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I think most Christians who might be familiar with Exodus 18 and Jethro often hear about it in the context of the application of leadership with the role of delegating tasks to others (see Exodus 18:13-27).
But I think there’s more to that especially in considering what is Exodus 18:1-12 about.

Here’s the passage:

Now Jethro, the priest of Midian, Moses’ father-in-law, heard about everything that God had done for Moses and for Israel His people, how the Lord had brought Israel out of Egypt. 2 And Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, took in Moses’ wife Zipporah, after he had sent her away, 3 and her two sons, one of whom was named Gershom, for Moses said, “I have been a stranger in a foreign land.” 4 And the other was named Eliezer, for he said, “The God of my father was my help, and saved me from the sword of Pharaoh.” 5 Then Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, came with his sons and his wife to Moses in the wilderness where he was camped, at the mountain of God. 6 And he sent word to Moses: “I, your father-in-law Jethro, am coming to you with your wife and her two sons with her.” 7 Then Moses went out to meet his father-in-law, and he bowed down and kissed him; and they asked each other about their welfare, and went into the tent. 8 Moses told his father-in-law everything that the Lord had done to Pharaoh and to the Egyptians for Israel’s sake, all the hardship that had confronted them on the journey, and how the Lord had rescued them. 9 And Jethro rejoiced over all the goodness which the Lord had done for Israel, in rescuing them from the hand of the Egyptians. 10 So Jethro said, “Blessed be the Lord who rescued you from the hand of the Egyptians and from the hand of Pharaoh, and who rescued the people from under the hand of the Egyptians. 11 Now I know that the Lord is greater than all the gods; indeed, it was proven when they acted insolently against the people.” 12 Then Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, took a burnt offering and sacrifices for God, and Aaron came with all the elders of Israel to eat a meal with Moses’ father-in-law before God.

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Thankfulness Free Grace Broadcaster

Various Authors. Thankfulness.  Pensacola, FL: Chapel Library, November 8th 2016. 48 pp.

5 out of 5

Free: Chapel Library

Purchase: Amazon

Want to read something devotionally on the topic of being thankful and thanksgiving to the Lord?  This resource from Chapel Library might be for you.  Feature in this pamphlet are essays of various historic Protestant preachers and pastors on thanksgiving to God.  These authors are all tested saints from centuries ago but the truth found in its pages is timeless.  There’s various compiled writings from William Cooper, Richard Sibbes, Thomas Mantion, Charles Spurgeon and others.  This is my third Free Grace Broadcaster I read.  The earlier one I read was on Messianic Prophecies and Fatherhood.  Like the first one this particular booklet too was a spiritual delight!

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the_book_of_ruth_is_messianic

Establish the need: To the untrained eye one can think a small book like Ruth that read like personal romance has nothing to do with the Messiah; but is this the case?

Purpose: We will consider three points of how the book of Ruth has Messianic trajectories.

    • It might have seemed that God had forgotten about His Messianic promises during the book of Ruth
    • The genealogy in Ruth 4 continues the Messianic hope
    • God works through unlikely situations

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hannahs_song_is_messianic

Establish the need: Is there any Messianic prophecy in this song?

Purpose: We will consider reasons why we consider Hannah’s Song in 1 Samuel 2:1-10 is Messianic Prophecy.

    • Hannah’s Song is prophetic
    • Hannah’s Song is Messianic prophecy since she was informed by Old Testament Theology
    • The mention of the Messiah seem to refer to Someone greater than a local King of Israel

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Now for something fun!  I’m reviewing something I haven’t done before on this blog: a Christian apologetics hoodie!

Presup shark hoodie

 

My blog cover a lot on Presuppositional Apologetics.  I love it enough that I got something related to Presuppositional Apologetics besides books.  Since it is getting colder with the fall what an appropriate time to have a hoodie and also something with the theme of Presuppositional Apologetics.   

The above is a picture of the hoodie I ordered that is on this online Christian shirt shop called “The Powerful Christian.”  You can go to the store directory by clicking here.  (Its not a picture of me lol).  The shop have merchandise related to Presuppositional Apologetics and also Reformed theology.

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This week I took a break from teaching Exodus with our family devotions.  Been rather tired.  But I want to reflect briefly on Exodus.

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deuteronomy_18_and_the_messiah

Establish the need: Is the Messiah going to be like Moses in any way?

Purpose: We will consider Deuteronomy 18:15-19 as pointing to Christ with the following five points.

  • The focus on an individual prophet like Moses
  • Objection: There’s nothing about this about a future prediction
  • Deuteronomy 18 is not predicting Joshua
  • Deuteronomy 18 is not predicting Muhammad
  • Jesus is like Moses

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how_do_we_discipline_our_children_with_opposition_from_other_adults

Establish the need: Sometimes other relatives, in-laws, parents and sibling who oppose us disciplining our kids. How do we discipline our children when facing opposition from other adults?

