Friday, January 10, 2020

BIBLE PROPHECY — WAR WITH IRAN?

This week the United States almost went to war with the Islamic Republic of Iran. Has the crisis passed, or is this just the lull before the storm? Does Bible prophecy have any answers for us?

Fortunately, the Bible has a lot to say about End Time events. This is because God wants us to know that He has not been caught by surprise and that He is in control, thus giving us the comfort and hope we will need as events unfold in the world.

IRAN

Iran is a powerful nation of more than 80 million people, possessing a military ranked at number 14 in the world. Compare that with Israel, with a military ranking of 17. While the United States is ranked number 1 in the world, the United States has world-wide responsibilities while Iran, aided by powerful proxies such as Hezbollah and Hamas, could concentrate their forces in the Middle East. 

It is also reported that Iran has some 2,000 ballistic missiles, some of which can reach out 2,500 miles, putting every American base in the region within range of attack. And that does not even take into consideration terrorist sleeper cells within the United States that could wreak havoc at home. 

Be sure to be at church this Sunday, January 12th, as the topic of my sermon will be what End Time Bible Prophecy has to say about Iran, her allies, and the coming Battle of Gog and Magog. Thankfully, the Bible has a lot to say on this topic. You will not want to miss this very important sermon. Be sure to invite your friends. I’ll be looking forward to seeing you there!

THE BATTLE OF GOG AND MAGOG

Whether or not war flares up between the United States and Iran in the immediate future, we do know that the Bible foretells a major war and an invasion of Israel in the End Times. Some of the aggressor nations involved are Russia, Iran, Turkey, Libya and Sudan, among others. Everything is now in place for such an invasion, and it could happen almost any time. I will be teaching about this from the Bible on Sunday during my sermon. Don’t miss it!

Yesterday (January 9, 2020) an article was published in Breaking Israel News, an Israeli news site, titled,

End of Days Expert: “Iran Sharpening Swords for Gog and Magog”

The article reports, “Rabbi Pinchas Winston, a prolific end-of-times author, stated a disclaimer that it is impossible to definitively state when the War of Gog and Magog begins. ‘That being said, we have been seeing the signs of Gog and Magog for some time now,’ Rabbi Winston told Breaking Israel News. ‘It will come as the result of many disparate seemingly insignificant acts that all culminate in something major. That is the way prophecy and history work.’”

The article continues, “‘All the conditions exist for a no-holds-barred multinational conflict in the Middle East, precisely the type of conflict described by the prophets as preceding the Messiah,’ Rabbi Winston said. ‘You can be sure that Iran is sharpening their swords right now. For peace to exist, both sides have to be afraid of war. You don’t have that here. Iran wants a war to bring a great fiery war to bring Mahdi and to get rid of the ‘Great Satan.’”

Rabbi Winston says, this war would be “precisely the type of conflict described by the prophets as preceding the Messiah.” Both Christians and Jews read the same Bible prophecies and come to the same conclusion — Messiah is coming soon. Jews are looking forward to the advent of the Messiah, while Christians await his second advent.

You will want to read this article from yesterday. Here is the link:


As I mentioned, Christians read the same prophecies as the Jews and come to the same conclusion about the Battle of Gog and Magog and the coming of the Messiah. I am attaching an article for you from a Christian source that says the same thing. You will want to read it:

Why the Russia-Turkey-Iran Alliance Could Be More Disturbing Than You Think


RUSSIA

How could Russia be involved in such an alliance you may ask? As we have discussed from the pulpit a number of times over the years, God did give the Russian people warnings about the coming communist revolution and the subsequent persecution of believers. He also promised eventual deliverance, but further warned that it would be only for a short time.

I am going to quote two such predictions for you, along with a summary of these prophecies by Russian Archbishop Theophan in the 1930s:

Elder Barnabas of the Gethsemane Skete spoke before the Revolution of the disaster coming upon Russia, “Persecutions against the faith will constantly increase. There will be unheard-of grief and darkness, and almost all the churches will be closed. But when it will seem to people that it is impossible to endure any longer, then deliverance will come. There will be a flowering. Churches will even begin to be built. But this will be a flowering before the end” [private letter from N. Kieter].

Schema-monk Aristocleus, not long before his death in August 1918, said that “now we are undergoing the times before Antichrist, but Russia will yet be delivered… There will be an extraordinary outburst and a miracle of God would be manifested. And there will be an entirely different life, but all this will not be for long” [Orth. Russia, 1969, #21, p. 3].

