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|Posted on December 5, 2016 at 6:50 PM||comments (0)|
We are happy to share a major PRAISE THE LORD with you! As of Wednesday, November 30, 2016, Precious Jewels Ministries has a bank account!!!
If you wish to support our ministry, you may now make tax deductible donations via PayPal or with credit/debit cards. Click on the Contact/Prayer/Donate tab above. Toward the middle of the top of the page, click on the yellow "Donate" tab. Follow the instructions from there. Please click the box that says "Share my mailing address with Precious Jewels Ministries" to enable us to send you a letter showing your contributions for the year.
|Posted on November 27, 2016 at 2:35 PM||comments (0)|
November 5th, we celebrated Susan Slade's Golden Decade party. That is why we changed our photo on the homepage to one of Susan in her birthday tiara! This was NOT an over the hill party. It was a celebration of living more than twice as long as the doctors predicted when she was a baby diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy!
November 9th - Susan's actual birthday
November 19th - We held the first board meeting of Precious Jewels Ministries!!! A resolution was approved for us to open an official ministry bank account which we hope to accomplish this week.
November 22nd - Met with a local pastor, Robert White, of Freedom Church in Bedford in order to brainstorm for our Women of Christmas series.
November 25th - Launched our Women of Christmas Bible study series at www.biblestudy-pjm.blogspot.com Be sure to follow us as we post daily!!! Also, remember to read our devotional posts at www.susiesmusings-ksh.blogspot.com
We plan to send out a Christmas newsletter within the next two weeks. If you wish to receive one, please message us your address by sending us an email using the Contact/Prayer Requests tab above or private message us on our Facebook page.
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|Posted on November 25, 2016 at 6:25 PM||comments (0)|
Our Bible study blog is now found at www.biblestudy-pjm.blogspot.com
However, continue to check this tab periodically for the latest updates on Susan, Susie, and Precious Jewels Ministries.
|Posted on November 24, 2016 at 10:10 AM||comments (0)|
Beginning with tomorrow's post we will be moving the Bible Study Blog to http://biblestudy-pjm.blogspot.com/
The blog tab on this website will become a way to keep up with Susan and Susie and our ministry.
So, tomorrow go to the new Bible Study blog to begin studying "The WOMEN of Christmas"
|Posted on November 16, 2016 at 2:10 PM||comments (0)|
Session 13 – 2 Peter 3:17-18 - WITH ANTICIPATION – Day 5
2 Peter 3:17 Therefore, dear friends, since you know this in advance, be on your guard, so that you are not led away by the error of lawless people and fall from your own stability.
Since we know the truth of Jesus’ return and the eventual judgement, we should be vigilant, alert, and steadfast in obeying the Lord and relying on Him. In this way, we will remain confident and less likely to be seduced and led into doubt by false teachers.
2 Peter 3:18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.
Grace – charis - …the divine influence upon the hearts, and its reflection in the life…(The New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible)
We grow in grace through submission to Jesus and His Holy Spirit’s work within us. It cannot be found in intellectual knowledge of the Bible alone. We must know Christ intimately, a relationship in which Jesus is our closest confidant. We must go to His throne before we go to the phone for encouragement, comfort, and counsel. We must apply that knowledge by the grace of God to how we live our daily lives. This divine intimate, vibrant, personal influence will be evident to those around us by how we act and react in this world. Peter ends his letter by giving glory to the Lord Jesus Christ now and forever.
Question: Are we living a life that is glorifying to Jesus? Are we daily growing in the grace and knowledge of Jesus? Can you list some ways you personally need to grow in your relationship with Jesus? Give it some thought today.
|Posted on November 16, 2016 at 2:00 PM||comments (0)|
Session 13 – 2 Peter 3:14-16 - WITH ANTICIPATION – Day 4
2 Peter 3:14 Therefore, dear friends, while you wait for these things, make every effort to be found at peace with Him without spot or blemish.
We can be at peace with no fear of the end of the world or the judgment to come because we have and are trusting in Jesus alone for redemption. I can live a righteous life because it is no longer through my own effort but because the Holy Spirit lives in me.
