things I don’t need. However, when I looked at the meaning of the Hebrew word in this passage for purge (bârar), it means to clarify, brighten, examine, polish, prove, and to make choice. The word bârar suggests the attention given to a favorite.

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A Timeline of Yeshua Messiah's Life

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A Timeline of Yeshua Messiah's Life
A Devotional
Taken from the Gospel accounts and other Scripture (An Ongoing Document)
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  • Eternal Existence with the Father
  • Descent to earth from heaven
  • Conception in Mary at Nazareth
  • Travel to and Birth in Bethlehem
  • Ministry in Galilee and Judea – loving, teaching, delivering, and healing
  • Journey toward Jerusalem

 

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