|Our Father, who aret in Heaven...
I continue to be amazed at the number of people who don't own a bible concordance.
If there are a billion bibles in a billion homes, then there should be a billion concordances to go hand in hand with each
It was brought home to me again as I came across a program on TV called, "Ask Your Pastor."
Each day, a panel of four to six pastors of various denominations and from a variety of locations across the U.S., answer
questions either called in or written or Emailed to the program. And most of the questions people ask, could be looked
up in the bible by themselves in minutes, simply by taking a word from their question, and looking it up in that concordance.
I've mentioned this at other times, but I'll repeat...of course words like "and" or
"the" aren't listed, but any descriptive word will be found, if you'll just look it up in a complete concordance.
"Strong's" concordance is only one of many at any good book store.
let's say you remember something about the fingers of a man's hand, writing on a wall and scaring a king. How
to find it? Let's say you take the word "fingers." Look it up. I admit that you have to have
a little common sense, as the concordance will probably say "DA 5:5, and then will say "and in the same hour came
forth "f" of a..." You have to realize that the "DA 5:5" stands for the book of Daniel,
chapter five and verse five, and the partial sentence that has an "f" in it will stand for the word "fingers"
that you're looking for. If you can't find the book of Daniel, get it from your bible's table of contents.
If that sounds complicated, practice a little on easier verses, like the 23rd Psalm, "The Lord is
my shepherd, etc..." look up the word "shepherd" and you'll find the concordance will
say Ps 23:1, and the sentence will say, "The Lord is my "s," I shall not want." With a complete
concordance, there won't be many things you can not look up. I read the bible a lot, and I'd still be lost without
a concordance. And a paperback shouldn't cost more than ten dollars or so.
Folks, if you
care anything at all about your soul, you'll care about your bible, and if the Bible is your guide, a concordance is your
roadmap. Don't be without one.
If you want wisdom and knowledge, study the bible
is you never get to any other source.
I'm having problems with adding pictures, so can't include a picture this time. Sorry!
I’ve noticed that some of my Conquest articles have taken on a new complexion since my wife
went to her new home. I don’t feel the same about passing from this life to the next. I like to use the
term “The Promise” that the Lord gives to everyone…that Christians will immediately be with loved
ones who’ve gone on, when our turn comes.
King David used that consolation we see in 2nd Samuel 12:23,
after his son by Bathsheba died; “I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.” And of course Jesus
showed the same comfort to us, as He hung on the Cross, when he told the thief hanging beside Him, who had become a believer
there, “Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.”
I’ve written about that in an earlier article, but for those of you who didn’t see it, I’ll give
my interpretation of those words by Christ. “Today” means now…assuring us that we won’t be
put in a waiting area until some time in the future. And “shalt thou be with me” means that He will go to
the same place with this person who’s dying at His side.
And the Bible clearly shows that the word “Paradise” and
“Heaven” are the same place. Revelation 2:7 is enough to convince us: “He who has an ear, let
him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers, I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which
is in the paradise of God.” And the tree of life serves double duty, also indicating that we’ll eat the
best of foods in Heaven.
The only ones who
should fear death, are those of you who haven’t given your heart to the Lord. I beg you to take care of that,
at this very moment. It’s the only time you’re guaranteed.