Galatians 2:20 (CJB) When the Messiah was executed on the stake as a criminal, I was too; so that my proud ego no longer lives. But the Messiah lives in me, and the life I now live in my body I live by the same trusting faithfulness that the Son of God had, who loved me and gave himself up for me.
The assurance of our salvation, our future entrance to heaven, is that the Holy Spirit is sanctifying us (making us more and more like Jesus).
2 Peter 3:15 Also, regard the patience of our Lord as an opportunity for salvation, just as our dear brother Paul has written to you according to the wisdom given to him. 16 He speaks about these things in all his letters in which there are some matters that are hard to understand. The untaught and unstable twist them to their own destruction, as they also do with the rest of the Scriptures.
As stated before, the delay of judgment gives more time for us to witness. It gives us as believers time to fulfill our job description as salt and light, as His ambassadors to bring people to an understanding and we pray an acceptance, a heart knowledge, of the gospel. The apostle Paul had urged believers through His letters to continue proclaiming the message of Christ. Peter is clearly equating Paul’s writings with the Old Testament Scriptures. Paul, himself, was aware that the apostles wrote the message of God.
1 Thessalonians 2:13 This is why we constantly thank God, because when you received the message about God that you heard from us, you welcomed it not as a human message, but as it truly is, the message of God, which also works effectively in you believers.
As in Peter’s day, there are many twisters, those who contort the word to fit their own purposes.
Chew on this: Over and over, Peter has warned us about these human tornadoes and urged us to recognize them and avoid them. If the weather forecaster says a tornado is headed my way, I go to my safe place or drive to the safest place to avoid it. The forecast is that false teachers will multiply like rabbits as the Lord’s return nears. The safe place is found in the word of God, relying fully on Jesus, and having discernment to run in the opposite direction from the twisters!
|Posted on November 16, 2016 at 1:45 PM||comments (0)|
Session 13 – 2 Peter 3:8-13 - WITH ANTICIPATION – Day 3
2 Peter 3:8 Dear friends, don’t let this one thing escape you: With the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day.
Peter may have been alluding to the following verse:
Psalm 90:4 (HCSB) For in Your sight a thousand years are like yesterday that passes by, like a few hours of the night.
God sees the end from the beginning. We see time totally different from God. We are walking it out, living it, moment by moment, and to us, a painful moment can seem to last forever. We are limited by the concept of time: we see a beginning and an end. We do not see the future end as God does, nor do we understand that life here is but a breath compared to an eternity spent with God or in the case of the ungodly, without Him.
James 4:14 (NASB) Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.
The depth and breadth of eternity is endless, no beginning and no end. As human beings, we have a difficult time comprehending the concept of eternity. But for God, eternity is reality.
2 Peter 3:9 The Lord does not delay His promise, as some understand delay, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish but all to come to repentance.
God is not dragging His feet. He is not delaying judgment for the sake of the wicked but is waiting patiently until the time that all of His children are gathered into His family. All those who are His will come to repentance, but judgment is prepared and will be brought upon those who reject the only remedy to the condition of sin, trust in Jesus Christ. Do not see the delay as a negative thing. It is God giving more time for salvation.
2 Peter 3:10 But the Day of the Lord will come like a thief; on that day the heavens will pass away with a loud noise, the elements will burn and be dissolved, and the earth and the works on it will be disclosed.
The day of judgment, the end of our present earth, will be a complete surprise, especially to those who are unprepared. I would not want to be in that group, taken by total surprise and unprepared to face the Lord Jesus on His judgment seat. The picture Peter paints is of a huge crackling fire burning so hot that the elements, the atoms, neutrons, etc. that make up all matter will be completely consumed.
2 Peter 3:11 Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, it is clear what sort of people you should be in holy conduct and godliness 12 as you wait for and earnestly desire the coming of the day of God. The heavens will be on fire and be dissolved because of it, and the elements will melt with the heat.
We need to be living as if Jesus’ return could be tomorrow or today. We desire to be found being faithful to our calling and living Christ-like lives at that time. We need to live expectantly as if His coming is in the next few moments. We are to long for that day. Wait, wait, wait! We are to desire the cataclysmic event that will end our world?!