“Archbishop Theophan of Poltava summed up in the 1930’s the prophecies which he had received from such elders as these: ‘You ask me about the near future and about the last times. I do not speak on my own, but give the revelation of the Elders: The coming of Antichrist draws nigh and is very near. The time separating us from him should be counted a matter of years and at most a matter of some decades. But before the coming of Antichrist Russia must yet be restored—to be sure, for a short time’” [The Orthodox Word, 1969, no. 4, p. 194].

Now we can see that the “short time” spoken of by Archbishop Theophan  is ending. How do we know that? 

Russia has become Red China’s closest ally. Red China is a brutal regime with forced abortions and millions in slave labour camps, a savage persecutor of Christians and a serious and growing threat on a world-wide scale. A Christian Russia should be an adversary of such an evil power, not her closest ally!

Russia has also grown very close to the Islamic Republic of Iran, the leading State sponsor of terrorism in the world, a nation that calls the United States and Israel “the Great Satan” and vows to commit genocide by wiping Israel off the map. Russia is selling Iran advanced weapons, including the S 300 surface to air missile system and is helping them to build their economy.

Yesterday The Times of Israel published an important article on Iran titled, 

Senator Graham: Iranian leaders ‘religious Nazis’ who want to ‘kill all Jews’

You will want to read this article. Here is the link:


In addition, Russia has grown very close to Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the strong man of a resurgent Islamist Turkey who wants to restore the Ottoman Empire, the seat of the Islamic Caliphate until it was abolished after Turkey’s defeat in the First World War.  Vladimir Putin has sold the Turks Russia’s most advanced air defense system — the S 400. Putin met with Erdogan again this week and they are cooperating on a major oil pipeline. Turkey has also just sent troops into Libya — which is, in itself, prophetically significant.

The Book of Ezekiel says that an alliance of Russia, Iran, Turkey, Libya and other Islamic nations will invade Israel in the End Times, and the book of Revelation speaks of a nation in the East fielding a 200 million man military — something that only Red China has the manpower to do.

How could a “holy” Russia be closely allied with Red China, and closely associated with such rogue regimes as the Islamic Republic of Iran and an expansionist Islamist Turkey? How could a “holy” Russia be part of a Russia-Red China-Islamic Iran axis of evil?

In 2018, Newsweek ran an interesting article that I think goes a long way to answer these questions. I only saw the article in mid-2019. Frankly, I was shocked and sickened when I read it. I only wish that we had learned the truth sooner. I think you should read the article too. It is titled,

Why Do the Russians Trust the Church Set Up By the KGB?

Here is the link;


It seems that the religious revival in post-Soviet Russia may have been more talk than walk. This revival was supposed to have begun in 1988 with the celebration of a Millennium of Christianity in Russia. That was more than three decades ago, and almost three decades since the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, yet the percentage of people in Russia today who attend church regularly is far smaller than the percentage that attend church is “post-Christian” America. The article reports,

“Seventy-one percent of Russians polled consider themselves Christian Orthodox, 6 percent of them go to church every week, and 17 percent pray every day, according to a Pew Research Center report titled ‘Religious Belief and National Belonging in Central and Eastern Europe.’

“By way of comparison, 55 percent of Americans pray every day, the Pew report says. Russian polling agencies' data are not that far off. For example, according to the FOM (Public Opinion Foundation) 2014 survey, 68 percent of respondents call themselves Orthodox, though 61 percent have never received communion and 63 percent go to church once a year or less often.”

Did you get that? —  “68 percent of respondents call themselves Orthodox, though 61 percent have never received communion and 63 percent go to church once a year or less often.” Hardly a revival!

Lest anyone dismiss the Newsweek article because Newsweek has a liberal slant, I am attaching an article from 2019, published by the impeccably conservative Heritage Foundation titled,

How Putin Uses Russian Orthodoxy to Grow His Empire

Here is the link to the article:


It seems that “Orthodoxy” in Russia has far less to do with Christianity than it does with Russian nationalism. The Heritage Foundation article quotes Pew Research, 

“[M]any Orthodox Christians—and not only Russian Orthodox Christians—express pro-Russia views. … Orthodox identity is tightly bound up with national identity, feelings of pride and cultural superiority, support for linkages between national churches and governments, and views of Russia as a bulwark against the West.”

A bulwark against the West? That means against America, against you and me!

That is the problem with “national” Churches. The faith should be for all people, of all races and all nations, for all time. The faith should be universal. National Churches tend to become little more than departments of the civil government (Caesaro-papism) and are too easily controlled and manipulated by the civil authorities to advance government policies and foreign policy goals.

