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Man may be executed for failing Bible quiz.

Bible Discipleship Word of God

Source: Christian Post

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Contributed By: Howard Harden | Date Posted: 2020-03-08

Scripture: Joshua 1:8

Author: Howard Harden
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ILLUSTRATION

A headline in the Christian Post caught my attention this week. It read, “Iranian Christian convert fears execution if deported for giving wrong answers on Bible quiz.” Yes, you read that right. Perhaps you have taken a Bible quiz. You probably did not have to worry about be executed for failing it.

Is this real and how does something like this happen? Reza Karkah, a former Muslim, became a Christian while living in Iran, a criminal offense there which is punishable by death. For that very reason, he fled to the United Kingdom seeking asylum as a refugee. An immigration hearing was scheduled to determine if Mr. Karkah’s claim of conversion is true. At that hearing, a judge gave him a test with 150 Bible questions. The reasoning goes, if he is truly a Christian, he should have a certain knowledge of the Bible and be able to pass the test. If he does not pass, he is faking conversion as a pretext for immigration.

APPLICATION

Imagine knowing that you had to take a test to evaluate your knowledge of the Bible. Pass it, and you get to stay in the country. Fail it, and you are deported and executed! Ask yourself this question: How hard would you study the Bible if you knew your life literally depended on it? Now ask yourself another question: Isn’t that exactly how hard you should study the Bible anyway? Philippians 2:16 refers to Scripture as the “word of life.” God’s Word brings life and when heeded, can save your life. So yes, read the Word of God as if you will die if you don’t! Cling to it as you would a life jacket while drifting at sea.

In case you’re wondering how Mr. Karkah did, he failed the test in part because he could not remember that Judas was the disciple who betrayed Jesus. It has yet to be decided if he will be deported and executed for that mishap. Perhaps we should all stop and pray for Mr. Karkah and his family.

The Mine That Keeps Giving

Word of God Bible Wisdom

Source: Fox News

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Contributed By: GENE LAVALLEY | Date Posted: 2019-05-23

Scripture: Proverbs 25:2 ; Psalms 12:6

Author: James Rogers
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ILLUSTRATION

A mine in Australia has produced what its owner believes are two of the biggest gold specimens in recorded history.

The biggest of the stones came in at 198 pounds and is estimated by the company to contain about 143 pounds of gold, a total that at current prices would be worth around $2.6 million

The second-biggest piece weighed 132 pounds and was valued at about $1.95 million.

Early estimates from RNC Minerals have put the total take of coarse gold from the cut at more than 562 pounds, or more than $10.4 million worth.

Airleg driller Henry Dole has been credited with uncovering the astonishing find at the 45-year-old Beta Hunt gold mine near Kambalda.

APPLICATION

Here is what I like about this story…

They have been digging at this mine for 45 years….

And still getting gold, and not only that, but their biggest piece ever!

That is so much like the Word Of God. 

Dig in it for years and years, and still haven’t seen it all or exhausted its treasury,

In fact, I believe that the greatest revelation and truth are still to come!

"And the words of the LORD are flawless, like silver purified in a crucible, like gold refined seven times" (Psalm 12:6). 

Why Cheaters Think It's Ok To Cheat

Authority Honesty Bible

Source: preacherpollard.com

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Contributed By: Neal Pollard | Date Posted: 2019-04-18

Scripture: James 3:1 ; Matthew 5:13

Author: Neal Pollard
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ILLUSTRATION

One of the nation’s biggest news stories last week involved a college admissions scam that included several high-profile people, including at least two Hollywood actresses. A California man, Rick Singer, spearheaded a scheme to bribe coaches and administrators at such colleges as Yale, Stanford, Georgetown, USC, and other prestigious universities. The bribes bought these privileged High School students extra time to take the SAT and ACT, make fake athletic profiles, and substitutes to take their entrance exams for them. This has proven embarrassing for both the colleges and those breaching this most basic of ethical codes (via Foxnews.com, Madeline Farber). 

Someone observed that there is a bit of irony and hypocrisy in all of this. We feel outraged at this glaring lack of honesty and ethics, but students who attend these (and other) universities have been taught for decades that there is no such thing as absolute truth and an objective standard of right and wrong. Should we really be surprised when people live out the implications of their world view? Remove a measurable, immutable standard, and anything goes! 

APPLICATION

Then there's the Bible, which lays down an ethical code that is universal and logical. Its rules are blind to nationality, economic status, gender, or age. And it shows no favoritism, leveling the playing field by placing greater expectations on those who have more (see Luke 12:48).  

Our challenge is to live lives of consistency, showing forth the benefits that come from respecting and adhering to God’s standards. Jesus calls such modeling “salt” and “light" (Matthew 5:13-16). 

We cannot keep others from being cheaters and liars, but we can show them a powerful alternative!

Devotional Crumbs

Word of God Bible Faith

Contributed By: Joe Ballard | Date Posted: 2018-07-19

Scripture: Matthew 15:26 ; Job 23:12

Author: Joe Ballard
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Misusing the Bible

Bible Word of God Obedience

Contributed By: Neal Pollard | Date Posted: 2018-04-15

Scripture: 2 Timothy 3:16 ; 2 Timothy 2:15

Author: Neal Pollard
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Asking The Best Questions

Seeker Wisdom Bible

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-12-13

Scripture: Matthew 7:7

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Feeding on the Word of God

Bible Devotion Spiritual Growth

Contributed By: Jane Drew | Date Posted: 2017-10-28

Scripture: Deuteronomy 8:3 ; Ezekiel 3:3

Author: Jane Drew
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The Book That Reads You

Bible Repentance Apologetics

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-06-17

Scripture: John :24 ; Isaiah 55:11

Author: Mitchell Dillon
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Read The Owner’s Manual

Bible Obedience Blessings/Blessedness

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-05-11

Scripture: Psalms 1:1

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Just One Book

Bible Gospel Salvation

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-04-28

Scripture: Matthew 7:13 ; Ephesians 4:5

Author: Illustration Exchange
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