Archive for August, 2019

This is from my daily Greek exercise of sight reading a few weeks ago, courtesy of Vincent S Artale Jr.

Our text is from the Greek translation of Matthew 5:6  Here is my translation:

“μακάριοι οἱ πεινῶντες καὶ διψῶντες τὴν δικαιοσύνην
Blessed are those who are hungry and those who are thirsty for righteousness

ὅτι αὐτοὶ χορτασθήσονται ”
Because they shall be satisfied

Here are some observations:


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A weekend reading review…because sometimes Pastors need a break from heavy reading also.

I am fascinated with history and the history of Asia, including that of China.  Besides the books below readers might want to also check out my reviews of The Beautiful Country and the Middle KingdomRedeemed by Fire: The Rise of Popular Christianity in Modern China by XI Lian, Midnight in Peking by Paul French, Collaboration: Japanese Agents and Local Elites in Wartime China by Timothy Brook, God’s Chinese Son: The Taiping Heavenly Kingdom of Hong Xiuquan, and .


Gordon Kerr. A Short History of China.  Harpenden, UK: Pocket Essentials, September 1st, 2013. 160 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

Do you want to learn about China in a concise summary fashion?  This book would be for you.  This title is a part of the “Short History” Series published by Pocket Essentials and I thought the 160 page was a reasonable length for a survey, especially considering that there are thousands of years of Chinese history.  I felt it fulfilled the criteria of what I was looking for, of a general introduction to the various Chinese dynasties, which I needed to know and understand as a historical foundation so I can read other books on the history of China in a better informed matter.


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I just found Pure Talk, a show of Pure Flix has interviewed Christian apologist and astrophysicist Jason Lisle recently.  The host Billy Hallowell asks Dr. Lisle some questions.  It is under 20 minutes long.  Check it out below:


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In continuing with our blog’s “wee-kids Wednesdays” here’s a review of a Christian Children’s book.  I’m grateful for the publisher allowing me an electronically copy to read and review before its published next week!

Andrew Wilson. Sophie and the Heidelberg Cat.  Wheaton, IL: Crossway, September 3rd 2019.  36 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

Want to read a good children’s book for young ones to understand sin and the need for God’s grace?  This is an excellent book for that!  The author told this story in a way that kids would relate in terms of the kinds of sins that would happen between siblings and at home and certainly my daughters felt they could identify with the main character Sophie.  Yet the story also point towards God’s grace to be forgiven for sin!  That’s quite an accomplishment for 36 pages for a children’s book on such a serious topic.  I recommend this as I have a hard time finding good Gospel books for kids that is serious about sin and serious about Grace.


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Lesson 1: What is a Dinosaur?


Purpose: To explore and know more about God’s creation of dinosaur.


Book(s) read:

Stephanie Turnbull’s Dinosaurs.


Other tools:




Pictures of dinosaurs

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn general knowledge about what is a dinosaur.
  2. Learn the vocabulary concerning dinosaurs.
  3. Illustrate what is learned in this lesson about dinosaurs.
  4. Learn a spiritual lesson concerning God’s creation of dinosaurs.


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Prerequisite for Worship

Psalm 15


O Lord, who may abide in Your tent? Who may dwell on Your holy hill? 2 He who walks with integrity, and works righteousness, And speaks truth in his heart. 3 He does not slander with his tongue, Nor does evil to his neighbor, Nor takes up a reproach against his friend; 4 In whose eyes a reprobate is despised, But who honors those who fear the Lord; He swears to his own hurt and does not change; 5 He does not put out his money at interest, Nor does he take a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things will never be shaken.


Establish the Need: How often do you think about worshipping God and do you think carefully about your approach towards God?


Purpose: In this Psalm we shall see three imperative we need to follow so that we live a life that really matters.


We need to ask life’s most important question (v.1)

We need to hear the answer to life’s most important question (v.2-5b)

We need to trust in God’s assurance (v.5c)



Introductory matters

Hebrew verse 1 of Psalm 15 indicates that this is written by David.

Psalm 14 is a contrast with Psalm 15.


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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: How old was Benjamin when his clan migrated to Egypt?

Here are the two answers which the skeptic believes indicate a Bible contradiction:

He was an infant.

 We said to my lord, ‘We have an old father and a little child of his old age. Now his brother is dead, so he alone is left of his mother, and his father loves him.’” (Genesis 44:20)

But we said to my lord, ‘The lad cannot leave his father, for if he should leave his father, his father would die.” (Genesis 44:22)

He was a grown man with ten sons.

Now these are the names of the sons of Israel, Jacob and his sons, who went to Egypt: Reuben, Jacob’s firstborn.” (Genesis 46:8)

The sons of Benjamin: Bela and Becher and Ashbel, Gera and Naaman, Ehi and Rosh, Muppim and Huppim and Ard.” (Genesis 46:21)


(All Scriptural quotation comes from the New American Standard Bible)

Here’s a closer look at whether or not there is a contradiction:


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