The Bible has a lot to say about the End Time Invasion of Israel by Russia, Iran and their allies and the ensuing war. As Israeli Rabbi Pinchas Winston said, “All the conditions exist for a no-holds-barred multinational conflict in the Middle East, precisely the type of conflict described by the prophets as preceding the Messiah.”

You can learn all about it on Sunday. I hope to see you there!

SUNDAY ADULT CHRISTIAN EDUCATION

With all that is happening in the world today in light of Bible Prophecy our adult Christian Education Class has taken on even greater importance. 

To keep up you really need to be a regular part of this class. This Sunday’s class will be especially important. Bring your Bible. Class begins at 8:30 AM. You will be blessed!

THE FAITH ONCE DELIVERED RADIO BROADCAST

We will begin a new study series Saturday morning titled, 

The Kingdom of God. What Will it be Like?

Subdeacon Michael and I felt the energy and the leading of the Holy Spirit as we recorded the first episode of this new series. It will be a powerful, encouraging, hope filled and motivating series. Don’t miss it!

THE FAITH ONCE DELIVERED is heard every Saturday morning at 9:30 AM CST on KCRO Radio 660 AM in Omaha, and 106.7 FM in Lincoln, and can be heard throughout eastern Nebraska and western Iowa. Not in eastern Nebraska or western Iowa? No problem! You can listen live over the Internet. Just go to the KCRO Radio website and click Listen Live:


THE FAITH ONCE DELIVERED — PODCASTS

In addition to the radio broadcast every Saturday morning at 9:30 AM Central Time on KCRO Radio 660 AM in Omaha and 106.7 FM in Lincoln, each episode of THE FAITH ONCE DELIVERED is being archived and can be listened to anytime as a Podcast. You can access past radio programs here: 


SUNDAY SERVICES

Sunday Christian Education is at 8:30 AM, followed by Morning Prayer at 9:15 AM, and the Holy Eucharist at 10:00 AM, with fellowship and refreshments after Services. 

At Holy Cross Orthodox Church we are committed to proclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom of God, teaching “the faith which was once delivered” in the first century (Jude 3), and preparing a people for the Coming of the Lord; — and we would like to invite you to worship and learn with us.

Everyone is invited to attend and visitors are always welcome. We are a faithful and friendly congregation, and we have a place for you. 

We hope to see you on Sunday!

HOLY CROSS ORTHODOX CHURCH
7545 Main Street
Ralston, Nebraska 68127
(402) 573-6558






Friday, December 20, 2019

CHURCH NEWS — Advent IV and Nativity

FOURTH SUNDAY IN ADVENT — Sunday, December 22nd.

This coming Sunday is the Fourth and last Sunday in Advent. The Feast of the Nativity of Jesus, Christmas, is just days away. Advent is a time to prepare for the Second Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Let us make good spiritual use of this season.

For the first three Sundays in Advent I have been preaching and teaching about the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem some 2,000 years ago, and I had intended to continue preaching on that topic this Sunday, but I feel strongly led to preach on his Second  Coming instead.

THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST — Sermon Topic for December 22nd

On Sunday I will be preaching on the Second Coming of Christ. In previous sermons I have shown that the Time of the Nations (Gentiles) has been fulfilled since 1967 when Jerusalem passed wholly into Jewish control; and that God’s Fig Tree, the Jewish Nation, put forth new leaves when the State of Israel was born in a day on May 14, 1948. Jesus has promised that the generation that sees this happen will not pass away until all things be fulfilled. 

But, do we really believe him??? 

This Sunday I will be preaching on what End Time Bible prophecy tells us about nations other than Israel, — specifically I will be preaching on England and the United States in End Time Bible prophecy. 

You don’t believe that the Bible speaks about England and the United States? You will after my Sunday morning message!

The Holy Bible is not just a dusty old history book about something that happened long, long ago in a Galilee far, far away. The Bible is as fresh today as it was on the day that its various Books were written. Prophecy is just history (His story) written in advance. 

“Surely the Lord GOD does nothing, Unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets. A lion has roared! Who will not fear? The Lord GOD has spoken! Who can but prophesy?” — Amos 3:7-8.

England and the United States are described so clearly and unmistakably in End Time Bible prophecy written more than 2,300 years before the United States became a nation and more than 2,000 years before Columbus discovered the New World that you will be amazed and wonder how you could have missed it. 