2 Peter 3:13 But based on His promise, we wait for the new heavens and a new earth, where righteousness will dwell.
I feel better. I finally have understanding of why I should be excited for this event. He is going to create us a brand new heaven and a brand new earth wherein there will be no sin! Righteousness and godly living will be all that is there. No more evil, no more temptation, no more tears. Therefore, peace will reign because Jesus is the King. I find it hard to wrap my mind around a perfect earth filled with perfected people, but I still want to be there! Absolutely, without a shadow of a doubt, that is the place I want to live, thrive, and flourish. I am ready for this to be my reality as it has been God’s all along, to see things from God’s perspective. We will bask, not in the light of the sun, but in the light of the SON!
Chew on This: For the unbeliever, the thought of the earth dissolving and a final judgment sounds terrifying. For the Christian, it is the beginning of eternity with our Lord on an earth cleansed from all evil. In light of this, we need to be sharing the gospel with everyone we meet and living each moment as if the Lord’s return is immediate.
|Posted on November 16, 2016 at 1:35 PM||comments (0)|
Session 13 – 2 Peter 3:3-7 - WITH ANTICIPATION – Day 2
2 Peter 3:3 First, be aware of this: Scoffers will come in the last days to scoff, living according to their own desires, 4 saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? Ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they have been since the beginning of creation.”
Scoffers taunt those who teach the second coming of Christ. They will not embrace the truth of a final judgment because they want to live in their lust, enjoying sexual promiscuity and carousing of all kinds, without threat of retribution. They pare down and try to make of no significance the second coming of the Lord Jesus.
They scorn the idea of Jesus’ return saying that nothing has changed since He left. The early church believed Christ’s return was imminent, so people were already impatient that it had not yet happened. Today’s scoffers, say that it has been 2000 years and nothing yet. They expressed the idea that no world-wide event such as is prophesied had ever happened before, so why would it now. They like to use the Bible like an a la carte menu, picking and choosing what they want to believe.
2 Peter 3:5 They willfully ignore this: Long ago the heavens and the earth were brought about from water and through water by the word of God. 6 Through these waters the world of that time perished when it was flooded.
Those who say there has never been an event on the level of destroying the earth have conveniently forgotten the miraculous beginning of our world being spoken into existence. That then the Lord parted the waters and created dry land, animals, man from NOTHING. Those who say He would not judge the entire world have forgotten the cataclysmic flood which only Noah, his family, and selected animals survived by the grace of God. God has exercised judgment in the past and will in the future.
2 Peter 3:7 But by the same word, the present heavens and earth are stored up for fire, being kept until the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men.
The same Word, Jesus, who spoke the world into existence, sustains the earth until such time as God executes His final judgement on ungodly men. The all-consuming fire of God is suspended at this time because His time has not yet come. Thanks and praise be to God that those who believe and trust Him for their very lives will not experience this horrible end. By His grace, He is allowing us time to share the gospel with others that they, too, may be saved from judgment.
Challenge: The end of the world is nearer than it was in Peter’s day, and possibly much nearer than many would like to think. This should spur us to action to live godly lives as well as to share the gospel message with everyone we know. I challenge you to share your faith with at least two people this week. This can be through your personal testimony, presenting a tract, or even inviting the person to church.
|Posted on November 16, 2016 at 1:25 PM||comments (0)|
Session 13 – 2 Peter 3:1-2 - WITH ANTICIPATION – Day 1
2 Peter 3:1 (HCSB) Dear friends, this is now the second letter I have written to you; in both letters, I want to develop a genuine understanding with a reminder, 2 so that you can remember the words previously spoken by the holy prophets and the command of our Lord and Savior given through your apostles.
Peter addressed his letter to “dear friends,” fellow believers whom he loved dearly. His desire was that they not be in a place of denying the Lord and His Lordship as Peter himself had been on the night the Lord was arrested. Peter had walked with the Lord, seen His miracles, and even seen His glory on the mount of transfiguration; but he still denied knowing Jesus when fear overtook him. He wanted to make the prophecies of the Messiah and the fulfillment of those prophecies in the Lord Jesus very clear to those who would read and hear his letter lest they, too, fail to stand strong in their faith. By this time, Paul had written many epistles (letters) and others of the apostles were teaching and writing as well. Peter wanted his fellow believers to understand that the apostles’ teaching was as much Scripture as the Old Testament and that it was instruction from the Lord Jesus. Peter wanted Christians to know that the teachings of the apostles should be viewed with the same weight and reverence as the Law and the Prophets.
