Bible Bistro University – Genesis 10:1-32 – Session Twelve

Now these are the generations of the sons of Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth: and unto them were sons born after the flood.

Genesis 10:1

Dear Church and Friends,

Welcome to the Bible Bistro University! Today’s screen cast, session 12, will cover Genesis 10:1-32. You will find the outline that we created during the lesson linked below. I hope you enjoy this study as the sons of Noah go forth and replenish the earth.

All my best.

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Pastor’s Letter – September 8, 2020 – What Makes a Man Worthy?

And when he heard of Jesus, he sent unto him the elders of the Jews, beseeching him that he would come and heal his servant.

Luke 7:3

Dear Church and Friends,

We all know the truth about ourselves. Even when others speak well of us we know the reality. The elders that come to Jesus tell him why the Centurion is worthy, “For he loveth our nation, and he hath built us a synagogue.” This is why Jesus should pay attention to the man’s request.

He was accomplished, only the best of the Roman Legion could rise to the rank of Centurion. He was a leader of men and understood how to manage a large fighting force. He was wealthy, so much so that he was able to pay for the synagogue’s construction. He was most likely in the process of proselytizing, to convert to Judaism. The elders said, “That he was worthy for whom he should do this.”

Do those things make a man worthy? Does merit equal worthiness? The great thing about the Centurion is that he knew it didn’t. He doesn’t try to leverage his position, wealth, or good will to get what he wants. He says twice, I’m not worthy.

  • Lord, trouble not thyself: for I am not worthy that thou shouldest enter under my roof: (7:6)
  • Wherefore neither thought I myself worthy to come unto thee: but say in a word, and my servant shall be healed. (7:7)

Jesus was amazed at this man’s faith, which begins here with his opinion of himself. He was not worthy and he knew it. The thing that sometimes hinders our faith is that we think we are deserving of his good will. Faith always starts with humility. Until you can lay aside merit and what you think you deserve, and take up humility and poverty of spirit there is no blessing. Not even if the elders brag on your goodness.

Music: Something That The World Didn’t Give Me by the Marshall Family.

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Prayer Request: Please pray for the following.

  • Maeve Renner, the nursing home where she works has been hit hard by the Covid-19 virus. Pray for her and the residents and staff.
  • Judi and Van Page, Ponca City, Okla. Judi Page is an evangelism catalyst serving through First Baptist in Ponca City, Okla. Please pray for our English as a Second Language (ESL) students during this pandemic. Many of them are fearful of catching the coronavirus. Part of their fear comes from their lack of understanding the English language. Also please pray for the civil unrest. This also makes them fearful, wondering if their lives matter. My husband, Van, and I request prayer for our own health. We are both in our 70s and part of the vulnerable age bracket. Van’s health is compromised, so I am unsure if I should continue leading classes, but I know God’s call is to follow Him. I don’t want to be motivated by fear, but faith. Thank you for your prayers.

All my best.

And they that were sent, returning to the house, found the servant whole that had been sick.

Luke 7:10

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Sunday Morning Worship – September 6, 2020 – Jairus’ Request

And, behold, there cometh one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name; and when he saw him, he fell at his feet,

Mark 5:22

Dear Church and Friends,

Creek Road Baptist Church has launched out into the deep with a video recording of Sunday morning worship. Enjoy our September 6th service!

All my best.

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Pastor’s Letter – September 4, 2020 – What Monsters Don’t Do

And Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck, and kissed him: and they wept.

Genesis 33:4

Dear Church and Friends,

“There’s a monster under my bed!” the boy said to his father. “How do you know there is a monster under your bed?” the father asked. “I heard a strange noise,” the boy said. “So, because you heard a strange noise you decided there is a monster under your bed?” “Yes. What else could it be?” the boy replied.

We create monsters all the time and construct them on very little information, just like the boy in my story. They aren’t real, (just don’t tell my monsters that, they might take offense), but we so believe they are that we redirect our lives to avoid them. That is exactly what Jacob did.

Based on a twenty year old threat, delivered to him second-hand he constructed a monster called Esau. Even after he sees the angels, makes his prayer, and wrestles with God, he still approaches Esau in fear. He doesn’t see his brother, he only sees the monster of his own creation.

How surprised he must have been when Esau hugged and kissed him. Monsters don’t do that, do they? No, but brothers do. Esau was mad twenty years ago but the Lord, and a dose of time defused his anger. The result was a loving embrace.

We all live with monsters of our own creation. They’re not real. They are built on misunderstanding and weird noises. The only way to find rest from the demands of the monsters is to deny them and trust the Lord. We’ll discover that they like to kiss and hug.

Music: Before the Throne of God Above by Joseph Bradshaw.

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Prayer Request: Please pray for the following.

  • Kolkata, India. (kohl-KAH-tah) – As COVID-19 continues, some mature believers have started to take their training materials online. Audio is being recorded and videos are being made so that other believers can access the material from their homes. Please pray that all of these efforts will serve to prepare the newer believers in any way possible for kingdom work. The mature believers are also involved in several weekly online trainings in and outside of Kolkata. Please pray that they will be faithful and that God will use these times for the expansion of His gospel and the equipping of His followers. Ask for a good network to develop during the trainings. Pray for wisdom and insight, as this is the first time that they are doing online trainings.

Catechism: Craig’s Catechism (1581) [4. The First Part of God’s Honor.]

168


Expound why these honorable offices were given unto Him.

By His Kingly power we are free from sin, death, and hell.

169


But we may easily fall into sin again?

Yet by the same power we shall rise, and gain the victory.

170


The battle is very hard?

We do not fight in our own strength.

171


What is our power and strength?

The power and Spirit of Christ in us.

All my best.

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

Philippians 4:8

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