The problem is that Christians as a whole are really rather unfamiliar with the Bible, and especially with the Tanakh or Old Covenant Scriptures. And even when we do read the Scriptures we often do not have eyes to see because we have been preprogrammed to see the Scriptures through a pre-conceived paradigm. What I am going to show you is so crystal clear that it doesn’t need to be “interpreted.” It only needs to be read with open eyes and a willingness to learn.

I preached on this topic back in 2008, but a lot has happened in the last almost twelve years, giving us an even better understanding today. Be at church this Sunday and bring your Bible. I would also encourage you to consider bringing a pen and notepad for note taking. 

Invite family and friends. I promise you that you will see England and the United States, along with other modern countries, clearly and unmistakably described in the pages of Holy Writ. You will find no speculation or sensationalism in my message. None. This sermon will so strengthen your faith and hope that it may change your life and the lives of those you bring with you:

“For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me, Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things that are not yet done, Saying, ‘My counsel shall stand” — Isaiah 46:9-10.

THE NATIVITY OF JESUS — December 25th at Midnight

Midnight Eucharist and Christmas Party

“For while all things were in quiet silence, and that night was in the midst of her swift course, Thine Almighty word leaped down from heaven out of thy royal throne” — Wisdom of Solomon 18:15.

As has been our long tradition at Holy Cross parish we will celebrate a Midnight Holy Eucharist on the morn of December 25th at Midnight. A Christmas party in our parish hall will follow the Eucharist. Members of our church family are asked to bring festive food and drink for the party. Visitors are our guests and do not have to bring a thing. Be sure to invite family and friends. 


O Holy Night! Jesus is the Reason for the Season!

Friday, December 13, 2019

LATEST PARISH NEWS

DECORATING THE CHURCH FOR ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS — Sunday at 8:30 AM

We will be putting up the parish Christmas Tree and decorating the church for Advent and Christmas this Sunday, December 15th at 8:30 AM.

Everyone is invited to participate and join in the fun. There will be no Christian Education on Sunday because of the decorating. Morning Prayer (Matins) will be at 9:15 AM as usual.

Our church family is also invited to bring poinsettias to beautify the church for the season. Let us never forget that Jesus, and Jesus alone, is the Reason for the Season!

IS GENESIS HISTORY? (Video) — This Sunday during fellowship time

What if the Bible really is true? 

What if the Book of Genesis really does accurately record how God created the heavens and the earth? What if Adam and Eve really existed and there really was a Fall? What if there really was a great flood and an Ark? What if the Bible really is the Word of God written? How would that affect your life, your priorities, your decisions???

Beginning this Sunday, December 15th, we will be showing the new documentary film, Is Genesis History? in the parish hall during fellowship time after Services. The film will be shown in two approximately fifty (50) minute parts on Sundays December 15 and 22.

Dr. E. Calvin Beisner, PhD says that the film, “Will strengthen confidence in Scripture, clarify understanding of the relationships of revelation, science, history, and faith, and enhance understanding of difficult questions all while being both beautiful and entertaining.” 

Is Genesis History? features over a dozen scientists and scholars explaining how the world intersects with the history recorded in Genesis.  From rock layers to fossils, from lions to stars, from the Bible to artifacts, this fascinating film will change the way you see the world.

The film’s goal is to provide a scientific case for Creation, a real Adam and Eve, an actual fall, a great flood, and a tower of Babel. Dr. Del Tackett, creator of The Truth Project, serves as your guide—hiking through canyons, climbing up mountains, and diving below the sea—in an exploration of two competing views … one compelling truth.

Most people don’t realize just how many scientists and scholars see Genesis as the key to understanding the world around us. Each of the experts you will meet in this film has spent decades working in his respective field to better understand how it relates to the history recorded in the Bible.

Kevin Anderson, PhD – Microbiologist
Steve Austin, PhD – Geologist
Steven Boyd, PhD – Hebraist
Robert Carter, PhD – Marine Biologist
Arthur Chadwick, PhD – Taphonomist
Danny Faulkner, PhD – Astronomer
George Grant, PhD – Pastor
Paul Nelson, PhD – Philosopher of Science
Douglas Petrovich, PhD – Archeologist
Marcus Ross, PhD – Paleontologist
Andrew Snelling, PhD – Geologist
Kurt Wise, PhD – Paleontologist
Todd Wood, PhD – Biologist
Stuart Burgess, PhD – Mechanical Engineer 
Douglas Kelly, PhD – Theologian 
Larry Vardiman, PhD – Atmospheric Physicist 

This is a film that you will not want to miss! 