Jesus had told Peter to feed and shepherd His sheep. Part of shepherding is protecting and guiding the sheep. This is what Peter was doing by writing these letters. He was warning the flock about and guiding them away from false teachers. Peter wrote these things in the form of letters so that even though he was about to abandon his earth-suit and join the Lord, they would be able to hold on to the truths of the scripture with the aid of the Holy Spirit.
Chew on this: Most of us reading this in the West, are blessed to have the Word of God readily available to us. Do we read and study it as we should? There are many believers around the world who long to have one copy or even a portion of scripture available to them, who are hungry to read God’s word. Thank the Lord for your Bible and USE it daily! Pray about sending Bibles to those who do not have them. You can do this through several different organizations. We like to go through www.persecution.com
Instead of exchanging gift cards among the adults in your family this Christmas, we suggest donating Bibles in their names.
|Posted on November 14, 2016 at 10:40 PM||comments (0)|
Psalm 106:40-48 (KJV)
Faithful To the Faithless
Psalm 106:40 Therefore was the wrath of the Lord kindled against his people, insomuch that he abhorred his own inheritance. 41 And he gave them into the hand of the heathen; and they that hated them ruled over them. 42 Their enemies also oppressed them, and they were brought into subjection under their hand.
Over and over, Israel would subject to another culture. In Judges, we read that they would be oppressed and would cry out to the Lord. He would send a judge such as Gideon, Sampson, or Deborah to deliver them. But shortly after that they would return to the state described as “every man did what was right in his own eyes.” (Judges 17:6 and 21:25 for example) In other words, instead of obeying God, they had an attitude of “If it feels good, do it.” Hmmmm. Sounds a bit like America today.
Psalm 106:43 Many times did he deliver them; but they provoked him with their counsel, and were brought low for their iniquity.
Finally, history and the Bible both tell us that God was fed up and allowed the Assyrians and Babylonians to conquer Israel and lead her inhabitants into captivity. However, even then He had the prophets foretell that captivity was for a limited, pre-determined amount of time, after which they would return to Israel.
Psalm 106:44 Nevertheless he regarded their affliction, when he heard their cry: 45 And he remembered for them his covenant, and repented according to the multitude of his mercies. 46 He made them also to be pitied of all those that carried them captives.
As their Father, God could not turn a deaf ear to the cries of His children. God caused the captors to have pity and compassion on their captives. When we read in the books of Daniel, Esther, and Nehemiah, we see that Israelites were even elevated to positions of authority while captive in foreign lands. The covenant God made with Abraham was solely dependent on God’s ability to keep it, not the ability of Abraham or his descendants. The disobedience of the people of Israel did not cancel that covenant in any way. In like manner, our covenant relationship with Jesus as our Savior and Lord is completely dependent on Jesus’ atonement on the cross and His ability to keep us in His care now that He is back at the right-hand of God the Father. We did nothing to earn it, and we can do nothing to lose it.
Psalm 106:47 Save us, O Lord our God, and gather us from among the heathen, to give thanks unto thy holy name, and to triumph in thy praise.
As we stated at the beginning of Psalm 106, this was probably written at the time that Israel was beginning to return and rebuild Jerusalem. The prayer is that the rest of the nation would be re-united with them and that they would be in right relationship with God.
Psalm 106:48 Blessed be the Lord God of Israel from everlasting to everlasting: and let all the people say, Amen. Praise ye the Lord.
After recounting all of their sins, the psalmist gives praise to the Lord who delivered them despite their unworthiness. There were consequences for their disobedience, but God remained merciful.
Challenge: Spend some time remembering your lowest points in your walk with the Lord. Thank Him again for His forgiveness and grace toward you personally. Praise Him for His faithfulness in the times you were faithless.