Purpose: Today we will go over five points concerning what to do when adults object to our discipline of our child.

  • Examine ourselves to see if others have legitimate biblical concerns with how we discipline our child
  • Explain to the other person why you discipline is because you are following the Bible
  • Discipline in a private place
  • Spank quickly and firmly
  • Explain to your child why you discipline so they take your side

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Note: This is a guest post since presently I am teaching overseas. This is by Jeff Chavez. His blog be found here.

trinity

1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith: 2.3c

but distinguished by several peculiar relative properties and personal relations; which doctrine of the Trinity is the foundation of all our communion with God, and comfortable dependence on him.

1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith: 11:4

God did from all eternity decree to justify all the elect,11 and Christ did in the fullness of time die for their sins, and rise again for their justification; nevertheless, they are not justified personally, until the Holy Spirit in time does actually apply Christ to them.

From the 1689 London Baptist Confession and the Scriptures we know that the Triune God works together to accomplish the redemption of His people. Redemption fulfills the Father’s eternal plan. The redemption of God’s people is based on the Son’s perfect life and glorious work on the cross by shedding His blood. The Spirit powerfully applies Christ’s work of redemption.

In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. (Ephesians 1:7-12 ESV)

The Trinitarian theology in the New Testament is a Christ–centered Trinitarianism.

Teaching: Christ’s redemptive work is the ground and center of the triune God’s perfect redemption. Christ saves His people chosen by the Father, through the regenerating work of the Spirit.

Let’s see today the Particularity, Power, Perfection, and Purpose of Redemption.

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Note: This is a guest post since presently I am teaching overseas. This is by Jesus Archuleta.

Baby in womb

Do you often hear pro-choicers say that the Bible endorses abortion? 

Are you familiar with the verses they use to support their case? 

The goal I have with this blog is to go through the most common verses used by pro-choicers and see whether their claims hold up. 

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Note: This is a guest post since I’m teaching overseas.  This is by Tom.  His blog be found here.

Hair loss

When I was a young man, people often complimented me on my very thick head of dark brown hair. It was so thick I could barely get a comb through it. But in my late twenties, I began to notice hair on my pillow and clogging the drain after a shower. Argh! I was losing my hair and going bald. But how bald would I get? Would I be like my father with a very pronounced receding hairline, but some remaining hair on top or would I go complete chrome-dome like my Uncle Leo? I must admit, gradually losing my hair over a long period of time was a bit unnerving. It didn’t help that family and friends noticed and commented on my thinning hair.

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Note: This is a guest post since presently I am teaching overseas. This is by Dave Guill. His blog be found here.

Poco A Poco (Little by little)

Man Walking Deserted HIghway in Utah

Recently, I began teaching Bible and science at a little bilingual school nestled deep in the mountains of Yamaranguila, Honduras. So far, the experience has been spectacular! The weather Is perfect, the town is quaint, the students are awesome, and the food…. is just oh-so-good.

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Note: This is a guest post since presently I am teaching overseas. This is by Jeff Chavez. His blog be found here.

cross

Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. See, I have told you.” So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. And behold, Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.(Matthew 28:1-10 ESV)This portion of the resurrection like that of the other three gospels (John 20, Mark 16, Luke 24) tells us about the great proof that Christ has satisfied the Father’s justice and wrath and He has paid in full the debt of His people.

From the text, we can glean three descriptions of the resurrection of Christ.

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Note: This is a guest post since presently I am teaching overseas. This is by Bruce. His blog be found here.

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balaams_oracles_are_messianic

Establish the need: What are the details of the Messiah in Numbers 24?

Review: Last week we considered five reasons we believe Balaam’s third and fourth discourse found in Numbers 24:5-9 and Numbers 24:14-19 are Messianic prophecies.

  1. Clues from the Pentateuch: a prophetic poem at the end of an era
  2. Clues from themes from the Abrahamic Covenant in Balaam’s narrative
  3. Clues from themes in Genesis 49 in Balaam’s narrative
  4. Clues from the narrator of Balaam’s narrative
  5. Objection: Isn’t Balaam a false prophet?

Purpose: In this session we will consider three details about the Messiah found in Numbers 24:7-9 and refute an objection

  1. The Messianic Seed will be a King of Israel (Numbers 24:7)
  2. The Messianic Seed will be come out of Egypt (Numbers 24:8)
  3. The Messiah will bless those who bless Him and curse those who curse Him (Numbers 24:9)
  4. Objection: Isn’t this about Saul?

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