Be sure to invite family and friends. Make an effort to reach out to those who do not believe that the Bible can be true, that believe life began by chance and that evolution is true, or that life is meaningless and we are all alone in the universe.

I am attaching for you the two and a half minute official trailer for Is Genesis History? You will really enjoy it! Please share it with others and bring them to church with you on Sunday. Here is the link:


BIBLE PROPHECY IN THE NEWS

Yesterday, December 12th, The Jerusalem Post ran this headline:

JEWISH PRAYER HAS RETURNED TO THE TEMPLE MOUNT — EXCLUSIVE

“Senior Wakf official: Any change would spark strong response from Arabs and Muslims. Jewish activists: Final goal is to rebuild the Temple.”

There you have it. It’s coming folks. Israel is God’s Prophetic Time Clock — and the clock began ticking again on May 14, 1948 when Israel, God’s Fig Tree, put forth new leaves. The clock reached its final hour in 1967, when all of Jerusalem passed into Jewish control signaling the end of the time of the Gentiles (nations). 

Are you like the wise virgins in the parable who were watching for the Bridegroom to come and had oil in their lamps, or are you more like the foolish virgins who were asleep and unprepared when the Bridegroom came?

What are the oil lamps alluded to in this parable?  “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (Psalm 119:105). Yet most professed Christians spend little or no time in the Bible, and in most churches anything but the Bible is taught from the pulpit.

Are you spending time in God’s Word the Bible? Or are you “too busy” to “read, mark, learn and inwardly digest” the Scriptures? Are you studying Bible prophecy so you can recognize the Signs of the Times, or do you poo poo Bible prophecy despite the fact that a third of the Bible is made up of prophecy, and Amos the prophet has told us, “Surely the Lord God does nothing, unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets” (Amos 3:7).

The Lord will come as a thief in the night to a careless world (including careless Christians), but he will not come as a thief in the night to the faithful, for the faithful are not children of the darkness, but of the light.

“But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I should write to you. For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape. But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk are drunk at night. But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation. For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him. Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing.” (I Thess. 5:1-11).

You will want to read the article in The Jerusalem Post. Here is the link:


ENGLAND SHALL BE FREE — A Time to Celebrate!

Yesterday, Boris Johnson and the Tories won a landslide victory in the British elections. On January 31, 2020 the United Kingdom will be out of the EU and the English people will have restored their independence and sovereignty. The Tory campaign slogan was, “Get Brexit done!”

Some years ago when the English government announced that they would allow a referendum on EU membership they had thought that they could shape public opinion and easily win the referendum, thus sealing Englands fate — but God had other plans.

There is solid historic tradition that as a youth Jesus visited the British Isles with Joseph of Arimathea who was his great uncle. Even today you can visit old churches in parts of England where tradition has it that Jesus visited and see stained glass windows of Joseph of Arimathea and the young Jesus arriving by ship. There were important tin mines in England with an active tin trade with the Middle East, and Joseph of Arimathea had interests in the tin mines there. That is why later, when persecution broke out in Jerusalem in the wake of the stoning of Stephen, that Joseph of Arimathea fled to England in AD 37 where he had friends, and brought the Gospel with him.

These historical traditions have been told and sung about in England for centuries. I am attaching for you a video of the great Anthem, JERUSALEM by William Blake (1757-1827). This video includes the lyrics on the screen, so be sure to read them. They tell the story of the visit of our Lord as a youth to the British Isles. This great anthem will touch your heart and bless your soul. Here is the link:


THE HISTORICAL PRONUNCIATION OF VAV

Is it Vav or Waw? This really is a very important question. Many Christians “know” that Vav is the modern Hebrew pronunciation and Waw is the ancient pronunciation, but is that really correct? Or was Vav the ancient pronunciation that has been restored in modern times, and Waw a pronunciation that crept into Hebrew under the influence of Arabic? 

This question is vital for the proper pronunciation of the Divine Name (YHVH or YHWH ?).

Karaite Jewish Bible scholar and Dead Sea Scroll translator Nehemia Gordon tackles this very important question in his enlightening explanation of The Historical Pronunciation of Vav. You can see the eight minute video or listen to the audio, but if you are truly serious about the things of God you will not want to miss it. 

Like virtually all clergymen I was also taught that the vowels points of Adonai were added to the consonants YHVH, and that was to signal the Jewish reader to substitute Adonai (Lord) when he saw the Tetragrammaton in the text —  but what we were taught was wrong

Were were told that Yehovah/Jehovah was an unscholarly construct created by ignorantly combing the consonants of the Tetragrammaton with the vowels of Adonai. We were also taught that Yahweh was the Divine Name despite the fact that it appears in no Hebrew text of Scripture anywhere, ever, and has no historical foundation at all, while Yehovah/Jehovah is found more than a thousand times in Hebrew texts of Scripture. 

Unfortunately, Christians have a long history of refusing to consult Jewish sources even in areas where the Jews would know best! I can only guess that this is due to an arrogant sense of superiority coupled with a latent antisemitism. Here are several scholarly Jewish references that clear up the matter:

“It seems to me, that the vowels with which it is vocalized in most places [ְי ֹה ָוה ] are the original vowels...this was also the intention of the Masters of the Vowels in that they vocalized the Yod with Sheva [ְי ֹה ָוה ]. Had they intended to give the vowels of Adonai [ֲא ֹד ָני ], why did they not vocalize the Yod with Chataf-Patach [יֲ ֹה ָוה]...Therefore, I say that it’s true they intended for the Name to be read Adonai [ֲא ֹד ָני ], but preserved with this its original vowels [ְי ֹה ָוה ], which were known to them by received tradition.”—Rabbi Samuel David Luzzatto, Commentary on Genesis 2:4, 1834.

“This is not a Qere-Ketiv at all, and Sheva, Cholam, Kamatz are not at all the vowels of Adonai. Rather, they specifically belong to the Unique Name alone, and there is not a single vowel here that comes from, or remains from, as a memorial to the title Adonai, or even hints at it. With these vowels, the priests in the Temple used to call on the Unique Name according to the way it is written...”—Rabbi Jacob Bachrach, Ishtadlut Im Shadal (Warsaw,1896).

“There are currently over 700 Hebrew Bible manuscripts in which God's holy name has its own vowels: Yehovah יְהוָֹה. If the scribes of these 700 manuscripts wanted to insert the vowels of Adonai, nothing was preventing them from doing so… Don't believe the nonsensical claim that the vowels of Yehovah יְהוָֹה are the same as the vowels of Adonai אֲדֹנָי!” — Nehemia Gordon, 2017.

The Divine Name is indeed Yehovah/Jehovah as found in both the King James Version and the American Standard Version of the Bible, among others.

Here is the link to the video.  Enjoy!


ADVENT SERMON SERIES

This coming Sunday is the Third Sunday in Advent. During this Advent season I have been preaching a four week sermon series focusing on the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. In this sermon series we have been digging beneath the surface to uncover how the text was understood by first century believers.

The topics for the Third and Fourth Sundays in Advent are:

Third Sunday in Advent, December 15th — 
Who really were the Shepherds that were caring for their sheep on the night in which Jesus was born? Were they poor shepherds and were the sheep ordinary sheep? The truth will both surprise you and thrill you!

Fourth Sunday in Advent, December 22nd — 
Was Jesus really born in a stable, in a cave? Were the people of Bethlehem so cold hearted that no one would provide a place in a house for a young mother to deliver her baby?  Why didn’t the local priests or rabbis intervene? The surprising truth will warm your heart and give you a new perspective on humanity. You will not want to miss this sermon!

SATURDAY’S RADIO BROADCAST

THE FAITH ONCE DELIVERED is heard every Saturday morning at 9:30 AM CST on KCRO Radio 660 AM in Omaha, and 106.7 FM in Lincoln, and can be heard throughout eastern Nebraska and western Iowa. Not in eastern Nebraska or western Iowa? No problem! You can listen live over the Internet. Just go to the KCRO Radio website and click Listen Live:


THE FAITH ONCE DELIVERED — PODCASTS

In addition to the radio broadcast every Saturday morning at 9:30 AM Central Time on KCRO Radio 660 AM in Omaha and 106.7 FM in Lincoln, each episode of THE FAITH ONCE DELIVERED is being archived and can be listened to anytime as a Podcast. You can access past radio programs here: 


SUNDAY SERVICES

We will be putting up the parish Christmas Tree and decorating the church for Advent and Christmas on Sunday morning at 8:30 AM, followed by Morning Prayer at 9:15 AM, and the Holy Eucharist at 10:00 AM, with fellowship, refreshments and the film Is Genesis History? after Services.

Everyone is invited and visitors are always welcome. We are a faithful and friendly congregation, and we have a place for you.


We hope to see you on Sunday!